ISPI Performance Digest
April 5, 2011

Social tools: Helping people share what they know
GigaOM
Ever since Andrew McAfee coined the term "Enterprise 2.0" in 2006, organizations have been investigating ways that enterprise social software, also known as ESS, can address gaps in how employees work together. But we've also come to realize that there is a greater context behind industry interest in ESS.More

Lean and mean
Human Resource Executive
It's been a conundrum for years, especially in manufacturing. How do you create a consistent schedule for workers, even though product demand changes all the time? If you're a car manufacturer, for example, how can you figure out how many people need to work on a given day if you don't know how many cars you are supposed to make? No sense in having extra workers standing around or not enough workers to get the job done. The common solution has been lean manufacturing, where parts are brought in as needed — and, in turn, workers are scheduled according to demand. More

Strategies for developing a contemporary training curriculum
International Society for Performance Improvement
How does the challenge to traditional ISD models and our need to meet performance requirements — with fewer resources — translate into best practices for creating contemporary curricula? In this one-hour webinar, we will explore some of the critical strategies for designing and developing a successful curriculum with examples from corporate settings.More

Goolsbee: Focus needed on job training
CNN
Improvements in the job market may finally be taking hold, as strong business hiring last month brought the unemployment rate down to its lowest level in two years. The U.S. economy added 216,000 jobs in March, very encouraging news to Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.More

Donald Kirkpatrick receives ISA Thought Leadership Award
PR.com
Training industry legend Donald Kirkpatrick, of Kirkpatrick Four Levels fame, was honored recently for his pioneering work in learning ROI and training evaluation. Kirkpatrick received the Thought Leadership Award from ISA-The Association of Learning Providers in recognition of his body of work in support of work-related learning and performance, and the significant influence he has had in helping people measure the effectiveness of training.More

Social learning a hit at Classic Residence
InformationWeek
A builder and operator of senior communities is finding one of the best ways to train its people is to allow them to train each other. Vi, which runs retirement communities across the country under the Classic Residence brand, has seen more than 1,000 percent growth in the usage of its online learning management system over the past 18 months as different constituencies within the company formed their own online communities.More

Review of police leadership and training finally revealed
Police Professional
Peter Neyroud's review of Leadership and Training places policing onto a professional footing with radical changes to the role of policing bodies, promotion processes and leadership development.More

Instructor uses social networking to change classroom experience
BG News
Facebook and Twitter could soon have a little competition on campus. A university art instructor is developing a social media based web application which aims to keep students engaged and interested during class time.More

Generations X and Y are different, so tailor your benefits accordingly
HR Magazine
The bottom line has long been the business focus, across public and private organizations. However, as budgets continue to tighten, it is clear that organizations must invest both time and money in their greatest asset — talent. An effective compensation and benefits strategy is an opportunity for an organization to differentiate itself from its competitors, which might otherwise force talented individuals away.More

Bill aims to eliminate raises for Department of Defense poor performers
Federal Times
A new bill from Rep. Allen West would cancel the annual pay raises and locality pay adjustments for Defense Department employees rated as unacceptable. HR 1248 would likely have little effect for the next two years, since Congress has already canceled all General Schedule pay adjustments for 2011 and 2012.More