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Articles by Leslie Klaff

New Emphasis on First Impressions

March 13, 2008
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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.
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An Ever-Changing Workforce Management Landscape

December 19, 2006
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Evolving trends such as greater consumerism in health care, tighter labor markets and calls for smarter investment in training and HR technology will keep workforce managers busy in 2007.
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Covering All the Bases

December 15, 2005
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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.
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Employers Slow to Address 'Metabolic Syndrome' Despite Sharp Impact on Health Costs

October 11, 2005
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Awareness of the health condition, which is largely preventable through diet and exercise, remains low.
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Thinning the Ranks of the Career Expats

October 1, 2004
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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.
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New Tactics to Boost 401(k) Interest

July 1, 2004
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Employers try contests, computer games and financial counseling to engage workers who can't seem to focus on retirement planning.
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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Paying for Gastric Bypass Surgery

June 1, 2004
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Although gastric-bypass procedures and other bariatric surgeries to combat obesity are popular, they're also costly. Employers and insurers balk at picking up the tab.
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Many People, One Mattel

March 1, 2004
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The toy maker has 25,000 employees in 36 countries. It sells its products in 150 nations. Its leadership and development programs help employees feel that they are part of "one Mattel company."
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New Internal Hiring Systems Reduce Cost and Boost Morale

February 27, 2004
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A Web-based software system at Whirlpool is making in-house hiring easier and more employee-friendly.
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Moving Employees to Hot Housing Markets is a Tough Sell

November 4, 2003
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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.
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