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Employee handbooks need more than a "quick update"? Use these great ideas to transform it into a living document that's compliant, comprehensive, welcoming -- and (dare we say it) fun to read!
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Would you throw someone in the pool who didn't know how to swim?

Would you throw someone in the pool who didn't know how to swim?

Just show them where their work space is, toss 'em a pen, and send your new hire off to the races. Well it's not that easy. Here's a bunch of great tips to improve your onboarding process. Plus, what would it take to get your life decluttered and organized? You'd be surprised at the difference a few smart rules could make.
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Stay legal and hire smart

Stay legal and hire smart

Strict laws and an extremely vigilant EEOC have made the process of protecting your company -- and making great hires -- more complex and risky than ever. Use this list of "dos" and "don'ts" to conduct effective, compliant criminal background checks. Also, Artificial intelligence is undeniably transforming HR. Here's how leading employers are leveraging AI to improve sourcing, screening and selection -- and how to protect your value, so you're not replaced by an algorithm.
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Are you happy, Matt?

Are you happy, Matt?

Or are loyalty, motivation and engagement driven by other factors? Find out what you should be focusing on to get the best from employees. Plus, building a high-functioning team starts with accurately judging each individual's character. Use these 10 tips to hone your abilities.
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How to leverage your benefits to find star employees

How to leverage your benefits to find star employees

Open enrollment may be over, but you can use your retirement benefits offerings as a year-round recruiting and retention tool. Here's what's new for 2017 -- and how to leverage your offerings to build your employment brand and strengthen your talent magnet.
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Is texting the interview of the future?

Is texting the interview of the future?

Dr. John Sullivan explains why that little smartphone in your hand is the next big thing in interviewing. Skeptical? Then read this.
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Your end of the year compliance to-do list

Your end of the year compliance to-do list

2017 is just a few weeks away! Use this handy checklist to wrap up 2016 to-dos and prepare for a Happy -- and compliant -- New Year. The U.S. gender wage gap may be narrower than ever, but it's still over DOUBLE the size of other industrialized nations'.
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Your employees feel left out!

Your employees feel left out!

Do your recognition efforts make all employees feel valued -- or left out and stressed out? Improve your results by learning from these mistakes. Plus we'll share 8 tips for excelling in HR.
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There's a goldmine of talent waiting for you!

There's a goldmine of talent waiting for you!

This month we share a practical guide to "strike a talent goldmine" -- by overhauling your employee referral program. Also, self-talk has an incredibly powerful influence on your ability to change your behavior. So if you want to build better habits, start by telling yourself a good story.
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What

What "counts" as sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is painfully common, but it can be hard to stop, especially if victims are afraid to report it. Know the law and learn the best ways to spot, stop and ultimately prevent this type of workplace discrimination. Plus, use our step-by-step guide to get paid what you’re truly worth.
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Matt, are you afraid of ghosts?

Matt, are you afraid of ghosts?

Social recruiting is undeniably important, but it's not your only option (especially in a tight candidate market). Use the handy how-to chart in this month's newsletter to recruit "social ghosts" -- talented people who aren't addicted to their phones. And,if you've experienced a recent setback or failure on the job, here's how to turn it around.
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Too busy for a vacation?

Too busy for a vacation?

Are habits hard to change? Absolutely! But with the right approach, you can use them more effectively to create the results you want as a leader. Plus, we'll share tips and gadgets to work from the beach, the mountains or anywhere else your vacation takes you
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8 Employment Law Issues You Need To Know

8 Employment Law Issues You Need To Know

Employment law changes on a dime. Stay safe, compliant and competitive by making sure these top trends and legal updates are on your company's radar. And, our tips for getting a better night's rest.
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How competitive are your compensation packages?

How competitive are your compensation packages?

Job creation and candidate shortages are on the rise, too. If you’re serious about attracting -- and keeping -- top talent, it may be time to take a hard look at your compensation strategies. Plus, we'll share how to build trust in your organization -- and keep from losing it.
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Your competitors are doing it better!

Your competitors are doing it better!

