Nicaraguan textile companies expect an increase in sales after obtaining 'Better Work' certification which establishes better working conditions for employees.
The implementation of the program run by the International Labour Organization is a condition of international clothing brands such as Levi's, Target, GAP and other textile mills which need to buy materials to make their clothes, therefore its implementation in Nicaraguan companies is key to improving competitiveness and attracting new investment to the sector.
Unions reject a proposal by industrialists to work 4 days and rest 3 days, whle the government describes it as a "sensitive" issue.
The Minister of Labour, Victor Morales, told Crhoy.com that "....These proposals concerning working hours require legislative amendment, they need a reform of the Labour Code to be approved in the Legislature ... I proposed to the Chamber of Industries ... that these issues must be subject to tripartite dialogue (between employers, workers and government). "
The multinational plans to change the working culture by implementing a "role models and flexible schedules based on achievement of specific objectives."
Fabricio Kaplan Vice President of Human Resources at Unilever Central America, the Caribbean and Andean, explained in an interview conducted by Humberto Galo for Laprensa.com.ni that they are using in Nicaragua a new form of work already deployed in Colombia which "aims to change the work culture by implementing role models and flexible schedules based on achievement of specific objectives. "
In the first seven months of the year, 235, 529 employment contracts were made, 17, 406 more than in the same period in 2011.
A press release from the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Panama reads:
The Ministry of Labor and Workforce Development, recorded between January and July 2012, about 235,529 employment contracts, contracts 17,406 more than in the first seven months of 2011, as announced by the department of economic research at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, in a report.
Guatemala is preparing a plan to inspect factories in order to avoid a possible arbitration, forced by the US, for non-compliance of labor standards under CAFTA.
The Labour Ministry is preparing a program to inspect working conditions in the textile factories which could take six months to complete. The plan must conform to the standards set by enterprises under the 29-89 scheme (Law on Promotion of Export Activity and Maquilas).
We can be better leaders if we understand that unconsciously, as humans we will always seek to increase our status in society.
This need has existed since prehistoric times. According to researcher David Rock, from the time that humans started living together in groups, increasing their status has been as important as getting food.
Modern research has identified a chemical relationship between increases or decreases in status and our neuronal network. When status increases, so do the levels of neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and positive emotions, and stress-related ones are reduced, augmenting our feeling of security and strength.
Attracting, hiring and retaining talent is imperative to make a company competitive; the methods to achieve this are changing rapidly.
In most productive sectors there are not enough qualified and experienced professionals. In some industries, such as software development, the lack of personnel is even more critical, making it crucial for companies to adopt staff attraction and retention policies.
The organizational climate, a responsibility of the maximum chief of a company, is made of communication, fairness, teamwork and training.
A good working atmosphere is usually considered a responsibility of the HR manager, but the factors that ultimately determine it are controlled by the CEO.
“In this context, the role of the HR manager is to provide permanent advice to directors, managers and bosses on good management and leadership tools, promoting communication, information and a proper treatment of the company’s personnel”.
Have you ever invited employees to a meeting just so they wouldn't feel left out? If so, you may be an overcommunicator.
When was the last time you scheduled a meeting and invited eight people instead of the three people who really needed to be there simply because you didn't want anyone to feel left out?
When was the last time you sent a companywide e-mail that said something like, "Hey, attention coffee drinkers: If you finish the pot, make another!" even though there is actually only one person who violates this rule (and she's your co-founder)?
Companies in Costa Rica are finally adopting the "casual Friday" dress code first implemented in the US half a century ago.
Though some companies relaxed their rules on formal business attire on the last day of the working week in the late 1950s, it was not till 20 years later that the practice became widespread and began to be adopted in the rest of the world.