April 17, 2014
By Patrick J. Kiger
| When conglomerate Unilever scooped up Ben & Jerry’s, some worried that the ice cream |
iconoclast might become just another plain-vanilla subsidiary. Instead, the two companies have flavored each other’s cultures.
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Welcome to the club
By Michelle V. Rafter
|Costco pays generous wages and benefits in accord with CEO Jim Sinegal’s maxim: "Taking care of your employees and turning inventory faster than your people is good business." The chain is experiencing booming growth and surging revenue and profits.|
State of the sector: Relocation
By Joe Mullich
|Employee transfers are on the rise as companies see hopeful signs in the economy. Relocation providers are eager to meet client demands not just for the basics, but for a host of new services.|
Between the Lines
Really, it was our honor
There was a sense of enthusiasm for this work--for the engagement of people, in all their diversity and challenge.
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Yum does a 360
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