New employees at Sun Microsystems warm up to the company’s culture and values through a computer game and a vastly smoother administrative process. It’s part of an onboarding trend that recognizes an employee’s first days as an opportunity to integrate him into a company’s culture, improve company image, gather feedback and begin some training.
Reining in health care costs, dealing with new legal compliance issues, fighting the war for talent--employers, and their HR departments, need to keep up with the latest trends in workforce management.
Corporations are sending fewer workers overseas, replacing traditional three-year stints with short-term assignments, localizing expats, offering less generous perks and hiring third-country nationals or local talent instead of sending a U.S. employee overseas.
It's a pricey proposition to move employees to expensive housing markets like New York and San Francisco. But companies are finding ways to drive down those high costs, from selling employees' homes more quickly to fine-tuning perilous cost-of-living adjustments.