ISPI Performance Digest
Nov. 8, 2011

Do Americans work too much for their own good?
In 1965, a U.S. Senate subcommittee predicted that as a result of increasing labor productivity from automation and "cybernation" — the computer revolution — Americans would be working only 20 hours per week by the year 2000, while taking seven weeks or more of vacation each year. But in 1991, the average American worker put in 163 more hours on the job than in 1973, according to sociologist Juliet Schor, author of "The Overworked American." Since many more families had two parents working, the increase in annual working hours per family was much higher: 500 to 700 hours more than in the '70s. It should be noted that increases in labor productivity are not "energy-free" advances for the workers whose productivity increases.More

Why teams fail — and what to do about it
Human Resource Executive Online
To unleash the creative potential of teams, HR leaders must help set a solid foundation, provide insights so team members can cope successfully with differences and coach team leaders on positive ways to approach the collaboration so the team will perform at high levels.More

Top talent leaving employers
Workplace HR & Safety
One-fourth of employers are ineffective in retaining high-potential workers, according to a survey of 562 senior managers and executives by AMA Enterprise. While more than half are considered "somewhat effective" at keeping such high-performing contributors, only 18 percent are "very effective," according to the findings.More

CIOs: Agents of change in a hostile world
Federal Computer Week
A much-anticipated Government Accountability Office report on federal CIOs has emerged after several months of final review to allow comments from the executive branch (especially the Office of Management and Budget). GAO's findings will not surprise anyone who works in or with government IT issues: Auditors found that CIOs do not consistently have responsibility for 13 major areas of IT and information management as defined by law or deemed critical to effective IT management. Many CIOs serve in additional capacities, such as human capital officers. More

A tangled Web: Social media in the workplace
New York Post
Workers axed for social media postings are fighting back, raising questions about when online griping is protected by law.More

The bottom line on executive contracting
International Business Times
Market volatility and uncertainty are creating challenges for businesses globally, but nowhere is this more evident than in HR. For HR leaders in Australia, this volatility is even more magnified by the shortage of talent across many key sectors.More

Management skills 'should be priority for growth'
People Management
The U.K. should address poor productivity by tackling its "lagging skills profile" rather than scrapping unfair dismissal rights, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development has urged. A new Work Horizons report from the institute calls on the government to encourage U.K. businesses to recognize and rectify gaps in management and leadership skills.More