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Top-ranked Minnesota companies cite value of employee engagement
www.startribune.com

Employee engagement can be a workplace differentiator, according to a survey of large employers in the Minneapolis area. “Employees want a sense of control and autonomy. They don’t want to be micromanaged. They want a sense of competence and that they are making progress on their goals,” said Theresa Glomb of the University of Minnesota’s […]

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Namely, A Startup That Helps Companies Keep Track Of Employees In The Cloud, Raises $3.35 Million Series A
www.businessinsider.com

Enterprise startups are all the rage.

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Taco Bell CEO Gred Creed: Traditional marketing no longer works
nrn.com

Marketing in its traditional sense no longer works in the competitive restaurant industry, said Greg Creed, chief executive of Taco Bell. Creed, speaking Thursday at the People Report Summer Brand Camp conference in Dallas, said the term “marketing” is dying out and, in its place, brands are becoming “publishers” and telling their own stories.

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Health Insurance Reform: Prep Your Staff for the Changes
www.entrepreneur.com

Employers are required to notify workers of their insurance options under Obamacare by Oct. 1. Will you be ready?

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JPMorgan Cutting 1,800 More Jobs
www.cnbc.com

JPMorgan Chase last Friday announced a nationwide 1,800 new job cuts in its mortgage unit, CNBC has learned.

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InternMatch Lands $4 Million Series A To Build Its Data-Based Job Search Platform
techcrunch.com

InternMatch has raised a $4 million Series A funding round led by ARTIS Ventures and Subtraction Capital, as well as follow-on investors including Kapor Capital and 500 Startups. The company will use the money to expand its engineering and marketing teams and build data-based technology to help ma..

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This Is How Much It Costs When Your Employees Smoke
www.fastcoexist.com

More and more companies are discriminating against smokers, either by not hiring them at all (in states where that’s allowed) or making every effort to get them to stop. It’s not particularly nice. But financially, it makes sense.Smokers cost employers a lot of money–$5,816 a year compared to someone who has never smoked, to be […]

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How to Tackle U.S. Employees’ Stagnating Engagement
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More than half of U.S. workers don’t feel fully engaged in their work, and 18% are “actively disengaged,” according to a Gallup survey. Companies experiencing growth tended to have the most engaged workers, the survey found.

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Robots with your face want to invade workplaces and hospitals
tech.fortune.cnn.com

So-called robotic telepresence allows people to communicate remotely. Will it take off?

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Flexible vacation policies popular at some companies
www.startribune.com

Nine percent of employers allow employees to cash out unused vacation time, a Society for Human Resource Management survey says. The benefit gives employees more flexibility and when “times are a little tight, this benefit really doesn’t cost a lot of extra money to employers to provide,” says Julie Stich, research director for the International […]

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U.S. jobs growth highest in lowest-paying industries
www.bloomberg.com

News of growth in the U.S. job market is tempered by the fact that most of the jobs created in May were low-paying, extending a trend that may weigh on an already weak economic recovery. “We need to see more broad-based and even growth in the economy to see better jobs return. We’re still relying […]

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Jobless claims fall, labor market gradually improving
www.reuters.com

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to moderate job growth despite slowing economic activity.Initial claims for state unemployment

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A Laid-Off Zynga Employee Trashed The Company On Reddit Last Night
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An employee laid-off from the San Francisco office of Zynga has taken to Reddit to trash the company.

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Marissa Mayer Favors ‘Mobile’ Employees With New Laptops And Ping Pong Tables
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A source tells Garrett Sloane of Post that Mayer has created a “Haves and Have-Nots” situation at the company.

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