Real Estate Tips
I am often travelling to large Russian regional cities where we manage office properties and shopping centers, and I always feel how different these markets are in comparison to the Russian capital. Because they are much smaller than Moscow, they are often disregarded by foreign investors and developers. More >
According to the Moody’s REAL Commercial Property Price Indices (CPPI), US commercial real estate prices have declined 42.7% since the market peaked in October 2007. However, in September the index posted the largest one month price increase in the index’s nine-year history, a 4.3% increase. Since bottoming out in the third quarter 2009, the index has generally flattened out with monthly volatility partly based on economic uncertainties and a lack of sales volume. The lack of sales volume is partly due to the lack of available mortgage funds. More >
New lease accounting standards are currently being developed in a joint project between the IASB and FASB that could result in a complete overhaul of the way in which leases are reported in financial statements. More >
Skilled employees always needed
The current economy may have temporarily dampened the discussion on expected labor shortages because of the planned retirement of the baby boomer generation. But a skilled global workforce will be required particularly as technology improvements drive the way we work.
Increasing changes in the workplace
With technology ever changing, the rapid change is affecting all most any workplace driving the workforce to multi-task and to be more productive working smarter and taking advantage of new systems and ways to work.
Upgrading Workforce Skills
Training helps the workforce meet both long term and short term company needs while allowing individuals to fulfill their potential.
Substantial Initial Training Costs
The American Society for Training and Development estimates that US companies spend an estimated $134 billion annually on training.
Companies continue to put more emphasis on its bottom line and having a skilled workforce makes the company more competitive. The most attractive training incentives are those that go right to the bottom line via cash grants.
Effectiveness of Workforce Training Incentives
The incentives that provide the most benefit are those that are flexible, manageable and accessible as a stable source of available funds.
Rick Leighton is Senior Vice President-Corporate Services at NAI Global.
Are we sustainable yet? Our current generation is obsessed with the economic feasibility of sustainable practices rather than realizing the fundamental responsibility for the greater good in creating a balanced ecology. What really matters and that is passing the torch of knowledge; to have respect for our planet’s natural resources and to replenish those resources and environments that have been exploited beyond nature’s ability to recover. More >