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Work In Progress
Welcome to Work in Progress, a blog in which I try to be part observer, part adviser and part provocateur. I write about such issues as the "employment deal" between workers and organizations, people management strategies, advances in workplace technology and the social safety nets designed to catch displaced workers. I'm convinced the world is progressing toward an era of greater reciprocity between workers and employers, and organizations that get ahead of this trend are more likely to thrive.

Touchdown! Talent management lessons from the NFL's Week 1

September 12, 2012
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Three people management pearls of wisdom from the NFL's first week.
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We All Built That

August 31, 2012
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This Labor Day, let's remember that it generally takes business leaders, workers and decent government to make a successful company, economy and society.
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The IBM-Kenexa Deal Further Shows Talent Management Is Dead

August 27, 2012
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Big Blue doesn't see talent management as big. Or at least not as big as data mining and social networking. And I'd say IBM is right.
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HR Departments Should Get Involved in Contingent Labor Management

August 10, 2012
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There's a looming battle between HR and procurement over who “owns” contingent labor. And I'm cheering on HR, for the sake of both companies and contingent workers.
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It (Still) Pays to Be Good

August 2, 2012
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The Hewlett-Packard-IBM story strongly suggests that, increasingly, the lower road does not compute.
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Why Firms Should Care About the Plight of Un-Free Agents

July 20, 2012
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For many temps and contractors, contingent work is a last resort rather than a first choice. As a result, they probably enter into work assignments with an engagement deficit.
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Contingent Overcompliance

July 13, 2012
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Excessive fear regarding the misclassification of workers and resulting liability can lead organizations to distance themselves unnecessarily from contractors and temps. The result is bad for both companies and contingents.
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Hey Millennials, How's That Work Thing Coming Along?

July 6, 2012
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A new TV show set to air this fall joins a growing lineup of workplace shows aimed at the millennial generation. Just be careful which one you choose to hover over in your parental helicopter.
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Arms-Length Embrace

June 18, 2012
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Why companies have to love their contingents, not just abide by the law and use them to cut labor costs.
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Layoffs at HP—a New Beginning or the Beginning of the End?

May 30, 2012
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For decades, Hewlett-Packard had a proud culture of respecting employees and investing in research and development. That ethos has been eroding for years now.
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