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Benefits & Compensation
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A look at consumer directed health care plans impact on health care spending and practices Patti Dunham, MA, MBA, SPHR
Aligning Compensation with Strategic Business Imperatives Linda Gravett, Ph.D., SPHR, CEQC
Do All You Can to Protect Yourself Against Workers’ Comp Claims! Laura Littlecott, PHR
Exercise: The Natural Work Stress Reducer Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR and Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
Happy Belated Birthday ERISA! Patti Dunham, MA, MBA SPHR
Health Insurance – An Industry Without Answers Patti Dunham, MA, MBA SPHR and Ray Roshek, Hylant Group
Just the (Retirement Fee) Facts David Chrestensen Vice President, First Financial Wealth Management
New HR Tools for Managing Future Healthcare Premium Increases Patti Dunham, MA, MBA SPHR and Ray Roshek, Hylant Group
Ohio Healthy Families Act – Is It “Healthy” for Your Organization? Patti Dunham, MA, MBA, SPHR and Melissa Weigand
Spring into Wellness – Is your Wellness Program in Shape? Patti Dunham, MBA, MA, SPHR
Start the New Year with a Wellness Focus Amy Reece Connelly with REA Career Services
The Sea of Data Monsters…Health care claim data and other scary numbers Patti Dunham, MA, MBA, SPHR
Trends in Executive Compensation Gravett & Associates and Strategic Human Resources, Inc.
WORKPLACE WELLNESS: Is the ‘Carrot and the Stick’ Approach the Key to Success? Denise Flickner, President of HealthWorks
Communications
Title of Article Author
Are You Linked In? Debbie Hatke, MA, PHR
Back to the Basics: A Tale of Communication Patti Dunham, MA, MBA, SPHR
Building a Bridge Across Generations Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
Communication: What’s the Best Way? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Evolution of your Website Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Excellent Customer Service and the Generation Connection Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR and Tina Macon, PHR
HRIS Software – What Does “Determine Your Needs” Mean? Clay Scroggins with CompareHRIS.com
Rolling Out The Red Carpet Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR, CIR
Tapping into Talent in the Cloud Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR, CIR
What Is SPAM? Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Employee Relations
Title of Article Author
A Day as a Gen Y Imposter Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
Are You Worrying about Retention During the Recession? You Better Be! Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Biases, Prejudices – Do They Still Exist…In You? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Creating a Personal Advisory Board Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
Cupid in the Workplace Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Debunking the Myths of Workplace Flexibility Guest Columnist, Maggie Frye
Diapers to Dentures: Who Is Managing Who? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The Silent Epidemic of Eating Disorders Stephanie Pittman Sullivan, MA, PHR
Employee Engagement…From Beginning to End Patti Dunham, MA, MBA, SPHR and Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Expectations of Privacy Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
FUSION: A Six Step Solution to Handling Conflict Across Generations Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR and Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
Generation Why? Because We AREN’T YOU! Gen X Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR's interview with Gen Y Kristin Kaminski
Greener Grass!? Counter Offer!? – How Will You Be Impacted? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR and Melissa Weignand
Guide to Quality Performance Reviews Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Individual Improvement = Organizational Improvement Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Is Your Employee Experience (EX) Increasing or Decreasing Your Bottomline? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR , SHRM-SCP
Is Your NETworking? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Making Performance Appraisals Work Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Managing the Challenges of Relocation Galen Tinder of Ricklin-Echikson Associates, Inc.
