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A letter from the president
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The National Human Resources Association is pleased to announce a new partnership with MultiView to produce weekly newsletters containing a wide range of human resources and leadership articles. This partnership will allow us to deliver more frequent and timely news to you via NHRA Connections. From time to time, we will also issue supplemental training newsletters featuring training available to you and your organization via our training partners. We hope you enjoy the new format!

- Jamie M. Rajotte-Tremblay, NHRA National President

Networking for survival
Mitch Seigel
So, what is networking? It's a chance to connect with others and to show interest in their goals. It is being open-minded, respecting differences and not judging a book by its cover. So many potential relationships are lost because someone looks at another person and makes a decision on face value that they are not someone with whom they want to interact. On the contrary, you should note the personal details, both physically and what the person says, for it is these unique bits of information which will endure forever in a person's mind and start the building of a solid relationship. Learn more about the art of networking in this engaging article by Mitch Seigel, Founder of Nine Dot Marketing. Click here

California Employers: Are you in compliance?
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There are a number of federal and state laws that California employers need to keep track of. Thanks to our partners at Jackson Lewis who have assembled this quick reference guide on key legislation. Access here.

Battle lines harden over workplace bias
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The last year shattered records for employment disputes, and HR leaders had better double — and triple-check their employment policies and procedures to cover themselves and their employers. From retaliation claims to discrimination claims to huge class-action lawsuits, employer-employee relations finished 2010 in a dismal state of affairs, judging by the latest data on workplace legal actions and grievance. More

Motivating and incentivizing staff
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In the current economic climate and in the face of high staff turnover, it's now more important than ever for companies to ensure managers maximize the performance of their people by optimizing employee engagement across all areas of a business. More

7 ways to avoid spending a fortune on employee training
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Industry practices frequently change, so it is important to keep your staff up-to-date on the latest methods and programs to avoid falling behind your competitors. Seminars and instructors do not come cheap, however. One session often costs thousands of dollars. Many small businesses operate on a tight budget and are unable to afford that type of expense. Still, with some creativity and networking, there are ways to help your staff get the training they need without spending a fortune. More

Health care facilities see declines in slips, trips and falls
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Health care workers are especially prone to slips, trips and falls, but a comprehensive prevention program helped three hospitals reduce these workers' comp claims by 59 percent. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health collaborated with several organizations to design, implement, and evaluate a prevention program from 1996 to 2005. The result is a workbook that identifies and provides strategies to prevent the top 10 causes of slips, trips and falls in health care settings. More

Merit pay for unions?
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The UAW's exploration of merit pay gets high marks, but for it to succeed, the emphasis must be on recognizing high performers more than penalizing workers. And, in addition to recognition via monetary means, HR leaders should celebrate and showcase high-level performances and their contribution to the overall business. More

What's your negotiating style?
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We all have a personal approach to negotiation. Here's how to make the most of yours. Individual differences in our preferences for certain kinds of outcomes when we interact with other people strongly affect how we approach negotiation, according to Carnegie Mellon University professor Laurie Weingart. Weingart and other psychologists have pinpointed four basic negotiating personalities. More

You're not imagining it: Your cubicle is getting smaller
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Companies are cutting costs everywhere they can even by shrinking those tried-and-true cubicles. The average office worker's space shrunk from 90 square feet to 75 square feet, according to the International Facility Management Association. One design firm said companies have downsized the cubicle from an 8-by-10-foot space to a 5-by-5-foot space. More

10 ways to make others shine
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Earl Miller, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says, "Success has a much greater influence on the brain than failure." Ned Hallowell comments "Shine," "While of course mistakes need to be acknowledged and, one hopes, learned from, it may be more likely, from a purely neurological point of view,that a person will learn more from a success than a failure." Showing appreciation and giving recognition is part of the "Cycle of Excellence" process he calls shine. In our busy culture it is easy to overlook opportunities to acknowledge others. Noticing the positive is a daily challenge. More

For superstar employees, hire critical thinkers
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There are few tasks for a small business owner that are as important as hiring a new employee. There are also few tasks that are as frustrating. A bad choice can be a colossal waste of time at best, or a threat to your company's survival at worst. But do it right by hiring someone really good and that person could become the star of your show. But there's a problem. Many potential employees haven't learned the skills necessary for success — theirs or yours. That's not a "these kids today" gripe from an old grouch, it's a fact. More

Refusing to hire bankrupt applicants is legal
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Companies can refuse to hire someone because of a past bankruptcy filing, according to a recent court case. While the practice is legal, attorneys advise employers to tread carefully. More

9 ideas for strengthening your self-esteem
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Many leaders struggle with issues of low self-esteem. They question their abilities to cope with the problems at hand, they often doubt they are worthy of the position of leadership they occupy, and they most definitely agonize quietly over much of their professional existence. Others manifest their low self-esteem with over-the-top aggressiveness and strong controlling behaviors. More
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