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Saturday, November 28, 2015 10:03 pm

IPFW reviews Ph.D. program survey results

Lisa Green | The Journal Gazette

IPFW staff is tabulating results of a survey that attracted 800 responses that should shed light on how to develop a leadership Ph.D. program for the region.

Nov. 20 was the last day people could respond to the online survey, which included several questions such as motivation for enrolling in such an advanced degree and any potential barriers.

IPFW had a meeting in October with a focus group of 40 about the interdisciplinary Ph.D. concept. The program is expected to have concentrations in multiple areas, including education, business and health sciences. The online survey followed the initial positive response from the focus group, officials said earlier this month.

An October report from Development Dimensions International, a talent management consultancy, suggests there’s room for more leadership training.

An estimated $50 billion a year "is being spent on developing leaders worldwide," according to the report, "Behind The Best: Talent Practices of Top-Ranked Organizations." But just 37 percent of leaders in one study rated their organization’s leadership development program as effective. 

Blogger praisestelecommuting

Gabe Duverge, a Louisville, Kentucky, resident, wrote a post for Lead On about telecommuting and how it can work for managers.

Duverge has a background in blogging, social media and enjoys creative writing. He also wrote about telecommuting for a recent publication of Grace College Online in Winona Lake.

What follows is a shorter version of the online post last week from Duverge:

A Society for Human Resource Management study found that 38 percent of employers in the U.S. allow some of their workers to work from home on a regular basis, up from 23 percent in 2008. 

Clearly, business leaders have found effective ways to manage employees who work remotely.

Research supports several benefits including improved employee satisfaction. Two-thirds of people want to work from home and 36 percent would choose it over a pay raise.

There’s also less attrition. Forty-six percent of companies that allow telework report losing fewer employees.

Other benefits include fewer unscheduled absences and increased productivity.

Telework programs report a 63 percent reduction in unscheduled absences. And more than two-thirds of companies say telecommuting boosted productivity.

Micromanaging employees is typically unnecessary, assuming employees are completing projects on time.

A regular review system can maintain quality and catch mistakes early. 

By incorporating the right strategies, business leaders can successfully manage telecommuters and maintain strong collaboration among employees.


To share a thought, a favorite quote or other wisdom about leadership, email Lisa Green at Lead On also appears online as a blog at www.journal ;