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Online Edition - July 2002


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Business Trips Make Partners Ill

Frequent business trips could lead to psychological problems for the partner who is left to cope with the household alone, scientists say. A study found that spouses of people who were often away on work-related travels had three times the level of stress-related illnesses as partners of workers who do not travel.

The study, released in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, showed that women are more affected by the absence of a partner; the number of claims by women were double those of men. The research team found that disruption of family routines and roles, a sense of isolation, and lack of involvement of the absent spouse were responsible for the psychological problems as well as skin and digestive disorders.

Senate Panel OKs Bill Requiring New Workplace Rules on Ergonomics

A Senate committee passed a bill on June 19, 2002, that requires the U.S. Department of Labor to issue rules forcing employers to institute better ergonomics in the workplace. New rules covering all industries will be issued within two years, and compliance will be mandatory.

A 2001 National Academy of Sciences report on workplace injuries found that 1 million workers lose time from the job each year because of employment-related musculoskeletal disorders. Such injuries cost the United States $45 billion to $50 billion a year in lost wages and lost productivity, according to the report.

Is It Good to Flirt at Work?

Working women believe flirting is good for their health and confidence, says British magazine Top Sante. Its survey of 5,000 women shows three out of four flirt with colleagues. One in five said she would flirt with the boss to boost her job prospects.

Young Doctors’ Workweeks Are Set at 80 Hours

The group that oversees the nation’s programs for training young doctors issued new standards yesterday that would limit residents’ work hours for all medical specialties. Responding to growing concerns that exhausted hospital residents were endangering themselves and their patients, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education said it would establish an 80-hour workweek and shifts of 24 hours or less for all young doctors, starting in July 2003.


Interesting Articles to Read

Fast Company
July 2002

There Is No Alternative to...
How do you develop strategy in an uncertain economy? Meet TINA: “There Is No Alternative.” First, Royal Dutch/Shell pioneered the system of scenario planning to anticipate dramatic changes in the world. But when everything starts to change, the way to do planning is to focus on things that don’t change.

Forbes Magazine
May 13, 2002

Reengineering 101
A lumbering manufacturer with weak sales remakes itself into a lithe service company. IBM did it. Phil Condit thinks Boeing can do it, too.

Fortune Magazine
June 24, 2002

Roadtripping in Search of the Technological Future
Learn something about the future by checking out the new breed of college student.

HR Magazine

May 2002
Steer Teams with the Right Pay
Examine your goals before adding a team-based component to your compensation strategy.

June 2002
Managing Virtual Teams
Workplace teams with far-flung members create challenges for managers.

Does 360-Degree Feedback Negatively Affect Company Performance?
Studies show that multirater reviews may not be delivering on their promise.

Inc. Magazine
June 2002

In Praise of the Unbalanced Life
Dorothy Julian, CEO, single mother, and tugboat-company owner, is never—literally never—off the job. Which, thank you very much, is just the way she wants it.

T+D Magazine
June 2002

Just Say No to Training Fads
So, how can training professionals avoid the latest fad when executives are chasing the bandwagon? Trainers must first begin to understand the problem from the executive’s perspective and then determine the suggested solution’s usefulness and sustainability within the company.


Interesting Places to Go

13th Annual International Conference on Work Teams: Collaborating for Competitive Advantage
University of North Texas
Dallas, Texas
September 23-25, 2002

This year’s conference will have sessions that demonstrate how collaborating through teamwork achieves business results and competitive advantage. “How to” skill-building sessions with tools and techniques for achieving high performance also will be available.

2002 International Training Conference on Human Resource Management
International Personnel Management Association (IPMA)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
October 19-23, 2002

Topics to be covered include the latest trends and practical tools for implementing “The Workplace 2002 and Beyond,” including variable pay plans and team-based pay strategies, maximizing employee potential through the change process, cross-cultural diversity, self-directed learning systems, and coaching.

The Next Step in Communities of Practice: Communities as a Strategic Organizational Resource
The Institute for International Research—USA
Boston, Mass.
September 23-25, 2002

Communities of practice are deliberate collaborations to expand the capacity for organized people to acquire, produce, and apply knowledge for business benefit, allowing your organization to accelerate decision making, improve business performance, foster innovation, drive competitive advantage, and ultimately increase profits.

Workplace Diversity: New Challenges and Opportunities
Society for Human Resource Management
Chicago, IL
October 21 - 23, 2002

Join leaders in the field of diversity management at this two-and-a-half-day forum. You will attend guided dialogue sessions that focus on emerging issues, current issues, and regulatory and legislative compliance. On each day of the conference, you will have the opportunity to interact in learning communities with diversity mentors and peers for in-depth conversations about diversity challenges.


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