Profiles International - Victoria    eNewsletter   April 2010 

Wellness Increases Creativity    
The following is information gained from HRMarketer:
According to research by Right management, "Organisations that promote employee health and well-being are 3½ times more likely to encourage creativity and innovation." Right Management is the talent and career management expert within Manpower, the global leader in employment services.

The study reports that "fewer than half of the more than 28,000 employees who participated in our worldwide study reported that their organisations actively promote health and wellness,” said Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier, Senior Vice President for Global Solutions at Right Management. “Yet we now have persuasive evidence linking health and well-being to greater employee engagement, organisational productivity, talent retention and — of utmost importance in today’s post-recession economy — creativity and innovation.

”Seventy-two percent of respondents who rated their organisation highly for actively promoting health and well-being also rated it highly for encouraging creativity and innovation. Among those who did not rate their organisation’s healthy and well-being efforts highly, only 20% took a favorable view of their organisation’s encouragement of creativity and innovation.

Schroeder-Saulnier cites the top drivers for promoting health and well-being at work:
–”I work in a safe and healthy environment.”
–” My organisation allows me to maintain a reasonable balance between my family and work life.”
–” You can balance work and personal interests at my organisation and still progress.”
–”I have an appropriate workload.”
–” The amount of pressure I experience in my role is reasonable.”“

In swiftly changing markets, creativity and innovation provide organisations with the agility to meet new needs and make the most of new opportunities,” advised Schroeder-Saulnier. “ The true potential of wellness initiatives can only be realised when wellness is embedded within the organisation’s core business strategy. Leaders and human resource professionals would do well to implement wellness initiatives that focus more precisely on yielding results that drive individual behaviours essential to improving the effectiveness of the entire organisation.”

Right Management surveyed 28,810 employees across 10 industries in 15 countries. Participants were asked to self-report on attitudes, performance and conditions directly related to the effectiveness of their organisation.

This press release was distributed through PR Web by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of Right Management.
Beyond the Resume: A Look at Smart Hires by Amanda Molleur
How much easier would hiring and management be if employees came with an instruction manual?

You could have complete confidence in an individual’s ability to follow through with an assignment by a set deadline. Conflict could be avoided, miscommunications wouldn’t come into play, and there would be harmony among coworkers.

However, people are complex. It’s hard to fully comprehend an individual’s values and work ethic by reading their resume. Even after hiring someone, you still may struggle to understand personal strengths or limitations. In addition, other unpredictable issues may arise, but there are tools you can use to assess talent before a candidate joins your team. Through the use of assessments, your organisation can gain valuable insight into your most valuable asset – your people.

There are essentially three phases of assessment use, the first being the pre-hire and placement stage. After reviewing an applicant’s resume, you need more objective information on their qualifications, personality, interests and communication style. Here, you’re asking yourself “can this person do the job?” Assessments measure their learning index as well as numerical and verbal skills and reasoning.

Learning style is not synonymous with intelligence. To demonstrate this principle, think of an individual's learning style in terms of a bucket as compared to a bottle. Both hold the same amount of liquid, but a bucket can receive the input at a quicker rate than a bottle. Someone with a “bottle neck” learning style could be just as gifted as a “bucket” minded individual, but they just process information at a slower rate.

To see the value in pre-hire assessments, take for example the efforts of an enthusiastic candidate. Outstanding candidates will conduct prior research on the company to stand out from other applicants. They keep up with industry trends and further investigate the skills needed to excel in a desired position. Let’s be honest; you’re impressed with them. They’ve taken the time to be realistic about their contribution to your company and they’re already acquainted with your organisation’s mission and goals. In the same way, it is only appropriate for hiring managers and business executives to invest time into researching a potential employee.

Once you have some background information on a candidate, it’s important to look at behavioural traits that affect how well the person will do the job. Certain skills can be developed, but there are many qualities that can’t change. These include assertiveness, independence, objective judgment and manageability. When you evaluate a person on this level, you can reasonably decide whether or not you could manage this person effectively.

The last level of employee assessments deals with succession planning. This focus prompts you to ask, “will this person want to do the job?” An individual may be qualified, but without an assessment you may not know whether or not they have creative, technical, or enterprising skills – until it’s too late. With long-term goals in mind, you can also use assessments to plan for additional placement opportunities. Perhaps you’re hiring someone casually or as a contractor, but you see that his or her occupational interests align with a full-time, paid position. You can coach them effectively, knowing that they have promotion potential.

“Valid, reliable assessments provide organisations with in-depth, objective and comprehensive information about its workforce,” said Dario Priolo, Director of the Profiles Research Institute. “This information helps managers to put people into the right jobs and manage them to their fullest potential."

Profiles International provides employee assessments to help organisations worldwide create high-performing workforces. Recently, the company introduced a white paper document titled “The Executive’s Guide to Employee Assessments” that gives expert insight on assessment use and benefits.
 
“Assessments result in more satisfied and productive employees, and a more efficient and effective organisation,” Priolo went on to say. “Some executives assume that assessments are tools for the HR department, and they are very surprised when they discover how these instruments help them make better business decisions.”
Sleep Starvation
It seems that now more than ever - we have more to do and less time to do it. The easiest solution is to stay up an hour later and get up an hour earlier to check one more thing off our list right? WRONG!

While some people may choose to think that they can train their bodies to not require as much sleep as they once did, this simply isn’t true. We need sleep to regenerate our body, especially the brain, so that it may continue to function.

Studies show that a person suffering from sleep deprivation processes language less efficiently and has greater difficulty carrying out tasks with than those who are not sleep deprived. It gets worse - sleep deprived people do not have the speed or creative abilities to cope with making quick but logical decisions, nor do they have the ability to implement them like a person who is well-rested. A lack of sleep impairs one's ability to simultaneously focus on several tasks.

If poor performance isn’t bad enough, a potentially more serious effect of sleep deprivation is a weakened immune system. When a person is sleep starved white blood cell production decreases, as does the production of growth hormone. Additionally, the ability of the body to metabolise sugar declines, turning sugar into fat.

Without sleep our brains deteriorate, and if the argument that brain=behaviour is true, then our behaviour will also suffer accordingly.

So whats the bottom line? Lack of sleep makes you stupid, fat and sick.

Here are 7 simple habits to help keep you rested and on the right track to being your best:
1. Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day.
2. Limit your intake of caffeine, tobacco products; especially in the hours before sleep.
3. Avoid big meals; especially 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.
4. Exercise regularly, but be sure to finish your exercise a few hours before bedtime.
5. Establish a relaxing bedtime routine: take a bath, read a book, listen to relaxing music before bed.
6. Keep the room cool, comfortable, quiet, and dark.
7. Write down concerns that keep you awake, creating a "to do" list for tomorrow.

IN THIS ISSUE

Wellness Increases Creativity


Beyond The Resume: A Look At Smart Hires


Sleep Starvation














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