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December 5, 2012
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  • "Fiscal cliff" fears blunt hiring, economists say
    Many employers who would ordinarily be hiring are refraining because of uncertainty over whether Congress will find a way to avert the U.S. "fiscal cliff," many economists say. Between July and September, worker productivity rose at an annualized rate of 1.9%, indicating that employers are squeezing as much from workers as they can realistically expect to get, some experts say. But hiring hasn't picked up. NBC News/Economy Watch blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
 
  • Managers learn how to conduct job interviews
    Some companies are investing thousands of dollars to better train hiring managers, as interview and hiring mistakes can be inconvenient at best and legally troubling at worst, experts say. At iD Tech Camps, managers role-play, with participants working on "not letting candidates get away with vague, generic responses," camp vice president Joy Meserve says. The Wall Street Journal (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Tips for job-seekers to make the most of social media
    Job-seekers should participate in LinkedIn groups, retweet company messages and "like" the company page on Facebook as a means to get the attention of hiring managers using social media, Joshua Waldman writes. "[S]ocial media enable you to develop a stronger network that can help you with your career as well as your next job search," he writes. CareerRocketeer.com (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Give your employees what they need to boost productivity
    Your company can't be run at maximum efficiency if your employees aren't reaching their potential, so you should ask them what resources they require, Glenn Llopis writes. "Asking your employees what they need to be successful is not only an act of empowerment but also of trust," he writes. "This is an extremely effective and genuine way of building camaraderie, unity and efficiency." Forbes (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Benefits & Compensation 
  • Research: Employees are contributing less to 401(k)s
    Employees continue to contribute less to their 401(k)s even though paychecks have risen in the past five years, JPMorgan Chase research finds. Those who are auto-enrolled in 401(k)s have lower contribution rates than the average for other starting participants, and a large portion of workers tap into their 401(k)s for loans, the research shows. BenefitsPro.com (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • Smart bosses take their enemies to lunch
    Every business professional winds up making enemies, so the real test is how you respond to conflict, Mike Figliuolo writes. It's usually better to take the high road, responding to workplace slights by inviting your enemy for lunch or buying the person a beer. "You kill them with kindness. ... if you're being nothing but professional, it's hard for you to look bad," Figliuolo writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • So long, and thanks for all the fish
    The Navy will no longer use its 80 trained dolphins to spot mines and enemy divers around the world, instead opting for computers. However, bomb-hunting on the sea floor may become the dolphins' new gig. "About a quarter of [the Navy dolphins] would be affected. But it's not like they are going to go jobless. We have other assignments," said Mike Rothe of the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 

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