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Workforce issues critical to post-recession success
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As companies emerge from the recession, workforce issues such as managing talent, leadership development, employee engagement and strategic workforce planning will be critical in determining their success — or otherwise — over the coming years. But according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BSG) and the World Federation of People Management Associations, many companies feel unprepared to meet these critical HR needs or to address the other workforce challenges that they will face in the post-recession environment. More

Cost reductions using the lean methodology
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Recovery within the European Union (EU) has been occurring at different rates, and the countries in the region are still struggling with the hangover from the recession. Figures from Eurostat, the statistical arm of the EU, show that in the first quarter of 2010, business investment continued to fall and gross domestic product (GDP) increased by just 1 percent on the previous quarter. A number of countries continued to experience dropping GDP rates during the second quarter, including the Eastern European states of Latvia, Bulgaria and Romania. Growth is expected to occur as 2010 continues. However, austerity measures being taken by some states, the removal of support mechanisms put in place during the recession and a general slowdown in the global growth rates mean that it could remain at low levels. More

ISPI SkillCast: Quality tools & human performance technology
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Join ISPI's first SkillCast Webinar of the new 2010-2011 season. Join Tom Berstene of Workplace planning Associates as he shares the Seven Basic Tools of Quality, the Seven Management Tools of Quality and a handful of advanced tools used in Quality, while discussing the implications for HPT practitioners. These tools are designed to help improve the products and services of any organization while promoting innovation, communication and planning. If you want a better understanding of quality tools, their purpose and uses and the decisions they are designed to support — then this SkillCast is for you! More

Leadership development in demand as economy strengthens
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There's a shortage of good managers. Yes, it's true. As the economy begins churning back to life, the fallout from lay offs and budget cuts over the last two years has been revealed. Somewhere in survival mode, many companies stopped feeding their management pipeline. While this was happening, a few more twists and turns may also have had a role in creating the shortage. Full-time and part-time MBA program applications to colleges around the country are down. And, there are a whole lot of aging baby boomers just waiting to retire from management positions as soon as the stock values in their retirement funds begin to rise. More

Better leadership and people management skills needed to make UK more competitive
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Efforts to close the U.K.'s productivity gap with its major international competitors are being fatally undermined by a leadership and people management skills deficit in the U.K. , according to the CIPD. Responding to the Government’s Skills for Sustainable Growth consultation, the CIPD has highlighted the "skills multiplier effect" that good management can have in unlocking the potential of wider investment in skills. Conversely, the institute warns, without a clear strategy to build leadership and people management skills, too much of Government spending on skills will continue to be wasted as motivation and engagement suffers at the hands of managers who fail to give employees the opportunities to fully use their skills and realise their full potential. More

Study: 'Employees not sociable at work,' Gen Y needs to change everything
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A new study by Plantronics focusing on the communication habits in the workplace show that social networking, either on Facebook or Twitter or on business networking sites like LinkedIn, are the least constructive activities for business productivity. The study conducted over the Web by online survey showed once again the stark differences between the older and younger generations, in that the Generation X are still focused on what we would now consider 'outdated' technologies. More

Survey: Most employees skip lunch break
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The traditional lunch break may have gone the way of the Dodo bird. That's because a new survey reveals that fewer than half of all employees leave their desk to take a lunch break each day, and one out of every five worker polled said if they do take a lunch it is eating at their desk. Whether it’s the recession that is causing everyone to work harder, or just a general sense of needing to show they are a hard worker to advance in their careers, the majority of the 2,311 workers in the online poll said they rarely take a traditional lunch break. The online poll was conducted by Right Management during August in partnership with LinkedIn. More

Symptoms of ineffective maintenance planning
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Planning is one of the main processes of effective maintenance departments. By determining the work details up front before the actual work takes place, planning allows for the most efficient use of maintenance resources. It also supports reduced downtime by insuring production equipment will only need to be out of service while the actual maintenance work is being performed. When proper job plans are created, they contain all of the details needed to perform the work necessary to maintain the reliability of that equipment. Planning, along with scheduling, provides the glue for bringing all of the reliability processes together and maximizing the opportunity for uptime and more reliable production. More

Employee resignations cost £42 billion a year
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Unemployment may still be at record levels, but it seems U.K. workers still have itchy feet: new research has shown employees in the U.K. are more flighty than both their U.S. and European counterparts. Apparently, the number of people resigning from their jobs has grown, from 7.7 percent last year, to 10.4 percent in 2010. That's way ahead of France's 4.9 percent, Germany's 4.7 percent, and 7 percent in the U.S. It's not good news for businesses, which are spending up to twice as much on recruitment as foreign companies — not helpful when you've got a recession to recover from. More

Industrial Training International opens national center in Memphis,Tenn.
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School's in session for crane, rigging and heavy-equipment operators in Memphis, Tenn. Industrial Training International, based in Woodland, Wash., has opened a national training center in the city. ITI has provided crane, rigging and heavy-equipment training and consulting for 25 years. The Memphis training center is its second outside Washington state. More
 
 
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