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Success, Scandinavian Style

July 30, 2004
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The product names aren't all that's unusual at Ikea North America. Pernille Spiers-Lopez, the Danish-born president of the mushrooming home furnishings chain, is making her company a hotbed of high-yield humanism.
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All Aboard

July 1, 2004
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Beset by rising insurance costs, Union Pacific employs semi-tough love to improve the health of its mostly middle-aged, blue collar workforce. While some companies take a no-prisoners approach, UP chooses to nudge, encourage and prod its employees to good health. And it's saving millions.
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Prescription for a Lawsuit

May 29, 2004
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When UP recently instituted a policy of not hiring smokers, it had to carve out exceptions in the 13 states across its route system that have “smokers’ rights” statutes on the books.
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Family Values, Warm and Fuzzy Math

May 29, 2004
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Everywhere you go, it's about values.
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A Matter of Degrees

May 3, 2004
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Corporate America spent $10 billion on tuition reimbursement in 2003, but few companies track how those dollars are spent, or know whether they are getting any benefit by underwriting employees' degrees. It's not that ROI can't be measured. It's just that many companies don't seem to care about it.
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Tuition Assistance An Intermediate Course

May 3, 2004
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Short of calculating ROI, other steps can and have been taken.
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Clean Slate

March 1, 2004
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Human resources was asleep at the switch when greed and fraud torpedoed Tyco. Laurie Siegel, the company's post-scandal senior vice-president of human resources, is in charge of making up for lost trust. She has taken on the daunting task with eyes wide open.
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Lockheed is Doing Right and Doing Well

March 1, 2004
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Aerospace competition is fierce, but Lockheed Martin doesn't believe in winning at any price. Its training programs and accountability systems support one theme: "Good ethics is good business."
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Union Pacific's Recruiting Overhaul On the Right Track

March 1, 2004
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The 142-year-old railroad was stuck in the manila-folder era. It revamped its entire recruiting process, making life easier for everyone and saving more than $3.3 million.
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Meanwhile over at MCI

March 1, 2004
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For shell-shocked employees, the good-humored Higgins is less a law enforcement officer than a heartening symbol of MCI’s potential revival. She is not only a vital member of the team of top executives trying to nurse a once-strong company back to health, she represents much of what was missing at WorldCom.
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