Thursday, September 27, 2007

USA - Helping Depressed Employees

Employees with significant depression who participated in a program including a telephone outreach and care management service demonstrated fewer symptoms, improved work productivity and greater job retention than those receiving standard care.

Helping Depressed Employees

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

USA - Employers Can Help Reduce Obesity

A telephone survey of American adults (1018 men and 1045 women) in full-time employment has found that many could eat more healthily and be more active while at work and employers could help reverse current trends by promoting health and wellness in the workplace.

Employers Can Help Reduce Obesity

USA - Sacking By Email

A recent survey found that 10 per cent of respondents said their organization had used email to sack or layoff employees and 17 per cent said emails had been used to avoid other difficult communications.

Sacking By Email

USA - Financial Incentives

Jeffrey Pfeffer said organizations can be misguided if they use incentive pay based on the belief "that if employees were just compensated appropriately, virtually every organizational and management problem could be solved."

Financial Incentives May Not Motivate

NZ - 10 Minutes To Judge A Job Seeker

"The interview begins the moment the job seeker arrives, so applicants need to project enthusiasm and confidence consistently from the start. The opening minutes of the conversation set the tone and direction for the rest of the interview. You do not get a second chance to make a good first impression, so it is vital to prepare especially well for the first few interview questions, even if they may seem casual and not related to work at first."

10 Minutes To Judge A Job Seeker

Global - Distinguishing Top Companies For Leaders

By having the right leadership practices and processes in place, maintaining a strict focus on critical talent at all levels, and having a continuous desire to improve, Global Top Companies have cultures that cultivate and nurture their talent, and a reputation for doing it well.

Distinguishing Top Companies For Leaders

UK - Public Sector Management

Research for The Work Foundation has found that public sector managers lack confidence in their own leadership skills and underestimate their achievements compared to ratings given by their line managers and other colleagues.

Public Sector Managers Lack Confidence

UK/Europe - Managing People

A survey of 137 major European employers conducted by the international HR consultancy Cubiks found that most managers take on responsibility for managing people because they want greater involvement in company decision-making and not because they are fundamentally interested in managing and developing teams.

Managers More Interested In Power Than People

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Australia - Employee Communication

If you are involved in employee communication then you already know that one of the most important aspects of employee communication today is measurement. But so much of that measurement is focused on whether employees access the tools organizations use to communicate with them.


Employee Communication: 5 Ways To Measure The Impact On Business Outcomes

UK - Virtual leaders show how to lead the way in the future

Recent research into the evolution of leadership in the current high tech business environment has found a new fertile ground in the world of computer gaming. The findings are intriguing and offer considerable opportunities in the identification and training of future leaders in organizations.

Leadership in 2012: Virtual leaders show how to lead the way in the future

USA - Corporate Culture And Change

A new study considers the "tug of war" that can occur over innovation and argues that knowledge about past initiatives and the business culture of a target group are essential when promoting organizational change.

Corporate Culture And Change

UK - The Knowledge Economy

A report by Neil Lee at The Work Foundation uses data from the UK Competitiveness Index to examine job distribution from 1995-2005 in the "knowledge economy" - industries such as financial services, research and development, IT, communications and advertising.

The report concludes that perpetuation of the north-south divide is demonstrated by limited job creation in this sector outside London and the south east where "the numbers of high-skill, high-pay, high-productivity jobs have made the region the powerhouse of national economic performance". The report warns that other urban areas risk being left behind.

The Knowledge Economy

USA - Work And Sleep

Research from the University of Pennsylvania published in SLEEP has found that work time is the largest influence on how long an individual sleeps on both work and leisure days. The more hours worked the less sleep achieved.

Work And Sleep

UK - Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), a group of over 200 conditions including arthritis, back pain and damage to joints, muscles and tendons are by far the most prevalent cause of work-related illness in the UK affecting twice as many people as stress.


Musculoskeletal Disorders

Monday, September 24, 2007

Canada - Longer Hours For Finance Managers

Research on behalf of staffing services firm Robert Half International has found that more than half the finance managers surveyed report working longer hours than two years ago, but with considerable variation between countries.

