Federal budget cuts add urgency to hiring, some experts say | Explore candidates' failures | Productivity losses due to March Madness may be overblown
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March 18, 2013
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Federal budget cuts add urgency to hiring, some experts say
Sequestration is forcing some federal agencies to reduce staff, and putting pressure on staffing firms to deliver candidates who can handle multiple roles, says Peter Metzger of job-placement firm CTPartners. Some employers have become more eager to fill key spots before they lose money from their hiring budgets, says workforce consultant Susan Strayer LaMotte. The Washington Post (3/17)
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Recruiting & Retention
Explore candidates' failures
Ask candidates to describe a time that they failed professionally, Matt Hunt writes. Pay close attention to whether they blame external factors or accept their role in the failure and turn it into something positive. Dig deeper by asking what they learned and whether they would do anything differently if the same situation arose again, Hunt writes. ERE.net (3/14)
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Productivity losses due to March Madness may be overblown
One-third of IT departments plan to restrict access to online video content related to the NCAA basketball tournament, a Modis survey says. However, such precautions may be unnecessary. A Challenger Gray & Christmas report says that "many [workers] will simply get a little more work done before or after the tournament to make up for any slowdown when games are on during office hours. In the end, March Madness will have little if any impact on employers." Forbes (3/17)
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Benefits & Compensation
Bankruptcy proceedings put retirees' health benefits at risk
Patriot Coal has asked a bankruptcy court judge to negate a union contract that guarantees retirement benefits for about 10,000 retirees and their 13,000 dependents. Some retirees say they wouldn't be able to afford health care if the judge grants the request. "If our benefits were cut off, we wouldn't last long," retiree Clifton Tennant said. The Wall Street Journal (3/17)
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How to avoid a mutiny when changing your bonus system
Workers at Stage 2 Planning Partners were close to revolting when the company switched from an individual bonus plan to a group one, co-founder Josh Patrick writes. Their dissatisfaction abated when the company began sharing its financial information and establishing "hurdle rates" that needed to be reached for everyone to get a bonus. "I found that when we shared information widely, no one abused the privilege. Most of our people became interested in learning more," Patrick writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/You're the Boss blog (3/14)
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Regulatory & Legal Update
GDP would surge with immigration reform, researcher says
Proposals being considered in Congress that would help undocumented workers gain legal status could increase tax revenue by $4.5 billion over three years and boost the U.S. gross domestic product by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, says Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda of the University of California, Los Angeles. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/14)
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The HR Leader
Leaders must be creators
A good leader is a creator and not just a critic, Mike Figliuolo writes. This means not stopping simply with your opinion. "Give people the coaching, feedback, and resources to improve their average pieces of junk," he writes. "Identify opportunities to connect ideas and people so they can build something greater. Be part of the solution rather than simply pointing out the problem." ThoughtLeaders blog (3/11)
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Workplace Chatter
Roaches and people travel together on Greyhound bus
Passengers on a Greyhound bus between New York and Atlantic City, N.J., got an unexpected surprise last week as cockroaches invaded the bus. Panic broke out as roaches began swarming over the passengers. "We thought it was one. It turned out to be a whole house full of roaches," one passenger says. CNN (3/16)
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