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More Employers Looking to Impose Wellness Program Nonparticipation Penalties in 2014

March 25, 2013
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Fifty-eight percent of employers are looking to impose penalties on employees who do not participate in health and wellness programs in the coming years, according to a survey published by Aon Hewitt.
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High-Deductible Health Plans Gaining Employer Support

March 22, 2013
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Pushed by rising costs and health care reform, employers are considering dropping their traditional health benefits for these consumer-driven health plans.
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As Per Sheryl Sandberg's Request, a Male Opinion About 'Lean In'

March 22, 2013
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In a recent interview about her book, Sheryl Sandberg calls on men to 'lean in' when it comes to the discussion about women in the workplace. So that's what I'm doing: providing a male voice.
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How Not to Respond to a Harassment Complaint

March 21, 2013
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If you are not the person in your organization trained to address and investigate sexual harassment claims, immediately refer the matter to the person who is. If no one is, hire a consultant or attorney who specializes in these issues to do the investigation for you.
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Home Shopping Not Work: Survey Finds Telecommuters Shop Online More Frequently Than Office Workers

March 20, 2013
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More than two-thirds of telecommuters say they shop online while on the clock when working from home, according to a recent survey published by CouponCabin. Those that do tend to shop online more frequently and for longer periods of time.
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How Do We Get Managers To Embrace Difficult Conversations?

March 20, 2013
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How do we make our managers better at having difficult conversations with our employees? Sometimes it seems easier for them to gloss over tough topics rather than engage employees in discussion and uncover problem area. How do we convince them to probe below the surface without interrogating employees? We'd prefer to avoid mandating it as part of a manager's performance reviews. —Touchy Subject, executive assistant, health care, Sydney, Australia
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How Do We Divide Talent Management?

March 20, 2013
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How should we divvy up responsibilities for talent management? Our feeling is that if it resides solely with HR, how could we hold managers accountable for execution? On the other hand, managers aren't really cut out to develop strategies for talent acquisition, workforce planning. I guess what I'm asking is: Is there a dividing line in talent management and, if so, which responsibilities do our managers have for helping us catch the vision? —Too Many Chiefs, Director of strategy, technology, Cincinnati
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Companies Turning to Tools to Manage Contingent Labor

March 19, 2013
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Contingent workers such as staffing agency temps and independent contractors have become a large and permanent part of the workforce. As a result, companies need to think carefully about the tools they use to manage these workers so they can maximize productivity while minimizing compliance issues.
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Yes, They Worry: Nearly Half of U.S. Workers Uncertain About Retirement

March 19, 2013
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Despite the recovering U.S. economy, almost all American workers feel uncertain about their ability to live comfortably in retirement, according to a survey conducted by the Employee Benefits Research Institute.
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Workforce Bags Second Straight Neal Award

March 15, 2013
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The magazine won a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for Senior Writer Rita Pyrillis’ in-depth look at employer-sponsored health care.
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