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How Do We Overcome the Perception of Favoritism?

November 16, 2011
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I am a manager who has created a situation of perceived favoritism among my staff. I hired a new employee who happens to be a friend. I made the mistake of putting forth a work-improvement suggestion made by the new employee. She and I have been suffering the backlash ever since. How do I go about repairing this fiasco? —Oops, office manager, government, Long Beach, California
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Special Report on Talent Management: A Resilient Bunch

November 11, 2011
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Some employers, such as humanitarian organization World Vision, above, provide support and resiliency training to workers whose job is dealing with crisis situations.
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Patagonia Fills Payroll With People Who Are Passionate

November 5, 2011
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Perennially recognized as a good workplace for mothers, the California company also has earned a reputation for employee loyalty at a time when other apparel retailers commonly see turnover of more than 100 percent annually.
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5 Questions for Greg Besio: Unlocking the Right Combination

November 4, 2011
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A corporate merger can be a challenging and exciting opportunity for a human resources leader, according to Greg Besio, executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Aon Corp. Besio found plenty of challenges last year when Aon Corp. acquired Hewitt Associates. Besio recently spoke with Workforce Management senior writer Rita Pyrillis about the process in this excerpt.
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The Last Word: Millennials Italiano

November 4, 2011
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It seems milllennials Italiano aren't so different from millennials Americano.
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When Crisis Strikes

November 2, 2011
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Just imagine you've got a new job. You've been hired following a major business crisis. Your responsibility: Make sure that a similar catastrophe never happens again. The recently selected CEO and her team need your advice and leadership. They will sign on to your plan. That's the deal.
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Survey: HR Expecting Higher Bonuses Ahead

November 2, 2011
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Human resources executives are by far the most optimistic group of professionals regarding extra pay surveyed by Robert Half, which polled the bonus expectations of people in such occupations as accounting, technology, law and advertising.
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A Bad Place to Be: In Denial About What Workers Want

October 27, 2011
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Employers are burying their heads in the sand on job security and work stress—at their own peril.
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How Come Our HR Decentralization Was a Miserable Failure?

October 27, 2011
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About a year ago, our human resources department decided to decentralize. This decision was based upon negative feedback from business units regarding the performance of the HR team. One year later, things have gotten much worse. Many of the HR professionals have left the company because they were unhappy and unsupported. Is it common to see decentralization work so poorly? —Cure Worse Than Disease, vice president of corporate services, real estate, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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2012: It's Either the Year of Retaliation or Professionalism and Courage

October 24, 2011
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The most effective ‘anti-retaliation' approach is to make ‘surfacing and listening openly to problems' an element of operational excellence and daily behavior, vital to the company's core values, best leadership practices and success.
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