Tuesday, December 30, 2008

UK - TUC New Year Message

Full text of TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber's New Year message to trade union members.

TUC New Year Message

Monday, December 29, 2008

UK - Gloomy Outlook For Pay And Jobs

The CIPD's annual Barometer Report forecasts that 2009 is likely to be the worst year for jobs in two decades. The report predicts a total of 600,000 job losses in 2009 and highlights the poor pay expectations of British employees for the year ahead.

Gloomy Outlook For Pay And Jobs

Saturday, December 20, 2008

NZ - New Labour Market Manager For Manawatu

"Hilary Humphrey has been appointed Regional Labour Market Project Leader to address workforce issues and skilled labour shortages faced by Manawatu organisations.

New Labour Market Manager For Manawatu

Friday, December 19, 2008

NZ - Males Have Higher Debt And Income

In 2007, males earned a higher income than females, and left study the previous year with a higher average student loan leaving debt, Statistics New Zealand said today.
(News Release)

Males Have Higher Debt And Income

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

NZ -

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) said that the Government's 'ReStart' package is welcome but is no substitute for a real redundancy package.


Misgivings About Restart

Friday, December 12, 2008

USA - Fluent Leadership

As 21st century leaders, you know that building, guiding, and sustaining truly diverse communities is tremendously difficult work.

Fluency: Leading in the Midst of Change

UK - Bullying At Work

A recent survey conducted by TUC workplace safety reports found that bullying was a concern at work for one in five safety reps (20%) - up significantly since the 2006 survey (16%). In 2004, only 12% of safety reps had reported bullying as a concern at work.

Zero tolerance for bullies

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Australia - Aged Care Nurses Quitting Due To Stress

A new University of Melbourne study has shown that nearly one third of registered aged care nurses are thinking about leaving their jobs in the next year because of stress.

Aged Care Nurses Quitting Due To Stress

Canada - Phased Retirement Programs

Nearly one third of employers feel that phased retirement programs are an important element of their HR strategies over the next five years.

Phased Retirement Programs Can Ease Skills Shortage

Canada - Widespread Job Anxiety In Quebec

More than 90% of the province's workers believe that the economic crisis will have a negative impact on employment in Quebec workers according to a recent CROP survey conducted for the Ordre des conseillers en resources humaines agrees (CRHA).

Widespread Job Anxiety In Quebec

Canada - Office Gifts

From plastic pizzas to cases of tuna, an amusing survey of marketing and advertising executives indicates a generous but 'innovative' attitude to gift-giving in the office during the festive season.

Santa In The Office

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Asia-Pacific - Recruitment Opportunities

TMS Asia-Pacific has advised those industry employers placing a moratorium on staff hire that now is in fact the perfect time for companies to be stocking up on quality staff in anticipation of the global business upturn predicted next year. (News Release)


Softening job market beginning to free up ‘best talent seen in years’

Monday, November 17, 2008

USA - MySafeWorkplace Plus

Business Controls, Inc., a leading provider of ethics hotlines and risk mitigation services, announced today the launch of MySafeWorkplace Plus™ for clients to better manage, organize, and report on incidents submitted through their hotline system. (News Release)

Business Controls Releases New Case Management System

Monday, November 10, 2008

UK - MrTed Talent Acquisition Solution

MrTedTalentLink™ version 2.8 provides customers with improved forms, flexibility and technology to attract, recruit and retain top talent. (News Release)

MrTed releases latest version of flagship Talent Acquisition Solution

USA - myStaffingPro Applicant Tracking System

HR Services Inc. announces the debut of the next generation of the myStaffingPro applicant tracking system with version 9.0. (News Release)

HR Services Inc. Releases Next Generation of myStaffingPro Applicant Tracking System

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

US/UK - Employees Addicted To Social Networking Sites

More than half of employees (55% in the U.S. and 52% in the U.K.) are using Internet social networks at work according to Internet security company 8e6 Technologies.

Employees Addicted To Social Networking Sites

Thursday, October 30, 2008

USA - Kansas Career Development

Kansas Career Pipeline (KCP), a nonprofit organization, announced that more than 56,000 Kansans have already accessed the Kansas Career Pipeline Career Planning Center, powered by Kuder®, to begin planning for future career success.

