first_imgBudders Reward took the honours in the final of The Finn 575, the feature race at last night’s greyhound racing at Lifford.The 7/4 joint favourite, owned and trained by Seamus Teague, romped to victory in a time of  31.78 to finish seven lengths ahead of second-placed Rocky High, owned and trained by Noel Lynch. Results were:Race 1 The Quick Fire 350 first semi-final (350 yards): 1, Loyal Lamp; 2, Ballougry Bound. Time: 19.61. Distance: a length.Race 2 The Quick Fire 350 second semi-final (350 yards): 1, Tober Scolari 4/5 fav; 2, Coolcholly Kate 5/1. Time: 19.22. Distance: 3 lengths.Race 3 (350 yards): 1, GoodintheHoo 5/2; 2, Macsruso 3/1. Favourite: Corner Plane 2/1. Time: 19.20. Distance: 2.5 lengths. Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Some Effort 4/1; 2, Amarillos Girl 6/1. Joint favourites: Colarhouse Bound and Friend of Jack, 5/4. Time: 29.59. Distance: half a length.Race 5 (525 yards): 1, Wrong Note 5/2 jt fav; 2, Holborn Oscar 4/1. Jt. Favourite: Heather If. Time: 29.21. Distance: 3.75 lengths.Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Drumsna Major 61; 2, Kilnacloy Prince 9/4. Favourite: Free Falling 5/4. Time: 19.95. Distance: 2 lengths.Race 7 (525 yards): 1, Ulster Idea; 2, Fridays Maye. Time 28.61. Distance: 6.75 lengths.Race 8 (525 yards): 1, Altmore Champ 3/1; Tahina Sabrina 2/1. Favourite:  Do It Kim 6/4. Time: 28.91. Distance: 2.75 lengths.Race 9 The Quick Draw semi-final one (350 yards); 1, Saberry 5/2; 2, Drumsna Lilly 4/1. Favourite: Fridays Berlin 6/4. Time: 19.15. Distance: 2.25 lengths. Race 10 (350 yards): 1, Saberry 5/2; 2, Drumsna Lilly 4/1. Favourite: Fridays Berlin 6/4. Time: 19.15. Distance: 2.25 lengths.Race 11 The Finn 575 Final (575 yards): 1, Budders Reward 7/4 jt fav; 2, Rocky High 6/1. Joint favourite: Culture Annie. Time: 31.78. Distance: 7 lengths.Race 12 (525 yards): 1, Budders Luck 7/4 fav; 2, Drumsna Canyon 3/1. Time: 28.86. Distance: 6 lengths. GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:575finngreyhoundLiffordRacingResultslast_img read more

Do Satisfied Employees Impact Stock Performance?

first_imgWalking through the campuses of today’s Silicon Valley tech giants, it’s no surprise most employees are satisfied. Colorful workspaces, flexible schedules, dog-friendly offices, casual dress codes, free meals, commuter shuttles and more make for a dreamy work environment compared to the staid workplaces of America’s past. But are these efforts to boost employee satisfaction really worth it?If you ask an economist, they might shrug. Good company culture certainly makes employees more productive and engaged. But the workplace policies that drive employee satisfaction aren’t free—they are costly investments like any other. At the end of the day, the question is whether the gains of a healthy workplace culture outweigh the costs. Are efforts to improve worker satisfaction really worth the money?Let’s Look at the NumbersOne way to answer that question is to compare financial performance of companies with satisfied—and less satisfied—employees. The idea is simple: If policies that boost worker satisfaction are lousy investments, it should eventually show up in companies’ bottom lines. We should be looking for a correlation between stock returns and employee satisfaction, which is precisely the subject of our most recent Glassdoor Research report “Does Company Culture Pay Off?”.In the chart below, we look at stock returns for three portfolios of companies with very high employee satisfaction – winners of Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” award. With each portfolio, we imagined we had $1,000 to invest in each, and we compare their stock performance to the overall market since 2009, the first year the awards were issued.The black line shows what a $1,000 investment in the S&P 500 back in 2009 would’ve grown to today. The three colored lines show what similar investments in “happy employee” companies would’ve grown to. As is clear in the chart, an investment in Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” companies would’ve grown to between $2,797 and $3,470, far outpacing the $2,210 for the overall market.This is no surprise. Great companies are highly profitable, often attracting top talent and keeping them with employee-friendly policies. But does the opposite hold as well? Are companies with the unhappiest employees also poor financial performers?Surprisingly, the answer appears to be “yes.” We examined a portfolio of 30 companies with the lowest employee satisfaction as well, and found that they significantly under-performed the stock market since 2009.What Explains This?Ours isn’t the first study to find a correlation between healthy workplace culture and stock returns. A 2011 study by a University of Pennsylvania researcher found companies on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” list far outperformed the overall market in recent years.Without a careful experimental design, it’s hard to pin down exact causes behind this correlation. One possibility is that fast-growing companies are flush with cash and have an easy time attracting and keeping happy employees. Perhaps unprofitable companies are quick to cut workplace amenities, plummeting employee morale. Or maybe fostering a satisfied workforce per se leads to higher productivity and profits.Regardless of causes, the lessons are clear. Employee satisfaction is a strong predictor of long-term company performance. That fact alone should raise eyebrows both for investors and CEOs looking for an edge in today’s marketplace.Read the full report: “Does Your Company Culture Pay Off?”, and see additional highlights in our press release.***Looking for ways to communicate the importance of culture to your C-suite? Check out the latest Glassdoor eBook: 3 Reasons Why CEOs Can’t Ignore Glassdoor.last_img read more