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October 8, 2012
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  • Fed's Beige Book is expected to tell tale of economy
    An upbeat tone generated by the latest U.S. jobs report might not last long. The Federal Reserve's Beige Book is expected to reflect continued skepticism about the employment situation, although there is evidence that consumers are spending again. MarketWatch (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

Recruiting & Retention 
  • Do employees feel insulted by your engagement efforts?
    Asking employees to fill out an engagement survey once a year not only won't help you gather useful information, it could send an insulting message that your organization values impersonal assessments over face-to-face communication, Liz Ryan writes. "If we value the connection between our employees and their work -- not to mention our goals, our profits, and our businesses' growth curves -- we'll ask people what they think more often than in an annual survey," Ryan writes. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Management Blog (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The traits that new hires must have for your company to survive
    Instead of hiring for skills, organizations should seek candidates with certain personality traits, particularly ones that will help your company adapt, Jim Roddy writes. For instance, find out whether a candidate is an introspective, lifelong learner by asking them which books have influenced their careers and what insights they've gained about themselves through recent experiences. Also, look for candidates who display humility and persistence, Roddy writes. (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

Benefits & Compensation 
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

Regulatory & Legal Update 
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The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

The HR Leader 
  • Hire executives who treat employees how you'd like to be treated
    Some job candidates for executive positions have the credentials and know how to act around higher-ups, but treat everyone else poorly, says John Baldoni. "Certainly those in line for senior-level positions have demonstrated competence. ... But it's not enough to look at a resume, of course. You need to interview individuals -- not just one on one, but maybe in group situations, too." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
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The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun."
--John D. Rockefeller,
American industrialist and philanthropist

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