Saturday, November 21, 2009

UK - Engaging Managers

Research by the Institute for Employment Studies indicates that engaging managers are made, not born - they learn from their own and other people's mistakes and modify their behaviour accordingly.

Characteristics Of Engaging Managers

UK - Dealing With An Ageing Workforce

A recent report shows that just a half of employing organisations have a formal pro-age recruitment policy. It also shows that many employers are nervous of discussing age issues with workers approaching retirement. But many organizations are willing to make adjustments to the workplace in order to help retain employees when the issue is raised informally.

Dealing With An Ageing Workforce

Thursday, November 19, 2009

USA - Gender Stereotyping

Management stereotypes are likely to evolve as more women assume leadership roles in the workforce.

Gender Stereotyping

Thursday, November 12, 2009

1.7 Million Australians Looked For Work Last Year

Just over 1,700,000 people (10% of Australians aged 15 years or more) were unemployed and looking for work at some time in the twelve months up to February 2009, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

1.7 Million Australians Looked For Work Last Year

Sunday, November 01, 2009

NZ - Hiring Expectations Up Again

The latest report from Hudson, a worldwide staffing company, shows a further improvement from last quarter with a shift towards increasing headcount of 6 percentage points to 21.9%.

NZ Hiring Expectations Up Again

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

USA - Working Longer

The latest 'UnretirementSM Index' published by the US arm of Sun Life International reveals that 65% of American employees expect to delay their retirement by at least a year - 11% more than at the end of 2008. Moreover, 27% of US workers believe that they will have to work at least an extra 5 years past the traditional retirement age of 67 because of the economic climate.

Living Longer, Working Longer

USA - E-Learning

A new report from Ambient Insight shows that the market for Self-paced E-Learning in the US will reach $16.7 billion in 2009.

E-Learning Is Gaining Ground

USA - Mergers and Acquisitions

A recent survey analyzed selected U.S. strategic mergers during the credit crisis.

Mergers And Acquisitions

Monday, October 26, 2009

UK - Corporate Giving

Research recently undertaken by Acona shows that corporate giving is up, despite the recession. (News release)

Why Has Company Giving Risen During A Recession?

UK - Recruiters Discriminate According To Name

Research reported last week by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) shows that race discrimination is still present in UK recruitment.

Recruiters Discriminate According To Name

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

USA - Employment Practices Liability

The new EPL insurance program from HSB and Munich Re America is designed specifically for businesses with 50 or fewer employees and includes advanced EPL coverages that until recently were available only to large employers. These include coverage for prior acts that occur before the policy's inception date, punitive damages coverage, a broadened definition of employees to include independent contractors and optional third-party coverage for discrimination and harassment claims made by business customers or vendors. (News release)

HSB and Munich Re America Introduce New Joint Employment Practices Liability Product

Friday, September 25, 2009

Canada - Saskatchewan Minimum Wage

The Saskatchewan Minimum Wage Board is currently reviewing the province's minimum wage and is inviting views from members of the public. The board is mandated to review Saskatchewan's minimum wage every two years under Section 15 of The Labour Standards Act.

Saskatchewan Minimum Wage Increases

Monday, September 21, 2009

UK - CIPD Attacks Sick Pay Ruling

The CIPD have attacked last week's European Court sick pay ruling for being 'divorced from real world' and possibly forcing employers to implement less generous Statutory Sick Pay schemes.

CIPD Attacks Sick Pay Ruling

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Canada - Time To Recruit Talent

Now is the time to consider upgrading talent and making acquisitions according to a new report from RBC. Businesses can benefit from job market conditions to upgrade their talent and, for smaller companies, recruit new employees who may be the key succession planning.

Time To Recruit Talent

Friday, September 04, 2009

UK - Swine Flu

UK businesses should prepare for staff absence rates of up to 50% for periods of between two and four weeks this autumn and winter in their contingency planning arrangements for the expected second wave of swine flu.

This is the top-line advice in joint guidance published today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) as schools return from the summer – a factor which some health experts believe could help trigger the expected second wave of swine flu.

