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CEO Challenge®

  1. CEO Challenges in the Gulf Region

    April 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    CEOs in the Gulf region reported a significantly different set of priorities than did CEOs globally, with strategies that reflect the particular business challenges of a resource-rich, energy-dependent region.

  2. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance

    January 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    While CEOs see talent as the critical link in meeting their top business challenges, the 2014 CEO Challenge survey results show a heightened focus on customers and reputation and less concern about regulation and external risk.

  3. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: India Edition

    July 2013 | CEO Challenge®

    CEOs in India rank Human Capital, Global Political/Economic Risk, Innovation, Operational Excellence, and Government Regulation as their top challenges. Their strategies to meet these challenges reflect the uniqueness of the Indian economic environment.

  4. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: ASEAN Edition

    July 2013 | CEO Challenge®

    An analysis of the 183 responses from CEOs in the ASEAN region, including results from this year’s special question on the upcoming economic community integration.

  5. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: Countering the Global Slowdown

    July 2013 | CEO Challenge®

    Unlike last year, CEOs are looking inward for solutions to slow economic growth and focusing on people and processes—and less concerned about external factors such as risk and regulation.

  6. CEO Challenge 2011: Fueling Business Growth with Innovation and Talent Development

    April 2011 | CEO Challenge®

    This year’s report is entirely new and features a fully revised and condensed set of 10 overall challenges (down from 84 in previous surveys) and a more in-depth strategy section that highlights the need for clear organizational alignment, teamwork, and s

  7. CEO Challenge 2010: Top 10 Challenges

    February 2010 | CEO Challenge®

    Respondents to the latest edition of the annual survey of CEOs, presidents, and chairmen indicate that growth issues will be their top challenges for 2010.

China Center Publications

  1. China Center Chart of the Week, Special Philanthropy Series, part 3 of 4: Corporations playing key role in advancing civil society engagement in China

    October 2012 | China Center Publications

    Leading up to the release of a new beachhead report by the China Center on Corporate Philanthropy in China (to be published in November) we are releasing a special series of Charts of the Week on the topic. This is part three of four.

Conference KeyNotes

  1. 2014 Executive Coaching Conference KeyNotes Report: Leveraging the Impact of Coaching on Business-Driven Talent Management Practices

    May 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Executive coaching is due for an upgrade—from a focus on metrics to a focus on interpersonal communication and the resulting employee engagement.

  2. 2014 Customer Experience Conference: How Industry Leaders Get Customers to Fall in Love with Their Experience

    May 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    The keys to wowing your customers include having happy employees, putting customers first, and providing a personalized, interactive experience.

  3. 2013 Senior Corporate Communication Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    March 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    Today’s corporate communications departments are the equivalent of an internal media company that helps roll out new strategies, enhance customer experience, and increase employee engagement.

  4. Social Media for Human Resources Conference KeyNotes Report

    November 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    As companies look to increase productivity of human capital, HR’s responsibility for innovation, talent development, and engagement has risen. Firms are using social media to excel in these areas.

  5. 2012 Senior Corporate Communication Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    February 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Since the communication department is integral to driving business, communications professionals need to understand the business side of the organization.

  6. 2011 Senior Corporate Communications Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    March 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Communicators have become closer strategic partners with senior management as they work together to enable the organization to respond and adapt to rapid change.

Council Perspectives

  1. Changing Attitudes to Work – What Should HR Do?

    March 2009 | Council Perspectives

    Participants at The Conference Board’s European Human Resources Council Summit issue a set of management recommendations to deal with changing work attitudes.

  2. Middle Managers: Engaging and Enrolling the Biggest Roadblock to Diversity and Inclusion

    April 2007 | Council Perspectives

    Middle management is essential to the success of any diversity initiative – playing a key role in hiring, development and promotion decisions. But they're often at direct odds with diversity practitioners, who by definition challenge the status quo.

Director Notes

  1. Investor Engagement in Europe in the Wake of the Shareholder Rights Directive Implementation

    April 2010 | Director Notes

    This report briefly outlines major governance issues that, in light of the new legal and economic environment, the boards of European public companies should consider, especially in connection with their general meetings.

