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Tripped Up

September 5, 2008
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Hard times and higher travel costs are pushing companies to enforce travel and entertainment expense policies, and more are using Web-based software to do it.
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Meetings Without Meeting

September 5, 2008
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With costs for airplane tickets and gasoline still sky high, companies are keeping employees out of planes and cars and are opting for alternatives such as online meetings, webinars and videoconferences. And the timing couldn’t be better. Improved technologies mean online meetings and videoconference services are miles ahead of what was available only a few years ago.
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Solar Follows Suit

July 30, 2008
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A leading German manufacturer of solar panels recently teamed with Portland Community College in Oregon to train technicians who will work at a fabrication plant the company is renovating in a Portland suburb.
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Tech Hunt

July 30, 2008
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Because technicians are so highly sought after, wind energy companies need to be creative to find and keep them. That’s a good lesson for companies competing for workers in any industry.
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Going With the Wind

July 30, 2008
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Technicians are a hot commodity in the Pacific Northwest’s booming wind energy business, leading one local community college to fast-track a training program. Columbia Gorge Community College now serves as a model for others in the field.
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Weak Economy Slowingbut Not StoppingRPO

July 18, 2008
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The disappearance of jobs because of the poor economy is cutting into some U.S. companies’ recruitment process outsourcing endeavors, but the damage isn’t across the board and plenty of bright spots remain, according to employers and RPO vendors.
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Special Report Talent Acquisition--The Culture Connection

July 18, 2008
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For companies such as Herman Miller that opt to outsource recruiting, finding a partner is easy. The harder part is teaching a company’s corporate culture to an outsider so they can find candidates who will be a good fit.
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The Boom in Business Coaching

July 17, 2008
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Companies are investing in coaching in an effort to develop a new generation of leaders to replace retiring baby boomers. The ones that use it most effectively develop specific performance goals, financial measurements or other tools to determine what they want the end result of their coaching program to be.
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Coaching Certifications Abound

July 17, 2008
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In-house and outside coaches can choose between accreditation programs or less intensive university-based programs.
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Chapter and Verse on Coaching

July 17, 2008
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Experts recommend these books on executive coaching.
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