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October 10, 2012
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  • Generation X job seekers are the most demanding, survey finds
    Workers ages 33 to 50, known as Generation X, are the most demanding generation of job candidates, a SuccessFactors survey suggests. Generation X workers were more likely to ask for better job titles, bigger paychecks, flexible working conditions and a hiring bonus, respondents said. Millennials were seen as much less demanding. The Huffington Post (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • Keep a mental checklist of hiring preparations
    Before posting a job, consider how quickly the position needs to filled, the skills that you absolutely need the hire to possess and whether you want to use behavior assessments or tools such as video interviews, Ryder Cullison writes. Also, make a resolution early on to consider candidates outside your comfort zone. (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why it's time to dump disengaged workers
    It's time to stop worrying about engaging every worker and let some of them leave if they're dissatisfied, Paul Hebert writes. "I think it’s time we started asking for a little bit in return for all the effort we’ve put into making employees 'happy.' It’s time your employees pony up with their time and their effort," he writes. Fistful of Talent (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Benefits & Compensation 
  • What is the future of private exchanges?
    Although distinct from government marketplaces, private health insurance exchanges are gaining attention and business amid implementation of the Affordable Care Act. "Exchange" is a flexible term, but private exchanges generally are likely to offer decision-support tools and easy comparison between options. Industry insiders say private exchanges could become the principal method of delivering health care coverage. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why states shouldn't be in charge of private-sector pensions
    California's decision to begin managing a pension fund for private-sector workers could lead to trouble, this editorial argues. States have a bad track record when it comes to managing pension money; it would be better to "work within the existing system of 401(k)s and IRAs, encouraging more companies to set up the former while increasing the incentives, or even mandates, for workers to contribute to one or both," the editorial argues. USA TODAY (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
The HR Leader 
  • The case for using jealousy as a workplace motivator
    Envy can be a powerful motivator, some experts say. Clumsy attempts to incite workers can demoralize them, but judiciously applied envy can go a long way. "When you are happy with your performance, then it is hard to be motivated to work harder and to do more. ... You need some discomfort to push yourself to a higher level of achievement," says psychology professor Art Markman. CNNMoney/Fortune (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Gastric-bypass patients seek discounted restaurant meals
    Some patients who have had gastric-bypass operations are being given wallet-sized cards on which their surgeons certify that they received the stomach-shrinking surgical procedure. The idea is that presenting the card ought to win the patient the right to order off the children's menu in restaurants or receive discounts at all-you-can-eat venues. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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