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5 Questions With Joanna Geraghty: Not Leaving Anything Up in the Air

December 8, 2010
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Joanna Geraghty, 38, became JetBlue’s chief people officer in September. Geraghty takes the reins as JetBlue is adding routes and expanding its workforce. But the company’s image also has taken some knocks. Geraghty recently spoke to Workforce Management senior writer Rita Pyrillis.
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Holiday Events Stage a Comeback as Dark Mood Eases

November 16, 2010
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The comeback of company-sponsored get-togethers is providing a year-end boost for the city’s hospitality industry, which was slammed by the recession. Corporate bookings are up significantly from last year at many hotels, restaurants and other venues.
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Costs Continue to Drive Training Sessions to the Web

November 15, 2010
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Online, informal and social learning are increasingly part of the corporate training mix; their elements are often blended with traditional classroom sessions to create a recipe for training success. As a result, face-to-face learning has become rarer and is reserved for specialized, highly complex or contextual material.
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ASTD Study Training Spending Drops but Each Learner Gets More

November 12, 2010
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Training budgets shrank slightly in 2009 as companies zeroed in on efficiency and high-value learning, ASTD report finds.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> During Promotion and Raises, How Do We Assess People of Similar Yet Differing Competencies?

November 11, 2010
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We are an animation company and work on multiple projects of varied complexities. The individual performance evaluation is done based on similar KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities) defined for specific roles. Our challenge: how to normalize the performance across different projects for individuals with same ratings when evaluating pay hikes/promotions. We will not be able to consider them at the same competency level because their work is of varied complexities.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Our Early-Career Pros Are Leaving Despite Onboarding. Where Are We Going Wrong?

November 11, 2010
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Despite attention to onboarding and engaging them, we can’t seem to retain our early-career professionals (those with fewer than five years’ seniority). For example, we have implemented engagement interview with management team members, provide a new-hire engagement program, and orientation workshops—yet turnover among young professionals remains unacceptably high. What are we doing wrong? More important, how can we reverse the trend?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Get Reliable Input From Self-Appraisals?

November 2, 2010
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Each year our management directs our staffers to write their own evaluations for appraisals. These written evaluations then become the basis for appraisals. Realizing that one size does not fit all companies, we nevertheless want to create some type of standardized format to use for these self-assessments. How should we structure it so we are reasonably sure that the questions generate honest responses from employees? What other pitfalls should we take note of?
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Verizon Wireless Gets a Strong Signal on Tuition Reimbursement

October 25, 2010
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In measuring the bottom-line impact of its tuition assistance program, Verizon Wireless stands out from most companies.
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Learning by Degrees

October 25, 2010
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Tuition assistance benefits typically have not been assessed for their bottom line impact. But some see the programs as vital to employee development and retention.
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