Workforce

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. 78, No. 3, March

Cessna Helps Build Lives
The WORKFORCE Magazine Optimas Award for Vision recognizes an HR department that has foreseen internal and external trends and developments that will affect the organization and has responded proactively. Cessna's training provides opportunities to local...
Competency Management Delivers Spectacular Corporate Gains
It's no secret that in today's organizations, managers get paid to worry. They fret over production schedules and churn their stomachs over budgets. They pore over productivity, and pull their hair out thinking about improving the product. Too often,...
Cool Relo Benefits to Retain Top Talent
Companies are beefing up relocation policies and services to attract and retain top talent. Just beware that such add-ons don't skew your return on investment. It was a fairly bizarre request. An executive's wife asked the human resources team at her...
Core Values Shape W.L. Gore's Innovative Culture
HR at W. L. Gore proves you don't need a title to be strategic. At W L. Gore & Associates Inc., associates (not employees) don't have bosses, they have sponsors. They also don't have titles. Instead, they make commitments. So what? As Gertrude Stein...
Creating Worker Competency Roadmaps
Internal consulting drives employee selection, performance management and development tools at Valspar. At Valspar Corporation, developing worker competencies is like thumbing through the Yellow Pages. Managers can find what they need in a flash. It's...
Do More Than Make a Move
Educate recruiters and operations managers about employees' relocation needs. We all know the really important thing people do at work to prepare for a relocation: find sturdy boxes. The copier room is a gold mine of cardboard. But how else can companies...
Hot Housing Market May Drive Moves
Today's housing market provides favorable conditions to reassess your relocation program. Target likely candidates, lower costs and partner with savvy realtors. Relocation benefits, compared to most, are relatively flexible. They contract and expand...
How Do You Diversify a Workforce?
DEAR WW: My company claims it's trying to recruit minority employees, but everyone who's hired is white. When I asked about this, the HR director told me the company doesn't get many minority candidates. I find that hard to believe. How can I tell if...
How HR Supports Knowledge Sharing
The WORKFORCE Magazine Optimas Award for Competitive Advantage is given to a department that has developed a program or policy that has recognized competitive issues for the organization and has helped it maintain or develop a competitive advantage....
Humana Pushes Down Recruitment Costs-And Raises Quality
A restructuring of the recruitment function has saved Humana Inc. more than $12 million. Most organizations equate the financial impact of recruiting with productivity-hire the best people and you get the best work. And this certainly is an important...
'It Makes Devastating Moments in Life Easier.'
When she thinks back on her childhood, Priscilla Johnson can't remember her dad ever being sick-not even with a cold. He was the strong, independent kind, living on his own after his wife died. So the vice president of diversity never dreamed she'd one...
Let Go of Bad Habits
I was one of those pathologically shy kids who never spoke in class and was terrified by show and tell. (I always showed.) Even saying "here" during roll call was enough to make me want to drop out of school altogether. Fortunately, by avoiding drama...
'Love Contracts' Help Fend off Harassment Suits
No matter how many training sessions or awareness workshops they conduct, companies still find themselves facing sexual harassment claims. Alarmingly, claims keep going higher up the chain of command, increasingly hitting CEOs. And when such a suit reaches...
Microsoft Battles "Permatemp" Issue
Since 1992, Microsoft has been embroiled in a lawsuit filed by a group of temporary workers against the Redmond, Washington-based software company. The group is seeking to expand its legal fight over benefits the workers don't receive as employees of...
Molex Makes Global HR Look Easy
The key to good international HR practices is consistencyand keeping in touch with people, wherever they are. The cover of Molex Inc.'s 1998 annual report boasts: "Everywhere, Anywhere." It's a declaration that speaks volumes about what this 60-year-old...
Online.com
INTERACTIVE COVER STORY Overloaded Jeremy Trip WORKFORCE ONLINE users were asked to redesign the job of Jeremy Trip, a graphic designer who is considering leaving for a job that would allow him more time with his family. Trip has tried unsuccessfully...
Relying on Faith to Rebuild a Business
The WORKFORCE Magazine Optimas Award for Managing Change is given to an HR department that has developed a program or programs to manage change successfully. Devastated by a fire, Malden Mills embraced change. Here, HR tells how it wove the corporate...
The HR Side of Sears' Comeback
The WORKFORCE Magazine Optimas Award for General Excellence is given to a department that meets the standards established for at least six of the other nine Optimas categories: Competitive Advantage, Financial Impact, Global Outlook, Innovation, Managing...
Trainers Prove Many Heads Are Better Than One
A unique consortium is raising the training function's value. You know the saying-two heads are better than one. When it comes to developing training-delivery methods using constantly evolving technology, 17 heads have emerged the formula. Seventeen...
Volunteerism Spurs Results
Fannie Mae builds trust, and ultimately a better business, through community service projects and employee work/life initiatives. Think for a moment: When was the last time you heard of a company that offers 10 hours of paid leave every month for volunteer...
Wow! Look What HR Can Do!
The winners of the 1999 Optimas Awards prove once again that HR has fulfilled its promise as a strategic partner. What can HR do?" The next time the CEO, or a line manager, or a member of the Board, or your spouse, or even one of your own staff members,...
You Have to See It to Believe It
There's nothing like the spontaneous release of emotion and energy that happens at a live event. That may be why we've never captured the spirit of the Optimas Awards in the magazine: The pages are too planned, too structured. The Wow Factor-that's the...