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How Should We Treat Our Contingent Workforce?

December 4, 2013

We are an apparel maker that uses contingent workers for a variety of high-level tasks, such as designers and engineering. Is it important for us to engage them like our paid staff, and if so, why and how do we do it? 

—Laboring to Make the Connection, generalist, manufacturer, Memphis, Tennessee


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How Do We Know When Is the Right Time to Use an Assessment Center?

December 4, 2013

We've been hearing about this idea for a while, but as I understand it, assessment centers can be pretty pricey. Given that we have a tight budget, is there a good way to assess whether the ROI is there for us? We're a medium-sized company and putting a premium on strong leadership.

—Assessing Our Options, senior HR consultant, legal/consulting, Zagreb, Croatia


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What’s the Business Case for Diversity?

December 3, 2013

We're making a big push to focus on multiculturalism, but want to avoid it becoming “just another thing.” Is there a way to demonstrate the practical business value of having a diverse workforce?


—Melting Pot, project manager, finance/insurance/real estate, Cleveland, Ohio


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How Do I Develop a System for Employees Accruing Personal Time?

October 25, 2013

Dear Workforce:

 

I am a new HR coordinator and have been asked to develop a system for employees accruing vacation/sick/personal time. I would appreciate any ideas. We are a very small company of eight employees. Our small company has never had a system for accrual of employee vacation/sick/personal time. Where do we begin?

 

— No Starting Point, HR coordinator, health care, Illinois


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How Do I Find a Recruiter Specializing in Engineers?

October 25, 2013

How do I search for, and select, a recruiting firm to help us find engineers? Specifically, my customer group has about 15 very specific, hard-to-fill engineering openings. We're already using social media and have considered advertising in trade publications, but we also need a more targeted approach.

 

Dear Recruiting a Recruiter, manufacturing, Dearborn, Michigan


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What Do I Do if the Boss and a Colleague Hook Up?

October 25, 2013

There’s a ticklish situation I don't know how to handle. I strongly believe my boss and a co-worker are having a sexual relationship. She seems to get special privileges that aren't available to others. What should I do, if anything?

Too Close for Comfort, manufacturing/production, Newport News, Virginia


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What Are the Pitfalls of Job Rotation Programs?

October 15, 2013

What are some "caution items" before we launch into job rotation? We aren't sure whether it should start at our home office or across departments, and also aren't sure what percentage of our employees should be rotated.

Cautious but Curious, manufacturing/production, Bangkok, Thailand


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