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How to hire sticky employees

A couple of years ago, PwC conducted 19,000 exit interviews within their organisation and one of the questions they asked was; “What was your reason for leaving?”. The four most common answers were: 1. Limited career/promotion opportunities 2. Supervisor lacked respect/support 3. Compensation 4. Job duties boring/no challenge These findings supported those of a Gallup poll, which looked at the views of employees from 44 organisations and discovered an almost identical top four reasons for employees voluntarily leaving. Obviously, staff retention is a key function of a company's HR department, but knowing the main reasons employees leave, there are steps that recruiters should be taking, to not only hire staff well, but to hire staff in a 'sticky' way, so they stay for the long term. This puts the recruiters in a strong position to demonstrate their meaningful contribution not just to staff attraction, but staff retention, raising their profile within the organisation they are working for. HR professional, Kazim Ladimeji, director of the Career…

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Breaking news

France stripped of prized 'AAA' credit rating by Moody's. Hovis to cut 900 jobs and close two factories. I'm A Celebrity favourite Brian Conley has left the jungle 'due to medical reasons'. Printer ink that's pricier than champagne: Black cartridge costs 51p a millilitre but Dom Perignon is just 15p. Chime Communications, the group behind ad agency VCCP and sports marketing agency Fast Track, has appointed Lord Davies of Abersoch as its new chairman. Top Right Group spins off Broadcast to former editor Dignam. UK outdoor media owner Eye has appointed Matthew Wilkinson to the role of business leader, mobile, with immediate effect, as its new Australian owner seeks to sell the UK business on. Global Radio hires Sky intelligence director Matt Jeffries. TOWERS WATSON CO The global professional services company said it made two senior appointments to its North of England and Scotland defined contribution consulting team. Martin Knight returns to Towers Watson from AON Hewitt and Andrew Cashmore joins from Buck Consultants. SBERBANK…

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Muziek op het werk

    Ik was vorige week bij de tandarts en het horen van Gangnam Style was vele maten erger dan de wortelkanaal behandeling die ik op dat moment onderging. Chirurgen luisteren traditioneel gesproken naar klassieke muziek tijdens operaties, omdat dit ontspannend werkt. Maar niet iedereen vindt muziek op het werk ontspannend. Alan Dunachie, director of operations bij The Economist Group, denkt dat het gelinkt kan zijn aan generatie: ‘Toen ik op de universiteit zat, kon ik niet studeren met muziek op, maar mensen die dat wel hadden, blijken ook later geen probleem te hebben met muziek op het werk, zelfs als ze oordopjes in moeten doen’. Ellis Rich, voorzitter van PRS for Music, denkt dat muziek een rol speelt bij het motiveren van medewerkers en het behouden van klanten. ‘Muziek is een sleutelelement; het creëert een positieve sfeer, verbetert humeur en beïnvloed het uitgavengedrag’, aldus Rich. 80 % van de ondervraagden vertelde dat hun baas muziek op de werkvloer toestaat, maar het is nog niet…

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Music at work (Hang the DJ)

In the 90s I worked in an office where everyone was constantly on the phone. People smoked and if you left your desk, you were likely to return to find your coffee full of cigarette butts. The idea of music in such an environment was unthinkable; it would have caused fights. Today, on the move, people seem to be hermetically sealed in a bubble of music. iPods, phones, huge comedy earphones; they travel around listening to what they want, when they want and oblivious to the outside world. But what about when they are actually at work? I was at the dentists last week and hearing Gangnam Style on the radio was far more distressing than the root canal work I was suffering. Surgeons traditionally listen to classical music when operating, to relax them and show off to the nurses, but not everyone finds music at work relaxing. Alan Dunachie, director of operations at the Economist Group, thinks it might be a generational thing, saying:…

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Breaking news

Commissioner elections embarrass Government as councils confirm voter turnout of precisely zero. BP to pay $4.5bn penalty over Deepwater Horizon disaster. Starbucks buys Teavana tea brand for $620m. OMD UK has appointed Ann Wixley, the creative director at MEC, as its first creative director. CITIGROUP INC The bank appointed Nick Sherry, a former Australian senator and minister for superannuation, as senior adviser in its securities and fund services. GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC The investment bank promoted 266 employees to the title of managing director, five more than the previous year. JEFFERIES & CO, CREDIT SUISSE Jefferies is bolstering its small retail brokerage unit by hiring Carey Timbrell, a managing director with Credit Suisse's U.S. private banking group. Timbrell, who was at Credit Suisse for nine years and ran its San Francisco private banking office. Credit Suisse has named Michael Nies to replace Timbrell in San Francisco. DAVID A. NOYES & CO Former Merrill Lynch brokerage chief Lyle LaMothe, who retired from the firm last year…

