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The New Recipe for Workforce Innovation

January 17, 2013
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To cook up greater creativity, organizations ought to update their approach to collaboration, compensation and culture.
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A New Beginning

January 14, 2013
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On Jan. 7, 2013, MediaTec Publishing Inc. bought Workforce from Crain Communications Inc. MediaTec's president, Norm Kamikow, provides his thoughts on the purchase.
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Specialty Drugs and the Cost Conundrum

January 3, 2013
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Steep prices of specialty drugs—such as Humira or Enbrel, which can cost more than $14,000 annually—are prompting employers to focus on managing the expense. But the question is how. “There are lots of cogs in this wheel and that complicates the management of these drugs,” says Cheryl Larson, vice president of the Midwest Business Group on Health.
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Headed to Work in Washington State? Don't Fire Up That Bong Just Yet …

December 14, 2012
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Despite voter approval liberalizing pot laws in two states, state marijuana laws haven't taken away an employer's right to maintain a drug-free workplace, especially as mandated by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 for companies with federal grants or contracts.
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2013: A Time for Re-imagining How Work Gets Done

December 13, 2012
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How work gets done, who does it and the tools they use to accomplish the task are all shifting as the new year approaches.
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Private Equity Firms Can Improve People Management

December 7, 2012
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While horror stories exist, in some cases private equity takeovers can lead to healthy updates to management methods and practices.
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Meet the 2012 Game Changers

November 30, 2012
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The 10 winners of Workforce's second Game Changers award competition have demonstrated the ability to meet the challenges of the changing workforce head on.
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Obamacare Carries On … What's Next?

November 20, 2012
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Leaving legal and political hurdles behind, employers still worry there's no clear-cut path to health care reform.
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LinkedIn Gains Clout as Recruiting Mainstay

November 8, 2012
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In four years, the 187 million member business network has amassed 13,700 corporate customers for its recruiting software and related services.
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The 2012 Optimas Award Winners

November 2, 2012
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We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Optimas Awards for exemplary achievements in workforce management. It has been a challenging time for many of our winners, which have found innovative ways to do more with less and meet the demands of a changing economy head on. For A to Z Machine Co., a manufacturer based in Wisconsin, the dearth of skilled workers led company leaders to partner with local high schools in promoting a youth apprenticeship program. At Sodexo Inc., where diversity is a top priority, the fact that most minorities access the Internet through their phones sparked the development of a job-search mobile phone app. Another Optimas winner, Etisalat Misr, Egypt's third-largest mobile network operator, managed to both cut costs and improve morale during a time of political and economic turmoil. This year's winner for General Excellence is ChildNet, a not-for-profit child-welfare agency in Florida that accomplished a dramatic turnaround in its culture and finances thanks to a series of initiatives to improve employee morale. We congratulate all the winners for their efforts and their bottom-line results, and we encourage companies with innovative workplace management strategies to enter next year's Optimas competition.
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