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Articles from Vol. 82, No. 6, June

A Flawed Look at War Profiteering
* Executive CompensationIn the recent Iraqi war, the American defense industry proved itself in the toughest workplace imaginable. Most of the weapons it makes worked exactly as advertised. So you would think that the leaders of companies that make F-16s,...
Analyze This
Geof Pejsa can see the future of human resources through the 18-inch flat-panel monitor placed on his desktop. Seated in his office at a large federal facility in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the chief of the pay, processing, and systems branch for...
A People Strategy That Spans the Globe
Human resources is key to the success of a company that is "only world famous in Denmark."You're Novo Nordisk, a Danish company that does life-saving work-the treatment of diabetes, which the World Health Organization estimates will affect 300 million...
Daytime Is Prime Time
* Workers OnlineAffluent, top-level professionals-especially those who've been online for seven or more years-are the biggest users of the Internet at work. But they aren't slackers surfing the Net for fun. A new study conducted by the Online Publishers...
Dear Workforce:
A Quantum Leap in Executive Career PlansDear Workforce:How can we develop a career path for executives over the next 10 years?-Where to Start, executive in the manufacturing industry, New Delhi, IndiaDear Where to Start:Jeanne T. Lambkin, associate principal,...
Fast Forward: 25 Trends That Will Change the Way You Do Business
Workforce-management decisions aren't made with crystal balls. What they do demand is a clear sense of the landscape on the far horizon. As a human resources executive, you probably know what health care will cost your company next year. But you're far...
Guilty, with an Explanation
In 1998, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission presented Dial Corporation with an award for maintaining equal-employment practices "above and beyond" legal requirements. In 1999, the agency sued Dial, alleging that the company tolerated sexual...
He Has a Place at SHRM's Table
* The New VP of HRJ. Robert Carr has been human resources director for the Association of Trial Lawyers and AARP. He knows the ins and outs of workforce issues in high-profile associations. Last month, he took the degree of difficulty up a notch. He...
Holding Hands with a Tornado
You think your work is tough? Try on the top job at a grade school. The typical principal endures daily phone calls and visits with parents. Meetings with teachers, support staff, administrators, union leaders, legislators, community members, and vendors....
It's Passion That Makes the Difference
Kenneth Frederickson loves Chateau de Maimbray, a wine he describes as the archetypal Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley in France. It smells, he says, like the flesh of a grapefruit. Not just any grapefruit, mind you. But a ruby-red grapefruit left...
Just Charge It
* IRS Ruling on Debit CardsNow that the IRS has clarified rules on the use of debit or credit cards for health flexible spending accounts and qualified health reimbursement accounts, employers that have been waiting in the wings are likely to jump in...
Mailbox
The Diversity DebateIn the article "Diversity's Business Case Doesn't Add Up" (April 2003), the author cites a study that found the impact of diversity on the bottom line could not be quantified. The article suggests, therefore, that resources for diversity...
New Workforce Math: It's the in Thing
Patricia Murray, senior vice president at Intel, realized six years ago that her company lacked the workforce-management information it needed to make decisions.This gap included everything from executive-compensation data to best practices on recruiting...
Power to the Line People
There's a revolution in compensation, led by companies like Marriott and Dow. They establish market prices for pay, and let line managers make the salary calls. The results are impressive.Delete the pay policy manual. Scrap the salary budget. While you're...
Raising the Curtain on a Minor Hiring Issue
Q: My company has just opened a theater in Maryland. My question is this: Can we opt not to hire minors at the theater, or would this be considered a discriminatory practice? Also, if we can opt not to hire minors, can we put this policy in written form?A:...
Search and Employ
Photograph by Markham JohnsonAs director of staffing for Chiron Corporation, a Silicon Valley biopharmaceutical firm, Anthony Damaschino is used to filling jobs in scientific specialties that are so exotic and arcane that only a handful of potential...
Spare Him the Gurus
B. Thomas Golisano, founder and CEO of Paychex, Inc., is worth reading about for three very good reasons.Reason One: During the past 32 years-by working incredibly hard; giving open-ended opportunities to bright but uncredentialed young employees; and...
Tales from the Dark Side
The guest on National Public Radio was just background noise until I heard words that make a Workforce editor all ears: "Innovative organization." "Good at moving people forward, moving them up." "A deep bench."Our editorial mantra is "Workforce management...
Taxing Situations for Expatriates
There are so many financial implications associated with sending employees on assignments in foreign countries that it's a wonder companies send anyone abroad. The cost of sending an employee overseas has been estimated to run three to seven times that...
Tax Training with a Cultural Lesson
* Outsourced to IndiaTraining number-crunchers half a world away in Bangalore, India, to prepare U.S. tax returns that baffle even math-adept Americans begins with a crash course in cultural awareness. At Outsource Partners International, the largest...
The Reverse-Discrimination Trap
An ironic aspect of a reverse-discrimination claim is that it's often the result of an employer's attempt to honor diversity. A company wants more women and people of color in the workforce, but white males feel that they aren't getting a fair shake....
Wanted: Part-Timers with Class
UPS relies on part-time workers to fill round-the-clock entry-level positions. College students need jobs with flexible hours that mesh with class and study schedules. But despite the apparent synergy, the Atlanta-based package-delivery company found...
Work Goes on despite Dangers
* War, SARS, TerrorismOrganizations with international operations are scrambling. First it was the war in Iraq. Next came SARS. Now, it's the threat of renewed terrorism. Just as the war was winding down in the Middle East, news broke that an unidentified...