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    HR Update: North America, The New Administration

    HR Update: North America, The New Administration
    Of course, the big news in North America, and most of the rest of the world, is the economy. In the U.S. most of that news revolves around what the new administration plans to do about it. For organizations of virtually every size and type, in every location and industry, the question is how to respond. Layoffs, cutbacks, reductions in services ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Pink Slip Bash to Feature Cheap Eats, Networking

    Out of work and still want to party for the holiday? Game On! is holding a pink slip celebration on Thursday, Dec. 18, with reduced-priced appetizers. The $4 menu at the Lansdowne Street pub includes Lay-Off My Nachos, Pay-Raise Potstickers, Workin’ Wings and 401 K-alamari. Food can be washed down with inexpensive specialty drinks like Jobless Juice and Under Pressure Punch. ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Is Your Job Killing You?

    Is Your Job Killing You?
    I’m a sick puppy today - congested to the brink of watery-eyed blindness, the works. I’ve probably been getting sick for a week or two, but have been trapped in the day-to-day bustle so much that I haven’t noticed that I’ve been feeding the illness with the loop of exhaustion and dehydration (i.e., making up for lost sleep with caffeine, etc.). ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Converting the Right Job Seekers into Applicants

    Converting the Right Job Seekers into Applicants
    Even in a downturn economy, companies need to remain aggressive in their recruitment strategies. It’s not enough to sit back and wait for an influx of recently-downsized people to apply willy-nilly for your job opportunities. Yes, you may see more applications, but more people in the market doesn’t automatically equate to better quality. Nor does it automatically equate to more people ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Concerned about the Job Market? Some Helpful Advice...

    Concerned about the Job Market? Some Helpful Advice...
    If you're concerned about this job market, you are not alone. And I have some good news for you. Tom Dimmick of DK Search in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania has some specific, very helpful advice to see you through. Tom is a well-known recruiter in the area of Executive Search. Recently he graciously gave me a few minutes to talk with him ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    "It's the Employees, Stupid!"

    Here’s a depressing statistic: according to an online study of client-side marketers, only 20% of 198 respondents made sure that employees outside of the marketing department were kept informed of the company’s marketing strategy “all or most of the time.” A whopping 56% of the respondents kept employees informed “sometimes.” Keeping employees in the loop I found these stats in Don ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How Doodling Can Boost Brainpower

    How Doodling Can Boost Brainpower
    It seems those of us who covered our school books with scribbles may not have had an entirely wasted education. For doodling may actually be good for the brain, scientists claim. Far from being a sign of inattention, it is thought to focus the mind and stop daydreaming, allowing people to persevere with dull tasks. Researcher Jackie Andrade, who conducted a ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Outsourcing With a Vengance

    Outsourcing With a Vengance
    While economists are declaring the worst is over, there’s no doubt businesses are still operating conservatively. The forecasts indicate we will continue to see unemployment in the double digits for awhile. For businesses, this means it could be necessary to consider contractors and/or outsourcing to help with projects. It only seems obvious that instead of hiring, companies might turn to consultants. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Keeping the Old and the New

    Keeping the Old and the New
    You have a staff morale problem: Existing employees are upset over the high salaries and incentives being offered to new employees. These incentives have become critical to your recruiting success. How do you keep everyone happy without jeopardizing your recruiting efforts? What the Expert says: Recruiters have learned to get creative in order to find and hire top talent. As part ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    "Mail Goggles" Might Prevent E-Mail Regrets

    "Mail Goggles" Might Prevent E-Mail Regrets
    SEATTLE - Here's the scenario: It's Friday night, and what began as an innocent happy-hour margarita morphed into a few pitchers. After all, those tacos were salty. Bidding friends adieu, you jump in a cab, head home and decide a quick e-mail check is in order. And there it is: a message from your ex. Or your boss. Or that friend ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    The Economy's Upside Surprise

    The Economy's Upside Surprise
    For the U.S. economy, the surprises keep coming. One day after the release of a report that showed an unexpected surge in orders for durable manufactured goods in July (BusinessWeek.com, 8/27/08), another government report showed a much larger-than-expected jump in second-quarter gross domestic product. But economists aren't ready to start uncorking the champagne just yet: Another report released on Aug. 28 ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Are Your Company's Employees Underinsured?

    Are Your Company's Employees Underinsured?
    TUESDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News)—The number of American adults who had inadequate health insurance to cover their medical expenses rose 60 percent from 2003 to 2007, from 16 million to more than 25 million people. Hardest hit were families with middle and higher incomes, those whose income was 200 percent above the federal poverty level or those with an annual income ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Would Your Company Be Considered a Top Small Workplace?

    Would Your Company Be Considered a Top Small Workplace?
    Winning Workplaces and The Wall Street Journal are collaborating to identify exceptional small organizations – private, nonprofit or publicly held – in their third annual ranking of the Top Small Workplaces. They will be selecting small employers that foster teamwork, flexibility, high productivity and innovation while also helping their employees grow personally and professionally, and providing them benefits that improve their ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Benefits Execs Prefer Obama's Health-Care Plan

    Benefits Execs Prefer Obama's Health-Care Plan
    Corporate benefits executives by a wide margin prefer Senator Barack Obama's health-care reform proposal, which would compel all employers to offer health insurance, over Senator John McCain's proposed repeal of the tax exclusion for employer–based health coverage, according to a newly released survey. Bottom line, however: Benefits officers aren't wild about either option. The Washington law firm Miller & Chevalier Chartered, ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    CEOs Get Fewer Perks

    CEOs Get Fewer Perks
    It may still be good to be king, but increasingly the job is coming with fewer perks. In its third annual study of fringe benefits for chief executives, compensation research firm Equilar found that the median values of seven of the nine major CEO perquisites that it tracks—from personal aircraft use to country club memberships—were down or remained flat from 2006 ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    U.S. House Passes Two 'Fair Pay' Bills

    U.S. House Passes Two 'Fair Pay' Bills
    The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Both bills now go to the Senate for consideration. President-elect Barack Obama is expected to sign both bills if they reach his desk. The Ledbetter bill (H.R. 11) would essentially negate a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision that limited a woman’s ability ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Combat Job Search Rejection with Resilience

    Combat Job Search Rejection with Resilience
    Resilience. Stick-to-itiveness. Takes a lickin’, keeps on tickin’. Just a few thoughts that stay top of mind as I ride the ups and downs of the quest for a new job. Admittedly, it takes a pretty tough coating on your ego to handle the repeated rejections. Not all rejections are an outright, “No, we are not offering you the position.” Rather, ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    The Secret to Making Cost Savings Stick

    The Secret to Making Cost Savings Stick
    Of the 90% of organizations that are cutting costs this year only a small fraction will likely retain those savings for three years or longer In the wake of the global credit crisis, companies have been cutting costs on a dramatic scale, with many indicating plans to make further cuts. A recent survey of more than 120 of the Corporate Executive ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Jobless Claims Fall for Third Straight Week

    The number of people signing up for jobless benefits declined last week, the third straight drop from a six-year high reached earlier this month, the government said Thursday. Applications for unemployment benefits dropped to a seasonally adjusted 425,000, down 10,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department reported. That was a slightly better figure than the 427,000 analysts expected. The four-week ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Coping Better with Less These Days

    I’ve been trying to focus on the positive despite constant media attention to the economic crisis. And I’ve found an upside to the down economy: we’re learning to live with less ‘stuff.’ To help us cope better with less, business & life coach Steve Davis advocates that instead of continually amassing more stuff, we learn how to better use what we ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?