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August 21, 2012
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  • Will robots become manufacturers' favored workers?
    Consumer-device manufacturers are utilizing robots far more sophisticated than those used by automakers and other heavy manufacturers, experts say. As the technology spreads to other industries, sweeping changes might be seen in the manufacturing workforce as more jobs might be created for skilled engineers at the expense of jobs for low-wage workers, experts say. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
How to Land a Job Interview Using Social Media
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • How to put the "fun" back into recruiting
    Over-reliance on technology has driven the fun and innovation out of recruiting, John Sumser writes. Employers should try to make the process entertaining again by, for instance, letting each department write fun job descriptions and by turning the on-boarding process into a "pleasurable team sport," Sumser writes. (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 9 rules for a satisfied workforce
    It's important to keep your employees satisfied to maximize their productivity at work. Managers can promote satisfaction among their employees by making sure they are in roles that take advantage of their natural strengths, found the 2012 National Norms Survey on employee engagement levels in the U.S. workforce. They should also focus on creating trust within the organization and offer opportunities for workers to develop their skills. (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategies for Success from 
  • Tips for developing a holistic training program
    Training workers on technical skills is important, but it's just as crucial to train them on communication, problem solving, team building and leadership, Michelle Benjamin writes. The most successful training programs are composed of four parts: assessment, design, delivery and evaluation, she writes. (8/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Benefits & Compensation 
  • Study: Younger workers are interested in voluntary financial products
    A survey by Metropolitan Life Insurance shows differing financial interests in younger workers and baby boomers. More young workers than baby boomers said they have an interest in voluntary products such as life insurance, and more than 7 in 10 young workers said they would like their benefits choices to have more variety. The study also shows that younger workers who are satisfied with the benefits they receive express greater job satisfaction and employer loyalty. National Underwriter Life & Health (8/20), (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Tips to maintain pay equity
    Employers can help ensure compensation is fair by using measurable data and by having information about what affects pay for different employees, write David Lamoreaux and Wayne Strayer. Also, employers need to be able to legally defend why pay differences exist, they write. (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Employers that provide DACA documentation might face penalties
    Federal immigration officials say undocumented immigrants who apply for the Department of Homeland Security's deferred action for childhood arrivals program won't face enforcement action unless they've committed certain crimes, but similar assurances haven't been made regarding employers who provide DACA documentation on behalf of immigrants. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 1.7 million immigrants could be eligible for the program. Bloomberg BNA/Labor and Employment Blog (subscription required) (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • How to successfully delegate tasks
    Delegating duties reduces stress and gets the best out of employees, writes Vanessa Merit Nornberg. Check progress at regular intervals, ask lots of questions, be supportive and set a good example to employees, she recommends. Also, notify the staff of good outcomes as well as bad ones, as this shows them "that the consequences are not dire if they take a wrong turn, as long as they do so in a responsible way," Nornberg writes. Inc. online (free registration) (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • More squirrel brain, anyone?
    Squirrel meat was a centerpiece of American cuisine since before Columbus, and it's time for the rodent to reclaim its place at our table, writes Mike Sula. The critters are sustainable, readily available in rural and urban areas, and delicious -- their chicken-like meat makes a good stew, while their creamy, walnut-sized brains can be braised and eaten like roasted chestnuts. Chicago Reader (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Editor's Note 
  • The changing role of company benefits
    With years of insurance and retirement reforms likely ahead, organizations are conducting a strategic review of their benefits policies and how to connect them to business goals. SmartBrief on Workforce is pleased to share the results of a recent Benz Communications survey of hundreds of HR professionals on how they're managing benefits in the current environment. In return for updating your SmartBrief subscriber profile, we will send you a copy of the August 2012 "Inside Benefits Communication Survey Report." LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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