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February 2009 
Vol. 54     No. 2 

Features


COVER PACKAGE
Strategies for Saving in a Down Economy
Cut your HR budget without cutting jobs or benefits employees value most.
By Rita Zeidner

FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT
Confront Reality
A management guru urges attention to cash flow and tough-minded leadership during economic crises.
By Ram Charan

PROFILE
Great HR Education
Nancy Slavin fills 5,000 jobs a year for Chicago Public Schools.
By Bill Leonard

SPECIAL REPORT ON PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING
 
Hiring to Fit the Culture
Develop methods and tools to identify job candidates who will work well in your culture.
By Robert J. Grossman

What Is Culture?
No two experts define business culture in the same way.

How to Screen for Cultural Fit
Develop an integrated hiring process that includes cultural fit.

HR AGENDA: EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
To Ask or Not to Ask
Tough times may be good times to survey employee attitudes.
By Lin Grensing-Pophal, SPHR

HR AGENDA: CAREER DEVELOPMENT
The Rebirth of Labor Relations
Retirement of experts, along with the economy and globalization, are making labor relations expertise more valuable.
By Eric Krell

ADVICE AND ANALYSIS

SOLUTIONS
HR Questions and Answers

HR TECHNOLOGY
From the Top
Technology connects executives and employees at a time when it’s critical to disseminate timely, relevant business information.
By Drew Robb

LEGAL TRENDS
A Warning About Warnings
A second chance actually may bolster an employee’s retaliation claim.
By Jonathan A. Segal

NEWS YOU CAN USE

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING
Access and take-up rates for health insurance; administering Michelle’s Law.

COURT REPORT
Sex-based challenge of reduction in force rejected; hostile environment claim revived; more.

WHAT’S NEW
Group term life; green initiatives; health-and-wellness site; more.

PERSPECTIVES

FROM THE CEO
A Focus Toward the Future
By Laurence O’Neil

FROM READERS
Religion in the workplace, forgoing human resources expertise.

FUTURE FOCUS
Unequal Unemployment
Women’s unemployment rates are not as high as men’s so far, but a protracted recession could close the gap.
By Jennifer Schramm

ONLINE HIGHLIGHTS
Links to articles of interest from HR Magazine's Online Highlights page.


BOOKS IN BRIEF
Summaries of Managing Talent Retention, The Manager’s Guide to HR and The E-Policy Handbook, The New Art of Managing People.