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Dear Workforce How Do We Judge Return on Investment From Our Education-Assistance Benefit

September 7, 2011
We are reviewing our voluntary education-assistance program, which presently provides up to $2,500 to eligible employees. For courses that cost more, employees can apply for an exemption, which must be approved by the employee’s VP and our VP of human resources. I have heard of some corporations that require a "service return contract" that binds employees to the company for a specified period once a company-paid college degree is earned. What are other companies requesting, aside from these contracts, to get a better return on investment for offering this monetary education assistance? How do we make sure we don’t pay for somebody’s education only to watch them jump ship?
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Dear Workforce Quelling Anxiety About Job Evaluations

September 7, 2011
We are implementing a project to evaluate jobs. Naturally, people are nervous. Many think the company is trying to find out who is underpaid or overpaid. (That’s not the case; this is simply a long-overdue project.) But people remain skeptical. How can we convince them the evaluation is not being done in preparation for cutting jobs?
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Dear Workforce What's the Secret to Productive yet Cost-Effective Induction of New Employees for a Globally Dispersed Workforc

September 7, 2011
I have been asked to design an induction program for all new recruits across all our branches (in various states). What makes the most sense: to have all new employees go through induction at our corporate office, or to dispatch someone from our corporate office to travel to the various locations to conduct inductions? New employees frequently join our company, and on varying dates—so how could we devise a cost-effective program?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Sustain Collaboration Between Business Units as Our HR Function Moves to a Different Floor?

July 28, 2011
As part of an expansion, our company plans to shift the human resources and finance departments to different floors, away from the business. We're not changing our HR focus or team structure, but I'm worried we'll lose the tight interaction that HR has with business units. Another concern: If HR becomes a destination, instead of a quick Q&A in the hallway, employees and managers may feel less comfortable approaching us. How do we sustain our collaborative culture during this transition?
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SHRMs 63rd Annual Conference Opens June 26

June 24, 2011
Arianna Huffington is scheduled to speak Monday; Sir Richard Branson, founder and president of Virgin Group, Tony Hsieh, CEO of online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos.com, and actor Michael J. Fox also are set for keynote addresses.
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