Performance Digest
Feb. 3, 2009

Making the Grade: Evaluating Management Performance
from The Cooperator
No matter what the job—be it flipping burgers at a chain restaurant or running a multinational investment firm—employees should be given periodic reviews of their performance to assess how they’re doing and identify both their strengths and areas where they could use improvement. More

Editorial: A Smart Push to Expand E-learning
from Minneapolis Star Tribune
Gov. Tim Pawlenty used his State of the State address to once again challenge Minnesota colleges and universities to offer at least 25 percent of their credits online by 2015. He also suggested that online learning should be a requirement for high school graduation beginning in 2013. The governor makes a strong case for more e-learning. Expanding computer learning could save state funds if fewer classrooms are needed. Students, teachers and school systems could reduce transportation expenses. And computer-savvy students are better prepared for 21st-century jobs. More

Human Performance Technology in Healthcare
from ISPI
Stories of how Human Performance Technology (HPT) helped improve healthcare are out there. Why stories? Real life stories attract attention to our vision and mission. They engage decision makers and strengthen the efficacies of our peers. Stories inspire and will help you and HPT gain credibility and engage healthcare administers. Why not tell your story! The ISPI CPT Healthcare Team is sponsoring a contest to help you tell your story. To enter you need to have a healthcare story to tell. Your story should capture the essence of what you did to improve performance within the healthcare industry. More

Making Data Work For You
from Forbes
Organizing data inside a company is a first step in actually using that data for competitive purposes, something that many companies have tried for years but rarely with much success. The reason appears to be more related to business structure and practices than technology. In the second of a two-part interview with Forbes, Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive for the IBM software group, talks about what needs to change. More

Growth Confusion
from Forbes
One of the prime sources of confusion regarding the stimulus package being debated in Congress is that some economic policies are good in the short term but bad in the long term, while others are bad in the short term but good in the long term. Because economists often don't make this distinction in their commentaries, people are necessarily confused about what the government should be doing to revive and sustain economic growth. More

It's Not the Data - It's How You Use It
from CRM Buyer
It may be as sexy as grandma's underpants, but data is the foundation upon which everything else is layered. Without the right support underneath, the fat will roll over your margins, creating an unsightly, unseemly, unprofitable business bulge."While it sounds a little boring, managing data as the key strategic asset has become a corporate imperative," Jeff Gilleland, SAS customer intelligence product marketing manager, told CRM Buyer. "In a world where the volumes of information are exploding, how well your company harnesses this emerging asset can mean the difference between success and failure." More

Time for Some New Efficiency in County Government?
from Asheville Citizen-Times
Recently the Asheville Citizen Times reported that Buncombe County government had outgrown itself, and needed to relocate to an expensive new location because it is “out of space and closets are now offices” etc. As I understand it, the only remaining room available that’s underutilized are the bathrooms. The article went on to say the decision had been made to find or build out the new facility, because “something had to be done”and that “all options are on the table.” There’s a ton of money on the table too — evidently $38 million or more. More

Why Ergonomic Guidelines Aren't Followed
from Assembly Magazine
Numerous ergonomic guidelines exist. Unfortunately, they are not always followed correctly on the plant floor. Some manufacturers are indifferent to guidelines because of a lack of understanding, cost-cutting pressure or lean manufacturing initiatives. While there are many resources, tools and guidelines available, finding a concise set of guidelines that cover all areas of a specific industry may be more difficult. “Ergonomic guidelines on the plant floor tend to take the form of work methods or other administrative controls,” notes Julia Greenwald, senior ergonomist at the Ergonomics Center of North Carolina (Raleigh, NC). More

A New Helm for HR
from Human Resource Executive Online
HR leadership in private equity is starting to catch on. And it's a seemingly common-sense idea that is now, with the economic crisis, looking positively brilliant. After decades of focusing on cost-cutting and operational issues in turning companies around, some private-equity firms have recently concluded that a little talent development might not be bad, either. In the last year or two, they've been hiring high-powered HR leaders to work closely with their portfolio companies, making sure the right CEOs and other senior leaders are in place and working toward the right goals. More

Cut Pay, Not People
from The Wall Street Journal
In a downturn, most employers cut jobs to reduce labor costs. But there's a better way: Cut employees' pay instead. More employers could – and should -- be cutting pay more broadly. All employers should adopt an approach similar to Southwest Airlines's earlier this decade. During that downturn, Southwest decided not to make any layoffs. Instead, the company cut bonuses, profit-sharing payments and salaries for executives, and also froze managerial pay. This let Southwest rebound strongly as the economy improved. More

Optimum Performance Through Training
from PR Log
Every organization is involved in training their employees at some stage. The most obvious incidence of training is the new employee who needs to be trained in unfamiliar processes, systems and/or equipment but there are many others, including the introduction of new technology, organizational restructure, occupational health and safety (OH&S) issues, performance reviews, succession planning and the need for recognized qualifications for either legal, compliance, or other requirements. How effective the training is, determines how quickly the gap is closed.More

States Found to Hinder Teacher Effectiveness
from Education Week News
A push in national circles for states to align their human-capital management systems strategically with goals for recruiting and retaining effective teachers hasn’t yet trickled down to the states, an analysis of state teacher policies reveals. Released today by the Washington-based National Council on Teacher Quality, the analysis contends that many states have set compensation policies that may actually work at cross-purposes to building a strong teacher workforce. More