Monday, October 30, 2006

USA - A Passion for Diversity

Some people work at their jobs because they have to make a living, and they get to express themselves after work. Some people have careers that they love, and have a hard time not taking home their work with them when they go home. And then there are successful people in the diversity field. They have a passion for diversity and they live their work. Whether or not they take their work home with them, their work is always driven by the values they live every day, and their lives are driven by the values they promote at work.

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A Passion for Diversity

Thursday, October 19, 2006

USA - Listening to Employees

Companies spend millions of dollars each year for programs designed to improve the
competitiveness of their organizations. Yet, many of them do not take the time and effort to understand the concerns of the people whose behavior must change to achieve the desired business results.

Listening to Employees Vital to Successful Change, Says RHR International

This item includes a really good list of key components that affect employees' readiness for change.

N. America - Talent Acquisition Software

SonicRecruit’s service, OFCCP compliance, ease of use and flexibility are key factors in signing the second-largest lighting and materials enterprise in the world.

OSRAM SYLVANIA Selects SonicRecruit to Brighten Up Its Hiring Efforts

Australia - TAFE system underfunded, say ACTU

The ACTU is calling on the Federal Government to stop ducking its responsibility to fix Australia's under-funded TAFE system following a new report that shows young Australians are missing out on a high quality technical education.

Young Australians Deprived of Technical Education & Skills: New Research

Locating Unrecognized Talent

Succession planners can locate unknown talent, like the TV show American Idol, by using 360-degree feedback. Users of Panoramic Feedback have found that aggregate reports from 360 are valuable for identifying skilled individuals who are invisible to succession plans because they are outside the inner circles.

"American Idol" And 360-Degree Feedback Teach Effective Succession Planning

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

UK - Employment situation

The unemployment rate stands at 5.5% - up on the previous month and the quarter - however, 29.02 million people were in work in the period June to August according to the labour force survey (LFS). This remains the highest figure on record, up by 120,000 in the last quarter and 255,000 over the last year.

Employment Statistics

UK - Workplace Dispute Resolutions

Rita Donaghy, Acas Chair, has called on employers and employees to work together to resolve disagreements as early as possible, arguing that unresolved disputes damage workplace relationships and lead to reduced business efficiency.

Acas Chair advocates early dispute resolution

UK - TUC goes to Poland

A TUC delegation is heading for Poland to advise prospective migrant workers on British employment law and union membership before they set off for the UK.

TUC goes to Poland

Monday, October 16, 2006

USA - Executive Perks Survey

The Compensation Data annual survey of more than 5,300 employers shows that almost two-thirds (64.6%) provided cell phones as an executive perk and 43.6% offered laptops or home PCs.

Executive Perk Survey

Sunday, October 15, 2006

UK - Scottish smoking ban produces rapid health improvement

A Dundee study shows significant improvements in bar workers' lung function and a reduction in reported respiratory symptoms within the first few months of the ban on smoking in confined public places in Scotland.

Scottish smoking ban produces rapid health improvement

Australia - Employment Situation

Unemployment falls back to 4.8%

Seasonally adjusted, the number of people in employment also rose by 23,400 to 10,265,500 in September.

Friday, October 06, 2006

USA - Employment Situation

Bureau of Labor Statistics reports unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were little changed at 4.6 percent and 6.9 million, respectively.

US unemployment falls marginally to 4.6%

Canada - Employment Situation

Statistics Canada reports that the unemployment rate fell by 0.1% to 6.4% in September, accompanied by an increase of 16,200 in the number of people employed.

Unemployment Falls By 0.1% to 6.4%

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Australia - Risk-taking CEOs

A comparison of Australian and U.S. CEOs shows American business leaders to be more conservative and reserved while Australians are more fun-loving and risk-taking.

Australian CEOs Greater Risk-Takers Than Americans

USA - Scot achieves Senior VP at Papa John

McCue, a native of Scotland who recently became a US citizen, has nearly 30 years of global human resources experience with leading companies in a broad range of industries.

Papa John’s Hires Peter McCue as Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Sunday, October 01, 2006

UK - TUC welcomes minimum wage increase

The TUC has today (Sunday) welcomed the seventh annual increase in the national minimum wage, hailing the 30p rise in the adult rate as a significant boost to the pay packets of over a million low-paid workers, the majority of them women working part-time.

TUC hails October minimum wage rise