Personnel Journal

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Articles from Vol. 74, No. 11, November

A 24-Hour Company Means 24-Hour Teamwork
EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO rise isn't an option for many U.S. workers. Some clock in late at night and work until dawn. Others hit work when most are heading home. In fact, currently one in four Americans is working nontraditional hours-and as we move toward...
A Code of Conduct
The International Benchmarking Clearinghouse of the American Productivity and Quality Center in Houston offers the following advice on how to engage in best practice studies ethically and effectively:PRINCIPLE OF LEGALITY If there's any potential question...
Are Your Temps Doing Their Best?
If temps aren't motivated to do top work, your company will suffer. Luckily, getting the most from your temps often is a matter of applying techniques you already use for permanent employees--such as giving them a stake in the company's success.When...
Asian Markets Provide Women Ample Opportunity
WHEN MANY PEOPLE THINK of Asian workplaces, they think of the male-dominated companies of Japan. But that's not the case in many Asian locales. In fact, in quite a number of countries, women find a climate even more friendly and accessible than in the...
Beat the Benchmarking Blues
Although benchmarking is a powerful tool for achieving organizational change, it's not always as simple or straightforward as it seems. In fact, many organizations find themselves getting tripped up over several common problems. Here are some things...
Benefits Solution Takes Creativity
In today's complicated world, ethical decisions aren't always black or white; options often fall into gray areas. Readers responded to this situation posed by PERSONNEL JOURNAL.The Dilemma:* You are the director of HR for a large transportation company....
Climb Every Mountain-Together
Do YOU TRUST YOUR COworkers with your life? Employees at Tacoma, Washington-based Frank Russell Co. do. What greater example of trust than tethering yourself to your co-workers as you scale the side of a mountain together?As part of a teamwork training...
Discover Best Practices through Benchmarking
There's nothing like a whiff of reality to make you realize yesterday's winning formula can easily turn into tomorrow's recipe for disaster. And Mike Burns is well aware of the fact. The vice president of HR and Total Quality Culture at Goodyear Tire...
English-Only Rules Can Cause Legal Tongue Ties
If your company has an English-only policy, or is planning to implement one, review your reasons immediately because they can make or break a discrimination lawsuit. Why institute an English-only policy? There are a number of reasons. Maybe your company...
Five Tips to Cut Relocation Costs
A roundtable of relocation professionals discuss schemes that can save you money without hacking away at transferees' benefits.Spendthrift! Wastrel! Profligate!For many, them's fighting words. But do they hit maybe a little too close to home? For many...
HR Professionals React to the O.J. Verdicts
AN AUDIBLE GASP COULD BE HEARD THROUGHOUT THE United States on October 3 as people paused to learn the verdicts in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial.According to research by ABC and CBS, approximately 150 million people watched live coverage of the...
HR's Helping Hand Pulls Global Inpatriates Onboard
As the number of foreign nationals employed by U.S. companies increases, HR professionals must learn how to meet their needs. Inpatriates aren't much different than U.S. expatriate. They require legal assistance, compensation and benefits, and support...
L.A. Hotel Gives Teens a Career Orientation
Century Plaza Hotel managers are giving disadvantaged Los Angeles students the opportunity to experience the hotel business firsthand. They hope the kids will stay in school and go on to jobs in the travel-and-tourism industry.Every once in a while you...
Leverage Your Assets to Get Ahead
Today's HR professionals are required to have a vast amount of knowledge on a wide array of topics. Let PERSONNEL JOURNAL find the experts to answer questions on the personnel issues important to you. Your colleagues asked: What's the best way to land...
Mom, What Are We Having for Dinner?
I don't know about you, but I started when I was in second or third grade. It was after school, and I was at Kevin's house. We were engrossed in a game when, inevitably, it was time for dinner. We were having too good a time, and we were both too determined...
Off the Cuff
WE ASKED READERS AT RANDOM THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: How do you apply the principles of TQM to the work you do in HR every day? Tina KuklenskiAVP, Director of Human ResourcesPacific Guardian Life Insurance Company Ltd.Hondulu, HawaiiOne of the most important...
One Company Becomes a Real Homemaker
For most people, a home may be out of reach. But Des Moines, Iowa-based The Principal Financial Group is trying to make the investment an easier one with a new home-financing program for its employees. The company is offering all full-time employees...
Recent Legal Decisions Affect You
Misleading Letter of Recommendation May Result in LiabilityFAMILIES OF OFFICE WORKers killed and wounded by a former co-worker may seek punitive damages against the assailant's former employer, Allstate Insurance Co., in a lawsuit that alleges that Allstate...
Smile! You're Watching Candidate Camera!
PICTURE THIS: You GO IN for a job interview and instead of being subjected to the usual barrage of questions, you're plopped down in front of a TV. What's going on? A new type of candidate testing, developed by Maitland, Florida-based ESS Corp.The testing...
The Possible Legal Entanglements of Motivating Temps
Companies that use long-term temporary workers from staffing agencies need to be aware of the legal obligations and risks involved in establishing programs designed to motivate those workers. These risks include IRS audits and penalties, and Department...
Whatever You Do, Don't Treat a Temp like a Temp
For the most part, temporary employees feel just like regular employees. They park in the same lot, report to the same supervisors, eat in the same lunchroom and have similar professional goals and capabilities as many other workers. For this reason,...
What Microsoft's Windows 95 Means for You
After all the hype, is the software program worth your time and investment? Find out how Windows 95 lets in a fresh breeze of work-flow options. Let's face it. Unless you've been living in the outer reaches of Mongolia during the last year, you've heard...
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