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HR Certification: Preferred or Unnecessary?

September 16, 2011
Some jobs require certification, though other companies say they want nothing to do with an HR practitioner with an acronym after their name. HR Certification Institute officials say that while certification has long been preferred, it is now a requirement for some jobs, thus fueling demand for the credentials.
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Dear Workforce How Do We Explain Wide Differences in Pay

September 7, 2011
How do we manage a disparity in pay levels? We are raising pay rates for employees to be more in line with our competitors. However, this hasn’t eased our recruiting difficulties very much. In addition, management is considering raising pay yet again for new recruits, but we are understandably concerned that such a move would make pay for new workers nearly equal to employees with two to three years of experience. This would also affect the pay of people with even longer tenure. Obviously, whatever we decide will affect both our retention of high performers and our recruitment of top talent. We don’t want to get hung up on this issue, but feel caught in the middle. Is there a way out that satisfies all sides?
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Dear Workforce How Do I Become an Influential Leader

September 7, 2011
I have good experience doing technical work, but I am finding it difficult to get my subordinates to follow my technique and style. I see this with others in my position. I believe it is because our senior management does not provide continuous training for managers. What will help me improve my influence?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Handle a Mutiny in Our Senior Ranks?

July 28, 2011
Both our CEO and I received a copy of an anonymous letter, purportedly from disgruntled senior managers. In it, the letter writers make highly unflattering remarks, attack the executive team and even use character assassination on members of the board of directors. It is painfully obvious that the person (or people) behind this letter carries a lot of anger and hostility. The issues have to do mainly with not tapping into the skill sets of managers, bringing on expatriates in high positions without first offering the jobs to locals, micromanagement and feeling belittled by upper management. How do we go about addressing these issues without knowing where the fire started? How do we begin to restore trust and harmony among this level of managers? The atmosphere is similar to a mutiny.
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