I shoot a great deal of photos and thought i would finally post my workflow.
First off i only shoot raw files. You should too, believe me.
I download my cards through nikon view into my pictures and backup the folder on a second hard drive.
I navigate to the folder in adobe bridge and open all the images in the camera raw plug in.
In camera raw i correct the exposure, shadows, brightness, add about plus 8 saturation, and place a 5 star rating on all the images i will use.
I do not have sharpening on in my camera and i do not sharpen in bridge.
I then hit done, which writes and saves my xmp files.
I then go back into bridge and filter my images by 5 star ranking.
I go to edit - select all.
I then go to tools - photoshop - image processor.
In image processor is where i convert these files to jpegs, smart sharpen via a preset action, and imbed my copyright info.
I hit go and leave the room to do something more exciting while photoshop does my work for me.
Depending on the clients needs i would then make a web gallery (tools - photoshop - web gallery) and/or burn a cd of the jpegs to send to them.
Notice that i did not open photoshop once.
I would save this for images that need to be retouched for publication.