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January 11, 2013
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • How the "happiest companies in America" treat their employees
    Employers cited in the latest CareerBliss list of the "happiest companies in America" keep their workers satisfied by supporting their development, recognizing their accomplishments and providing them with meaningful work, Lydia Dishman writes. Pfizer took the top spot on the list, and Pfizer consultant Steve McClatchy says the company seeks out issues before they become issues. "It's a commitment to finding out obstacles to being happy. They don't wait for exit interviews; they are proactive and continually assess their culture," McClatchy says. Fast Company online (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to bake career development into your regular routine
    Career development shouldn't be relegated to annual employee-review sessions, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. It's better to recognize and discuss small successes and learning opportunities as they happen throughout the year. "Effective leaders do it a little every month, week, day -- embedding it right in the workflow and treating it like the organic part of work that it really is," Giulioni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Benefits & Compensation 
  • Why maternity leave needs to become more flexible
    Working women shouldn't have to take their maternity leave all at once, but should be able to take time off as needed, Jessica Grose writes. "If new moms are happy, they're more likely to stay at a company, saving their employers the costs of training new employees and losing intellectual capital from a continuous smart mom brain drain," Grose writes. Slate (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Want happier workers? Go on a hike
    Dropbox holds regular "hillcore" events, in which workers are encouraged to climb a hill together. The hikes help employees clear their heads, boosting overall productivity and helping foster collaboration and innovation, says programmer Dan Wheeler. "When you're programming, you're doing your job more effectively if your mind is going faster. When you're hiking, you're letting your mind wander," he explains. Fast Company online (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Workplace Chatter 
  • Reality-show winners could be first people on Mars
    Nonprofit Mars One is seeking applicants for a planned one-way trip to Mars that it hopes to launch starting in 2022, although equipment missions could begin in 2016. The project would include a global reality-television show to help pick 24 astronauts, who would be shuttled to Mars in groups of four over several years. Gizmodo (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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