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Vetting at the Top
Recent ethical debacles underscore the need for closer scrutiny and screening when it comes to C-suite positions.
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Rise Of the Middle Manager?
There used to be a time in America when the term "middle manager" was an aspirational position.
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Does Big Data Matter?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention look for what people search for on Google to spot outbreaks of diseases, says one expert, while people are using Twitter to accurately predict the opening box-office revenue for movies. Take a look at how Big Data is also changing the role of HR in employment screening, recruiting and building great companies.
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Bringing Them Onboard
While most HR leaders would agree those first days on a job can make or break the overall employment experience, a recent study finds orientation program for new hires lacking.
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Productivity Down, Hiring Up?
The consequences of an uneven recovery are continuing to make themselves evident. According to USA Today, recent government data that finds worker productivity fell by "the largest amount in a year" from January to March of this year.
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Racial Issues Should Never Be Part of Hiring
I took issue with the sidebar entitled "White Out" that ran with your March cover story, "The Feminization of HR." You quote Atul Shah, CEO and founder of Diverse Ethics, as saying that, if HR professionals are "not from a particular culture, they are unlikely to have that sensitivity and [cultural] intelligence [that is important for HR professionals to understand and appreciate]."
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HR in a Turbulent EU
HR executives find themselves on the front line of economic and political upheaval in the Eurozone.
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HR Has Always Been Female-Dominated
In reference to your March cover story, "The Feminization of HR," you must have had your head in the sand for the past 30 years. I am really astonished that HRE would publish a lead story like that when it is so obvious that the HR field is and, for the most part, has always been dominated by women. The only major change in the last 20 years is that women have started to dominate the top-level positions. And since this writing, I would guess that they dominate top spots today. 
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The Case for Killing Performance Reviews
Appraisals destroy morale, guarantee dishonesty in the office -- and damage the bottom line, writes a straight-talking management guru and UCLA professor.

This article accompanies There's Got to Be a Better Way.
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Why the Annual Performance Review Isn't Enough
How can HR create sufficient executive and managerial engagement in performance management so the organization remains agile, keeps its employees engaged, fosters the future skills it needs and, ultimately, thrives?

This article accompanies There's Got to Be a Better Way.
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Job Hopping Isn't Hazardous to Employers
Employers would be well served not to pay much attention to a candidate's job history.
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Is That Degree Really Necessary?
A recent EEOC discussion letter opines that adopting education requirements for jobs may screen out certain applicants, and that employers shouldn't apply the standard unless they can show that the requirement is job-related. While including education requirements in job listings isn't likely to become illegal, HR professionals may want to rethink asking about candidates' educational backgrounds.
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Using Facebook to Predict Success on the Job
A new study could be a game-changer in the way social media, namely Facebook, might one day be used as a viable predictor of job success.
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Collaborating to Fill Skills Gaps
On this long and winding road to economic recovery, the skills gap in the world's labor force is the pothole that impedes progress, and all private and public entities -- indeed, even competitors -- must work together on talent-mobility initiatives to smooth the way forward.
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Employees Feeling More Confident
Employees are more confident about future pay raises and company outlook than they have been in the past four years.
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Talent Management Column

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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