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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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Global-Talent Challenges Growing, Changing
Cultural intelligence is a highly nuanced and critical competency, yet some respondents to a recent study reported that they believe their corporate leadership is sometimes lacking in depth of knowledge and understanding of the stakeholders in various countries.
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Low Rates of Return
Total-rewards programs are designed to attract and motivate employees. But it appears many companies -- thanks to poor execution and lack of communication -- aren't seeing much of a return on their investments.
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Don't Single Out Middle Managers
I am responding to a June 12 news analysis I recently came across on HREOnline.com ("Rise of the Middle Manager?") discussing the rising importance of identifying and developing high-potential middle managers in the eyes of top business leaders, including CEOs.
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Virtual Volunteering
Microvolunteerism, designed to let employees help out a little here and a little there via phone or computer, appears to be a win-win for all involved -- so long as it's managed properly.
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Designed for Failure
Getting to "Yes" and then documenting that "Yes" can be an exhausting experience. From provider identification through requests for proposal, evaluation of bids, selection of the ultimate service provider and contract negotiations and settlement, the road can be long and tortuous.
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Mismanaging Workplace Conflicts
Handling workplace tensions should be a priority for frontline managers, but many employees believe their bosses are not up to the job, according to a survey of 2,700 employees released this month by Healthy Companies Intl. in Arlington, Va. Nearly half -- 41 percent -- of employees responding to the survey think the person to whom they report does not deal well with workplace conflicts.
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We Need to Get Past Diversity/Training
I am responding to an Aug. 20 news analysis titled Calling All White Men (to Diversity Training).
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Calling All White Men (to Diversity Training)
Want to know what to do to truly make a dent in diversity and workplace-culture improvements?
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OK to Fail...and Innovate
HR leaders have a key role to play in changing management perspectives when it comes to building a culture of innovation. One way to start is to de-stigmatize failure and start rewarding innovative behaviors instead of outcomes.
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Workforce Strategy Lacking Among Most Employers
A new survey finds many organizations either lacking -- or struggling to implement -- a workforce strategy. Experts say HR professionals must be willing to expand their thinking about what it takes to develop their talent pipeline.
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Branding on the Inside is Good for Outside Business
When employees understand their brand better, experts say, they're more likely to be engaged with their company and more productive at work.
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Recognition Divide
Research suggests senior leaders believe their employees are recognized monthly for their efforts, but far fewer workers confirm it's happening that regularly. How can HR bridge this gap?
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HR's Elite: The Class of '11
With the average compensation 21.5 percent higher than last year, it was a very good year for HR's top earners, but an exceptional year for one person in particular -- Daniel Walker of J.C. Penney.
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Talent Management Column

At least a couple of factors may be behind the emergence of unpredictable work schedules, a trend that's understandably taking a toll on today's sizable part-time workforce.
Project Mismanagement Jul 14, 2014
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