Survey reveals big jump in number of companies permitting social networking on the job, so long as use is for business purpose

Tweets and “likes” are becoming more beneficial to business, a new Robert Half Technology survey suggests. More than half (51 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed said they permit employees to use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook on the job as long as it’s for business purposes. This is up from 19 percent […]

One-in-four workers can’t afford to take a vacation and of those who can, 30 percent bring work with them

As we approach the official kick-off to summer getaways with Memorial Day weekend, a recent study from CareerBuilder shows financial constraints and demanding work schedules have some workers foregoing vacation plans this year. Twenty-four percent of full-time workers reported they can’t afford to take a vacation in 2011, up from 21 percent last year. Another […]

Despite high participation in defined contribution plans, automatic enrollment is hindering contribution rates

As more employers use automatic enrollment, a new study from Aon Hewitt reveals that employees are participating in employer-sponsored defined contribution (DC) plans at a record high rate. The analysis of DC saving and investing behaviors of more than 3 million employees across 120 large companies, shows that more than three quarters (75.8 percent) of […]

Best companies pursue global leadership programs, AMA study finds

High-performing companies are aggressively pursuing global leadership development programs, according to a new study of more than 1,700 organizations in more than 20 industries on six continents by the American Management Association (AMA) in collaboration with the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) and Training magazine. The study examined not only global leadership and development programs, […]

Expert says managing talent is key to commanding today’s workforce

Dr. David DeLong is co-author (with Steve Trautman) of the new book The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management from McGraw-Hill ( The book shows leaders who believe in the importance of investing in people what specific actions they can take to directly improve business performance. John Rex, the CFO of Microsoft North America […]

New study shatters myth that work-life is a women’s issue

Results from a research study of employees around the world conducted in the fall of 2010 reveal that, when it comes to work and family, men and women are more alike than different. This finding conflicts with a widely held assumption that male identity is rooted in work whereas women place a higher priority on […]

Most multinationals see workforce health as a higher priority in next few years

Faced with rising health care costs and a growing concern over the health of their employees, a vast majority of multinational organizations plan to place a higher priority on workforce health initiatives and the overall well-being of their workers over the next few years, according to a new survey by Towers Watson. The survey also […]

Majority of executives have missed out on opportunity to mentor

The mark of a great mentor is that it’s not “all about you,” a Robert Half Management Resources survey suggests. Half of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed who have served as mentors said the chief benefit is the satisfaction that comes from helping someone else. Still, many aren’t reaping the benefits of these professional relationships: More […]

Hollywood drama should remind employers of importance of maintaining a well-drafted arbitration agreement

With the recent controversy surrounding Charlie Sheen and his termination from the television show, “Two and a Half Men,” much light has been shed on the issue of arbitration agreements. Sheen, who filed a $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. upon his termination, wanted the proceedings to be held in front of a jury rather […]

Use of employee recognition programs has declined slightly, but still important component of employee rewards

A survey released this week by WorldatWork shows employee recognition has declined slightly: 86 percent of companies use recognition programs as part of their rewards tool kit, down from 89 percent in 2008. Fourteen percent of companies report not having any recognition programs in place whatsoever and 10 percent report eliminating some recognition offerings in […]