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PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide

by Sandra M Reed and Anne M. Bogardus
The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exams from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) reflect the evolving industry standards for determining competence in the field of HR. Serving as an ideal resource for HR professionals who are seeking to validate their skills and knowledge.
This new edition is must-have preparation for those looking to take the PHR or SPHR certification exams in order to strengthen their resume.
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PHR Study Guide 2017

PHR Study Guide 2019-2020: PHR Certification Test Prep and Practice Questions for the Professional in Human Resources Exam

Think all PHRŪ/SPHRŪ study guides are the same? Think again! With easy to understand lessons and practice test questions designed to maximize your score, you'll be ready.
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Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice

by Joep P. Cornelissen
  Academically grounded, it covers the key concepts, principles and models within corporate communication by bringing together academic knowledge and insights from the subject areas of management and communication
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Childhood Cancer Survivors Face Higher Unemployment Risk

May 22 2006 - A review (*) published in the July 1, 2006 issue of CANCER shows that adults with a history of childhood cancer are more likely to be unemployed than the general population.

The article in the peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society is claimed to be the first study to aggregate and analyze employment and childhood cancer survivor data from the most methodologically sound studies that have been published.

A.G.E.M. de Boer, Ph.D. from the Coronel Institute for Occupational Health, Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam and colleagues conducted a systematic summary and analyzed of data from 40 studies that investigated whether childhood cancer survivors had a greater risk of unemployment than the general population, and what factors might identify individuals and groups at risk.

Their report shows that employment problems vary between cancer types, with survivors of some types of cancer being up to five times more likely to be unemployed.

Other factors associated with an increased risk of unemployment were:

  • living in America
  • younger age, and
  • female gender

While the prognosis is excellent for children diagnosed with cancer, with more than 7 in 10 now surviving more than 5 years and most of those surviving to adulthood, there may be secondary problems. These include:

  • other cancers
  • heart diseases
  • hormone abnormalities
  • infertility
  • chronic fatigue
  • depression

The researchers argue that such complaints can impair social development and well-being throughout life. Employment and professional career are important personal factors of self-image and confidence for most people, especially cancer survivors, but the consequences of cancer may rob them of that and many other social experiences.

Overall, analysis of the aggregated data indicated that adult survivors of childhood cancer were twice as likely to be unemployed than those without a history of childhood cancer. Analysis by cancer type showed that adults who had been treated for brain or other central nervous system tumors were five times more likely to be unemployed. However, blood-cell and bone marrow cancer survivors, and those who survived other types of cancer, did not have a statistically significant elevation of unemployment risk.

Other factors linked to higher unemployment rates were:

  • nationality
  • gender
  • age at diagnosis, and
  • physical and mental impairments

The analysis showed that Americans were three times more likely to be unemployed - but Europeans had no elevated risk of unemployment. Being female and a younger age at diagnosis were also predictors of a higher risk of unemployment.

The conclusion of the authors is that "interventions aimed at obtaining and maintaining employment are needed, especially for the vulnerable subgroups." They argue that intergventions "could mitigate the economic impact of surviving cancer and improve the quality of life of survivors."

* "Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer and Unemployment: A Metaanalysis," A.G.E.M. de Boer, J.H.A.M. Verbeek, F.J.H. van Dijk, CANCER; Published Online: May 22, 2006 (DOI: 10.1002/cncr.21974); Print Issue Date: July 1, 2006.

Successful Onboarding

Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization

Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen
  Fact: 1/3rd of all external hires are no longer with the organization after 2 years. What can you do about it? In a word: onboarding; although poorly understood, subject to narrow definitions, and with limited best practice understanding or management rigor. Consultants Mark Stein & Lilith Christiansen have worked with leading companies on it, and they've synthesized their work into a ready to use system.
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The HR Answer Book

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals

by Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin
  The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with, from recruiting and hiring to discipline and termination, compensation and benefits to training and employee relations. Accessible and concise, this on-the-job companion offers expert guidance on all types of "people" issues.
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