December 11, 2013
The battle over benefits
By Sheila Anne Feeney
|The cost of health care is strangling companies, prompting strikes and leaving an increasing number of Americans without any coverage at all. Some companies are coping, but experts fear a sick system will have to come close to collapse before there is real reform.|
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By Douglas P. Shuit
|Convinced Monster.com and it's archrivals, HotJobs and CareerBuilder, are fighting for résumés and listings. But all three face competition on another front, as corporate recruiters find that internal referrals, their own sites and niche job boards are bringing them better candidates.|
By Leslie Gross Klaff
|It's a pricey (and difficult) proposition to move employees to expensive housing markets like San Francisco and New York. Companies are finding ways to drive down those costs, from selling employees' homes more quickly to fine-tuning those perilous cost-of-living adjustments.|
|Tester's choice |
by Samuel Greengard
|The debate over ERP versus best of breed is heating up, thanks to more sophisticated software and the ability to integrate more easily and painlessly. The pressure to perform has put information technology under the magnifying glass.|
|One out of many |
by Maryann Hammers
|SunTrust combined 28 human resources systems and disparate screening and recruiting programs into one. It managed that massive switch with a minimum of chaos and a maximum of teamwork. SunTrust saved money, got better candidates and won the Optimas Award for service.|
Between the Lines
Living in la-la land
My father's ghost is the only thing that's keeping me from crossing a picket line.
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In This Corner
Horrors from the bad-firing files
Looking to get sued? There's no surer way than humiliating an employee as your fire him.
Getting more for less.
The poet in the corner office
Dana Gioia brings business acumen and a poet's sensibility to his job as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Also: Mixed messages in an Enron ruling, the hottest job candidates know how to salute, and flexible jobs mean fewer absences.
Awards & Recognition
Gold watch blues
Companies are cutting back or eliminating formal recognition for retiring employees, and risking goodwill in the process.
Developing a new generation of public-agency leaders
Florida's program teaches critical skills to rand-and-file employees who never planned on becoming managers.
Recruiting & Staffing
The scarlet "U" is fading
Some recruiters no longer view unemployed workers as undesirable. Companies have landed quality employees through partnerships with downsizing organizations.
Confronting demons in executive interventions
Specialists fly in to choreograph confrontations that can spark change in key employees beset by drinking, drugs, gambling or other overwhelming problems.
Recruitment & Staffing
Little white lies yield red ink.
When a recruiter's aggressive marketing becomes outright lying, the result is excessive turnover, bloated recruiting costs and a lack of loyalty and commitment.