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Sep 10

Defense companies get defensive

Posted by dbedell in Risk, Lockheed Martin, human resourcesCashCareers/ManagementBoeingBAE Systems


The world’s largest companies are cutting costs and headcounts with a vengeance as new, much-reduced federal defense budgets take hold.

CFOs in the defense sector are putting on their HR hats as they try to manage cost cuts and still retain necessary staff.

Jul 12

Aon bucks the trend toward corporate passivity

Posted by mcole in mergers and acquisitions, insurance, human resourcesdebtDealsCreditconsulting


Not every company is sitting on its hands until the economy improves. Insurance giant Aon is taking on a significant amount of short-term debt to acquire Hewitt Consulting for $4.9 billion and spend on its brand to exploit new opportunities.

The Hewitt deal will help Aon get a firm foothold in human resources and benefits outsourcing, significantly increasing Aon's market share in this area and positioning the company to take on rival insurance broker and consulting big Marsh and McLennan. The move also gives Aon a more balanced mix of insurance brokerage and consulting revenue.

Mar 18

Bad economy improves worker attendance, turnover and punctuality

Posted by MQuinn in workersturnoverhuman resourcesemployeesCareers/Managementattendance


Two separate surveys released on Wednesday proved one thing: Workers were TERRIFIED of losing their jobs last year.

In fact, they were so scared that the rate of employee absences in 2009 was the lowest recorded since 1985, the year legal and business publisher BNA began its quarterly survey of employers. The median absence rate in 2009 averaged 0.7 percent, falling beneath the 2008 low of 0.9 percent of scheduled worker days per month. Absence rates have declined consistently since 2005, when they averaged 1.5 percent of scheduled worker days. The survey of 267 human resource and employee relations executives also showed that absences tended to be lower in smaller than in larger organizations.

Oct 30

Dropout capitals of America

Posted by RedConn in John Goffhuman resources


Survey after survey have shown that the U.S. public school system is doing a poor job of preparing students for the workplace. Indeed, corporate executives have long complained that their companies must train some workers in basic skills like math and spelling so that they can do their jobs.

And things may not be getting any better, even after eight years of George ‘I am the education President' Bush and ten months of the Obama Administration. The Daily Beast highlights the problem in a new story that rates the dropout capitals of America.

Oct 09

Dumbest things ever on a resume

Posted by RedConn in John GoffHumoroushuman resourceshiring


Looking for work can make people do some peculiar things. As CFOZone reported earlier, people will say the darndest things in a job interview.

Apparently, the same holds true for what they put on their resumes. According to a poll conducted by, prospective job candidates often include some of the oddest details on their CVs. And while recruitment specialists say a resume is a great vehicle for showcasing exactly who you are, some things are better left unsaid.

Sep 09

Swine flu could severely cripple U.S. businesses: Harvard

Posted by MQuinn in swine flumanagementhuman resourcesabsenteeism


As flu season approaches, and with the dreaded H1N1 virus (aka the "swine flu") still lurking, businesses need to take stock of their staffs and prepare for the worst, say health experts.

So, how is Corporate America doing in its disaster planning? Terribly, according to a survey of human resource personnel by the Harvard School of Public Health. Thanks for asking.

Just one-third of the 1,057 respondents said they could sustain their business without severe operational problems if half of their workforce were absent for two weeks due to H1N1. Only one-fifth thought they could make it a month with such absenteeism.

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