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Best HR Articles of 2012

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Are you interested in what's most popular on the HR site of the new articles for 2012? What started out as curiosity on my part has turned into a great resource for my readers. Here are the best articles of 2012 as voted for by my readers.

1. Interview Questions to Ask Applicants for Human Resources Jobs

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Do you need questions to ask applicants for your HR jobs during interviews? These are modeled on Dr. Dave Ulrich’s vision of the strategic roles of HR staff now and in the future: strategic partner, employee sponsor or advocate and change mentor. These interview questions assume your basic knowledge of the HR administrative components. Here’s what you need to ask your prospective HR employees.

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2. New Employee Announcement

Catherine Yeulet

Your new employees deserve more than a point to an empty desk on their first day of work. This sample new employee announcement will give you a day full of ideas about how to welcome a new employee. You can also use this sample new employee announcement as a guide while you develop your own. Take a look.

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3. Communication in the Workplace

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Want to know how to improve the communication in your workplace? Knowing the components that are involved in effective communication will help. So will knowing how communication is viewed as a part of your workplace culture. Learn what you need to know about effective communication at work.

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4. Phrases for Performance Reviews and Other Difficult Conversations

Employees need feedback. They want to know how they are doing and if they are meeting their manager’s expectations. Feedback is fun when you can offer praise and satisfaction. It is more challenging when you need to discuss improving performance. Organizations hold a performance review to provide feedback, encourage employee development, and assess employee progress and contribution. Learn more.

5. Sample Condolence Letter: Family Death

Looking for a sample condolence letter that you might send to a coworker who has experienced a death in her family? A family death is a significant event in a coworker’s life. The closer the coworker’s relationship with the family member, the tougher it is for them to mourn their loss and recover to a functioning level. In the case of a parent or a brother or sister, the employee may have ongoing concerns and responsibilities that came to him or her with the death. Find out more.

6. What Is Business Attire?

Business attire refers to the clothing that employees wear to work. Depending on the workplace, various levels of business attire are expected and the norm. The dress codes range from traditional and formal to smart casual, business casual, and casual.

7. How to Improve Your Performance at Work

You can significantly improve your performance at work by practicing these eight tips provided by Jason Womack, executive coach and author of the book, Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More (Wiley) (Compare Prices). Jason participated in an email interview which is so full of useful ideas that they overflowed into a series of articles.

8. Sample Cover Letter for a Human Resources Manager Job

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Looking for a sample cover letter as you apply for jobs in HR? This letter is geared specifically for people who are applying for HR manager positions. You won't want to copy it exactly, but it will give you a sense about what is appropriate in a good cover letter. Take a look.

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9. 10 Reasons Why Your Employees Hate You

Krystian Kaczmarski

If the behaviors described sound a lot like you, your employees probably do hate you. Since a manager's success is inherent in the success of his or her employees, you'll want to minimize these behaviors. Employees who are focused on their dislike of the boss waste lots of psychic energy that would be better spent on work and contributions.

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10. Steps to Create a Career Development Plan

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You can win with your employees with a career development plan because research demonstrates that career growth and development is a top priority with employees. The opportunity to continue to grow their skills and develop their capabilities is consistently one of the top needs that employees express about work. Use these steps to assist your employees to build a solid career development plan. Here's how.

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