Growing your team? Do it smarter! Use these hot recruiting trends to beat the competition -- and hire better talent. Plus, here are five signs you may be a tech addict -- and how to develop a healthier relationship with those devices you can't seem to live without.
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What do you and a rubber ball have in common?

What do you and a rubber ball have in common?

Maybe rubber balls don't make great leaders -- but they do have one essential characteristic in common. Find out what it is, and how it can make you a remarkable manager (and a happier one, to boot!). Lightbulbs as wireless hotspots -- and 100x faster? Electromagnetic waves that make big objects disappear? This stuff is intense. Game-changing. And it's HERE!
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Are you killing your company?

Are you killing your company?

If employees hit their goals, does it really matter how they get there? Here's why "results-based leadership" can be risky business -- and what you should be doing to achieve the outcomes you want. And, discover the link among caffeine, personality type and optimal performance levels.
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eBook: 4 Critical Strategies for 2016

eBook: 4 Critical Strategies for 2016

Globalization. Product launches. Market expansion. R&D. Productivity improvements. Cost containment. No matter what strategic goals your organization has set for 2016, one thing is certain: you’ll need great people to achieve them! Get your team to stop talking about workforce challenges -- and start finding, keeping and developing the talent you need.
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Leadership fail!

Leadership fail!

Is emotional intelligence really critical to your business' success? If you want better leadership, double-digit market share growth, and 87 percent lower turnover, absolutely. Find out where even really smart companies fail.
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Are you I-9 compliant?

Are you I-9 compliant?

"ICE" is turning up the heat -- and conducting more than 50 inspections EVERY WEEK. In this article, you'll learn practical tips for staying compliant, spotting and correcting I-9 errors, preparing for an audit -- and avoiding hefty fines. Plus, take charge of your day -- and carve out a few more minutes of "me time" -- with these personal productivity tips.
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Medical Marijuana and Employment Policy -- Get the  Facts

Medical Marijuana and Employment Policy -- Get the Facts

Are your A-level candidates getting trapped in a digital "black hole"? The Wall Street Journal thinks so. If your company is like most, the best candidates may never actually make it into your office. Here's how to ensure they do. Plus, state and local legislation is undergoing sweeping change related to medical marijuana, but what does it all mean for your business?
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Special Report: The High Cost of Underspending on Recruiting

Special Report: The High Cost of Underspending on Recruiting

Companies that hire "average" performers run the risk of driving their businesses into the ground. This special report examines the high cost of underspending on recruiting in today's market -- and how the right hiring strategy can be cost-effective AND deliver great results.
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Keep It Simple Stupid - The KISS Method at work

Keep It Simple Stupid - The KISS Method at work

Information overload. 24/7 workdays. Increasingly complex technology, processes and operating environments. It's no wonder your employees are overwhelmed! Learn practical strategies for simplifying your workplace -- and getting better results from your team in this month's featured article. Plus, Linda Sasser shares five actions to keep your high performers happy, dedicated and working hard for you.
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New government maternity leave push

New government maternity leave push

In this issue:

-THE BIG PUSH

-LIFESTYLE: VACATION WITH NO REGRETS!

-LEADERSHIP TIP OF THE MONTH: DON'T LET DOUBT PARALYZE YOU
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Matt, do you want to play some chess?

Matt, do you want to play some chess?

In this issue:

-Checkers or Chess?

-Overcome Your Fear of Success

-Leadership Tip of the Month: Harness the Power of Informal Influencers
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How big is your generational gap?

How big is your generational gap?

In this issue:

-The Great Divide: Leading, Motivating and Retaining a Multigenerational Workforce

-Cringing at the Keyboard?

-Become a Fearless Leader
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You're sabotaging your profits!

You're sabotaging your profits!

In this issue:

-Stop Profit Sabotage!

-Quirky. Nerdy. Kitschy.

-Fight Turnover by Developing Your Best Employees
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2015 ACA Changes

2015 ACA Changes

In this issue:

- 2015 ACA Changes: Are you on top of your game?

- Read any Good Books Lately?

