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October 12, 2012
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • How HR and finance can learn to get along
    Most HR directors say they should be in charge of their organization's talent-management strategy, but the majority of CEOs and finance chiefs disagree, saying that finance departments should be in control, according to a survey by the American Institute of CPAs. In reality, HR and finance need to work together. HR can be especially helpful in broadly defining an organization's talent philosophy, while finance can establish metrics that enforce the philosophy and ensure accountability, experts say. Human Resource Executive (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 7 reasons your employees are unhappy and unengaged
    If your employees aren't engaged with the company, it could be because they don't understand your business' goals or because they aren't sure how best to contribute, David Lee writes. "[E]ach employee needs to know specifically what behaviors and actions on their part do the most to help you achieve the important business results you desire," he writes. Also, the morale of your team may drop if employees don't feel valued, he notes. TLNT.com (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • How Gawker's CEO changed his tune on employee perks
    Gawker has shifted from offering bloggers a flat rate of $12 per post to paying salaries that are competitive with large publishers, and offering generous bonuses for editorial teams that hit their traffic targets. The company also offers free breakfast and lunch once a week, and it pays 50% of employees' membership fees to Equinox gyms. "I have to come to terms with the paternalism of American business. Companies are expected to take on so many social responsibilities which are the province of the state in Europe," CEO Nick Denton, who was born in the U.K., said in an online interview. Forbes (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Report: More employers offer 401(k) matching contributions
    The percentage of companies offering matching 401(k) contributions increased to 95.5% last year, up from 91% in 2010, the Plan Sponsor Council of America says. On average, employers kicked in 4.1% of pay, an increase from the 3.7% reported in 2010, the report found. BenefitsPro.com (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Darden tries cutting hours to cope with health care changes
    Darden Restaurants has launched a test at a handful of locations in four markets to gauge the effects of limiting workers' hours in advance of health care reforms that will require companies to provide insurance to anyone who works at least 30 hours per week. "I think a lot of those employers, especially restaurants, are just going to ensure nobody gets scheduled more than 30 hours a week," Mercer human resources consultant Matthew Snook said. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The HR Leader 
  • How to connect with your workers
    A boss' behavior has a big impact on a team's level of engagement, writes Gretchen Rosswurm. Be honest, available and outgoing, and you'll soon see results. "In today's cookie-cutter corporate world, people long for connection. Use your leadership to help create that with your team," Rosswurm writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Need a nap? This work pillow might help
    A pillow product that has generated buzz on Kickstarter.com aims to make power naps easier for office dwellers. The pillow slips over the user's head, and provides breathing and hand holes. The product has already doubled its goal of raising $70,000 on Kickstarter.com. NBC News/Life Inc. blog (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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