ISPI Performance Digest
March 30, 2010

Workforce development or workforce disaffection?
Management-Issues
Over the past decade a significant proposition of large businesses in the West have built their workforce development plans on the establishment of a corporate elite. The strategy has been to identify individuals from either within or outside the organization with 'high potential' and then recruit them to a fast track program designed to create the leaders of the future.More

E-learning delivers results for UNI in HK
futureGov
In recent years, there has been an upsurge in e-learning at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Speaking to FutureGov, Dr. Carmel McNaught, Director & Professor of Learning Enhancement, Center for Learning Enhancement and Research, whose Center works closely with the IT Services Center in e-learning development, discussed major e-learning initiatives and their impact.More

Measuring mentoring results
ISPI
Many mentoring processes seem to have skipped two critical success factors—readiness assessment and evaluation. Margo will provide a chart of the critical success factors for an effective mentoring process. The discussion will focus on strategies for determining readiness of an organization to implement a mentoring process, and designing the evaluation plan.More

Presenting work to best advantage
Management-Issues
A common complaint these days is that new entrants into the workforce don't want to put any effort into learning new skills. To see just how unfair this criticism is, just head to the South bank of the River Thames in London, adjacent to the Royal Festival Hall, where dozens of skate boarders practise to perfect their techniques in a richly-graffitied underpass.More

Jan Kantor: How to design effective work teams within your organization
Naples Daily News
An effective team is a group of interdependent people who agree on a goal. They also agree that the best way to achieve that goal is to work together. Teams help companies keep standards and performance high with fewer people. Teams work to achieve key goals that provide a competitive edge, such as improved quality and customer service.More

Flexible working being used by one-fifth of employers to avoid job cuts, survey shows
Personneltoday
One-fifth of organizations have avoided redundancies by introducing flexible working practices, a survey has shown. Two-thirds of employers that introduced part-time hours or other forms of flexible working during the recession have managed to cut costs, while a similar number say it has helped reduce the number of jobs lost, the 2010 IRS Flexible Working Survey, published exclusively by XpertHR today, has found.More

Nine ways to prepare for growth and success
Entrepreneur
It's Business 101 to have contingency plans in place for when things go wrong. But, conversely, are you prepared for growth and success? What if it turns out your positive expectations were too conservative? What if an unexpected celebrity endorsement sends demand for your product soaring? On a more practical—and likely—note, as the economy shows signs of turning around, are you ready for what that will mean for your operation? Here's what you need to do to be prepared for growth.More

Holding on to jobs
Human Resource Executive
Many older workers are either staying on the job or looking for work as they postpone their dreams of leisure to deal with financial concerns. While that postpones fears of a baby boomer retirement tsunami, it offers challenges to HR leaders seeking to retain mid-level younger workers, while finding productive roles for the older set.More