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Steve Bates is a former writer and editor for SHRM. He is a freelance news and feature writer and the author of a gardening book and short fiction. His website is

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A new program backed by GE and several corporate partners plans to match returning military veterans with manufacturing jobs.

News Updates
April 22, 2013
Most companies don’t have the business intelligence they need to execute their business strategies successfully, according to a global survey sponsored by BTS, a strategy-implementation consulting firm.
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April 3, 2013

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is catching a lot of grief for her new book, “Lean In,” and for her public appearances suggesting that women need to be more aggressive in the workplace. Her recent interview on “60 Minutes” seemed to raise the level of criticism to historic heights.

March 14, 2013

After months of intense effort to win election to Congress, it might seem like the hard work is done. But for many incoming members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, it’s just beginning.

As the new legislators scramble to set up their offices in Washington, they must make critical decisions about staffing that will impact their effectiveness throughout their terms. Mistakes are common and can be costly.

One of the most important pieces of advice new legislators get, and one of the hardest to follow, is “Don’t rush to hire your staff.”

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January 2, 2013

The National Football League (NFL) has launched several diversity initiatives designed to improve the representation of racial and ethnic minorities and women in the league headquarters and among the teams. Generally, sports diversity experts give the league high marks for improving racial diversity, but progress for women lags.
While the ranks of players are racially and ethnically diverse, the team owners, executives and coaches are less so. The league is trying to leverage its brand to make it more attractive to a wider array of job candidates.

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November 22, 2012

There are some lessons that HR professionals can draw from the saga of Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned as head of the CIA after an FBI investigation found that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

November 15, 2012

As U.S. employers gear up for holiday season hiring so, too, do scammers.

The fall seasonal hiring period likely will lead to a surge in identity fraud targeting job applicants, according to employee screening and consumer fraud experts.

Fake job listings and bogus websites are among their most common tools. Legitimate employers also are being warned to take extra precautions. Unscrupulous employees can steal personal information of applicants or employees. And personal data left unguarded can tempt even hitherto honest employees, experts say.

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November 2, 2012

You probably recall the dust-up in April after it was revealed that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) hired a clown and a mind reader to entertain some of its employees at a conference. Among the mind reader’s services was giving a GSA employee a message from Beyond from the employee’s dead dog. The scandal prompted the head of the agency to resign.

May 11, 2012

Job creation will continue in the U.S. manufacturing and service sectors in May 2012, though less robustly than a year earlier. Meanwhile, recruiting difficulty, which had been rising in the first months of 2012, appears to be leveling off, according to the latest Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey report.

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May 3, 2012

A wide variety of in-depth educational offerings, many beginning on Saturday, June 23, offer 2012 SHRM Annual Conference attendees a chance to jump-start their Atlanta experience.

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May 2, 2012

Like many Americans, Jeff T.H. Pon, Ph.D., HCS, knew someone who was affected by the Sept. 11 terror attacks. In his case, it was “a dear friend in the Pentagon.” In the troubling days after the attacks, “I found myself wondering: How can I serve? How can I give back?”

On a Saturday morning not long thereafter, he received a call from Washington, D.C., asking if he was interested in helping bring the federal government’s human capital functions into the 21st century.

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March 21, 2012
Many business leaders have long suspected that active social networkers are a breed apart from other employees. A new report looking at the state of business ethics in the U.S. supports that belief.
February 2, 2012

What’s more important? Looking good or doing good?

An increasing number of businesses are responding: Why not do both?

January 13, 2012
For the third consecutive month, hiring activity will decrease and job cuts will rise in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year earlier, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for January 2012.
January 9, 2012

Much has been said about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, whose come-from-behind victories during the 2011 NFL season have been chronicled far beyond the sports pages. The second-year player out of the University of Florida makes exceedingly public displays of his Christian faith. That bothers some people. But aside from that divisive issue, one important question about the Tebow saga carries significance for the business world:

Is Tim Tebow a great leader?

December 20, 2011

Most HR professionals are stuck in second gear in their use of human capital metrics. They need to rev up their use of numbers to analyze not just what the organization has done but also what it should do to improve.

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September 6, 2011