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Doctor Happy looks on the bright side

If a happy worker is a productive worker then positive psychology could be one way for organisations to squeeze more out of their staff budgets, and the economic downturn appears to be encouraging more businesses to test the premise.
The University of Technology, Sydney, is running what is believed to be the first short university course in positive psychology that is open to the public. Strong demand suggests businesses are hoping to inject positivity back into the workplace.

Written by Rachel Lebihan10 Oct. 09 22:00

Deloitte targets e-learning at top tier

Deloitte is banking on the war for talent to drive the uptake of an online learning and development tool aimed at boosting management and leadership skills among senior ranks.
Qantas, Australia Post, Mallesons Stephen Jacques, SA Water and Australian Pharmaceuticals Industries have signed up to the Deloitte Leadership Academy, which draws on content from Harvard, Stanford, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Melbourne Business School, and the Australian School of Business at the University of NSW.

Written by Rachel Lebihan03 Dec. 07 22:00

Business keen on IT courses for staff

A shortage of information technology professionals is forcing industry to partner universities to upskill staff in a move that businesses hope will have the extra benefit of reducing staff churn.
Queensland University of Technology has seen a rise in industry demand for customised IT programs of about 20 per cent , as organisations adopt the "golden handcuff" concept of providing specialised training to staff with the intention of boosting skills but also inducing higher staff loyalty.

Written by Rachel Lebihan05 Nov. 07 22:00

Second Life is No. 1 for careers

Why worry about having a neatly pressed suit and a winning smile for that job interview when you can create an online persona and meet your potential new boss in the virtual world of Second Life?
Online job ads used to give companies an edge, but recruiters are now pushing the boundaries even further, setting up in the 3D digital world of Second Life and infiltrating online communities like MySpace and Facebook.

Written by Rachel Lebihan06 Oct. 07 22:00