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What Is the Current Research on Recognition/Rewards and Higher Retention?

April 3, 2013
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How direct is the link between rewards/recognition and higher retention? We are in the midst of revamping our rewards and recognition program and want to focus our efforts on keeping our best people. But we're not sure how to connect the dots. —Numbers Game, HR director, Construction/Trades, Madison, Wisconsin
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What Will Human Resources Look Like in the Near Future?

April 3, 2013
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The last decade has seen lots of changes in human resources. Looking back, it seems hard to predict that social media and other emerging trends would have taken hold. What's in store for the future of human resources and are there steps our HR organization should take to prepare? —Looking Backward So We Can Move Forward, HR consultant, technical services, Columbus, Georgia
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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 Boost Retention of New Hires?

March 20, 2013
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We want to boost our retention of new hires. What we most want to know is what it will take for new employees to commit to staying with us long term. Are there any secrets to learning this in advance of hiring? —Missing the Link, HR generalist, architectural/engineering, Miami
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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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How Do We Turn Mediocrity Into Excellence?

March 7, 2013
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Which elements are most critical to an effective performance appraisal? —Performance Boost or Bust, services, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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What Could We Do To Better Evaluate Sales Reps?

March 7, 2013
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We are a sales-driven organization with approximately 50 employees. What would be the ideal type of performance appraisal for us to use? —The Cost of Money, construction, Pune, India
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Do We Really Need to Still Care About Retention?

March 7, 2013
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Given the high unemployment rate, how high a priority is retention for organizations these days? —Thankful to Be Working, recruitment executive, telecommunications, California
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How Could We Predict Employees Who Will Quit?

January 25, 2013
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How could we identify why employees change jobs? We know it's not always the money, but is there a way we could predict the indicators for each person? —Don't Leave Us, services, North Carolina
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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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