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Sept. 9, 2011

Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

The ASHHRA Annual Conference begins Sept. 10 in Phoenix. The ASHHRA board and staff hope to see you there.

New This Year — ASHHRA Conference Mobile App

Carry the conference with you on your iPhone or Android Smart Phone and stay connected to learning sessions and events every place you go. A Web app is also available for Blackberry and other smartphone users. All conference attendees should have received an email with app download instructions. For questions, email us at

For later in September, you will want to register for these two informative webinars:

Building Physician Engagement featuring a Case Study on AtlantiCare
Thursday, Sept. 22
10 a.m. PST, 11 a.m. MST, 12 p.m. CST, 1 p.m. EST

What foundation is necessary to facilitate a culture in which physicians not only meet but excel at quality patient care and performance? Learn what Physician Engagement is, its key drivers and how it differs from employee engagement.

AtlantiCare, the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient, will share the best practices, challenges, and successes it has faced to foster physician engagement that supports its physician services role, performance excellence commitments, and use of quantitative survey metrics.

This webinar brings new perspective on the value of creating an engaged, loyal physician staff and how adopting these best practices can ultimately influence your most critical business constituent — patients.


Marilouise Venditti, MD
Chief Medical Officer, AtlantiCare

Nancy O'Connell, RN, BSN, MBA
Administrative Director, Physician Services AtlantiCare

Shannon Vincent, Project Manager, HR Solutions, Inc.

Price: Free to ASHHRA Members

Register Now

IFD Webinar

Developing Best Practice Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Presenters: Randy Walker, MBA and Anton Chastang, MPH

When: Wednesday, Sept. 28
Time: 10 p.m. PT, 11 p.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 90 Minutes
Price: Free for Institute members $80 for non-Institute members.
Click here for more information and to register.



Solving the diversity puzzle
Workforce Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lecturing employees about diversity is one thing, but some companies are taking training a step further. Strategies include engaging employees in teamwork exercises and having workers simulate disabilities. More

New York City mayor signs Workplace Religious Freedom Act
into law

National Finance Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the Workplace Religious Freedom Act into law, making the municipality the first in the country to institute religious-based protections for public workers. The bill, originally lobbied by the Sikh Coalition in New York, now opens the door for organizations such as CAIR to fight for Sharia Law inclusion for Islamic public workers as well. C More

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Would you fire someone for refusing to get a flu shot?
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The flu shot or the pink slip? This year that will be the choice for some Michigan health care workers. Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, Mich., and Munson Healthcare in Traverse City, Mich., are requiring shots, which the American Hospital Association recommends. In 2010, the Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System mandated shots or masks, and 90 percent of workers complied. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has for years advised shots for U.S. health care workers, but just 62 percent of workers actually get them. More

Gen Y demands new workplace benefits strategies
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Generation Y is taking over the world and the workplace — and employers who want to attract, engage and retain this huge workforce need to understand its preferences and communication styles, especially when it comes to workplace benefits. More

Poor economy has little effect on disability,
workers' compensation benefits programs

Workforce Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Employers appear to have been spared the ill effects of a weakened economy on their disability and workers' compensation benefits programs, a new survey has found. A survey of as many as 13,000 employers by the Integrated Benefits Institute revealed "no dramatic changes" in the incidence of short and long-term disability claims from 2008-2010. More

Men, women and workplace communication
Chicago Tribune (Column)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Don't men and women approach communication differently? Are you recommending techniques in your column that work for men better or women? Women and men may be from different planets when we communicate. We also come from different tribes (families) with unique social rules. Many communication problems occur because we believe that, because we all speak English, we all must be speaking the same language. More

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9 do's and don'ts for dealing with the disgruntled
Harvard Business Review HR Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a volatile world, anxiety and uncertainty make people a little testy. Cranky people can drag everyone else down by spreading negativity and sowing seeds of doubt just when leaders need commitment. And when everyday crankiness is exacerbated by performance problems, then the merely grumpy can become disgruntled former employees out to do damage to the team. More

The state of discrimination claims today
Diversity Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have risen sharply in the past 13 years, from roughly 80,680 in fiscal year 1997 to almost 100,000 in fiscal year 2010 — a 24 percent jump. Meanwhile, some of the types of charges being filed have remained consistent, while others have proven to be growth areas. More

Social media now critical part of recruiting
RecruitingTrends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Jobvite, an e-recruitment provider, released its Social Recruiting Survey 2011 results, and according to the survey the number of organizations that have hired a candidate through social networking recruiting has increased from 58 percent in 2010 to 64 percent and the number planning to hire via social networking has increased to 89 percent — indicating social networking is now a critical aspect within the recruiting landscape. More

Discrimination in the workplace
Employment Discrimination Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Blog editor Richard B. Cohen — who possesses experience litigating and arbitrating complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes, among other things — recently discussed trends in employment discrimination law as well as issues such as sexual harassment, retaliation and best practices for employers as a guest on the TV show, "Behind the Shadows."

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6 ways to identify unhappy employees
AdvisorOne    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Unhappy employees seem to present themselves differently from happy employees or even from employees who are sad. In fact, they aren't that hard to spot if you make an effort to look for them, especially when you work with people day after day: Unhappy employees have an underlying anger or frustration that permeates their posture, their expressions and even their movements. More

Few boomers financially prepared for retirement
Financial Planning    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
They may long to give up their daily commutes and have wide-open schedules, but far too many baby boomers are largely unprepared to leave their jobs, according to a new report by the Insured Retirement Institute. When asked to name the most important feature of a retirement investment product, the most popular trait was "guaranteed monthly income," which was selected by 18 percent of the respondents. More

Put the Workforce Diversity Discussion into Action

Learn about the workforce development solutions that nearly 500 hospitals have used to increase the number of minority employees in clinical and management positions.

How to attract the best and the brightest of
the millennial generation

EnergyPulse    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Putting right people in right places — it's a timeless management challenge. But business leaders of late are universally lamenting this age-old issue with a new twist: "Who are all these young people flooding the workforce, and how do I get the best and brightest to work for me?" More

The 5 worst excuses for hanging on to poor performers
HR Morning    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Are your managers afraid to fire bad employees? No question, letting people go is a painful experience for everybody. And today's ultratouchy legal atmosphere doesn't make things any easier. But the fact remains that in acutely competitive times like these, companies just can't afford to hang on to workers who aren't cutting it. Those people drag down productivity, kill morale and drive out your top performers. More

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