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It's that time of year again when companies are preparing their budgets for the upcoming year.   For HR professionals, it is probably not one of your favorite tasks, but by embracing the process, it can be an opportunity to reinforce the HR function as a strategic partner. In the WageWatch 6/12/13 blog, Budget Boot Camp, we covered the fundamentals of the HR Budgeting process.  Now we will dive a little deeper into the specific elements of the HR Budget.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Bill Marriott: Where Hotels Are Going
Bill Marriott, the 82-year-old chairman of Marriott International, the $19 billion hotel-management company, is done with flowered drapes and white tablecloths. In place of fusty bedspreads and fluffy carpets, he wants most of his 200 new luxury and lifestyle hotel projects to be filled with sleek flat-screen TVs, hardwood floors and hopping bars.
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From Kid Spas To Luxury Cars, Hotels Amp Up The Amenities
It seems more and more luxury hotels are going out of their way to impress with new amenities, programs and perks. Below are some top hotel trends, as spotted by Hawkins International.
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Neighborhood Marketing for Hotel F&B
Hoteliers looking for a bit more revenue from their F&B operation should consider neighborhood marketing to bring local diners to their door, writes Aaron Allen of Aaron Allen & Associates. It is cost-effective and easily adaptable through the digital channel. It also encourages word-of-mouth marketing, which has been found to greatly influence consumers' dining decisions.
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Hotels Reward Guests For Twitter, Facebook Posts
Hotels are increasingly expanding the ways guests can earn rewards beyond reserving a room. Now they are recognizing them for certain "behaviors."
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Top Stories: Healthcare
8 Statistics on Physician Employment
The number of primary care physicians employed by hospitals increased from 10 percent in 2013 to 20 percent in 2014, according to a Jackson Healthcare survey of physicians.   Overall, 21 percent of physicians in all specialties are employed by a hospital.
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10 Concerns and Trends Facing Hospitals Right Now
Hospitals and health systems are facing a large assortment of pressures, challenges and threats. Depending on their size and market, some of these issues are highly concerning, whereas others are more promising.
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Healthcare Quality Professionals: Time To Hire Professional Process Engineers in Healthcare
The results of a nationwide survey of quality improvement professionals working in healthcare were released July 30, and underscore concerns ...
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Top Stories: Human Resources
What The Normal HR Team Looks Like

So what does the normal human resource department look like?  Well, according to a survey by the Society for Human Research Management (SHRM), most of the people on the team will be female, college educated (and the majority with graduate degrees), with more and more new to the field and more and more specializing in strategy or hiring.

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What You Can Learn From What Google Learned About Hiring
Larry Page and Sergey Brin were both high-achieving students, as both earned master's degrees from Stamford before they co-founded Google.  Understandably, when they started hiring at Google, they focused in on hiring people like them, namely people from great schools with high GPAs. They required candidates to submit their GPAs and college transcripts as part of their applications, no matter how long they were out of school.  Today, that is no longer the case,
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Obama Signs Executive Order On LGBT Job Discrimination
The executive order has two parts: It makes it illegal to fire or harass employees of federal contractors based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, and it explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government. 
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