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Q.Our whole department is being closed and we're all finished at the end of the month. Until then, management has installed some search firms to help us write resumes and use the office to make calls to set up appointments. None of this is bringing much response because every other company is in the same situation. We wonder if there's something more we can ask from management.

Ans. A recent poll, Changes Organizations Have Made in Light of 2008 Financial Challenges to the U.S. Economy, conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) showed 83 percent of managements would consider providing employees with financial educational literature and/or workshops by investment specialists.  Another 21 percent said they might revise investment policies for 401(k) plans and other savings programs. Eleven percent said they might change investment management companies, and seven percent said they would consider offering employees investment options other than 401(k) plans. . Six percent said they might suspend investments in mutual funds that are deemed risky. You may want to discuss those ideas with your own management. Such a semiinar would be a fitting goodbye gift. Discuss it with the HR director.

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