March 2016


A Hidden Epidemic
Prescription painkiller abuse is taking an enormous toll at work. What’s the cure?
By Dori Meinert



Strategic Moves
Consider private exchanges to provide health benefits to retirees.
By Tamara Lytle

Brewing a Better Business
Starbucks’ Scott Pitasky focuses on delivering a satisfying employee experience.
By Desda Moss

Employee Relations
Where the Bullies Are
Some industries and workplace cultures are more prone to bad behavior. Is yours one of them?
By Dana Wilkie



Why HR Leaders Need to Stand Out
Stop waiting for the world to notice all you do.
By Dorie Clark

Shari's Solutions
March Madness; moonlighting policy; daylight saving time.
By Shari Lau, SHRM-SCP

HR Technology
Metrics for Better Hires
Nine metrics you should be tracking to maximize quality of hire.
By Lou Adler

Legal Trends
How to Find a Trustworthy Attorney
What can lawyers do to earn HR’s trust? Plenty.
By Allen Smith



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Executive Briefing
The Upside of Top-Down
Why workplace hierarchies aren’t all bad.
By Dori Meinert

Court Report
Overly broad employee handbook rules invalidated; more.



From the CEO
HR in the Talent Economy
By Henry G. Jackson

The Caregiving Conundrum
Anne-Marie Slaughter believes equality at work will be elusive as long as caregiving is viewed as a woman’s job.
Interview by David Ward

Trend Watch
Game Changers
Tighter labor markets, economic uncertainty and globalization are driving fundamental changes to the workplace.
By Jen Schramm

Member Spotlight
Christel Colón, SHRM-SCP, HR business partner, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y.

​Management Tools
If Shakespeare Wrote About Business 
Your company is only as good as it allows its managers to be—or not to be.
By Randy Pennington



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