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Four Lessons in Talent Management From 'Cutetallica'

September 15, 2014
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Jon Hyman offers four talent management tips after watching his 8-year-old daughter's rock band Cutetallica perform last weekend.
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What Are the Benefits of Ranking to Determine Employee Performance?

September 15, 2014
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Like many companies, we have an annual performance review of employees. At the beginning of the financial year, KPAs, goals, targets are mutually agreed. There is quarterly review of performance followed by annual review. Employees are rated on predefined performance criteria on a scale of 1 to 5. Subsequent to rating, we wanted our line management to rank employees against each other in order to have ranking order. Line management is not inclined to ranking, for obvious reasons. Is there any way to know if ranking is the right approach for our performance management?

— Really Clueless, assistant GM, manufacturing, Hyderabad, India


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Is This the End of the Independent Contractor as We Know It?

September 8, 2014
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While this case does not necessarily spell the end of the independent contractor, it very well could be the beginning of trend of cases leading down this path.
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Observations on Obesity in the Workforce

September 4, 2014
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Obesity is a leading source of workplace disability, but nixing vending machines and handing out pedometers isn’t enough to get employees back and working at their full potential.


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Address Dressing for Success

August 4, 2014
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A rigid dress code policy can carry legal risks.
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Worker Wellness Wishes Revealed

August 4, 2014
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Virgin Pulse-Workforce survey finds smoking cessation tops the list of most popular wellness programs with physical activity the leading wellness demand.


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Wellness Investments Rise but Results Remain in Question

June 25, 2014
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More employers are deploying wellness programs but implementation and effectiveness remain elusive.


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How Do We Get Our ESOP Plan Started?

June 17, 2014
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My company wants to start an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, that defines a vesting year as being an actively employed participant on Dec. 31 of that year and you credited with at least 1,000 hours of employment. Should this include regular hours, overtime hours, and PTO hours? What else might we need to consider?
— ESOP Fable, financial/insurance/real estate, Des Moines, Iowa

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Has Workplace Drug Testing Gone to Pot With Legalized Marijuana?

April 9, 2014
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Until the courts sort these issues out, prudent employers should tread carefully and consult with their employment counsel before disciplining or firing any employees who are using legally prescribed marijuana away from work.
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If You Don't Want Anti-Bullying Legislation, Give Me a 'Hell Yeah!'

April 3, 2014
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The quickest way to ensure that generalized workplace bullying becomes illegal is for employers to continue to ignore it.


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