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    Corporate Productivity Predicted to Rise in Down Economy

    Corporate Productivity Predicted to Rise in Down Economy
    Study: Companies expect their workforces to be more productive SEATTLE, WA (March 2, 2009) – At least there is one bright byproduct of a gloomy economy: many managers are upbeat about the short-term productivity prospects in their organizations, according to a recent study by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). The study found that the majority of respondents forecast that productivity ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    How To Find a Diversified Employer

    How To Find a Diversified Employer
    Who can forget the Texaco fiasco in the mid-1990s when the oil company's executives were caught making racially insensitive remarks about African-American workers? The $176 million lawsuit sent shockwaves through corporate America, but the lesson was lost on many. [widget:gender_issues_at_the_workplace] Two years ago, Coca-Cola reached a $192.5 million settlement with its African-American employees after a class-action lawsuit claimed the company denied ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    April 2009 Hiring Forecast Plunges to Four Year Low

    April 2009 Hiring Forecast Plunges to Four Year Low
    Compensation packages are shrinking and competition for open jobs is fierce ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- April will continue a bleak employment outlook for job seekers as employment expectations continue to sink in the manufacturing and service sectors, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) LINE(R) Employment Report. In the biggest decline of the survey's four year history, ...
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    Survey: Economic Crisis Reduces Employee Engagement

    Survey: Economic Crisis Reduces Employee Engagement
    The economic downturn is taking a toll on employees' willingness to go the extra mile to help their company or say nice things about it, according to a new survey. The results of the national comparative survey of U.S. companies between late 2007 and late 2008 indicate that 66 percent of the firms in the study saw decreases in their employee ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    HR in Shining Armour

    HR in Shining Armour
    It's a tough time for HR. The current economic recession is the deepest one experienced since the post-Second World War period. It is producing cuts and layoffs, as businesses everywhere seek to reduce costs and maintain profits. As the new year begins to a shaky start, many HR service providers are just starting to get a picture of the turmoil's likely ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Public, Private Pay Gap Grows

    Public, Private Pay Gap Grows
    The pay gap between government workers and lower-compensated private employees is growing as public employees enjoy sizable benefit growth even in a distressed economy, federal figures show. Public employees earned benefits worth an average of $13.38 an hour in December 2008, the latest available data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says. Private-sector workers got $7.98 an hour. Overall, total compensation ...
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    What Jobs Will the Stimulus Create?

    What Jobs Will the Stimulus Create?
    In his first address to Congress, President Barack Obama put his top priority for America’s beleaguered workers in simple terms: “Now is the time to jumpstart job creation.” The work of reversing the labor economy’s slide will not be so simple. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act seeks to bring timely relief to 11.6 million unemployed Americans and 734,000 discouraged workers ...
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    Employee Benefits in Tough Times

    Employee Benefits in Tough Times
    SYRACUSE--A small business might be able to avoid layoffs in this difficult economy by "rethinking" its medical, dental, and vision coverage. That's according to Neal Sullivan, chair of the DeWitt-based Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, Inc. (IIABNY). The group is a not-for-profit trade association representing more than 1,900 New York State agencies and their 18,000 employees in legislative ...
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    Developing People: A worthwhile investment

     Developing People: A worthwhile investment
    Let's say you're a manager in a growing company. As the business year ends and the company wants to reduce expenses, senior management asks you to trim your budget. What's the first area you think of cutting back? Is it training? Why is training and development often the first area to go when the budget must be cut? Has your manager ...
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    Humor in the Workplace

    Humor in the Workplace
    Some bosses act as though they're allergic to humor, bristling when employees joke around in the office and fretting over the line between humor and harassment. But Chris Robert, assistant professor of management at the University of Missouri-Columbia's Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business, says joking around on the job can actually have a positive effect on productivity and employee ...
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    Issue: A Good Employee Turns Scratchy

