Social Media Use in the Workplace 2012

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Many more employees are using social media in the workplace, something that employers are now accepting as part of doing business in the 21st century. But business practices haven’t caught up yet with the technology. Companies are still working out policies and procedures for using social media. In a recent survey of 250 multinational businesses,… Read more »

Hiring Looking Up for 2012 College Grads

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If you’re graduating college this spring, consider yourself luckier than your counterparts of the last few years: a survey of businesses shows that most companies said they intended to hire more newly graduated college students this year than in recent years past. The annual survey by CareerBuilder.com and CareerRookie.com found that 54 percent of business… Read more »

Vetting Candidates via their Social Media Profiles

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A recent survey of more than 2,300 hiring managers and human resources professionals by CareerBuilder.com showed that more than one-third of them use social media sites to check up on job candidates, about 37 percent. Of those that did, about two-thirds used both Facebook and LinkedIn to review applicants, while only about 15 percent used… Read more »

Workplace Flexibility Leads to Better Employee Health

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Turns out the flexible workplace supporters were right after all: workplace flexibility really does help employees’ health and well-being! A December 2011 study that appeared in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior followed a company that had instituted a new management system in which work was changed to that employees had considerable more flexibility… Read more »

Helping Employees Save Enough for Retirement

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As just about everyone in today’s workforce knows, pension plans are going the way of the dinosaur, being replaced by employee contribution plans such as 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts. But with the recent severe downturn in the economy, it has become evident that these retirement accounts leave a lot to be desired. Moreover, an… Read more »

The Changing Workforce and Worker Classification

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As changes in management techniques, the economy and technology lead to changes in the workforce, employers are struggling to keep abreast of guidelines on worker classification. Because of this, the Society for Human Resource Management has called on the federal government to clarify the statutory and other regulations that classify workers as employees or independent… Read more »

Emotional Intelligence and Job Satisfaction

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Some recent university research has shown that people who have more of what is called emotional intelligence tend to be better workers, more loyal to their jobs and also to be more fulfilled with the work they do. The research, where almost 1,000 employees in both public and private sectors were surveyed, examined the affects… Read more »