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December 3, 2012
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • Offering flextime is to an employer's benefit
    Eighty-eight percent of Washington-area workers said in a survey that job flexibility is important to them. Employers are offering flextime "in order to be competitive from a talent acquisition perspective," says Kristin Talastas, senior director of human resources at Freddie Mac. The Washington Post (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Benefits & Compensation 
  • CBO looks at costs of federal domestic-partner benefits
    The proposed federal Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act would give benefits to partners of gay and lesbian federal employees and cost about $144 million over 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office says. The bill has not been voted on by the full Senate or House. Workforce online (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Holiday party isn't high on employees' wish lists, survey finds
    If you want to give employees what they really want this holiday season, a survey reports 73% want a cash bonus, 60% want a raise, 36% want time off and 13% want to work from home next year. The Glassdoor survey also reports that what's least desired is the annual office holiday party. CBS MoneyWatch (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Have you examined your workplace policies lately?
    Recent National Labor Relations Board actions have placed the emphasis on employers to demonstrate "that work rules do not restrict the legal rights of employees," according to this unbylined Q-and-A with lawyer Stephen Bond. Bond says that "employers need to be aware of the potential of an employee making a claim that a work rule may be violating employee rights under federal law, even if there is no union. Second, they should look at existing policies and handbooks with this issue in mind." Smart Business online/Akron-Canton, Ohio (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • How to ensure team goals are met
    Three elements of helping a team meet goals are clearly communicating deadlines, explaining why a goal matters and posing hypotheticals, Bill Stinnett writes. "By walking people through 'what if' scenarios, you help them anticipate un­­knowns and prepare contingency plans," he writes. (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Leadership lessons from a sweaty yoga session
    Hot yoga, in which the studio is heated to 96 degrees and humidified to about 50%, isn't particularly comfortable and there's always a temptation to cut out early, writes Scott Eblin. Still, Eblin writes, it's only by staying in the room when the going gets tough that you learn about yourself and are able to make progress. "Whether it's a 96 degree yoga classroom, a conference room where you're hashing it out or a job that just got a lot harder, your life as a leader will regularly present choice points on whether or not you stay in the room," Eblin writes. Level Blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Why Wile E. Coyote would love
    Amazon's free-shipping deals extend to some surprisingly bulky purchases -- up to and including a 1,509-pound safe that would ordinarily cost $700 to ship. "These days, if Wile E. Coyote wanted a safe to drop on the Road Runner, he would be better off ordering from Amazon than Acme, which probably charged for shipping," writes Jeremy Olshan. MarketWatch (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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