Kansas ranks among the top states in the nation who are gaining collaborative support between government agencies and not-for-profit organizations to provide comprehensive career education and job planning resources to residents statewide.

Kansas Among Leaders in Nation for Career Development

Thursday, October 23, 2008

UK - Redundancy: Guide For Employers

As the economy continues to spiral out of control and threats mount over a recession,
many local businesses are looking at cutbacks in a bid to cope under financial pressure.

Redundancy - A Guide For Employers

Monday, October 13, 2008

UK - Mediation & Conflict Resolution At Work

A recent report finds that UK businesses are being badly affected by poorly managed conflicts in the workplace. A timely new book may help.

Mediation & Conflict Resolution At Work

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

USA - Executive Perks

A recent report from Compdata Surveys shows that cell phones are the most popular executive perks in the United States.

Executive Perks

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

UK - Train Into Rail

Armed forces technicians are being helped to readjust to life on civvy street by the RTC Group plc, which owns ATA Rail, one of the UK's leading rail recruitment consultancies and Catalis Ltd, a leading rail training company.

Train Into Rail: Leading Recruiter Retrains Forces Personnel For The Rail Sector

UK - Chewing The Fat

The epic saga of an Aberdeen firefighter sacked over claims he was overweight has provided employment experts with much to consider.

Chewing The Fat

UK - Recruiting For Diversity

Recent research examined recruitment trends, career aspirations and barriers faced by members of under-represented groups in the workplace.

Recruiting For Diversity

UK - Stress Factors

Mental health problems in childhood have a detrimental impact on subsequent working life with increased levels of depression and anxiety.

Stress Factors

Friday, August 29, 2008

Canada - Women Workers Still Feel They Are Paid Less

A recent survey showed that almost a fifth of Canadian women respondents (23%) believed that they were being paid less than their male counterparts.

Women Workers Still Feel They Are Paid Less

Canada - Manufacturing Labour Crisis

A Conference Board study has identified an impending labour crisis in Canada's manufacturing sector.

Labour Crisis In Manufacturing Sector

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Canada - Too Much Work?

We all seem to be working longer hours but does that mean we are working hard? The 'Hardest Working Canadians Study' conducted for Workopolis has identified the top three factors that determine hard work.

Are We Working Too Hard?

Canada - Manitoba Extends Workers Compensation Coverage

The number of industries covered by the Manitoba Workers Compensation Board will be increased from January 1, 2009.


Manitoba Extends Workers Compensation Coverage

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Global - Recruitment and Employer Branding

Recruiting practices need to be consistent with branding strategies or organizations risk missing out on top talent and potential revenue, according to a global study by Alexander Mann Solutions - and social media amplify the consequences.

Recruiting Practices and Employer Branding

USA - Older Workers Feel Shut Out

A study by Age Lessons, a Chicago-based intergenerational consulting firm, has identified workplace '3 Rs' that are keeping older workers up at night:

* fear of redundancy - layoffs or firings
* relevance - keeping skills current, and
* resentment from younger colleagues

Older Workers Feel Shut Out

USA - Phased Retirement Programs

A survey by global HR consulting and outsourcing company Hewitt Associates has shown that an increasing number of U.S. employers are considering implementing phased retirement programs to address an impending talent shortage as a quarter of the workforce nears retirement age.

Phased Retirement Programs

Sunday, August 24, 2008

UK - Trade Union Membership in Wales

The Department for Business has released figures showing trade union membership in Wales grew by nearly 6,000 members (1.5%) in 2007. This is greater than any other UK nation and reflects similar growth in the previous year.

Welsh Trade Union Membership Grows

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

USA - Job Search TV

A new cable TV channel launched in the Chicago area during July aims to reinvent job searching. Job Search Television Network (JSTN) is claimed to take want ads and on-line job boards to a new level by featuring the ‘company-behind-the-job’, offering more insight about companies and their available job openings. JSTN is also preparing expansion and plans to become a national network on Comcast.

Job Search TV

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

USA - Job Search Tips

7.7 million Americans were unemployed at the end of 2007, according to the Department of Labor. Out of these 7.7 million people, and with a questionable economic forecast, how are you going to make yourself stand out and get the job? With a few tips, you may find yourself with more options that you think.

