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In this era when human resource professionals are practically expected to be magicians, any low-cost means for helping employees reduce their stress and be more engaged and productive is welcome. Continue Reading Supporting family centeredness

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During the last couple of years, we have written about corporate social responsibility and its importance to younger generations. Not surprisingly, we now find CSR has a rising importance in the meetings industry.
At its annual meeting last January, the Convention Industry Council Task Force on Sustainability and Accountability for the Professional Convention Management Association held its first meeting to determine how CIC organizations can serve as resources on environmental and social responsibility issues. Continue Reading Corporate social responsibility meets the meeting industry

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Americans are beginning to avoid air travel in significant numbers. This fact is in part responsible for the airlines announcing substantial cutbacks in service to a wide variety of U.S. cities. Across the globe, airlines that expected to earn sizeable profits this year will instead have gigantic losses … in the billions. Continue Reading The near-term future of air travel likely to be quite turbulent

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The latest jump in the United States unemployment statistics has finally prompted us to speak out about what is really happening in the U.S. labor marketplace and what effects these changes will have on our trading partners around the globe. Continue Reading Unemployment – the numbers behind the numbers

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Whether you live in the United States, Brazil or China, study after study has documented the negative effects of smoking, but a just-published study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology documents the seemingly permanent adverse effects of secondhand smoke. Continue Reading Study shows that secondhand smoke injures heart cells

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Sandy Westlund-Deenihan, CEO of Quality Float Works in Schaumberg, Ill., is a model employer.
“Nobody is really addressing the issues of greater numbers of people (returning veterans) coming out of the war with disabilities,” Westlund-Deenihan said.
Advances in battleground medical science have kept more wounded soldiers alive. Continue Reading Returning vets, especially disabled vets, make great workers

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When Roger and I traveled to Brazil during the 1990s, locals characterized the country as “a sleeping giant — just about to awaken.”
The well-respected investment firm of Goldman Sachs has given the designation of “BRIC” to the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China. In fact, the investment leader even offers an index fund of BRIC investments. The fund was created to tap these countries’ “tremendous growth potential.” Continue Reading Despite lack of press, don’t bet against Brazil’s bright future

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In our 2008 Workforce/Workplace Forecast, we discussed the growing importance of metrics (measurement) in human resources to drive more money to the bottom line.
Recently, we met Janet Walsh, president of Birchtree-HR, LLC, the person who coined the term “Human Capital Financial Management.” Continue Reading Making human resource metrics serve the bottom line

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According to executive recruiter Execunet, the majority of recruiters used search engines during 2007 to “uncover information about candidates.”
In fact, the number was a whopping 83.2 percent — an increase of 11.4 percent compared to the percentage of recruiters using the Internet during 2005. Recruiters are using online information to augment resumes. Continue Reading Wealth of digital dirt hurts all potential job candidates

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A global survey of 4,500 workers indicates that more people anticipate leaving their employers this year than last.
In the 2006 BlessingWhite study, 65 percent of respondents said that they expected to “definitely” remain with their employers through the year. In the 2007 study, that number was down to 58 percent. Continue Reading Employees taking control might mean they’ll jump ship

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