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Dear Workforce How Do We Implement A New Wage Classification Plan

June 4, 2003
We are about to implement a wage classification in our manufacturing plant. We have started our employees at the same wage and raised them each year according to job performance, quality of work, and attendance. This new wage classification will make a major impact on many employees--some will make more money and some will make less. We want to add job complexity to the mix, but also willingness to learn and go the extra mile. Some of our employees have become stagnant and need an incentive to reach their potential. What would be the best way to inform the employees of this change and to put it into place?
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How Important Is An Overall Measure Of Employee Satisfaction?

May 30, 2003
The designers of our employee-satisfaction survey include a final question about overall satisfaction. We aggregate the responses to all other questions relating to satisfaction, and compare the response against this final question. For example, we can compare how satisfied a person is with their work/life balance to their overall job satisfaction. Is it really necessary to include a final question asking staff about overall satisfaction?
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Dear Workforce What Is The Demand For Newly Minted HR Professionals

May 21, 2003
I have worked in the compensation area for more than 10 years, but am pursuing a degree in business management with a concentration in HR. I have heard that it is difficult to land HR jobs. Am I being unrealistic in thinking I’ll be able to land an HR position after I receive my degree?
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Dear Workforce How to Handle Roommates at Our Annual Conference

May 15, 2003
I work for a company that makes many AIDS drugs. At our annual conference, hundreds of sales reps fly to a destination for four days. To manage costs they are forced to share rooms and are paired randomly. Many of the reps are gay and some others are homophobic. Some people are uncomfortable sharing rooms with gay colleagues. We wondered how to handle the situation without abusing individuals’ rights or drawing attention to them. Any ideas?
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Dear Workforce How Can I Persuade Management To Approve More Part-Time Hours

May 8, 2003
My department has one full-time and one part-time employee managing benefits and payroll for a staff of more than 300 employees. I want to ask management to approve more hours for my part-time assistant. I’ve asked for additional hours each budget year, without success. How can I convince management that we need more than 60 man hours per week?
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Dear Workforce 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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