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Why HR Should Love the New England Patriots

January 11, 2008
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You might ask what the Pats have to do with HR. The answer is that they have a team-based culture that survives despite 30 percent annualized turnover. And they’re 18-0. Here’s how you can be a Patriot too.
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Firing the Jerk Things I Wish for HR Pros in 2008

January 10, 2008
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HR pros are due for a great year-kind of like the Red Sox in 2004 before they reversed the curse and won the World Series. With that in mind, Kris Dunn channels a little Tony Robbins your way with a dozen heartfelt wishes for 2008.
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What Are HR Certifications Worth

December 6, 2007
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If you’ve wondered whether the PHR or SPHR certifications are worth the paper they’re printed on, read on. Kris Dunn breaks it all down for you, focusing on the exclusivity of the certification, the effort required to pass the exams and—of course—the critical question of ROI.
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Take the Quiz Does Your HR Job Stink

November 9, 2007
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Good HR people are in high demand. That's good to know. However, before you decide to put yourself in the marketplace, you need to determine a way to evaluate the strength of your current HR position, honestly and objectively. Try this quick test and see if you should stay or go.
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Bootstrap HR 7 Ways to Lower Benefit Costs Without Decreasing Coverage

October 23, 2007
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Don’t fear the CEO when she asks you to accomplish this seemingly impossible task. Here are seven strategies to drop benefit costs without decreasing coverage. There’s still time to get these in for 2008.
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Money Won't Buy You Love

September 25, 2007
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Your managers will tell you cash is king when it comes to retaining top talent. The truth is, you’ll never deliver enough money to keep the stars from moving across the street. But that doesn’t mean you have to lose them. Here are four ways to fight back.
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Does Your Company Need More Ditch Diggers or Stars

August 30, 2007
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The ditch digger is the steady, unspectacular performer who gets the job done, but isn't necessarily asking for more responsibility or looking for the fast track up the org chart.
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Why Do Companies Keep Jerks Around

August 10, 2007
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A popular book advocates not putting up with these jokers, and we all agreed it was a great idea. Then we all went back to work and kept on tolerating them. What the hell happened? Some managers think they need them.
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Good Versus Bad Turnover Making the Call

July 30, 2007
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Everyone agrees with the concept of good turnover and bad turnover. But as the HR pro reporting on it, you have to dig into all the termination scenarios to know which is which. And there are probably hundreds of variations. Here’s how to start sorting.
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Top 5 Ways to Know if Your PM System Bails Out Your Managers

July 9, 2007
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Does your approach to performance management let your manager off the hook? Here are some telltale signs to watch for.
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