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Significant Attention Paid to Significant Others in Need

February 4, 2011
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Bon Secours Virginia Health System has found that permitting employees to modify their schedules reduces their anxiety and stress.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Persuade Management to Create Flex Schedules?

July 14, 2010
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My company doesn’t have an official flex schedule policy, which means that some departments are able to have a flex schedule while departments such as mine do not (I work in human resources). What is the best way to present a request for consideration to our human resources executives to see if this arrangement could benefit us?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Much Support Staff Should We Employ?

June 15, 2010
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How do I use benchmarks to determine if my support departments are staffed properly?
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10 Keys to a Sensible Overtime Policy

January 27, 2010
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For organizations that use shifts and have extended-hours operations, overtime needs to be handled with care. Here are 10 tips for developing an overtime policy that will reduce the likelihood of safety, health and production problems.
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Some of the Legal Pitfalls of Furloughs for Employers

November 19, 2009
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Employers need to be careful to avoid legal issues when conducting employee furloughs.
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Tread CarefullyFurloughs Useful for Cost Saving but Are Not Without Risks

November 19, 2009
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The complex legal landscape of employee furloughs has driven new work to law firms helping companies avoid violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and other laws.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Shift Work Is Harming Morale. How Do We Make Amends?

September 27, 2009
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Our financial services company recently introduced shift work for some service positions, which has led to grumbling and general discontent. For example, our service-desk positions previously were 8 a.m.-5 p.m. jobs, but business needs warranted going to a 24/5 schedule. We are concerned about a drop in morale, along with the attendant productivity drops. We tried to roll this out gradually, giving service people time to adjust and informing them of the change through group meetings and one on one. Still, morale is at a new low since we began the shift-work schedule. How could we have missed on this so badly? And how can we repair the damage? —Sinking Fast, manager, finance/insurance/real estate, Johannesburg, South Africa
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GM to Temporarily Idle Two More Plants

October 29, 2008
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General Motors has told employees at its Detroit-Hamtramck and Bowling Green, Kentucky, plants that they will have an extra down week this year.
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The Four-Day Workweek Now Wrecking Innovation at a Company Near You

October 14, 2008
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Commentary: Put the four-day workweek in, and you’re sending an institutional message to your salaried workers that your organization expects 40 hours rather than continuous effort until their objectives are met.
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Scheduling Software Lawsons Software

October 10, 2008
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Lawson’s software allows nurses to see and bid on open shifts a la eBay.
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