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    Finding Balance in Difficult Times

    Finding Balance in Difficult Times
    Publication date: 2009-06-01 Adam Brooke Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer With the economic downturn comes the challenge of finding the right balance between managing costs and providing a competitive reward package. Companies can go some way to achieving this balance by introducing a flexible benefits scheme. Flexible benefits can help employers increase the understanding and encourage greater take-up of certain benefits. For instance, ...
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    Pay for HR Professionals Slumps With the Economy

    Pay for HR Professionals Slumps With the Economy
    Everyone is feeling the squeeze of the recession, and HR personnel are no exception. The HR Compensation Survey from Mercer found pay raises were very small for HR professionals in 2008, just under 2 percent. On the plus side, even these modest increases kept up with the decreased inflation rate. However, another survey, the 2008/2009 Survey Report on Human Resources Personnel ...
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    Flexible Working Has Helped to Make Absenteeism Go Missing

    Flexible Working Has Helped to Make Absenteeism Go Missing
    Publication date: 2009-06-01 If you feel strongly about parents having the right to request flexible working arrangements, then you really should take a close look at the Employee Benefits/Simplyhealth Healthcare Research 2009 published with this issue. Every June since 1999, Employee Benefits has conducted a major piece of research into the healthcare offerings and attitudes of UK employers. So, in our ...
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    How Women Are Redefining Work and Success

    How Women Are Redefining Work and Success
    Women are using their increased economic power to bring about more creative, manageable work schedules For years, broadcasters Claire Shipman, at ABC News' Good Morning America, and Katty Kay, at BBC World News America, struggled with their decisions to turn down promotions and plum assignments so they could tend to their families. It wasn't that they weren't ambitious, they just weren't ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    In Tight Job Market, Some Teens Start Their Own Businesses

    In Tight Job Market, Some Teens Start Their Own Businesses
    Eric Cieslewicz has spent the last couple of months drumming up business. Faced with dismal employment prospects at traditional teen-friendly employers, the 18-year-old has turned his passion for percussion into a money-making venture. The Milford, Ohio, high school senior set up a website promoting his services as a drum instructor, printed business cards and spread the word that he was open ...
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    5 Media Trends HR Professionals Should Understand When Communicating With Employees

    5 Media Trends HR Professionals Should Understand When Communicating With Employees
    In the ideal human resources (HR) world, employees would eagerly anticipate each benefits update, jumping at the chance to try the corporate intranet's new selfservice features or to pore through a detailed newsletter. Employees would read every benefits communication with zeal as they sat down, set work aside, and focused on the information before them. HR would not need to answer ...
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    Answers to Quiz: What's Your HR IQ?

    Answers to Quiz: What's Your HR IQ?
    HR Generalists are in high demand because they know so much about everything HR. You know you are smart, but how “HR smart” are you? Take this test to find out. Have you taken the ultimate HR IQ Quiz yet? If not, click here. Developed by a leading educator and generalist practitioner in the HR field, this test will challenge ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +31
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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 ...
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    New Rules of Management: More Women on Boards

    New Rules of Management: More Women on Boards
    More women than ever before joined corporate boards in the first three months of 2009, but is this a recession-related blip, or a promising trend? According to Directors & Boards magazine, 38% of executives named as independent directors on corporate boards in the first quarter were women, a “chart-busting” figure that’s by far the highest since the publication began tracking appointments ...
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    Rewards and Management

    Rewards and Management
    Good human capital management can add real value to an organisation, explains Nicola Sullivan This recession has brought an almost unprecedented interest in the link between an organisation's financial performance and the way its employees are rewarded and managed. As failed financial institutions have found enough money in the pot for generous bonuses and benefits, public outcry has grown. The contentious ...
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    Avoiding Layoffs

    Avoiding Layoffs
    Publication date: 2009-05-01 If your firm is feeling economic pressures and the owners believe that layoffs can ease the situation, consider these ideas. Layoffs may offerthe chance to "clean house" of staff that are not performing, but layoffs also may mean parting with staff you would like to retain-if possible. In the latter case, there are steps your firm can take ...
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    What Makes a Good HR Leader?

