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December 2003

   12/1/2003
 

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HR MAGAZINE · December 2003
Vol. 48, No. 12
Table of Contents

COVER STORIES
The Metrics Maze. Little by little, experts and practitioners are learning how to value the contributions of people.
Steve Bates

Measuring HR? Benchmarking Is Not the Answer! Traditional functional benchmarks have limited utility, and they may even be counterproductive.
Brian Becker and Mark Huselid

EMPLOYMENT LAW
A Bias That’s Skin Deep. Some employers have yet to scratch the surface of color discrimination.
Patrick Mirza

Constant Inconsistency. Employers that deal with different EEOC offices say their experiences vary widely.
Robert J. Grossman

STRATEGIC HR
Throwing the Switch. Challenging the boss is a daunting but necessary role for HR executives.
Pamela Babcock

BENEFITS
Defusing the Discontent. HR can help prevent finger-pointing by employees who blame health coverage increases on co-workers’ lifestyles.
Linda Wasmer Andrews

HR AGENDA: RETIREMENT PLANNING
The Fewer the Better. Too many 401(k) fund choices can stifle participants’ decision-making.
Chris Taylor

HR AGENDA: COMPENSATION
When to Pay Signing Bonuses. Bidding wars and morale issues can make signing bonuses tricky.
Mary E. Medland

COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS

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