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In Search of Better Sleep
Employers and vendors are becoming increasingly aware of the toll sleep deprivation takes on the workplace, and experts suggest making sleep improvement part of your overall wellness initiatives.
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Background Screening for Big Hires
HR's role in the vetting process needs to go beyond criminal-record searches and perfunctory education and employment verification in order to proactively uncover the "good, bad and ugly" about a potential business leader.
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Reconsidering Career Planning
Some manufacturing companies, concerned about looming skills shortages, are actively encouraging students and their parents to consider paths other than a four-year college degree. But they say more help from HR is needed.
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Addressing Internal Competition
While some companies seem to thrive on internal (employee-to-employee and/or department-to-department) competition, others seem to do much better with a focus on collaboration. Which approach makes more sense? The answer is not a simple one.
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The Evolution of Employment
The co-authors of the new book titled Lead the Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment discuss the evolution of employment and how HR professionals can prepare for what lies ahead.
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Tech's Trouble with Diversity
One of the problems with diversity training in STEM fields is that it may actually elicit backlash that can lead to reductions in diversity in upper-management jobs, experts say.
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Taking Your Time to Hire
Recent data finds the average time-to-hire nearly doubling since 2010. While companies must certainly do their due diligence, experts say there's a balance to be struck between being thorough and being efficient in the hiring process.
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Developing Intellectual Diversity
New research finds a lack of intellectual diversity could be harming your organization, and experts say it is up to HR executives to increase the urgency around hiring this type of talent, who can bring unique and fresh perspectives to the organization.
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The New Mr. Mom
A new survey finds more than half of young new fathers are taking advantage of their employers' parental-leave policies following the birth of a child, but experts say companies need to emphasize to both genders that there is no career disadvantage to making use of such programs.
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The Curious Question of Cultural Fit
Discussions around cultural fit at an organization can sometimes involve certain euphemisms for what amounts to justifying prejudice, or at least, bias. Wharton experts debate whether cultural fit is simply a qualification for hiring or perhaps a disguise for bias.
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How HR Can Remain Relevant in the Freelance Economy
The strategic use of freelance talent will gain momentum as processes emerge to help organizations shop for workers with specific skill sets. Technology will make the transaction side of the equation frictionless, so where does that leave HR?
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HR and the Search for Bias Blind Spots
New research finds we're not nearly as unbiased as we think we are, and experts say HR needs to improve at identifying bias blind spots within their own ranks in order to improve recruiting efforts.
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Reduced-Load Work Arrangements
While the concepts of part-time work, flextime and telework have been around for decades, a new concept -- reduced-load work arrangements -- is gaining popularity among both employers and workers.
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Great Expectations
Experts say HR processes need to be redesigned to better address the orientation of millennials, a segment of the workforce who sees work as being, first and foremost, about purpose.
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Coaching Millennials on Health
New research finds millennials more open than other generations to having their managers play an active role in encouraging them to get healthy. How can HR make the most of this opportunity?
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Goodbye Hierarchy, Hello Holacracy?
Zappos recently gained attention -- and lost some employees -- after implementing holacracy, a system that eliminates managers and distributes authority and decision making among self-organizing teams. Can this model work, and will it catch on elsewhere?
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Retaining Recruiters
Recruiters are more satisfied with their careers than other professionals, according to new research, yet they're also more than twice as likely to be active job seekers. Experts weigh in on what it takes to keep recruiters happy in a job they already enjoy.
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Corporate Culture's Influence on Employee Evaluations
New research finds a workplace's culture can play an outsized role in how comfortable supervisors and co-workers are with providing accurate feedback -- both positive and negative. Experts offer tips for HR leaders on how best to create the right type of culture to ensure accurate and insightful reviews.
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Approximately 15 percent of people who are in the current labor force are working under an alternative arrangement, as opposed to "regular" employment. Does this mean there is a new normal in the working economy?
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