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“We know caregiving is associated with loss of retention, reduced productivity and higher stress,” said Drew Holzapfel, director of global commercial development at Pfizer Inc. This impacts caregivers’ wages, Social Security and pension benefits over the course of their career at a time when they need to be saving for their own retirement, he explained. Additionally, it impacts organizations as they experience a loss of talent.

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April 16, 2012

Andrew Johnson, 23, landed the full-time job as master model builder at Legoland Discovery Center Chicago in March 2012, becoming one of four people in the U.S. and eight people in the world to hold the title of master model builder at the company.

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April 5, 2012

Rabbit’s foot? Check. Four-leaf clover? Check. Strong communications skills, flexibility, strong work ethic? Huh?

Eighty-four percent of people on LinkedIn worldwide believe in career luck, and nearly half feel lucky in their careers, according to an unscientific LinkedIn poll conducted with more than 7,000 individuals in late February and early March 2012.

The top most important factors that respondents said contribute to luck at work are:

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April 2, 2012

Check your calendar. Synchronize watches. Draw up the brackets. March Madness is here. The 67 games of the annual NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament begin March 13 and conclude April 2, 2012.

Fans can—and likely will—follow along on their computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and select smart phones to watch games and track brackets while at work.

Along the way, productivity will be impacted, Challenger, Gray & Christmas CEO John A. Challenger said in a news release.

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March 14, 2012
A recent study highlights the importance of considering global characteristics of leaders and members of multicultural teams and of using a selection and training process that focuses on a global rather than a cross-cultural perspective.
 
The findings are from a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation-funded report, Managing Multi-Cultural Teams: From a Cross-Cultural to a Global Perspective, released in July 2011.
 
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December 16, 2011

The workplace lunch break isn’t much of a break for more than one-third of workers, according to a new survey that suggests that performance and productivity pressures are prompting those employees to eat at their desk.

The findings are from an online poll from Right Management, a subsidiary of Manpower Group, of 750 North American workers conducted in July and August 2011.

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November 22, 2011

NEW ORLEANS—General Electric’s Junior Officer Leadership Program (JOLP) is a tool for attracting and integrating one of the largest overlooked sources of talent—military service professionals transitioning into civilian careers, according to Susan Schieren.

November 9, 2011

Men in the United States—especially those in two-income families who are fathers and working 50 or more hours a week—are experiencing the kind of work/family conflict that women long have felt, according to a study, The New Male Mystique.

Researchers Ellen Galinsky, Kerstin Aumann and Kenneth Matos of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) discussed their findings during a Sept. 8, 2011, webinar. The report, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the IBM Corp., was released June 2011.

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October 25, 2011

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) continued to push flexible workplace options as a business imperative during a congressional briefing that SHRM and the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Inc. hosted Oct. 12, 2011, on Capitol Hill.

“This is an issue whose time has come. It’s good for workers, it’s good for businesses,” said Sara Manzano-Diaz, director of the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor, during her keynote remarks.

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October 17, 2011

Organizations today are seeing three major trends—a rapidly diversified workforce, an aging workforce and an influx of military veterans—Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Chief Global Membership Officer Janet Parker, SPHR, said during opening remarks at “The Workforce Mosaic.”

SHRM underwrote the National Journal policy summit, held July 12, 2011, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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October 17, 2011

Diversity and inclusiveness are like integrity—they can’t be captured on a scorecard, but their presence or absence is noticeable, said Tiane Mitchell Gordon, senior vice president of diversity and inclusion at AOL.

Gordon explored the relationship of culture and diversity and inclusion’s success with a company during her luncheon address at the annual Workplace Diversity: Practice and Research conference June 10, 2010. George Mason University hosted the conference in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

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October 11, 2011


A recent study highlights the importance of considering global characteristics of leaders and members of multicultural teams and of using a selection and training process that focuses on a global rather than a cross-cultural perspective.

The findings are from a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation-funded report, Managing Multi-Cultural Teams: From a Cross-Cultural to a Global Perspective, released in July 2011.

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October 5, 2011

Despite the often-cited differences among today’s multigenerational workforce, they agree on one thing: working for a stable company and job security are the two most important aspects of the work environment, according to Workplace Redefined: Shifting Generational Attitudes During Economic Change.

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September 15, 2011

They might not exchange wedding vows or even become romantic partners, but workers logging long hours on the job can forge strong ties akin to a marriage. They become “work spouses.”

It doesn’t necessarily mean they are carrying on an illicit relationship with their office partner. Think Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa of “Live! With Regis and Kelly.” Or Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer of the “Today” show.

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August 29, 2011

Many employees are caught in a communications vortex as they struggle to keep up with their e-mail and monitor social media, according to a new report, The New New Inbox—How E-mail and Social Media Changed Our Lives.

The effect of all these channels of communication—Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, YouTube, Google and Yahoo groups, RSS feeds, Delicious bookmark—is a workforce that is “scattered and disoriented,” said Pierre Khawand, founder and CEO of People-OnTheGo, which conducted the survey.

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July 29, 2011

Keeping employees happy at Zappos.com takes a little weirdness and a wilingness to make work fun.

You may not expect a woman whose footwear of choice is tennis shoes to work at one of the world’s largest online shoe companies, but for senior HR manager Hollie Delaney, PHR, Zappos.com Inc. is a comfy fit.

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June 21, 2011

From the manager who fell asleep in the office while working with a new employee, to the sous chef who dozed off whenever he sat down in front of a computer to complete paperwork, to the call center employee caught snoozing at his desk, American workers are a sleep-deprived lot.

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May 13, 2011

Public policy needs to provide a framework that is flexible so employers are able to develop programs that address the needs of businesses and older employees, a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The commission heard testimony Nov. 17, 2010, from a number of experts, including Cornelia Gamlem, SPHR, on the impact of the recession on older workers and the legal issues surrounding age discrimination.

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May 9, 2011

When HR professional Terra Wells returned to work eight weeks after giving birth in 2008, baby Kaylee joined her.

It was the business owner’s idea when it appeared that the birth of Wells’ first child would sideline her from the position she’d started just prior to her pregnancy.

“At first I thought it was the most absurd idea,” recalled Wells.

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April 22, 2011

Some organizations are looking at their current and future needs as the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation leads to a potential talent shortage. But more can be done to ensure that organizations have the talent they need to succeed, according to a "Strategic Workforce Planning Poll" that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and AARP released in November 2010.

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April 8, 2011