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Five Steps to Reduce Company Health Insurance Costs

by Dr. David Rearick, Chief Medical Officer of Coalition America, Inc.With healthcare costs again creeping toward double-digit levels and business profits still lagging, top corporate managers must take a personal and pro-active role in addressing those factors that drive up medical insurance costs. That is an assessment by leading companies and consultants who work with corporations to manage their healthcare costs."We have entered another period when medical insurance costs are moving upward," said Dr.
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Free Report – 'Nixing Negativity In The Workplace'

Negativity in the workplace could pose serious employee motivation and legal problems for employers. The free report -- "Nixing Negativity In The Workplace" -- gives employers a blueprint for recharging their workplace with positive and productive attitudes by laying out negativity red flags to beware of, explaining practical do's and don'ts to incorporate in their management techniques, and even pinpointing legal problems that may attach themselves to negative attitudes.

Ten People Management Tips

Create ExpectationsTell people up front what is expected of them.Set a Stretch ChallengeMake people grow and coach them along the way.Never move too slowly on critical personnel decisionsDragging your feet here will really hurt your business.Involve people in both DEVELOPING and IMPLEMENTING strategyToo much tops down brings the top down.Call a Spade a SpadeAddress poor performance or it'll cost you -- BIG.Reward your stars!Pay good performers what they're worth, and it will be returned to you tenfold.Get the Right Person for
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Survey: More Employees Receiving Work/Life Benefits

A survey of major U.S. employers by Hewitt Associates shows more companies are offering work/life benefits to their employees this year, despite the economic downturn. The two fastest growing benefits are group purchasing programs and onsite personal conveniences.Key findings:Group purchasing (discounted purchases) are offered by 44% of companies surveyed.

Employees Need Soft Skills - Good Manners Matter

Today's business is plagued with stories of lost sales, eroded relationships, and missed opportunities that may have been caused by a lack of "soft skills." The phrase, soft skills, in this context, is synonymous with good manners, such as how to introduce your colleagues, how to butter your bread in a restaurant, and even how to carry your golf bag. A lack of proper manners and good etiquette can cost you business in today's competitive environment.
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Four Ways to Help Your 'Old Dog' Employees Learn Some New Tricks

Collaboration, Change & Comfort Zones: 4 Ways to Help Your "Old Dog" Employees Learn Some New Tricks.If you want your employees to work together online, you must first help them break out of their comfort zones. Collaboration Architects co-founder John Darling tells you how.You know the time is right to join the ranks of those companies that are benefiting from online collaboration technology. Employees working together via the Web is clearly the wave of the future. And there are plenty of great software programs out there. Still, there is one major barrier to overcome: human nature.

Most Executives Comfortable Job-Shopping While Still Employed

‘ON THE JOB’ SEARCH - Most Executives Comfortable Job-Shopping While Still Employed, Survey ShowsFinding time to pound the pavement is a common dilemma for employed job seekers. But where there’s a will, there’s a way, according to executives surveyed recently. Two out of three respondents (69 percent) said they would be comfortable looking for a new position while still working. The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals.
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Employee Recruiting - How Not to Make A Mistake

By, Sandra L. Wiley , Boomer Consulting, Inc.Hiring a new employee must be one of the most stressful duties that we encounter in our professional lives. We are selecting a person to not only fill a need we have within the firm, but also find someone who will fit with our culture and interact well with other team members. This is never an easy task, and quite often we make a bad decision and then have to start the entire process over again.
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Improving the Workplace - Employees Say They Need More Training

By: Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D., President, The Discovery Group  The ProblemWhen work is not being performed properly, management's first instinct is to blame employees. Often, however, the problem is not the employee. It is a lack of tools and equipment, inappropriate procedures, ineffective supervision, or a lack of training.
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Andersen to Lay Off 7,000 Employees

Big Five firm Andersen announced plans yesterday to slash its U.S. workforce by 25 percent. The firm will cut approximately 7,000 workers over the coming months, according to a statement that appeared on the Andersen Web site.Andersen will provide job search assistance to all affected individuals, and those who are losing their jobs will be allowed to stay on the firm's payroll for a period of time determined by their position and length of service.

