A report on the effectiveness of the state's programs to stimulate business activity was mostly positive.Virginia's largest economic development program has strategically subsidized dozens of businesses to entice them to build new and expanded facilities and create jobs, according to a newly released report on the effectiveness of public grants to private corporations.
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What makes a great employee? The American Management Association had an interesting take on that recently. The association’s survey of about 800 managers and executives found that senior leaders value what the group calls the “Four Cs”: Critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Those are also the kinds of skills that are critical for startups, where...
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Early in my career in a Cabinet-level agency, I noticed something curious. In talking with groups of employees and managers, I found that the further their offices were in our headquarters building from the office of the Secretary, the more they seemed to complain about and distrust him. A recent report offers some insight into this observation. Titled "Federal Leadership...
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Social media users who are white tend to flock to Pinterest, Twitter is popular among blacks and people who live in cities, more people on Facebook are women than men and Instagram attracts adults under 30, a newly released survey finds. The interesting data on the demographics of social media usage is the theme of a Pew Research Center survey conducted late last year and...
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Federal employees say government innovation is on the decline, according to the results from last year's federal-worker viewpoint survey. The Partnership for Public Service released a report Tuesday that showed government-wide innovation scores had dropped by nearly 2 percentage points from 2011 to 2012. Read full article >>
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More than six out of 10 companies allow or mandate the use of employee-owned mobile devices for work in order to increase productivity, according to a survey released Tuesday. While the BYOD (bring your own device) push has been at the forefront of press coverage, the majority of companies still provide at least a subset of devices to employees. One third of companies...
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When employees say they want their voices to be heard, they are really saying they want leaders who will not just hear them, but really listen to them. As employees seek more attention, feedback and support, leaders must become more mindful of individual needs in order to more effectively inspire professional development and overall performance. Leaders who listen are...
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Filed under: Investing Employers Plan Aggressive Response to Shifting Health Care Landscape, Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health Survey Finds Health care costs increase at lowest rate in 15 years NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Employers remain committed to providing active employee health care benefits in the near future, according to findings from the annual...
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Filed under: Investing 2012 MullinTBG/PLANSPONSOR report reaffirms significance of nonqualified deferred compensation plans in helping executives meet retirement savings goals NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The seventh annual MullinTBG/PLANSPONSOR Executive Benefits Survey reveals that executives now more than ever need options like nonqualified deferred compensation...
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A newly released survey from the CDC shows that the average daily intake of calories from fast foods has fallen among American adults (down from 13% from 2003-2006 to 11% from 2007-2010).However, while Keith Ayoob, director of...
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