Searching For Jobs When Times Are Hard, How To Make Yourself Stand Out

Monday, August 18, 2008

UK - Inappropriate Footwear

The TUC has produced 'Working feet and footwear', a new guide for footwear at work. The authors found that several large city institutions and upmarket retailers include slip-on shoes or high heels in their dress codes for female staff dealing with the public. These types of footwear can be uncomfortable and lead to long-term foot problems - especially when staff have to stand for prolonged periods.

TUC Attacks Inappropriate Footwear Codes

UK - Recruitment Website

An innovative new website has been launched that can help firms save money, when it comes to hiring staff. Ajobcy.com is an all in one system for businesses looking to communicate to the recruitment world, the best part of it all is that it is free to use. (News Release)

Save money when dealing with recruitment agencies

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

UK - Pink Elephant Support

Pink Elephant today announced the launch of the Support Services division in the UK , which sees a return to the conceptual roots of the original company. Over 20 years ago in the Netherlands the Pink Elephant brand was conceived based upon the premise of providing intelligent, motivated, service-oriented individuals who could deliver outstanding levels of IT support to the client base. Since that time there have been continued and frenetic technological advances with products and formalisation of the roles within the IT Services environment, but we still see that many large organisations outsource HR and recruitment of IT to agencies. (News Release)

Pink Elephant Announces The Launch Of Support Services in the UK

Thursday, August 07, 2008

USA - Social Media And Recruiting

Social media has changed the game in recruiting. Organizations need to be creative and compelling in their communications to attract the best job candidates, and support it with an interactive career site. (News Release)

Don’t Forget Social Networking for Recruiting, says nowHIRE

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Israeli and Palestinian Trade Unions Reach Historic Agreement

The Israeli national trade union centre Histadrut and the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), both of which are affiliated to the ITUC, have reached a landmark agreement to protect the rights of Palestinian workers employed by Israeli employers, and to base future relations on negotiations, dialogue and joint initiatives to advance fraternity and coexistence between the two peoples. (News Release)

Israeli and Palestinian Trade Unions Reach Historic Agreement

Monday, July 28, 2008

USA - Networking

Advance your career with a little help from your friends

A popular misconception is that networking is just about getting a job. In reality, it's much more than that. Networking is about establishing relationships that provide you with valuable feedback and allow you to make educated decisions. You do it every day without even realizing it. Let's look at an example. Suppose within days of your move to a new town, your car breaks down. How would you handle this situation? Would you open the yellow pages and take your car to the first mechanic you see or would you ask your colleagues for a recommendation? The second option is an example of networking. Think about why many successful businesses don't need to advertise. They obtain new clients by word of mouth - otherwise known as networking!

4 Steps to Cringe-Free Networking

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UK - Employee Engagement

Engaging ideas today opens for business, and announces the launch of its core product - the Engaging ideas card pack.

Engaging ideas is established to focus on the fast developing field of employee engagement by helping businesses to discover, design and deliver ever better ways to inspire employee engagement and change to accomplish higher business performance. (News release)

Engaging ideas is in business

Sunday, July 27, 2008

UK - Yuoumanage Aids People Management At Women’s Charity

Helping hundreds of families requires a great deal of hard work, a large part of which involves efficiently managing staff so they can concentrate on providing victims with the highest levels of support. (News Release)

Yuoumanage Aids People Management At Women’s Charity

USA - Internet Resume Search

Resource Edge, LLC, creators of TalentHook, a cutting-edge resume spidering technology solution, have recently introduced new searching and candidate management features along with an impressive new face with the release of its latest version of their software called, TalentHook Sphere. (News Release)

Internet Resume Search Just Got an Impressive Facelift with TalentHook Sphere

Monday, July 21, 2008

USA - Distance Learning

Researchers from the University of Missouri studied the demographics and personality types of adult distance learners and concluded that this increasingly popular option may not be suitable for everyone.


Only 30 Per Cent Of Distance Learners Complete Their Courses

Sunday, July 20, 2008

USA - Anger In The Workplace

Recent research finds differences in attitudes to men and women who lose their temper in the workplace. While such outbursts tend to be accepted or even rewarded in men, women are judged less competent as a result.

