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How can human resources contribute to innovation?  How can we turn new ideas into reality, break old paradigms and step outside of the box with new solutions to old problems?  Innovation may begin with creativity but it is more than an idea - it takes place when great ideas come to fruition and make their mark in the world.  In the past, most businesses focused on continuous improvement of their products and services to maintain a competitive edge.  But in today's economy, that's not always enough.

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Hotels Are Turning Into Full-Scale Gyms And Wellness Centers
Moskal says that these types of fitness and wellness hotels are more than just the latest trend to hit the industry: They're becoming a necessity for hotels to stay relevant and competitive in the current market.
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NY Midtown Robots Allow For Conversation-Free Hotel Service
Busy business travelers and shy leisure travelers are getting a time-saving and conversation-free experience at a midtown Manhattan hotel thanks to a few machines, including a modified industrial robot. 
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Attempt To Block $15.37 Minimum Wage For L.A. Hotel Workers Rejected By Judge
An attempt by a pair of hotel industry groups to prevent a $15.37 per hour minimum wage for hotel workers in Los Angeles from taking effect this summer was rejected by a federal judge. 
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Top Stories: Healthcare
15 Quotes From Healthcare Executives Reporters Knew They Had To Write Down
More than 150 hospital and health system executives gathered in Chicago a few days ago to discuss their industry, organizations, strategies, challenges and passions as part of the Becker's Hospital Review 6th Annual Meeting. Needless to say, our reporters left with notes upon notes when the event wrapped up.
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Risk Of Patient Harm Is High At Low-Volume Hospitals, Study Finds
When surgeons at a hospital perform a low volume of cases of certain procedures, patients are at a higher risk of suffering death or serious complications than if the surgeons and hospitals have more experience, according to analysis from U.S. News & World Report.
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Hospitals And Unions: 9 Recent Conflicts, Agreements
The following is a roundup of recent events pertaining to hospital-union relationships, including strikes, rallies and new contract agreements. All events were reported within the last month, beginning with the most recent. 
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Top Stories: Human Resources
5 Rules For The Modern Workplace
The old rules of work applied to an economy of factories and offices, a world of "standard," stable employment with large employers, over careers with more or less predictable trajectories. The new rules belong to another universe-flexible, precarious, and entrepreneurial, less and less tied to specific times, places, and employers. 
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First Impressions: Why Onboarding Employees Is Like Going on a First Date
New employees starting with your organization is like going on a first date. You want to put your best foot forward in the hopes that they feel that they indeed made the right decision to join your organization. 
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Jobless Claims Cling Near 15-Year Low
New claims have registered less than 270,000 for three straight weeks, only the second instance in which that's happened since 1975. The last time claims were as low was in the spring of 2000 - at the tail end of the Internet boom.
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