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Benefits of Professional Development Courses

Increasing the competency and effectiveness of employees is usually the driving factor behind a company's decision to either offer or require professional development. But these programs can also boost morale by positioning participants to advance their careers through acquiring new skills or gaining insight into an area of the company they might be unfamiliar with. And being selected to travel to a conference can make an employee feel special or rewarded for his or her hard work.

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Four Tricks That Make Mediation Work

Mediation/Negotiation Skills

But the potential benefits of such alternative dispute resolution are often undermined by the participants entering the process with the same litigation-oriented, adversarial mindset they meant to leave behind. Here are four counterintuitive strategies that harness the strengths of mediation rather than treating it as litigation light. They may not be traditional, but properly employed, they work. 1. Let the other side pick the mediator. Mediation should be speedy, economical, and conciliatory. But parties often kick things off with a mediator-selection process that is complex, expensive, time consuming, and adversarial. Avoid this opening skirmish by letting the other side pick...

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In Growing Pet Insurance Sector, Fido May Get Better Health Care Than Humans

Pet Care

While roughly 45 million Americans struggle to access medical care, turns out many pets can access high-end medical treatments such as kidney transplants or acupuncture -- thanks to the growing availability of pet insurance. Even Wal-Mart has dipped its toe in pet health insurance, albeit in Canada.

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Employee Retention: How to Retain Employees by WSJ

Employee Relations

Hiring employees is just a start to creating a strong work force. Next, you have to keep them. High employee turnover costs business owners in time and productivity. Try these tactics to retain your employees.

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