Personnel Journal

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Articles from Vol. 73, No. 11, November

Calculating the Cost of Contingent Workers
Managers in the United States are great at jumping on bandwagons without stopping to evaluate whether the direction the wagon is traveling is the right one for their particular company. Ask your HR colleagues about highly publicized management initiatives--diversity...
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Coca-Cola's Staffing Philosophy Supports Its Global Strategy
The Coca-Cola Co. sees itself not as a global organization, but as a multi-local enterprise. That's because its global strategy is to allow its businesses in more than 200 countries to act according to local needs, local laws and local cultures.For this...
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Companies Evaluate Employees from All Perspectives
Many supervisors get a little antsy right around performance review time. In the formal performance appraisal system, there's no way for them to know whether an employee is an effective performer in all interactions--whether the worker is simply an effective...
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Cover-Up of Discrimination Fails
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has found an employer guilty of sex discrimination, despite its scheme to hide a discriminatory plan to replace female workers with an exclusively male work force.Diane Estrada began working as an unskilled...
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Customer Services Drives Reengineering Effort
Some reengineering efforts start with a big bang. Others, like the one at Warwick, Rhode Island-based Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company, take more time to gather steam. But once they get rolling, there's no stopping them.The process...
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Employees Launch ESL Tutoring at the Workplace
Most U.S. citizens take English for granted. But in states like California, where the immigrant population continues to increase, English is a second language for many. Recognizing that phenomenon and wanting to help, employees at Irvine, California-based...
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HR Facilitates the Learning Organization Concept
Laura Gilbert becomes passionate when she talks about her company as a learning organization: A place she defines as having a proactive, creative approach to the unknown, encouraging individuals to express their feelings, and using intelligence and imagination...
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HR Teaches the Retirement Game
Like most human resources executives who oversee pension and defined-benefit plans, Larry R. Heckathorn knows the right things to say. The manager of qualified plans for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) will tell you...
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HR Unites the World of Coca-Cola
In western Australia, where rural landscapes stretch farther than the eye can see, employees of The Coca-Cola Co. travel more than 2,000 miles a week to deliver their company's products. Coca-Cola salespeople in Venice, Italy, don't have as far to go,...
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Identifying Vision Problems Complements Literacy Efforts
Even the best tutoring programs and literacy efforts may result in time and money wasted if hidden vision problems remain undetected. These problems are present in many participants in literacy programs, according to two studies reported by the St. Louis-based...
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Infertility Treatments Protected by PDA, ADA
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has concluded that a female employee, fired because of absences due to fertility treatments, is protected by the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which amended Title VII of the Civil...
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Legalities
GUIDELINES TO PREVENT WORKPLACE VIOLENCECAL/OSHA HAS RELEASED guidelines to provide guidance for employers in preventing violent incidents at the workplace. The material is a product of a broad public advisory process, which was initiated at a Conference...
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Lessons from John Durrant Larkin
I SUSPECT THAT I MAY BE THE ONLY PERSON who saw the mammoth exhibition, "Frank Lloyd Wright: Architect," at New York's Museum of Modern Art this past spring and came out thinking about HR issues.The retrospective traced Wright's distinguished career,...
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Mentorships Ensure Equal Opportunity
IN1984, HEIDRICH AND STRUGGLES INC., a Chicago-based executive search firm, surveyed top executives on the topic of mentoring. Of the respondents, approximately 80% had mentors or sponsors during the early stages of their careers. These executives reported...
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Native American Journalists Oppose Media Stereotypes
Picture this: thousands of football and baseball fans cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Washington Redskins or the Atlanta Braves. Some sway and wave their arms with the tomahawk chop. Others don feathers and paint their faces red. Anything wrong...
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Oil Company Learns to Measure Work-Team Performance
The oil industry currently faces sharp reductions in revenues per barrel. In order to remain competitive, many U.S. oil companies are using self-directed and cross-functional work teams. For the most part, such teams have been measured by either organizational...
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Smoking at Headquarters: A Double Standard?
In today's complicated world, ethical decisions aren't always black or white; options often fall into gray areas, and it takes careful thought to determine the best step to take. Readers responded to this situation posed by PERSONNEL JOURNAL.THE DILEMMA:*...
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Tapping Diversity in America's Newsrooms
Last August, Amalio Carneiro attended a historic conference in Atlanta. It was the first gathering of 5,000-plus minority journalists under a single Unity '94 banner. After six years of planning, four journalists associations co-sponsored the convention...
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The Seven Deadly Sins of Investing
Experts say that investors are prone to seven common errors that can derail their retirement. Of course, it's HR's task to deal with these issues and find solutions.Not investing enough. There are tremendous tax benefits to investing in a 401(k), but...
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Transferred Insulin-Dependent Driver Reinstated
THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR the Western District of Oklahoma has concluded that a company's blanket policy prohibiting insulin-dependent diabetics from operating motor vehicles violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).Michael D. Sarsycki was...
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Visiting Artists Influence Work at Kohler Co
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a thriving visual and performing arts complex in cozy little Sheboygan, Wisconsin. It's located only five miles from the plumbing fixture industry giant, Kohler Co., which donated the Kohler family's original home...
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Who's Making News in the Newsroom?
The U.S. Bureau of the Census has predicted that by the year 2050, the total U.S. population will reach 392 million, with the following racial breakdown: 52% Anglo; 23% Hispanic; 14% black; 10% Asian and 1% Native American. Today, racial minorities make...
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