Performance Digest
Jan. 5, 2010

Your Career: New Year Know-How
from The New York Times
At the start of a new year, many people hope to see some positive changes in their jobs. Given the struggles at many companies, workers may need to make those changes happen themselves. Fortunately, basics like keeping a good attitude and maintaining a healthy work/life balance can go a long way toward improving a worker's sense of well-being. More

Go Lean in 2010: Reducing Waste in Construction
from HealthLeaders Media
Getting lean is the quintessential New Year's resolution. But when you think lean in 2010, don't think diet—think hospital management and savings in time and money. More

Small Businesses See Good Omens for 2010
from Chicago Tribune
Like the vast majority of the more than 61,000 companies licensed with the City of Chicago, Sandstorm Design is a small business; it employs just 11 workers. But together, small businesses are a driver of the economy. The sector is considered a leading indicator because small firms often are the first to respond to signs of economic recovery. More

Upside of E-Learning
from The Wall Street Journal
In the old days, you'd often have to travel and serve as someone's apprentice if you wanted to change careers. Now, e-learning makes getting educated about something new a lot faster and simpler. More

The Fine Art of Managing Change
from Globe and Mail
So you have to tell people already shell-shocked from the economy that now they have to change? Yeah. Shell-shocked is usually a sign that you do have to change. Is this environment easier or harder for a change consultant? More

Social Networking Policies: Best Practices For Companies
from The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
For companies, the social networking phenomenon presents a new set of challenges. Social networking may offer a host of advantages, improving efficiency and spreading marketing messages at very low cost. But social networking also presents significant risks, and the trade-offs between efficiencies and risk may be difficult to weigh. More

Connecticut State Manufacturers See Improvement, But Know Real Security Is Still Far Off
from Hartford Courant
When the recession worsened in the fall of 2008, Bill Lathrop struggled to protect the workers at Colonial/Han-Dee Spring Ltd. The company's president cut the staff by almost 30 percent, from 37 to 26, but it still wasn't enough, as revenue fell $1 million, or 25 percent, in 2009. More

Seven New Year's Resolutions for Your Career
from CNN
If you're like many of Katy Piotrowski's clients, the past year of economic chaos and workplace uncertainty has caused you to forget about career advancement and focus instead on just surviving. That's a natural response, of course. But, says Piotrowski, a Colorado-based executive coach and author of "The Career Coward's Guide to Career Advancement", progress "is still important and attainable, even when the job market seems to be shrinking." More

Unleashing Employee Engagement
from Fresh Business Thinking
When the values of an organization are in alignment with the values of employees, then high levels of engagement and commitment are unleashed. This leads to more innovation, creativity, and accountability, as well as greater levels of trust, adaptability, and productivity. More

Do Smartphones Promote Work-Life Imbalance for iWorkers?
from PC World
Any and all executives or managers looking to get more productivity from their information workers--and, really, what company isn't shamelessly espousing a "more with less" philosophy these days?--might want to pay attention to the following strategy: Set your workers free from the office. More