Performance Digest
June 9, 2009

Perfect Practices Makes Perfect Performance
from ISPI
Is your organizationís e-learning becoming repetitive? Are you looking for components to increase their effectiveness? Do you know what makes e-learning desirable? If you answered yes to any of these questions youíre sure to benefit from Scott Colehourís SkillCast tomorrow, June 10 at 1:00 pm. Join us today for $29 and add a new dimension to your e-learning solution. More

Obama: Stimulus Spending To Be Sped Up
from CBS News
President Obama announced Monday that his administration is ramping up the pace at which funds from the $787 billion economic stimulus package are spent and predicted that the legislation will save or create 600,000 jobs in the next 100 days. More

U.S. Job Losses Slow, Signaling Recession Is Abating
from Bloomberg
The U.S. lost fewer jobs than forecast in May, reinforcing signs that the deepest recession in half a century is starting to abate. Economists surveyed by expected a more modest loss of 525,000 jobs last month. ADP originally reported a loss of 491,000 private-sector jobs in April. More

In Current Conditions, Performance Effectiveness is Critical to Survival
from The Malaysia Star
Perverse as it may seem, a period of crisis can provide an opportunity to drive change more rapidly and effectively than a period of prosperity. At the beginning of this year, Ernst & Young worked with the Economist Intelligence Unit to interview over 300 senior executives from major companies around the world to see how they were being impacted by the economic crisis and what they were doing about it. More

Performance Pay for All Feds
from Federal Times
The Obama administration wants to institute a pay-for-performance system for all federal employees, the new Office of Personnel Management director said May 27. More

Job Creation? 'Yes We Can!'
from Independent Online
President Jacob Zuma's ambitious aim to create 500,000 jobs by the end of this year is within reach, says the Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane. Chabane said the goal of creating these jobs had to be seen in the context of the planned "extended public works program". More

Banks: It's Payback Time
from Reuters
The Obama administration is set to announce plans to let some of the nation's big banks pay back billions in federal aid, the Washington Post reports. Financial giants like JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and American Express (AXP) have spent the last month scurrying around, raising capital in a rush to prove their viability and hence to buy their way out of federal servitude. More

Bottling Up Plant Improvements
from Plant Engineering
Manufacturers across all industry sectors are embracing real-time performance management as a means to improve flexibility and profitability, while coping with the reduction of manpower and the burden of monitoring assets. This is intensifying the need for companies to make key performance indicators (KPIs) visible across all levels of the operation to help provide that processes are operating correctly and assets are being effectively utilized. More

How Not to Get Laid Off
from Business Week
What's triggering fears and sleepless nights for many of us about the unemployment abyss is not the job-loss stats themselves, but the depth of the cutsóand the qualifications of some of the people getting jettisoned. More