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    Why You Need Peer Coaching Programs

    Why You Need Peer Coaching Programs
    So much for sharing. The latest study from i4cp - now available for download in PDF and Interactive Data formats - reveals that less than a third of companies have a peer coaching program in place, and half don't have plans to implement one anytime soon. While most organizations don't have a program in place to directly share expertise, i4cp will ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Workplace Bullying: What Can You Do? Part 2

    PART 1 | PART 2 A workplace bully could be your boss, your division's honcho or even your company's chief executive. Other workplace sociopaths could be peers who openly slander you or gang up to intimidate or isolate you. So when considering a response to this form of psychological abuse, it's critical for bullying targets to consider organizational relationships. Next ...
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    What You Need to Know About HR Outsourcing Contract Renewals

    What You Need to Know About HR Outsourcing Contract Renewals
    Although early adopters of human resources outsourcing (HRO) services will make significant changes when restructuring end-of-term contracts over the next three years, 75-85 percent of buyers will retain current suppliers, according to the Everest Research Institute. As HRO clients evaluate how to drive incremental value for their organizations through the end-of-term process, areas of restructuring will range from modifying the number ...
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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 ...
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    Legal Landmines for Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors During Bad Economic Times

    Legal Landmines for Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors During Bad Economic Times
    "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" is not only the name of a popular song from the 1960s, it also describes the feelings of most employers who, because of competition, business costs or our current bad economy must reduce the size of their employment budget. By the time an employer has to "downsize," the economic factors driving that decision have already ...
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    Furloughs May Impact Pension, Health Care, and Fringe Benefits

    Furloughs May Impact Pension, Health Care, and Fringe Benefits
    To deal with the economic downturn without laying off workers, some employers have instituted voluntary and involuntary unpaid leave programs. However, reduced hours or unpaid leave can have an unexpected negative effect on employee benefits, including worker eligibility for pension plans, employer matching contributions to 401(k) plans, and health care coverage. According to a report by Watson Wyatt, Effect of the ...
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    Trim Your Overworked Day

    Trim Your Overworked Day
    Americans work more hours than anyone in the world, and the workload is taking its toll. Forty% of workers say their job is "very or extremely stressful," according to a study by insurance firm Northwestern National Life. But many of us work more hours than we need to. "Very few managers use their time as effectively as they could," a study ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Benefits and Drawbacks of Phased Retirement

    Benefits and Drawbacks of Phased Retirement
    by John Rossheim | Monster Senior Contributing Writer American workers of a certain age -- like you -- have strong notions about how they want the rest of their careers to go. Well past the halfway point of your working years, you want to make more room in your life for pursuits beyond gainful employment. But to avoid the psychological and ...
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    Temp Layoff May Qualify Worker for Jobless Benefits

    Question: I work for a dentist. He plans to close the office for five to seven weeks to have shoulder surgery. Can I collect unemployment benefits during that time? Answer: If you don't obtain work in the meantime, you may be able to receive unemployment benefits. "It's a temporary lack of work," a New York State Department of Labor spokeswoman said. ...
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    As Crime Rises in a Poor Economy, Is It Rising in Your Organization as Well?

    As Crime Rises in a Poor Economy, Is It Rising in Your Organization as Well?
    We've all seen the news: another failed bank, mounting debt, mass layoffs, record foreclosures, a $50 billion dollar Wall Street Ponzi scheme and a stock market that has sunk to its lowest level in more than a decade. So here's another news flash: As a result of the deteriorating economy, theft and property crimes are on the rise, a trend that ...
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    Forget One-Size-Fits-All HR

    Forget One-Size-Fits-All HR
    One-size-fits-all HR is a thing of the past. A new study from i4cp indicates that HR functions are adapting to today's global business environment and morphing to meet their organizations' unique needs. So, what's the one best way of structuring a company's HR organization or of formulating major HR initiatives? It turns out there's no single right answer, but size definitely ...
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    Are You Too Nice for Your Job?

     Are You Too Nice for Your Job?
    As if things weren't hard enough in corporate America, now we've got a professor telling CFOs that most of their HR colleagues are misguided on the issue of employee engagement, not-so-hot at analytics, and maybe even poorly qualified as managers of strategic talent. Oy. Just what we need at a time when it's more important than ever for people managers and ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Cutting That Training Budget Is a No-Brainer, Right?

    Cutting That Training Budget Is a No-Brainer, Right?
    Reduce the budget now! It's a fire drill almost every company is either currenty immersed in or has already gone through. And when this fire drill happens, it's typically a time when corporate training and development get a lot of attention. After all, conventional wisdom states that when times are tough, the training budget is one of the first - and ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Will Obama Radically Change Workforce Issues?

     Will Obama Radically Change Workforce Issues?
    First piece of advice: Stay calm. Nobody is really sure what a Democratic Congress and an Obama Administration will mean for workforce issues. Second piece of advice: Calm doesn't mean complacent. Do some contingency planning. There could be a number of important legislative and regulatory changes coming down the pike - some with the potential to radically shift workforce trends in ...
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    The Time to Plan Is Now

    The Time to Plan Is Now
    Why is it so hard to be proactive - to actually plan for those workforce needs? Maybe companies are so busy trying to survive the moment, they just don't have time. Research conducted by i4cp (2008a) found that only about a quarter of responding firms said they had formal plans for their future hiring needs, although the figure was 50% for ...
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    Cost-Cutting Tips, Tactics & Strategies

    Cost-Cutting Tips, Tactics & Strategies
    Publication date: 2009-06-01 EMPLOY COMPETITIVE BIDDING TO FORCE HR VENDORS TO LOWER PRICES Issue:A finance firm in Pennsylvania wanted to cut HR costs so it conducted widespread bidding on outsourced programs. Response: "We re-evaluated our outsourced programs, such as payroll, benefits administration, and 401 (k) recordkeeping. In doing so, we cast a wide net for vendors. Then we gave vendors the ...
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    What to Cut and What to Keep in Your Organization's Benefits

    What to Cut and What to Keep in Your Organization's Benefits
    Publication date: 2009-06-01 As organizations continue to fight to survive through the recession, information on what benefits are being retained and abandoned is very useful. Two recent surveys indicate what peer organizations are doing when reductions are a necessity, though HR professionals must balance the need to save money against the need to retain valuable talent. The Families and Work Institute's ...
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    What Is HR Really For?

    What Is HR Really For?
    Publication date: 2009-05-01 When, in hard times such as these, harried line managers do get in touch with their colleagues in HR, too often they are met with a level of bureaucracy and lack of interest worthy of the civil service. As one such manager, currently engaged in the gruesome business of having to make compulsory redundancies, told MTin exasperation: 'They ...
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    Obama Promises More Than 600,000 Stimulus Jobs

    Obama Promises More Than 600,000 Stimulus Jobs
    WASHINGTON June 8, 2009 (AP) Obama promises more than 600,000 stimulus jobs following reports showing continued job losses President Barack Obama says the United States remains in a deep recession that will take considerable time to escape. Obama met at the White House with his top administration officials on Monday to hear an update on his $787 billion spending plan. Obama ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Evaluating Benefits Administration in a Down Economy

    Evaluating Benefits Administration in a Down Economy
    Publication date: 2009-05-01 To some, "outsourcing" is a dirty word, filled with nefarious connotations. They envision a third-world child slaving 14 hours a day for sub-sustenance pay in a hostile work environment, replacing an American job. Unfortunately, as soon as some people hear the word outsourcing, this prejudice impairs their ability to look at outsourcing with an open mind. Actually, we ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This

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