Analysis: Emphasis on jobs gives Fed unfamiliar role | Should you hire for sense of humor? | Tips for closer ties on a far-flung team
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March 12, 2013
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Analysis: Emphasis on jobs gives Fed unfamiliar role
For the first time, the Federal Reserve is trying to use its power to reduce unemployment, something it sees as key to supporting economic recovery. The extent to which the Fed, which doesn't have power to order an employer to hire people, can influence the labor market remains questionable. The Washington Post (3/11)
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Crunching the Numbers
Your passion may have led you into business, but tracking cash flow and other key numbers will help keep your company up and running. Read Boomtown: Think Like a Startup
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A guide to become a recruiting rock star
Great recruiters are hungry for information that will help them find matches for open positions, Shannon Smedstad writes. "Top recruiters don't clock in and out, dawdle or take 3 hour lunch breaks. They are always thinking, doing, networking, talking and striving to be better," Smedstad writes. Blogging4Jobs (3/11)
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Should you hire for sense of humor?
An original sense of humor is a sign of creativity, Jeffrey Baumgartner writes. Social media profiles and personal blogs are good places to investigate whether a candidate is the type to recycle old jokes or come up with their own, he writes. InnovationExcellence.com (3/11)
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Strategies for Success from TrainingMag.com
Tips for closer ties on a far-flung team
Organizations that rely on remote workers should experiment with tools such as Skype and Sharepoint when looking to build engagement, writes Kate Donovan of ManpowerGroup. "Simple solutions, such as encouraging colleagues to connect through social media," can also encourage collaboration, Donovan writes. TrainingMag.com (3/7)
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Benefits & Compensation
DipJar allows tip-jar contributions via credit card
Workers who rely on tip jars for a portion of their wages may benefit from a technology that enables customers to use a credit card to leave a pre-set tip. The product, referred to as DipJar, is in six stores in New York City. Reuters (3/11)
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Experts: In-plan Roth rollovers are OK'd for high earners
New tax legislation allows 401(k) participants to roll their funds into Roth IRAs within the plan and doesn't bar high-income participants from the provision, experts say. The provision applies to participants in all workplace retirement plans that carry a Roth option. Financial-Planning.com (3/10)
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Regulatory & Legal Update
401(k) lateness can trigger audits
Employers have a fiduciary duty to make 401(k) deposits on time, and chronic tardiness can cause legal headaches, experts say. They provide information on potential problems and actions that need to be taken by employers. SHRM Online (3/11)
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The HR Leader
The power of treating people with respect
Leaders who focus more on "why people can't be trusted" than communicating openly risk turning off team members who can be trusted and care about doing a good job, Karin Hurt writes. "In fact, the more you treat others with deep respect, the more likely the team will work to reject any member acting inappropriately," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/8)
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Workplace Chatter
The healthy debate over daylight saving time
Setting the clock ahead an hour for daylight saving time throws off circadian rhythms and contributes to traffic accidents, workplace injuries and heart attacks, chronobiologists say. Even cows feel the effects of the change when they're milked an hour earlier than usual, Bora Zivkovic writes, joining in the universal jet lag we experience when the clock changes. ScientificAmerican.com/A Blog Around The Clock (3/7)
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Editor's Note
SmartBrief's inside look at #SXSW
SmartBrief is attending the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, with tweeting @SmartBrief and blogging at SmartBlogs. Here's some of our coverage so far.
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