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Articles by Jessica Marquez

How HOK Builds Engagement Despite the Downturn

December 2, 2009
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The global architectural firm is one employer that is taking a comprehensive approach to engagement that taps workers’ desire for transparency, career development, meaningful jobs and a degree of employment security.
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Behavioral Prescription Q&A With Michael Holmes of Express Scripts

November 11, 2009
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In his current role at pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts, Michael Holmes has been able to apply health care savings programs using behavioral economics to its own workforce before rolling them out to clients. Holmes spoke to writer Jessica Marquez about how companies can apply behavioral economics, which looks at the psychological factors of economic decisions, to reduce health care costs and what he hopes to see come out of Congress.
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Employers Target Women With Financial Education

September 24, 2009
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As the entire retirement benefits industry increases its focus on how people will be able to live off their retirement savings, the issues that women face seem even more daunting.
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5 Questions for Luan Fox—Passive HR in Acquisitions

September 2, 2009
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With mergers and acquisitions picking up as many potential buyers see good deals to be had, Luan Fox laments that HR at the acquired companies often is too passive. Instead of helping buyers understand their talent management programs and which talent they should keep, too often HR managers sit back and hope not to lose their own jobs. Fox recently spoke to Workforce Management New York bureau chief Jessica Marquez about her concerns.
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The 30 Highest-Paid Human Resources Leaders

August 27, 2009
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As the economy goes ... so goes the payday for the executives on Workforce Management 's list of the top-paid human resources leaders, who saw their average compensation fall 20 percent in 2008. The evaporation of bonuses is partly to blame.
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Employers Give Underwater Options New Life

July 30, 2009
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Williams-Sonoma is among a growing number of employers that are allowing employees to exchange their underwater options for cash, restricted stock or repriced options.
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Companies Step Up Benefits Communication to Combat Unions

July 1, 2009
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As discussions around the Employee Free Choice Act heat up in Congress, employers are stepping up their communications to employees about the benefits they offer as a way of combating unionization efforts.
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Harsh Reality: HR on the Edge as Economic Downturn, Layoffs Generate Stress

June 25, 2009
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As the economic downturn grinds on, HR managers are under stress like never before. An exclusive Workforce Management survey has found that overseeing layoffs and other recession-related matters has worn on many of these leaders, some of whom are considering leaving the profession altogether.
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HR Professionals Believe the Layoffs Arent Over

June 25, 2009
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Some economic indicators imply that unemployment has bottomed out. But that’s not how it looks to some in HR.
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5 Questions for Sue Oliver Driving Results With a Smaller Workforce

June 4, 2009
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Sue Oliver, who earlier this year founded her own consulting company, Katana Partners (named after a type of Samurai sword), says the key is that companies must analyze employee behaviors and use that to keep them engaged.
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