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Dear Workforce Are First-Time Managers Really Better Off With Training?

June 28, 2010
I hear a lot about managers being promoted without sufficient training. The theory is that people are pushed into management without first having the required skill sets. Anecdotally this might be true, but are there any empirical data that prove this approach is leading to a generation of underequipped managers? —Skeptical in Services, Charlotte, North Carolina
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What Employers Need to Know About Terminating Foreign Workers

May 18, 2010
Among the most sensitive of layoff matters are the consequences of terminating foreign workers and the affirmative obligations of employers under federal regulations. This article will assist human resources professionals in identifying issues that require compliance with federal regulations. It also addresses the consequences of termination for the foreign worker.
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Dear Workforce Our Open-Plan Workplace Fosters Violations of Confidentiality. How Do We Persuade Management to Take Action?

March 16, 2010
I am in a quandary. I recently joined a Fortune100 financial services company and believe our HR processes are a mess. For instance, HR employees (not in management) share cubicles with some of the employees they support. As a result, confidential conversations often take place within earshot of co-workers. I feel like we in HR are being forced to violate confidentiality, but management seems deaf to the problem. Getting conference rooms is difficult—they are usually booked, and charged back to the department. What advice do you have for how I can continue to provide support to employees and managers while also respecting their privacy?
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