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Women's Tug of War
For employers in emerging markets, women hold the key to winning the talent war -- if they can overcome the cultural issues that have traditionally held them back. "The goal is not to become Western women," says one expert. "The goal is to reconcile tradition and culture with ambition."
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Establishing Guidelines
Employee talent shows may seem to be nothing but fun and games. But from a business perspective, HR professionals should take them dead seriously.
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Asian Pay Hikes May Impact U.S. Employers
Executive pay in Asia will surpass pay in the United States by 2013, according to one study, while another finds that the cost of manufacturing overseas has increased so much that some companies are bringing work back to America.
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The Real Cost Of Benefits
In HR, it always seems to be a time of "doing more with less," and the prospect of a double-dip recession or even depression makes that axiom all the more true. Constant cost pressure on staffing and technology, accompanied by equally constant benefit-cost increases, requires HR executives to have a firm understanding of the true cost of benefits administration.
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Outsourcing Health Benefits Grows More Popular
A recent report finds health-and-welfare outsourcing services are growing at four times the rate of pension-related services -- demand that is being caused by complexity and administrative requirements of the healthcare-reform law, experts say.
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Leveling Pay on a Global Scale
Multinationals are increasingly trying to use global leveling to standardize pay and facilitate talent-management strategies throughout the world. But, experts warn, it's easy for such levels to become overly cumbersome as well as bump up against some cultural issues.
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Generation Why Not
Eager to relocate and unencumbered by families and real estate, millennials may be the most self-sufficient crop of transferees yet.
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Defining Global-Leadership Competencies
There's a growing awareness -- some would say concern -- in HR circles and C-suites about just how ill-prepared organizations are when it comes to having leaders who can take them where they want to go globally.
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Resisting Multi-Country RPO
The advantages of recruitment-process outsourcing -- improved time-to-hire, reduced hiring costs, availability of cutting-edge technology, etc. -- make transferring all or part of its recruitment processes to an RPO provider an attractive option for many HR leaders.
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Multi-Vendor Woes Abound
In the last two years, we have seen a steady trend in HR services away from a unified, central provider toward multiple providers supplying services across multiple functions. The result of this trend is often an unfortunate burden on the HR team to manage multiple providers while the employees and retirees tell us that the "right hand does not know what the left hand is doing."
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Business Visas Investigated
Companies seeking to use H-1B visas may bump up against the fallout of a criminal investigation into whether an Indian outsourcing company sought business-traveler visas for contract workers instead of H-1B visas. The State Department has markedly increased its rejection rates for both types of visas, especially from India.
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Resisting Multi-Country RPO
A recent study finds that deals for multi-country recruitment-process outsourcing are not keeping pace with growth in the overall RPO market. Experts attribute the slow adoption to widely varying multi-country recruiting needs and a still-sluggish economy.
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Beware of Big Brotherism
Hillary had come into my office without an appointment. Her distress was evident before she even spoke: "I finally met my new 'boss' and she's a machine," she said, referring to the source of the communications she had been receiving from management.
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Relo Revival
Surveys and industry experts agree: Relocation is in the midst of an upswing compared to the last few years, as companies are moving more employees and increasing relocation budgets.
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HR, Sourcing Imperatives
We have been watching the jobless number and macroeconomic trends with great care over the last several months. While the euphoria about the net rise in jobs announced at the end of April may not be indicative of a trend, many sectors are optimistic that hiring will soon increase.
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