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This week’s top HR stories:

Five Reasons to Offer Flexible Working Arrangements
Out of sight, out of mind – that’s what many employers imagine might happen to an employee’s mindset when they’re out of the office. Most companies throughout the U.S. don’t offer flexible working arrangements for their staff. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 5 percent of employers offer flexible work schedules for a majority of their workers on a consistent basis, and that percentage has only gone up 1 percentage point since 2003.

Viewpoint: Employees Should Get Unlimited Vacation
Vacations, by design, are supposed to be a time to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with your favorite places, people or activities. And yet the process of requesting, approving and tracking vacation at most companies worldwide is anything but relaxing. The system is archaic: employees at all levels “earn” days off by working, regardless of whether they are working 80-hour weeks or 30-hour weeks.

Disengaged Employees? Do Something About It
New data on employee engagement is in, and it’s downright discouraging. As this post by HBR’s Gretchen Gavett noted, Gallup’s research shows that engagement among US workers is holding steady at a scant 30%. This means seven out of ten people are either “checked out”, or actively hostile toward their employers. Seven out of ten.

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HR’s Make-or-Break Moment
This is your make-or-break moment, where you’ll either forge a strong relationship helping guide many deals to come, or you’ll blow it. Having talked to a number of corporate development leaders, their experience with HR M&A ranges from horror stories to those who rely on HR for delivering a tailored well-thought out plan for integrating employees that works. The clear theme that emerged was that HR leaders need to understand where they can add value.

How to Become an Employer of Choice
A recent Gallup study found that only 47 percent of American workers are completely satisfied with their jobs. A MarketTools study found that 21 percent of employees had applied to another job in the past six months. Clearly, many employees are ready to look elsewhere for the next step in their careers.

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