Anger In The Workplace

Friday, July 11, 2008

Australia - Flexible Working

A survey of full-time employees across 29 industry sectors by Brisbane-based HR and Change Management consultants Astor Levin found that almost a half (49%) would favour flexible working arrangements.

Half Full-Timers Would Like Flexible Working

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

UK - Flex Planner

Flex Planner, a new web based product from a Yorkshire based software development house, was launched on 1 July 2008. Flex Planner is a web based time recording and flexi time system for use by computer based staff. It is being launched within a variety of organisations from both the public and private sector, including local
and county councils, universities and other government organisations.

New Web Based Flex Time System - Flexible Working Has Never been More Timely!

Friday, June 27, 2008

UK - Interim Human Resources Management - Reasons to be flexible

Growing numbers of employees want to work more flexibly in order to achieve a better balance between their jobs and the rest of their lives. But while growing numbers of organisations are trying to accommodate their employees' requests, they are doing it not out of altruism but for good business reasons. Benefits range from increased motivation, productivity and retention, to better customer service and considerable reductions in both costs and CO2.

Interim Human Resources Management - Reasons to be flexible

Thursday, June 26, 2008

UK _ Online Technical Recruitment Tool

"The UK's No. 1 IT and Technical recruitment site - Technojobs is pleased to announce the launch of its new online managed technical recruitment service, TechnoRecruit."
(News Release)

TechnoRecruit to save IT employers up to 70% on recruitment costs

USA - Surveying Employee Opinions

A recent survey by Opinion Research Corporation found that many US businesses are missing out on vital feedback and ideas from their own workforces.

Surveying Employee Opinions

UK - Businesses Failing to Control Internet Use

Employees in small and medium sized businesses in Europe average almost two hours a day on the Internet, with half an hour on non-work-related sites.

Businesses Failing to Control Internet Use

Monday, June 23, 2008

UK - Women's Low Pay At Root Of Child Poverty

Research from the TUC, the End Child Poverty coalition and the Fawcett Society has concluded that UK women's low pay is not just a cause of poverty, but also has major consequences on their children's living standards.

Women's Low Pay At Root Of Child Poverty

Monday, June 16, 2008

Netherlands - Jacob Fleming produces cutting-edge Management Development Conference

Jacob Fleming, leading B2B meeting organisers will host their latest conference 'The Future of Management Development', to take place on the 25th & 26th September 2008 in Amsterdam. This event has been designed to respond to the need of the HR Industry to successfully apply the next generation of leaders.

Jacob Fleming produces cutting-edge Management Development Conference

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Canada - New Brunswick Wage Gap

New Brunswick's Provincial Government is claiming significant progress in reducing the wage gap between men and women despite a 'slight' increase from 12% in 2006 to 12.6% in 2007.

New Brunswick Wage Gap

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

UK - Migrants Have No Effect On Unemployment

A study concludes that migration from Eastern Europe has not had any statistically significant impact on claimant unemployment, the young, the unskilled, wages.

Migrants Have No Effect On Unemployment

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

UK - Youmanage wins contract with On-Communications

Youmanage, the creator of the innovative online HR toolkit, has added Sheffield-based fixed wireless access specialists On-Communications to its fast-expanding list of clients.

Youmanage wins contract with On-Communications

USA - CPEhr Announces HR Network Alliance with the California Chamber of Commerce

CPEhr, a leading California human resources outsourcing firm, announced today that they have been selected by the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) to join their exclusive HRConsultant Network, a partnership to provide CalChamber clients with high-quality, hands-on, strategic HR services.

CPEhr Announces HR Network Alliance with the California Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, May 29, 2008

UK - Recruitment Difficulties

British businesses still find it difficult to fill job vacancies despite the slowdown in economic growth. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) annual Recruitment, Retention and Turnover Survey no fewer than 86% of organizations are experiencing recruitment difficulties with the majority placing the blame on a national skills deficit.

Recruitment difficulties to continue

Australia/NZ - Psychological Profiling Valued

Recruitment specialist TMS Asia-Pacific recently reminded employers in the tourism and hospitality and tourism sectors of the valuable role psychometric profiles can have in recruitment.


