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<i>Dear Workforce</i> What Could I Do To Kick-Start Recruiting?

March 27, 2003
I am new to both the recruiting position and to my region. I would like to recruit five people this year, but job fairs and career seminars are high-effort, low-return propositions. Networking at chambers of commerce is useful but takes time to develop, and advertising hasn't worked. I am recruiting for insurance and financial service representatives and want to really get it into high gear this quarter. What activities would you suggest if you were in my shoes?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> What is the Latest Thinking Regarding Psychometric Testing Of Potential Executives

March 5, 2003
My organization currently requires candidates for senior positions to undertake an assessment that includes verbal and numerical reasoning-ability tests, a personality test, and a behavioral experience interview process. I am reviewing this practice and would like to know what the latest thinking is about the use of psychometric (ability, aptitude, personality) testing for recruitment and selection of executives?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How We Adjust To Open-Landscape Office Plans

February 20, 2003
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 Can I Minimize FMLA Costs

January 22, 2003
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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