Performance Digest
Oct. 6, 2009

Selecting Effective Metrics and Dashboards for Process Improvement Efforts
from Six Sigma & Process Excellence IQ
Metrics help the organization focus on the most critical business factors, Key Performance Indicators, that have a profound impact on sustaining business success. Metrics also help with the understanding of the current status of the process with decision making and making reliable prediction. More

Flexible Work in a Recession
from The New York Times
The American Society of Human Resource Managers found that while the number of companies offering things like flextime, part-time and telecommuting schedules had been increasing steadily leading up to the down-turn, the latest measure showed a drop of five percent. More

Management Practices That Waste Time and Money
from The Financial Post
Aubrey C. Daniels, one of the world's foremost authorities on management and human performance, points out that few managers look for behavioral data to affect employee performance because most managers know very little about the science of behavior and recent brain science or neuroscience, and very few business programs in universities teach it. More

Change Management and Business Requirements
from ITBusinessEdge
Ann All spoke with Erik Van Slyke, a founding partner of Solleva Group, which helps organizations plan for, implement and manage change. You can also read his guest opinion: "The Structure Required for Adaptive Change Management." More

John Stephen: New Hampshire Employees Victims of Poor Management
from Union Leader
New Hampshire state employees are dealing with the reality that 750 of their ranks may lose their jobs in the middle of a recession to meet a legislative mandate of $25 million in cuts included in this state budget. Sadly, the threat of layoffs is a result of poor management, instead of a harsh fiscal reality. More

You Can't Afford to Skip Reviews
from Entrepreneur
It's easy to write off the employee goals you set at the beginning of the year and not enforce regular performance reviews throughout your company. Even if goals need to be adjusted, you can't afford to simply shelve performance reviews entirely. They provide an important opportunity to revisit your company's real priorities, give positive reinforcement to your star players and put necessary pressure on underperformers. More

Commentary: Want to be a Best Place to Work? Start with Retention
from North Bay Business Journal
You can be a best place to work if you demonstrate the true value you place on the people that make your company successful. How? Consider retention as a core practice of the business. More

U.S. Dept of Defense - Pentagon Efforts Target Preventable Accident Reduction
from ISRIA
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has challenged the department to step up its investment in safety technologies, incorporate best safety practices of the corporate world and hold leaders accountable. Since July 2003, the Defense Safety Oversight Council has worked to reduce preventable accidents in the military, which affect operational readiness and cost the department more than $1 billion annually. More