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November 29, 2012
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  • Study: Participation in workplace plans stabilized last year
    Participation in employer-sponsored retirement plans was 39.7% in 2011, which was nearly unchanged from the year before, the Employee Benefit Research Institute found. The finding is a change from the three preceding years, when participation rates fell, likely as a result of the economic downturn, the EBRI says. Pensions & Investments (free registration) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • 10 ways to boost recruiting through social media
    Employers looking to delve into social recruiting should pick one or two websites to drive traffic to, and then make sure those websites are up-to-date, Sharlyn Lauby writes. They should also have a plan for measuring results. "[C]ompanies should track how much applicant flow they get from social sites. No different than the old days when we tracked how much applicant flow we got from the newspaper," she writes. HRBartender.com (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why don't companies hire more military veterans?
    When given the choice between a college graduate and a military veteran, companies almost always go with the college grad, Tim Sackett writes. The problem may be that hiring managers are intimidated by former soldiers, or that they are more familiar with the college experience than they are with the military experience. To overcome an organization's aversion to former service members, force managers to confront their stereotypes with questions about hiring vets, Sackett writes. Fistful of Talent (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • How "time-off plans" can be used to reduce overtime costs
    Companies can gain more control over employees' earnings by using "time-off plans," which enable employers to avoid offering overtime pay to nonexempt workers who occasionally work more than 40 hours a week. Under the plans, employees are given time off in some weeks in order to offset the overtime they work during other weeks. Workforce online (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Unusual perks that may thrill your workers
    John Hall suggests some creative perks to win employees over: a specially brewed company beer, a "luggage party" in which winners are whisked off to an all-expenses-paid weekend jaunt, annual retreats in the Caribbean or a "Boss Does Your Chores" perk. "If the staff reaches a certain sales goal or other benchmark, then the management team is responsible for performing the more menial duties of its staff members," Hall writes. Forbes (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Slow down and start learning from your failures
    Failures should be part of a learning process, writes Henna Inam, CEO of Transformational Leadership. Rushing to avoid or cover up failures means missing an opportunity to grow wiser and stronger, Inam argues. "[W]e need to think about failure as a process we go through rather than an event to avoid at all costs," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Before Apollo, the U.S. plotted a nuclear blast on the moon
    During the Cold War, American military chiefs devised a plan to launch a nuclear attack on the moon, according to declassified documents from 1959. The intent of the scrapped mission was to intimidate Soviet leaders, though the moon would have been fine, project leader Leonard Reiffel said recently. Any blast "would have been microscopic, so to speak. It would have been, I think, essentially invisible from the Earth, even with a good telescope," Reiffel said. CNN/Security Clearance blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 

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