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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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Succession Planning in a Slow Economy
How can HR professionals work proactively with executives to ensure that retirement planning and succession planning work together effectively for an organization?
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'Basic' Training for College Grads
A new survey bolsters the notion that college graduates need better preparation just to get jobs that utilize their degrees. Meanwhile, the HR Policy Association has launched a new website in which recruiters from large employers dispense advice to graduates on interviewing, resumes, compensation, appropriate attire and workplace behavior.
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Connecting Work/Life Balance to Turnover
Employees who do not feel their companies uphold workers' efforts to juggle work and home obligations may be more likely to jump ship, new research finds. That means managers need to get better at recognizing the signs of burnout, experts say.
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The Secrets to Fostering Innovation
Organizations should include innovation as a major competency in leadership-development plans and tie individual bonuses and/or salary increases to innovation, according to new research.
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Talent Management Column

The increased hiring of passive candidates means organizations will need to do more to retain the talent they already have on board.
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