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A funny thing shows up when you look up the origins of the words cooperation and competition in the dictionary. The word cooperate comes from Latin and means 'work together'. The origin of the word compete, which is also Latin, is ‘seek together’.

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How do companies continue to thrive when the current reality is shaky? By focusing on your employee base.

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There’s a lot of volatility in the wind industry at the moment. In the U.S., the production tax credit (PTC) is set to expire at the end of 2012, and there’s a general lack of federal policy to support wind energy development.

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Some say that work-life balance is about integrating your work with what really matters to you in life. This is close to the way I think about it. Others say that work-life balance is a myth.

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It seems that most articles about green buildings focus on building metrics and how well these high tech, energy-saving buildings are performing. While this data is important, as an HR professional who works in a green building, my thoughts center on the people and their experiences within our workplace.

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2. Work in partnership with your employees. When benefit changes are explained solely from the company point of view, this tends to set up a defensive dynamic to your benefit discussions. Any communication should come from the frame of mind that you and your employees are in this together.

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Teamwork is important to any organization. In my company I have the pleasure of working with what I consider to be an outstanding human resource and administration team. I love coming to work every day to interact and collaborate with this group of people.

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Because the venue and the event itself were new to me, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Sometimes I find that it’s good to have no or low expectations for first-time experiences – it makes it that much more enjoyable.

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I have a friend who used to be an enthusiastic goal-setter and self-improvement specialist. She’s read many self-help books, diligently set New Year’s resolutions, and lived in steps (i.e., 5 proven steps to a better night’s sleep, or 3 steps for a slimmer waistline).

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