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. 12, November 7

5 QUESTIONS for Paul Sprenger
Attorney for mine worker Lois Jenson, portrayed in new movie North CountryThe new movie North Country reconstructs the struggle of Lois Jenson and other female workers at the Eveleth Mines in Minnesota against sexual harassment in the workplace. Attorney...
Behind the Wal-Mart Memo
Our health care system is at a crossroads, and it is hard to see how Corporate America can continue to foot so much of the bill.THE LAST WORDONLY IN AMERICA can a company be vilified for having the temerity to suggest that it would be a good thing if...
BPO Bandwagon
Companies of all stripes-from global conglomerates to small and midmarket players-are choosing to farm out back-office personnel processes, fueling bullish business forecasts for HR outsourcers.WHIRLPOOL MAKES a front-loading washer that cleans 16 pairs...
Executives Call for Leadership on Health Care
WASHINGTON'S ROLEWhen he announced a tentative deal with the United Auto Workers in October to reduce his company's health costs by $3 billion, General Motors chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner called for more leadership from Washington on health care issues.But...
Large Companies Broaden Voluntary Benefit Choices, but See Lackluster Participation
MetLife study also finds that less than a third of employees say their companies do an effective job of communicating benefit informationMANY OF THE NATION'S biggest companies, facing an uncertain economic outlook and health care cost increases approaching...
Leading Job Boards Address Challenges of Globalization, Overabundance of Responses
Changes, which may be a response to recruiters' calls for innovation, arrive as the "Big Three" employment sites enjoy a period of sustained growth in their businessesIN RECENT MONTHS, the number of new job listings appearing on the Internet's most heavily...
Leaked Memo Upends Attempt by Wal-Mart to Burnish Image
News & trends in workforce managementBENEFITS CONTROVERSYIt's been the best of times and worst of times lately for Wal-Mart's image as an employer.First, the retail giant garnered praise for a low-premium, high-deductible health plan that it said...
On Rating HR
"The measurement factor should be determined by a manager's effectiveness, not necessarily HR."IN THE MAIL | from our readersI WAS READING YOUR ARTICLE on measuring HR's performance ("Executives turn to employee ROI as HR gauge," October 10) and was...
Parties United on Increasing Pbgc Premiums
LEGISLATIONAs Washington divides on Supreme Court nominations and CIA leak investigations, Democrats and Republicans are united in one policy area-raising premiums charged to companies to fund the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.In an unusual display of...
Poaching Protection
The InsiderRise in pilfering rival talent has employers taking a closer look at non-com-pete contractsAMERICAN companies are telling it to the judge when it comes to employees who jump ship for a real or potential rival. Take these recent cases:Google...
Recruiternet Deal Furthers Consolidation
RECRUITING TECHNOLOGYIn September, First Advantage Corp., which offers a range of hiring-related services including drug testing, said it had acquired Recruiternet, which makes the Projectix applicant tracking system. Stand by for more such deals.Katherine...
Retirees Lobby to Preserve Benefit Levels
HEALTH CARESome of Ed Beltram's retired colleagues are seeking employment not because they miss going into an office each day, but because someday they might want to go to a doctor's office.Beltram, who was a human resources manager at Lucent Technologies...
Retooling Pay
Unable to sustain high wages and rich benefits amid global competition, old-guard employers may need to turn to performance-based compensation and incentives to attract and retain workersDelphi's decision to file for bankruptcy and last month's events...
Saba, Sumtotal Lead E-Learning Merger Frenzy
WORKFORCE TECHNOLOGYTwo of the biggest pure plays in elearning are getting bigger. On October 6, Saba said it would acquire Centra Software in a $60 million cash and stock transaction that is expected to close in January. The news came just two days...