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Let Your People Go

February 23, 2005
Managers can often be stumbling blocks to internal mobility in a company. Smart firms may want to set up systems that encourage managers to play a stronger role in advancing their underlings’ careers, or that at least prevent managers from hindering workers who want to transfer.
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HSN Turns to Part-Timers

February 14, 2005
Adding part-time labor to better staff local operations and improve cost-effectiveness is just one aspect of an overall strategy to maintain flexibility and diversity within HSN’s workforce.
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Hospital Aims for Culture Where Employees Never Want to Leave

February 2, 2005
Saint Francis is listening to employees more. It’s recruiting from other industries. It’s using a job-shadowing program to let employees try out different positions. Turnover at the 189-bed hospital is down, from 20.6 percent in 2000 to 15.7 percent in 2003. Meanwhile, the hospital has enjoyed a surge in applications.
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Going to Ground

December 6, 2004
The success of FedEx Ground has intrigued analysts and workplace trend watchers. They see the use of contract drivers by FedEx Ground, a division of FedEx Corp., as a way for the company to cut costs and use that competitive edge to win market share from rival UPS. Critics, meanwhile, wonder if the contractor model is a formula for long-term success or simply a cost cutting gimmick that provides a short-term advantage that can spur immediate and rapid growth but can’t sustain it. The independent-contractor method also raises questions about the role of corporations in protecting workers by contributing to health insurance, pensions, unemployment insurance and all the other elements of the safety net on which many American workers rely.
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