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Welcome to the Era of Workforce Experimentation

“I am so sick of tired of these people asking during an interview about work-life balance, working from home etc. They should just concentrate on getting a job and being happy with that. So tired of them.” That statement was...
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5 Steps to Making Your Workforce Planning Strategic

HR leaders are often perceived by line managers and senior executives to deliver the most value when they are firefighting (a.k.a. dowsing “talent fires”). Quick HR fixes, like filling a vacancy with a pricey new hire or instantly
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Labor Department Says Gig Workers Are Fewer Than Thought

The gig economy is smaller than we think. Or maybe, it’s how we think of the gig economy that has resulted in estimates that a third of the workforce are part of it and that 57 million people earned money...
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California Court’s Worker Classification Ruling Has Broad Implications for Gig Workers

A three-part test announced Monday by the California Supreme Court has far-reaching implications for who in the state can be classified as an independent contractor. The 7-0 decision in a case brought by drivers working for a delivery company
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Workplace Compassion: A Trend Driven by the Changing Workforce

When I first started working in HR in the ‘90s, care and compassion in the workplace were almost foreign concepts to business strategy. Now, for those that practice them, they’re a chief competitive advantage. I’ve seen this in the
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Toxic Workers Are More Productive, But the Price Is High

Rock Star employees make a huge positive impact and help to increase the valuation of the business. That’s why finding a Rock Star is the goal of every hiring manager. But is that really a good strategy? Should organizations be
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Your Workforce Tools Are More Strategic Than You Might Think

This is not a typical article about attracting talented job candidates or retention — while a rich topic, it has become a little tired. There are volumes of research on employee retention – some focus on affirmative strategies; others on
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Can You Put a Dollar Value On Your Workforce?

Note: This article is part of an occasional series dedicated to exploring the contribution of human capital assets (people!) to the valuation of a business. Welcome to The New ROI: Return on Individuals.  Here’s a
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With Workers Coming In From the Sidelines, Hiring Could Get a Little Easier

If there’s one thing you can count on in a conversation with talent acquisition leaders, it’s hearing how hard it is to hire people. Last week, at the spring ERE Recruiting Conference, anytime two people would get together, the talent...
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Most Turnover Is Voluntary and Commute Time Is One Reason

Understanding and managing workforce turnover is becoming more scientific. This is great news because turnover – especially voluntary turnover – has real consequences for an organization. Hiring and training new workers, addressing