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Stihl Tools Its Training to Olympic Standards

March 5, 2013
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Dealerships that pay for technicians to attend the tool-maker's school may receive higher reimbursement levels, though maintaining quality of service and reputation primarily drive participation.
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Without Historical Performance Data, How Does Our Newly Merged Company Know Which Employees Are Management Material?

January 25, 2013
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My company underwent a recent merger that created a need for new managers. Our organizational structure also is changing to run much flatter. The newly merged organization is looking for a way to identify candidates for the new management jobs. Historical data on performance either is lacking or not available. How do we go about the task of assessing which employees to interview for the management roles? — Data Blackout, organizational development specialist, manufacturing, Teaneck, New Jersey
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Why Should Our Small Firm Care About Career Planning?

January 25, 2013
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Even though we have fewer than 200 employees, how could our human resources function develop career paths for them? —-Forward Thinker, HR director, publishing/communication/advertising, Dearborn, Michigan
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Who Has a Recipe for Developing Decision-makers?

January 25, 2013
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What are the steps in developing an effective executive selection process? —The Future Is Now, finance/insurance/real estate, Plantation, Florida
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Why Don't Our Managers Identify High-Potential Workers?

January 25, 2013
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With the start of a new year, I am trying to assemble a brief guideline to help our supervisors and managers identify key employees within their department. What suggestions do you have as we begin this list? Would you suggest some criteria we could use? — New Year, New Practices, HR analyst, manufacturing, Farmington Hills, Michigan
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As Career Development Lags, Workers Grow Restless

January 16, 2013
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A new survey shows 19 million employees are angling to change their jobs in 2013.
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No Joke: Stand-Up Comedy Training for Employees Can Improve Workplace Culture

January 16, 2013
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Infusing comedy into workplace culture has the potential to improve employee communication skills, build a tight-knit team of employees and lower turnover rate.
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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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Certifications Aid Navigation of the Affordable Care Act Maze

January 14, 2013
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Finding a qualified partner in the employee benefits industry can help companies adjust to the ACA regulatory landscape. Accreditations are enhancing their knowledge.
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We Are Beset by Shoddy Attendance. Should We Fire Everyone and Recruit New Workers?

December 6, 2012
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In the last year we have had an influx of new hires who are either unable to come to work on time or call in to report that they won't be coming to work. We have a firm policy on attendance and timeliness and terminate after several warnings. How should we address this issue in a way that reinforces the importance of timeliness? Are other companies having this problem? Should we just begin firing people and start the recruitment process all over again? —Fed Up, business services, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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