Employers made more external hires last year, survey finds | Why J.C. Penney's color-coding system is a good idea | A guide to replicating a sourcing strategy used by Sears
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March 20, 2013
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Employers made more external hires last year, survey finds
The percentage of job openings being filled internally decreased to 42% last year, down from a high of 51% in 2009, according to a survey by CareerXroads. The survey suggests that employers are gaining confidence in their ability to take risks on outside hires, which is a positive sign for the economy, CareerXroads co-founder Gerry Crispin says. The Wall Street Journal/At Work blog (3/19)
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Recruiting & Retention
Why J.C. Penney's color-coding system is a good idea
J.C. Penney managers use a color-coding system to categorize workers based on their potential. "The tendency is to see this as a negative practice, but it's really a way for companies to determine where to spend their limited training and development budgets," Ben Eubanks writes. UpstartHR.com (3/15)
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A guide to replicating a sourcing strategy used by Sears
An employee at Sears Holdings used simple tools such as an Excel spreadsheet and Survey Monkey to gather data about the company's hiring needs and develop sourcing solutions, Kevin Wheeler writes. He outlines how others can set up similar strategies. ERE.net (3/19)
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Benefits & Compensation
Firms need benefits programs designed for older workers, experts say
Older employees are the fastest-growing segment of the workforce, and organizations need to find ways to respond to their needs, experts say. For example, having older-worker wellness programs and offering flexible work arrangements can help keep aging workers engaged, they say. U.S. News & World Report/The Best Life blog (3/18)
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Why counter-offers are rarely prudent
Be stingy about making counter-offers to employees who say they've been offered higher pay at another organization, Kris Dunn writes. The only employees who merit a counter-offer are those who create your company's product and those who bring in large clients, he writes. Too much anxiety about losing an employee is a sign that your organization lacks systems for transferring knowledge, Dunn writes. Fistful of Talent (3/15)
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Regulatory & Legal Update
Opinion: A job market without labor laws exists online
Online platforms that enable employers to post requests for small jobs have created a labor market that is devoid of minimum wages and worker protections, writes Nancy Folbre, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Workers on average make between $1.20 and $5 an hour without benefits, she writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Economix blog (3/18)
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The HR Leader
How to break free from the pack
Getting that first promotion will require you to rise above the other talented people in your organization, John Beeson writes. Demonstrate the ability to marshal company resources by identifying and fixing inefficiencies; in the process, you might need to build inroads into other departments. "If you think all this sounds like extra work, you're absolutely right. ... [T]hose who emerge from the pack will be the ones willing to go the extra mile," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (3/18)
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Workplace Chatter
Site helps Instagram users fake it until they make it
Two artists have created "Instasham," a site that helps people tweak their Instagram account to suggest that they're more socially successful than they actually are. Users can grab stock Instagram images to make it seem that they drive flashy cars, party with A-list celebrities, take exotic vacations or have closets stuffed with expensive clothes. CBC.ca (Canada)/Your Community Blog (3/19)
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