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How Do We Identify Future Key Roles for Our Company?

May 15, 2013
I am in a new role as Talent Acquisition Coordinator and need some help. What is the best way (or ways) to identify key roles in my company going forward? The big issue is being better able to anticipate those skill and talent needs and take steps accordingly. It sounds simple but can be incredibly hard to get it right —Anticipation, talent acquisition coordinator, telecommunications, Santo Domingo
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What Are Some Standard Guidelines for Working at Home?

May 2, 2013
Our software company is evaluating the idea of letting some employees work from home. However we are concerned about cutting down on distractions and making sure they remain productive. We want to provide some basic "work at home" guidelines to them. What would you suggest we include? —Set Yourself Up for Success
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How Do We Know Our Engagement Efforts Are Paying Off?

May 1, 2013
How will I know when our employee engagement begins producing results? Our goal is to focus on engagement and ultimately gain more business. We're interested in an average for satisfactory engagement. —By the Numbers, senior organizational development officer, insurance/financial/real estate, Beirut
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How Do I Unite Leaders Divided On HR's Value?

April 17, 2013
I was recently promoted to handle all human resources at our 100-employee company, but I also still serve as top assistant to our company president. This has sparked a debate, with some senior leaders arguing we don't need a fulltime HR function. Our president now isn't sure whether to keep the HR function or just keep me as his assistant. How do I convince top brass that HR is more than just keeping track of personnel files and benefits? — Caught in the Not-So-Friendly Crossfire, HR director, publishing/communication/advertising, Owosso, Michigan
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Should We Inform Every Job Applicant of Their Status?

April 3, 2013
What should we do with short-list candidates who don't get the job? I believe it is important that candidates invited to a job interview be informed of their status and the outcome of the recruitment process (even if they aren't the one selected). I think it gives the potential job holder a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence, but might it not also be important to our reputation as an employer? To say nothing of getting a head start on recruiting top candidates in the future? How do most organizations of any size handle this? —Tough Choices, human resources management adviser, integrated professional services, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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What Will Human Resources Look Like in the Near Future?

April 3, 2013
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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