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December 6, 2019
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Report shows 266K jobs added in Nov.
Job gains for November reached 266,000, according to the monthly jobs report released by the Department of Labor today. This is an increase over October, when employers added 156,000 jobs, and the US unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.5%.
CNN (12/6),  Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (12/6) 
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Recruiting & Retention
Why CHROs must remain neutral
Chief HR officers should "be viewed as neutral" within the leadership team, says Rhonda Morris, Chevron's CHRO. "I have had to come to peace with the fact that, every day, somebody is not going to [be] happy with me," she says.
LinkedIn (12/3) 
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Leadership & Development
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Benefits & Compensation
More employers show interest in financial, mental health wellness
WorkWell Consultants CEO Kathy Worden says more employers are interested in providing financial and mental health wellness resources for employees, and those that incentivize participation in community service, team sports, mental health and financial wellness tend to gain more worker trust. Elizabeth Giles of Numerica Credit Union says the company finds an association between having debt and the risk of anxiety and depression, so the company makes financial well-being a priority.
The Journal of Business (Spokane, Wash.) (12/5) 
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The HR Leader
How to find lessons in holiday stress
The holidays can be a particularly stressful time for retail and hospitality entrepreneurs, who may depend on a late-year sales boost. Stress can provide opportunities for growth when handled correctly, and Raphaela O'Day of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute recommends planning "serious recovery time as a reward" after the holidays.
USA Today (12/4) 
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Workplace Chatter
Ark. airport employs dog to scare off geese
Ark. airport employs dog to scare off geese
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The newest employee at Arkansas' Bentonville Municipal Airport is a border collie who is being retained, along with a handler, to shoo geese away. Flyaway Geese has sold more than 600 dogs over the past 20 years, placed not only at airports but also at golf courses, parks and military bases.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) (free registration) (12/5) 
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