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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 8, August

5 Questions: TODAY'S FREE AGENTS
DANIEL PINK, authorIn 2001, Daniel Pink coined the term "free agent nation." His book by the same name became an instant bestseller and the concepts he discussed--namely the rise of the independent contractor--emerged into the public consciousness. Workforce...
Creating a New Contingent Culture: Why Giving Free Agents an 'Arms-Length Embrace' Is the Way Forward
Sharron Wood felt left out.A freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco, Wood had worked hard for roughly two months for a client on a book. But she didn't get invited to a launch party for the book last September--she only learned about the...
Day Dream Believers: How DreamWorks Animation Created a Work World That Captures the Imagination of Its Employees
Pass a flag-draped steam-power plant, turn left toward a water-treatment facility, cross twin railroad tracks and you'll arrive at DreamWorks Animation SKG, where writers and artists imagined the fanciful worlds of Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train...
Have You Thanked Your Mentor Lately?
A couple of weeks back, I spent an evening in my hometown of Woodstock, Illinois.The city's annual Barndance--like cows and corn, barns are still plentiful in this small town an hour's drive northwest from Chicago--serves as a cancer fundraiser, and...
Movement Continues in 'Big Data' Sector
Management research and consulting firm the Corporate Executive Board stepped into the human resources "big data" ring July 2, announcing it will buy privately held U.K.-based workforce assessment market leader SHL in a cash deal worth $660 million.The...
Policies Must Score a Mutual Like
It may not be illegal to ask job applicants for their Facebook password, but doing so may cause you to lose the best job candidates--and infuriate the employees you already have.The U.S. House of Representatives in March killed legislation that would...
Savers Credit Plan Is an Underutilized Retirement Aid
There are a lot of federal rules that muddy the retirement industry, experts say, but there is one that helps historically bad savers put money into their accounts.It's called the Savers Credit, and it's a tax credit of up to $2,000 given to lower- and...
SHAPING UP: WORKPLACE WELLNESS IN THE '80S & TODAY
To celebrate Workforce Management's 90th anniversary, we're running a series of articles looking at important workforce-related issues with a then-and-now theme. This installment examines wellness programs in the 1980s and today. In September, we will...
Supervisors Should Step in, Study Shows
Enforcing a corporate substance-abuse policy is easier said than done. Overaggressive enforcement can result in claims by workers for invasion of privacy and researchers concluded in 2002 that "managerial efforts to contain employee drinking problems...
Top Workplace Distraction? Survey Says: That's Personal
Employees are more distracted at work by personal relationships than they are by mobile phones or social networking, a new survey has found.The findings are contrary to previous surveys that suggested workers are increasingly distracted by online communications...
WAITING FOR GOOD DATA: Valuing Your Talent Is One Thing, but Valuating Your Talent Can Be Complex-So Some Are Trying to Change That
When Jeff Higgins was a controller at health care giant Johnson & Johnson, and later the chief financial officer for aerospace firm Klune Industries, he regularly shot down the HR department when they asked for support for projects."They never had...
Why Companies Choose to Pick Autistic Workers
When TIAA-CREF purchased a massive apple orchard in Washington state as part of its investment portfolio, managers soon discovered some workers would show up drunk or not show up at all."We needed a better workforce, people who really wanted to do the...
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