Psychometric Profiling Valued

Thursday, May 22, 2008

UK - CIPD 2009 Moves To Manchester

The CIPD will be relocating its Annual Conference and Exhibition to Manchester Central Convention Complex from 2009. The conference will also be moving from its current September slot to a new slot in November to coincide with the move to Manchester. The dates for the 2009 Annual Conference and Exhibition will be Tuesday 17 November to Thursday 19 November 2009.

CIPD to move Annual Conference and Exhibition to Manchester from 2009

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

USA - Recession is No Obstacle for New Company and Product Launch

During a period when companies are cutting jobs by the thousands may not seem like the best time to launch a new human resources product suite, but FlexPaths, LLC, a provider of Web-based workplace flexibility solutions, has never been more optimistic. After all, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft started their technology companies during recessions. Bad economic times may scare companies and freeze budgets, but companies still need to hold on to their best people and get the work done. That’s why this women-owned dot-com isn’t letting a possible recession deter their entrĂ©e into the marketplace.

Recession is No Obstacle for New Company and Product Launch

Thursday, May 01, 2008

HR And That Elusive Strategic Role

It seems that finally senior managers - some of them, at least - are willing to give HR managers a significant role in strategic decisions. But how many human resource managers know how to fulfill that role? (Updated May 1 2008)

HR And That Elusive Strategic Role

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

USA - Bad Language Can Get You Fired

With the economy threatening recession, a new survey suggests that cursing and cussing in the workplace are not likely to help your career. The survey shows that 36% of bosses in the U.S. have issued a formal warning, and 6% have actually fired an employee for swearing.

Bad Language Can Get You Fired

Monday, April 28, 2008

USA - Pre-employment Screening Becomes More Complex

The Background Screening division of Kroll, a leading risk consulting firm, has released its annual Hit Ratio Report revealing that employment screening criminal record convictions are continuing on an upward trend:

* 8.5 % in 2005
* 9.1% in 2006, and
* 9.5% in 2007

Kroll's report reveals that construction, automotive and retail industry sectors had the highest criminal record hit ratios, while education had the lowest.

Pre-employment Screening Becomes More Complex

UK - Depression In The Workplace

Research studies by the CIPD, Shaw Trust and Future Foundation show that managers typically underestimate the extent that colleagues and employees suffer from stress, anxiety and depression. In fact, nearly 30% of workers experience a mental health problem in any one year.

Acas has provided advice for managers and colleagues on how to spot and deal with mental health problems at work:


Depression In The Workplace

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

UK - Virgin Trains Onboard With COA Solutions

COA Solutions (formerly CedarOpenAccounts) has won a £750,000 contract to supply Virgin Trains with an integrated financial management system comprising a comprehensive portfolio of financial, procurement, forecasting and document management solutions. In time, Virgin Trains will look at adding HR and recruitment functionality COA Solutions’ system, which will be made available to 250 Virgin Trains staff across the UK, is expected to go-live in September 2008. (News Release)

Virgin Trains Onboard With COA Solutions

Friday, April 11, 2008

UK - Recruitment and Retention

With the government offering former midwives a "golden hello" package worth £3,000 to encourage them back into the profession the issue of recruiting and retaining employees is a topical subject.

Spotlight On Recruitment And Retention

UK - Staff Training - 'Every Little Helps'

Good employees are the greatest asset for any organisation and to invest in them provides a definite return on investment, adding value to the company as a whole. Sarah Alsop head of operations at leading global recruiters Source People discusses how companies like McDonald's are 'supersizing' their workforce through professional development.

Staff Training - 'Every Little Helps'

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Gut Feelings - Intuitive Decisions

Research has shed new light on "gut feelings" arguing that they are real psychological phenomena that should be taken seriously.

Gut Feelings

Sunday, April 06, 2008

UK - Fire Service Diversity

Following recent criticism of the lack of diversity in the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), Parmjit Dhanda, Fire Minister for England, has committed £3million towards increasing diversity, including plans for a national graduate entry scheme.

