February 8, 2013
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Analysis: Fed governor is on the lookout for bubbles
Jeremy Stein, who joined the Federal Reserve last year, says he considers spotting and preventing bubbles a top priority. Stein is focusing on areas that he considers of particular concern, including high-yield bonds and mortgage-backed securities. His vigilance is somewhat at odds with traditional central-banking policy, which shies from using interest rates to combat distortion in specific asset classes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/DealBook blog (2/7)
Analysis: Signs of recovery are seen in jobless claims
Initial jobless claims decreased by 5,000 last week, and retailers reported a 5% increase in same-store sales last month compared with January 2012, pointing to a slow but real recovery in the U.S. economy, Jason Lange writes. The slow pace of improvement, however, leads many experts to think the Federal Reserve will continue stimulus well into next year. Reuters (2/8)
Your Bottom Line
How workforce-management software can boost the bottom line
Scheduling-management software can save companies significant money in labor costs. A study found that organizations experience an 11% loss annually in productivity because of unplanned absence, but strategically managing a workforce through automation can address some of that loss. There are several stand-alone workforce-management applications on the market; larger companies can have access to this functionality through their system for enterprise resource planning. CFO.com (2/7)
Where FCPA resource guide excels and where it falls short
A recently released resource guide to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act offers "useful hypotheticals, checklists and case studies that showcase certain behaviors that trigger [Department of Justice] and [Securities and Exchange Commission] scrutiny," write Patrick O'Toole Jr., Caroline Simons and Jaclyn Essinger of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. In some areas, the guide can be vague. The authors provide several examples of both instances. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/Global Business Hub blog (2/7)
In the C-Suite
7 ways to get employees to work together
It can be difficult to get employees to collaborate with one another, but you should start by establishing a culture that encourages teamwork, writes Michael A. Olguin, president of Formula PR. "If senior executives encourage an environment where the organization uses less 'I' and more 'we' in how they communicate, everyone will feel supported, included and important to the organization," he writes. It's also important to make sure everyone understands their roles and to focus on training employees. Inc. online (free registration) (2/5)
5 tips for coaching your team
Sales managers can get better at coaching their representatives by communicating clearly, focusing on accountability and raising the performance standards, writes Anthony Cole. "Starting today -- or as soon as you begin setting goals for your next fiscal year -- eliminate the minimal acceptable standards of performance and embrace a new approach of extraordinary standards of performance," he recommends. Eyes On Sales (2/5)
Off the Charts
Which company might have lost money on the Super Bowl?
The Super Bowl is known for its multimillion-dollar advertising spots, so it is ironic that SNL Kagan says CBS probably lost money on the big game. The network took in $240 million in ad revenue, SNL Kagan says, but production costs and license fees likely exceeded that. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/7)
When individuals know what their role and responsibilities are, there is far less competitiveness in an organization."
-- Michael Olguin, president of Formula PR, writing for Inc. online
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