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October 31, 2012
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The Greatness Gap
Achievers surveyed North American employees about their level of connection with core engagement factors, such as their company's mission, their perceptions and experience of recognition at work, and their workplace culture. The data shows us that there are a few things missing. Read the results
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  • Finding the Right People
    The presidential election, tax policies and high unemployment may keep business leaders awake at night, but no topic creates the degree of concern as finding the right people. A recent ManpowerGroup report concludes with this thought: Companies that truly believe that human capital is their most valuable asset—and make investments to cultivate that talent—are the ones that will set the pace in the years ahead. Time Inc. Custom Content
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • Why social influence is more important than intelligence
    The business world is moving to a "social economy," which means employees with robust social networks are becoming more valuable than highly intelligent ones, writes Andrew Razeghi of Northwestern University. To keep up with this shift, organizations should measure the social influence of new hires and encourage employees to collaborate with others outside the company, Razeghi writes. Fast Company online (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Highly effective hiring managers follow these rules
    People who have been successful in industries unrelated to your company should be more coveted than are those who can merely boast experience, writes Geoffrey James, who offers seven rules to govern hiring decisions. The first rule: "If you don't know exactly who you're looking to hire, it's stupid to actually hire somebody," James writes. Inc. online/Sales Source blog (free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Cities, employers use active design to get people moving
    Cities and companies are adopting "active design" principles to promote healthy lifestyles, such as outdoor trails and offices that encourage workers to get up and move around. Architects are designing buildings with exposed stairwells and outdoor decks, and employers are moving printers and coffee machines away from individual work areas, forcing staff to get up and walk. USA Today (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • Why social media can make it harder to manage workers
    With more employees building popular online presences using social media, managers are being challenged to supervise not only the people who work for them, but their public personae as well. Experts recommend companies proactively address the potential pitfalls by developing clear policies for social media use at work, establishing ownership guidelines for blogs that further company goals and ensuring that employee and employer messages aren't working at cross-purposes. The Wall Street Journal (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Bribery and tipping are closely connected, researchers say
    Tipping is a short step from outright bribery, researchers say. That's because tipping encourages informal payments as part of a favor-based economy, opening the door to potential corruption. "Once you are embedded in a web of informal transactions and favors, it can sometimes become harder to judge what's appropriate and what's not," says Harvard professor Magnus Thor Torfason. HBS Working Knowledge (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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