Workforce Management

A semi-monthly professional magazine focused on human resources management, providing news, trend analysis, case studies, advice, and information about tools for HR managers..

Articles from Vol. 84, No. 6, June

5 QUESTIONS for Deborah Soon
Vice president of executive leadership initiatives at CatalystLAST MONTH CATALYST, which works with businesses to develop opportunities for women, teamed up with the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and the Executive Leadership Council...
Accountants' Book Value on the Rise as Firms Grapple with Flood of Financial Regulations
Experienced people with a high level of expertise 'are being barraged by calls from agencies on a daily basis,' an HR director saysIF SOMEONE HAD TOLD New York recruiter Lorraine Hack five years ago that certified public accountants would be a hot commodity,...
Acquisition of Lumenos Could Bolster Sector
Consumer-driven healthTHE PURCHASE OF consumer-driven health care pioneer Lumenos by health care giant WellPoint means the last big independent name in the consumer-driven field is off the market. The $185 million deal follows the purchase of another...
Adventures in Outsourcing
BP's trailblazing 1999 pact with Exult has had its successes, but it also serves as an object lesson in how not to carry out an HR outsourcing deal-and illustrates how much the landscape has changed.LIKE MOST STORIES ABOUT REVOLUTIONS, the tale of human...
Bills Tackle Intimidation on Each Side
UnionizationLORI GAY, A UTAH NURSE, alleges that the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center has used intimidation tactics to prevent her colleagues from forming a union that would improve working conditions and patient care. Jeff Ward, an employee at Thomas...
Bullies' Toxic Effect
I WANT TO THANK JOHN HOLLON for his article "The Bully Backlash" (May 2005). I have always believed that the culture for mutual respect in an organization is generated top-down. It is the one workplace "intervention" that doesn't cost a nickel but can...
Core Values, Devalued
Imagine a workforce that's wholly committed to a set of values that constrains their behavior, but leaves executives free to do as they please.Why aren't employees happy? It's a question organizations constantly face and try to address, in part, through...
Costco Piercing Case Puts a New Face on the Issue of Wearing Religious Garb at Work
A member of the Church of Body Modification insists that her spiritual beliefs trump the company's dress code, triggering a lengthy legal battleIN DECEMBER, a four-year-long court battle came to an end when a U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed a $2 million...
Employers Seeing the Link between Healthy Employees and a Healthy Bottom Line
It's a realization that's sweeping across America, from national corporate headquarters to local family-owned businesses. The health plans that bring the most value are the ones that do what they're supposed to do. Namely, help keep employees healthy.The...
Filling a Gap
Payroll, open enrollment and benefits administration can be a nightmare for a company like Dallas-based Atrium Cos., a window and door manufacturer. Over the past eight years, Atrium has gone from 900 employees to 6,700, creating enough payroll and workforce...
Hr Execs Find Opportunity with Vendors
OutsourcingPEOPLE THOUGHT Howard Nelson was crazy when he announced in 1999 that he was ending his 20-year career at BP to go work for the company's new human resources outsourcing provider, Exult. "They were surprised that someone with a secure job...
IBM Strives for the Security of Defined-Benefit Programs as It Shifts Focus to 401(k)s
Managed accounts, automated features and annuities are aimed at ensuring that employees have enough to last after retirementJUST MONTHS AFTER IT SETTLED a closely watched class-action lawsuit over its cash-balance plan, IBM has brushed itself off and...
Measure Could Avert Airline Pension Dumps
JUST DAYS BEFORE United Airlines and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. announced an agreement to terminate the airline's pension plan, a bill was introduced that may save other airlines from the same fate.On April 20, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia,...
Orman Is Head of the Class in Avaya Program
Retirement 101HOW MANY PEOPLE does it take to get 400 employees to attend a 401(k) educational session? According to Avaya, the answer is one. And that person is Suze Orman.On a tour that started April 1, the personal finance celebrity visited seven...
Pension Peril
It's clear from the United Airlines action that no private pension is really safe.WANT TO DEMORALIZE and marginalize a large and once-vibrant workforce? Here's the recipe:* Take a major player in a mature industry;* Saddle it with a high-cost structure...
Police Advisers in Afghanistan Take Aim at Corruption, Poor Public Perception
Trends & topics in -workforce managementTRAININGWorking under threat of death and with scant resources, DynCorp International trainers take pride in helping rebuild the nation's law enforcement agencies.JOHN PALMER, A RETIRED POLICEMAN from Kodiak,...
Push to Revamp Fmla Is in Limbo
Labor lawIF SOME CORPORATE groups have their way, the Family and Medical Leave Act will undergo the biggest changes in its 12-year history. When exactly that might happen is anyone's guess.Groups ranging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the Society...
Sea Change
Partnerships, hybrid programs that meld back-office and front-office functions, and the increasing acceptance of outsourcing are transforming human resource management systems.ORACLE'S TAKEOVER OF PEOPLESOFT in December continues to send shock waves...
Sodexho Set for Overhaul after Lawsuit
Equal opportunityWHEN A JUDGE this summer formally approves the $80 million settlement of a racial discrimination lawsuit against Sodexho, the food services company and its 3,400 black employees will begin work to forge new standards for the processing...
Systems Open to Collaboration
PepsiAmericas was using a PeopleSoft HRMS system for payroll last year but was still struggling with cumbersome spreadsheets for other compensation issues. That's when a salesperson from Authoria made a cold call, offering the company's knowledge management...
Temp-to-Hire Is Becoming a Full-Time Practice at Firms
"Try before you buy" has gained favor as employers seek more flexible workforces and await signs of a sustained economic recoveryLAST FALL, WHEN T-MOBiLE needed hundreds of engineers and technicians for the new cell system it acquired from a competitor,...
The Gospel According to Blanchard
Ken Blanchard's One Minute Manager begat a $44 million leadership-training empire, with family and faith firmly in charge. Far from being defensive about nepotism, the company embraces it as a competitive advantage.KEN BLANCHARD MINGLES with luminaries...
The Turnover Myth
Minimizing churn has long been an article of faith for many workforce executives, but others actively manage turnover for maximum financial return. They drive it up when it is too low, push it down when it is too high, and understand its true costs and...
Time Is Ripe for 401(k) Sponsors to Revisit Pacts
Record keepingAS CONSOLIDATION among 401(k) plan record keepers gains momentum, it might be a good time for plan sponsors to renegotiate the fees they pay.In the first four months of this year, there have been six acquisitions of record keepers, compared...
United Faces Tough Morale Challenges
Labor relationsUNITED AIRLINES executives may be busy worrying about an employee strike, but the company will have to confront more long-term employee morale issues in the next several months.After rounds of salary cuts and the pending termination of...
View from the Top
THE VITAL BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION sector of human resources must keep pace with everchanging technology, legal, and cost factors. To assist during the planning stages, a major account services provider offers insight that improves your benefits offerings,...