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How Should We Use Retirees to Train Our Younger Workers?

June 28, 2012
Our organization would like to implement cross-training in light of a large number of seasoned employees who are approaching retirement. How can we go about keeping these experienced folks on as consultants after they retire? What is the key to making this solution work? —Training and Retaining, human resources director, services, Colton, California
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Should We Require Employees Who Leave to Repay Tuition?

June 6, 2012
We are re-evaluating our tuition-reimbursement policy. We'd like to know if other companies require departing employees to pay back company-paid tuition if they leave within a certain length of time after receiving this benefit. If so, what length of time is standard—within six months? One year? Two years? Do they require payback of the entire amount? —Feeling Cheated, executive assistant/HR specialist, wholesale trade, Chicago
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How Should We Address the Interrelated Issues of Pay, Career Growth and Work Flow?

February 1, 2012
The results from our employee survey identified three areas of concern: rewards and recognition, career advancement, and work organization/work flow. Employees are not satisfied that their pay is equal to their workload, and also complain about a lack of advancement opportunities. The issue of poor work organization/work flow pinches on the first two issues. How should we address these issues—one at a time or all at once? —Feeling Powerless, assistant manager, manufacturing, Southeast Asia
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Apple Takes a Bite at Learning

January 23, 2012
Apple Inc.'s newest blockbuster app, called iBook Author, will allow teachers, scholars and anyone else to create their own graphically compelling audio/visual textbooks.
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Training Wheels Back in Motion

January 16, 2012
A new report produced by advisory firm Bersin & Associates of Oakland, California, notes that companies replenished their training staffs and thus enabled employees to pursue career development put off during the recession.
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