    What Makes a Good HR Leader?
    Leading Now, Leading the Future: What Senior HR Leaders Need to Know, from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), identifies the following eight leadership skills essential for HR business leaders: (1) knowledge of business, HR, and organizational operations; [widget:hrpeoples_guide_to_firing__layoffs] (2) strategic thinking and critical/analytical thinking; (3) leading change; (4) effective communication; (5) credibility; (6) results orientation/drive for performance; (7) ethical ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    CEOs Share Their Secrets To Success

    CEOs Share Their Secrets To Success
    Do you belong in the corner office? To succeed as a business leader you must "have integrity, value the need to make a profit but not be consumed by that need, and really care about people," says Bette Price, co-author of True Leaders: How Exceptional CEOs and Presidents Make a Difference by Building People and Profits. [widget:___quiz_are_you_ready_to_go_back_to_work] The Daily Grind asked ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Survey: Strapped Companies Look to Get More From HR Technology

    Survey: Strapped Companies Look to Get More From HR Technology
    WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With cost control paramount and most HR budgets shrinking, employers are looking to make changes that will get the most from their HR technology, according to a forthcoming survey by Watson Wyatt, a leading global consulting firm. Watson Wyatt's 2009 HR Technology Trends Survey found that 61 percent of employers are taking steps to optimize their ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    10 Tips on Handling Swine Flu At Work

    10 Tips on Handling Swine Flu At Work
    As HR professionals, our employers and our employees are counting on us to be ready, willing, and able to assist in times of need. Such is the case as we wait and see if this Swine Flu outbreak will materialize into a local or national threat we call a “pandemic outbreak.” With today’s technology and the immediacy of news information, the ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Can Obama Keep New Jobs at Home?

    Can Obama Keep New Jobs at Home?
    Massive fiscal stimulus could wind up creating jobs offshore as funds are spent on imports. President-elect Barack Obama has made a promise: to save or create 2.5 million jobs over the next two years. Estimates of the cost of his high-powered spending program to rescue the U.S. economy start at $500 billion and go way up from there. But a giant ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Companies Aren't Prepared for the Aftershocks of Layoffs

    Companies Aren't Prepared for the Aftershocks of Layoffs
    SEATTLE, WA (April 8, 2009) - With layoffs becoming more difficult to avoid, it's important companies learn how to implement these reductions smoothly and effectively, while at the same time keeping remaining employees engaged and productive. The new Corporate Restructuring Highlight Report from the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) examines these challenges as well as other strategies companies are using to ...
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    Stimulus Act Benefits for the Unemployed

    Stimulus Act Benefits for the Unemployed
    A number of provisions to help the unemployed are included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and here’s a list of some of the major benefits. Offerings vary greatly by state, so check with your local unemployment office to find out what exactly is available to you. Increased Unemployment Benefits The ARRA funds a new temporary Federal Additional Compensation ...
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    Retiring With Less

    Retiring With Less
    Apr. 20--If you've looked closely at your paycheck or W-2 form, you'll see that a big chunk of your earnings goes to Social Security taxes. It's a simple system that confiscates pay and sends it to retirees. Rising unemployment and wage cuts have reduced the total amount available. In an announcement that didn't get the press coverage it deserves, the Congressional ...
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    Employers Fear Cost of Health Insurance for Jobless Workers

    Employers Fear Cost of Health Insurance for Jobless Workers
    A new subsidy that goes into effect March 1 could make health insurance more affordable for millions of laid-off workers. But some businesses fear it could also raise employer health care costs. The stimulus package signed into law this week by President Obama subsidizes 65% of their COBRA health insurance premiums for individuals laid off between Sept. 1 and the end ...
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