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    Local Governments Addressing Health Costs

    Local Governments Addressing Health Costs
    About 49 percent of the nations' cities, counties and townships expect less revenue in 2010, and 21 percent expect fewer employees, according to a new survey. About 26 expect increased consolidation of local services. With shrinking budgets and fewer staff, local officials are taking several approaches to contain long-term costs associated with employee and retiree health care. The Health and OPEB ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    What Is an Avatar and Why Is it Important?

    It's easy to click "Skip This Step" when it comes to uploading a picture for a social networking site like this one. An avatar can be a big help, though, both for finding a job and networking online. *First of all, what is an avatar?* [photo:20662] Your avatar is the small picture that appears along with your user-name when you participate ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 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 about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Are You in a Rut?

    Are You in a Rut?
    You've always considered yourself a top-notch professional, but lately, it seems you're losing your touch. You don't feel like you fit in anymore. It's as if you walked into the office one morning and everything was different. These changes are probably much more subtle than you think, but you finally woke up to the fact that something's wrong. Is it ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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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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    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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Warning: That Happy Hour Drink Is Super-Sized

    Warning: That Happy Hour Drink Is Super-Sized
    If you happened to be in a Northern California bar on a weeknight in the spring of 2007, you might have seen people sneaking drinks into the restroom--all in the name of science. They were conducting what they say is the first U.S. study of the alcohol content of drinks served in bars and restaurants. They bought a total of ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 over 8 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 over 8 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 over 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 over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 about 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Retiring in stages: Boomers get more options

    Retiring in stages: Boomers get more options
    Not ready to retire just yet? Consider asking your boss if you can work part-time or telecommute. A study released Wednesday by Hewitt Associates found 61 percent of U.S. companies have or will develop programs that let workers retire in stages. The programs are intended to hold onto the experience of baby boomers, and ease the difficulty of replacing their skills. ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Managing Employees on a Minimal Budget

    Managing Employees on a Minimal Budget
    Today's managers are charged with getting the most out of workers no matter what. But the reality is that many managers must coax top performances from their employees while working with a minimal budget that may require salary freezes; cuts in benefits, bonuses or perks; reductions in hours; or even layoffs. If you're faced with a less-than-optimal budget situation, follow these ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Google Algorithm Can Tell if You're About to Quit

    Google Algorithm Can Tell if You're About to Quit
    'New algorithm can help Google answer complex staffing questions and identify employees most likely to quit.' - Google is the cream of the internet search and advertising crop and got to its top spot on the backs of a large group of dedicated and talented employees. Some of the very same employees that helped Google get where it is today are ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?