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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Can We Spice Up Orientation Sessions?

February 28, 2004
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Our new-hire orientation sessions are somewhat dull. They last two to three hours, and impart lots of company information with a couple of videos to break up the lecturing. How we can spice up these sessions?
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Love Contracts Can Head Off Suits

January 30, 2004
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Signing a document can clarify any assumptions about exclusivity, a shared future or whether consorting with a superior will affect a person's career.
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A Snoop in the Machine

January 30, 2004
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There's no doubt about what's going on when you install programs like Cyber Snoop, WebSpy or NetChatSpy.
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A Snoop in the Machine

January 30, 2004
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There's no doubt about what's going on when you install programs like Cyber Snoop, WebSpy or NetChatSpy.
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When Office Love Goes Bad

January 30, 2004
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Romance may be in the air at your company, but passion can have its price. You might encounter million-dollar lawsuits, productivity drops and even an impact on profitability. Dating policies are one answer, but even they might not save your company from the turmoil of office love gone bad.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Should Employees Be Involved in Politics?

January 23, 2004
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How should HR reconcile the differing political opinions between management and employees? Management has implemented a policy of non-involvement in politics while half of the employees want to be actively involved.
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Best Practices in Wi-Fi Security

December 1, 2003
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A log-in glitch, compromised password, or lost network adapter can open a gaping hole in your company’s Wi-Fi defenses.
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Sample Wireless Communication Policy

December 1, 2003
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This sample can give you ideas about what to include in a policy concerning wireless communication. It includes sections on encryption, enforcement and registration.
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Wi-Fi Worries

December 1, 2003
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Laptops have been freed from their wired connections, but they now carry a heightened risk of hacking and eavesdropping. Making employees take Wi-Fi policies seriously requires marketing--and maybe even a threat of consequences.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Eliminate Special Privileges After New Ownership Takes the Reins of Our Company?

October 31, 2003
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I have an employee that has been with the company 11 years. The company changed hands one year ago. Since that time, there have been policy changes. Under the old owner, the employee was given special privileges, such as special hours and other considerations. The new owner is unwilling to do this and it continues to be a cause of contention. If she doesn’t get her way, she pouts and complains to other employees. She continually implies we are discriminating against her because of her heritage and continues to make life uncomfortable. Her work performance is acceptable. The legal issues are one thing, but otherwise, do you have any suggestions from an HR point of view?
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