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Discussing Development Plans
When dealing with an underperforming employee, a structured process can provide a framework that helps both the manager and employee walk through the necessary steps to increased engagement and productivity.
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The 'New Normal' and Employee Engagement
While the federal pay freeze, sequestration and last year's shutdown have certainly taken their toll on federal employees' morale and engagement, there is still cause for optimism.
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'Hacking' Engagement
A new study finds millennials are the least-engaged demographic in the workforce, and part of the problem is that millennials tend to expect more from work and their supervisors than previous generations did. What can HR do to help meet or modify their expectations?
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A Closer Look at Creativity
New research suggests companies continue to struggle to translate creativity into business performance.
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Balancing Empathy and Burnout
New insights on manager interactions with employees highlight the delicate balance between managers who are aloof and those who care so much they burn out.
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Rethinking HR's Role in Employee Engagement
Rather than leading survey analyses and developing initiatives, HR staff should be helping company leaders at all levels become more accountable for improving engagement levels -- rather than trying to do it for them.
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Leadership and the 'I' Word
A new survey finds that, even though 85 percent of respondents believe their organization supports inclusive leadership, half also acknowledge their organization lacks leaders who can manage and motivate diverse teams. So how can HR bridge the gap between diversity and inclusion?
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A Wake-Up Call on Reviews
New research finds almost half of employees aren't getting formal feedback on their work. Experts say HR needs to train managers on efficient and effective ways to deliver feedback -- both good and bad.
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Passionless in HR
A survey finds little in the way of job-related passion among U.S. HR workers. Whose fault is it, and what can be done about it?
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The Merits of 'Rank and Yank'
While its usage has recently declined, some notable organizations still embrace stack -- or forced -- ranking when it comes to employee evaluations. Some say such a method can produce 'toxic' results, while others call it the 'kindest' form of management.
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Talent Management Column

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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