Workforce Management

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Articles from Vol. 86, No. 19, November 5

Backlash at Pier 1
"In several years, I have yet to see a single person leave the company happily or on good terms-everyone has left in disgust."IN THE MAIL | from our readersI'M A LOW-LEVEL PIER I EMPLOYEE and I just finished reading your article "Health Care Cuts a Dicey...
Business Group Seeks an End to Employer-Based Health Coverage
HEALTH CARE OVERHAULA business group whose list of corporate donors includes the Coca-Cola Co., IBM and MetLife is calling for an end to employment-based health care, saying such an overhaul of the U.S. health insurance system is necessary because employers...
Clinton Bill Calls for Better Pay, Training in Child Care
SOCIAL WORKERSPeople who provide child care for 12 million youngsters each week often can't afford such programs for their own kids, according to advocates seeking to increase pay and training for the social workers. They have a prominent champion in...
Control and Customization
'The absence of metrics is a symptom of the absence of a decision science for HR, not a driver. There is no consensus about models."-RAVIN JESUTHASAN, managing principal and practice leader, Towers PerrinCOMPANIES STILL focus on pay as a primary lever...
Critics Wary of Stable-Value Funds despite Dol Approval
DEFAULT DC INVESTMENTSTarget-date funds got a huge boost from the Department of Labor's final regulation on qualified default options for defined-contribution plans with automatic enrollment. But industry observers say the investment structure of the...
Flexible in Face of Disaster
Technology firms in wildfire-plagued San Diego buoy retention efforts by supporting workers amid catastropheLast month's wildfires that ravaged San Diego County proved to be an opportunity and a test for employers competing to retain highly coveted technology...
Gevity Replaces Chief Exec amid Financial Woes
PEOsGevity HB Inc., a national professional employer organization, has replaced its CEO after disappointing financial results and a sharp slide in its stock price.A few years ago, Bradenton, Floridabased Gevity and CEO Erik Vonk were hot properties in...
Lackluster Performance
Talent retention and development are top priorities for CEOs and workforce management executives, but salary budgets are flat and, at many companies, performance management is only getting lip service. In a world of limited compensation resources, making...
Legal Briefings
SCHEDULED TO WORK ON SATURDAY SABBATHFROM 1990 UNTIL 2003, the U.S. Postal Service in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, granted a religious accommodation to Martin Tepper, a mail carrier who was a practicing Messianic Jew, by not assigning him Saturday work schedules....
MBA Match-Up Puts Spotlight on Hr Strategy
HR EDUCATIONUsually, HB is the Bodney Dangerfield of business school. But last month, leaders in the field tried to win some HB respect by sponsoring the first MBA case competition focused on human capital management.Held at the Owen Graduate School...
Meeting Malaise
I can't begin to tell you how many brain cells I've lost over my career attending senseless, wasteful, mind-numbing meetings.THE LAST WORDI'VE NEVER BEEN a big fan of John Kenneth Galbraith, the late economist and Harvard professor, but he once said...
N.Y. Salesperson Contracts: Get Them in Writing
LABOR LAWA little-known change to New York state labor law could have a big impact on companies with large sales forces there.The law says that disputes over how much a salesperson makes will be resolved in favor of the employee if a company fails to...
On the Web
WORKFORCE.COM November 5, 2007www.workforce.com/07/11/online 1Fantasy football no passing fadAt its best, fantasy football, a game where individuals create a team from the NFL and pit their players against others' based on weekly statistics, builds camaraderie...
Outside Experts Crunch Numbers for Luxottica Hr
WHILE MANY companies are tapping legal and finance professionals to take over HR, Luxottica Retail has taken a different approach.Rather than supplant HR managers, the Mason, Ohio-based manufacturer of glasses and sunglasses has created a division of...
Pushing Money toward the Top
"We would expect to see larger increases in salary budgets. There is an obvious disconnect between the focus on talent and the budgets."-STEVEN E. GROSS, global performance and rewards leader, MercerSALARY-INCREASE budgets for 2008 are flat, with all...
Role of Stress in Turnover Undervalued
SURVEYWhether it's Boise or Beijing, employers worldwide underestimate the role that stress plays in a worker's decision to leave a job, according to the 2007/2008 Global Strategic Rewards report from Watson Wyatt and WorldatWork."There is a clear disconnect...
The OUTSIDERS
SANDY HOFMANN cried when she was offered the chief people officer position at her company.As of 2001, Hofmann had spent most of her career in operations-14 years at IBM and most recently as the head of the Boston business division at Mapics, an Atlanta-based...
Trane Changes Its Business Climate
WHEN THE HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING COMPANY SHIFTED AWAY FROM A FOCUS ON EQUIPMENT SALES AND TOWARD PROVIDING HIGH-LEVEL SERVICE AND EXPERTISE FOR CUSTOMERS, IT TRANSFORMED ITS ENTIRE CULTURE IN THE PROCESS.WHEN MORGAN STANLEY approached Trane to install...
Wellpoint Joins with Zagat for Doctor Ratings
ONLINE HEALTH DATAThe announcement last month that health insurer WellPoint will team with Zagat Survey to create an online tool to rate doctors reveals the potential of trusted consumer brands to change the way Americans relate to health care.Beginning...