Performance Digest
March 10, 2009

Lack of Recognition Biggest Barrier to Productivity, Say 41 Percent of Job Seekers
from AME Info
Organizations the world over are realizing that successfully motivating staff on an ongoing basis is a fundamental element in building good rapport among staff, keeping staff loyal to the company and most of all maintaining optimal productivity levels of employees. More

Paving the Road to Maximizing Employee Retention and Development
from Hospitality Net
Investing in employee and organizational development seems like a luxury -- even a burden -- during chaotic times. Then again, such initiatives seem unnecessary when business is good. However, the most successful organizations believe and consistently invest in talent management as a core business strategy. More

Green Jobs a Path to a Strong Middle Class
from The Miami Herald
The Task Force on the Middle Class has a simple mandate: to find, highlight and implement solutions to the economic challenges facing the American middle class. Green jobs have the potential to be quality, family-sustaining jobs that also help to improve our environment. They are largely domestic jobs that can't be offshored. They tend to pay more than other jobs, even controlling for worker characteristics. Moreover, green jobs are an outgrowth of a larger movement to reform the way we create and use energy in both this country and the rest of the world. More

Managing Human Resource at a School Level
from The Daily Triumph
To be successful a principal must be able to reconcile strong leadership with participatory decision-making qualities. He leads by communicating with staff thereby motivating them to be part of the decision making process. He asks more questions than giving answers. In running the school, it is therefore not that of finding the right answer to all the questions but finding the right questions to all the answers. Through this method, staff not only becomes responsible for all decisions taken but also develops faculties of reasoning, analyses, and reflections on how to tackle teaching and other responsibilities assigned to them. Participatory leadership allows staff to learn new skills, and experiences. More

Middle Managers More in Demand but Less Secure
from Los Angeles Times
Reports of the death of middle management were not merely exaggerated, they were wrong. Yes, organizations have de-layered. Yes, the current "white collar" recession is having a big effect on the middle tier of professionals within businesses. But no, middle managers have not been abolished. They are still here, hard at work. More

Leadership and the Art of Developing Your Team
from dBusinessNews Atlanta
Regardless of your product or service offering, ultimately it is the front-line supervisor and workers that drive the quality and efficient delivery of your product to your customers. You will not be successful if your team is not motivated to succeed with you – it’s as simple as that. “Your people are your most valuable resource. If you don’t mentor and motivate them, they will not take ownership of the goals and vision you have for the organization.” More

Why You Could be Ruining Your Career
from Central Valley Business Times
Managers stuck in their careers may be pouring the cement around their own shoes because of a lack of credibility with bosses, coworkers, and clients, says Sandy Allgeier, management coach and author of The Personal Credibility Factor.“It’s not one thing. It’s a combination of actions that make you a believable person or someone who can be trusted,” says Allgeier. More

Professionals Re-entering the Job Market Need to Relearn Application Basics
from Crain's Detroit Business
The importance of cover letters and résumés written by displaced workers is often overlooked, which can make looking for a new job in an already tough market even tougher. “It's a bigger hurdle than people ever imagined,” said Sarah Kersey Otto, director of career services at Eastern Michigan University. “That definitely stands out as probably the biggest hurdle that people don't realize they're up against.” More