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June 2008 

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HR MAGAZINE · June 2008
Vol. 53, No. 6
Table of Contents

COVER PACKAGE: WORKING GREEN
Get in the Business of Being Green. Take the lead on green initiatives to recruit, retain and engage employees.
Adrienne Fox

New Breed of Human Resource Leader. Sustainability officers must understand the business and work well across its different functions.
Nancy Hatch Woodward

Speaking Green. Make sure employees get the word about your organization’s sustainability mission.
Matt Bolch

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
Older Workers: Running to the Courthouse? The number of age discrimination suits against employers appears to be soaring as baby boomers reach retirement age. But the data must be considered in context.
Robert J. Grossman

PROFILE
An Elegant Touch. After growing a winery to national acclaim, a former teacher tries her hand at human resources for The Biltmore Co., owner and operator of a national historic site and tourist attraction.
Bill Leonard

BENEFITS
Finding Wellness’s Return on Investment. Despite challenges in quantifying wellness programs’ bottom-line results, some employers are digging up the proof they need.
Susan J. Wells

FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT
Venturing Abroad. The HR head of a mid-size telecom company with venture capital funding led her organization’s expansion by establishing offices worldwide. Here’s how she did it.
Kimberly A. Manion

EMPLOYMENT LAW
Chinese Law Spurs Reforms. China’s Employment Contract Law, effective at the start of 2008, specifies exactly what must be included in employment contracts.
Andreas W. Lauffs

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Passing on Know-How. To keep employees’ knowledge from walking out the door when they retire, many HR professionals use strategies to retain what employees learn from years of experience.
Jean Thilmany

WORKFORCE READINESS
Learning by Doing. Cristo Rey high schools help students -- and employers -- by teaching workforce readiness in a work-study setting.
Elizabeth Agnvall

HR AGENDA: RELOCATION
Children Don’t Move Easily. Evidence shows that children carry heavy burdens during relocations; employers and parents can plan ahead to ease their worries.
Susan Lackey

HR AGENDA: GLOBAL HR
Less Time for Lunch. In Spain’s large cities, the siesta is becoming a lost tradition because of globalization and work/life balance needs.
Joanne Deschenaux

COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS

  • From the President: Talent Shortage Challenge Must Be Met. Addressing the looming skills gap—a long-term proposition—should be high on HR professionals’ agenda. Susan Meisinger
  • Management Tools: Life’s Hard Lessons.Leaders should learn to harness the power of deep personal experiences. Robert J. Thomas
  • Legal Trends: Can’t Beat ’Em, So Join ’Em.Difficult business decisions such as terminations require making teamwork the mantra with human resource professionals and managers. Jathan Janove
  • Future Focus: Not a Time for Layoffs?Facing long-term talent shortages, employers may be unlikely to use layoffs as a cost-cutting tactic in this downturn. Jennifer Schramm
  • Executive Briefing. Managers set the tone for trust levels in teams; employers tackle employee obesity through weight-loss programs; more.
    From Readers. Workers with disabilities; high-tech workers.
  • HR Technology. The economic downturn is leading HR professionals to rethink technology strategies.
  • Court Report. An employer was ordered to pay damages for failing to follow its military pay policy; “no harassment” rule had chilling effect on union organizing; more.
  • What's New. Gift card program; travel assistance services; Form I-9 employment verification tool; more.
  • Books in Brief. Making Diversity Work, The Handbook of High Performance Virtual Teams and Background Screening and Investigations.

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