Executive Action Report

  1. Link between Human Capital and Sustainability

    December 2013 | Executive Action Report

    A good understanding of the link between human capital and sustainability can help company directors identify how investing in the right sustainability programs can drive significant improvements in human capital.

  2. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2013: Human Capital Practitioners Respond

    October 2013 | Executive Action Report

    According to an annual survey of chief executives, CEOs consider human capital their top challenge. How do their strategies to address this issue compare to those of human capital practitioners?

  3. Happiness Premium: What Companies Should Know about Leveraging Happiness in the Workplace

    March 2013 | Executive Action Report

    A focus on employee happiness makes for a holistic approach to the idea of contentment in the workplace, and can greatly influence company performance overall.

  4. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific 2011-2013: Driving Employee Engagement with Communication and Work-Life Balance

    July 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Companies that survey and measure employee engagement—and communicate organizational actions and results from senior leadership—are managing employee engagement effectively.

  5. CEO Challenge Reflections: Talent Matters

    October 2011 | Executive Action Report

    While CEOs rank talent as a critical challenge to business success, there is disagreement among human capital professionals when it comes to the strategies that best manage and develop this crucial link in the growth chain.

  6. Volunteering- A New Training and Transition Tool

    September 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Challenging times call for companies of all sizes to be more creative about how they do business, and how they inspire and motivate their employees.

  7. Fitting the Work to the Worker: Recruiting, Engaging, and Retaining Employees with Disabilities

    August 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This year is the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. What are the barriers to and benefits of hiring and retaining people with disabilities?

  8. Changing Attitudes to Work - What Should HR Do?

    March 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Participants at The Conference Board’s European Human Resources Council Summit issue a set of management recommendations to deal with changing work attitudes.

  9. Can They Take It? What Happens When Older Employees Work Overtime

    November 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Overtime is a key to profitability for many employers, and a boost to the paychecks of their employees. But is there a concomitant cost when, as is often the case, senior employees work extra hours?

  10. Shifting the Focus: Updating Your Work-Life Approach to Integrate Employee Engagement and Talent Management

    May 2008 | Executive Action Report

    To recruit and retain a new generation joining the workforce, companies need to understand that work-life balance has moved beyond flextime, and adjust their work-life programs accordingly.

  11. Managing Great Expectations: Reshaping Engagement Strategies to Address Stakeholders' Citizenship and Sustainability Concerns

    March 2008 | Executive Action Report

    It is critical that a company understand the citizenship and sustainability issues relevant to its products, services, and operations, and know how stakeholders perceive its responsiveness to those issues.

  12. Finding a Definition of Employee Engagement

    June 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Determining a practical definition of employee engagement is a personal exercise. Companies must determine, “What is employee engagement to us?” based on drivers such as company pride and manager relationships.

  13. Middle Managers: Engaging and Enrolling the Biggest Roadblock to Diversity and Inclusion

    April 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Diversity practitioners, who challenge the status quo, frequently put themselves at direct odds with middle managers, who often are more concerned with preserving it.

  14. Go Ahead: Sweat the Small Stuff

    June 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Microinequities among your fellow workers are more damaging than one might think - both to the left out employee and to the company itself.

  15. Take This Job and…

    February 2005 | Executive Action Report

    U.S. workers of all ages and income brackets are growing increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs.

  16. Forget the Free Sodas – They Don’t Motivate Anyone

    November 2004 | Executive Action Report

    The real key to employee productivity lies in passion. What five things can managers do to make employees care?

  17. Corporate Communications Trends... Ruling in Nike Case May Lead to Increased Corporate Self-Censorship

    January 2004 | Executive Action Report

    The repercussions from the lawsuit against Nike concerning its international employment practices, may cause the loss of free speech protection for businesses and an increase in false advertisement suits.

  18. Job Satisfaction Continues to Wither

    September 2003 | Executive Action Report

    A new Conference Board survey finds less than half of workers are satisfied with their jobs—and the discontent is growing among all age groups and income levels.

  19. One Year After: The Leadership and Communication Dilemma of 9-11-02

    August 2002 | Executive Action Report

    For corporate leaders on the anniversary of 9/11, listening may become more important than speaking.

  20. Coping With the Coming Wave of Web Communication

    April 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Looks at Web conferencing and collaboration systems: how they work, how to create a successful enterprise strategy for them, and their outlook.

