General Motors and Ford are designing vehicles with input from law enforcement. Among the upgrades: Seats specifically made to accommodate the various equipment a police officer must carry and built-in computers.
Even if an employer can't afford a holiday party this year, there still are ways a company can show appreciation to workers, this blogger writes. Some suggestions include handwritten notes from managers to employees expressing thanks for their work, organizing a potluck meal or letting workers go home early before a holiday.
Identity theft is increasing because of bogus Web sites and phishing attempts, and employers may be affected as employees are forced to take time away from work to deal with it if they become victims, experts warn. Companies should be proactive and educate workers about such crimes and how to avoid them, they advise.
Leaders need to believe in themselves, but they must guard against becoming arrogant, John Baldoni writes. "Checking the ego demonstrates a leader's ability to take charge of himself. That is critical to developing strong organizations which can achieve sustainable results," he writes.
Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs will not give cash bonuses this year to 30 top executives. The bank was criticized for the bonuses after receiving federal bailout money. The executives instead will receive restricted stock that can't be cashed in for five years.
Many employers plan to boost their benefits next year with partial 401(k) matches and salary increases for top performers, reports from Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt say. As the economy improves, such moves are critical to retain talent, consultants say.