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Certifying Career Readiness
To help provide better qualified job candidates, an organization that's worked with high-school students for three decades has joined with 10 companies to create a new certification program that organizers are calling a "true differentiator."
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A Costly Lack of Training
An appeals court recently ruled that a company's "failure to train" an employee can be an actionable form of employment discrimination. Experts cite the case as another example of the need to be able to demonstrate why an employee didn't receive an opportunity at advancement.
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Education versus Experience
A new study finds that while many employees still value their education, they believe specialized training is often more beneficial than a degree in the workplace. But are employers also beginning to put more stock in real-world experience than academic credentials?
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A Matter of Trust
Despite what recent headlines about General Motors and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may suggest, some American enterprises are dedicated to being trustworthy and ethical, and they have been deriving a competitive advantage from their efforts for years.
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A Bipartisan Effort to Build Skills
A new bill in Congress that has generated bipartisan support promises to reduce administrative burdens and provide states the ability to tailor services to meet their local employment and workforce needs.
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Class Appeal
Although Starbucks is getting a lot of attention for the new tuition-assistance program it offers employees, at least one other company offers even-more-generous educational benefits.
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Career-Path Conundrum
With the global business landscape changing constantly, helping employees plot their careers has become a more complex process for many organizations.
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Better Than School?
Apprenticeship opportunities in the United States may be declining, but some federal grants are aimed at helping to turn that trend around.
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Who's in Charge of Career Development?
A recent study shows a disparity in worker versus manager perceptions regarding their roles in career planning. What can HR leaders do to help employees move forward more effectively in their careers?
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For LMS, You'd Better Shop Around
It's not uncommon for organizations using learning-management systems to be unhappy with them, according to a new report. Experts say a company's purchasing process may largely determine its future LMS satisfaction.
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Critical Yet Overlooked
Fundamental changes in many industries have led to a need for individual contributors who can also be effective team leaders, but new research suggests these workers are not getting the training they need.
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Bridging the Leadership-Skills Gap
Competing business priorities have taken some focus away from leadership development at many organizations, just at a time when effective leadership is more crucial than ever.
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Gray Matter(s)
New research offers a glimpse into the brain's responses to differing leadership styles, but before HR can use such information to affect positive change, executives must first embrace the concept.
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The Many Uses of MOOCs
Massive open online courses present a cost-effective way for companies to provide their workers with training and development opportunities, but experts say there are also marketing and recruiting opportunities for HR leaders willing to pursue them.
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Good Samaritan, Bad Policy?
Wal-Mart recently made news by firing -- then offering to rehire -- an employee who violated company policy while helping a woman being attacked on store property. While workplace violence policies are certainly necessary, employers may still want to consider circumstances and intent when disciplining employees who come to another's aid, experts say.
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Americans Lag in Workplace Skills
American workers trail far behind global standards in some modern workplace skills, such as basic math and the ability to work with technology, according to a new international survey. Some experts believe the shift reflects shortfalls in the U.S. education system.
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CEOs Need -- and Want -- More Coaching
Poll reveals that only one-third of CEOs currently receive coaching, while the rest all expressed a willingness to work with a coach.
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Solving Challenges, Predicting Outcomes
Proper usage of workforce-planning tools can lead to a better understanding of the relationship between work teams and the outcomes they commit to achieve.
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The U.K. government's recent arguments for better treatment of workers are about as clear a manifesto for the importance of human resources as a function as one could imagine. Will it have a ripple effect on this side of the pond?
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