ISPI Performance Digest
Oct. 19, 2010

Measuring workplace productivity
Human Resource Executive
Employers spend an estimated $13,000 per employee per year in total direct and indirect (productivity-related) health care costs, motivating many organizations to address health and productivity management as an integral part of business strategy. The growing focus on reducing healthcare expenditures, retaining valuable employees and optimizing employee productivity is compelling employers to quantify the effects of productivity impairment on the bottom line and the return on investment of population health-management initiatives.More

Increased use of E-learning and collaboration will help cut costs, say local government L&D professionals
HR Magazine
Local government learning and development professionals predict more E-learning and collaboration will help cut costs while improving service levels, according to new Brightwave research. Two thirds of U.K. public-sector learning and development and training professionals expect to improve the level of service they can deliver to their organizations thanks to an increase in E-learning and collaborative working. The report found 88 percent plan to increase their use of E-learning in order to meet new Government cost-reduction targets. A further 58 percent predict more collaborative working and 49 percent will reduce classroom-based training to help cut costs.More

Last Chance! ISPI SkillCast: Quality tools & human performance technology
ISPI
Join ISPI's first SkillCast Webinar of the new 2010-2011 season. Join Tom Berstene of Workplace planning Associates as he shares the Seven Basic Tools of Quality, the Seven Management Tools of Quality and a handful of advanced tools used in Quality, while discussing the implications for HPT practitioners. These tools are designed to help improve the products and services of any organization while promoting innovation, communication and planning. If you want a better understanding of quality tools, their purpose and uses and the decisions they are designed to support — then this SkillCast is for you! More

Workplace strategy: What is the true driver and expectation?
Citybizlist Boston
Jack Burns, Managing Partner with CresaPartners wrot in Citybizlist Boston, "Most workplace strategy programs will brag about how the company is addressing the new Generation X workforce by focusing on collaboration, mobility, and flexibility — all in the name of productivity. But is it really just about saving money? Many companies and consultants refer to these programs as Alternative Workplace Strategies. The dictionary tells us that "alternative" means (1) offering or expressing a choice or (2) different from the usual or conventional — existing or functioning outside the established culture. Nice warm and fuzzy definition, but the word often has a negative connotation to it. I suggest that the word "alternative" be dropped from all descriptions of workplaces going forward, or at least not as delivered to the users of the space. If we simply call it a "workplace solution" or even "new workplace," it sounds more positive."More

Measuring performance across your total workforce
ERE Media
Quality of hire is always a subject of much debate. Some argue that most of the measures in use actually measure the quality of the hiring process versus the quality of the actual hires made. We agree that some of these hire-quality measures are more process oriented, but one thing that cannot be disputed is that the vast majority of models in place today ignore the total workforce, focusing instead just on regular employees. The significance of the contingent workforce is ignored in a wide variety of places. Whether you believe it is true or not, the statistics tell us that, regular employees are comprising a smaller percentage of the modern enterprises workforce. In the United States it is widely reported that between 8-10 percent of the workforce is contingent, but like most government-supplied data, that figure is flawed.More

Private sector needs to keep an open mind about skills of job candidates from public sector
HR Magazine
With a predicted 600,000 public-sector workers set to enter the job market, more must be done to ensure the private sector has a clearer understanding of their skills and experience — and public-sector workers need more support to make the transition. According to the survey of 1,435 employees and 348 employers by recruiter Hays, 85 percent of candidates coming from the public sector are considering seeking work in the private sector. But 22 percent of employees fear their public-sector background will put them at a distinct disadvantage in the private sector and 46 percent of employers claim previous private-sector experience is very important when hiring, limiting the attractiveness of long-term ex-public-sector workers.More

Two hospitals recognized for healthy workplace programs
Associated Press via WTOC-TV
Two Lowcountry, S.C., hospitals are being recognized by the American Heart Association as 2010 Start! Fit-Friendly companies. Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital were recognized for their efforts in promoting physical activity and health in the workplace. There were more than 1,200 companies in 2009 by the AHA, which was an all-time high. More than 2 million employees participated in the programs, according to the AHA.More

Manufacturers worried about workplace absenteeism
Manufacturing.net
On the heels of last year's H1N1 scare, manufacturers are taking a closer look at how to avoid wide-spread workplace absenteeism and declining productivity if faced with another flu pandemic. According to a recent survey conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional, 87 percent of manufacturing industry professionals polled said they are concerned about declines in productivity at their workplace due to absenteeism or presenteeism related to a flu pandemic. More