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The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence (CAEPV) is expanding its website (http://www.caepv.org) to provide information, tools, research, and best practices to assist employers to help respond to the impact of domestic violence on the workplace. The information on "www.caepv.org" can help employers of any size provide a safe and supportive work environment for employees who may be enduring intimate partner violence and abuse.
Exceptional leaders and teams excel under extreme conditions, persevere despite seemingly impossible odds and succeed in the face of intense competition. Leadership expert Dr. Dennis Perkins believes that these characteristics make great leaders and teams stand out--in both real life situations and in business. He tested this theory in his recent participation in Australia's Sydney to Hobart yacht race adventure, often called the "Mount Everest" of sailing.
Knowledge Infusion, the consulting authority on technology solutions that drive Human Capital Management and Talent Management business value, announced that the organization will join a panel presentation on Assessing Available Technology Options/ Selecting the Right E-HR Strategy for Your Organization at the Conference Board Strategic E-HR Conference. The conference will feature corporate case studies and panel discussions presented by industry experts on strategic e-HR initiatives.
A new social networking Web site has launched at Girlfriendscafe.com. Geared toward women in the United States and Canada, the online community provides a safe haven for women to communicate to one another and have fun.
Breakthrough Management Group (BMG) is a global leader in Performance Excellence devoted to helping organizations systematically improve their processes and increase innovative capabilities. Today BMG announces a new Executive Education Program specifically designed for business leaders who are leading the charge for growth and innovation inside their organizations.
Chief Innovation Officer - Leading Your Company's Growth and Innovation Initiatives' first session will be held April 30th - May 1st in Denver, CO.
Executive Summary: Caring for Children
Escalating childcare costs - along with intensified work schedules driven by global competition - are among the most pressing issues facing working parents today. In this context, smart business planners recognize that quality childcare and work/life benefits not only stoke the productivity of working parents in the short term but they also represent an investment in the development of children, who constitute our future workforce.
The value of childcare perks to business productivity is evident from a study cited in the Harvard Business Review. More than 50% of 178 employers polled said on-site childcare services resulted in a 20% to 30% reduction in staff absenteeism. Though many U.S. firms remain reluctant to take on the financial and legal risks associated with on-site daycare centers, the 2006 SHRM Benefits Report reveals gradual increases in corporate willingness to answer key childcare needs. Some 57% of companies polled now offer flextime benefits, while emergency/sick-child-care benefits doubled since 2003, from 7% to 14%, and prenatal programs skyrocketed to 82% from 25% in 2005.
As they hone work/life strategies, companies will want to stay informed of broader childcare issues. Formal childcare enrollments in the U.S. have risen over the last decade, as more single mothers enter the workforce and the number of dual-income families continues to expand. The National Child Care Information Center reports that for every 10 children in the U.S. under the age of five with employed mothers, three are enrolled in some type of private or public center-based care, including before- and after-school programs. Working parents worry about the impact on their children of time spent in day care, which studies have linked to behavioral problems and child obesity.
Spiking childcare costs and increased time spent looking for quality childcare services have become major hurdles for middle-income working parents - and a crisis for poor families. A Runszheimer International survey showed an average 6.4% hike in childcare costs throughout 75 cities, with a 3%-to-5% rate increase in 2002 alone. Other studies show that average childcare costs now meet or exceed the cost of sending a student to a public university, becoming the second-largest expense for households with young children, after rents and mortgages.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that single mothers with children under the age of five pay out almost double the share of family income for child care that married mothers pay. But analysts insist full childcare subsidies can increase work availability for poor and low-income mothers - including those moving out of welfare - by as much as 15%.
The growing demand for high-quality preschool education, along with attendant salary requirements and credentialing fees for teachers, is bound to push childcare costs even higher, effectively shutting down preschool enrollments for children in disadvantaged populations. The resulting deficits in high school completions, skill development and workforce participation, analysts predict, will have a significant impact on national productivity and the replenishment of skilled labor pools. Most affected will be the growing numbers of children of color, as well as those in immigrant families and foster care. Whether universal preschool, currently a topic of heated political debate, will eventually close the "opportunity gap" remains an unsettled question.
As business investment in childcare issues evolves, some firms are banking on the idea that partnerships with schools, health organizations and an array of social initiatives can make a difference. By helping protect, grow and channel young talent, many companies hope to ensure robust skilled labor pools well into the future.
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Strong Job Growth Expected At Executive-Level
ExecuNet's Recruiters Confidence Index (RCI) remained near its all time highs in February, as executive search firms continued to aggressively add staff to keep pace with a market that's proven to be remarkably resilient amid mixed economic data.
Introduced in May 2003, the Recruiters Confidence Index is based on a monthly survey of thousands of executive recruiters conducted by ExecuNet (www.execunet.com), the leading executive career, business and recruiting network. Independent analysis of the RCI has confirmed it is a leading indicator for the executive search industry.
According to the survey of 159 executive recruiters, 77% are confident or very confident the executive employment market will improve during the next six months – nearly unchanged from 78% one month ago.
Confidence In The Executive Employment Market
Next Six Months
"The near-record level of confidence in the executive employment market is consistent with the volume of new opportunities that are being filled by members of our network in the first two months of this year," says Mark Anderson, President of ExecuNet. "There's no question that the prospects for executives considering a job change are better today than they have been in a long time."
Recruiters' short-term outlook improved in February, as 80% said they are confident or very confident the employment market will improve in the next three months – up from 78% in January. This bullish forecast is well supported by the search industry's own growth. In February, more than half of all search firms (56%) reported plans to hire additional professional staff during the next three months. In the previous three months, 38% of all firms added staff to keep pace with the growth of the executive employment market.
ExecuNet, the leading executive career, business and recruiting network, provides exclusive access to high-level business connections for professionals, confidential six-figure job listings, expert advice and proprietary research while helping corporate and search firm recruiters find qualified executive candidates. Founded in 1988, ExecuNet helped transform the executive recruiting industry by launching the first website designed to bring senior-level professionals and search firms together in a cooperative, confidential environment to understand how to meet their human capital needs.
Based in Norwalk, Connecticut, ExecuNet is a recognized authority in executive recruiting trends and proprietary employment market research. For more information, visit www.execunet.com.
2006 Top Ten Series:
White Papers and So On:
Lean Staffing Institute on Referrals from The Empower Network.
ATS Sourcing Whitepaper written by Jake Firth of JobsInLogistics.com.
Staffing Strategies: Can You Find, Recruit, and Retain the Talent You Need?
Authoria's complimentary white paper
Multigenerational Recruiting Slide Presentation done at OnRec by John and Bridget Sumser.
Virtual Edge offers
7 "Must Haves" of Next Generation Power Recruiting Technology and many other White Papers.
interbiznet and RetirementJobs.com present
Boomers to Bust Age Bias? Baby Boomers Redefine Retirement
TopUSAJobs.com: Guide to Top Specialty Boards
Strategic E-HR Conference |
Using Technology for Comprehensive Talent & Performance Management
February 28 – March 1, 2007
Coronado Island Marriott
San Diego, CA
2007 AESC Americas Conference: THE NEW
March 7 - March 8, 2007
The Harvard Club
New York City, New York
Staffing Industry Executive Forum|
March 12-15, 2007
Australasian Talent Conference|
March 20, 21 & 22, 2007
Talent Management Strategies Conference
March 22 – March 23, 2007
New York, NY
Nursing Management Recruitment & Retention
May 4-6, 2007
Executive Search Summit 2007 Spring
May 21, 2007
San Francisco, CA
2007 Top Employer Summit
March 22-23, 2007
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