NORWALK — Xerox Corp. has announced it will offer 11 employees full pay during for taking a leave of absence — so they can work. The employees will volunteer for a local nonprofit as part of Xerox’s Social Service Leave program, according to a company press release. The release adds that the Norwalk-based company’s volunteer leave program, operative since 1971, is considered the first community-service sabbatical program in corporate America.


Volunteer sites include the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, NY; National Center for the Deaf Health Research, also in Rochester; and Teen Living Programs, located in Chicago. Volunteers were selected by a Xerox peer group.


Xerox Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns said that the program “allows us to spread the true wealth of our company — our people -— with organizations that need them now more than ever.”

NORTH HAVEN – Professional nurses and other graduates of Gateway Community College’s Nursing Program can anticipate a relaxed afternoon of networking during the college’s tenth anniversary reunion picnic on May 18. The event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the college’s North Haven campus, 88 Bassett Road. The GCC Nursing Program has produced more than 300 graduates since it was established in 2002, according to the school. To RSVP or for more information, phone 203-285-2403.


MILFORD — The city hosted a job fair at the Parsons Government Center last month for area residents interested in working at Connecticut Service Plaza’s (CSP) location on I-95 North in Milford. The facility is scheduled to open this month. Available positions included entry-level to managerial jobs in establishments such as Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s Sbarro, Good to Go Organics and Moe’s Southwest Grill, among others. CSP Venture Associates (under the auspices of Project Service, LLC) works with the state of Connecticut in a public-private partnership to operate, maintain and redevelop the state’s highway service areas. Projects under the plan are supported by Regional Economic Xcelleration (REX), which promotes economic development programs in south-central Connecticut.

HARTFORD — Sixteen United Parcel Service employees from Connecticut were among the company’s drivers nationwide recently inducted into its Circle of Honor for safe operation of vehicles while on the job. A total of 1,235 workers were honored for maintaining accident-free driving records for 25 years or more. The Connecticut honorees are Nelson Alicia and John Jones of Bridgeport; Timothy Mottram of Meriden; Jack Almeida of Danbury; Ronald Billings Jr. of Avon; Richard Bourque Jr. of Sterling; Patricia Calder of Glastonbury; Ronald De Bellis and Victor Defiore of Thomaston; Paul Dorais of Watertown; Michael Gaudenzi of Sherman; Derrick Grey of Ellington; Scott Haney of New Milford; Adam Powojski of New Britain and Edward Slomski Jr. of Berlin. Connecticut has a total of 73 Circle of Honor drivers, according to a UPS release. Among them is Michael Salzillo of Plantsville, who has been driving accident-free for 44 years. That ties him for third place for the safest driving record among UPS’ 102,000 drivers across the country, according to the release.


NORTH HAVEN – Aspiring emergency medical technicians are invited to enroll in a course at Gateway Community College that will place them on the path to becoming EMTs by this summer, according to the college. The intensive 17-week course begins February 21 and will be held at Gateway’s North Haven campus, 88 Bassett Road, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. There also will be three required Saturday sessions. The cost, $1,295, may be paid in monthly installments. The class is limited to 20 students. To register or for more information call 203-285-2309.


HARTFORD — It’s a way to improve productivity and allows motivated workers to share in a company’s bottom-line result: increased profits.


But don’t call it profit sharing. The correct term for this financial incentive is “gainsharing,” and on February 24 the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) will present a seminar for manufacturers looking to learn more about the concept.


“Most companies currently are struggling with motivating employees,” says Philip Montgomery, CBIA’s director of compensation services, who notes that during a recession worker morale often takes a downturn. “The biggest advantage with a successful gainsharing program is that it hopefully engages each and every employee.”


The idea behind gainsharing is that workers are steered to alter their workplace performance and habits in a way that positively impacts operations and productivity. The resulting improvements then translate into measurable improvement in financial performance. The worker is rewarded by sharing in those gains.


“The need to reward employees without drastically increasing a company’s overhead has been of great concern for employers for the past five to ten years,” explains Montgomery. With gainsharing, “individuals are engaged in a company’s success, and they’re able to maintain that motivation.”


Gainsharing is different than profit sharing in that gainsharing is driven by productivity while profit sharing is a function of revenues and overhead and the spread between the two, notes Vince Bovino, principal consultant and founder of Bovino Consulting Group.


In addition, “Profit-sharing doesn’t change employee behavior,” says Bovino, the presenter for the CBIA event. His firm has designed and implemented gainsharing plans at 250 companies in the U.S., Canada, South America and Asia.


“A reward opportunity on a monthly basis will change an employee’s behavior,” says Bovino, who adds that gainsharing helps a company benefit from the “full value” of its workforce, even during a poor economy. “The process works in good [economic] times and in bad times,” he says.

The seminar, entitled “Productivity & Quality Gainsharing,” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration begins 8 a.m.) at CBIA, 350 Church St., Hartford. Cost is $149 for CBIA members, $179 for nonmembers. To learn more phone 860-244-1900.


MIDDLETOWN — Increasing a small business’ international exports can lead to more job creation at home, according to state governmental officials. For that reason, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-2) are touting the launch this year of a series of webinars intended to take businesses through the steps needed to break into overseas export markets. The sessions are sponsored by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Assistance Center, located in Middletown. Each monthly session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. The next session, scheduled for February 16, will focus on proper customs documentation. To register, visit For more information phone 860-509-6255.