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Workforce is a multimedia publication that covers the intersection of people management and business strategy. Our community of senior-level human resources executives and C-level officers are the key decision-makers on talent management matters in the 2,500 largest corporations in America. They read us for our editorial focus and relevance to help them improve their business -- and their bottom line -- through effective management of the workforce. While employees and executives often bemoan the bureaucratic nature of HR processes, companies increasingly realize they need to be smarter about the ways they attract, retain and train their workforce. Our content helps HR professionals approach their jobs from a more strategic, big-picture, business-results perspective.

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September 2014

Volume: 93
Edition: 9

A Monumental Problem

August 31, 2014
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Mental illness is the workplace’s dirty little secret. Employees want to hide it and employers don’t want to hear about it.
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Perks at Work

September 1, 2014
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You don’t have to spend a lot on extras for employees to love them, and love you for offering them.
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Companies Dropping Executive Perks

August 21, 2014
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Fewer C-suite managers get luxuries like use of corporate jets because of shareholder pressure, rising costs.
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Parker Conrad's New Zen-sation

September 2, 2014
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Parker Conrad and his cloud-based HR platform, Zenefits, are among Silicon Valley’s hottest tickets, but it’s the people, not the profit, that sits at the forefront of the CEO’s mind.
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Benefits and Compensation Orientation Guide

September 4, 2014
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How to build an effective benefits and compensation program to best reward employees while making the most of limited resources.
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ERISA Turns 40

September 2, 2014
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The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 has evolved over the past four decades.
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Let Us Vote on SHRM’s Certification Plan

September 1, 2014
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Any claim by SHRM that its new certification will be superior to HRCI’s, Howard Winkler writes, ignores the fact that a second certification will dilute the value of HR certification overall.
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To a Guy Who Made Chicago Work

August 31, 2014
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Whether they punched a time clock or punched out an opponent in the boxing ring, scrub or stud, hero or goat, nuclear physicist or gravedigger, millions of Chicagoans make their city work.


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Take Care to Communicate ACA Messages

September 8, 2014
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There are ways to communicate with employees that put your benefit plans as well as the Affordable Care Act in a positive light.


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The Workplace Market and Hobby Lobby

August 31, 2014
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Kris Dunn says honor the decision and let the free market decide what happens to Hobby Lobby. The market never lies about what’s most important to the people it serves.
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YourForce: Mental Health at the Workplace

August 31, 2014
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While mental illness is not contagious, it’s a health issue that impacts every employer.
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Cocktails, Puppies and Nerf Wars: The New Job Fair

June 12, 2014
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It’s the anti-job fair trend, where companies like Dice Holdings Inc. and Wakefield Media create fun, engaging environments for recruiters and IT professionals to connect.
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By the Numbers, September 2014

September 3, 2014
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We tackle fantasy football at work.
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More Mobile: Applying on the Go

August 25, 2014
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While desktop computers are still the go-to platform for job searches, mobile technology isn’t far behind, according to a recent survey
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People Moves, September 2014

September 2, 2014
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Daryl Bennett to Prosperity Life; Dominique Grau to Agilent Technologies; and Joel Cheesman to EmployeeScreenIQ.
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Norm Kamikow: Remembering a Workforce Leader

August 31, 2014
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For many, Norm will be remembered not for the scope of what he achieved or the impact it had on the professions he covered but for being a dedicated friend and colleague.
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Pull Over the Potty Police

September 3, 2014
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Unless employees seem to be abusing bathroom rights, or breaks interfere with performance or production, let them be.
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Legal Briefing: The Housekeeper, The Cashier and Concerted Activity

September 1, 2014
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Employee complaints about another co-worker, when brought on behalf of other employees, can be considered protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act.
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Legal Briefing: Contractors and Control

September 2, 2014
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Employers cannot avoid an employer-employee relationship with an individual simply by calling the individual an independent contractor. The right to control work details is controlling.
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Mapping Out Workforce Wellness in Eastern and Western Europe

September 4, 2014
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Governments across Europe have been making budget cuts and wellness programs are among the first to go.


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Companies Roll Out Re-enrollment Strategy

September 1, 2014
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Re-enrollment in a 401(k) is a popular employer approach that puts workers on the right investment track and offers protections for plan sponsors.


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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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Evaluating a Job Applicant’s Background History

August 25, 2014
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Use of background information can disproportionately affect people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds, along with gender. This could expose an employer to liability.
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Special Report: More ‘Background’ Noise

September 5, 2014
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Despite increasing regulations, more companies are performing background checks, and advances in technology have made them more accessible to small and midsize employers


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