ISPI Performance Digest
Mar. 19, 2013

Make your way to Reno for performance improvement insight
ISPI
There's still time to make your way to THE Performance Improvement Conference 2013 at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nev. ISPI's Performance Improvement Conference is the leading international, educational conference for performance improvement professionals. This year focuses on discovering the interventions and strategies that work to create proven, measurable results. The conference includes 100+ hours of interactive sessions lead by the masters and PI professionals from around the globe. More

March Madness = $134 million hit to business productivity
Nooga.com
Global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that nearly one-third of workers spend at least three hours per day following the NCAA men's basketball tournament during work hours. According to the report, March Madness will cost American companies at least $134 million in "lost wages" over the first two days because about 3 million employees spend so much time following the games. More

Top 10 do's and don'ts for onboarding a new COO
Forbes
Chief operating officers can make a world of difference — if their onboarding sets them up for success. If you're bringing a COO in to work for you, be sure to align, acquire, accommodate, assimilate and accelerate them well. Do not assume understanding, disrespect them, leave them alone, wait for others or stop helping too soon.More

Changing the phantom culture
By Candice Gottlieb-Clark
Google the words "company culture" and you'll find nearly 1 billion results. Yet ask business leaders to define their company's culture or to discuss ways their culture was created or changed, and the results are minimal. Company culture, it seems, is a bit of an enigma. On the surface, it's often characterized as a product of the company's values, beliefs and behaviors. But when the stated values, beliefs and behaviors take a detour from the reality of daily business activities, the culture isn't living up to the mission of the organization.More

Survey: Poor acoustics are harming performance
Specification Online
Working in a shared or open-plan office is considered the norm, yet a survey of 2,000 workers commissioned by Ecophon, part of leading international materials company Saint-Gobain, has revealed that a lack of acoustic treatment in these spaces is having a negative impact on employee productivity.More

Telecommuting can boost productivity, job performance
U.S. News & World Report
Companies should not require all employees to work on-site all the time. While telecommuting is popular, it is not something that has run amok. When well-managed, it boosts productivity, commitment, work-life balance and retention, says Michael Boyer O'Leary, assistant professor of management, Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.More

Learning Forward unveils core professional development lessons
T|H|E| Journal
Nonprofit organization Learning Forward has released four free online professional learning units as part of an initiative designed to help teachers prepare students for college and careers.More