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The Growing IT Gap
While the need for computer and IT jobs in the United States has increased over the past decade, the number of degrees completed in those fields has dipped lower than levels reported in the early 2000s, new research shows. What gives?
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Ditching Desks -- and Privacy
Open-space ideals began immigrating to this country from Europe in the 1950s and 1960s and have cropped up in American offices periodically since. But with the opening of some recent high-profile headquarters, many are once again embracing the movement.
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Sticky Floors and Bamboo Ceilings
While women in the United States have been making some progress in gaining leadership roles within large organizations, the situation is not the same in China, according to a new report.
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At Work, On Vacation
The number of American employees expecting to take work with them during time off is increasing, according to a new survey, leaving some HR experts concerned about potential repercussions, including a burned-out workforce.
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The Elements of (Employee) Attraction
A recent survey finds differences in how men and women determine a potential employer's desirability. Experts say organizations must do their own research to establish what their people value most, and define the elements that will help the company attract the right talent, regardless of gender.
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The Plight of the Gen Xer
Latest research underscores the special difficulties Gen Xers are having making ends meet and planning for retirement. While promotions may be scarce in a slowly recovering economy, there are some things HR executives can do to help this pool of future leaders.
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When Bosses Want to be 'Friends'
While some companies are using Facebook and other social-media platforms to augment the ties that bind their workers together, new research finds many employees would feel reluctant at best to say "yes" to a friend request from their boss.
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Extreme Team Building
With more organizations sponsoring teams to participate in extreme obstacle challenges that test participants' mental and physical toughness, experts say HR leaders should be prepared for the likelihood of accommodating injured workers. But training for the events can help forge bonds across organizational boundaries as well.
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Is HR Passing the Talent-Management Test?
A recent survey finds boards giving their companies poor grades in various aspects of talent management. Experts say the low scores aren't necessarily indicative of how HR is really doing, but urge HR leaders to partner with their CEOs in keeping the board abreast of key talent-management initiatives.
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How to Avoid an Overseas Failure
Global mobility is becoming increasingly important to businesses, but without adequate preparation, companies are setting the stage for failure abroad.
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What's a Leader?
In today's flatter and leaner organizations, the ability to influence people from a wide range of cultures and geographies is much more important than title, according to new research.
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Solving Challenges, Predicting Outcomes
Proper usage of workforce-planning tools can lead to a better understanding of the relationship between work teams and the outcomes they commit to achieve.
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Boomers in Recline
Conventional wisdom is that baby boomers won't leave their jobs unless it's in a hearse, but a new survey indicates that more than half of the oldest among them have put pleasure before business. And that poses both challenges and opportunities for HR leaders.
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America Lags in Developing Leaders
HR executives in the United States say they are dealing with a dearth of skilled talent from their pipelines while the global workforce undergoes a transformation.
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Tracking Turnover
A recent study finds nearly half of employees reporting their ideal level of turnover as being between 0 percent and 10 percent. Experts caution that acceptable turnover rates can vary greatly from company to company, and urge HR to carefully weigh the right variables and implement processes to get a clear picture of turnover's impact on the organization.
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Is America's STEM Pipeline Just Clogged?
A controversial new report finds little need for expanded STEM guest worker numbers, but HR and talent experts say it's just not that simple.
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The Missing Link
Behavioral learning, experts say, is the missing link to help transform people's mind-sets and behaviors when an organization faces major organizational change.
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The Air Campaign
With the recent merger between US Airways and American Airlines, experts say managers and supervisors at both airlines will have their hands full ensuring that employees can focus on their jobs during the typically tumultuous and drawn-out airline-merger process.
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Considering their obvious importance, you'd think employers would have perfected the candidate-screening and performance-evaluation processes by now. But thanks to a range of factors, including some that are quite subtle, bias continues to persist and cloud the judgment of assessors.
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