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Aliah Wright is a Manager/Online Editor for SHRM covering Technology & Business Leadership and Strategy Issues. She is author of the book, “A Necessary Evil: Managing Employee Activity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn . . . and the Hundreds of Other Social Media Sites.”

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What does flexibility have to do with social media?

Plenty. Social media can help employees stay engaged—particularly those who work remotely.

That’s what conference attendees learned during a session at the inaugural Work-Life Focus: 2012 and Beyond Conference held recently in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Families and Work Institute (FWI), the conference served as a chance for HR professionals to learn how to implement flexible work options into their workplaces.

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December 13, 2011

Supervisors find creative ways to engage remote employees 

What’s the biggest obstacle to telework? It’s not technology.

It’s management.

So some human resource professionals say they’ve begun to tie management acceptance of telework directly to managers’ performance evaluations and pay. Having managers telework has helped as well.

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November 10, 2011

More than 700 chief human resource officers (CHROs) and senior executives worldwide say the foundation of workforce investment is shifting and they are seeing more hiring in Europe and North America, according to a new IBM study released Oct. 12, 2010.

Additionally, social networking is having a broader impact on a company’s bottom line, and HR executives realize that they need to do a better job cultivating leaders, the study found.

June 21, 2011

Everything changes once women start families, but it doesn’t mean it has to be the end of their careers.

So says Saundarya Rajesh, founder and president of Avtar Career Creators, an India-based talent strategy consulting firm dedicated to helping women balance work and life through flexible work arrangements or “flexi-work.”

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April 22, 2011

They called it Snowmageddon.

In February of 2010, in Washington, D.C., snow fell for nearly a week, crippling the nation’s capital and its surrounding suburbs. Roads were impassable. Schools were closed. Many were snowed in.

But work—particularly for some in the federal government—continued uninterrupted; attributable largely in part to telework.

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January 19, 2011

There are two things Vineet Nayar wants employers to know.

First, the author of the popular book, Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down (Harvard Business Press, 2010), says that “none of the ideas in the book are mine; I just vocalized it.”

Second, nothing in the book is “magic.”

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December 20, 2010

Think that American employers are the only ones suffering a talent shortage?

Think again.

Statistics show that in Canada, 50 percent of nurses employed in 2003 will retire within the next 15 years. Japan is accepting more foreign workers to help alleviate its labor shortages. In Germany the lack of engineers has become so severe that some of its top firms are giving science kits to toddlers to pique their interest in science and technology.

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December 15, 2010

SAN DIEGO—Using her firm as a case study, Tracy Morrison, director of International Recruitment for the CARANA Corp., told attendees during a June 28, 2010 session at the SHRM Annual Conference that she makes great use of technology and good old-fashioned referrals when recruiting internationally.

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September 22, 2010

An ardent defender of youth says they’re smart and  collaborative—and will reshape the workplace.

Best-selling author Don Tapscott says Millennials—those born between 1978 and 1997, whom he calls the “Net Generation”—are influencing the world of work through their ways of using the Internet.

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September 21, 2010