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Without Historical Performance Data, How Does Our Newly Merged Company Know Which Employees Are Management Material?

January 25, 2013
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 Don't Our Managers Identify High-Potential Workers?

January 25, 2013
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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A New Beginning

January 14, 2013
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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We Are Beset by Shoddy Attendance. Should We Fire Everyone and Recruit New Workers?

December 6, 2012
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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