Human resources specialists are the unsung heroes of the HR world. Yes, the managers get all the credit (and take all the blame, if they’re any good.) But where the rubber meets the road, doing the grunt work of human resources and actually making things happen are the lower-level HR specialists. Many of them just […]

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Over four out of every ten employers are hiring academically overqualified workers – and they’re happy they did. A recent survey from Career Builder found that 41 percent of employers are hiring workers with college degrees for positions that don’t require them, and had in the past been filled with workers who have only a […]

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The question of politics in the workplace has never been more important. This year’s election has been a contentious, emotional one so far. And that’s not going to get any better as we head towards November. Both leading candidates are deeply distrusted and disliked by members of each opposing camp. If recent outbursts, arguments, insults […]

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Need to attract young workers? You aren’t alone. The State of Minnesota is struggling with a massive shortage of qualified teachers – and has decided to do more to attract young, recently-graduated teacher applicants by sweetening their benefits package with a student loan repayment assistance program. Thus far, the program has been a terrific success, […]

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  As much as we all enjoy reading about developing the soft skills and the exciting new human resources technologies coming out, being in this business still means hitting your HR deadlines. Fire up your Outlook calendar and wipe off that white board — here are some of the critical HR deadlines coming up over […]

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Health insurance giant Aetna is the latest major employer to join the growing list of companies to offer student loan repayment assistance as an employee benefit. Beginning in 2017, the company’s 50,000 full-time workers will be eligible for matching student loan payments of up to $2,000 per year, up to a cap of $10,000 per […]

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Competition for talent is getting more intense. Last month’s positive jobs report was great news, but it also means that employers are going to have to step up to the plate and offer a compelling value proposition in order to recruit and retain the best talent. Fall behind and it will be your competitors, not […]

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The numbers are in: 25-35 year-olds are contributing far less than expected to retirement and other savings plans – and sky-high monthly college debt service requirements are a big part of the reason why. According to data from EdVisors, those graduating from college in the year 2015 are leaving school with a record $35,051 in […]

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Summer is coming fast – and that brings both challenges and opportunities for human resources departments. You can expect more requests for time off to come in – and even a bump in absenteeism in some areas, especially near the beach! You will also likely have to juggle leave requests in your own department while […]

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