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If you work in human resources, you are dealing with email, often a lot of it. Like everyone else in business, you are probably trying to figure out how to get control over it. In fact, email has become such a big issue at some places that they have threatened to ban it entirely. But… Read more »

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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 »

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Many employees often undertake big, long-term projects at work. It may be a project with no definite deadline, or with a deadline that is several months away. These are the projects that often create the most anxiety, says business consultant Peter Bregman. Sometimes they lead to procrastination, until the deadline looms before you. Often, you… Read more »

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In business, the situation with technology sometimes resembles a person stranded on a deserted island, surrounded by water, but none to drink. We have more ways to communicate than ever before, according to Stephen Paskoff, a human resources specialist, but despite that, all the advances in communication technology have done little to help us understand… Read more »

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The concept of corporate culture can be a somewhat nebulous thing. It is not something where you can look at facts and figures. It has to do with the attitude and morale of workers, their engagement with their work and their productivity. But, although culture is not easy to quantify, human resources specialist Andy Porter… Read more »

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Bringing new people onboard is an important process, and should be done with care and planning. New workers should be brought up to speed, given the tools they need to be successful, and made to feel welcomed by the company. What you should avoid, however, if you are in human resources, is a very long… Read more »

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Leadership has acquired even more emphasis in the current business climate, as it appears more and more that leaders are putting their own self-interest ahead of the organizations for which they are responsible. What can you do to upgrade your leadership skills? Here are a few tips from business analysts John Coleman and Bill George…. Read more »

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When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) went into effect in 2003, most employers that had self-insured health plans took steps to make sure they were in compliance. But with the passage of time, compliance standards at a number of organizations have fallen off some, and human resource departments need to take another… Read more »

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A representative from human resources needs to be on any performance improvement team that is worth the name, according to business analyst Brad Power. In addition to people who know how things work, and people who know how to make them work better, Power says that there also should be on the team people who… Read more »

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Recent signs are showing that companies that develop a culture where coaching is encouraged and practiced well by everyone have better bottom lines. This may be something for human resources departments to think about and to get involved in creating such an atmosphere. A recent study by the California-based advisory firm Bersin and Associates showed… Read more »