The Cornell HR Review is a student-run HR publication that provides timely articles, essays, and executive commentary.

Organizational Conflict Management Systems in Small Business

November 15, 2016

Organizations large and small have conflict management systems in place to proactively manage internal and external conflict. As small business leaders, we need to evaluate our organization’s culture and determine what conflict management process works for us. Grievance resolution, mediation, arbitration, ombudsman and peer review panels are examples of current conflict management processes. These dispute […]

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People and Technology: Reflections from the 2016 Human Capital Association Symposium

October 29, 2016

From time to time, the Cornell HR Review staff contributes summaries of HR-related events that take place on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY.  The intent is to disseminate the content of these events to the wider HR community of practitioners and researchers. In September 2016, the Human Capital Association (HCA) hosted its 14th […]

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Why are Baby Boomers Staying Employed?

October 11, 2016

The current generation of retirement eligible workers are staying in the workplace significantly longer than previous generations. As people live longer, they opt to remain in the workplace longer in order to continue earning income and stay engaged mentally.[1] The current and projected future changes in eligibility for Social Security retirement benefits also contributes to […]

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A New Role for Human Resource Managers: Social Engineering Defense

September 20, 2016

The general risk of social engineering attacks to organizations has increased with the rise of digital computing and communications, while for an attacker the risk has decreased. In order to counter the increased risk, organizations should recognize that human resources (HR) professionals have just as much responsibility and capability in preventing this risk as information […]

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Physical Extensions of Corporate Culture

August 15, 2016

Part 1: Overview of Popular Management Technique According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, “culture” was the most popular word of 2014. Corporate boardrooms have been facing a bit of a culture shock, not in the traditional sense of the term, but because of the emphasis currently being placed on initiatives to enhance company values and norms. […]

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Telework is work: Navigating the new normal

May 10, 2016

Over the past couple of decades, multiple factors have conspired to loosen the ties that once bound workers to their cubicles and 9-to-5 schedules. The practice of teleworking–also known as remote working or telecommuting–has been growing for years, with recent polls putting the proportion of teleworkers at 37% in the U.S.[i] Telework isn’t so much […]

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Employee privacy in light of new technologies: An ethical and strategic framework

May 10, 2016

If freedom comes with responsibility, then the spate of new tools enabling employee surveillance calls for careful consideration among HR leaders. Although court rulings will eventually provide more legal guidance on the issue, as strategic business partners HR departments must reach their own conclusions about how to integrate employee tracking technology. Given the generally employer-friendly […]

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It’s important to keep flexing

May 10, 2016

A recent study of more than 1,500 workers found that nearly a third considered flexibility to be the most important factor when considering employment offers.[1] Surprisingly, employers are just as quick to sing praises of the benefits associated with accommodating their workforce. When asked in a survey, 91 percent of HR professionals agreed that flexible […]

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How to Continue to Innovate with Fewer “Water Cooler” Conversations

April 26, 2016

Introduction As companies continue to grow globally, learning how to innovate across geographic lines has become even more important as “water cooler” conversations become less of the norm. This challenge is even more pertinent for the tech industry, where innovation is at its core. I sought to answer the following question: As tech companies continue […]

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Student Loan Repayment Assistance: A Perk for The New Generation of Workers

April 26, 2016

As the cost of college education continues to rise and more graduates are entering the workforce with excessive amounts of student loan debt, employer repayment assistance is becoming a new trend in the organizational perks industry. The rise in popularity as a new perk has been slow, but is quickly taking hold as a benefit […]

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The Potential of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) in Labor Adjustment Policy

November 9, 2015

Through labor-management policy, the management is responsible for establishing mutually beneficial relations between workers and employers. Establishing proper relations from the perspective of the worker refers to protecting workers’ rights by guaranteeing their quality of life.[1] Areas of labor-management policy set by management include those that appropriate wages and labor conditions; stipulate and settle collective […]

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The Benefits of Corporate-Funded Childcare

November 2, 2015

The Problem If there is a lack of qualified workers to fill openings, the problem lies in the pipeline. Although it is possible to retrain employees and potential candidates to have the necessary skills that a business requires, this can often be costly and cumbersome.

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