Performance Digest
Nov. 3, 2009

Social Responsibility Key to Attracting Top Talent
from TalentManagementTech
Organizations with strong social responsibility practices are being viewed as "employers of choice" by today's job seekers across the globe who overwhelmingly prefer companies that focus beyond performance outcomes and promote larger social goals, according to the latest findings from an international workplace survey. More

Obama Gives the Heave-ho to DOD Pay for Performance
from Federal Computer Week
The National Security Personnel System, the Defense Department's effort to tie salary to job performance, is on its way out. On Oct. 28, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2010 fiscal year, which includes provisions to kill the program. More

New Statistics Show Improvements in Britain's Workplace Safety and Health Record
from Safety Media
Britain became a healthier and safer place to work last year, according to new figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). More

San Antonio Ranks Third in Job Performance
from San Antonio Express
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' newest comparison of big-city job markets reaffirms San Antonio's status as one of the most recession-resistant metropolitan areas. More

E-Learning Fast Becoming a Valued Tool in Papuan Universities
from Jakarta Globe
Jayapura. Distant learning over the Internet that has been developed with the standardized competence-based curriculum, is contributing to improvements in education quality, especially in universities in Papua, an expert says. More

Human Capital in Seattle Public Schools
from The Seattle Times
The above headline is the title of a report upon which Lynne Varner based her column arguing for performance-based pay for teachers. She went beyond the should we, shouldn't we, argument - to examine what kind of evaluation system would need to be in place before districts could determine a teacher's merit and thus, their pay. A report by the National Council on Teacher Quality goes beyond the merit pay issue to offer a sharp and prescriptive look at how Seattle manages its teaching corps. More

Leveraging Social Media
from Human Resource Executive
Today's tech-savvy professionals use social networking to stay connected with friends, family and colleagues around the world. Companies can ignore this, and end up woefully behind the curve -- or they can create a culture that embraces it in order to foster positive and productive communication both internally and externally. More

Ford Reports Nearly $1 Billion Profit
from Business Week
It's now fair to declare Ford Motor an unqualified turnaround story. The company reported a $997 million third-quarter profit on Nov. 2, adding profits to gains in market share and improvements in quality since CEO Alan Mulally took over in September 2006. More

Vendor and Clients: Integrating Process Improvement Efforts Across Both Sides of a Strategic Partner Relationship
from Six Sigma & Process Excellence IQ
Suppliers are searching for better ways to please their customers, and clients are looking to ensure they are getting the best value from their suppliers’ products and services. This is the classic win-win scenario, but traditionally, a company’s process improvement projects start out by understanding and improving processes under its own roof. To enable integrated approaches to successful joint process improvement initiatives, moving away from one-sided tactical transactions and edging toward strategic partner relationships is key. More