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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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Firms Tally the Value in Values-Based Recruiting

January 25, 2011
The philosophy of corporate culture as a source of competitive advantage—along with a defined mission and adherence to values—has existed for several decades. Yet many companies have struggled to implement these concepts and create mission statements or value propositions to just hang on a wall.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Why 360s Aren't Right for Us&#8212;or Are They?

September 14, 2010
We are seeking a way to evaluate individual managers for effectiveness at our company of fewer than 200 employees. Generally, 360 reviews are not recommended for companies of our size. What other tools could we use? —Doing a 360, human resources manager, finance/insurance/real estate, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Are First-Time Managers Really Better Off With Training?

June 28, 2010
I hear a lot about managers being promoted without sufficient training. The theory is that people are pushed into management without first having the required skill sets. Anecdotally this might be true, but are there any empirical data that prove this approach is leading to a generation of underequipped managers? —Skeptical in Services, Charlotte, North Carolina
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