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Two Stores Refuse to Join the Race to the Bottom

January 13, 2005
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While some supermarket chains slash benefits to cut costs, Wegmans and Stew Leonard's are bucking the trend, cementing employee loyalty and raking in big profits
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With Its “Heavy Lifters” Retiring, a Utility Company Looks to Save its Knowledge

October 29, 2004
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BC Hydro is looking to preserve its knowledge through an aggressive apprenticeship program, one that can run longer than a stint in law school.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do I Convince Our Managers That Training for Skills Development Provides Value?

September 24, 2004
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I have two key managers--one who heads development and another in charge of quality assurance--who accept their staff's shortcomings. In short, they seem more interested in developing personal relationships than achieving key company goals. Rather than set goals for skills development, they work around or make excuses for their employees. Training, seminars, extension courses, etc., have been suggested, to no avail. What else can I do?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do I Develop Career Paths

September 17, 2004
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I work for a civil engineering firm, and I’m trying to develop career paths for the different positions in my company as part of our retention practice. How do I start? What information should I include?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Could We Help Employees Develop Career Plans

June 25, 2004
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Our employees are asking for individual career plans. They want to know what’s in store for them in the future. We’ve tried giving them a general scenario of limited upward mobility, with the possibility of lateral job rotations. This is not enough to satisfy our employees, who want specifics. How can we promise that?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Measure the ROI of Tuition-Reimbursement Programs

June 25, 2004
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We need to revamp our tuition-reimbursement policy but want to know what practices other companies are following. What is the average reimbursement rate for tuition among U.S. companies? Is there any data that looks at the relationship between reimbursement policy and employee productivity?
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Getting the Job Done on Class Time

May 29, 2004
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MetLife's Joie Townsend says "we don't do learning for learning's sake."
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A Matter of Degrees

May 3, 2004
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Corporate America spent $10 billion on tuition reimbursement in 2003, but few companies track how those dollars are spent, or know whether they are getting any benefit by underwriting employees' degrees. It's not that ROI can't be measured. It's just that many companies don't seem to care about it.
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