February 18, 2013
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  • Companies add internships with an eye on later hires
    Many employers are looking for interns in hopes of hiring some of them as full-time employees after college graduation, experts say. The majority of interns in 2012 became full-time employees, and nearly 90% of interns who were offered a full-time position accepted it, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The Philadelphia Inquirer (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

Recruiting & Retention 
 
  • Can gamification encourage employees to use social networks?
    Internal social networks are a powerful way to improve productivity, but they can make worker interactions more impersonal, says Badgeville executive Chandar Pattabhiram, who notes that gamification can help reverse this dehumanizing effect. When devising a gamification strategy, three things must be considered: How the game will make use of points or rewards, how the game will promote high performance and how the game will connect employees, Badgeville says. SHRM Online (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

Benefits & Compensation 
 
  • Va. nonprofit hosts lunchtime music recitals for workers
    Employees at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, based in Virginia, are treated to a lunchtime musical performance every week during summer. Workers can listen to the performances at their desks because of the office's open setup. The music is performed by an in-house group of performers. The Washington Post (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

Regulatory & Legal Update 
 
  • States, feds take various approaches to health insurance exchanges
    States are grappling with the challenge of making their health insurance exchanges functional by the Oct. 1 enrollment date, experts say. Washington, D.C. and 23 states have committed to running their own exchanges, while almost all other states have chosen to largely default to federal oversight. But the form and number of state exchanges may change over time, according to some experts. "Many of the states have just run out of time for a variety of reasons. I'd be surprised if in the longer run every state didn't want to have its own approach," said Christine Ferguson of the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange. The Washington Times/The Associated Press (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

The HR Leader 
  • Understand your management style to become a better leader
    Some leaders prefer to take charge of the decision-making process by using an autocratic or paternalistic management style, writes Lee Polevoi. Others would rather give their employees more responsibility by acting as democratic or laissez-faire managers. "By better understanding which kind of manager you are, you can adapt or modify your style as necessary and cultivate the most effective work environment for you and your employees," Polevoi writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Attack of the "night people"
    In the mid-1950s, a late-night radio host named Jean Shepherd rallied his listeners -- who called themselves "night people" -- and ordered them to bombard bookstores with requests for a non-existent book called "I, Libertine." The surreal prank became a global sensation but got out of hand as the mainstream media began to investigate. "In our time of memes, virality, and reality blurring, the hoax Shepherd dreamt up seems extremely modern and prescient in its contours -- as does the fact that, eventually, it got out of his control," writes Matthew Callan. The Awl (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Corporate Recruiter- MerchandisingBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Director of Compensation and Benefits West MarineWatsonville, CA
Nationwide Contract Owner Operator Recruiter -Full or Part Time Paramount Freight Systems LLCDallas/Fort Worth, TX
Director, Human ResourcesFiservNorcross, GA
Sr. HR Generalist - RSSP Human Resources UC BerkeleyBerkeley, CA
Corporate Recruiter (14-050)BioClinicaNewtown, PA
Human Resources Coordinator Phoenix Park HotelWashington, DC
Chief Human Resources OfficerAmerican Bar Association Greater Chicago Area, IL
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