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October 23, 2012
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  • Groupon to focus on fun as well as analytics, HR chief says
    Bernard van Stekelenburg, Groupon's HR chief, says he wants to maintain the company's "funny, funky element," but also needs to focus on standard business practices such as ranking performance and potential and developing an HR system based on analytics. "We admit we have not focused on skills, talent management, nor indeed succession planning. ... But one of the things I want to create is a common language for talking about this -- and especially talent," van Stekelenburg says. American City Business Journals/Upstart Business Journal (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • Have you bought into these social-recruiting myths?
    Recruiters need to dispel social media myths, such as notion that that social recruiting doesn't cost anything, Jonah Manning writes. While it's true that most networks are free to join, you'll need to invest company resources if you want your social media efforts to take off, Manning writes. Blogging4Jobs (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to reduce blowback from massive layoffs
    HR pros can limit the damage that layoffs have on employee morale and productivity by communicating long-term plans for recovery, say management consultant Susan Heathfield and executive coach Stever Robbins. "Reset goals and expectations in a participatory way, so people feel like they have some control," Robbins says. (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Strategies for Success from 
  • What your company's social media policy is allowed to cover
    Employers are allowed to prohibit workers from disclosing trade secrets and posting defamatory comments online, but employers may run into problems if they use social media to obtain workers' personal information, Heidi Carpenter writes. Also, many states prohibit employers from disciplining workers for lawful behavior outside of work, she writes. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Benefits & Compensation 
  • Evernote covers employees' house-cleaning bills
    Evernote pays for each of its 250 workers to get their houses cleaned twice a month, an idea generated by Evernote CEO's Phil Libin's wife. Workers also are given $1,000 a year to take a vacation and travel. "Happy workers make better products," Libin says. Business Insider (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Online tools can help workers make better benefits choices
    About 65% of employers use online tools to help workers make decisions about their benefits, according to a Towers Watson study. "Without a decision-support tool, employees will go into a system and choose Plan A or B, but it's very hard to compare the plans and see all the difference in costs in all these choices," says Tim Clifford of Automatic Data Processing. Workforce online (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Are employees secretly recording your conversations?
    Many employees who bring complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have audio recordings or some kind of digital evidence to back up their claims, Keisha-Ann Gray writes. But employers have some legal recourse to prevent some conversations from being recorded. The Federal Privacy Act, for instance, bans individuals from recording conversations in which they aren't involved, unless they receive permission. Human Resource Executive (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The HR Leader 
  • Don't say "no" when opportunities knock
    High-achievers should make a point of networking and answering recruiters' calls even when they're happy with their job, writes Michael A. Morell. "[I]t behooves both happy and restless working professionals to stay in the game and remain open to career-change opportunities," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • 15 jobs with the guiltiest workers
    If your job makes you feel like a drag on humanity, you might work in the fast-food, gaming or TV news industries, according to a survey by Payscale. The survey ranks jobs by the percentage of employees who say they make "the world a worse place." Other occupations to make the list include bartenders and fashion designers. CNNMoney (10/18), The Huffington Post (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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