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Compiled by SHRM Online Staff  4/24/2015
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Match Game: Companies Push Training to Close Skills Gap
Heather Betancourth, a representative from Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., told a crowded room of community college students what they wanted to hear: Her employer needs to fill 3,000 positions in the coming years. Starting salaries can top $100,000.
Wall Street Journal

Three-Quarters of Companies Struggle with “Overwhelmed Employees”
In a large research study on human capital trends, up to 75 percent of organizations identified an issue called the “overwhelmed employee.” Leaders agreed this was a critical issue but said they didn’t know what to do about it.

New Report Calls for ‘Extreme Makeover’ of HR
Forward-thinking leaders of change or stuck-in-the-past resisters of change. Which phrase describes today’s human resources professionals? Serious HR practitioners aspire to the first description, but a new report warns that the profession is in need of an “extreme makeover” to ensure it can meet the engagement, leadership, development, and other challenges facing today’s workforce.
HR Hero

Good News, Grads! Starting Salaries Are Beginning to Rise
College grads on the hunt for jobs may have a little more budgetary breathing room this year. Starting salaries are climbing. One-third of employers said they plan to offer higher pay than last year, says a new survey of 2,175 hiring managers.
NBC News

Salesforce CEO Promises Women Will Get Same Pay as Men
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is promising to review all staff members' salaries to ensure that men and women are paid equally at his company. "My job is to make sure that women are treated 100 percent equally at Salesforce in pay, opportunity and advancement," he told Huffington Post.

These CEOs Work for ‘Free’
When we think of Fortune 500 CEOs, we imagine the companies' most highly paid employees. But in a few cases, CEOs are actually the worst-paid people on staff. Tesla announced Thursday that CEO Elon Musk took home $0 last year. No cash. No stock.

Among Professional Women, African Americans Are Most Likely to Want Top Executive Jobs
The number of women holding CEO positions among America's largest corporations is, as everyone knows, very small. Just 23 women are CEOs of companies in the S&P 500. But the number of female African American chief executives among those top businesses is downright minuscule: There is only one black woman, Xerox's Ursula Burns, at this pinnacle of corporate power.
Washington Post

CEO Taking $70K Salary Says It’s a Sacrifice
Gravity Payments founder Dan Price says he studied about 20 different business scenarios before deciding to raise his company's minimum wage to $70,000. "I came up with a bunch of different scenarios, including macro-economic disruptions," Price told CBS MoneyWatch. "I looked at a lot of different variables. They were all fairly detailed."
CBS News

The Top Employers for Veterans
The unemployment rate among those referred to as “Gulf War Era II Veterans”—veterans who have served on active duty since 2001—fell to 7.2 percent in 2014, according to data released last month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the jobless rate among all veterans dropped to 5.3 percent.

What Happens When You Run a Company with (Almost) No Rules?
It’s possible for even the most chaotic systems to be organized. Sometimes in ways that would never occur to us. When Ricardo Semler became the CEO of his father's company, he reorganized it with the belief that less management and more flexibility meant a better workplace and bigger profits.
National Public Radio

Insurance You’ll Still Need in Retirement
Once you’re retired, you typically don’t need disability or life insurance to replace your wages. You’ll be living off other sources of income: your savings, any pensions, Social Security (with some exceptions—more on that in a moment).
CBS News

Where Should You Stash Your Retirement Savings?
Your first priority when it comes to saving for retirement should be to make sure you're putting away enough money. But once you've earmarked a percentage of pay for retirement savings, where do you put it?
NBC News

Factory Orders Jump, but Much Weakness Remains
Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods increased by the largest amount in eight months. But a key category that tracks business investment plans dropped for a seventh month, suggesting that manufacturing is still struggling through a soft patch.
CBS News

German Business Confidence Hits New High
Confidence among German companies improved in April to its highest level in nearly a year, a closely watched business survey showed, extending a strong start to 2015 for Europe’s biggest economy.
Wall Street Journal

Switzerland Is ‘World’s Happiest’ Country in New Poll
The land of clocks and chocolates is the world's happiest country, according to a new survey. Switzerland topped the third annual World Happiness index produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an initiative under the United Nations.
BBC News

China Says Employment Resilient Despite Slower Economic Growth
China said on Friday that urban employment held up in the first quarter even as economic growth slowed to a six-year low, but the labor ministry warned that authorities cannot be “blindly optimistic” as the pace of job creation is slowing.
Canadian HR Reporter
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