New Year’s Resolution: Survive the Economic Fallout Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR and Debbie Hatke, MA, PHR
Onboarding with a Plan Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Pandemic Flu and Business Continuity Plans – The missing link Patti Dunham, MA, MBA, SPHR and Kristin Kaminski
Preventing Violence in the Workplace Laura Littlecott, PHR
Recognition and Rewards: Who’s Got the Time These Days, Not to Mention the $$$? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Recognition: A Worthwhile Investment Patti Dunham, M.A., MBA, SPHR
Retention: How Many Employees Can You Afford to Lose? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Retention: Learn How You Can Create a Competitive Advantage for Your Company Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Retention: What Can I Do? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Say What You Mean – Use Email Effectively Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Social Media: Risk or Reward – What Can HR Do? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Telecommuting – A Common Workplace Solution Gravett & Associates and Strategic Human Resources, Inc.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of a “360” Feedback Process Linda Gravett, Ph.D., SPHR
The Gen Y Recruitment Solution Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
The Happy Effect Cathleen Snyder, SPHR, CIR
Turning Conflict into Collaboration Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
Using Organizational Culture for Stretch and Leverage Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
What has happened to the work ethic? Nothing?! Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
What Now? Best Practices in an Uncertain Economy Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Who’s the Youngest of Us All? Millennial Generation Robin Throckmorton, Gen X and Kristin Kaminski, Gen Y
Work Ethic: What is the Future of Work? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Work/Life Balance Meredith C. Keith Chirch, MA, PHR
Health, Safety, & Security
Title of Article Author
Brain Fitness – The Competitive Advantage Guest Columnist, Pat Faust, MGS, LNHA
Wellness Programs Stephanie Sullivan, PHR
World Health Organization Announces 2009 Pandemic Influenza – Are you Prepared? Patti Dunham, MA, MBA, SPHR
HR Strategy
Title of Article Author
A Fresh Start… Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Are You Ready For The “What If”? – Get Your Plans In Order Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Can Your Business Succeed Tomorrow? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Determining Return on Investment for HR Interventions Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
Developing a Strategic Plan for Your Consulting Business Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Diversity Efforts Can Support Business Imperitives Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
Employment Branding and Recruiting Videos: 3 Companies That Do It Right Jennifer King, an HR Analyst for Software Advice
Everything you Need to Start your Employment Branding Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Goodbye 2012…Hello 2013. What trends do you have in store for us next year? Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Green Is the New Black Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR and Laura Cranston
How Can We as HR Professionals Use that Knowledge to Give Back to Our Community? Cathleen Snyder, SPHR, CIR
How Human Resources Can Help Build an Ethical Organization Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
How to Become a Strategic Partner Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
HR as a Strategic Planning Partner Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
HR New Year’s Resolutions Cathleen Snyder, CIR, SPHR
Initial Marketing Strategies Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Is This a Solution to Help You Become More Strategic? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
It’s Time for a New Leadership Paradigm Linda Gravett, PhD and John Kucia, EdD
Networking: The Key to Successful Marketing Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Part 2: Is This a Solution to Help You Become More Strategic? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Performance Management: The Individual Strategic Plan Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Setting Up an HR Department Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Social Is Here To Stay – Now What? Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Ten Step Plan for HRIS Software Selection Clay Scroggins with CompareHRIS.com
The Future of Learning Agility Linda Gravett, Ph.D., SPHR
The Impact of the Economic Crisis on our Organization’s Human Resources Laura Littlecott, PHR and Patti Dunham, MBA, MA, SPHR
To Outsource or Not? That Is the Question! Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Why Can’t Every Change Be As Welcome As Spring? Cathleen Snyder, SPHR, CIR
Legal Compliance
Title of Article Author
Coordinating Employee Leave Benefits under FMLA and ADA: Navigating Compliance under Overlapping Statutes Stephanie Pittman, PHR
Employers BE(a)WARE…A look at employment-related litigation during tough economic times Patti Dunham, MBA, MA, SPHR
Resources at Your Fingertips for HR Professionals Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR and Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
RecordKeeping
Title of Article Author
Go Green! Electronic Communication and Recordkeeping Patti Dunham, MA, MBA SPHR
Recruitment
Title of Article Author
Back to the Basics: Recruiting 101 Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Going Mobile – Recruiting’s Next Frontier Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR, CIR
How to Get More Value for Your Posting Andrea Heyde, Cathleen Snyder, SPHR, CIR and Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
How to Get Noticed in a “Skip and Scan” World Debbie Hatke, MA, PHR
Is the Resume Dead? Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Preparation: The Key to a Successful Interview Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Recruit and Select: In This Market? Robin Throckmorton, M.A., SPHR
Recruiting – Are you Keeping Up? Strategic Human Resources, Inc.
The Metrics of Recruiting Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
There is a Storm Brewing – A Labor Storm Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
To Google or not to Google…Background Checks Patti Dunham, MA, MBA, SPHR and Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Unleashing Employee Potential Through Competency-Based Job Descriptions Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
Using Competency Mapping to Align Recruiting Efforts with Strategic Objectives Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
Using the Internet for Job Hunting Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You Mark Owens, CEO of HR ProFile
What’s the Hottest Trend in HR? Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Working in the Executive Project World Terry Spriestersbach, Project Leader/Search Consultant with Amotec, Inc.
Your Company Idol Patti Dunham, MA, MBA SPHR
Training & Development
Title of Article Author
Birth Order: How Does It Impact You in the Workplace? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR and Allison Pyles, CIR, PHR
Communicating with Numbers: Measuring Employee Performance Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR
Employee Development – Back on the Radar Cathleen Snyder, SPHR and Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
HR Pros Must Prioritize Their Own Development Cathleen Snyder, CIR, SPHR
Onboarding with a Plan Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Six Sigma 101 Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Six Sigma: Achieving Near Perfection Debbie Hatke, MA, SPHR
Strategic Planning…Goal Setting…Are You Still on Track? Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Succession Planning – Your Operational Necessity Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR and Patti Dunham, MBA, MA, SPHR
The Dos and Don’ts of Creating Training Materials Susan Otto, Training-Modules.com, LLC
Together We Can Robin Throckmorton, MA, SPHR
Why Diversity Training Fails Linda Gravett, PhD, SPHR