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    Glum Chums? Call in the Happiness Police

    Glum Chums? Call in the Happiness Police
    What a sad summer in Officeland. Raises and bonuses nowhere to be found. Expense accounts and headcounts skinnier by the day. Staycations morphing into fauxcations. No wonder the black dog is upon us. "It can become a negative energy field at the office really quickly," says Jeff Kaye, CEO of Dallas search firm Kaye/Bassman International. "It's so easy for an organization ...
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    How to Boost Your Energy on the Job: No Red Bull Required

    How to Boost Your Energy on the Job: No Red Bull Required
    The best leaders are often known to have buoyant energy levels that make them excellent speakers. Here's how to follow in their footsteps The leaders featured in this weekly column are typically those who have the ability to energize their employees, customers, and colleagues by the way they communicate. But in addition to the specific language they use, the most inspiring ...
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    Payrolls Drop by Most in 5 Yrs; More Pain Ahead

    Payrolls Drop by Most in 5 Yrs; More Pain Ahead
    THE LATEST: Employers slashed 159,000 jobs in September, the most in more than five years and the ninth month in a row of nationwide job losses. So far this year, the economy has lost a staggering 760,000 jobs. [widget:newsarticlegeneral] WHAT IT MEANS: With jobs harder to come by and the growth in workers' wages slowing, consumers are expected to hunker ...
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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 almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    How I Spent My PTO

    How I Spent My PTO
    Who doesn't need a paid vacation? Whether you use your hard earned PTO to jetset around the world or just kick it in bed with chips and dip, HRPeople wants to know the details. Snap some shots of your exciting/mediocre PTO and share with the community unless you are in fact using your PTO because you’re sick, but seriously, who does ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Mexican Worker Sew His Lips to Demand Promotion

    A Mexican state water company worker has sewn his lips together to draw attention to his five-year fight to get a promotion. The man used a needle and thread to put five stitches through his lips in front of the water company headquarters in the eastern city of Veracruz. He handed a statement to reporters on Monday saying he has pleaded ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Pension Reform Should Follow House's Lead

    Pension Reform Should Follow House's Lead
    House and Senate conferees are about to resolve differences between two opposing ways of fixing a broken public employee pension system. The stakes are enormous for current and future retirees and for property taxpayers. One year ago, the Legislature passed HB 876, creating a Commission to Study the Long-Term Viability of the New Hampshire Retirement System. The 21-member commission was composed ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    President Wants to Speed Up Recovery

    President Wants to Speed Up Recovery
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid rising public impatience with an economy now under his watch, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said his administration needs to push money out faster to initiate a recovery and conceded that unemployment would rise above 10 percent. "People are going through a very tough time right now," Obama said at a White House news conference. "And I ...
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    Kicking the Crap Out of the Benefits World, One Test at a Time

    Kicking the Crap Out of the Benefits World, One Test at a Time
    I kicked the crap out of my first Certified Employee Benefits Specialist exam today. Group Health Plan Design: I OWN YOU. I own you so much that I can tell my readers: • It's generally thought of as a bad thing when people who actually need insurance sign up for it; so much so that this concept is referred to as ...
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    Sun Microsystems to Cut Up to 6,000 Workers

    Sun Microsystems to Cut Up to 6,000 Workers
    Sun Microsystems Inc. says it will cut up to 6,000 of its workers, or 18 percent of its global staff. Sun also says its software chief, Rich Green, has resigned. The company has fallen into a deep slump as sales of its high-end servers have collapsed. [widget:newsarticlehr] The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said Friday the job cuts will include between 5,000 ...
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    Stop Thief! Software Lets Stolen Laptops Speak Up

    Stop Thief! Software Lets Stolen Laptops Speak Up
    Stolen laptop? Now you can tell those thieves exactly what you think of them. Front Door Software's Retriever program displays your contact information as your computer boots up. There's even space for a plea to a Good Samaritan — "$50 for my safe return," maybe. In most cases, that's enough to help an honest person return the machine, said Carrie Hafeman, ...
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    The 40-Plus Career Reinvention Checklist

    The 40-Plus Career Reinvention Checklist
    As a job applicant over 40 who is making his/her way through the world of work in an uncertain time, are you portraying yourself as the truly confident, capable person you are? Whether you’re trying to land a job, advance your career or hold onto the position you have right now, you need to be sure you’re presenting the best you ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    U.S. Employers Shed 51,000 Jobs in July

    U.S. Employers Shed 51,000 Jobs in July
    Unemployment continued its long climb in July, and employers slashed jobs for the seventh straight month, as the labor market continued a slow but steady deterioration that is walloping American workers. The unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in July, the Labor Department said today, up from 5.5 percent in June and 4.7 percent a year earlier. Employers cut 51,000 positions from ...
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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 ...
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    Majority of Workers Changing Daily Habits to Endure Economic Downturn

    Majority of Workers Changing Daily Habits to Endure Economic Downturn
    According to Vault.com’s (www.vault.com) “Workday Cutbacks” survey, 80% of employees are changing their workday food and drink habits in the face of the current economic crisis. Large numbers are cutting back when it comes to daily expenditures and also weighing more considerable changes in order to save money. “Regardless of their industry or career path, American workers are clearly reacting to ...
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    HRPeople's Guide to the Holidays

    HRPeople's Guide to the Holidays
    The holiday season can be an exciting, fun, and stressful, time. How do you get everything done, including your job, and still enjoy yourself? Let these articles guide you in navigating the holiday season and making it to the end of the year on a high note: • More Important than the Holiday Party... • Get Off the Holiday-Spending Carousel ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Feds Consider Getting Truckers on a Health Convoy

    Feds Consider Getting Truckers on a Health Convoy
    You think your coworkers are unhealthy? An Associated Press story details the health problems of truckers, already a tough-to-keep breed. One local example: Gordon Trucking Inc., based in Pacific, Wash., has been providing tips in its monthly company newsletter about eating healthy on the road. "We are interested in the health of our drivers because anytime a driver isn't healthy, that ...
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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 ...
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    Time to Stand Up and Be Counted

    Time to Stand Up and Be Counted
    If the predicted recession becomes a reality, the HR function needs to be seen as an integral part of the business. Otherwise team members could be the first to go. Nicola Harrison reports A lot can happen in 15 years. Since the last recession, the HR function has evolved from an administrative payroll and personnel position, to one of vital strategic ...
    Published almost 6 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. ...
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