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January 2008 Story

KOREAN VISA WAIVER KUDOS


Thank you for your report on the Korean visa waiver in the January issue of Hawaii Business magazine.

I attended a seminar Jan. 18, 2008, sponsored by U.S. and Korean Chamber of Commerce Hawaii as a speaker with the honorary U.S. ambassador to Korea, Mr. Vershbow.

At the seminar, many people were talking about your column in Hawaii Business magazine regarding Korean visa waiver.

I think your report was the best one I have ever read. The history and the detailed numbers of statistics were great.

Thank you so much for your interest in this issue.

Austin Ki Kang
Co-Chairman
Korean Visa Waiver Committee
Honolulu, Hawaii
Via email


 

January 2008 Page 50
COMMUNICATE X3


Christie Dermengian’s “Scouting and Keeping Good Talent in the Workplace” (January 2008) was right on target. Attracting and retaining quality workers is the top business issue impacting our entire economy. By some industry estimates, it costs as much as 150 percent of an employee’s annual salary to recruit, hire and train a replacement.

Our ability to grapple with these workforce issues will determine the viability and survival of local businesses for at least the next five to 10 years. Hawaii Business serves its readers well by providing such clear and well-thought out advice for employers.

As specialists in human resources for hundreds of employers statewide, we would add a strong piece of advice: When it comes to employee retention, employers must communicate, communicate, communicate.
Without consistent and regular information, employees develop a sense of fear—fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of replacement. Eliminate these fears from your workplace and retaining your best employees gets a lot easier.

Debbie Padello
Director of HR & Client Services,
ALTRES HR
Honolulu, Hawaii
Via email

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