ISPI Performance Digest
Aug. 7, 2012

'Degruntling' disgruntled employees
Staff Performance Secrets
Staff performance can easily be derailed by disgruntled employees. You seem to have two choices: get rid of them or hope they'll improve. But there's another way to "degruntle" the situation. These eight key points help offer perspective on the problem, the solution and, most important, the prevention of a disgruntled workplace.More

Orchestrating change
Business Officer
Proactive leadership starts in the business office, where the forces of change converge. For those in higher education, change falls into four main categories: institutional strategy, budgeting, technology and the political environment. How can you exercise leadership in each sector?More

10 ways social media technologies add value and productivity
Business 2 Community
Social media technologies have touched humanity in a primal way. You only need look at the adoption rates of Facebook and Twitter to realize that the web is indeed connecting human consciousness. At almost no cost we can connect with like-minded tribes globally at scale and speed. We can share ideas and knowledge in words, images and with the virtual face to face technologies of online video that transcends time and place. Knowledge transfer is almost instantaneous. It is transforming humanity deeply at the personal and business levels.More

The use of mobile technology in Olympic sports
The Tech Journal
Technology has long been an integral part of sports. From ensuring accurate results to enabling the sportsmen improve their performance, technology has already been extensively used. However, what is rather different about London Olympics 2012 is that it is actively making use of mobile technology.More

Performance improvement project to begin
Park Rapids Enterprise
The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program has awarded a grant of $49,980 to Optivation, supporting the Park Rapids Performance Improvement Project. Under a Community Quality Plan developed by business columnist Louis Schultz, a consortium of leading community organizations has come together to participate in the pilot project, which includes six training courses on topics related to quality and process management. More

No rest for the busy: More than half of Americans will work on vacation
The Marietta Daily Journal
Remember when a vacation was a vacation? According to a couple of recent surveys, an increasing number of workers are staying connected to their jobs while at their favorite vacation haunts. Dr. Jennifer Whitaker, founder and owner of Executive Brilliance, said that in a world where people are connected 24/7 via smartphones, iPads, etc., the notion of finding that work/life balance is getting harder to grasp.More

Integrate bursts of activity into workday
Employee Benefit News
Work no longer provides the opportunity for physical activity that it once did for many Americans. Estimates show that by 2020, 80 percent of jobs will be cerebral and 20 percent manual. That's a whole lot of us sitting on our butts. I's also giving rise to a new type of professional development: corporate athletic training.More

Drivers for safety culture in waste processing
Nuclear Engineering International
Evaluating operational incidents can provide a window into the drivers most critical to establishing and maintaining a strong safety culture, thereby minimizing the potential project risk associated with safety incidents. This article examines four case studies of operational events: two from U.S. Department of Energy and two from U.S. Army experiences. More