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Organizations are exploring some new and innovative performance management systems in an effort to truly inspire and motivate their teams with some encouraging results. Traditional performance management systems typically set goals related to the business plan, utilize performance appraisals that are too lengthy, redundant, hastily completed to meet deadlines and often don't allow employees any real input. 

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
9 Predictions For The Guestroom Of The Future
So long, desks. Bye bye, bathtubs. The guestroom of the future might abandon these tried-and-true staples (and others) in favor of new space-conscious and tech-savvy upgrades.  
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Caesars' Chapter 11 filing: 5 things to know

Caesars Entertainment Operating Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it attempts to implement a previously announced financial structuring.  The voluntary filing is the largest bankruptcy since Energy Future Holdings Corporation sought Chapter 11 protection in April 2014, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Top Hotel Trends To Watch In 2015
The hotel industry generated $163 billion in revenue in 2013, up nearly 6 percent from 2012, according to the AHLA's 2014 Lodging Industry Profile. But with the rise of home-sharing and vacation rental businesses like Airbnb and HomeAway, the industry is being forced to improve upon the status quo and find new ways to appeal to travelers.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
Whole Foods' Founder Has A Grandiose Vision For Fixing American Health Care
Whole Foods' "Total Health Immersion" program is a free weight loss retreat that includes medically supervised lab testing, cooking classes, and talks with nutritionists. And he wants to start offering it to customers too, as a weekend getaway, in Austin first, and then in other major cities if it works 
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Industry Group to Back Results-Focused Care
A coalition of some of the nation's largest health care systems and insurers vowed on Wednesday to change the way hospitals and doctors are paid - placing less emphasis on the sheer amount of care being delivered and more on improving quality and lowering costs.  
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Keeping Health Care Clean
Now General Sensing - co-founded by MIT Media Lab alumni Jonathan Gips SM '06 and Philip Liang SM '06 - is using smart devices to monitor hand hygiene among hospital staff and ensure compliance with WHO guidelines. The aim, Liang says, is to help reduce the spread of HAIs, which affected one in 25 U.S. hospital patients in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
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Top Stories: Human Resources
4 Legal Issues Employers Must Watch In 2015
Employers face difficult compliance issues every year, but according to Ogletree Deakins attorney Diane Saunders, four areas deserve special attention in 2015. A month into the New Year, she urges HR pros to think about these employment practices:
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48% Of Workers Are Distracted By Workplace Fatigue
In a fast-paced workplace where people are putting in longer hours than ever before, tiredness and fatigue is causing staff to make mistakes, miss meetings and get distracted by non-work related tasks.
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A Big Push For Multiple Employer Plans
The ERISA Advisory Council has urged the Department of Labor to relax its rules regarding open multiple employer plans as a way of encouraging more workplaces to offer retirement plans.
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