<i>Workforce Management</i> March 2004

March 1, 2004
Clean Slate
By Andy Meisler
Human resources was asleep at the switch when greed and fraud torpedoed Tyco. Laurie Siegel, the company's post-scandal senior vice-president of human resources, is in charge of making up for lost trust. She has taken on the daunting task with eyes wide open.

2004 Optimas Awards
The 14th annual Optimas Awards honor excellence in workforce management. This year's winners brought innovation, discipline and vision to their organizations during a particularly difficult economic period.

The winners are:
    Competitive Advantage: Cendant Mobility
    Financial Impact: Alegent Health
    Ethical Practice: Lockheed Martin Corp.
    Global Outlook: Mattel, Inc.
    Innovation: Baptist Health South Florida
    Managing Change: Union Pacific Corp.
    Partnership: The Global Workplace Collaboration
    Service: Wachovia Corp.
    Vision: Monical Pizza Corp.
    General Excellence: General Motors Corp.

More care, less cost
By Maryann  Hammers
Today, more than 30 medical conditions are covered in disease management programs. The approach is changing from focusing on a few costly chronic illnesses to considering treatment of the whole person, with all the challenges and conditions that might be part of her life. "Programs are morphing from 'disease management' to 'population health,' " on consultant says. Some programs provide users with a "health-care coach" or a "care concierge," who serves as a focal point for many kinds of health and illness-prevention services. And get ready for significant savings. One study argues that the ROI for a set of disease-management programs can be more than 4 to 1.

Between the Lines
A strategic fallacy
The question is always are you strategic or tactical? It's the wrong question.
  Reactions From Readers
Wal-Mart's exec VP for people disliked a story on the company..

In This Corner
Plain and simple: liars lose
Little white lies employers tell to soften the blow of firing someone can backfire in a costly way.

Legal Briefings
No protection for anti-gay postings. "At hone" accommodation is unreasonable.

Data Bank
Carrying the benefits burden.

Software titans play hardball
This could prove to be a pivotal month in the Oracle vs. Peoplesoft battle. Also: Getting white-collar clients ready for their trip to Club Fed. Women at the top improve the bottom line. The HRMS hot list.
Finding schools that yield good job applicant ROI
Some companies are narrowing their recruiting efforts to just those few campuses that provide the best job candidates. And once they have some good schools in their sites, companies try to develop closer ties in order to identify the most talented students as early as their sophomore year..

In Enron's wake, time for a review of nonqualified plans
Even though the plans get a bad rap in the press, it's still a good idea to review these plans and remove "anomalies."

Disability Management
Social Security's new deal for disability
The agency's troubled programs are undergoing a major overhaul. Employers could enjoy lower costs, and disabled workers could be more motivated to go back to work without risking the loss of medical coverage.

Recruiting & /Staffing
Internal mobility systems work for all
Companies are giving their internal-mobility programs a boost in an effort to retain and groom top talent. As the economy starts to improve, managers are worried that a stronger job market could prompt employees to jump ship.

The hunt for candidates with security clearances
Demand for candidates who have Defense Department security clearances outstrips supply. Even with employee referrals, businesses can't always fill critical jobs.

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