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October 6, 2011
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  • Companies add 91,000 jobs, but recovery is still weak, reports indicate
    Private companies added 91,000 jobs in September, a slight increase from 89,000 jobs added in August, ADP reports. The numbers, although weak, are an encouraging sign that the economy may not be headed toward another recession, says Paul Ashworth, an economist with Capital Economics. More concerning, Ashworth says, is a report from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas showing that employers said last month that they plan to cut 115,730 employees, more than double the August figure and the highest in more than two years. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/6), Bloomberg (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • Qualifications may be overvalued in hiring decisions
    Hiring managers who want to make better hires should stop focusing so much on a candidate's qualifications and instead consider the person's "inherent abilities" such as such as personality, learning style and core values, writes Mike Michalowicz, author of "The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur." "People will behave as they have in the past. If you ask questions designed to identify the patterns, you can predict how prospective employees will behave in similar situations," Michalowicz writes. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 7 ideas for getting the most out of mobile recruiting
    An easy way for companies to get more recruiting leads is to create a mobile application for their career websites, Jason Buss writes. He offers seven useful ideas for mobile recruiting, such as the importance of QR codes on business cards. (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Benefits & Compensation 
  • Health insurance incentives drive wellness participation
    Health insurance premium discounts or health savings account contributions are two ways companies can increase wellness program participation, and both are legal as long as they are voluntary and comply with basic standards. The Preservation Society of Newport County, R.I., increased wellness participation from 20% to about 65% for three straight years by offering an HSA funding differential for those who signed up, and display manufacturer PCL reached 85% participation in its wellness program by adding a health insurance premium differential to its program. (Providence, R.I.) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Union-rights-poster rule is delayed by NLRB
    A rule to require companies to post a notice telling employees of their rights to join a union has been delayed until Jan. 31 by the National Labor Relations Board. The launch was pushed back over employers' confusion about whether they need to follow the rule even if they don't have a unionized workforce, officials say. The delay will give the NLRB more time to educate companies, the agency says. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • HR leaders should consider themselves quality-control experts
    The best HR leaders help ensure the quality of managers by having deep industry knowledge and speaking up when things go south, writes Ben Horowitz. "When management quality starts to break down in a company, nobody says anything about it, but super-perceptive people can tell that the company is slipping. You need one of those," Horowitz writes. All Things D (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Workplace Chatter 
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Vice President of Human ResourcesGoodwill Industries of Colorado SpringsColorado Springs, CO
Human Resources Leader, North Pacific7-Eleven, Inc.Multiple Locations, United States
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