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Helping Managers Help Employees
Supervisors have plenty of room for improvement in terms of assisting employees in managing their careers, according to a new study. Experts say HR can be instrumental in helping managers provide their people with a solid career support system.
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Stressed-Out Employee in Aisle Three
In the retail industry, poor employee health can be exacerbated by stressful working conditions. Some companies are trying to alleviate this by changing their practices in areas such as time-and-attendance and workforce management.
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Five Ways Talent Forecasting Transforms Recruiting
Talent forecasting is a growing field that uses data-rich software to help HR leaders to better understand and address the supply-and-demand challenges within their organization.
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Supporting Entrepreneurial Ideas
A new survey finds employees lack leadership support for entrepreneurial ideas. Experts say that a big part of building and nurturing a culture that actively supports entrepreneurship includes rewarding great ideas, not just waiting until they prove successful.
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Getting Gay-Friendlier
A new ranking from the Human Rights Campaign shows a record number of companies -- including 299 of the Fortune 500 -- are extending equality to LGBT employees.
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End the Fun?
Company-sponsored "fun" events may undercut short-term productivity, but at least one expert says they can more than make up for that by gaining a level of emotional commitment from employees.
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Culture Change is in the Air
A recent study finds 96 percent of respondents indicating their companies need some form of culture change. While culture may be difficult to define as a concept, experts say leaders -- including HR -- must still identify the critical behaviors they wish to see employees exhibit, and reward workers who exemplify those behaviors.
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Bringing Them Back Home
A recent study suggests the majority of expats are unaware of the repatriation assistance available to them upon returning home. While many large employers have an array of repatriation services to offer, many of these same companies must do a better job of making returning expats aware of them, experts say.
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Looking for Trouble
Two recent studies bring to the light the dangers of screening social-media accounts, including alienating job candidates who don't get the job -- and even those who do.
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Stress and the Leadership Factor
The connection between health and workplace stress is well established. But in order to limit the damaging effects of such stress, leaders may have to take a good look in the mirror first.
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Building the Case for 'Hybrid' Telework
New research suggests that teleworkers can be either as productive as or even more productive than other workers, even in those instances when they're working remotely just one to three days a week.
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Making the Most of an EVP
Few companies are using employee-value propositions as a valuable tool for recruitment, retention, engagement and even financial growth, a new survey finds.
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Business Success, Admitting Failure Interrelated
Two reports suggest business leaders fall sadly short in admitting when they've made an error or need to consider a new direction. Experts say such honesty and transparency could boost performance, productivity and the bottom line.
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Black Friday Blues
Some retailers are opening even earlier on Thanksgiving Day this year in an effort to be more competitive during a compressed shopping season. But are they also boosting HR headaches while driving down worker morale and inviting a backlash based on wages?
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'Hurricane' Employees
They have been called many things: toxic, negative and dysfunctional. Such terms describe employees -- from CEOs on down -- who tear through an office, disrupting everyone's work environment and leaving a path of destruction in their wake before finally moving on, like a hurricane.
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Engaging the C-Suite
Relatively few organizations provide financial incentives for executives to promote inclusion in the workplace, according to a new survey.
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'High-Potential' Term Losing Luster
While employers still may use the term "high potential" in describing their leadership programs, the term is falling out of favor, says a recent survey.
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Learning from the World's Best
A job-swapping program in which workers temporarily trade lives -- including their home and car -- is just one of the innovative programs that could help land your company on the World's Best Multinational Workplaces list.
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Over the past few decades, organizations have moved toward much greater individual accountability and away from less functional, committee-based approaches when it comes to managing projects. While these new models certainly have their advantages, they also can easily be undermined.
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