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Dec. 8, 2009
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Performance Data: 'Use It or Useless'
from Federal Computer Week
At a recent gathering of about 40 public management academics and practitioners, the overwhelming message was that the push for a results-oriented government — and for the related use of metrics to drive performance improvement — is very much alive and well. More

Obama Focuses on Jobs, Infrastructure, Energy Rebates
from The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama proposed small business tax cuts, home retrofits and infrastructure investment as ways to accelerate job growth recently, saying more programs are needed to boost the weak labor market and ensure the recovery takes hold for Main Street. More

Training on Trial: The Urgent Need to Become a Strategic Business Partner
from ISPI
Join speaker Jim Kirkpatrick, PhD, Vice President, Global Training and Consulting, SMR USA, for 60 minutes on Dec. 16, at 1:00 pm ET to get insight into the urgent need to become a Strategic Business Partner. We believe for most learning professionals and organizations, the day of reckoning is here. This webinar is designed to help you prepare for the time when you are asked, or proactively choose, to effectively create and then demonstrate the value of your learning's contribution to the bottom line. More

Business Performance Management in 2010, Part 1
from BeyeNetwork
Business performance management (BPM) has come a long way in the past several years. If someone took a look at BPM five years ago and again today, they probably wouldn't recognize it. As is often the case though, as much as things change, there are also many aspects that remain the same. In the case of business performance management, many of the same challenges that have existed from day one are still with us. Let's took a look at the state of BPM as we enter 2010. More

Training the Key to Worker Morale
from The Orange County Register
During hunker-down times like these, when companies are just trying to survive, employee training would seem to be the last thing on an employer's mind. But officials at W.L. Butler Construction Inc. in Irvine, Calif., say its worker mentoring and training paid off this year after the company was forced to cut staff 25 percent. They say it will also be an advantage going forward because employees will be prepared when the economy turns around. More

Is Telecommuting the New Trend in the Modern Workplace?
from oDesk Marketplace
From employers looking to cut costs to job seekers looking for work, telecommuting is beginning to gain momentum around the world. With many unemployed people looking for work and many businesses looking for ways to cut costs, is telecommuting the panacea? More

The Art of Change Management
from Financial Chronicle
The older order changeth, yielding place to new said Lord Alfred Tennyson. There are many forces that drive change. These may be categorised broadly into technological changes, economic changes and political changes. For transformational change in any organization to be effective, one needs to consider the impact of innovation, quality, strategy and not forgetting the most important foundation—culture. More

Study: Millions to Prematurely Lose Unemployment Benefits
from The Washington Independent
For millions of unemployed workers, the recession is poised to go from bad to worse. More than 3.2 million laid-off Americans will prematurely exhaust their unemployment insurance in the first quarter of next year unless Congress intervenes, an advocacy group recently warned. More

Job Reviews Can Improve Performance: The Innovators
from The Street
Today's performance management systems are designed to focus and integrate individual efforts to achieve a higher corporate goal. Performance management comprises four interrelated parts --goal setting, feedback, appraisal and link to rewards. The objective of the appraisal is to motivate employees to work hard, hold them accountable for results and recognize. More

Flexible Rightsizing: A Cost-Effective Alternative to Layoffs
from Earth Times
The struggling economy has left companies large and small to struggle with the best ways to reduce costs and protect their bottom line. Many organizations have resorted exclusively to layoffs – a painful and often ineffective method of trimming expenses during a cyclical downturn. This heavy reliance on layoffs is contributing to a national unemployment crisis that is further eroding business, thus jeopardizing a timely economic recovery. More

ISPI 2010: 10 Days Left on the Best Conference Rate in Years
from ISPI
As a member of ISPI, you are invited to register for THE lowest conference rate in years! Register by Dec. 18, 2009 at the member rate of $750 and join us to enhance your skills and marketability in San Francisco on April 19-22, 2010. As an extra incentive, register before Dec. 18, 2009 you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a copy of ISPI’s new Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace ($450 retail value). More

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