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Traditional definitions of the word “innovation” tend to be just a bit too narrow and constrictive, according to HR consultant Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR.

Meisinger led the mega session “HR’s Role in Driving Innovation” on June 25, during the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition, held here June 24-27. She told audience members that they needed to think of innovation as more than just generating new ideas, processes and products.

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July 26, 2012

Do social media sites waste time, distract from work and drain a company’s resources?

While some business leaders and journalists have answered those questions in the affirmative, others have asserted that social media has become absolutely essential to conducting business in the digital age.

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July 20, 2012

A federal judge ruled on May 14, 2012, that new regulations governing union representation elections are invalid. Judge James Boasberg with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) did not follow proper voting procedures when the board approved the rule revision in December 2011. According to Boasberg, a quorum of at least three NLRB members did not cast votes on the rule change and therefore the rule change could not take effect.

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May 23, 2012

Although there are many reasons to celebrate the contributions of women, a series of reports released shortly before International Women’s Day, March 8, 2012, reveals a disparity between the number of women participating in the global workforce and the number holding corporate leadership positions around the world.

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March 21, 2012
Social media was clearly among the hottest business topics of 2011, and the results of a survey released on Jan. 12, 2012, by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that human resource professionals have an important role in helping employers deal with this red-hot issue.
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January 25, 2012
A poll released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) on Nov. 22, 2011, provides indications that employers are looking to hire full-time staff again.
Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of HR professionals in the U.S. who responded to the poll reported that their organizations were hiring full-time permanent employees. The poll found that organizations with 500 or more employees were more likely to be hiring full-time employees than other businesses.
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December 8, 2011

As the global economy recovers from the worst recession in decades, low employee engagement has hit epidemic proportions, according to Kevin Kruse, president and founder of Krū Research and co-author of the book We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement (John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2011).

During a July 20, 2011, webcast sponsored by Human Capital Media, Kruse told the audience that most employers “face an employee engagement crisis” and that the challenge of re-engaging workers is falling squarely on the shoulders of HR professionals.

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November 17, 2011

A new Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) poll released on July 14, 2011, appears to have some good news for college students and graduates who are looking to enter the job market. The poll of nearly 350 HR professionals throughout the United States revealed that the number of employers hiring undergraduates in 2011 jumped 11 percentage points, from 30 percent to 41 percent, when compared to the results of a similar poll conducted in 2010.

September 21, 2011

When the Obama administration rolled out the much-anticipated American Jobs Act (S. 1549) on Sept. 12, 2011, the $447 billion proposal presented the classic good news/bad news scenario to HR professionals and their organizations.

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September 20, 2011

Although recent survey findings by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) indicated that a majority (56 percent) of employers are tapping Internet social networking sites to search for potential job candidates, results released by SHRM from the second phase of the survey show that a much smaller number of businesses are using web-based resources, such as online search engines and social networking websites, to screen applicants.

September 1, 2011

While social media outlets appear to be changing the way employers identify and recruit job applicants, the impact and long-range implications of social media on staffing functions remain unclear. According to the 10th Annual Sources of Hire Study released by CareerXroads on March 17, 2011, more than 88 percent of employers responding to a survey reported that they consider social media to be a part of their overall direct-sourcing efforts.

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July 26, 2011

The job market is improving, if the level of interest in recruiting and hiring U.S. military veterans is any indication. According to several sources, the level of interest among U.S. employers in hiring veterans has grown during the first few months of 2010.

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November 9, 2010

SAN DIEGO—If building and sustaining a high commitment, high performance (HCHP) organization were easy, everyone would be doing it. It is those who have the will and the vision to ask the hard questions and confront the tough challenges who are creating successful organizations and getting a level of commitment from their workers that push this success, according to Michael Beer, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the Harvard University Business School, and speaker at the June 30, 2010, session of the Masters Series at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference here.

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September 13, 2010

SAN DIEGO—Business leaders who truly inspire, enthuse and induce fundamental changes in the businesses they operate come along once or twice a generation. Vineet Nayar, chief executive officer of HCL Technologies Ltd., appears to be just that kind of leader.

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September 13, 2010

SAN DIEGO—Steve Forbes believes the role HR must play in the economic recovery is vital.

Forbes has long been known as an economic prognosticator and, in his vision, HR will be at the epicenter of the change needed to turn the global economy around.

During his keynote speech for the June 27 opening general session of the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) 62nd Annual Conference & Exposition here, Forbes told the audience of HR professionals that “your task and your job will become more important over the next two to four years.”

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September 8, 2010

Spring, 2010

Finally, Democratic and Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have found something they can agree on—working to improve the diversity of congressional office staffs.

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June 18, 2010