Performance Digest
June 16, 2009

Engaged Employees Are More Productive
from Federal Times
For the past 10 to 15 years, there have been a variety of attempts to improve the performance of federal organizations. For the Clinton administration, this included an effort to “reinvent” government; for the Bush administration, it included the president’s management agenda and pay-for-performance systems at the Homeland Security and Defense departments. More

Job Security is Down but Employee Engagement Remains Unchanged
from Personnel Today
Job security is down but employee engagement remains unchanged according to Best Companies, the organization behind the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For lists. More

Employees Linking Work, Social Media
from The Chicago Tribune
Sun Microsystems exhorts its blogging employees, "Don't tell secrets." IBM advises its workers, "Don't pick fights, be the first to correct your own mistakes, and don't alter previous posts without indicating that you have done so." And DePaul University says, "Don't be a mole" by pretending to be someone else. These guidelines are a sampling of how workplaces are crafting policies on employees' use of social media platforms such as blogs and networking Web sites. More

Don't Overlook Adults' Passion for Learning
There has never been a stronger case for adult learning. Businesses that fail to develop their staff are twice as likely to collapse. Firms seeking to reposition themselves for the economic upturn need to invest in their staff's flexibility, responsiveness and skills. In an aging society it makes sense to support older adults to develop new skills, prolonging their working lives. More

Change Managers and Workplace Performance
from Caribbean Net News
In many Caribbean countries, the post of change manager has been introduced into the public service. The idea has been that these change managers would bring new and workable ideas into the public service so that performance is enhanced. Also, change managers are required to undertake a needs analysis of the system in which they work, looking at its structure, credentials of employees, determine training needs and opportunities, and formulating new policies to deal with the deficits of the system. More

E-learning: ‘Governator’ Wants Digital Textbooks
from The Oklahoman
It was only a matter of time before electronic textbooks found a big-time advocate. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger certainly fits the digital bill. "California is home to software giants, bioscience research pioneers and first-class university systems known around the world,” Schwarzenegger wrote in the San Jose Mercury News. More

7 Tips for Keeping IT Employees Upbeat
from Computer World
In these tough economic times, even workers at stable organizations might be finding it hard to stay motivated. This can make it difficult for managers to maintain a positive, productive work environment. Strong staff morale is critical to ensuring that productivity and retention levels remain high. More

Dubai Taxi Corporation Adopts Change Management Methodology
from AME Info
Dubai Taxi Corporation at Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) set about application of Change Management Methodology on a par with other RTA agencies & sectors, in implementation of a decision recently made by RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director H.E. Mattar Al Tayer calling for adopting this methodology to meet a host of strategic goals and objectives. More