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October 19, 2012
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • "Bring your own apps" approach is embraced by employees
    "Bring your own device" policies in enterprises are giving rise to a new trend, "bring your own applications," as employees download and use tools such as Dropbox, Skype and Yammer for work, Monty Munford writes. "In our view, ensuring that apps are able to work across multiple platforms and available to all employees both at home and in the office is the next step for BYOA and BYOD," Skype's Diana Easley says. The Telegraph (London) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Technology can't replace these HR functions
    Great HR departments have strengths that can't be replaced by technology, Susan Young writes, because they foster collaboration, instill confidence and bring compassion to business interactions. "These days, open dialogues trump top-down directives and the 'we've always done it this way' mindset," Young writes. MonsterThinking.com (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • How one company uses pure profit sharing to thrive
    Each employee at Avondale is paid based on their contribution to the firm's success, meaning that some years they may double their salaries, write Karl Stark and Bill Stewart, managing directors and co-founders of the company. The pay system "creates a fairly clear choice for someone who is motivated to create more value and make more money. Everyone can plainly see what he or she has to do to hit a specific compensation level," they write. Inc. online (free registration) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Employers are spending more on benefits, data show
    Employers are cutting back on pay raises but are spending more on benefits, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. From 2007 to 2011, the amount spent on benefits increased 10.8% per full-time worker, while wages increased 1.4%. "People feel like their paycheck isn't going up, yet employers complain that their costs are going up. They are both right," says economist Kevin Hallock of Cornell University. USA TODAY (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Supreme Court cases could affect HR, experts say
    Several upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases will affect human resources in areas such as employer liability in workplace harassment and court jurisdiction in Fair Labor Standards Act cases, experts say. "None of the cases are earth-shattering, but they continually raise the importance of workplace policies and how they are enforced," says Nancy Conrad, an employment lawyer. Human Resource Executive (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • Why smart bosses sometimes snub their star workers
    Soon after the U.S. entered World War II, Gen. George C. Marshall realized that Gen. George Patton was a rising star. However, before assigning him a major command, he made a point of snubbing the general and remanding him to an obscure training post in Indio, Calif. That helped remind Patton who was boss, ensuring his ego didn't get in the way of America's military goals, explains Michael Wade. "On occasion, it may be necessary to remind certain personalities that Indio is an option," he writes. Execupundit blog (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Iowa jeweler offers shotgun engagements
    A jeweler in Iowa is providing free firearms for future husbands who spend a certain amount on their engagement rings. The deal is designed to "do something for the boy who doesn't like to hunt for diamonds but likes to hunt for deer," jeweler Harold van Beek said. Yahoo/The Associated Press (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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