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January 22, 2013
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  • Labor board backs workers who talk shop on social media
    The National Labor Relations Board, in a series of rulings and public statements, has defended the right of employees to discuss work on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. The U.S. agency says employer policy restricting social media use is illegal if it bars workers from communicating with one another for the purpose of getting better wages, benefits or working conditions. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • More companies move executive recruiting in-house
    Executive searches by recruitment consultants, sometimes referred to as "headhunters," dropped by 7.6% in the third quarter, the Association of Executive Search Consultants says. General Electric says it does 95% of its executive recruiting in-house, and many other companies are following suit. Supporters of in-house recruiting say it's cheaper, faster, decreases turnover and leads to greater diversity. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 7 ways to take the pain out of performance reviews
    Performance reviews wouldn't be described so often as "box-ticking" exercises if managers took more time to prepare and clearly outlined to employees the topics covered in their reviews, Lisa Quast writes. "If you're doing your job properly throughout the year, then the annual performance appraisal should be merely one more discussion in the on-going dialog of how the employee is performing," Quast writes. Forbes (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Strategies for Success from 
  • Why workers, bosses often are on different wavelengths
    A source of disconnect between workers and leaders is that the two groups use different time frames to view their company, Tom Roth writes. Leaders tend to focus on the future, while workers dwell in the present, focusing primarily on their day-to-day tasks. Leaders can help bridge this divide by explaining to employees how their daily workload contributes toward the company's future, Roth writes. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Benefits & Compensation 
  • 12 traits of highly effective bonus systems
    Bonus systems at high-performance organizations often have certain characteristics in common, André de Waal writes. These bonus systems reinforce key company values and usually are viewed by employees as fair. Rewards linked to group performance are more effective than ones focused on individual performance, de Waal writes. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What top companies do to keep workers loyal
    Companies are thinking outside the box when it comes to the perks they offer their workers. Among the most creative firms: Intel, which literally rolls out a red carpet for new hires; Stryker, which lends employees medical beds for free; and Hilcorp Energy, which gives managers the freedom to offer rewards individualized for the employee. CNNMoney/Fortune (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
The HR Leader 
  • Tips for making your meetings worthwhile
    Some executives start meetings not by lecturing to their team but by asking direct reports to check in, share information and raise issues, Scott Eblin writes. Your team should be able to follow these three steps: give information others need to know, request the information they need and share what's happening with their projects and tasks. Level Blog (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Robot workers keep restaurant running smoothly
    A restaurant in China has hired a team of 20 robots to wait and bus tables, as well as to cook. The shiny red androids can cook a menu of 30 dishes, take just three minutes to cook and deliver food to diners, and come with special safety features to help them avoid running over children. CNET/Crave blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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