Fire Service Diversity

UK - New Film Industry Training Board

The Film Industry Training Board has been set up to enhance skills development in the UK film industry. This is the first industrial training board to be launched in two decades. ITBs are statutory bodies set up under the industrial Training Act 1982. The FITB will oversee delivery and operation of the Skills Investment Fund (SIF), currently a voluntary training levy for the film production industry which will become mandatory towards the end of 2008.

Film Industry Training Board (FITB)

Saturday, April 05, 2008

USA - Sick Day Entitlement Survey

The latest survey of sick days in the U.S. found that time off policies are continuing to evolve with a number of states and cities exploring mandatory paid sick leave.

Sick Day Entitlement Survey

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Canada - EDC named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Export Development Canada (EDC) was today named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers by Maclean's Magazine. EDC is the only Crown Corporation to have won the award. (News Release)

EDC named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Saturday, March 29, 2008

UK - Empire Launch HR Drivetime

Employment law experts Empire HR have launched a new initiative to allow employers and HR teams to keep up-to-date more easily with the latest in employment law. (News Release)

Empire Launch HR Drivetime

USA - Ascentis Merger

(News Release) Over 25 years of their combined expertise will greatly benefit their current customers with ease of use and customization capability of both products as well as responsive and friendly customer support.

Ascentis in Bellevue, WA, a HR solutions provider has merged with EBS On Line in San Mateo, CA, a Payroll solutions provider

Friday, March 28, 2008

Canada - B.C. Improves Foreign Credential Recognition Programs

British Columbia Economic Development Minister Colin Hansen has announced CDN$1 million in funding to improve international credential recognition programs in the province.

B.C. Improves Foreign Credential Recognition Programs

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

UK - Jackie Orme New CIPD CEO

Jackie Orme is now Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development - the leading professional body for all those involved in the management and development of people in the UK and Ireland.

CIPD

USA - Aging Workforces

A survey by the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) found that almost a third of small-business owners are creating 'knowledge transfer' plans - transferring key knowledge from older to younger workers - as a means of
coping with the retirement of millions of baby boomers.

Aging Workforces

Monday, March 24, 2008

USA - Time Management Produces Results

Time management is an ongoing favorite in the corporate trainer's armory of courses while training in delegation skills appears to be neglected.

A survey of 330 companies by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) last year found that while 53% of respondents had a 'somewhat high' or 'high' degree of concern about their employees' time-management skills and 46% were similarly concerned about delegation skills, only 28% of businesses offered delegation training compared to 49% that provided time management courses.

Time Management Produces Results

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Australia - Ban on new AWAs

Unions have welcomed the ban on new AWAs following the passage of The Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Bill through Parliament.


Ban On New Australian Workplace Agreements

Monday, March 17, 2008

Australia - Mature Age Workers Key To Skills Shortage

Wile the hospitality and travel sectors are continuing to experience difficulties in recruiting skilled staff, the solution may lie with mature-age workers - the over 50's - according to TMS Asia-Pacific.

Mature Age Workers Key To Skills Shortage

Monday, March 10, 2008

NZ - Males Dominate Top Jobs

New Zealand's businesses are dominated by male senior managers, according to a survey conducted by Hays, the specialist recruitment company.

Males Dominate Top Jobs

Friday, March 07, 2008

Canada - BC Government Policies 'Impact Women'

Still Waiting For Justice: Provincial policies and gender equality in BC 2001-2008', a report released by the B.C. Federation of Labour concludes that the Gordon Campbell government's policies have unfairly impacted women.

B.C. Government Policies Have Negative Effect On Women

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

USA/Canada - Finding Talent & Immigration Laws

Two-thirds of HR professionals in North America (USA - 66%, Canada - 65%) believe that tougher national immigration policies force their organizations to devote more resources to recruiting and retaining local talent.

Finding Talent Increasingly Difficult

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

USA - Impressive Titles Are More Than Cheap Rewards

More and more organizations are doling out impressive-sounding job titles, many including superlatives such as 'chief'. One reason is to stop key executives from leaving, according to Michael Jalbert, president of MRINetwork, a major search and recruitment organization. But titles such as chief marketing officer, chief innovation officer, and chief risk officer also mark the extra responsibilities that CEOs are delegating to senior staff.

