The Human Capital Equation

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Managing human capital is tricky because of the diversity of considerations and the fact that almost all of them are maddeningly subjective. Should you coddle the youngsters on your finance team to keep them happy? How will you replace the droves of baby boomers who are about to retire? How do you keep your work force engaged to the benefit of the bottom line? Why is there a disconnect between employers and employees on the value of performance reviews? What can you do to protect your company against employee lawsuits?

Such questions merely scratch the surface of the human capital equation. In this report CFO.com has gathered together our most compelling articles in this critical area, organized into categories covering hiring, benefits, career issues, costs, and mergers and acquisitions.


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Exit Strategies
How companies can help retiring employees transition from savers to consumers.
Above & Beyond
When employees go the extra mile, does the bottom line benefit?


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NEW HIRES
What's Wrong with the Kids?
Coping with the newest generation in finance requires tact, patience — and restraint.
The Replacements
With staff defections on the rise, CFOs are paying more attention to new hires.
Manpower's Michael Van Handel
The CFO at a business with 4,400 offices in 73 countries, Van Handel seems the ideal person to comment on the looming ''war on talent'' and its global implications.
The Retirement Age
Baby boomers will soon be leaving the workforce in droves. Are you ready to replace them?

BENEFITS
Rethinking Health Care
Can more employee choice actually lower costs?
Pin the Tail on the Doctor
A dearth of information leaves health-care consumers in the dark.
Putting a Premium on Health
Employers are giving workers a new reason to get in shape: cash.
Benefits in 2020
The future of health and retirement plans presents big challenges for employers and employees.

THE CAREER ARC
Placing a Premium on Talent
UK insurer Aviva combines mentoring and talent management in its new succession-planning programme.
"How'm I Doing?"
Two-thirds of companies believe their performance reviews are effective, according to a recent survey, but only 39 percent of employees agree.
Parting Shots
Why the views of departing employees can be the key to higher retention.

THE BOTTOM LINE
Finance in History: Labor Days
The Lowell Mills offer a lesson in the perils of focusing on labor costs at the expense of technology.
Just Rewards
Pressured by the tight labor market, companies are redesigning nonexecutive pay to attract — and keep — top performers.

THE IMPACT OF M&A
Public To Private
The tricky job of managing people before, during and after an acquisition gets even trickier when a state-owned company is involved.
Merge Right
Numbers don't drive deals. People do.

OTHER SUGGESTED READING
The Enemy Within
Companies fear employee lawsuits more than any other legal threat. To prevent them, experts advise looking in the mirror.
Keeping Off-sites on Target
It may cost up to six figures, but that executive retreat can pay off — if you do it right.
Can You Read Me?
Corporate employees barely make the grade on a grammar quiz.

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