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Human Resources

5 realistic resolutions that will get you a job by graduation (Monster)

More companies refuse to throw holiday parties for workers (MarketWatch)

Is Your Online Employment Page Turning Away Mobile Users? (CareerCo)

Are Your Job Descriptions Motivating Job Seekers? (FlexJobs)

11 Important Qualities to Look for in Your Next Hire (Business News Daily)

Feedback, appreciation and benefits: How to improve your retention rate (SmartCEO)

Not Quite Ready for the ‘Real World’? Take a Gap Year! (CAREEREALISM)

Time to Let Go? 15 Expert Tips for Firing Employees (Business News Daily)

Fear of Speaking Holding You Back? (Career Intelligence)

Jobs That May Be Slipping Away – And Those That Are Here To Stay (Yahoo! Education)

6 Career Missteps to Avoid in 2014 (U.S. News & World Report)

Five Things Missing From Your Employee Handbook (NFIB)

Job interview done? 6 things to do in the next 24 hours (CBS MoneyWatch)

Bury that Smoking Habit Behind a Slew of Time-stamped Emails (Chicago Grid)

5 Career Strengths That Can Become Liabilities (Monster)

Job Interview Questions That Could Get You Sued (BusinessNewsDaily)

Job interview posture: Body language power tips (CBS MoneyWatch)

How Smart Leaders Manage a New Employee’s Engagement (Dale Carnegie Training)

Lessons from 6 Famous Sidekicks: How to Succeed Without Being a Lackey (AOL Jobs)

Things to do after work that can help your career (CBS MoneyWatch)

Spotting a candidate fishing for a counter offer (CBS MoneyWatch)

Stop waiting: How to follow up on a job interview (CBS MoneyWatch)

What not to wear on a job interview (CBS MoneyWatch)

HR Secrets to Acing Your Job Interview (FOX Business)

7 signs you’re acing a job interview (CBS MoneyWatch)

The many faces of business-casual (Chicago Tribune)

Exit interview? 7 things to share (CBS MoneyWatch)

Can you negotiate salary as a recent grad or entry-level worker? (CareerBuilder)

Disliked and Disadvantaged? (Human Resource Executive, November 2011)

The ‘Sex And The City’ Stereotype: Why Successful Childless Women Have To Fight The Hardest (The Grindstone)

HSA Changes Add More to Consider When Picking Plans (Workforce Management magazine, August 2011, page 10; requires free registration for access to entire article)

Excerpt: Despite the health care reform law changes affecting HDHPs/HSAs, Folcomer Equipment Corp., a construction machinery dealer in Aberdeen, Maryland, no longer offers traditional PPO or HMO plans. Instead, it has moved its workforce of 40 employees entirely to its HDHP/HSA plan.

“There was initially a lot of confusion about the switch,” says Amanda Haddaway, director of human resources and marketing, especially among employees who had been on traditional HMO and PPO insurance plans, where in-network services didn’t have deductibles. “There was some ‘sticker shock’ when the new HDHP deductibles were explained,” she says.

A concerted education campaign helped Folcomer address employee concerns, Haddaway says. “Once we explained that the premiums, including their portion of the HSA funding, would be the same or less than what they were currently paying, most employees were very happy.”

How to Avoid the Common Pitfalls of a Family Business (American Express OPEN Forum)

Companies Face Risks by Favoring One Religion (requires SHRM membership for access)

Excerpt: That’s why Amanda Haddaway, director of HR and marketing at Folcomer Equipment Corp., suggested that companies “support a culture of openness, rather than a culture that elevates one religious belief or religious brand over others.”

Is Your Employee Handbook Too Wordy? (requires SHRM membership for access)

Excerpt: For example, Amanda Haddaway, director of human resources and marketing for Folcomer Equipment Corp. in Frederick, Md., said: “Be a responsible employee by being present, working hard, using common sense and acting in a legal and effective manner. When in doubt, ask manager.”

The performance evaluation form that Amanda created is included in The Essential Performance Review Handbook by Sharon Armstrong.



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