Monday, June 28, 2010

USA - Telecommuting

Telecommuters experience a better work/life balance than office-based employees even when working significantly longer hours.

Telecommuting Better Than Office Working

Global - Violence at Work

A recent survey by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) identified a 30 per cent increase in the number of trade unionists murdered in the preceding 12 months with 101 dying in 2009.

Violence At Work

USA - Engaging The Disengaged

A survey by the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), a leading research and advisory services company, found that high-potential employees are increasingly disengaged and seeking new career opportunities. Some 25 per cent plan to leave their current
employers in the next year compared to 10 per cent in 2006. About one in five (21 per cent) identify themselves as 'highly disengaged' a three-fold increase since 2007.

High-Potential Employees Are Increasingly Disengaged

Thursday, June 17, 2010

USA - 5 Important Performance Management Tasks

Performance management should be much more than a process for documenting and delivering feedback, coaching and ratings. When expanded beyond these basics, it becomes a powerful tool for helping your employees develop and achieve their full potential, and for driving employee engagement. Here are 5 additional performance management tasks that should be a standard part of your performance management

5 Important Performance Management Tasks That Often Are Forgotten

Friday, June 11, 2010

UK - Language Skills In Demand

Language skills definitely improve chances of employment according to a survey by specialist language recruiter, Euro London Appointments.

Language Skills In Demand

USA - Common Workplace Annoyances

The most common causes of annoyance in the workplace are co-workers with poor time management skills (cited by 43 per cent of respondents) and the prevalence of gossip (36 per cent).

Common Workplace Annoyances


Self-esteem increases throughout adult life, peaking at around retirement age but declining thereafter. Health and income are significant factors in the maintenance of self-esteem.


USA - Pressures On Small Business Owners

A mere 21 per cent of small business owners employing the fewest staff (between two and 10) are earning more than they hoped for when starting their companies - despite working an average of 58 hours per week.

Pressures On Small Business Owners

Thursday, June 10, 2010

UK - Unemployment Will Peak At 3 Million

CIPD forecasts unemployment will peak at close to 3 million by 2012 as a result of the coalition government's deficit reduction measures.

Gloomy Prognosis For Employment

Canada - Situational Interviews

The qualifications of visible minorities recruited under an employment equity program are less likely to be questioned if situational interviews are used.

Support For Situational Interviews

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

USA - Loyalty and Employee Retention

U.S. organizations risk losing employees who feel under-valued and de-motivated as the economy recovers according to an on-line survey conducted by Kelton Research on behalf of learning and talent management solutions provider Cornerstone OnDemand.

Loyalty and Employee Retention

UK - Unions Supporting Economic Recovery

UK unions are supporting economic recovery by helping to reduce stress and lack of motivation in the workplace according to a recent report from the TUC.

Unions Supporting Economic Recovery

USA - CEO Reputation and Appearance

There is a strong association between appearance and success in business organizations according to a study by Duke University.

CEO Reputation And Appearance

Monday, June 07, 2010

USA - Personality Assessments Fail

he trend in recent years has been to utilize personality assessments in the hiring process for predicting on-the-job success. In 2007, a prominent panel of personnel psychologists (Morgeson et al., 2007) collaborated to discuss the utility of personality tests in the selection process. The clear theme: Validities of personality measures are so low that using them for selection should be questioned. The research shows that broad-based personality tests such as the Big Five Personality Traits & Emotional Intelligence account for less than 6% of variance in job-related performances. Despite the claims from the hundreds of vendors selling personality tests, little has changed in the last 40 years, the science still shows that their predictive value is minimal when used to predict job performance success in today's job market.

Why Personality Assessments Don't Predict Sales Success