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4 tips to help plan for retirement health care costs
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's a tremendous lack of knowledge when it comes to planning for health care costs in retirement. A recent survey found that 92 percent of workers said they don't know how much their health care will cost in retirement or vastly underestimate the amount. Forty percent said they have "no idea" what their health care costs are likely to be in retirement. Only 8 percent were in the correct ballpark estimating costs of $200,000 or more. Another 51 percent estimated less than $200,000 would be needed. More



Boomers say age a plus at office
The Associated Press via The Sun News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Feel like the office geezer? Age may be an asset at work, or no issue at all, according to according to a recent poll. Nearly half of those born between 1946 and 1964 now work for a younger boss, and most report that they are older than most colleagues. But 61 percent of the baby boomers surveyed said their age is not an issue at work, while 25 percent called it an asset. Only 14 percent saw getting older as a workplace liability. More

Women face extra obstacles to secure retirement
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Women find it significantly harder than men to achieve a comfortable retirement. They live longer, earn less and typically lag in savings and financial awareness. Women’s prospects are improving today as they gain economically and begin to close the gender gap. More

Green building materials demand to expand 13 percent
The Freedonia Group Inc. via Consulting-Specifying Engineer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
International business research company The Freedonia Group released an industry forecast detailing the growth of demand for green building materials through 2015. According to the report, U.S. demand for green building materials will expand 13 percent annually through 2015, generating sales of more than $70 billion. More

If you fear failure, you've already failed
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To have no fear of failure does not imply a cavalier attitude or that someone has been given a pass. In fact, it is just the opposite. No fear of failure connotes the leader's acknowledgement that the proverbial buck stops in the executive suite. Whether a CEO or a general or the coach of a team, a leader is ultimately accountable for what happens on his/her watch. Despite these pressures, leaders do not play it too safe. They know that taking no risk may be the riskiest move of all — that without some degree of risk there can be no innovation, creativity or competitive drive. After all, no risk, no reward. More



The 'Poundlandisation' of public services
The Guardian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the 1990s the American sociologist George Ritzer coined the term "McDonaldization" to describe the way the fast food industry was introducing rationalization into service delivery. The process takes a task and breaks it down into smaller tasks which are then rationalized to find the single most efficient method. The result is a replicable, low-cost product which prioritizes quantity over quality and has resulted in the dismal uniformity of our shopping centers. Attempts to introduce something similar into public services delivery have been tried, mainly with the 1990s fad for "new public management" — the belief that more market orientation in the public sector will lead to greater cost-efficiency for governments. More

Squeezed in the public sector
Human Resource Executive Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The days when government jobs — with their lush benefits and secure futures — were sought after are gone, as workers face pay freezes and potential retirement-plan cutbacks. HR leaders in the public sector may find it harder to recruit and retain experienced managers or executive-level talent, experts say. More

New 'Payroll Fraud' bill targets worker misclassification
HR Morning    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Yet another bill that would increase your Fair Labor Standards Act responsibilities has been introduced in Congress. The bill is called the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act, and it would expand the FLSA. It's similar to the Employee Misclassification Prevention Act that hit Congress a year ago. Here's a rundown of what the new bill would do. More

3 leadership steps to defuse tense situations
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How do leaders maintain morale and momentum when members of their team are close to collapsing in frustration over the obstacles they face? Perhaps the issue is angry customers whose questions are hard to answer, or uncooperative peers from other groups who cause logjams and delay decisions. More
 
 
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