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January 30, 2013
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  • Pondering possible replacements for labor unions
    Traditional unions are on the decline, but there may be other options for worker representation, experts say. One alternative that has emerged is the Freelancers Union, which provides health benefits and performs advocacy. "We're going to have to evolve past the idea that the only thing a union is is a collective-bargaining agent at a workplace. There will be a lot more experimentation," Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz says. Fast Company online (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • 5 tips for agile succession planning
    Creating succession plans requires flexibility, the involvement of management and employees, and respect for the company culture, writes Daniela Porr of ETWeb. "[W]hat does good, agile succession planning look like? Ideally, it's a living process which draws heavily upon career planning and management to help create an informed, relevant and realistic view of succession," Porr writes. Human Resource Executive (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How can dopamine increase employee creativity?
    Boost employees' engagement and creativity by increasing their dopamine levels, this article advises. Dopamine is the feel-good chemical released by our brains when we fall in love or do other pleasurable things. To boost levels, give employees time for some exercise and keep dopamine-boosting fruits such as bananas and blueberries nearby. HRRingleader.com (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Look deeper than money to learn why an employee quit
    "Push" factors such as a bad boss are far more likely to cause employees to quit than are "pull" factors such as the prospect of more money elsewhere, Leigh Branham says. However, employees may try to avoid burning bridges during exit interviews by saying money was the biggest factor motivating them to leave. Compensation Cafe blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Labor Department looks to improve benefits statements
    The U.S. Labor Department says it will use focus groups including the American Life Panel to assess whether information can be better presented in retirement-plan benefits statements. The department is seeking comments about those survey methods to assess their effectiveness. PlanAdviser.com (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The HR Leader 
  • How to help your workers mind their manners
    Workplace civility is no longer a given, writes S. Chris Edmonds, and it's up to bosses to ensure that employees mind their manners. That starts with personally modeling the kind of courtesy and consideration you expect from subordinates, Edmonds writes. "The integrity of your civil workplace is built upon the constant demonstration of valued behaviors by anyone in a leadership position," he argues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • A 23-year game of "tag"
    Ten friends from Spokane, Wash., started an adult version of "tag" in the early 1990s that they play for a month each February. The group, which includes Nordstrom's chief marketing officer, a teacher and a priest, fly across the country to stalk one another, and will hide in car trunks or sneak into homes to reach their targets. "You're like a deer or elk in hunting season," says Joe Tombari, one of the players. The Wall Street Journal (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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