Human Capital in Review

  1. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 3, No. 1, 2014)

    March 2014 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within employee engagement research by providing actionable summaries of contemporary literature.

  2. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 2, No. 3, 2013)

    October 2013 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within employee engagement research. This issue includes articles on the effect of recessions on productivity and strategies for gaining stakeholder buy-in.

  3. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 2, No. 2, 2013)

    July 2013 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within employee engagement research. This issue includes articles on: organizational citizenship behavior, remote employees, and the misuse of complaints.

  4. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 2, No. 1, 2013)

    April 2013 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within employee engagement research. This issue includes articles on: incorrect survey practices, engagement of the younger workforce, and alternative approaches to improving engagement scores.

  5. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 1, No. 3, 2012)

    November 2012 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication is designed for the busy human capital executive who values selected and thoughtfully summarized article reviews of what is happening in the area of employee engagement.

  6. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 1, No. 2, 2012)

    July 2012 | Human Capital in Review

    The Human Capital in Review series is designed for the busy human capital executive who values filtered and thoughtfully summarized highlights of significant ideas, topics, research, and trends in employee engagement.

  7. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012)

    February 2012 | Human Capital in Review

    The Human Capital in Review series is designed for the busy human capital executive who values filtered and thoughtfully summarized highlights of significant ideas, topics, research, and trends in employee engagement.

Key Findings

  1. Is Age Really Just a Number? Investigating Approaches to Employee Engagement

    July 2010 | Key Findings

    To be any good at all, an employee engagement strategy has to capture the real concerns of employees.

Periodical

  1. Board Asia Newsletter

    December 2013 | Periodical

    Major news covered in this issue includes details of the launch of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for India and the ASEAN Leadership 2.0 project, an ongoing dialogue on leadership issues.

Research Report

  1. Job Satisfaction: 2014 Edition

    June 2014 | Research Report

    According to the current edition of The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey, and for the eighth straight year, less than half of US workers are satisfied with their jobs.

  2. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: Latin America Edition

    April 2014 | Research Report

    This report provides an analysis of survey results from the Latin America region, providing a unique vision that top executives share in these emerging markets.

  3. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: ASEAN Edition

    April 2014 | Research Report

    CEOs in ASEAN are seeking strong business leadership that is able to drive change and not afraid to boldly innovate (and even fail) in a performance-focused environment.

  4. Connect, Converse, Create: How Companies Can Generate Value through Internal Social Collaboration

    March 2014 | Research Report

    This report explores why internal social collaboration (ISC) is necessary in the modern workplace, and examines how organizations can increase its adoption and engineer ISC for success.

  5. Giving in Numbers: 2013 Edition

    September 2013 | Research Report

    Fifty-nine percent of companies recommitted to their communities by giving more to charity in 2012 than they did before the recession took hold in late 2007.

  6. Job Satisfaction: 2013 Edition

    June 2013 | Research Report

    Although most U.S. workers are still dissatisfied with their jobs overall, they are happier with some elements of the job than they were before the recession.

  7. Leveling the Playing Field: Attracting, Engaging, and Advancing People with Disabilities

    February 2013 | Research Report

    The  median income for people with disabilities is less than half that of people without disabilies, despite significant federal legislation. This report addresses how to overcome this disparity.

  8. Employee Engagement: What Works Now?

    December 2012 | Research Report

    Even when organizations commit to achieving a high level of employee engagement, the goal can be elusive. This report examines current engagement practices to discover how companies find success.

  9. State of Human Capital 2012: False Summit

    October 2012 | Research Report

    Responding in part to human capital executives’ stated frustrations, this report examines four opportunities for HC executives to better manage the global talent pool in an unpredictable business environment.

  10. Job Satisfaction: 2012 Edition

    June 2012 | Research Report

    Respondents to the 2011 version of The Conference Board Job Satisfaction Survey indicated higher levels of job satisfaction for the first time since the recession began in 2008.

  11. Giving in Numbers: 2012 Edition

    June 2012 | Research Report

    How and how much do Fortune 500 companies donate? This report analyzes 2011 trends among 214 companies, including 62 of the top 100.

