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October 25, 2012
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • How NetSuite revamped its talent strategy to improve retention
    NetSuite's chief people officer, Marty Réaume, says he started using a talent-assessment tool called TriMetrix after executives noticed that many new hires were quitting after less than a year, Jessi Hempel writes. Also, the company's CEO, Zach Nelson, began reviewing every potential hire, a strategy that he says motivates recruiters to find better candidates. The company's retention numbers have improved significantly in the past year, Hempel writes. CNNMoney/Fortune (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Recruiters need to stand up for themselves
    Recruiters can be good at advocating for others, but often they fail to do it for themselves, Erik Smetana writes. "[T]hose working in the profession need to take a stand and get to the root cause of their nine-to-five headaches. Feel like employees don't appreciate what your team does? Show them that you are more than a caricature out of a Dilbert strip they read years ago," Smetana writes. (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Study: Workers' views on 401(k) plans vary by political affiliation
    U.S. workers' views on their employer's role in providing 401(k) contributions and financial advice vary depending on their political-party affiliation, according to a Wells Fargo study. More than 70% of self-described Democrats said companies should increase employees' 401(k) contributions automatically, compared with 56% of self-described Republicans, according to the study. When asked whether employers should advise workers about their 401(k) plans, 86% of Democrats and 67% of Republicans agreed, the study found. (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why leaders need to experience recognition to support it
    If your company's leadership balks at setting aside resources for a recognition program, help them gain knowledge about what makes such programs so valuable, Paul Hebert writes. "Put in place a tactical recognition strike to your top level executives that includes recognition emails, letters, hand written notes, sticky-notes, hallway high fives, little thank you's within emails where the execs are copied," Hebert writes. (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Age-bias complaint is filed by 80-year-old teacher
    An e-mail in which a school board president in Indiana complained that good teachers were being "seniorited" out of the system by older teachers has prompted an age-bias complaint from 80-year-old teacher Beverlie Beck. In the complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Beck says she was one of the older teachers referred to in the e-mail. "I just want the world to know I'm not a bad teacher," she said. South Bend Tribune (Ind.) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The HR Leader 
  • Are telecommuters more creative?
    Bosses sometimes fret that telecommuters won't pull their weight, but the truth is people who work from home are often more creative than their office-bound counterparts, Lea Green writes. It's easier to come up with creative solutions when you're able to slack off without someone watching over you, Green explains. "Although daydreaming might seem counter-intuitive to productivity, it actually increases creative thought," she notes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Job-swap program allows users to test professional waters
    LifeSwap is a program in the San Francisco Bay Area that allows job seekers to shadow professionals for a period of time, with a fee set by the host. So far, job shadowing has included a Ph.D. student observing a henna tattoo artist. "We're helping people make lifelong decisions," co-founder Mike Dorsey says. Mashable (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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