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November 30, 2012
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  • Federal workers get expanded whistle-blower protections
    President Barack Obama has enacted a law that clarifies which whistle-blowing activities are protected under federal law, imposes harsher penalties for violating whistle-blower protections, changes the requirements for nondisclosure agreements and establishes an ombudsman position for some federal agencies. "The bill contains important reforms, but federal employees still lack most of the basic rights available to whistle-blowers in the private sector," Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center, said in a statement. Workforce online (11/28), The Wall Street Journal/Corruption Currents blog (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right
A highly-engaged workforce drives results and employee engagement programs are key to success. But most companies still lack on-the-ground programs for employee engagement and alignment. Learn how to leverage time and resources with a social recognition program in the whitepaper "Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right".
Recruiting & Retention 
  • How to eliminate hiring biases that kill diversity
    Hiring managers often seek out candidates similar to themselves, using criteria such applicants' hobbies, background and appearance to make decisions, says Lauren Rivera of Northwestern University, who conducted research on the issue. "It's a really easy tool: Is this person similar to me?" Rivera says. A well-rounded hiring process will guard against this tendency by having concrete metrics for measuring qualities such as intelligence and motivation, she says. (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Pay gap between big and small employers is widening, study finds
    Workers at small firms earned 66% of what counterparts at large firms earned in 2011, according to a study by the Kauffman Foundation. In 2001, workers at small firms earned 78% of the salaries paid to employees at large firms. The widening wage gap means small employers will have a more difficult time competing for talent, some experts say. The Washington Post (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Why employees seek legal help with workers' comp claims
    Workers are more likely to seek the assistance of a lawyer in a workers' compensation claim if they feel threatened, a Workers Compensation Research Institute survey indicates. It is important to understand why employees get lawyers involved in a claim, because such involvement increases costs for the company, the institute's Richard Victor writes. Supervisor training and emphasizing good communication can help reduce the escalation of workers' compensation claims, Victor writes. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • Don't let your meetings get stuck in the bike shed
    Too many high-level meetings fall prey to "bike-shedding" -- the notion that smart, powerful people will quickly sign off on important issues they barely understand but will spend hours arguing over trivial issues they think they understand, such as whether to build a bike shed. Avoid this trap by giving your team the information they need to make big decisions and shielding them from the small ones, advises Dan McCarthy. "If you’re the leader, exercise your decision making authority on the trivial stuff," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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