    Issue: A Good Employee Turns Scratchy
    An impressive employee diligently works her way up through the ranks—only to give a subpar performance once she gets to the top Beth Waggoner watched in amazement as a promising employee she had promoted performed so poorly it put an entire organization in danger of sinking. An accountant who loves animals, Waggoner was serving (pro bono) as president of the board ...
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    Analysis: Why New Leaders Disappoint

    Analysis: Why New Leaders Disappoint
    It's inadvisable to promote employees based solely on past performance. And when you do bump them up, you mustn't desert them at the helm In what way could the firing and hiring of Della, an animal shelter manager paid a fairly modest salary, hold important lessons for high-level corporate executives and their boards? Well, in just about every way, say business ...
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    Keeping Up Appearances: Why Fat People Make Less Money

    Keeping Up Appearances: Why Fat People Make Less Money
    For the past month I have been making the rounds on the interview circuit in anticipation of leaving my current job (more on this later). Last week I was relating the gritty details of each interview with a close friend and expressed my anxiety about receiving an offer from any one of the companies where I was interviewing. My friend responded ...
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    More Companies Cut or End 401(k) Plan Matches

    More Companies Cut or End 401(k) Plan Matches
    The battle for a secure retirement is about to get even tougher. Several new surveys of company executives show that they plan to reduce or suspend their company's retirement-plan contributions this year. Dozens of employers in the past year have already slashed such costs. The trend means one important thing for workers: smaller nest eggs, unless they save enough to make ...
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    Diversity Case Study: Oracle

    Diversity Case Study: Oracle
    As the world’s largest business software company, Oracle helps customers of all sizes and across a variety of industries by offering solutions that best fit their needs. Similarly, as an employer, Oracle offers a range of HR and diversity-focused programs designed to fit the needs of as many of its employees as possible. Just as Oracle treats every customer individually, it ...
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    Obama: Recovery Plan Is Working

    Obama: Recovery Plan Is Working
    It was Prime Time, Take Two at the White House tonight as President Barack Obama used his hour-long press conference — the second in less than two months — to argue that the many efforts he is making to turn the economy around are beginning to take root. “We’ve put in place a comprehensive strategy designed to attack this crisis on ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rate This
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    Social Networking and Your Job: Lessons from the "Cisco Fatty"

    Social Networking and Your Job: Lessons from the "Cisco Fatty"
    The internet is buzzing with tales of the latest web 2.0 casualty –the Cisco Fatty. The man who managed to jeopardize a new, high paying job, in 140 characters or less.    After receiving an offer from communications giant Cisco Systems, the jobseeker Twittered about it, telling his followers that although he had been offered a “fatty” paycheck, he wasn’t sure he ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Dogs Allowed: Creature Comforts at Work

    Dogs Allowed: Creature Comforts at Work
    Dog-friendly policies that allow employees to bring well-behaved pets to work are popping up in many offices and, by all accounts, the downsides are minimal. "We always say around here that dogs have never broken anything. People have, but dogs, never," says Jeanine Falcon of Replacements Ltd., the Greensboro, N.C., company that warehouses more than 13 million pieces of china, crystal ...
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    Bernanke Says Recession Could End in 2009

    Bernanke Says Recession Could End in 2009
    America's recession "probably" will end this year if the government succeeds in bolstering the banking system, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Sunday in a rare television interview. In carefully hedged remarks in a taped interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Bernanke seemed to express a bit more optimism that this could be done. Still, Bernanke stressed — as he did to ...
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    Microsoft Aims to Replace Personal Assistants?

    Microsoft Aims to Replace Personal Assistants?
    REDMOND, Wash. — What would you do with a PC that's 50 to 100 times more powerful than the one you've got? Can't think of much? Craig Mundie, Microsoft's (MSFT) chief research and strategy officer, sure can. The executive assigned to fill retired founder Bill Gates' role as company visionary has set out to transform mundane laptops and desktop PCs into ...
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Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?