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UPFRON T PAY R O L L | N E T W O R K I N G | S C R E E N I N G WORKERS LIVING PAYCHEQUE TO PAYCHEQUE MOST CANADIAN WORKERS ARE CASHSTRAPPED WITH LITTLE ABILITY TO SAVE MONEY FOR RETIREMENT, ACCORDING TO THE CANADIAN PAYROLL ASSOCIATION’S 2009 NATIONAL PAYROLL WEEK EMPLOYEE SURVEY, RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER. IF RESPONDENT’S PAYCHEQUES WERE DELAYED ONE WEEK, THE STUDY FOUND: PER CENT OF CANADIAN EMPLOYEES WOULD HAVE TROUBLE MAKING ENDS MEET TO -YEAR-OLDS ARE THE HARDEST HIT PER CENT OF SINGLE PARENTS SAID THEY WOULD BE STRUGGLING FACEBOOK: COMFORT LEVEL VERY SOMEWHAT NOT VERY NOT AT ALL DON’T KNOW BOSS 10% 16% 21% 48% 5% 100% FRIENDING THE BOS S Thinking about sending a Facebook invite to your superiors? Think twice. A recent survey suggests most executives are uncomfortable being friended by the employees they manage (72 per cent) or their bosses (69 per cent). An OfficeTeam survey asked 100 Canadian senior executives, “How comfortable would you feel about being ‘friended’ by the following individuals on Facebook?” Their responses: CO-WORKERS 5% 36% 18% 38% 3% 100% REPORTS 7% 18% 23% 49% 3% 100% CLIENTS 4% 16% 27% 49% 4% 100% VENDORS 3% 8% 25% 60% 4% 100% “The line between personal and professional has blurred as more people use social networking websites for business purposes,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Although not everyone is comfortable using sites like Facebook to connect with professional contacts, it’s wise to be prepared for these types of requests.” Source: OfficeTeam Employee Screening E M P L OY E E S C R E E N I N G T O O L I D E N T I F I E S M A L I C I O U S I N T E N T 18 34 72 OTHER FINDINGS: PER CENT OF CANADIAN WORKERS ARE UNABLE TO SAVE MORE THAN FIVE PER CENT OF THEIR NET PAY FOR RETIREMENT (10 PER CENT IS RECOMMENDED) PER CENT SAY THEY AREN’T EVEN ATTEMPTING TO SAVE ADDITIONAL FUNDS Q: What do you get when you ask three former senior Israeli security officials to design a preemployment screening tool? A: A high-tech solution that literally sweats out evil doers using “the biometrics of skin conductivity and the ability to measure sweat and salts excreted by the body,” according to Suspect Detection Systems Ltd.—makers of COGITO1003, an “internal threat” prevention and detection system developed for pre-employment and repetitive employee screening. The Cogito system assumes that all bad guys— be they terrorists, robbers or “employees with malicious intent”—share a common factor: a fear of being caught. Based on this, the system helps identify suspects by “collecting and analyzing psycho-physiological indications and cross-referencing these indications with additional objective (and available) information,” according to the company. Developed by former high-ranking members of the Israeli secret service and military intelligence, the technology was designed to ferret out potential terrorists at border checkpoints and airport security. Cogito’s workplace version is a fully automated system and requires no involvement of professional interrogators or interviewers. 12 D e c e m b e r 2 0 0 9 HR P R OF E S S I ON A L

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HR Professional - December 2009

HR Professional - December 2009
Editor's Letter
Leadership Matters
Human Capital
Drowning in Data
Tales of HR Horror
Talent Management
HR 101
Interview with Gareth Jones
Off the Shelf
Index to Advertisers
The Last Word

HR Professional - December 2009