ISPI Performance Digest
Apr. 25, 2012

Better teamwork through better workplace design
Harvard Business Review
Collaboration is the way we work now. In a 2008 BusinessWeek study of white-collar professionals, 82 percent reported they needed to partner with others throughout the day to get their work done. That means people don't just work together in meeting and conference rooms anymore. Unfortunately our legacy work environments — dominated by offices or cubes — rarely match this new reality.More

4 green business trends: Benefits to leverage, pitfalls to avoid
American Express OPEN Forum
Being green has woven its way into the very fabric of business. According to the 84-page "State of Green Business Report 2012" from GreenBiz, "Addressing sustainability issues no longer is an optional, nice-to-do activity. It is an expectation, no more PR-worthy than safety, quality, employee retention or customer satisfaction."More

Ready for the post-boomer retirement brain drain?
HR Morning
With all the talk about how baby boomers are putting off retirement, are employers really looking at a critical skills shortage in the coming years? According to a recent study from the Society for Human Resource Management and AARP, a lot of people think the answer is yes — 72 percent of HR professionals polled described the loss of talented older workers to be "a problem" or "a potential problem" for their organizations.More

Opinion: The flight from conversation
The New York Times
We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. The little devices most of us carry around are so powerful they change not only what we do, but also who we are.More

India: Companies should double budget on training
HRM Asia
Indian companies will have to double their training budget as they move from cost-based to knowledge-based professional services.More

Flexibility ups productivity
Business Live
Cost pressures and employee demands are causing some companies to look at flexible working conditions. A 2010 report by the U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisers says the benefits of flexible workplace arrangements — less absenteeism and staff turnover and improved worker health and productivity — can outweigh costs. Employees, however, need to be responsible and trustworthy and deliver what's needed.More

How to overcome lack of support for strategic workforce planning
Lack of senior leadership support is hampering workforce planning initiatives, according to more than one in four business leaders who participated in a recent i4cp survey on strategic workforce planning. Even among higher-performing organizations, the percentage isn't appreciably lower. Just more than half of respondents — and 6 of 10 high performers — reported the presence of a workforce planning champion in their firms, but that still leaves many without that valuable proponent. More