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January 2013

 2013 FORECAST

What Comes Next?
What does the 2013 economy hold for employers? Some factors are expected to improve, yet progress remains slow
and uncertainties persist.
By Jennifer Schramm, GPHR

Action Items
Five lists for 2013—on compensation, benefits, training and development, staffing management, and technology—will help you tackle vital HR issues.

FEATURES

FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT
Developing Talent Amid Rapid Change
Cisco devises a model to bridge the worldwide IT skills gap. 
By Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

PROFILE
The Fine Art of HR
Brian McComak’s dual passions for HR and the arts led him to his dream job with Christie’s auction house.
Interview by Bill Leonard

Q&A
Disconnect from Work
Break the cycle of 24/7 nonstop work.
Interview by Donna M. Owens

AGENDA: BENEFITS
A Delicate Balancing Act
401(k) loans can be an important financial lifeline. But at what cost?
By Joanne Sammer

AGENDA:  EMPLOYMENT & STAFFING
Job Worth Doing: Update Descriptions
Recruitment, compensation, training and performance appraisals all stem from up-to-date job descriptions.
By Kathryn Tyler

ADVICE AND ANALYSIS

SOLUTIONS
People with disabilities, young workers, performance rating scales
By Shari Lau, GPHR, SPHR-CA, Lesa Albright, SPHR, GPHR, and John Sweeney, SPHR, GPHR

HR TECHNOLOGY
Putting Safety Training Online
Online safety training offers cost savings and uniformity. It also includes features that make learning stick.
By Dave Zielinski

LEGAL TRENDS
That’s a Wrap
Small employers can use wrap documents to ease compliance with ERISA.
By Peter Wand

MANAGEMENT TOOLS
Try Leading Collectively
A new leadership model meets the realities of operating a 21st century business.
By Maria Collar

NEWS YOU CAN USE

HR NEWS
Court debates who’s a supervisor; proposed rules released for health care reform law; 12 tips on FMLA leave; more.

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING
Global assignments expected to increase; bias found against unemployed.

COURT REPORT
Licensed practical nurses ruled ineligible for union representation; modified workweek permissibly resulted in lower overtime; more.

WHAT’S NEW
Compensation and benefits; employee recognition; performance management; more.

PERSPECTIVES

FROM THE CEO
2013 May Be a Great Year for HR
By Henry G. Jackson

FUTURE FOCUS
What’s Your Top Challenge?
For your peers, it’s retaining and rewarding the best employees.
By Jennifer Schramm

HR MAGAZINE BOOK BLOG
Summaries of Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work, Make Difficult People Disappear and SHRM 2012-2013 Human Capital Benchmarking-