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.


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

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