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Articles by Gretchen Weber

Preserving the Starbucks Counter Culture

February 1, 2005
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Starbucks’ competitive wages and generous benefits have made frontline recruiting as smooth as a latte. But with explosive worldwide growth, the Seattle coffee giant faces a tremendous challenge: Can it find enough quality employees to keep customers coming back for more?
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The Recruiting Payoff of Social Responsibility

January 25, 2005
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Companies are realizing that not only can a reputation for corporate social responsibility be good for branding, publicity and the bottom line, it can also be a valuable recruiting tool. They’re incorporating their values into recruiting and advertising materials more and more both to attract the best candidates and to weed out the ones who wouldn’t be a good fit.
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The Recruiting Payoff of Social Responsibility

January 25, 2005
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Companies are realizing that not only can a reputation for corporate social responsibility be good for branding, publicity and the bottom line, it can also be a valuable recruiting tool. They’re incorporating their values into recruiting and advertising materials more and more both to attract the best candidates and to weed out the ones who wouldn’t be a good fit.
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Lost Time Vacation Days Go Unused Despite More Liberal Time-Off Policies

December 3, 2004
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As the year ends and last-minute vacation requests and sick calls surge, the companies that have paid-time-off plans can congratulate themselves for having gone to a more flexible and manageable system. But even the best plans aren’t a remedy for another malady: American workers don’t take all the vacation days they have coming.
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Wal-Mart Answers Its Critics

October 29, 2004
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Ads in California newspapers tell a story of good pay and benefits.
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Temps at the Top

July 30, 2004
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While still considered a niche industry, interim-executive staffing is becoming increasingly common for companies seeking new tools to spur change and to achieve rapid results. Top-level temporary CEOs, CFOs and CIOs can cost as much as $77,000 a month, but experts say the experience and ability that companies receive for the money can save them millions in the long run. The right interim hire can sometimes make the difference in a company's surviving a crisis period intact.
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Creative Sommelier Training Generates Great Profits for a Disney Restaurant

June 1, 2004
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A creative sommelier-training program for servers at the high-end Napa Rose restaurant has resulted in higher dinner tabs. The tips are better, too.
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An Inside Look at Outsiders

May 29, 2004
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"As an outsider, I don't have any skin in the game," says Paul Lemerise. "I can be more effective."
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What's Brewing Overseas

May 29, 2004
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Starbucks is an American imitation of a Europen concept.
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Adelphias Rent to Own Recruiting Solution

May 29, 2004
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VP John Pitek hired an interim marketing director at a cost of $182,000 per year—higher than the $120,000 salary at which the company eventually hired the interim 60 days later. “It’s a small fee to pay to avoid a big mistake,” Pitek says.
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