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December 20, 2012
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  • Number of freelancers is expected to increase in 2013
    There will be more freelance workers next year as technology and access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act give employees the flexibility to work on their own, workplace experts say. Other trends to watch include an increasing number of telecommuters and job growth in the federal government and health care industry. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • Why credit checks to screen applicants are a waste of time
    Using credit checks as a screening tool doesn't make sense because the bad economy has affected everyone, especially college graduates who are saddled with large student loans, Blake McCammon writes. "There is no evidence to suggest that bad credit scores [affect] performance. There are superior methods out there such as better interviewing techniques, job competencies, and personality tests," McCammon writes. Blogging4Jobs (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 4 ways to improve your hiring process
    One means to get better hires is to get rid of applicant-tracking systems, because most "screen applicants out, rather than in," writes Roberta Matuson, who recommends going back to the basics of looking through résumés to "to ensure that small gems aren't being looked over." She also suggests doing things such as setting up a process to interview candidates and moving more quickly to fill vacancies so good candidates won't be lost. Forbes (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Benefits & Compensation 
  • How home-loan assistance can help lure talent
    Seattle launched the Hometown Home Loan Program in the 1990s to encourage firefighters and police to live closer to the city, and that program has been used by other communities and employers as a way to attract and retain workers, writes Dianne Wasson of HomeStreet Bank. "It enables employers to offer a low-cost, high-reward benefit to their overall benefits package, and employees get both financial help and real estate education to make smarter home buying decisions," Wasson writes. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Wellness goals could lead to discrimination, coalition says
    Groups including the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association are working with employers to make sure they don't discriminate against workers who cannot meet wellness goals. If employees are required to pay more for not meeting health goals, "they may forgo preventive care, disease management care or prescription medication," says Laurie Whitsel of the AHA. Workforce online (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • Good leaders are great communicators
    Would-be leaders should prioritize developing their communication skills, writes Gretchen Rosswurm. That means mastering public speaking, corporate communications and interpersonal communication skills. "You may be hired for what you know, but you'll be promoted for your ability to influence people," Rosswurm writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Could Santa just send gifts via FedEx?
    Delivering gifts to every child in the world in a single night would be tricky, but technically possible, say FedEx and UPS officials. About 12 million workers -- the equivalent of 40 times FedEx's global workforce -- would be needed, including 400,000 people to load gifts onto Santa's sled, and 60,000 to negotiate his flight paths and keep local aviation authorities notified of his whereabouts. National Public Radio/Planet Money blog (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
  • Best of 2012: 18 SmartBrief interviews with industry thought leaders
    SmartBrief's SmartBlogs network interviewed 18 industry thought leaders this month. Find out what these leaders are projecting for their industries in 2013, and see what other free SmartBrief newsletters you may be missing out on. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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