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Companies Weigh the Cost of Prepping Expats

January 30, 2004
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Many are bypassing pre-location cultural counseling. Instead, they opt for intervention in case of a crisis.
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Where in the World is Offshoring Going

January 5, 2004
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It’s not much of a generalization to say that the common denominator of the countries either sending or receiving work is a large population that speaks and understands English.
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A High-Stakes Union Fight Who Will Fold First

January 5, 2004
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As businesspeople, unionists and politicians watch closely, Cintas, a proud company with a long history, and UNITE, heading up a resurgent union coalition, are locked in a ferocious battle. Many of their principles and tactics are old-fashioned. Others are as up-to-date as a smart bomb.
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Think Globally, Act Rationally

January 5, 2004
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Offshoring jobs and salaries is all the rage in corporate America. But this panacea du jour has as many pitfalls as potential cost advantages. At a recent closed-door conference in Houston, promoters of offshoring to India touted the benefits to a rapt audience. But there were some sobering asides amid the hoopla, such as news of a 50 percent failure rate and savings that aren't so spectacular.
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Little White Lies Yield Red Ink for Corporate Recruiters

November 6, 2003
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When aggressive marketing becomes outright lying, the result is excessive turnover, bloated recruiting costs and a lack of loyalty and commitment.
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Drug Testing's Negative Results

October 3, 2003
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Convinced by shaky economic data and appeals to civic virtue, employers have long allowed themselves to be persuaded that testing employees for drug use is the right thing to do. Now, after hard looks at budget and some long-simmering issues about trust and efficacy, they're not so sure.
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It's Alcohol That Should Be Tested

October 3, 2003
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Most people don't realize that alcohol is a drug.
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Grading on the Curve

September 18, 2003
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There's nothing new about the process itself. Law firms, college faculties and the military have operated under an "up or out" ethos for eons, and a number of companies, including PepsiCo, have used it for several decades.
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The Ethics of Forced Ranking

September 18, 2003
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A lot depends on how fairly the system is developed, and how fair the people are who carry it out.
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Keeping Up With The...

September 18, 2003
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There really was an Edward Jones. He was a bond trader who in 1922 founded the St. Louis-based firm that now bears his name.
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