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May 17, 2012
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  • Data suggest U.S. economic growth is improving
    Concerns about a spring slump in the U.S. economy are easing as data indicate that growth in the second quarter has gotten off to a good start. Factory output is on the rise, while home construction is close to a three-year high. "It's all very encouraging," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. "Things look good at the moment." Google/The Associated Press (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Greatness Gap
Achievers surveyed North American employees about their level of connection with core engagement factors, such as their company's mission, their perceptions and experience of recognition at work, and their workplace culture. The data shows us that there are a few things missing. Read the results
Recruiting & Retention 
  • How to spend your mobile-recruiting dollars
    Businesses should focus on developing a mobile version of their career website rather than a mobile-recruiting application, David Martin writes. Most job-seekers aren't willing to download an app dedicated to a single company, and those who are probably have already applied for a job at that company, Martin writes. (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How would Ferris Bueller look for talent?
    If the title character from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" were a recruiter, he'd have some good ideas for finding talent, Laurie Barkman writes. For example, his advice that "the meek get pinched" while "the bold survive" suggests he would ask job seekers to discuss instances when they overcame adversity, she writes. The Resumator (5/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recognition 3.0 - The Future of Employee Engagement
Few companies have elevated their employee rewards and recognition programs to a level that is in sync with their company's or their own employees level of sophistication. Read this white paper to find out how you can "level up" your recognition strategy along with your business strategy.
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Are your rewards selfish?
    Rewards will backfire if they are based on what the employer wants instead of what the worker wants, Carol Schultz writes. For example, bosses may want to take employees on a trip to encourage bonding between co-workers, but employees may not want to travel or spend the extra money, she writes. (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Employers look to make 401(k)s more similar to pensions
    Large employers are exploring investment options that make workers' 401(k) accounts function more like traditional pensions that guarantee lifetime income streams, Dan Kadlec writes. About 20% of employers plan to begin offering an investment option in the next year, a survey by BlackRock found. blog (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • 3 leadership tips from the inventor of "soft power"
    Two decades ago, Harvard University professor Joseph Nye coined the phrase "soft power" to explain the ways in which groups can exert influence through the stories they tell rather than the military might they possess. That insight holds important lessons for modern business leaders, writes Scott Eblin. "If you step back and assess your own power, you'll likely find that your hard power is limited by your circumstances," Eblin explains. "Your soft power, however, is entirely dependent on how compelling your story is." Level Blog (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Developer plans to build underwater hotel in Dubai
    A hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will guarantee an ocean view to every guest -- because the hotel itself will built on the seabed. The underwater hotel will be surrounded by a coral reef, and will slowly rotate to give guests an ever-changing view of the aquatic scenery. Bloomberg Businessweek (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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