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Articles by Jessica Marquez

Temp Execs Gaining Favor in a Troubled Economy

June 2, 2009
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Objectivity and the lack of a political agenda allow a temporary executive to make tough decisions like layoffs and cutbacks.
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Exchange-Traded Funds Target 401(k) Plans

May 27, 2009
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ETFs may seem more attractive to plan sponsors, given current market conditions, but there is much for them to consider before adding these products to their plans.
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Employers Add Financial Components to Wellness Programs

May 19, 2009
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Wellness programs and financial education aren’t new to the workplace. But in recent years, companies have been marrying these two concepts.
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5 Questions for Seth Wolk Opportunity in the Downturn

April 29, 2009
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Despite the recession, Seth Wolk, the new director of human interest at Saatchi & Saatchi, is optimistic about the opportunities that the poor economy offers for the advertising agency. He is hoping to use the economic downturn to get to know the existing talent at the company and poach from outside for certain positions. Wolk recently spoke to Workforce Management New York bureau chief Jessica Marquez.
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401(k) Plans Eye Annuities With Caution

April 26, 2009
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Given the stock market’s volatility, a number of 401(k) plan sponsors are seriously discussing adding an annuity option to their 401(k) plans.
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The Challenge of Communicating 401(k) Cuts

April 5, 2009
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A growing number of employers are struggling with the best way to inform the workforce of such cuts. Employers want to make sure they convey to employees accurate legal information about the change, but they also want to address workers with compassion—and a clear message that sets the context for the decision.
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Special Report HR Outsourcing—Back to Basics

March 27, 2009
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Once the king of the HRO mega-deal, Hewitt Associates is now doing business on a smaller scale, reflecting a broader industry shift.
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Spotting Red Flags in HRO Deals

March 27, 2009
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Mike Wright, senior vice president of HRO sales and marketing at Hewitt Associates, has learned a thing or two about what makes a good client. He also has learned more than he would have liked about what makes a bad one.
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Outplacement Becomes a Coveted Benefit in Hard Times

March 1, 2009
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As workers are laid off in growing numbers, some employers are offering them outplacement services—once seen as a benefit exclusively for executives.
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5 Questions Cutting With Kindness

February 27, 2009
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Tom Waldron, executive vice president of HR and brand, ING Americas, talks about the decision to cut 7,000 positions this year. 'You need to treat people with dignity,' he says.
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