10 Radical Resolutions To Create Your Best Year Ever!

With the dramatic changes in our economy and in our society, it’s no wonder that many of us are asking ourselves, "Now what do I do?" while looking for more order and certainty in an uncertain world. The New Year brings the opportunity for change. For many us, it's the time to think about resolutions. Often these resolutions are the same ones that we make every year or the ones we only stick to for a few weeks.

Don't Turn Your Employees Into Victims

This article written by Steven T. Erickson CPA, CVA, Consultant-Advisor to Professional Service Firms.The shortage of experienced personnel in the accounting profession has become critical. According to most estimates, this will not change in the near future. Every firm is looking for a magical way to keep staff happy, motivated and out of the job market. We hear of everything from popcorn parties to back rubs to flex hours – but none of these seem to be the real answer.
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CFOs Plan Moderate Hiring Activity in Second Quarter

According to a recent poll, Chief financial officers (CFOs) foresee a slight increase in financial hiring in the second quarter of 2002, according to the just-released Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index. Seven percent of CFOs surveyed said their firms plan to add accounting and finance personnel and 3 percent expect staff reductions. The net 4 percent increase is up one percentage point from the previous quarter's forecast. Eighty-six percent of executives anticipate no change in hiring activity.
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Motivating Your Staff - Questions to Lead By

Motivating employees is often exhausting and time consuming work. Managers provide incentives, set goals, acknowledge top producers, even use consequences or threats. They use these tactics in an attempt to stimulate some level of interest in their staff, trying to push them into action. Yet, when that external stimulation is no longer present, people have tendency to slip back into their old ways; not moving unless someone is there to push.
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Survey Finds Employees Feel They Are Not Treated With Respect

By The Discovery GroupPart 1 - THE PROBLEMOne out of every two employees feels he or she is not treated with respect and dignity by the management of their organization.Does this matter? Of course! Without management respect, employees will eventually: Lose their respect for management, Stop trusting management, Become resentful and less motivated, and  Lose commitment to the organization and its goals.Part 2 - WHAT CAN BE DONE?
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2002 Trends in Human Resources

Reprinted courtesy of HRnext As we embark on a new year, the editors at HRnext put their heads together and came up with a list of trends they think will be the focus of HR departments in 2002: In the midst of an ongoing recession, companies will need more than ever to pay close attention to the bottom line. As a large portion of any company's expenses is related to personnel, HR departments will be asked to play a more strategic and prominent role in company decisions.
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Alternatives to Layoffs in Hard Economic Times

By Bruce Katcher - You can't pick up the newspaper today without reading about yet another organization that has decided to improve their bottom line by conducting a major layoff. Layoffs, however, have many negative consequences. There are huge financial costs associated with layoffs including legal fees, severance packages, outplacement expenses, increased unemployment insurance, damaged customer relationships, and negative public relations.  

US Supreme Court Narrows Definition of 'Disability'

Employers scored a major victory yesterday as the United States Supreme Court limited the definition of "disability" for employees under the American with Disabilities Act.Under the ruling, a person qualifying as "disabled" must be found to have an impairment that affects his or her daily life, not simply the tasks required in a specific job.

Survey - Seven Major Complaints From Employees

These seven major employee complaints can be successfully addressed. To do so, however, requires a proactive approach and senior management involvement. The Employee FOURF-earful - about losing their jobs; O-verworked - due to the large number of cutbacks that have taken place; U-nappreciated - for the hard work and stress that they are enduring; and R-esentful - about the lack of respect they are receiving. Seven Major Complaints  
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Improve Profitability Through Efficient Scheduling

This article written by Steven T. Erickson CPA, CVA Consultant-Advisor to Professional Service Firms.In these days of personnel shortages, high labor costs and the resulting price-cost squeeze, you might want to take some of your own good advice to maximize the profitability of your firm.Gross revenue measures (realization percentage, billed rate per hour, etc.) are not the most useful tools to manage your practice when rapidly escalating personnel costs can’t be passed on to the client.

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