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October 9, 2012
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  • Why companies need to step away from the computers
    Online job boards are "black holes" that weed out qualified candidates and use job descriptions that don't help identify the best talent, Suzanne Lucas writes. "[I]nstead of outsourcing their talent search to an algorithm, companies must bring in candidates and give them the chance to explain [why] they'll make a difference," she writes. "Remember, you can train any reasonably intelligent person on the 'how' part of the job." CBS MoneyWatch (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • Should you avoid candidates who are sensitive to feedback?
    Using assessments to judge a person's sensitivity level in taking feedback can be valuable, but don't only hire candidates who "take feedback like a champ," Kris Dunn writes. Candidates who can easily brush off negative comments may lack empathy, and therefore will have a hard time relating to co-workers and customers. On the other hand, you don't want to hire someone who flies off the handle when asked to improve, Dunn writes. The HR Capitalist (10/4)
  • Tips for improving the candidate experience
    If candidates are having bad experiences during the application process, you're not only losing talent but your company's reputation is also being damaged, Ron Thomas writes. He provides tips for assessing your recruitment process, and warns not to "under any circumstances tell someone that you will follow up and then not follow through." (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • What employees need to know about benefits this year
    Open enrollment season this year will offer employees a number of options, such as the ability to compare health plans more easily, says Michael Thompson of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Also, the maximum size of flexible spending accounts will shrink from $5,000 to $2,500. CNNMoney (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Document severance action to avoid legal problems
    A former human resources director for Chesterfield County, Va., has filed a gender-bias lawsuit, alleging that she was offered a less-attractive severance package than male colleagues were. The lawsuit underscores the need to document severance actions and have a uniform policy, experts say. "If you deviate from it, document why you deviated," says Tashwanda Pinchback, an employment lawyer. Human Resource Executive (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The HR Leader 
  • Leadership lessons from prison inmates
    You can learn a lot about leadership from prison inmates, writes Jay Steinfeld, who participated in the Prison Entrepreneurship Program and found himself learning as much from them as they did from him. The prisoners taught him you can transform yourself regardless of the environment, attitude is everything and everyone needs a support system. Inc. online (free registration) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • What does your handwriting say about you?
    The use of computer keyboards is robbing us of our very humanity, writes Philip Hensher in this book excerpt. Writing by hand is more personal, more immediate and far more interesting -- as long as your handwriting is legible and presentable. "Handwriting is what registers our individuality, and the mark which our culture has made on us. It has been seen as the unknowing key to our souls and our innermost nature," Hensher asserts. The Observer (London) (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends -- you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue."
--Alice Duer Miller,
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