Monday, September 27, 2010

Asia-Pacific - Recruiting for Attitude

While many hospitality and tourism industry employers now concur they increasingly need to look beyond the sector in order to recruit new staff, TMS Asia-Pacific CEO Andrew Chan has cautioned that while many companies may be open to hiring from other
sectors, in practice most are still continuing to hire from within the industry. (News Release)

TMS underlines importance of hiring on attributes - and not just skills

Friday, September 24, 2010

UK - Workplace Health

The British Heart Foundation has today revealed new survey results which show that more than one in three (35%) workers avoid exercise during their working day because they don’t want to be seen getting hot and sweaty in front of colleagues. Over half (55%) spend more than half their working day sitting or standing still. Nearly as many (48%) eat lunch at their desks, while just over one in six workers (16%) feel the pressure to take a shorter break. (News Release)

More than 1 in 3 workers too embarrassed to be seen breaking a sweat

Thursday, September 23, 2010

UK - Generation Y Survey

Sodexo Motivation Solutions, one of the world’s largest motivation solutions providers, today releases the results of its new survey highlighting Generation Y's (employees aged 16 to 28) perceptions of working. The survey finds that more than half of Generation Y employees are looking to leave their jobs within a year. (News Release)

56% of Gen Y’s will leave their current job within a year

Monday, September 20, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Australia - Telstra Collective Agreement

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has described a recently negotiated collective agreement covering 10 000 employees of telecommunications and media company Telstra as a major achievement for union members and the Fair Work Act. The new
agreement is designed to last for two years, providing guaranteed pay rises of 8 per cent in addition to the 2 per cent awarded in October 2009. It preserves existing terms and conditions of employment, and restores access to arbitration by Fair Work Australia.


Telstra Collective Agreement

Canada - Mental Illness Costs Economy More Than Physical Ailments

Mental illness is associated with more lost working days than any other chronic condition and costs the Canadian economy C$51 billion annually in lost productivity.

Mental Illness Costs Economy More Than Physical Ailments

USA - Gender Segregation

A recent study assesses the state of gender segregation in U.S. employment since the early 1970s.

Gender Segregation

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

USA - New Trends In Hiring

Organizations are planning to increase hiring as the economy recovers but are making significant changes to their recruitment strategies according to research from Job Search Television Network (JSTN).

New Trends In Hiring

Global Trends

The majority of organizations are experiencing difficulty attracting employees with
critical skills as economic conditions improve according to research by global professional services company Towers Watson and WorldatWork, an international association of human resource professionals. However, there is considerable regional variation in both the extent of recruitment problems and the pace of recovery.

Global Trends

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Australia - Employer Change Survey

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed that about one in six workers started work with a new employer/business in the year to February 2010.

Employer Change Survey

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

UK - Professional Support For Coaches And Mentors

15 per cent of UK organizations have no measures in place to assess the impact of coaching or mentoring programmes and 68 per cent do not use this approach to address corporate objectives.

Professional Support For Coaches And Mentors

USA - Involuntary Part-timers

A record number of U.S. employees are involuntarily working part-time as a result of a reduction in their hours or being unable to find a full-time job.

Involuntary Part-timers

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

UK Workers Have Little Trust in Bosses

Nearly one-third of young professionals lack trust in their employer according to research from recruitment consultants Badenoch & Clark.

UK Workers Have Little Trust in Bosses

UK - Working Mums Rely On Grandparents For Childcare

Nearly half of working parents (44 per cent) in the UK are reliant upon their own parents to help with childcare.

Working Mums Rely On Grandparents For Childcare

Australia - Widening Gender Pay Gap

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) marked Equal Pay Day in September 2010 by highlighting a widening gender pay gap.

Widening Gender Pay Gap

HRIS Revised

Revised page on Human Resource Information Systems:

Human Resource Information Systems

See also - North American HR executives are increasing their commitment to talent management and the HR technology supporting it at:

HR Executives Making More Of Technology

Monday, September 06, 2010

USA - Volunteers Disliked

Employees who readily volunteer even for unwanted tasks tend to be disliked by less selfless colleagues.

Volunteers Disliked

USA - Failure Is A Learning Opportunity

Companies responding to high profile failures tend to learn from the experience and ultimately prove more successful.

Failure Is A Learning Opportunity

Thursday, September 02, 2010

UK - No Plans To Retire

10 per cent of the UK working population (the equivalent of 3.5 million) have no plans to retire and 42 per cent are unable to say at what age they plan to stop working.

No Plans To Retire

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

USA - Cultural Capital And Teen Ambitions

Low-income or minority status students prepare for college in a different way to their more privileged counterparts, regardless of academic ability or future plans.

Cultural Capital And Teen Ambitions

USA - Women, Networks And Negotiation

Informal support networks in the workplace are less advantageous to women employees in terms of career progression..

Women, Networks And Negotiation