CIPD Issues Swine Flu Wake-up As Employers Relax Their Guard

USA - Leadership Development Programs

Organizations that offer an HR Leadership Development Program (HRLDP) do so to feed the succession pipeline and/or to make HR more strategic, but few actually offer such a program, according to a recent study by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp).

Only a Third of Companies Offer Formal HR Leadership Development Programs

UK - Managing References

Unemployment is at its highest for over a decade and still rising fast. One unexpected impact of this trend has been to increase the administrative burden on Human Resource (HR) departments, whose staff are required to provide references for the rising number of former employees who are seeking jobs.

Employers Find An Innovative Way To Escape The Growing Expense Of Providing References

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Australia - Apprenticeships

The CEO of Skill360 Australia has claimed that not only is the country's Vocational Education and Training sector one of the world's best, it prepares Australian apprentices for jobs anywhere in the world.

Australian Apprentices Prepared For Jobs Worldwide

Monday, August 31, 2009

Australia - Equal Pay Alliance

A woman starting work today will retire having earned $1 million less than a man doing the same job unless decisive employer and government action is taken to end the scandal of pay inequality, say unions. (News Release)

New Alliance Seeks Action On Gender Pay Gap

Thursday, August 27, 2009

UK - Consensio Workplace Mediation

Consensio, a leading conflict management and workplace mediation provider, today announces a highly profitable first half of 2009. This supports the trend towards the use of mediation and conflict resolution in the workplace. (News Release)

Consensio’s Impressive Mid-Year Results Supports Trend Towards the Use of Workplace Mediation

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

USA - Learning In Tough Economic Times

A new report from the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) shows continued commitment to learning in the current tough economy with learning budgets holding up well compared to previous recessions.

Learning In Tough Economic Times

USA - Lean Manufacturing and Safety

Whether adding safety incentives, gaining ISO 9000 certification or using lean practices, the manufacturing industry utilizes a number of unique methods to keep quality and efficiency high in their organizations. The 2009 Compensation Data Manufacturing survey collected data on each of these tactics to determine the degree to which they are used. (News Release)

Lean Manufacturing and Safety Remain Important to Manufacturers

USA - Healthcare Performance

To survive in today's business environment, healthcare organizations must become more sophisticated and more mature in the way they measure, compile and use data. By harnessing the discipline of business intelligence, healthcare systems and hospitals can make giant leaps forward to better predict the impact of their decisions. (News Release)

Creating True Business Intelligence

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

USA - Employee Engagement

Kansas State University research has found support for the view that employees who are engaged in their work, including higher levels of vigor, dedication and absorption in daily activities, also have better moods and are more satisfied at home.

Employee Engagement

Monday, August 24, 2009

UK - Hoteling and Flexibility

Flexible working is one of the most debated topics in the modern workplace. Most businesses now believe that introducing flexible working schemes can boost morale, improve productivity, drive staff retention and, in some cases, even help to recruit fresh talent. As a result, around 63% of companies now offer flexible working to their employees in some shape or form. (News Release)

Hoteling hot potato - Five tips on how to make flexible working work

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Australia - Vocational Training

Recent media coverage depicting Australia’s vocational education and training system as lacking quality from an international perspective is doing a disservice to private providers according to Skill360 Australia, the nation’s leading not-for-profit provider of apprenticeship and vocational training services. (News release)

International Industry Rates Australia’s Vocational Training System

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

UK - Forced Retirement

Long-term unemployed older people are at risk of never working again unless tailored support is offered to help them back into work, a new TUC report warns today. (News Release)

Older People Face Being Forced Into Early Retirement Without More Help To Find Work

Thursday, July 30, 2009

USA - Health Care Costs Increase

Compounding economic pressures, most U.S. manufacturers and distributors saw an increase in their health insurance premium. Although the average premium increase had been decreasing in previous years, the numbers are up again. The 2009 Compensation Data Manufacturing results showed the average premium increase was 9.6 percent for all plan types this year. (News Release)

Healthcare Costs Increase in 2009 for Manufacturers

UK - Public Sector Pensions

The claims by business groups, right wing pressure groups and opposition politicians that public sector pensions are unaffordable, out of control and produce easy immediate public expenditure savings are all myths, according to a new TUC briefing published today (Thursday). (News Release)

TUC Explodes Public Sector Pension Myths

UK - Agency Workers Directive

CIPD calls for more clarity around 'equal treatment' in the Agency Workers Directive and argues for the need for clear and simple administrative processes to keep implementation costs down.

