Germany cuts growth estimate for this year and next

hrreporter.com Oct 14, 2014 Unemployment at 11.5 per cent FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German government has slashed its growth forecast for this year and next, blaming troubles abroad for unsettling businesses while arguing the domestic economy remains strong. The Economy Ministry has cut this year’s growth figure to 1.2 per cent from 1.8 per cent earlier this year and …

Airline cleanup crews walk off job in New York over Ebola concerns

hrreporter.com Oct 10, 2014 200 workers say they have insufficient safety training, protective equipment By Laila Kearney and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) — About 200 airline cabin cleaners walked off the job at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday to protest what they say is insufficient protection from exposure to Ebola for workers whose jobs include cleaning up vomit …

U.S. says 168 million children are labourers

hrreporter.com Oct 9, 2014 An ‘improvement’ but 85 million still in hazardous jobs By Tom Raum WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department has reported that about 168 million children, aged 5 to 17, worked last year as labourers around the world, about half of them in hazardous jobs. The report on child labour in 140 countries called this an improvement …

U.S. jobless claims fall, point to labour market strength

hrreporter.com Oct 9, 2014 Claims currently lower than they were before economic crisis began By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly its lowest level since before the 2007-09 recession, a sign of growing steam in the U.S. labour market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped …

Barcelona, 4 other European cities win Bloomberg’s innovative cities contest

hrreporter.com Sep 17, 2014 Contest focused on issues such as youth unemployment, ageing populations NEW YORK (AP) — Barcelona, Spain, captured the grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday. Barcelona was awarded five million euro (US$6.5 million) as top finisher. Four others were awarded 1 million euros …

The Risky Business of Layoffs… Lawsuits, Tarnished Brands & Less than Engaged Employees

During difficult economic times, companies often have to do whatever they can to reduce and control costs, which typically includes reducing their workforce. Even in good economic conditions, reductions in the workforce remain a cost cutting strategy that many organizations utilize. Despite being perceived as a “normal course of business” in any economy, leaders take actions, often in haste, that …

Optimizing Organizational Performance Through Executive Coaching

Historically, Executive Coaching was provided only to the most senior executives (hence the name) and was considered to be a highly confidential matter. With the current emphasis on talent management, coaching, as it is more broadly known, has become one of the primary tools that organizations use to optimize organizational performance. Broadly defined, Executive Coaching is a process that facilitates …

Do You Care Enough To Call?

FEBRUARY 25, 2014 | BY KEVIN OSBORNE, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – SEATTLE This article appeared on Human Resource Executive Online. Most companies have core values that revolve around quality and employee satisfaction, but I’ve seen over the years how many miss an important opportunity to reflect those values in their approach to outplacement. Organizations I work with offer professional-career-transition services …

Who Needs a Coach?

JANUARY 15, 2014 | BY KATHY BOGER, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – PHILADELPHIA Remember your first experiences with baseball, such as joining the local team, or the first time you sat before a piano? What was the key to success? You probably answered, a great coach. Your coach’s job was to teach you the basics of playing, and after that, to …

Tell Me About Yourself…

DECEMBER 17, 2013 | BY BRIAN CLAPP, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL – PHILADELPHIA Many interviewers will open the interview with the open ended prompt “Tell me about yourself…” Interviewees often find this question to be particularly difficult to answer but with preparation it offers an opportunity to highlight your skills and focus the interview on your strengths. Responding with a tight, …