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