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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Is There a Distinction Between HR Strategy and People Strategy Or Is It Merely Semantics?

September 13, 2011
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Both are essential and need to be highly integrated, but the combination should be invisible to employees
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Dear Workforce How Do We Redistribute Workloads?

September 7, 2011
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We have a major problem that is causing undue stress in our workplace. It seems our senior employees are passing off more work to their juniors, rather than making an effort to share the work. We're concerned that if junior employees spend the first few years of their company life continuously stressed out and overworked, that they will in turn treat their juniors with the same indifference and laziness. How did we miss this signal? More important, does it mean we need to redesign jobs/duties to alleviate stress? Please help.
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Dear Workforce How Do We Move Toward a Formal Approach to Cross-Training?

September 7, 2011
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What are the basics of designing an effective job-rotation system? The managers in our company have said they would like to see a formalized system developed to help cross-training or "cross-skilling" their employees.
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Dear Workforce How Do We Implement Job Rotation That Serves Both Top Performers and People Who Have Hit a Performance Plateau?

September 7, 2011
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How do we apply a job rotation policy to provide opportunities for both 'star performers' and 'plateaued employees'? What should be the ideal duration for a rotation?
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Dear Workforce What Should We Consider Before Implementing a System of Multirater Feedback?

September 7, 2011
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Our organization is considering implementation of a multirater feedback 360-degree system. We are concerned about the change.
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Dear Workforce What Should We Seek to Learn From 'Stay' Interviews?

September 7, 2011
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I'd like to start implementing “stay” interviews. Which kinds of questions should we be asking, and how do I convince managers that these interviews are important?
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Dear Workforce How Is HR Different Between the Public and Private Sectors?

September 7, 2011
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Are there key differences in how human resources should be practiced between the private sector and government? I am seeking training that would help me understand all the nuances involved when making recommendations about hiring of new government employees.
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Dear Workforce How Do We Answer Questions of Unfairness With 360 Reviews?

September 7, 2011
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When conducting a 360 review, is it fair to withhold which employee gets what say on the review? The manager and I have jointly identified the top eight employees who interact most with individuals. Based on their levels of interaction or reporting lines (supervisor, subordinates), we assign a weighted average to each person. Although the feedback from the reviews is positive, questions have arisen as to the fairness of this arrangement. Our office is close-knit, and we want to avoid opening up “negotiations” on this. What do you suggest we do?
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Dear Workforce How Could Performance Tools Help Us Boost Motivation?

September 7, 2011
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How can I use performance-assessment tools to boost employee motivation? We aren't trying to frighten people into higher levels of performance, but we are interested in enhancing overall performance by giving employees nonmonetary incentives to go the extra mile.
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Dear Workforce How Do We Establish Assessment Centers?

September 7, 2011
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What factors must we consider when establishing assessment centers?
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