HR News Round Up

This week’s top stories in HR:

Companies shift strategies to retain employees
When Deane Code arrived a year ago to start her job as a senior consultant at Environics Communications Inc. in Toronto, she found her new business cards waiting at her desk. She also knew what her new co-workers looked like and how to get to their offices, thanks to a “family tree” that arrived in the mail a few days earlier, with staff photos and a map of the office.

iRecruit Webinars August 2013
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Why HR Needs to Stop Passing Over the Long-Term Unemployed
One of the very bad things about the Great Recession is that those who were not doing well already got hurt the worst, and that also seems to be the case for the economic recovery. Hiring has picked up, but not for the long-term unemployed, those out of work for more than more than 26 weeks. We’ll get a new look at the data when July jobs numbers are released Friday.

Is Your Coworker an Emotional Vampire?
Larry was a mysterious colleague. “Charming and captivating” were words his coworkers used to describe first meeting Larry. Larry just seemed to emit a certain attractive quality. It would reel you in like a moth to a flame. But then something strange would happen. The more time spent with Larry, the more his coworkers would complain of feeling drained and exhausted.

From the Classroom to the Cubicle: High School Cliques Make Their Way to the Workplace
Even if it’s been years since you’ve stopped trying to make fetch happen, rallied for Donna Martin to graduate, mooned over Jake Ryan or sacrificed an entire Saturday in detention, a new study indicates that high school personas remain long after graduation – at least when it comes to the workplace.

Sage HRMS August Webcast Schedule
August is the month to learn about the benefits of compliance, recruiting with iRecruit, engaging employees with Sage Source and taking control of your career development.

How Apple Gets At-Home Workers To Work
When a leaked memo broke the news earlier this year that Yahoo was ending its work-from-home program, CEO Marissa Mayer was both lauded and lambasted for the decision. Companies such as Best Buy followed suit by announcing they too would end their flexible work options, while some industry observers called the move an “epic fail.

Food workers strike: ‘I can’t afford my shoes or rent’
Strikes involving thousands of fast food workers across seven cities launched Monday in what organizers said could be the biggest labor action in the industry’s history. Hundreds kicked off the demonstrations in New York City Monday with workers starting a 24-hour strike demanding a base wage of $15 per hour and the right to form a union. Over the next four days, similar strikes will occur in St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee, as well as Flint, Mich. and Kansas City, Mo.

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