- Get Your Team Moving (and Get a Little Wacky)

- Big OSHA Changes for 2015
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Is there room for technology in HR?

Is there room for technology in HR?

In this issue:

-Move Over -- Watson Needs a Seat in the Boardroom

-Stop Perfectionism!

-Respond, Don't React

-The Technological Singularity
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Don't cross the line!

Don't cross the line!

In this issue:

-Engagement: Is your company over it?

-Crossing the Line

-Leadership Tip of the Month
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It's time to delegate

It's time to delegate

In this issue:

-The Delegation Rationalization

-Leadership Tip of the Month: Delegation: An Essential Leadership Skill

-Stat of the Month: 3 Terrible Excuses for Not Delegating More of Your Work

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Slow down!

Slow down!

In this issue:

-Still Fighting Fires? 4 Fresh Approaches to Problem Solving

-Areyouafasttalker?

-Focus on the Problem -- Not the Solution

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Survey Results: 2014 Hiring Challenges

Survey Results: 2014 Hiring Challenges

In this issue:

-Tomorrow's Next Big Things

-What's Hot in Workforce Management?

-Embrace Bad News
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"You're fired" How to protect yourself from ex-employees

In this issue:

-Getting Away with It: What you can and can't do when firing

-Getting Unstuck: Moving Beyond a Stagnant Career

-Stat of the Month: Wrongful termination lawsuits are expensive to litigate -- really expensive.

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We need your opinion, Matt

We need your opinion, Matt

In this issue:

Hiring Challenges Survey

Conference Calls in Real Life

Why Leadership Development Efforts Fail
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Avoid the Visionary B.S.

Avoid the Visionary B.S.

In this issue:

-Are You Executing Company Vision--or Just Paying it Lip Service?

-"To-Do" Lists: Waste of Time or Productivity Boon?

-Stat of the Month

-Leadership Tip of the Month: Think for Yourself

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Tips For a Healthier Bottom Line

Tips For a Healthier Bottom Line

In this issue:

Focus! Why Your Recruiting Goals Should be Strategic

Be a Superhero: 10 Best Tech Apps for the Busy Executive

Lead with Empathy
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Have you been working too much?

Have you been working too much?

In this issue:

-Build Your Organization by Tearing it Down

-Burning the candle at both ends...the key to success?

-Leadership Tip of the Month: Reward Smart Failures

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Just say no!

Just say no!

In this issue:

-Managing "Slowth"

-NO: Say it More

-Leadership Tip of the Month: Always Giving Orders? You're Not a Great Leader

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Is HR the ugly stepchild?

Is HR the ugly stepchild?

In this issue:

-Stop Treating HR Like an Ugly Stepchild

-That's Hilarious! (to you, anyway)

-Get into the "Danger Zone"
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Your employees are leaving!

Your employees are leaving!

In this issue:

-It's a Mutiny!

-Read Between the Lines

-Stat of the Month: Get Ready for the 2014 Talent Exodus

-Leadership Tip of the Month: Wandering Aimlessly?
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Someone is killing your company!

Someone is killing your company!

In this issue:

-You're Killing Innovation!

Dethrone Drama Queens

Leadership Tip of the Month: To Drive Innovation, Lead by Example

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"Please make a decision"

In this issue:

-Want to drive profits in 2014? Start with HR

-Faster, Better Decision Making

-Stat of the Month

-Leadership Tip of the Month
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Thought leadership and recruiting

Thought leadership and recruiting

In this issue:

-Why Didn't I Think of That? Become a thought leader to brand yourself--and your company

-Financial Health--Put that Raise to Work for You

-Stat of the Month: Thinking is Hard Work

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Eat your way to the top!

Eat your way to the top!

In this issue:

-Meet Your Future Workforce: Looking Beyond the Millennials

-Can Food Make You a Better CEO?

Stat of the Month: Want to Feed Your Brain? Start by Breathing Better
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The best way to find qualified candidates

The best way to find qualified candidates

In this issue:

-Help Wanted! When it makes sense to get outside recruiting assistance

-Summer Brain Drain?

