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Dec. 9, 2008
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Employees Add Value, Not Cost to Companies Says Forum for People Performance Management and Measurement
from PRNewswire via The Wall Street Journal
As businesses look for ways to trim costs amid a slowing economy, the last place to consider are its own employees, according to an emerging concept called Employee Lifetime Value (ELTV). Now, a new white paper from the Forum for People Performance Measurement and Management, titled Employee Lifetime Value: "The People Impact" of Financial Success, examines how companies can directly measure the positive impact of people on the bottom line. More

Reputation Matters, Now More Than Ever
from Reliable Plant
Today’s troubled economy and frequent news stories about unethical corporations have made having a great reputation a huge selling point. George Ludwig tells you how to create a reputation that customers will reward with their loyalty. Reputation is the new profit center for the 21st century. Reputation is built one person and one customer interaction at a time – and that means everyone in your organization must stay focused on creating a winning reputation. More

Study Aligns Management, HR Strategies
from Newswise
A 199-year-old economic theory may provide the theoretical framework needed to — for the first time — effectively align strategic personnel policies with organization and management strategies, according to new research from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. "Our paper is grounded in established 'rent' theories, but it takes us to places we haven't been in explaining how human resource management can influence a firm's success," says Dr. Clint Chadwick, an associate professor of management in UAHuntsville's College of Business Administration. "This research is getting a lot of play because it has the potential to solve problems for people who heretofore haven't had good tools for solving those problems. This can tell me which kind of strategic HR system will work best within a firm or even within different parts of a firm. Nobody has done a good job of linking strategies and HR systems in a specific way. More

E-learning, Green Learning
from Express Computer
Green is in! As companies are struggling to keep tight pockets amidst the financial tide, there is also an increasing pressure on them to save the ecology from the clutches of depleting resources. For companies, it is as much a cost-cutting measure as a corporate social responsibility and a compliance issue. More

New Research: Employee Job Satisfaction Related to Personal Vision and Self Confidence
from PR Web
Job satisfaction may depend as much on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual resources the employee brings to the workplace as anything that’s happening on the job, according to data gathered from 120,000 working adults. “The people who score in the top 10 percent of job satisfaction report they have a much stronger sense of purpose and vision—a stronger personal story—than those who have lower job satisfaction,” says research by Dr. Jim Loehr, chief executive officer of the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla. More

'Onboarding': Crucial Feedback for Executive Hires
from Business Week
"I never knew you felt that way." Those words often evince an epiphany that can save a rocky relationship—including one between a high-priced hire and the company that paid the bounty for him or her. Indeed, those words frequently encapsulate the reaction business executives have when presented with feedback from a so-called onboarding process, which serves up a consensus view of the first impression he or she has made on an employer 90, 100, or perhaps 120 days into a new management role. More

Institute of Medicine Recommends More Sleep, Fewer Work Hours for Residents
from Medscape
A new report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends strategies to reduce medical resident fatigue-related errors and improve patient safety and medical training by reducing residents' duty hours, increasing their sleep hours, and increasing supervision of work hour limits. The report, titled "Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep, Supervision and Safety," was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and was published online Dec. 2. More

Manipulating Circadian Clock Improves Performance on the Night Shift
from Medpage Today
There's a way that people who work the night shift may be able to keep a close-to-normal routine on days off, researchers here said. Workers on a "compromise" circadian rhythm called a "phase position" plan were able to control their sleepiest time so that it came during scheduled sleep episodes both after night shifts and on days off, Mark R. Smith, a postdoctoral fellow at Rush University Medical Center, and colleagues reported in the December issue of SLEEP. More

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