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5 Questions for Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia.org—the Wiki-Powered Workplace

December 28, 2009
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Jimmy Wales, 43, launched Wikipedia.org in 2001 in the spirit that collaboration combined with the right technology could create a free online encyclopedia. Businesses have since adopted the wiki (free software downloadable from mediawiki.org) to encourage collaboration. Wikipedia, the world’s fifth most popular Web site, with about 330 million visitors monthly, operates with a staff of about 25. Workforce Management staff writer Jeremy Smerd spoke with Wales about how businesses use wikis.
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Turning Techies Into Consultants

December 17, 2009
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As subject-matter experts, engineers at India-based Wipro have technological expertise as well as knowledge of the industries of the clients they serve. They knew how to build software systems that optimized supply chain but were less capable of articulating ways clients could improve such systems. Here’s how Wipro set about changing that.
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For Employers, the Pros and Cons of Health Care Reform Emerge

December 15, 2009
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The employer community would prefer a reform bill that imposes fewer demands on them, even if it means fewer workers will get health insurance through their jobs.
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Some Employers With Health Clinics Get Vaccine

November 13, 2009
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Public health officials are distributing the H1N1 vaccine only to medical clinics, but that includes clinics based at employer work sites. Employers that do not offer work-site medical care will not be able to get the shot for high-risk employees, health officials say.
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A Familys Flu Suffering and an Employer Dilemma

November 13, 2009
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When a UPS employee and his wife came down with swine flu, they endured tragedy and an estimated $1 million in medical bills. Their story points out how exposed some workers can be to the illness and how little employers can do for them, beyond education and encouraging good hygiene.
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Outsider Pick for Human Resources Chief Stirs Debate

October 27, 2009
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Other companies have taken the path of GM and hired non-HR professionals to lead a corporation’s human resources department.
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A Shift in Union Relations

October 27, 2009
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One of the biggest measures of how much has really changed between the old and the new General Motors will be its relationship with the United Auto Workers union, former employees say.
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Back to the Drawing BoardCan a New Company Culture Save General Motors

October 27, 2009
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General Motors is betting that a new company culture—one emphasizing risk-taking and independent decision-making—can help reverse its fortunes. But the carmaker has been down the culture-change road many times before.
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Ex-GMers Band Together in Job Hunt

October 27, 2009
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Amy Cannello joined General Motors right out of college. In October 2008, 23 years and four months later, she accepted a buyout and left the only employer she had ever know.
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Swine Flu Vaccine for Some; for Everyone Else, Theres Prevention

October 13, 2009
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With many employers unable to provide swine flu vaccine to employees, hand washing and other good hygiene practices are the first line of defense.
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