-Why You Need to Get it Right the First Time
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Can Matt come out to play?

Can Matt come out to play?

In this issue:

-Passion for Play

-This 3-Minute Distraction Will Actually IMPROVE Your Focus

-Leaders are Gamers, Too
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What does the Healthcare Reform mean for you?

What does the Healthcare Reform mean for you?

In this issue:

-Obamacare and Your Contingent Staff

-The Value of Meaningful Work

-Stat of the Month: The IRS is Watching You
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Your team needs a vacation

Your team needs a vacation

In this issue:

-Is IT Taking Over HR?

-In Defense of the Vacation

-Stat of the Month: The Data Tsunami
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Your leadership style is dead!

Your leadership style is dead!

In this issue:

-The Death of Conventional Leadership

-Beat the Winter Blues

-Stat of the Month

-Staffing Paradox
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 Welcome to the new Strategies for Success!

Welcome to the new Strategies for Success!

In this issue:

-Action! How to Execute Your Strategic Plan in 2013

-2013's Top Tech Trends to Watch

-Stat of the Month

-Leadership Tip of the Month
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2013 HR Trends - What you need to know

2013 HR Trends - What you need to know

Do you want to be a leader or a follower in the New Year? Of course, you want to be a leader. And to help you stay in front of the challenges you are going to face, we've prepared a summary of the top 28 trends to watch.
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"You suck"...and other things you can't say in a review

Download this FREE eBook to discover: -What you need to do before, during and after the review. -How to deliver balanced feedback. -How to phrase the bad news so it has a positive impact. -How to create a "no excuses" workplace!
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Do you know Harry Frazee?

Do you know Harry Frazee?

In this month's Strategies for Success, we'll show you how to find, attract and retain great talent, because you never want to be known as the guy who gave up the greatest player on your team.
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There's a goldmine in your office!

There's a goldmine in your office!

In this month's Strategies for Success, we'll show you how mining your employee data can lead to insights into compensation, staffing needs and retention.
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We've got good news and bad news

We've got good news and bad news

Download this FREE publication to discover:
  • How to minimize unplanned turnover
  • Why one-size-fits-all retention plans won't work
  • What you must do during an employee's first 90 days
  • How to create a workplace that attracts top performers and makes them want to stay!
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How can we improve?

How can we improve?

Staffing Challenges & Perceptions Survey 2012
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"Secrets to Higher Profits for $200, Alex."

Having fun makes serious business sense. This article will show you the research that proves that fun in the workplace is key to corporate success. You'll also find 20 ways to bring more fun into your organization.
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Don't Get Left Out of the Conversation!

Don't Get Left Out of the Conversation!

Check out these statistics from a 2011 study of the practical uses of social media in HR. You'll discover how others in the industry are using social media--and how it can benefit you.
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Why You Need to Rethink Your Recruiting Strategy

Why You Need to Rethink Your Recruiting Strategy

It's time to rethink your recruiting strategy--and we'll make it easy for you. In this month's Strategies for Success, we'll ask you four questions that will help you rethink and reshape your approach and show you new approaches for the new economy.
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Remember When You Could Smoke at the Office?

Remember When You Could Smoke at the Office?

Is your company 50 years behind the times? Could that be why, in the war for talent, the talent is winning? As an employer, demographics are not on your side. Neither are technology, globalization--or outmoded ways of thinking. In this month's Strategies for Success, we'll provide you with the tips you need to recruit, engage and retain in a post-industrial world.
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Your Employees Don’t Want Your Money

Your Employees Don’t Want Your Money

In this month's article, we'll give you three ways to make a meaningful impact on your employees that will have a positive effect on your bottom line, too.
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Are You Their Boss or Their Buddy?

Are You Their Boss or Their Buddy?

As a manager, you may also serve as a mentor or coach to your employees. And inevitably, as you spend time with all of them, it can be hard to separate the personal from the professional. It's a natural impulse to care about the well-being of your employees, but when is it crossing the line? Here are some ways to care and show support, while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
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Are You a Stepping Stone Employer?

Are You a Stepping Stone Employer?

