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Find Your Own Successor
A recent Wall Street Journal article spotlighted a few companies paying CEOs extra to aid in the search for their eventual replacement. Experts are divided on whether the practice will become more common, but suggest that HR be closely involved in the process at companies that incentivize CEOs in this way.
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The Flexibility Bias
A new study shows workplace bias against those who use flexible-work arrangements -- often for child-care needs -- may increase employee dissatisfaction even among those who don't have children. But can HR help to eradicate such bias within an organization?
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Fostering a Culture of Compassion
Recent research finds that a culture of companionate love in the workplace reduces employees' withdrawal from work, among other positive outcomes.
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Critiquing Critical-Talent Practices
A new survey finds less than half of companies notifying "critical" employees of their status as such. Regardless of whether high performers are informed of their status, experts say HR must step up its efforts in defining, identifying and nurturing the organization's critical talent.
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To (Outside) Hire or Re-Hire
That is the question some employers are asking as the economy continues to improve and companies consider adding back to payroll. Both approaches have their advantages.
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Get Well First
Research shows that ill employees who work their normal routines instead of taking care of their health may have a long-term negative impact on workforce productivity.
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Games Job Seekers Play
In the United States and Israel, unemployed job seekers have to navigate two very different -- and flawed -- systems in their pursuit of work, according to researcher Ofer Sharone.
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Managing Millennials
While it is misguided to expect a single millennial to speak for an entire generation, we thought it would be interesting to have a millennial address both some of the findings of a recent workplace survey and prevalent presumptions about the youngest working generation.
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What's the Holdup with Hiring?
A recent Glassdoor poll finds the average interview process took close to 23 days in 2013, compared to approximately 12 days in 2009. While thoroughly vetting candidates is a must, experts say the risk of frustrating candidates and damaging the corporate brand increases greatly when the company drags its feet in filling positions -- or even if applicants perceive as much.
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Downsizing's Impact on Diversity
A new study suggests downsizing by position or tenure can hurt managerial diversity, while performance-guided layoffs don't.
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The Engagement Challenge for 2014
With surveys suggesting employees are feeling more confident in their ability to find a new job this year, HR must be prepared to do more to hold on to them.
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A More Holistic Approach to Talent
Experts weigh in on recent research that suggests it's time for businesses to get out of their comfort zone and look at the broader picture when it comes to talent management.
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Do You Care Enough To Call?
Soliciting feedback is one easy way to confirm an outplacement-services vendor is delivering high-quality services to former employees, but to their detriment, not enough HR leaders are making the effort to learn what those affected think.
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Time to Focus on Your Best Performers
Your highest-performing employees may be just the ones most likely considering leaving your organization for another opportunity, especially because those with the strongest skills are generally also those in the highest demand. Keeping those employees should be paramount for your organization's success.
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An HR Exodus?
With the economy slowly trending upward, one-third of HR professionals say they will test the job market this year, according to a new survey. But will demand meet supply?
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The Slow Approach to Hiring
New research finds almost half of hiring managers have made a decision on a candidate within the first five minutes of an interview, but hiring experts say those managers who rush to judgment could risk passing over worthy candidates.
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Setting Up Autistic Employees to Succeed
A new study finds placing autistic adults in more independent work settings may help alleviate symptoms of the developmental disorder. Experts say there is no "ideal" work setting for autistic employees, but HR can help create an environment that enables autistic workers to thrive.
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The Power of Diverse Teams
Robert E. Moritz, chairman and senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the U.S. operation of PwC International Limited, recently spoke with Knowledge@Wharton about the experiences that have shaped him as a leader and the importance of financial literacy in nurturing the next generation of leaders.
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While the idea that employers would co-invest in an employee's education is certainly not a new one, IBM has begun retraining its workers with an old-school -- and perhaps replicable -- approach.
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