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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Can I Get a Pat On The Back

February 27, 2003
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I believe it’s important to thank my employees for jobs well done, and to also praise them in front of others. How can I get my superior to realize that I, too, need to feel appreciated?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How We Adjust To Open-Landscape Office Plans

February 20, 2003
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Our inside sales organization just recently moved from closed offices to open landscape. Most employees have adjusted and are enjoying the increased collaboration. Management is having difficulty with it, however. We have designated privacy rooms, but then everyone’s aware when there’s a private meeting. How can we raise morale among our management team to make this new arrangement work?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Show Employees Overall Wage Per Hour

February 5, 2003
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Can you help me find a way to show employees the value of their benefits to show their overall wage per hour?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Can We Improve The Feedback Managers Give To Employees

January 31, 2003
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Do you have suggestions for improving the ongoing feedback and recognition that our managers give to their employees?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Can I Minimize FMLA Costs

January 22, 2003
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As I see it, the only way to minimize the cost of FMLA is to 1) maintain the right number of trained employees to minimize the impact of a critical employee taking unplanned FMLA; 2) manage FMLA by the book so that only employees who qualify for it can get it; and 3) know your critical employees and pre-plan your company response to an unplanned loss under different scenarios. Have I missed other ways of minimizing the cost of FMLA?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Which Executive Compensation Options Help Balance Productivity With Long-Term Interests

January 15, 2003
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What executive compensation options seem to be the most successful in driving productivity balanced with the company’s best long-term interests?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Far Can I Cut Salaries Is Furloughing An Option

January 8, 2003
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My company needs to cut costs immediately, but would rather not fire any employees. Cutting salaries is an option and so is furloughing. How far can I really cut salaries and how does furloughing affect employee benefits?
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Dear Workforce Should We Hire Job-Hoppers

December 31, 2002
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Don’t dismiss these people out of hand. Dig deeper to learn what their goals are. You might find a mutual match by taking the extra time.
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i Dear Workforce-i What Steps Should We Take To Develop a Training Function

December 21, 2002
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Establish a network; align it with the business strategy; create early wins; invest in it; assess the impact.
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i Dear Workforce-i How Do We Perform SWOT Analysis For Job Descriptions

December 16, 2002
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Start by examining the links between the jobs, the internal strengths and weaknesses, and the external opportunities and threats.
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