Helping Employee Compliance Training “Stick”

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For many employees, compliance training is a necessary evil, something that you just need to grit your teeth over and get through. And for the most part, that attitude carries over into outcomes – compliance programs generally are not very effective when it comes to time, money and results. Businesses spend a lot of money… Read more »


The Top Ten Medical Innovations of 2011

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In the four years of its existence, The Scientist’s annual Top 10 Innovations contest has showcased some of the coolest life science tools to emerge in the previous year. This year’s list is no exception. 1. Pocket Microscope Diagnosing malaria or other blood-borne illnesses used to require analyzing cell slides under a light microscope—which can be difficult… Read more »


Wind Energy Forecast for 2012: Outlook Uncertain

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Onshore wind power is in a good place, at least through the end of 2012. Wind power made up 35 percent of all new generating capacity added to the U.S. grid since 2007—twice what coal and nuclear combined have added in the same time period—according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). And U.S. developers… Read more »


Employee Retention: It’s All About the Manager

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Human resource professionals who work to reduce employee turnover know that an employee’s manager is a key piece of the retention puzzle. Although keeping employees at a company ultimately involves more than just one person or incentive, managers have a big effect on whether workers stay or go. It has been said that employees quit… Read more »


The Tablet Race: Who’s Winning? iPad vs. Android

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Tablet computers have actually been around for about 20 years, but nobody was really buying them until April 2010, when Apple shook up the consumer electronics marketplace with the iPad. The iPad caught fire immediately with the public and turned tablet computers into a major product category. People realized that tablets are the ultimate in… Read more »


Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs Expected in 2012

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Here’s a look at the Top 10 amazing therapies and game-changing technologies expected to reshape healthcare—and save lives—this year, selected by a panel of Cleveland Clinic doctors and scientists during its annual Medical Innovation Summit: #10. Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Mosquito-borne diseases kill more people than any other disease, and infect more than 700 million people…. Read more »


4 Little-Known Facts About Concentrated Photovoltaics

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Concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology is one of the newest players on the solar energy scene. CPV systems are unique because sunlight is concentrated through a lens onto high performance solar cells, thus increasing the electricity generated. Panels are mounted on tracking systems to maximize the benefit of each ray of sunlight. Scientific journals are full… Read more »


Corporate Social Responsibility in 2012 (and Beyond)

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Currently, corporate social responsibility, although certainly a concern for most organizations, is not among the high priority issues. But one business executive argues that cultural and social changes may push the matter into the forefront of business planning – and so human resource departments need to be aware of it. As consumers become savvier, as… Read more »


Community Service and Your Employees

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If your human resources department is involved with overseeing volunteer programs for the company, here are several ideas for getting employees engaged within volunteer opportunities that don’t actually have them involved in some kind of volunteer assignment. One thing a company can do is sponsor a kind of signature volunteer program that is of a… Read more »


The White House’s Better Buildings Challenge

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The White House hopes to drive $4 billion into building retrofits and create tens of thousands of new jobs—if private partners can deliver on their promises. Can the Obama administration spur $4 billion in building energy efficiency retrofits without being able to get the money out of a deadlocked Congress? Apparently we’ll have the next… Read more »