Performance Digest
Dec. 22, 2009

Companies Won't Rush to Ease Workloads as Economy Recovers
fromThe Tennessean
When her Irvine, Calif., office began laying off workers in a lousy economy, Deborah Haas did what every employee fearful of being the next one booted is doing these days: She got busy. An executive assistant to the head of a furniture company, she became the receptionist, event planner, marketing assistant and office manager. When the catering budget got whacked, she threw on an apron and started whipping up chile lime crab cocktails and carne asada skewers for sales events. More

For Employers, the Pros and Cons of Health Care Reform Emerge
from Workforce Management
Many employers have said that the health care reform plan passed by the House in November would lead them to drop health insurance, undermining the employer-based health care system. Yet the government’s fiscal analysis contradicts that conclusion. According to two estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, the House bill would actually strengthen employer-sponsored health care by increasing the number of Americans who get their insurance through work. More

Selling Yourself: Six Essential Steps Required to Sell the Most Important Product YOU!
from ISPI
Join David Coad, President and Founder of DEC Consultants for 60 minutes on January 20, 2010 at 1:00pm ET to learn how to "Get the job!" Master the 6 vital steps to sell yourself in catastrophic economic times. You must have a competitive advantage against the 25 million Americans looking for work today in order to obtain an offer. Participate in learning how to differentiate yourself from the competition, sell yourself and "Get the Job!" More

Teleworking Tax Credit Introduced
from Federal News Radio
Here's something else teleworkers can add to their holiday wishlist: a shiny new tax credit. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) earlier this month introduced legislation that provide a tax credit of up to $1,000 for teleworkers. According to his press release, the goal of the Telework Tax Incentive Act is "to reduce traffic congestion and increase worker productivity around the Nation." More

Workplace Laws May Reduce Protections
from The Sydney Morning Herald
The federal government's uniform occupational health and safety laws could actually reduce protections for workers, the ACTU warns. The states and territories, except Western Australia, agreed at the Workplace Relations Ministerial Council in Melbourne recently to a model occupational health and safety (OHS) regime. More

Congress Approves COBRA Premium Subsidy Extension
from The New York Times
The hiring of temporary workers has surged, suggesting that the nation’s employers might soon take the next step, bringing on permanent workers, if they can just convince themselves that the upturn in the economy will be sustained. More

Labor Data Show Surge in Hiring of Temp Workers
from The New York Times
Mihir Shukla, chief executive of software firm Automation Anywhere, is taking a more hands-on approach to management—and asking other executives at the company to do the same—even as he weighs the risks of becoming too involved. He and four lieutenants at the 70-person San Jose, Calif., company now stay at the office until 9 p.m. every Wednesday, he said. They pore over potential sales, expenses and other details they wouldn't have monitored two years ago, looking for ways to improve. "I don't want to leave any stone unturned," Mr. Shukla said. More

E-Learning Initiative Faces Derailment
from The Korea Times
The Korean government plans to have digital devices replace books and blackboards in schools, a transition it claims will open a new chapter in education. However, the ambitious e-learning initiative appears to have been derailed from the start, with a problem that is less about technology than it is with content. More

Disengaged Workers Cost Billions: Economics Of Engagement Subject Of Study
from Procurement.travel
Good managers know intuitively that engaged employees are good for business. To support that precept, the Enterprise Engagement Alliance has gathered an impressive body of research that squarely aligns employee engagement with business results. More

U.K. HR Managers Doubt Accuracy of Evaluation Process – Study
from The Sunday Times
While 33 percent of organizations use a twice-a-year evaluation approach, another 60 percent utilize annual versions, according to an ongoing survey of corporate officers by Sri Lanka's MTI Consulting, which also explores the Human Resources (HR) function of businesses studied. More

Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace Three Volume Series
from ISPI
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