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October 30, 2012
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • Succession planning isn't just for the C-suite
    If organizations adopted the mindset that every new hire would eventually take over a key role, they would do a much better job providing employees with the tools and training they need to succeed, Ron Thomas writes. "Whenever a hiring manger gets approval to bring on more staff, one of the questions that should be asked is, 'What is the next step for this role?' 'What skills will be needed for that role?' In other words, 'What will we need?' " he writes. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Treat employees like volunteers to boost motivation
    Dealing with volunteer freelance writers has taught Minda Zetlin how to motivate people to do what she wants by asking herself three key questions concerning the interactions. For example, asking herself "Can I let you own your own project?" helps her "try to fit the right people for our most important projects, and then I largely get out of their way." Inc. online (free registration) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategies for Success from 
  • Why innovators shouldn't have free rein in your company
    Organizations often think innovation training should be quirky, fun and aimed at achieving open-ended results, Arupa Tesolin writes. In reality, innovation-training efforts need to be tempered by a firm set of parameters that outline what the company is looking to accomplish and how much it is willing to adapt in order to accommodate new ideas. "I've seen good companies cave in to their employees' idiosyncrasies, get it wrong, and go out of business," Tesolin writes. (10/23)

Benefits & Compensation 
  • Retirement tax breaks may be vulnerable, some say
    Incentives that encourage employees to save for retirement could become targets for lawmakers seeking to deal with federal budget issues, some experts say. "We know employee benefits will be in the cross hairs," said James Klein, president of the American Benefits Council. "There is no question in my mind that it will be item No. 1 next year, especially if you want to lower tax rates." Pensions & Investments (free registration) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • IncentOne acts as "universal remote" for wellness programs
    IncentOne helps employers manage multiple wellness programs, integrating all initiatives into a human resources portal. CEO Mike Derner said the portal allows benefit managers and employees to see all programs available and includes a dashboard where workers can track progress and manage rewards. Workforce online (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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