Agency Workers Directive

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

USA - High Performing Departments

Although all departments and functions within healthcare organizations can be considered difficult, some departments and functions are clearly more difficult than others. Simply put, not all departments are created equal. This is why it is imperative to align the talent of a leader with the Degree of Difficulty of the department. (News Release)

The Impact Of High Performing Departments

Friday, July 03, 2009

USA - Wellness Programs

With obesity rates making headlines across the US, 22% of organizations offer weight management programs.

Employers Can Help Reduce Obesity

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

UK - Hot Workers

With a heatwave warning in place this week for parts of the UK, and temperatures predicted to soar as high as 32oC, the TUC is today (Wednesday) calling on employers to relax office dress codes and cool down their overheating offices and their wilting employees.

Employers urged to cool down their offices and their staff

Friday, June 26, 2009

UK - Sun Safety

Many of the 2,000 people who die every year as a result of skin cancer will have suffered harmful exposure to the sun whilst at work, says the TUC as it urges employers to do more to protect their staff who have to work outside.

Employers urged to do more to protect staff from the sun

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Australia - Telstra To Negotiate With Unions

Following the departure of belligerent Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo, the new CEO, David Thodey, apparently signalled a more concilatory approach to employee relations in an email sent to members of Telstra staff.

Telstra To Negotiate With Unions

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

USA - Insala Results

Not just for outplacement, EmploymentTalk™ used by job boards and recruitment firms boost Insala's sales. (News Release)

Insala Starts 2009 With Record Sales As Demand For Outplacement Technology Continues

UK - Airbus Supplier Finds Specialist Engineers Through ATA Selection

Specialist recruitment firm ATA Selection has helped to get the production of parts off the ground for the world’s largest passenger plane. (News Release)

Airbus Supplier Finds Specialist Engineers Through ATA Selection

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

UK - ATA Recruitment and Ganymede Solutions Results

The recruitment division of the RTC Group Plc, which comprises ATA Recruitment and the on-track labour supply business Ganymede Solutions, has announced an impressive set of annual results to the year ended December 31, 2008 , further reinforcing its position in the marketplace. (News Release)

RTC Group PLC Announces Full Year Results For 2008

Thursday, May 14, 2009

UK - Bosses Cut Bonuses Before Safety

Over half of UK businesses making cutbacks this year say that bosses’ bonuses will be the first to go before health and safety management, according to a new survey from the British Safety Council (BSC). (News Release)

UK Bosses Prepared To Cut Their Own Bonuses Before Health And Safety

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

UK - Value of unions to UK business

A joint statement setting out the positive contribution that modern union reps can make to the workplace has been launched by the Department for Business, the TUC and the CBI.

The value of unions to UK business

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

USA - Ineffective Managers

Managers have hard jobs, but that doesn't mean they're doing them especially well, according to a recent study on perceptions about managers. The study, conducted by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), found that, overall, 6 of 10 study respondents acknowledge that managers in their organizations have "tough but fulfilling" jobs. However, the majority of respondents lack confidence in management's effectiveness, with a little over half (53%) reporting that they rate overall management in their companies as "so-so" or worse. (News Release)

Over Half of Employees Say Their Managers Are Ineffective

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Australia - Return to Work

Injured employees and the community are carrying the majority of the costs of work-related injury and disease in Australia, says the report released last month by the Australian Safety & Compensation Council. This report puts the costs of work-related injury and disease at $A57.5 billion, or 5.9% of the country’s gross domestic product, with the burden on workers at 49% and the community at 33%.

Latest figures spur need for Return to Work Code of Ethics - Return to Work Matters

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Time For Mergers And Acquisitions?

