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How Do We Measure Innovation, Loyalty and Other Abstract Concepts?

October 31, 2012
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How do we make abstract ideas concrete, such as commitment, ability, innovation, loyalty and so on? Is it a matter of building better job competencies? Better job descriptions? We know our employees work hard, care about the company and strive to do well, but measuring these concepts in a concrete way is a challenge for us. —In Search of Answers, construction/industrial, Parsippany, New Jersey
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Top Performers vs. Critical Performers: Semantics or Meaningful Distinction?

October 31, 2012
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What is the difference between top performers and critical performers, if any? —Taking Stock, wholesale trade, Seattle
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Democrats and Republicans Agree—Workplace Flexibility Key to Job Satisfaction

October 25, 2012
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Congressional staff members and 25 members of Congress participated in a SHRM survey, which found that 55 percent feel that ‘flexibility to balance work and life issues’ is very important, but only 26 percent are very satisfied with the flexibility in their own workplace.
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Popularity Pays

October 24, 2012
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But a deeper lesson of new research is that everyone can be more socially savvy.
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The 'Employee Value Proposition' Over the Years: The Search for a Middle Ground

October 19, 2012
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To celebrate Workforce's 90th anniversary, we're running a series of articles looking at important workforce-related issues with a then-and-now theme. This month, we look at the evolution of the “employment deal” between employers and employees. In December, we will switch gears and stop looking at the past and start looking toward the future.
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The Love Connection

October 17, 2012
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In lifting the San Francisco Giants to victory, pitcher Sergio Romo reminded us all about the power of plugging away for something bigger than ourselves.
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How Do I Coach for Engagement?

October 17, 2012
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I have been reading everything I can about employee engagement and feedback. How do I use the knowledge, in a practical way, to improve my leadership/coaching? —Too Much Information, operations supervisor, transportation, San Diego
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Report Confirms: Bottom Line for Firms Aiming to Prosper Is to Be the Tops at People Management

October 15, 2012
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A technology firm and a supermarket chain are among companies that validate a recent report that found that proper management techniques push companies from good to great.
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Happy Holiday: More Executives Are Taking Vacation

October 9, 2012
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Completely unplugging from the office is still a challenge, although about 50 percent of CFOs in a recent survey said they didn't check in while checked out.
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Dentist's Orders

October 5, 2012
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My dentist argues people need a day off midweek to stay healthy and fresh. She may be right.
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