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The Hunt for Top Talent: Staffing is a Huge Challenge

Small business owners reveal that hiring and retaining talent is the most significant business challenge, according to a quarterly survey.

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Extension of Due Dates for 2015 Information Reporting

The due date for furnishing the statements to individuals, in the form for Form 1095-B for insurers and Form 1095-C for ALEs has been extended from February 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016.

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Companies increase security, training in wake of shootings

It was only a security exercise, and employees at Cambridge Hospital knew it. But even then, it was terrifying when a police officer posing as a gunman burst in and started shooting blanks.

Linked From: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/12/07/local-employers-beef-security-training-response-shootings/9OX9nHL58v3HXEW0DmwlUN/story.html

The effect of rising insurance costs on open enrollment, employee demands

With health insurance costs continuing to soar, employees are being asked to shoulder more of the financial load. But as a result, they have some demands of their own.

Linked From: http://www.hrmorning.com/the-effect-of-rising-insurance-costs-on-open-enrollment-employee-demands/

A New Wave of HR Technology Is Disrupting the Market

There’s a pattern in the lifespan of human resources (HR) technology companies of the past two decades: they get gobbled up.

Linked From: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/21/new-wave-hr-technology-is-disrupting-market/

How A Great Company Culture Helps With Customer Loyalty

Loyal customers come from having amazing experiences with your company. Those amazing experiences come from employees that are engaged and willing to go that extra mile.

Linked From: http://www.officevibe.com/blog/great-company-culture-helps-customer-loyalty

Women in Management: Ceiling Is Believing

Though women have made strides in the C-suite, a significant gender gap remains. It's a deficit some U.S. companies are determined to change.

Linked From: http://www.workforce.com/articles/21056-women-in-management-ceiling-is-believing

7 Leadership Practices Linked Directly to Corporate Financial Success

In the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) business landscapes' which is expected to continue for 2015 leaders face many challenges, requiring aggressive, sustained talent management strategies to prepare them for success.

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Employee Turnover and Our Interruption Culture

If your company is experiencing excessive employee turnover, there is one culprit that you might be overlooking: interruptions. Employee turnover is costly and disruptive.

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It came, it went, and few Americans probably even noticed. “It” was National Workaholics Day—yes, a holiday of sorts, memorialized every July 5. Is it celebrated? Not really.

There are 17 terms that HR pros and hiring managers have identified as major turn-offs on resumes. These terms were identified in a CareerBuilder survey conducted by Harris Poll and included responses from 2,201 hiring managers and HR representatives.

Linked From: http://www.hrmorning.com/the-17-worst-terms-hr-can-find-on-resumes/

Workaholics: Job 'Addicts' Can Hurt Selves, Morale, Company

It came, it went, and few Americans probably even noticed. “It” was National Workaholics Day—yes, a holiday of sorts, memorialized every July 5. Is it celebrated? Not really.

Linked From: http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/employeerelations/articles/pages/workaholics.aspx

Overcoming Stereotypes to Attract Great Talent

Career re-entry challenges are not just a working mother issue. Professional men and women who have been laid off, military spouses, veterans, returning retirees and stay-at-home dads wanting to make a comeback professionally are all in a similar boat.

Linked From: http://www.workforce.com/articles/20522-overcoming-stereotypes-to-attract-great-talent

Top 8 ways managers drive good employees out the door

Even though unemployment remains high, employers are reporting there's a talent shortage in this country. What that means is this: Your most talented employees know other jobs are waiting for them. Are your managers doing enough to keep them?

Linked From: http://www.hrmorning.com/topways-managers-drive-employees-to-quit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=topways-managers-drive-employees-to-quit

Overall spending on training jumps 15% in effort to stem skills gap, says study

Investment in employee development is rising, as employers strive to close a growing skills gap, a new survey found

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Flexible work options increase employee productivity, engagement, loyalty and morale

In times of adversity, companies can keep employees safe without compromising workflow by having a strategic plan in place that allows employees to work from home,etc.

