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Toyota Truck Plant and Health Care Center Ready to Roll

November 15, 2006
The Japanese automaker will be the first of the large auto manufacturers operating in the United States to address health care costs by building a full-service health care center at one of its sites. Plant will open Friday in San Antonio.
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Ex-CEO of Monster Resigns From Board

October 30, 2006
The online jobs site operator says that board member and chairman emeritus Andrew McKelvey has resigned both posts after refusing to be interviewed by board members investigating the company's past stock options practices.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Measure ROI on Diversity

September 14, 2006
What problems might I expect to encounter related to championing diversity in the workplace? Also, what is a good tool to measure the return on investment of having a diverse workforce? I’ve heard varying accounts of whether diversity is a useful tool or merely a politically correct buzzword.
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Critics Remain Wary of Wal-Mart's Plans

August 15, 2006
Wal-Mart's plan to expand its HR operations to dedicate staff to each of its regions may be a step in the right direction, but some observers hope it’s just the first of more measures to come. Providing more HR support and training for its store managers is something Wal-Mart has needed to do for some time, critics say.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Should We Ban Use of the Term &#8216;Staff&#8217;

July 15, 2006
Our goal is to promote a culture of inclusiveness and teamwork--a process hindered by resistance to using the term "staff." Some employees think it is insulting and equates to being an underling. We don’t necessarily see it that way. How do we assuage their anger? Does this signal a more pervasive problem in our workforce?
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Mattel Chief Keeps an Open Ear to Employees

June 30, 2006
During his six-year tenure, Mattel CEO Robert Eckert has had lunch with thousands of employees at the company's El Segundo California headquarters. And he's read hundreds of handwritten responses from the workforce surveys that have been instituted at Mattel.
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Shaking Up the Toy Shop

June 30, 2006
Disjointed and lacking strategic direction, Mattel had clearly had fallen off its game. Now, a unifying workforce vision that finally brings true employee development, performance management and succession planning to the toy giant has helped the company find its way again.
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Many Businesses, but One Mission

June 16, 2006
It was Jeremy Farmer's job to bring Aon's fragmented insurance and consulting operations under a unified culture. With 47,000 employees in 500 offices throughout the world, the insurance and consulting company was completely decentralized. But when regulators came knocking, both the company and its HR chief realized that the new culture needed a singular goal: putting customers first.
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