Longer Hours For Finance Managers

Australia - Young Workers Unfairly Dismissed

Research by the Faculty of Business at Queensland University of Technology investigated more than 1200 complaints of unfair dismissal made to the Young Workers Advisory Service by 15 to 24-year-olds and found that almost one in five was sacked for being sick, injured or for responding to family problems.

Young Workers Unfairly Dismissed

UK - Sick Certification Study

A new Merseyside study has found that more certified intermediate sick leave (6-28 weeks) is given by male GPs to male patients compared to that given by female GPs to female patients.

Sick Certification Study

Friday, September 21, 2007

USA - New Health Program

(News Release) Worker productivity loss and risk of injury and illness challenge companies more than any other health care issue today. In response, Aetna (NYSE:AET) is introducing Aetna Integrated Health Solution(SM) (IHS), a progressive new program that is part of the Aetna Health Connections(SM) family of medical management programs and services, to help control health care and disability costs. With a focus on optimal employee health and productivity, IHS also provides employers with the tools to build a healthy, engaged and highly productive workforce.

Aetna Launches Integrated Health Solution(SM) Program to Improve Employee Health and Productivity

USA - HR/Business Alignment Tool

An integrated, web-based service that assesses, benchmarks, and determines how HR executives can improve the effectiveness of their HR Function and their HR Staff.

The Corporate Leadership Council Launches First HR Business Alignment Tool (HR BAT) for Chief Human Resource Officers to Increase the HR Function’s Business Impact

USA - Lousiana Workforce Training

(News Release) Essential Learning has been selected by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) to provide on-line training to 3,900 of its employees.

Since hurricane Katrina, Louisiana has experienced a shortage of professionals in the healthcare industry, affecting capacity to provide necessary services to those who need it. This training effort will support the staff of LDHH in their challenging work.

Essential Learning Selected as Louisiana’s On-line Training Vendor to Support State’s Human Services Workforce

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Job-hunting - Handwritten Notes

Personalized letters are an effective way of getting noticed when looking for work in a world dominated by electronic communications.

Handwritten Notes

Singapore - Candidate Mentoring Program

TMS Asia-Pacific, ipac financial planning Singapore, COMO Group and Club 21 today unveiled a world recruitment industry first with the launch in Singapore of a new and very unique candidate mentoring concept - StarLife.

TMS, ipac, COMO and Club 21 launch combined candidate mentoring program

USA - Achieving Brand Integrity

A new book by Gregg Lederman questions why so many organizations fail to fully invest in their people by focusing on strategic tools such as mission statements at the expense of developing a performance-based work culture.

Achieving Brand Integrity

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

USA - Employee Benefits Report

As companies grapple with competing objectives - managing benefits costs while attracting and retaining skilled talent - the link between employee benefits strategies and business and financial goals is expected to increase by 2012, according to Employee Benefits: 2007 & Beyond, a new report released today by Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU) that explores current and future employee needs and how employers plan to respond to those needs. The report highlights employers' need to improve the perceived value of the benefits programs and services they provide as their employees become increasingly demanding.

Employers Struggle To Deliver Competitive Benefits Programs Consistent with Employees' Increasing Reliance on Workplace Services, According to Prudential Report

Monday, September 17, 2007

UK - Drugs And Alcohol Misuse

Two fifths of UK employers consider alcohol misuse to be a significant cause of absenteeism and lost productivity according to new research and a third also believe that drug misuse has similarly negative consequences.

CIPD Survey Highlights Drug And Alcohol Misuse

USA - Undocumented Worker Legislation

(News Release) CPEhr Helps Small California Employers Comply with Regulations and Avoid Penalties.

Los Angeles HR Firm CPEhr Assists Local Employers with Newly Enforced Undocumented Worker Legislation

New Zealand’s Tight Job Market Creates New Training Challenges For Hospitality Industry

Two recent reports from the Hospitality Standards Institute (HSI) highlight the growth of the hospitality industry and its future skill and training needs.


New Zealand’s Tight Job Market Creates New Training Challenges For Hospitality Industry

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Australia - Unemployment

Unemployment at 4.3%

Seasonally adjusted, the number of people in employment also rose by 31,900 to 10,513,300 in August.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Canada - Internal Candidates For CEO

Selecting a new CEO is one of the most important roles for a corporate board of directors. However, there is a tendency to overlook high-potential internal candidates.

Internal Candidates For CEO