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Healthcare insurance reform should top employers’ 2014 resolutions

A new year has arrived, bringing with it more healthcare insurance reform compliance issues that employers need to take into account.

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2014, the year of the 'passive' job hunter

Not thrilled where you are, but can't quite find the energy (or the time) to launch a job search? Not to worry. Employers will find you.

Linked From: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2014/01/09/2014-passive-job-hunt/?iid=HP_River

Forward to the Future: How Workforce Tech Promises to Change the Way We Do Business

In the modern workplace, we communicate with colleagues through quiet taps and clicks on keyboards about as often as we do with our voices.

Linked From: http://www.workforce.com/articles/20129-forward-to-the-future-how-workforce-tech-promises-to-change-the-way-we-do-business

Easing the fears of an anxious workforce

Here’s a disturbing statistic: More than eight of 10 employees participating in a recent poll said they’d be actively looking for a new job in the coming year.

Linked From: http://www.hrmorning.com/easing-the-fears-of-an-anxious-workforce/

After years of slugging through an economic downturn, Americans were hopeful when the country began to slowly turn around, and the market began to improve. In fact, in this year alone, 1 million jobs were created.

In a recent survey, 51 percent of employers indicated they plan to increase their investments in training over the next 2 years. In addition, 35 percent of surveyed executives at companies that are facing a skills shortage acknowledge that they have not m

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How Healthcare Reform Has Changed the American Workforce

After years of slugging through an economic downturn, Americans were hopeful when the country began to slowly turn around, and the market began to improve. In fact, in this year alone, 1 million jobs were created.

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HR's use of social media is diverse and growing

HR departments are now using social media in various ways to communicate with current employees, prospective employees and even the general public. This infographic looks at the surprising number of tasks for which HR is currently using social media, with

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The Nuts and Bolts of How the Government Shutdown Affects You

You may have heard: The federal government's in shutdown mode. Does this mean employers won't have to worry about being hounded by EEOC and DOL investigators for awhile? The answer, as usual: It depends.

Linked From: http://www.hrmorning.com/the-nuts-and-bolts-of-how-the-government-shutdown-affects-you/

Can a Mobile Workforce Better Serve Citizenry?

The federal government is rethinking how it can use technology and workplace flexibility to deliver services more quickly and transparently to the public. Many trends—including social media, cloud computing and “big data”—are coming together to radically

Linked From: http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/technology/Articles/Pages/Can-a-Mobile-Workforce-Better-Serve-Citizenry.aspx

75% of Working Adults Report Having 'At Least A Little' Flexibility At Work

A majority of working adults (75 percent) report having at least a little flexibility at work, according to a recent survey. This is a significant increase compared to 2012 (68 percent) and 2011 (64 percent).

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Litigation Over Noncompete Clauses Is Rising

More employers are requiring their new workers to sign "noncompete" agreements, which they say are needed to prevent insiders from taking trade secrets, business relationships or customer data to competing firms when they leave.

Linked From: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323446404579011501388418552.html

What Can 360 Feedback Tell You about Your Organization?

A 360-degree feedback survey is a great tool for individual development, but it can also provide a wealth of information to organization leaders about the company's culture and succession planning needs.

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The ROI of Employee Engagement

Employee engagement seems to be the buzzword constantly reverberating throughout the global HR arena. But is it legitimate? Are organizations with engaged employees any better off?

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Five Surefire Ways to Disengage Your Employees

We read a lot about how to engage employees. However, the reality is that engagement is a choice. The best we can do is create an environment in which employees can choose to be engaged.

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The 8 Qualities of the Ideal 2013 Job Candidate

The current climate has led to extraordinary levels of competition in the consumer, commercial and candidate marketplace. To thrive, survive, and deliver within the workplace, professionals must evolve and develop new skills and qualities. The ideal...

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