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Dear Workforce How Do We Develop an Employment Brand?

September 7, 2011
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My employer wants to embark on an employer branding exercise to attract potential employees. How do I go about doing this and what does it entail? —In the Dark, senior manager, human resources, manufacturing, Pahang, Malaysia
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Planned Cos. Optimas Award Winner for Vision

September 7, 2011
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For its commitment to career training in an unglamorous, high-turnover industry not known for employee enrichment, Planned Cos. is the recipient of the 2010 Optimas Award for Vision.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Sustain Collaboration Between Business Units as Our HR Function Moves to a Different Floor?

July 28, 2011
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As part of an expansion, our company plans to shift the human resources and finance departments to different floors, away from the business. We're not changing our HR focus or team structure, but I'm worried we'll lose the tight interaction that HR has with business units. Another concern: If HR becomes a destination, instead of a quick Q&A in the hallway, employees and managers may feel less comfortable approaching us. How do we sustain our collaborative culture during this transition?
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U.S. Employment Index Continues to Climb

March 7, 2011
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The Conference Board’s U.S. employment trends index rose in February to a reading of 101.7, its fifth straight increase.
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U.S. Navy <i>Optimas Award</i> Winner for Service

December 3, 2010
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For creating an outreach program that will help the recruitment efforts of the entire organization, the U.S. Navy is the winner of the 2010 Optimas Award in the Service category.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> What Can We Do to Make Our Managers Better at Hiring?

October 18, 2010
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How can our public-sector organization help its non-HR managers improve their hiring skills? They are often asked to handle personnel-related issues, such as determining whether candidates have the competencies necessary to perform the job. However, most have little (if any) formal training on how to do this. And our organization does not have a centralized approach or expertise in delivering this type of training.
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NYC Unemployment Drops for Fourth Consecutive Month

May 21, 2010
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April brings a single-digit jobless rate to the city—9.8 percent, compared with 10 percent in March. Recovery might finally be kicking in, economists say.
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Illinois Jobless Rate Makes First Dip in Three-Plus Years

May 20, 2010
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Illinois reports improvement in the jobs picture for the first time in three years, with 19,100 new jobs added in April and 51,500 hires for the year to date. But the unemployment rate remains at high levels.
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Michigans Jobless Rate Dips to 14 Percent in April

May 20, 2010
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The unemployment rate in Michigan improved only marginally in April, according to new figures released by the state. Although state regulators say the workforce has been increasing, year-over-year comparisons show the unemployment rate has grown since April 2009.
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HR Does Hard Time

May 12, 2010
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Some human resources executives oversee skilled professionals in tidy high-margin industries, but most manage armies of unskilled workers in messy low-margin businesses riddled with cost pressures, compliance pitfalls and safety concerns. These challenges may be magnified the greatest in the brutal world of the private prison industry.
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