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<i>Dear Workforce</i> We're Developing Onboarding for New Managers. What Should Be Included

March 1, 2010
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Our company provides an onboarding program that covers basic information and culture with new employees. However, we want to develop a program for employees who have been promoted or transferred to new positions. Our goal: ease their transition, strengthen social bonds between partners, foster continuous development, clarify expectations and overcome resistance to change. What are the fundamental elements we should be including in this new onboarding initiative?
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Employee Engagement Workers Want FeedbackEven if It's Negative

February 18, 2010
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The best way to drive employee engagement is for managers to accentuate the positive in employee performance. The second best engagement approach is to focus performance discussions on employee weaknesses. Worst choice: Give no feedback at all.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> What Role Does Job Analysis Play in Defining a Jobs Scope and Responsibilities

February 2, 2010
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How do I conduct job analysis as a means to describing all positions within our company?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Improve Our Recruitment of Topnotch Nurses?

January 19, 2010
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I am looking for inexpensive ways to find new talent. We do not have accounts with major job boards, and in the past have spent enormous sums on print advertising and the use of agencies, with minimal success. My main focus is finding registered nurses who are looking to take their careers in another direction, out of patient care. I have gone to nursing schools and posted jobs, but have had no luck. That is probably because we are looking for experienced nurses. I need some creative recruiting ideas to present to our management. Although we are in a hiring freeze, I want to be ready to hit the ground running once we begin hiring again.
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Your Recognition and Engagement Questions, Answered

December 28, 2009
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Recognition expert Bob Nelson, the keynote speaker for Workforce Management ’s inaugural online conference, “Road to Recovery: HR Strategies for 2010,” agreed to answer all the questions that were asked of him during his session. Here are Nelson’s answers to more than 40 questions, from honestly communicating about layoffs to rejecting employees’ ideas that aren’t viable without demotivating them.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> What Is the Secret to Fostering Career Development for Top Performers

November 24, 2009
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We have devised a technician development program as a career development tool for technicians. It has helped keep turnover below 2 percent during the past two years. However, after a few years, many technicians will reach maximum salary levels and have very little room to grow, other than possibly being promoted to supervisory roles. How can we aid their career progression and boost our chances of retaining these valuable contributors?
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C-Suite August

October 13, 2009
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This month’s digest of who’s coming, going and moving up in the world of workforce management.
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Why Employees Stay—Employee vs. Employer

September 30, 2009
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Good relationships with co-workers, job security and a desirable commute top the list of reasons employees stay in their jobs. In earlier surveys (2005 and 2006), good relationships with managers, good relationships with co-workers and desirable work hours were the top three, reflecting a possible breakdown in trust.
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Special Report on Rewards and RecognitionBack in a Giving Mood

September 30, 2009
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After a rough start this year due to the recession, rewards and recognition vendors are bringing in more business as layoff-battered clients look for low-cost ways to keep their remaining employees engaged.
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Appeal of Gift Cards Expiring

September 30, 2009
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Gift cards have long been a staple of employee recognition programs. But then came high-profile bankruptcies of well-known retailers and criticism of the profits that vendors make from gift-card “breakage”—the term for cards that are sold but not used.
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