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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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If Kristen Graf has her way, every year from now on there will be more women working in the wind industry. Graf, executive director of the national nonprofit Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), administers the Rudd Mayer Fellowships, which since 2005 have played a key role in identifying and assisting...

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Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I spoke to a group of business school students at the University of Vermont on the topic of company culture and employee relations. In preparing for this presentation, it got me thinking more deeply about how company culture evolves and who defines it within an organization.

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Talk about cafeteria benefit plans! Since 2007, NRG Systems has contracted with Wild Leek Kitchen to provide free, catered lunch for every employee four days a week, with an emphasis on fresh, local, low-calorie food cooked from scratch.

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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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