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October 11, 2012
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  • Skills gap continues to plague companies, research shows
    The majority of manufacturers say they're experiencing a skills shortage, and that they expect the shortage to worsen over the next three to five years, according to research by Deloitte. The report also noted that skills attained by college students become outdated within five years of graduation. CNBC (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Benefits & Compensation 
  • How to decide which benefits to cut
    Companies looking to cut costs shouldn't target health benefits, but instead look at perks that don't affect workers as much, such as travel expenses, says Pamela Peterson of Davidson Technologies. Employee Benefit News (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why scrapping merit increases isn't cut and dried
    Eliminating merit-based pay increases makes logical sense, but employers should still hesitate before doing away with a merit-compensation program, Stephanie Thomas writes. "Pay evokes a visceral response, and even though our logical selves understand the argument, our emotional selves may have a hard time with it," she writes. Compensation Cafe blog (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • A primer on granting religious holidays
    Employers must make reasonable accommodations for workers who request time off for a religious holiday, but generally are not required to offer holiday pay, employment lawyer Keisha-Ann Gray writes. In order to refuse a worker request for time off, employers must show that granting the accommodation would cause undue hardship, she writes. Human Resource Executive (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Learn from your heroes, but know they aren't perfect
      
    Working for Howard Dean's presidential campaign in 2004 showed how the enthusiasm of followers is often clouded by a belief that a leader is flawless, says Kate O'Connor, an author and former Dean aide, in this Big Think video. This assumption often leads to disappointment when reality sets in. "Recognize that you might be disappointed, but recognize that it's not the end of the world," she says. "You can move forward and you can make change or you can build a business." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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