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Confronting the Skilled-Worker Shortage
There is no question that there is a shortage of skilled workers in the United States. What may be less well known is that this shortage covers multiple professions in many industries and has several causes, meaning that there is no single "cookie-cutter" solution.
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Practice Makes Perfect
New research finds two-thirds of first-time leaders feel unprepared for their job, and experts say HR has a pivotal role in preparing the next generation of an organization's talent.
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Reading the Signs on Upskilling
American companies today employ 24 million workers whose literacy skills are inadequate to meet emerging talent challenges. Experts discuss ways HR can help in educational efforts to ensure future workforce needs are met.
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Four Keys to High-Performance Succession Management
Most organizations have not identified and purposefully developed an internal bench of talent that will enable sustained high-market performance in the future, but the good news is that this situation is reversible.
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The Future of Work
Here is a four-point checklist executives across the company can use to develop winning workforce strategies in an era in which the only constant is change.
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Creating a Culture of Leadership Accountability
Learn how HR leaders can develop and maintain internal systems that can detect ineffective leadership before the damage has been done.
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Free Community College: HR Boon or Bust?
While President Obama's recent proposal to make community college education free for some students was warmly received in some quarters, experts take a look at some of the HR challenges such a proposal would create for organizations.
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Going(Globally) Mobile
Despite a growing need for globally mobile employees, a new survey finds almost half of companies do not have a strategy in place for addressing this need. Experts offer a few tips on how HR leaders can help get one up and running at their organizations.
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Creating Effective Hi-Po Programs
While a high-potential program can be an effective tool for use in an organization's succession- and workforce-planning efforts, a new survey finds less than half of organizations actually have one.
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Innovations in Mobile Learning
Having an effective mobile learning strategy does not include simply repurposing existing content, say experts.
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Hitting the Mark
New research from Bersin by Deloitte connects "high-impact" employee-goal-setting practices with improved business outcomes.
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Finding Leaders Early
What makes the companies on Aon Hewitt's 2014 Top Companies for Leaders list exceptional is different than in years past, and these organizations are more focused than ever on identifying and nurturing would-be leaders early on, experts say.
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Hired Today, Gone Tomorrow
Experts confirm and bemoan survey findings showing millennials and recent college graduates are likely to leave first jobs within one year.
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Empowering Hi-Po Women
Despite evidence of a direct and positive link between women leaders and the financial performance of an organization, a new report finds they are not receiving key work experiences deemed necessary to gain entry into the C-suite. What can organizations can do to close the gender gap?
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What Makes for an Engaging Leader?
Recent research suggests that leaders capable of engaging employees are ones who can, among other things, help them understand their role in helping the business meet its goals.
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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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Talent Management Column

Employers may love the idea of an on-demand workforce, but as the labor market tightens and options for workers improve, it's going to get much more difficult to find anyone who wants to wait around to see if someone will give them work.
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