This special report has a host of interesting articles with practical tips on increasing productivity like: (1) have a greeter at your door who smiles at employees on the way in to work, (2) handout lots of cookies, and (3) offer Zumba exercise classes.
The one most related to recent classroom discussion is
WSJ (10-24) "Why Companies aren't getting the employees they need" by Peter Cappelli
Cappelli argues that firms just need to set their sights lower and provide more on the job training. After reading his article do you agree? Would apprenticeship style programs solve your company's recruitment challenges?
Watch CNN (5-3-2010) report on apprenticeships: