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    Article: HR as Profit Center = Smart Hiring + Tax Credits
    Article: National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States
    Article: The Case for Augmenting and Fully Utilizing Your HR Department
    HR Humor: Curtis and Leroy, The Parrot, and Thanksgiving Dinner
    HR 180: Man Made Machine
    Stat of The Day: Estimated Trend in the Lifetime Distribution of Discretionary Time



Article: HR as Profit Center = Smart Hiring + Tax Credits

Source: NowHire

A key tool to help position your HR department as a modern profit center rather than as an old-school cost center is to implement an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) - sometimes referred to as Talent Acquisition Software - specifically geared to support those organizations with high volume staffing needs.

According to a study by the Aberdeen Group, "a retail company with a 5% profit can potentially double its bottom line with an investment" in this type of technology.

Keep in mind that to get the most benefit, the ATS should offer end-to-end, fully integrated: applicant tracking, I9 compliance, tax credit and business incentives, sourcing, drug screening, assessments and HRIS integration. For the rest of the article, go to:



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Article: National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States

Source: BLS

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has recently released its "National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2010". This annual report presents estimates of the incidence and key provisions of selected employee benefit plans.

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Article: The Case for Augmenting and Fully Utilizing Your HR Department

Source: James Kroh, director of human resources for the R.H. Sheppard Co., Inc.

Many organizations view HR as administrative overhead rather than as an asset that contributes to the bottom line. In the interest of cost control, HR departments tend to be understaffed. Jim Kroh, an HR professional, points out that this thinking is shortsighted. Kroh's opinion is based on having been the HR Leader for three national employers during a 25-year career. Ten of those years were spent with an employer that made a conscious decision to strategically overstaff the HR function with an additional HR manager/employee relations position. This "excess capacity" enabled the HR department (with a complement of seven persons plus three persons assigned to corporate training) to be measurably more available, attentive, proactive, and responsive to the needs of this 550 person, multi-site, multi-state organization.

The investment in HR paid significant, measurable dividends. Consider the following:

  1. Annual turnover was reduced from 14% to a consistent, recurring 9%.
  2. Average annual use of sick leave was reduced from seven days to four days.
  3. The company received about 2,500 applications annually. The company had established a reputation for being an employer of choice. Consequently, many vacancies had the benefit of a pool of qualified applicants already on file, thereby avoiding the cost of newspaper advertising and reducing time-to-fill. go to:



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HR Humor: Curtis and Leroy, The Parrot, and Thanksgiving Dinner
Source: John at

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

A few weeks before Thanksgiving, Curtis received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. Curtis tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music, and anything else he could think of to clean up the bird's vocabulary. Finally, Curtis was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. Curtis shook the parrot; the parrot got angrier and even ruder.

Curtis asked his best friend, Leroy, what he should do. Leroy said throw him in the freezer to teach him a lesson.

Curtis said, "I can't do that. You do it for me."

Leroy grabbed the parrot and placed him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, Leroy quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto Leroy's outstretched arms and said, "I believe I may have offended Curtis with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions, and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

Curtis and Leroy were stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. Leroy was beaming because his suggestion worked.

Just as Leroy was leaving, the parrot whispered to him, "May I ask what the turkey did to Curtis?"



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HR180: Man Made Machine
Source: the Presurfer at

Do you ever feel like you are just a cog in a machine? This Indian ad for a pain reliever illustrates that feeling, as humans are turned into industrial machines and vehicles.



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Stat Of The Day: Estimated Trend in the Lifetime Distribution of Discretionary Time, 1880-2040



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Tip of the Day

Email Basics: Five Ways to Ensure Staff Avoid Data Blunders

Source: Dr. Monica Seeley

Here are five key ways to ensure your staff manage and reduce the risk of human error leading to data loss through email.

1. They should turn off the address autofill function.

2. If they do use the automatic address function, they should check they are sending the email to the right Jane Smith or John Brown.

3. Before forwarding an email, staff should review the content of the original email and especially a long chain and delete unnecessary information.

4. When staff are sending emails to several people, they should put all the names in the Bcc box rather than the to or Cc box. This practice avoids exposing all the names of those involved.

5. When expecting confidential emails, staff should ask the sender to put the word 'Confidential' in the subject line and have a rule that diverts such emails automatically to a folder, especially in situations when someone else is keeping an eye on their inbox - for example, when they are on leave.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Source: John Hazrd for CareerLine

• The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't exist yet using technologies that haven't been invented yet in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet.

• The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today's learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38.

• 1 in 4 workers has been with their current employer for less than a year. 1 in 2 has been there less than five years.

• The 25 percent of India's population with the highest IQ's is greater than the total population of the United States. Translation: India has more honors kids than America has kids.

• China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world.

• It is estimated that a week's worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.

• It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0×10>19) of unique information will be generated this year. That is more than the previous 5,000 years.

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