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12/7/2017

HR should focus to create value by serving as a strategic business partner -- "identifying problems and coming up with real, people-centred solutions to them" -- says HR consultant and author Jon Ingham.

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HRM Asia (Singapore)
12/7/2017

Supporting women in the workplace should be a team effort that begins with leaders identifying biases and educating employees about discrimination and harassment, writes Vivian Maza, Ultimate Software's chief people officer. Offer benefits that appeal to all types of employees, mentor women, set up networking programs and ask for feedback often, Maza writes.

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Forbes
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Ultimate Software
12/7/2017

Make the employee experience part of your business strategy by appointing someone to organize these efforts and offering a central place where workers can get their questions answered, writes Keith Perske, head of workplace innovation at Colliers International. "This model acknowledges the simple fact that the pressures of life affect performance in the workplace," he writes.

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HR Zone (U.K.)
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Colliers International
12/7/2017

Employers should use health care case managers to monitor workers' health and devise plans for those returning to the job after an illness or injury, writes Pete Clark. Case managers can help diagnose illnesses, suggest therapy plans, make accommodations and help workers manage their health care obligations.

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CIPD (UK)
12/7/2017

To build productive, diverse workplace teams, focus on inclusion and individuality, writes Glenn Llopis. Be open to new ideas, take advantage of opportunities and don't be afraid to push disruptive innovations, Llopis writes.

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Forbes
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Glenn Llopis
12/7/2017

Give employees the chance to improve their leadership skills by involving them in the development of training programs, writes David Lee, founder of HumanNature@work.

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ERE Media
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David Lee
12/7/2017

Employee wellness will continue to be a popular benefit next year, but David Johnson of Segal Consulting says programs are moving away from cash incentives because they do not drive long-term behavioral change. Other trends include student-loan payment assistance, identity theft coverage, health reimbursement plans and digital health options.

12/6/2017

More companies are realizing a lack of sleep leads to a lack of productivity, among other issues, and are implementing ways for employees to rest and to disconnect from work. Google has introduced sleep pods; Nike has created sleep and meditation areas; and marketing agency Reboot has allocated office space to tired employees and has cut off after-hours work email.

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The Guardian (London)
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Nike, Google
12/6/2017

If you're interested in discussing a promotion with your manager, schedule a meeting so you can talk about your accomplishments and a suitable plan for reaching the next level of your career, says Samantha Wallace of Korn Ferry. "It is never a good idea to walk into a boss's office and demand a promotion," she says.

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Forbes
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Samantha Wallace
12/6/2017

IT professionals shouldn't neglect their interpersonal skills or forget the importance of networking events, writes Paul Heltzel. Also, they should be ready to pursue opportunities outside of IT.

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CIO