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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 PHR/SPHR 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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Wasting Time At Work

August 27 2007 - The third annual survey of over 2000 employees across all job levels by found that over 63 per cent of respondents admitted to wasting time at work and the average amount was 1.7 hours out of a typical 8.5 hour day.

The report suggests that although there has been a steady decline in the amount of time wasted "companies are still paying billions in salaries for which they receive no direct benefit".

Consistent with previous findings, the leading time-wasting activities were:

  • personal internet use (34.7 per cent)
  • socializing with co-workers (20.3 per cent), and
  • conducting personal business (17 per cent)

Respondents also reported making personal phone calls and taking longer than necessary to run work-related errands.

The survey found that younger employees waste the most time - an average of

  • 2.1 hours for those between 20-29 years
  • 1.9 hours for 30-39 year olds, and
  • 1.4 hours for those between 40-49 years

Most employees admit to wasting time because they say that:

  • they "don't have enough work to do" (17.7 per cent)
  • their hours are too long (13.9 per cent)
  • they are underpaid (11.8 per cent), and
  • they lack challenging work (11.1 per cent)

Respondents felt that some work-related activities are a waste of time:

  • correcting someone else's work (18.1 per cent)
  • office politics (16.2 per cent), and
  • dealing with emails (13.1 per cent)

Bill Coleman, chief compensation officer at said:

"While a certain amount of wasted time is built into company salary structures, our research indicates that companies with a challenged and engaged workforce can expect more productivity in return."

Research shows the amount of time wasted at work has declined by 19 per cent since the first survey in 2005. At that time employees reported wasting an average of 2.09 hours per day, decreasing to 1.86 hours in 2006. This trend is thought to reflect numerous factors, including a growing economy, increases in employee productivity and a tightening labor market.

Bill Coleman commented:

"A shortage of labor and tighter company budgets have resulted in an increased burden on employees who now have less time available to waste. This translates into a greater return for companies but increases the risk of employee burnout. When increasing workloads, organizations should also allow a certain amount of flexibility for employees to conduct personal business or take a mental breather."

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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