The economic meltdown has introduced new factors to consider when we contemplate corporate restructuring - particularly when mergers or acquisitions are involved.

Recessions are not entirely negative. They also offer opportunities to acquire new assets at relatively low prices for companies with the resources (financial and managerial) to take advantage of the circumstances.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Canada - New Brunswick Minimum Wage

From today, New Brunswickers on the minimum wage will receive a $0.25 per hour increase, raising the minimum wage to $8. A further increase of 25 cents per hour comes into effect on September 1, when the minimum wage rate will be $8.25 an hour.

New Brunswick Minimum Wage Increases September 1

A Fifth Of Australian Workers Top $1400 A Week

Australian Bureau of Statistics results, just released, show that in August 2008, 19.1% of Australian employees earned $1400 or more per week.

A Fifth Of Australian Workers Top $1400 A Week

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

USA - Optimism Required

Global warming. Water shortages. Terrorism. Failing health care system. Wars around the globe. Gas prices. Severe economic downturn. Look at the headlines and it's enough to make you stay in bed.

Today's Economy DEMANDS A Critical Skill: Optimism

USA - Contractor Screening

The Hard Evidence for Contractor Screening and Employment Background Check Searches

Do You Really Know Your Contractors?

Friday, March 13, 2009

UK - Teams At Work

How good team work can increase positivity, performance and productivity.

Three Heads Are Better Than One

Australia - Communicating Change

Whenever we begin to design an employee communication strategy that is focussed on change the most important thing to consider is that the strategies implemented must engage employees, not simply inform. In other words will the employee communication strategy you are implementing cause a change in attitude and therefore behaviour or is it simply information?

Employee Communication: 6 Steps to Communicate Change

Thursday, March 12, 2009

UK - Employee Supported Volunteering

In the economic downturn, advertising budgets are being cut, marketing departments pruned, but organisations still need to be raising their profile, attracting new customers, and differentiating themselves from their competitors. CSR in the form of Employee Supported Volunteering (ESV) can help.

The Bottom Line Benefits of Employee Supported Volunteering

USA - Small-Business Stimulus Program

(News Release) CPEhr, a Los Angeles-based Human Resources Outsourcing firm, recently announced the release of a new "Stimulus Program" aimed to boost productivity and cut costs for small private employers. The program is based on CPEhr’s successful HR Outsourcing model, which has helped hundreds of clients reduce employment expenses over the past two decades.

CPEhr Announces Launch of "Small-Business Stimulus Program"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

USA - IHRM Awards

The International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) named Jonathan Hunt as its 2009 Excellence Award winner. The IHRIM Excellence Award is presented to IHRIM members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of IHRIM's mission and goals. It recognizes them for their exemplary association volunteer service and for their leadership of a project that has positively impacted the association.

Award Recognizes IHRIM Members for Outstanding Leadership and Volunteer Service

Australia - New Mentor Scheme

(News Release) Following the successful launch of a new career and financial mentoring service designed to help assist Singapore-based employees affected by pay cuts and layoffs, TMS Asia-Pacific is actively considering implementing a similar system in its Australian operation.

TMS considers career and financial mentoring concept for Australia

Australia - International Study Highlights Pay Equity Gap

ACTU President Sharan Burrow says that Australian women are risking loss of pay, skills and access to decent work because of the Global Financial Crisis. Sharan Burrow says that employers should do more to protect jobs and Government should fund a paid maternity leave scheme.

International Study Highlights Pay Equity Gap

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Friday, March 06, 2009

UK - Women 'not suffering more than men'

(News Release) Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) clearly show that, contrary to recent common assertion, women are definitely not suffering more than men from job cuts and rising unemployment in the current recession.

Official Statistics confirm CIPD view that women are not being relatively hard hit by jobs downturn

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

UK - Corporate Manslaughter

Directors should be aware that any prosecutions under the new health and safety legislation could find the courts examining the entire safety culture of a business, and not just the systems and management processes in place. That was the stark warning from leading health and safety law specialist and barrister with Henderson Chambers, Oliver Campbell and GMB National Health and Safety officer Dan Shears at the British Safety Council’s recent Director’s Duties Conference in London.

