Last week, Yahoo News reported that in June this year, a Chinese construction crew completed a 15-story building in only six days (Dykes, 2010 & Jia, 2010).
The steel building is located in south-central city of Changsha. It covers 610.83 square meters and is of 49.95 meter height. 200 workers with over 200 transport vehicles brought all the building components, which had been previously produced in factories, to the site and the construction was only to install and assemble the parts.
The Centre for Retail Research recently launched the Global Retail Theft Barometer 2010 report, revealing that total global shrinkage (stock loss from crime or waste expressed as a percentage of retail sales) cost retailers and the public US$ 107.3 billion, equivalent to 1.36% of their retail sales.
The traditional level at which performance management concepts are used in organisations is the individual level. Individual performance management is the organisational level with the longest history, as it mirrors the evolution of organizational complexity . A recent Aberdeen Group Report, released in September 2010, provides more insight into the characteristics of the employee performance management practices in manufacturing organizations.
A previous blog post, USA top hospitals ranking based on performance improvement, presented the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks, an annual, quantitative study dedicated to measuring performance across the industry, that identifies the best hospitals in USA, overall, as measured on the 100 Top Hospitals Balanced Scorecard.
A research brief released recently by the USA based National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI) indicates that the workers compensation claim frequency declined with 4% in 2009, compared to 3,4% in 2008. However, the data also reveals that though claim frequency is down, indemnity and medical severity continue to rise, outpacing the wage inflation.