  12. Incredible Disappearing Office: Making Telework Work

    May 2012 | Research Report

    We offer guidance for executives to start conversations internally about the value of telework and recommendations on how best to implement it.

  13. Employee Engagement in a VUCA World: A Review of Current Research and Its Implications

    July 2011 | Research Report

    This report combines analysis of some of the most important employee engagement research of today and puts it into perspective for members.

  14. Is Age Really Just a Number? Investigating Approaches to Employee Engagement

    July 2010 | Research Report

    Regardless of whether there are too few people or too few jobs, one thing doesn’t change: the need to recruit and retain talent that distinguishes an organization.

  15. I Can’t Get No...Job Satisfaction, That Is

    January 2010 | Research Report

    In the 2009 edition of an annual job satisfaction survey conducted for The Conference Board, only 45 percent of Americans said they were satisfied with their jobs

  16. A Global Barometer for Measuring Employee Engagement

    December 2009 | Research Report

    This report shows that a robust measure of employee engagement can be constructed with just eight basic questions—termed The Conference Board Employee Engagement Barometer.™

  17. Strategic Human Capital Measures: Orientation, Accountability, and Communication

    June 2008 | Research Report

    Human capital measurement can be a vital, strategic tool for companies that use it as more than a mere scorecard and share HCM reports with all managers.

  18. Employee Engagement
    A Review of Current Research and Its Implications

    November 2006 | Research Report

    This literature review summarizes what is known on the topic of "Employee Engagement" and what companies can do to foster true engagement in the workplace.

  19. Corporate Citizenship in the New Century: Accountability, Transparency, and Global Stakeholder Engagement

    July 2002 | Research Report

    This report, based on the views and experiences of corporate managers of citizenship programs, CEOs, and board members at over 700 companies, examines the state of global corporate citizenship practices, expectations, and trends.

  20. Engaging Employees Through Your Brand

    April 2001 | Research Report

    Branding is well established as a marketing strategy, and, for most enterprises today, no market is more competitive than the market for employees.

  21. Employee Communication During Mergers

    June 2000 | Research Report

    During a merger, the new strategic directions, business priorities, organization dynamics, and values combine with employees' strong personal concerns to create an enormous demand for accurate and timely information.

The Conference Board Review

  1. Performance Anxiety: Your people are insecure—what are you going to do about it?

    April 2014 | The Conference Board Review

    Workers feel terribly insecure these days, but it's not about whether they'll be fired—it's about whether they're capable of performing their jobs adequately. Here's how managers can help fix the problem.

  2. They Can Handle the Truth: In uncertain times, how to handle your employees' insecurity.

    April 2014 | The Conference Board Review

    Amid uncertainty and sinking morale, the most effective way to rid an organization of fear of the unknown is simple: tell people the truth.

  3. Treat Your Employees Like Consumers: They don't all want the same things.

    April 2014 | The Conference Board Review

    With corporate workforce increasingly global and diverse, HR departments are recognizing the ineffectiveness of dealing with every employee in exactly the same way.

  4. Where's the Good Pizza Here? That and other, more serious, concerns your company must address when relocating people.

    April 2014 | The Conference Board Review

    If you manage employees who are considering a domestic move, be prepared to think about the concept of domestic culture shock.

  5. You Can Go Your Own Way: There are as many ways to get work done as there are workers.

    April 2014 | The Conference Board Review

    Companies know they cannot cling forever to an industrial-age employment model. But many modernization efforts are hampered by viewing new work practices through a single lens.

  6. Beyond Buzz: Thinking About Feelings

    July 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Columnist Dick Martin argues that corporate scandals have less to do with the stuff of logical argument than with the mysteries of intuition and emotion.

  7. Why Be Happy? Instead of attaching smiley emoticons to every moment of our lives, Oliver Burkeman suggests, we should welcome more negativity.

    January 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Q&A with social critic Oliver Burkeman about the perils of positive thinking, in and out of the workplace.

  8. Let Your People Go

    October 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    Our thinking about employee retention is too often simplistic and narrow.

  9. Disconnect: The company you think you're running is not the company for which your people work.

    July 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    CEOs rarely know much about how work actually gets done below the C-suite level.

  10. Are You Talking to Your People or at Them?

    March 2009 | The Conference Board Review

    Learning to focus both your message and your presentation.

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