Performance Digest
May 19, 2009

How Does Your Program Measure Up?
from Federal Times
The Obama administration is taking a new approach to measuring how well government programs are doing. All programs — from Medicare to small-business loans — will be judged based on their progress in meeting certain quantifiable goals developed with input from agencies, Congress, management experts and the public. And individuals will be named who will be held accountable for the performance improvement of each program. More

Biz Bosses Better Adapt for Gen-Y
from TheChronicleHerald.ca
A recent poll by Jobfox, an American Internet career site, found gen-Y workers are perceived by recruiters as being the weakest performers among the four generations now in the workforce. But Jobfox CEO Rob McGovern says it’s corporate leaders — not gen-Y professionals — who need attitude adjustments. More

Lower Productivity Growth Expected This Year, Says MPC
from Bernama
Malaysia is expected to register a lower productivity growth of between 1.0 and 1.2 percent this year in tandem with the gross domestic product (GDP) growth. The services and agriculture sectors will drive the country's productivity growth in 2009 under the challenging environment, said the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC). More

Championing Employee Engagement
from 4Hoteliers
Many of today's models, formulas, and algorithms that purport to build and strengthen employee cultures are weak and outdated. The challenge isn't that we don't have enough data, but that we don't have the right data and, therefore, we can't leverage that data to achieve new levels of understanding. More

The Top Seven Management Myths in Today's Workplace
from New York Daily News
Nowadays, the workplace is more and more high pressure and the workforce is more and more high maintenance. Strong highly-engaged leadership is clearly the order of the day. Yet, the pendulum of management thinking, books, and training is still swinging in the wrong direction - toward weak hands-off leadership in which managers are supposed to soft-pedal their authority. More

Exit Right
from WA Today
If you quit your miserable job and are looking for an opportunity to let your employer know just how much you despised working there, don't mention it during the exit interview. More

Pentagon's Pay-for-Performance Program Facing Fresh Round of Scrutiny
from The Washington Post
What does Uncle Sam do when he's thrown a hot potato? He appoints a committee to decide if he should eat it, throw it away or find some other half measure to please diverse constituencies. The latest example of this is the announcement by the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management that they will form a "task group" to review the Pentagon's much-maligned pay-for-performance operation, also known as the National Security Personnel System. More