While you may think giving your staff a couple of extra hours of free time a week is feeding their souls, you're wrong. Time off is always welcomed, but employee happiness and productivity are driven by much more than free afternoons.
Ray LaHood is the 16th secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which is ranked ninth out of 19 large agencies in the just-released 2012 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings.
I've got some good and bad news for federal leaders. On a positive note, federal employees' views of their leaders have been on the upswing since 2003 based on an analysis of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings.
People are generally classified as expenses on the income statement and liabilities on the balance sheet -- not as an investable asset. Thus, when CEOs seek to increase profit, they cut costs -- like people -- rather than investing in assets -- like people -- that can appreciate.