3 New Economy and Productivity Podcasts

Peter Clayton at Total Picture Radio has posted three new podcasts over the last couple of weeks, each of which features an interview with an i4cp staff member. I encourage you to listen to these short podcasts (they range from 10-15 minutes in length) that touch on a range of critical and timely workplace issues:

CEO Pay in the Post-Meltdown, Pre-Obama Era - David Wentworth

The recent meltdown on Wall Street has brought CEO pay back to the forefront of business news, and the election of Barack Obama might help to keep it there for a while. Things had quieted down a bit in recent years since Sarbanes Oxley was enacted and the SEC implemented its new disclosure rules, but once again shareholders are up in arms about CEOs getting huge payouts while their companies disintegrate around them.

The Loss You Can’t Afford in a Down Economy - Mary Key

These are troubling times for knowledge-intensive businesses. Back before the economy was based on information and knowledge, it was easier for organizations to lose significant portions of their workforce and still remain productive. Employees weren't as likely to need deep stores of knowledge to get their jobs done. Today, reductions-in-force (RIFs) are more likely to result in having uniquely knowledgeable people walk out the door, sometimes causing unanticipated problems for businesses. If such RIFs aren't carried out carefully, they can cause a critical "dumbing down" of organizations.

The Next Productivity Revolution - Mark Vickers

"Beware, knowledge workers: Your halcyon days are numbered. You're in the process of being shaped into bits and bytes, numbers and equations, and your work lives will never be the same. Your organizations' productivity, however, may well spike up even as you're digitized ..."

Erik Samdahl
Erik is the head of marketing at i4cp, and has nearly 20 years in the market research and human capital research industry.