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Articles by Patrick Kiger

Punting to the PBGC

November 11, 2005
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To critics, it appears that Delphi Corp.’s chairman, Robert S. Miller, is employing a formula that has worked for him before: helping troubled industrial companies shed billions in liabilities by forcing the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. to take over insolvent pension plans.
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Pulling Rank to Put Recruits on a Post-service Career Path

November 2, 2005
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The Army's recruiting chief has made it his mission to line up private-and public-sector employers to participate in a program that connects recruits with companies they might work for after their service ends.
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Online Unit Chats up Potential Recruits

November 2, 2005
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In 2002, the Army's Internet recruiting operation was three recruiters in a small cubicle. Now the staff has grown to 75, working in a center that displays chat room coversations with prospective recruits on the GoArmy.com Web site.
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Lessons for Private-sector Employers

November 2, 2005
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Employers can put several of the Army's recruiting practices to work for them.
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Manpower Mission

November 2, 2005
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The Army has to go beyond financial incentives in order to solve its manpower crisis, appealing to young people's values and life goals. The ways it's going about closing its enlistment gap hold valuable lessons for the private sector.
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Keeping Your Best Troops

September 6, 2005
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Private firms are eager to hire away the talent that the U.S. Army Special Forces has worked long and hard to develop. The military, however, can’t compete with the lavish salaries that its private-sector competitors offer to military-trained personnel. Out of necessity, the Army has developed other retention strategies, ones that cash-strapped employers can emulate.
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Keeping Your Best Troops

September 6, 2005
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Private firms are eager to hire away the talent that the U.S. Army Special Forces has worked long and hard to develop. The military, however, can’t compete with the lavish salaries that its private-sector competitors offer to military-trained personnel. Out of necessity, the Army has developed other retention strategies, ones that cash-strapped employers can emulate.
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Corporate Crunch

April 13, 2005
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When conglomerate Unilever scooped up Ben & Jerry’s, some worried that the ice creamiconoclast might become just another plain-vanilla subsidiary. Instead, the two companies have flavored each other’s cultures.
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Cabin Pressure

February 1, 2005
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The perils facing the traditional air carriers are largely the result of economic and technological changes far beyond the scope of anything that workforce management policies could influence directly. But if airlines including United, US Airways, Delta and Continental are to survive, changes in the work rules, human resources policies and employee relationships are crucial.
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Eliyon Steps Up the Search

January 5, 2005
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One observer thinks Eliyon Technologies is "the wave of the future" for passive recruitment. Another calls what it does invasion of privacy on a grand scale. Eliyon’s sophisticated software combs the Web for information on companies and their personnel, analyzes it for relevance and compiles it into a searchable database of corporate executives and upper-level managers that has grown to 23 million dossiers. But recruitment, Eliyon leaders say, is just the beginning.
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