Friday, December 28, 2012

Causes of motivation problems on a project team

The graph below was created using Google’s chart tools.

This horizontal bar graph shows eight problems that can be associated with motivation on a project team.   A survey was taken of 118 project managers asking them to identify what problem listed in the graph can usually be attributed to motivational problems on a project team.  The graph shows the percentage of the responses for each problem.

The survey was conducted by Bernhard Schmid and Jonathan Adams. The results of the survey can be read by clicking here (PDF file).

The problem list, and the weight project managers assign to the likelihood that events on the list will be a problem, could help managers be alert to problems that can develop in their team (group).

The survey is one of several that this Project Management Institute posts on its website.  Click here to gain access to this survey.

Causes of Motivation Problems On a Project Team

Friday, December 21, 2012

Remuneration/revenue trends – US versus Europe

The graph below was created using Google’s graph tools.

This line graph shows the percentages that employee remuneration is of total company revenue for five years, 2004 to 2009, for United States companies and for European companies.  Remuneration is total compensation plus benefits.

Although the United States data shows a significant decline in the percentage from 2008 to 2009, the United States has on average a 6% better remuneration for employees, as a percentage of revenues, than Europe.

Also, the substantive decrease in remuneration percentage from 2008 to 2009 (5.5%) for the United States versus a slight increase for Europe (0.3%) might show that United States companies can more readily adjust to adversity (e.g., the world-wide financial problems around 2009).

Data in the graph was obtained from the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ study “Managing People in a Changing World – Key Trends in Human Capital – A Global Perspective” published in 2010.  You can read this study by clicking here.

Remuneration/Revenue Trend - US versus Europe

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Trends in auditing responsibilities

The graph below was created using Google’s charting tools.

This horizontal bar graph shows the trends in internal audit responsibilities (tasks) based on a survey conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  PriceWaterhouseCoopers conducted a survey of the chief audit executives at Fortune 250 companies.

Part of the survey asked respondents to identify internal auditing tasks (functions) that would require increased internal auditing responsibilities.  The graph shows that 90% of the respondents believed that continuous auditing or monitoring would require increased internal auditing responsibilities over the next five years.  Response percentages are as shown on the graph for other responsibilities

This data was taken from a PriceWaterhouseCoopers publication entitled “Internal Audit 2012 – A Study Examining the Future of Internal Auditing and the Potential Decline of Controls-centric Approach”.  You can read this publication by clicking here (PDF file).

Trends in Internal Auditing Responsibilities