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How Do We Build Culture?

February 24, 2015

Would it help us build camaraderie and culture to create an inclusive “get-to-know-you sheet” to encourage our employees to develop stronger relationships? Honestly, our focus on culture is newfound. We know it’s important and want to develop tools that nurture it, yet some of our managers don’t fully appreciate how culture ties back to their responsibilities. Suggestions?

—Nervous Newbie, project manager, financial services, Cleveland, Ohio


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Should Development and Merit Raise Processes Be Split?

February 24, 2015

We want to separate two processes: performance management with a focus on developing people, and merit raises based on an employee’s contributions to our business success. How do I proceed? And what are the benefits of doing so?

—New and Improved, nonprofit, Grand Rapids, Michigan


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How Do Recruiting and Succession Strategy Fit Together?

February 24, 2015

How do we tie recruiting to fill new positions to development of a comprehensive succession strategy? People tend to talk about succession as a separate event from recruiting, but isn't there a connection between the two? We aren't far enough along on succession and the question has arisen in the context of our ongoing internal discussions.

—We Have Needs, services/software, Amherst, Massachusetts


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The Last Word: Caught in the Act

February 24, 2015

Leave the political arguments of the ACA to the glib pundits and analysts; we sought out people on the ground floor, those who have to make it work, whatever their feelings about the law or its political symbolism.


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