Impressive Titles Are More Than Cheap Rewards

USA - Few Organizations Define Diversity

While organizations tend to believe that diversity in the workplace is important, only 30% have an agreed definition of 'diversity', according to a recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) report.

Few Organizations Define Diversity

Monday, March 03, 2008

NZ - McDonald's staff celebrate no more youth rates

(News Release - New Zealand) Around 2000 McDonald's employees have a great reason to celebrate as they start work this week, with youth rates now a thing of the past at McDonald's restaurants nationwide.

McDonald's staff celebrate no more youth rates

Saturday, March 01, 2008

USA - Teleworking Feds Survey

While 96% of 664 Federal employees surveyed could be teleworking, only 20% are currently doing so.

Teleworking Feds Could Save $5 billion In Commuting Costs

Canada - Employees' Aspirations

Canadians are most attracted by jobs in the government and entertainment sectors according to a new workplace survey conducted by Ipsos Reid for RBC. Conversely, the least desirable employment opportunities are in the accounting, financial services and trade sectors.

Canadian Employees' Aspirations

Friday, February 29, 2008

UK - Redundancy Pay

The TUC is today (Friday) calling on the Chancellor to increase the weekly limit on statutory redundancy pay from £330 to £500 in the forthcoming Budget as a major step towards restoring the real value of the limit when it was first introduced at £40 in 1965. (News Release)

Time to restore redundancy pay value

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Brunei - Trade Union Denial

A new ITUC report on core labour standards in Brunei Darussalam issued today to coincide with the country's trade policy review at the WTO condemns the lack of trade union activity in this country. (News Release)

Denial of free trade union existence in Brunei

UK - IiP May Contribute 'Little If Anything'

A significant number of minority groups are disadvantaged with regard to training provision in workplaces with Investors in People (IiP) accreditation compared to those without the award.

IiP May Contribute 'Little If Anything'

USA - 'Surface Diversity'

Research by the non-profit RAND Corporation has found that companies recognized for their commitment to diversity may demonstrate best practice as identified in existing literature but do not always achieve a high degree of diversity in reality.

Companies Opt For Surface Diversity

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

NZ - HRINZ HR Awards

The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) has announced the winners of the 2007/08 HRINZ HR Awards at a black tie gala dinner and award presentation in Wellington last week.

HRINZ HR Awards

Saturday, February 23, 2008

NZ - More Jobs For Older Employees

Workers aged 65 years and above were the employment group with the highest increase in both filled jobs and average mean quarterly earnings in the five years up to December 2006, according to Statistics New Zealand.

More Jobs For Older Employees

Friday, February 22, 2008

Pacific - Solomon Islands Women Taking the Lead

A recent visit by international gender experts from Australia's international development agency, AusAID, noted that women working within the Solomon Islands Prison Service were very active in promoting policies so that men and women are treated equally.

Solomon Islands Women Taking the Lead

Saturday, February 16, 2008

UK - Unpaid Overtime

People working in the media sector such as journalists, public relations officers, photographers and broadcasters are giving away an average of £5,884 a year in unpaid overtime, according to a TUC analysis of official statistics.


Media Professionals Donate £6K In Unpaid Overtime

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Australia - Industrial Relations Bills

The Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Bill 2008 was introduced into the Australian Federal Parliament on February 13 by Julia Gillard, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.


Industrial Relations Bills

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Asia - Tourism Jobs In Demand

Recruitment and executive search specialist TMS Asia-Pacific is predicting another lean year ahead for Asia ’s hospitality and tourism sector employers. (News Release)


Job-heavy tourism environment to intensify demands on tight talent pool in 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008

South Africa - HRsmart has record year

HRsmart, a leading provider of integrated talent management technology solutions, announces impressive growth at its South African subsidiary, HRsmart Africa. Executives in Africa attribute the growth to HRsmart’s ability to tailor the solution to market needs, the application’s reliability, local premium support and their integrated approach to Talent Management, a growing need within the South African market. (News Release)

HRsmart South Africa Exceeds Debut Year Growth Expectations

Thursday, February 07, 2008

International Cultural Differences

Understanding and accepting cultural differences is essential if you want to work around the world and experience working life in different countries. For a business it is also important to be aware of how new and existing staff work together and therefore utilize the global talent pool that is available. Pauline Redpath, Director of international recruitment consultancy, Source People, explains how best to overcome the issues businesses and individuals can face when working in different cultures. (News Release)

Cultural challenges in a global workplace

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Canada - B.C. Project Aims To Offset Employee Shortages

Launch of a two-year pilot project aimed at foreign workers, intended to offset serious employee shortages in tourism/hospitality and trucking.