Company Culture Will Be At The Centre Of Court Probe Into First Corporate Manslaughter
Prosecution, Say Top Lawyer And Leading Union Officer

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

NZ - HRINZ Awards

The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) has announced the winners of the 2008/09 HRINZ HR Awards.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

USA - Free Webcasts

Cytiva, developers of talent management solutions, SonicRecruit, SonicPerform and SonicOnboard, announced today the launch of a series of free webcasts designed to help today's practitioners deal with current topics in recruiting and performance management.

Back By Popular Demand: Cytiva Announces Free Talent Management Webcast Series for 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Canada - Workplace Happiness

A report from Strategic Connections Inc. highlights the negative impact on employee morale and engagement associated with the current economic downturn and suggests strategies to help organizations retain the integrity of their workforce in preparation for improved conditions.

Workplace Happiness

USA - Motivating Top Talent

Two recent reports offer guidance on motivating and developing talented employees in the current global economic downturn.

Motivating Top Talent

World - Reacting To The Global Crisis

A survey by Booz & Company of 828 senior managers from 65 countries explored corporate responses to the global economic crisis and the impact on social responsibility agendas. Respondents came from a variety of major industries.

Reacting To The Global Crisis

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Canada - More Women Fill Top Business Jobs

More women fill top executive jobs in Canada's largest publicly-traded businesses than ever before - but this still amounts to a mere 7.2%, according to a report from executive search firm Rosenzweig & Company.

More Women Fill Canada's Top Business Jobs

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

USA - Top Five Mistakes Leaders Make

Eileen McDargh offers alternative action to the top five mistakes leaders made during difficult times.

Top Five Mistakes Leaders Make in These Troubled Times

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

USA - Kansas Career Pipeline

Today, the Kansas Career Pipeline announced how its tools can help the thousands of workers in Kansas who are being affected by current and pending lay-offs. This situation is giving laid-off workers a chance to open doors to new and exciting careers that they might not otherwise know about. (News Release)

Kansas Career Pipeline Offers Help for Thousands of Laid-off Workers

Friday, January 16, 2009

Sweden - Scania Invests in Employee Training

Scania is planning to invest in boosting the proficiency of its production employees instead of issuing lay-off notices due to low demand. (News Release)

Scania Invests in Employee Training

USA - Oklahoma Job Applications

The state of Oklahoma offers careers in almost every occupation with excellent pay and benefits, but best of all, they offer the ability to apply online any time, day or night at (News Release)

State of Oklahoma Offers Easy, Online Way to Apply for Job Opportunities

USA - California Online Training

As part of its growing Internet presence at, where sophisticated human resources services are provided to California businesses by the state’s chief employer expert and advocate, Employers Group has introduced a greatly expanded 2009 online training program - at up to 50% lower prices than last year, a positive impact for today’s employers. (News Releases)

Employers Group Debuts 10-Fold Increase in Online Training Solutions for California Businesses

Monday, January 12, 2009

USA - SBA Employees See Major Improvement

The 2008 Federal Human Capital Survey, conducted last fall, gave the U.S. Small Business Administration the highest overall improvement among agencies in two categories: Leadership and Knowledge Management, and Talent Management. The agency also had the second largest gain in Job Satisfaction, and the sixth largest gain for establishing a Results-Oriented Performance Culture. (News Release)

SBA Employees See Significant Agency Improvement; OPM Survey Shows Major Gains From 2006

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Ireland - Absence Management

The Health Service Executive aims to eliminate double-digit absenteeism over the next year.

Absence Management In Ireland

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

UK - Employer Branding

A reputable brand can act like a magnet, drawing top talent to an organisation (updated).

Most Senior Managers Claim To 'Live The Brand'

Sunday, January 04, 2009

UK - 'Go Lean' for the New Year

Consultants and professional services firms are reliant on their people. They are the core of their business, which is why many firms are keen to keep hold of their skilled staff. For many other businesses redundancies are an obvious way to cut costs, but for project based companies it has to be the last resort.

'Go Lean' for the New Year