Articles of Interest

Obesity and Workers Compensation Costs

08/28/2016

ABSTRACT

In April, 2007, a team of medical researchers at the Duke University published a remarkable study relating obesity in the workplace to the number of Worker’s Compensation (WC) claims submitted by employees. The results were startling. Over a period of 8 years involving more than 50,000 employees the researchers were able to correlate Body Mass Index to the number of Workers Compensation claims and the dollar costs to a company.

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Human Resources as a Profitability Factor

08/26/2016

ABSTRACT

The concept of Human Resources as a profitability contributor is fast gaining currency in US businesses and bears closer examination. What’s driving this thinking? The short answer is competitive pressure in a fast changing business world – pressures for sales, talent, and profits. Most CEO’s and CFO’s are held accountable for three general but powerful results: Increasing revenue, generating cash, and reducing costs. In order to focus on these three accountabilities, paradigms that no longer work are being discarded as companies seek to stay in and grow their business. HR as a strictly administrative overhead and resource consumer is one of the paradigms under justifiable attack.

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Who Is Responsible for Success.

08/24/2016

ABSTRACT

Here is a quick quiz. What department is responsible for addressing these concerns? 1. The production department is incurring a 8.3% defect rate above the norm – Production or Human Resources; 2. The credit department has seen its accounts receivable ratio increase from 30 days to 43 days in the past two years – Credit or Human Resources; 3. The shipping and receiving department is utilizing its docking spaces an average of 64% of the time – Shipping/Receiving or Human Resources. If you circled the three departments and Human Resources in each of the examples above, you are correct. But how, you may ask, is Human Resources expected to have the knowledge on how to fix a production defect issue. The answer is not by providing technical oversight of the production department.

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Business Literacy in the New World Order

07/26/2016

ABSTRACT

The evolution of business markets around the world has caused everyone to re-think what it takes to run a successful business in today’s economy. Whether you own a small auto repair shop with six employees or a larger manufacturing company with 700 employees, never before have improving your business skill sets across functional lines been so necessary. The article proposes five suggestions relative to what to learn, and five methods of gaining this knowledge.

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Human Resources as a Strategic Partner

07/19/2016

ABSTRACT

An increasing number of CEO’s, CFO’s, department managers and Human Resources practitioners are subscribing to the vision of HR as a strategic partner to business. This concept is rapidly gaining credibility as HR delivers major contributions to the establishment and maintenance of competitive advantages and overall corporate health. As a result, more and more leaders are demanding, and getting, higher levels of performance from HR.

The articles provides background commentary on the evolution of HR as a strategic partner and provides arguments from business leaders and thinkers about how HR leadership is providing new and valuable expertise beyond their technical specialty and linking HR’s works to the performance factors that guide executive decision making.

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Human Resources and the Value-Chain Analysis

07/18/2016

Abstract

Dr. Michael Porter argues that each of the five activities and four supporting activities in the value chain adds value to the finished products or services that customers and clients value and will buy. The failure in any one of these nine activities diminishes the value of the product or service, increases costs for repair and replacement, damages the quality reputation of the products or services, and degrades competitive advantages. Thus, leadership focuses its efforts on intently managing each link of the value chain to immediately address and correct any weaknesses.

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Six Competencies for Human Resources Professionals

09/24/2012

 Six Competencies for Human Resources Professionals

It is no secret that our economic world is undergoing strong and dynamic changes.

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HR’s Role In Financial Security

09/17/2012

Ken Moore Associates 

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HR’s Role In Financial Security

Employee financial security is a concern for all

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