B.C. Project Aims To Offset Employee Shortages

Friday, February 01, 2008

Thursday, January 31, 2008

USA - HR Information Systems Forecasts 2008

In 2008, information management vendors will continue to consolidate, corporate social networks will grow, talent management sales will cool down and the company to keep an eye on will be oDesk, according to Jacqueline Kuhn, chair of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM). (News Release)

IHRIM Forecasts Vendor Consolidation, Social Network Growth in 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Canada - B.C. Signs Worker Agreement With Philippines To Address Skills Shortage

The British Columbia provincial goverment has signed a memorandum of understanding
with the Philippine government aimed at reducing the shortage of skilled workers in B.C.

B.C. Signs Worker Agreement With Philippines To Address Skills Shortage

Europe - Poor Leadership In Motivating Poorer-Performing Staff

A new European study by consultants Watson Wyatt has found that employers need to be more effective at helping managers to motivate poorer-performing staff.


Poor Leadership In Motivating Poorer-Performing Staff

Monday, January 28, 2008

UK - CIPD launches People Management Award 2008

The search is on for innovative solutions and outstanding achievement in the field of people management and development, as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and People Management Magazine invite organisations to enter the 2008 People Management Award.

CIPD launches People Management Award 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

UK - Apprentices Pay

The Government should increase the minimum pay rate for apprentices to improve the quality of training and tackle apprenticeship dropout rates, says a new TUC report out today (Saturday).

TUC calls for pay increase to tackle apprenticeship 'quality divide'

Monday, January 21, 2008

USA - Appearance-based discrimination

A survey of people in a range of industries across the US found that 85 per cent of respondents believe that tattoos and body piercings reduce the chance of getting employment.

Appearance-based discrimination

HR Changes Can Increase Stress

Research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of its Future of work programme has found that teamworking and other contemporary employment practices can put as much strain on a woman's family relationships as working an extra 120 hours a year.

HR Changes Can Increase Stress

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Canada - Top CEO Pay

Canadian employees may be surprised to know that the 100 best paid CEOs in Canada pocketed the national average wage of $38,998 by 10:33 am January 2nd.

Santa Claus All Year For Top CEOs

USA - Tech Recruitment Trends For 2008

Polachi, a major provider of Access Executive Search services, has published its top trend predictions for executive recruiting for this year.

Tech Recruitment Trends For 2008

USA - Human Capital Institute National Summit

The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a professional association and educator advancing the science of strategic talent management, announced today that it will hold its third annual National Human Capital Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, Monday, March 10, through Wednesday, March 12, with a Benefit Golf Tournament on Sunday, March 9.

Human Capital Institute to Hold Third Annual National Summit March 9-12

Monday, January 07, 2008

UK - Gloomy Prognosis For 2008

The CIPD's outlook for UK employment pronounces 2008 to be the 'worst year for jobs in a decade'. CIPD forecasts a reduction in public sector jobs.

Gloomy Prognosis For 2008

USA - Most Senior Employees Never Stop Working

A recent poll of executives and professionals by MRINetwork, a major international search and recruitment organization found that the majority rarely stop working. Typically, they worked evenings, weekends, and during their commute. Many believed that their employers were responsible for creating the situations that lead to overwork.

Most Senior Employees Never Stop Working

Thursday, January 03, 2008

UK - 2008 May Be A Rocky Year, Says TUC

Full text of TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber's New Year message to trade union members:

2008 May Be A Rocky Year, Says TUC

USA - Talent Scouting

The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a global professional association and educator in talent management strategies, and PeopleFilter Technology, a provider of leading-edge
recruiting technology solutions, announced today that the two organizations will jointly launch the "Talent Scouting" education and research track.

Human Capital Institute and PeopleFilter to Launch 'Talent Scouting' Initiatives