Personnel Journal

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Articles from Vol. 74, No. 2, February

3m's Staffing Strategy Promotes Productivity and Pride
As I interviewed people at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co., I noticed that my sources all expressed a similar sentiment, that they're proud of being 3Mers. Sure, when interviewed most people try to portray their companies in a positive light....
An HR Panel Forecasts for 1995
FOR THE PAST 18 YEARS, Audrey Freedman, a UCLA economist, has pulled together a group of business professionals to create her annual HR Forecast Group. The group is diverse, including professors, HR people, CEOs and union reps. For Freedman, this eclectic...
Companies Make Wellness Work
You are what you eat. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Early to bed, early to rise. If only an effective wellness program were as easy as dispensing pithy maxims and hoping for the best. Unfortunately, we all know that jumping jacks, pushups and...
Consider Cost, Controls and Reasons for Implementing Domestic-Partner Benefits
Reese Smith, director of employee benefits at Levi Strauss & Co., which introduced domestic-partner benefits in June 1992, answers:The first issue is to be clear about why you want to extend benefits to domestic partners. At Levi Strauss & Co.,...
From Act of Congress to Federal Law: Making Sense of the Regulatory Maze
Within the last few years Congress has enacted a plethora of employment laws, each requiring careful review for their impact on the employment relationship. These laws regulate a host of issues, including: management-labor relations; benefits; wages,...
Helping Foreign Nationals Adapt to the U.S
A manager from Thailand leaves his temporary assignment in Boston to visit his homeland for several weeks. It's in the middle of winter. To save money and energy, he completely turns off the heat in his house. When he returns to the East Coast, however,...
HR Puts Its Questions on the Line: Sexual Harassment
Sexually charged jokes. Lewd comments and innuendos. Leering. Touching of private body parts. Gender-related insults. Demands for sexual favors. This, and more, still permeates like a black cloud in workplaces across the U.S. If there were a scarlet...
Lessons from HR Overseas
We hear a lot these days about "thinking outside the box;" about searching in new places for new ways of solving our companies' problems. It's a useful concept. Our organizations aren't the same as they were 20 years ago, so why should our management...
Minimize Risk by Investigating Complaints Promptly
Recent wrongful discharge and sexual harassment verdicts underscore an employer's liability for failing to provide for an effective means to resolve sexual and other harassment issues in the workplace.Consider the following:* A federal district court...
Outsourcing Is Still "In" for '95 - but out for '96?
Outsourcing, one of 1993's biggest trends, was alive and well in 1994. Companies outsourced the areas in which they lacked expertise, and are expected to do so throughout 1995. "I think outsourcing is going to continue to be an extremely important development...
Pre-Employment Referencing Aids Your Bottom Line
We've all heard the horror stories. They may be unpleasant--the CFO who embezzles millions from six different employers, each of whom simply force him to quietly pay restitution, then allow him to move on and victimize another company. They may be tragic--the...
Relocation Has a New Look
Not so long ago, moving was a mere logistical matter. When the company wanted Jack (for it was, after all, a man's world) to relocate, that was pretty much that. Faith Jack made little fuss--employment at a single company for one's entire career was...
Sexual Harassment: HR Puts Its Questions on the Line
Sexually charged jokes. Lewd comments and innuendos. Leering. Touching of private body parts. Gender-related insults. Demands for sexual favors. This, and more, still permeates like a black cloud in workplaces across the U.S. If there were a scarlet...
Taking a Spin on CD-ROM
If you're looking for a new spin on your job, try CD-ROM. Unlike other computer upgrades, this one's cheap and practical. In fact, you might not even realize that some PCs have the capability to install an internal drive for as little as $100. "If a...
Technology Is the New Kid in Town
On the Enterprise, Captain Kirk is always beaming his fellow Confederation officers to other worlds. Ever wish you could get hold of something like that for your company? Stand over there on that disk, Employee Johnson, you 're heading to Wisconsin....
Telephone Seminars Offer More Learning Opportunities
The technology is amazing. I was in a hotel room in New York, in town to do business but taking time out in the afternoon to moderate the seminar. Our speaker, Dick Bahner of AT&T, was also out of his office--he was in a hotel room in Chicago. Bahner...
When Dealing with Sexual Harassment, Internal Issues Come First
The Dilemma:* One of your employees recently won a high-profile, multimillion dollar sexual harassment lawsuit against your company. She is still working at your organization, but is receiving a plethora of negative reactions from both inside and outside...

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