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Balancing Work And Family: Study Shows Changing Roles Of Parents

Balancing Work And Family: Study Shows Changing Roles Of Parents

By KIM PARKER and WENDY WANG, Pew Research Center— The way parents spend their time has changed dramatically in the past half century. Dads do more housework and child care; moms have more paid work outside the home. Neither has overtaken the other in their “traditional” realms, but their roles are converging, according to a […]

From Kenya Slum Dweller To Company Director Creating Jobs

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From Kenya Slum Dweller To Company Director Creating Jobs

Lorna Rutto, Director, Eco-Post Recycling, Kenya ILO photo ILO News– Lorna Rutto was born in one of the most stunning parts of Kenya – the Rift Valley region of Nakuru, home to wildlife, pink flamingos and dormant volcanoes. But amidst this natural beauty are the sprawling slums of Kaptembwa where she grew up, on the […]

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Death Of Temporary Worker: Bosses ‘Not Thinking Of Him As A Human Being’

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Death Of Temporary Worker: Bosses ‘Not Thinking Of Him As A Human Being’

By JIM MORRISE and CHIP MITCHELL, The Center For Public Integrity— By the time Carlos Centeno arrived at the Loyola University Hospital Burn Center in Chicago, more than 98 minutes had elapsed since his head, torso, arms and legs had been scalded by a 185-degree solution of water and citric acid inside a factory on this city’s southwestern […]

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Young And Older Workers, Two Sides Of The Same Coin

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Young And Older Workers, Two Sides Of The Same Coin

ILO News– Developed economies are facing two interconnected challenges: youth unemployment is growing and people are living longer. At first glance, the answer might seem very simple: lower the retirement age so that young people replace older workers while the latter move into a well-deserved rest. But that would be missing a very important point. […]

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SHRM Report: HR Professionals Expect A Little Hiring, Less Firing In October 2012

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SHRM Report: HR Professionals Expect A Little Hiring, Less Firing In October 2012

Another glimmer of positive news on the jobs front came this week from the Society for Human Resource Management’s monthly survey of HR professionals’ hiring plans. About three in 10 manufacturing and service-sector companies plan to hire in October 2012 according to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The SHRM LINE […]

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The Working Mom Survival Guide – 11 Steps To Better Work-Life Balance

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The Working Mom Survival Guide – 11 Steps To Better Work-Life Balance

By SANDRA GORDON– In an ideal world, you’ve got a satisfying career with plenty of time and energy to play with your baby, help with homework, relax with your spouse, get to the gym and catch up with your friends. The reality? You’re exhausted from toiling harder and longer just to keep your job and […]

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How The Economic Stimulus Recharged Electric Car Biz And Created Jobs

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How The Economic Stimulus Recharged Electric Car Biz And Created Jobs

By MICHAEL GRABELL/ProPublica–A common criticism of President Obama’s $800 billion stimulus package has been that it failed to produce anything – that while the New Deal built bridges and dams, all the stimulus did was fill some potholes and create temporary jobs. Don’t tell that to Annette Herrera. She was 50 when the auto supplier […]

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Employee Engagement Measured In 12 Questions

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Employee Engagement Measured In 12 Questions

In the early 1990s the Gallup Organization, which conducts the often-quoted Gallup Polls, developed set of questions designed to identify and measure the elements of employee engagement that most closely affected the bottom line–things like increased sales, high productivity and creating customer loyalty. What emerged from Gallup’s decades of research, which eventually involved millions of […]

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Sri Lanka Creates New Human Resources Policy

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Sri Lanka Creates New Human Resources Policy

Still healing following the 2009 defeat of  the secessionist Tamil Tigers rebels after three decades of conflict, Sri Lanka’s leadership is trying to unite the nation with public works projects, notably roads, and new policies that offer the promise of increased economic development. Almost as if orchestrated, three signs of Sri Lanka’s potential turnaround appeared […]

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Record Low Number of People Moving Reflects Lack of Jobs

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Record Low Number of People Moving Reflects Lack of Jobs

Bad times mean staying put. The percentage of people who changed residences between 2010 and 2011 ─ 11.6% ─ was the lowest recorded rate since 1948. when the U.S. Census Bureau began collecting statistics on the movement of people in the United States. The rate, which was 20.2% in 1985, declined to a then-record low of […]

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