February 7, 2013
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  • Study cites lower participation in defined-contribution plans
    Fewer people have pensions or put money into defined-contribution plans now compared with 2001, according to a study by University of Michigan researchers. "Our analysis confirms what everyone suspected -- people are using their retirement accounts to help when their kids are going to college or their spouse loses a job," said Frank Stafford, co-author of the study. BenefitsPro.com (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • Why good executives sometimes need to be let go
    Companies that are growing rapidly need experienced executives who can guide them to the next level, and sometimes this means pushing out executives who are doing a good job, Jacque Vilet writes. "Skills the company needs when it has 50 employees are not the same ones the company needs when it has 500 employees, and the same goes if you're talking about an organization with sales of $1 million versus $10 million," Vilet writes. TLNT.com (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Texas Instruments doesn't need "crazy perks," exec says
    People want to work at Texas Instruments because of the flexibility it offers, and because of its focus on diversity and employee development, says Steve Lyle, the company's director of diversity and workforce development. "We don't have crazy perks. It's about describing the culture that we have at TI to others," Lyle says. Business Insider (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • How to harness technology to motivate your workers
    Sites such as Work.com are a way to provide millennials with real-time feedback, goal setting, coaching and public recognition, Maynard Webb writes in this excerpt from "Rebooting Work." "People feel more engaged and passionate about their work when they feel more valued," Maynard writes. "Making it easier to recognize good work and deliver praise goes a long way to inspiring employee and company success." Fast Company online (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • Why good leaders ask "power questions"
    Smart leaders are good conversationalists, which means they know that it's better to ask questions than to talk incessantly, says business author Andrew Sobel. Your curiosity will empower the other person, allowing you both to make a good impression and to learn from them. "When you ask thoughtful questions you supercharge your conversations," Sobel explains. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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