"" Welcome to my thoughts: February 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Choose Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Succession planning grooms firms for success
While the demand for effective managers continues to grow, the retirement of baby boomers is producing a sharp decline in the ranks of available personnel. In addition, the executives of the future are expected to be more sophisticated in order to develop and lead new global and technological initiatives. For these reasons, careful planning for the eventual replacement of managers at all levels in organizations has gained strategic importance.

This is true for small firms as well as large ones. It's not just succession to the top - It's getting the right person in place for every job. Some of tomorrow's key jobs may not even exist now. If a firm plans to double in size in five years, they will need more talented managers. Continue reading


Friday, February 13, 2009

Maldivians Are Healthiest in Asia - Research

Maldivians are the healthiest in Asia because of their trust in the mass media, according to researchers from Chuo University in Japan.

A report published this month revealed high levels of trust in the media facilitated the success of mass media health campaigns, which in turn had a positive influence on health.

One of the researchers, Yasuharu Tokuda told NewsLite: “This study is the first to analyse this relationship. Our findings suggest that mass media programmes can contribute towards better health, especially among those people who have trust in the mass media.

The media needs to recognise the important of their social role in terms of public health.”

The benefit, said Tokuda, is the “increased acceptance of health-related messages” and its corollary, good health.

After the Maldives, Bruneians and Phillipinos reported the highest level of trust. Those who trusted the press more also tended to be married, have a higher income and better friendships. People living in Hong Kong reported the lowest level of trust in the mass media.

In addition to trust in the mass media, the survey looked at trust in the healthcare system.

Bruneian’s reported the highest level of trust followed by Maldivians and Malaysians. Tajiks reported the lowest level of trust in their healthcare system.

Data was collected from a survey conducted from 2003 to 2006, which involved 39,082 participants from 29 Asian countries. 821 Maldivians had participated in the survey.

The countries included were: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

HR staff use Facebook and MySpace to find out what employees get up to

A third of HR professionals and managers confess to searching through employees' social networking profiles for information on their background and 24% are not impressed with what they find.

A study of 961 HR professionals and managers by global recruitment website yasni.co.uk found 32% of managers and HR personnel use sites such as Facebook and MySpace as recruitment tools as they believe this saves time, money and gives them a more fuller picture of applicants.

A fifth admitted the information they found about candidates put them off employing them and the biggest turn-offs were drunken photographs (47%) and rude comments (22%).
And although 68% of recruiters said they had not searched for applicants online, 44% of these said they probably would do in the future.Lisette Howlett, founder of UK recruitment scoring website HireScores.com, said: "What is fundamental here is dealing with findings intelligently.
Recruiters should appreciate a social networking site is just that - social, and therefore language and attitudes are inevitably more relaxed."
Source: HR Managzine


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

In memory of Carrotey

He was one of the funniest people I had seen in our island, passionate for fishing like me. When I was young I used to replicate his style of living, very quiet, hardworking, friendly, and understanding character. His mode of telling joke is still spinning in my mind. Punctual for prayers, visiting to friends, and helping needy was his interest.

His contribution was remarkable for development of our island. He had high demand in the Island due to his unique skills. He touched my heart when he was with us. Whenever he saw me, he used ask about my doing, and family. Being a friend of such nice person, gave me immense knowledge and life skills.

It was stunning news for me to know that he was died today. May Allah bless him in the grave and hereafter.