In a competitive job market, experienced professionals and recent graduates with their "eye on the prize" may not be looking for long term...just "right now." In this month's Strategies for Success, we've included some tips to help prevent your organization from becoming a stepping stone.
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Are you a

Are you a "horrible" boss?

Are you a "horrible" boss? This summer's blockbuster movie "Horrible Bosses" may have been fiction, but there are some valuable management lessons to be learned from the stars of the film. In this month's Strategies for Success, we'll provide you with the tips you need to avoid being "horrible."
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Stop! Don't make another hire...

Stop! Don't make another hire...

Stop! Don't make another hire without reviewing the items in our Hiring Toolkit below. It's the ultimate collection of information, forms, and tools to help ensure that your next hire is a perfect fit.
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Inside: Sample Social Media Policy

Inside: Sample Social Media Policy

Like it or not, social media has quickly evolved into one of the main forms of business communication. No longer is it just for college students to update their friends on where they are hanging out. Almost every corporation is active on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Today, we are very pleased to share a really informative article that will show you why you need a social media policy and what needs to be included.
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You're fired

You're fired

While firing people will never be an easy task, it's something every successful leader must learn to do. That's why we wanted to share an article that will provide some valuable tips the next time you have to utter those dreaded words.
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SPOILER ALERT: It was the temp who helped increase profits

SPOILER ALERT: It was the temp who helped increase profits

Quick question: What one thing can control costs, improve revenue, and manage risks? Believe it or not, this magic solution for your business is temporary employees. Long gone are the days when temps were only used to fill in for vacation days. Used strategically, temporary employees can make a dramatic difference to your bottom line.
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Retain Your Best Employees

Retain Your Best Employees

A recent survey found that 74% of workers would consider a new job opportunity. That's a decided jump from previous numbers. The survey identified three primary reasons why workers would consider changing jobs.
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Great Ideas: The Secret of Extraordinary Leaders

Great Ideas: The Secret of Extraordinary Leaders

Can you spot an effective leader? Sure, you can look at a person's accomplishments, but do you know what traits to look for? This article will show you the seven most critical traits of exceptional leaders.
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Great Ideas: Get More Out of Your Team

Great Ideas: Get More Out of Your Team

Want to increase the effectiveness of your team? You'll find out how in this issue of Great Ideas!
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Are You a Busy Boss?

Are You a Busy Boss?

This month in Great Ideas, we're focusing on a topic that's critical to the success of any business--being an effective boss and leader.
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What do your employees and a new car have in common?

What do your employees and a new car have in common?

If you're not familiar with "re-recruiting," it is the process of re-engaging, renewing and restoring the health, vitality or intensity of employer-employee relationships. To further explain, click the link below for a great article that outlines the "re-recruiting" process.
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What are other companies paying?

What are other companies paying?

As the end of the year approaches, most companies are finalizing their compensation plans for 2011. And, one of the most common questions we get is, What are other companies paying? That's why we wanted to share the results from the 2010-2011 Culpepper Salary Budget and Planning Survey. This year's report includes data from 933 participating organizations in 90 countries and 21 international geographic regions.
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Don't let these challenges derail your company in 2011

Don't let these challenges derail your company in 2011

This issue discusses the top five business challenges you will face in 2011 and how staffing can help you overcome them.
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How to Recruit LeBron James

How to Recruit LeBron James

Love him, or hate him, LeBron James made recruiting history this past summer. The NBA teams who courted James provided a new case study on how to recruit "game-changers." If your organization could use a few more superstars, then you don't want to miss this article.
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Overcome your biggest challenge

Overcome your biggest challenge

With all the ups and downs in our economy over the past two years, you've probably had to make some major changes in your business. And as most managers know, initiating change can be a daunting task. According to leadership guru, Rick Houcek, it might be the most difficult task that managers perform.
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Protected Groups: A Guide for Managers

Protected Groups: A Guide for Managers

Understanding who is protected--and how--is critical to your hiring and management policies. Before you make another hire, be sure to review the Managers Guide for Protected Groups.
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