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Keeping Pace with 'C' Change
New research finds employees must excel at the "four Cs" of critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity to succeed in a rapidly changing workforce, but company executives and managers are underwhelmed at their ability to do so.
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Making the Business Argument for Marriage Equality
As prominent employers show their support for furnishing same-sex married couples with the same rights afforded to heterosexual couples, HR leaders point to the positive effect such a stance may have in the war for talent.
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Why Leadership and Team-Development Programs Fail
Research shows that most development programs fail to deliver expected returns. Here, experts offer tips to master the real drivers of behavior for sustainable change.
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High Commitment from Low Performers
Despite the lousy odds for success, supervisors often use the "or-else" approach with low performers because it's quick and easy. But there is another way to coax better performances out of these workers.
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Turning Star Power into Company Power
Though their outcomes have been ultimately -- and dramatically -- different, Steve Jobs and Lance Armstrong both displayed narcissistic traits. Some now suggest organizations can accentuate the positive elements of employees with those traits, including contagious passion and drive, while taking steps to avoid destructive fallout that comes with arrogance and ruthlessness.
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SHRM Offers Performance Management Standard
Employers large or small looking for help when it comes to launching or improving their performance-management strategy can now turn to the Society for Human Resource Management's latest standard.
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Why They Are The Way They Are
Are you a Gen X-er or a baby boomer who just doesn't like working with the millennial generation? Understanding the younger generation is a must-do for organizations these days. Because, in just a few short years -- believe it or not -- we will be the workforce majority.
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Are Performance-Review Processes Really That Bad?
Recent research suggests the performance-review process is not quite dead, but certainly has room for improvement. Experts urge HR to help continue shifting toward the type of frequent and instant feedback that makes the process truly valuable for employees.
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Agile Succession: HR's Toughest Challenge
How often do the people responsible for recruitment, compensation or any other key HR function actually work with succession experts in a co-ordinated way which can deliver the agility a functional succession plan needs?
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The Generational Divide
With interpersonal dissension between baby boomers and younger generations flaring in online forums and family gatherings, some might think conflict is reaching a fever pitch. But the real issue is far more complex, experts say. HR practitioners need to evaluate and assess their workforces and be prepared to take steps to address issues if -- and where -- they exist.
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HR's Social Networking Troubles
Though a new survey shows HR executives fear social media's impact on productivity, some consultants say embracing the online platform can build trust among employees and improve collaboration.
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Better HR Analytics Needed
A centralized data source may allow HR departments to conduct analyses to understand how factors such as leadership, operational efficiency and customer/financial outcomes are interrelated, but convincing an organization's leadership still may be a tough sell.
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On Their Own
With the number of teleworkers on the rise, companies are finding new and improved ways to provide mobile workers with the tools they need to stay engaged in their work and connected to the organization's culture.
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Cyberbullies Lurking in the Workplace
Cyberbullying isn't a torment endured only by children, as a new study in the United Kingdom finds that picking on colleagues via email and social-networking sites is common in the workplace, too.
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Employees Improving Bosses
A recent employee survey shows that, while their bosses are ethical and professional, they could stand to communicate better in times of crisis, resolve workplace conflicts and be open about their own weaknesses.
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Employers Struggle to Desegregate
Researchers find that workplace desegregation is in even worse shape than it was nearly five decades earlier for certain sectors.
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When Cultures Clash
A cultural risk assessment may help HR prevent a merger from going bad -- so long as the right approach is taken.
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Ready for Another?
More than one-quarter of companies surveyed recently have no plans to address workforce readiness in the event of a disaster of Superstorm Sandy's magnitude, and experts say HR leaders need to do more than just tweet or text updates to employees when disaster strikes.
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While HR struggles to capitalize on the potential of big data, other departments such as IT are already finding business value within the numbers -- and conveying that information directly to the powers that be.
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