Magazine article Workforce

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Magazine article Workforce

Workforce.com

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Online-Only Columnists Forget the Tux

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A little bit of informality can go a long way in a workplace. In his latest column on the keys to a meaningful workplace, Tom Terez shares his views and provides practical ideas. (Don't worry, this doesn't involve Nerf balls!) This is one of the many online-only opinion columns available in February.

The Edsel of Communication

When Ford famously rolled out its 1957 Edsel model automobile, it thought it knew what people wanted without asking-only to find it was wrong from the beginning. Rumors of an IBM cash-- balance pension plan last year set off a firestorm of employee protest. Mike Markowich explains why you need to consult with your employees and customers before making decisions about employee handbooks, 40 1 (k)s, company change and more.

Online-Only Features Avoiding 1-9 Penalties

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How can you avoid running afoul of the INS? An immigration attorney explains what you need to know about the dreaded I-9 form.

Interview Practice

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Are you interviewing for a position at your organization ... or at another? This month, learn strategies you can use in answering 50 of the most common interview questions.

Coordinated Approach to Behavioral Health

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Most likely, each of your benefit programs-such as health care coverage, STD, LTD, workers' compensation and wellness/health promotion initiatives-is administered in a silo. There probably is little, if any sharing of information among benefit plans, creating costly redundancies and missed opportunities to keep employees working effectively.

This month, David Dintenfass, a former executive at a managed behavioral care company and now a PricewaterhouseCoopers consultant, provides several steps an employer can take toward introducing coordinated behavioral health benefits.

Benefits in the Non-profit Sector

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Are you an employer at a church, or for a government agency, or a nonprofit? If so, you probably have questions about how the alphabet soup of benefits laws-from ERISA to HIPAA to COBRA-applies to you. This month, an attorney reviews how a variety of tax and benefit-related laws apply and don't apply to the private sector.

Online Advice 'Dear Workforce' Answers Your Questions

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WORKFORCE.COM editors and a team of consultants have been answering the questions you send in about strategic HR, compensation, benefits, technology, business and management and more. A couple of examples of recent questions:

DEAR WORKFORCE:

We Ire thinking of mandating direct deposit of paychecks. …

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