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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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The Criminal-Background Catch-22
Though employers have had a few months now to become familiar with the U.S. Equal Employment Occupation Commission's guidance on the use of criminal background checks, questions and confusion about how best to respond have only grown.
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What's Keeping You Awake?
Employee engagement, top-talent retention and leadership development continue to lead the list of concerns keeping HR executives up at night.
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Disassembling HR
Does today's market require us to redesign the human resource function by taking it apart? A strong case could be made for answering "yes."
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No Such Thing as Perfect Performance Management
It was with a bemused smile that I read Andrew McIlvaine's article, "There's Got to Be a Better Way" (July/August cover story), lamenting the status of performance management. Six decades ago, when I took my first job in "personnel," managers were saying there's got to be better way to do the performance appraisal, their version of performance management. They were no more or less happy with the approaches used then.
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A New Direction in Skills Training?
An online retailer paying for its employees to study aircraft mechanics, nursing or another field they might like to pursue sounds like quite a stretch of the imagination. But, Amazon.com plans to do just that, and its move could lead to a new direction in developing employees' skills.
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The Minority Report
Studies consistently show that black and Hispanic employees save less for retirement than other groups. What can HR do to address this?
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'Ambient' Bullying in the Workplace
It's one thing to be bullied by a co-worker or a boss, but simply witnessing the behavior in the workplace can be enough to make a worker call it quits, according to a study of "ambient" bullying.
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The Fine Art of Ticker Tinkering
Want your employees focusing on producing better products and not the day-to-day performance of the company's stock price? Evidently, Marissa Mayer, Yahoo Inc.'s just appointed CEO, does, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.
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Most Workers Say Their Boss is Easy to Work With
In the wake of widespread evidence that American workers are frustrated and stressed, a majority still feel their bosses are easy to work with, according to a nationwide survey of 540 employed Americans. Only 6 percent said their boss was hard to work with.
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Supplier Briefs
We begin this round with acquisitions: Corporate Executive Board of Arlington, Va., acquired privately held U.K.-based workforce- assessment market leader SHL in a cash deal reportedly worth $660 million.
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Teleworkers Isolated -- And Liking It
A recent university study dispels the myth that teleworkers feel disconnected unless they receive frequent communication from their organizations.
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Mentoring Pays For All Involved
The notion that mentoring leads to rewards for the employees being mentored is pretty intuitive. But a recent report from New York-based Catalyst suggests it's also good for the one doing the mentoring, and for the business itself.
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Ain't Misbehaving If You Ain't Bored
Workers who misbehave or are counterproductive may just be bored, say university researchers.
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Talent Management Column

While the idea that employers would co-invest in an employee's education is certainly not a new one, IBM has begun retraining its workers with an old-school -- and perhaps replicable -- approach.
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