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Breaking news

Europe grinds to a halt as series of strikes and austerity protests begin. BBC crisis claims scalps of news director and deputy head. Call of Duty title becomes fastest-selling game. Activision's 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II', which was promoted by a big-budget ad directed by Guy Richie, has sold eight million copies on its first day of release. The total makes it the fastest-selling game to date, beating last week’s release of rival shoot-em-up title ‘Halo 4’. Harris Diamond replaces Nick Brien as CEO OF McCann Worldgroup. Hearst Advertising Worldwide hires Victoria Jacob-Luck. Tesco has appointed Coca-Cola's interactive manager, Jude Brooks, to head its social-media operations. Neptune US Income Fund Neptune US Income Fund seeking capital growth and income from the US HENDERSON GLOBAL INVESTORS LTD The investment manager appointed Matt Gaden as head of distribution for its Australian business. He joins from Australia's annuity provider Challenger Ltd. NEWEDGE GROUP SA The brokerage appointed Daniel McGowan as chief representative for China. He joins from…

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A different type of social protection: conditional cash transfers in the Philippines

Social protection and the concept of welfare schemes is a controversial topic; some argue that such services discourage people from finding their own means to improve their socioeconomic situation. However, when we are referring to social protection for the poor, there is a fundamental reality, which is that in numerous countries, the standard public services fail to reach the poorest and so there is a moral need to extend social protection efforts to those who are excluded. The World Food Programme, for example, conducts what is called the Food-for-Assets Programme, which provides food in exchange for work. The main mission is to break the cycle where people spend the majority of their time in survival mode, trying to find enough to eat every day, which prevents them from going to work, which could instead lead them to acquire additional skills and experience. In this way, the hope is that such a programme assists the poor to take their first steps out of hunger. The World…

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Breaking news

China leadership under way. YouTube marketing director Anna Bateson to take global role. Founder Garry Lace quits Beta for opera. Playboy TV has been ordered by the Advertising Standards Authority to take down a "sexually provocative" ad that appeared on the sides, front and back of a lorry. MPG Media Contacts poaches OMD's Debra Isaacson. David Hackworthy, The Red Brick Road's strategy partner, is in talks to join Fallon as its chief strategy officer. EasyJet has recruited Ian Cairns as its head of brand and marketing communications as it looks to strengthen its presence across Europe. Pearson denies FT is up for sale. TWO HARBORS INVESTMENT CORP The real estate investment trust appointed William Roth as chief investment officer, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Prior to this, he served as co-chief investment officer for three years in the same company. The company also named Matthew Koeppen and William Greenberg as managing directors. NEWFLEET ASSET MANAGEMENT LLC The company named David Albrycht president and chief investment officer.…

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Breaking news

President Obama installed in White House for another four years. Financial Times could be sold by Pearson for £1bn. Coca-Cola promotes James Eadie in wake of Olympics success. O2 appoints Paul Fabretti to head social media. M&S shakes up womenswear team. Lateral Group hires Marc Michaels and Peter Anderson. UBS AG The Swiss bank's American wealth management group expanded its broker force in Florida with a veteran team of advisers from rival brokerage Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. MORGAN STANLEY WEALTH MANAGEMENT The top U.S. brokerage hired Bryan Schon from Chase Investment Services to expand its adviser force in Michigan. JARISLOWSKY FRASER LTD Stephen Jarislowsky is stepping down as chief executive of the asset management firm he founded. He will remain as chairman of the company. AMERICAN CENTURY INVESTMENTS The asset management firm named Patrick Bannigan, an Ameriprise Financial executive, as its chief operating officer. MORNINGSTAR INC The investment research firm hired Christopher Davis as director of Fund Analysis in Canada. Prior to this, he was…

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Novembre 2012

27/11/2012 - CA Technologies ha nominato Pierpaolo Taliento (nella foto) vice president e general manager Southern Europe. A lui riporteranno i country manager delle filiali della multinazionale in Francia, Italia, Spagna e Portogallo. Sotto la sua guida ci sarà inoltre Israele. 27/11/2012 - Fortinet ha nominato Luciano Mereu major account manager con il compito di sviluppare la presenza dell’azienda nel mercato italiano, con un focus particolare sul settore enterprise. Mereu risponderà direttamente a Joe Sarno, regional sales VP. Mereu ha iniziato la sua carriera nel mondo dell’Information Technology nel 1991 come programmatore di una piccola software house. In seguito è entrato nel settore consulenze di Oracle e dal 1995 al 1998 ha operato in Datamat nel gruppo di prevendita di Business Objects. Successivamente ha lavorato in Emc2 nel settore vendite, dove ha contribuito alla creazione e allo sviluppo del mercato Smb nel Centro e nel Sud Italia. Nel 2005 è entrato in Symantec, dove si è occupato sia di alliance sia di vendita diretta. Nel…

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