UK backs policy words with action

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. UK backs policy words with actionOn 8 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today UK employers are more likely to have written HR strategies than most oftheir European counterparts, research shows. Current UK levels of formal strategy development compare favourably withEuropean counterparts, according to a survey by Cranet. The leaders in developing formal HR strategies include Sweden, theNetherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Turkey, and the UK (see chart). Well below average are Germany and Austria, with only three out of every 10workplaces having written HR strategies. HR strategy development involves a combination of developing a written HRstrategy in line with the corporate strategy, as well as developing specific HRpolicies. Looking back over the last decade, UK organisations have seen the level ofwritten mission statements steadily rise to 83 per cent. However, using these figures as a benchmark, it is evident with only 61 percent of UK organisations having a written HR strategy that they have notembraced this element of formal strategy development to the same extent. A further formalisation of HR strategy is the development of specificpolicy, which in turn acts as formal guidelines for practice. In the UK, the areas most commonly addressed with policy are equalopportunity/diversity at 88 per cent and training and development at 83 percent, followed by recruitment and selection reaching 77 per cent. This should be particularly encouraging to those organisations working tofurther the management of diversity in UK workplaces, which have generallyargued that formalisation is the first step towards progress. In comparison to the UK, organisations in other European countries aregenerally less likely to develop written policies for HR. However, specific leaders in policy writing include the Netherlands, withthe highest proportion of organisations with written HR policies for pay andrecruitment, and Sweden for equal opportunities. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Plans for University to bail out OUSU

first_imgStefan Baskerville, OUSU President, has revealed his proposals for fundamental changes to the way the Student Union is funded and organised.The plans include ending funding from Common Room affiliation fees and depending instead upon a large block grant from the University. The changes are designed to give an institution currently leaking money a stable financial model for the future.Other proposals include a change of premises from Thomas Hull House to somewhere less expensive with better access for wheelchair users. A location on George Street is being considered.At the moment, OUSU gets its funding from a mixture of University grants, Common Room affiliation fees and profit from its commercial wing, Oxford Student Services Limited (OSSL). However, OSSL’s income fluctuates year on year and affiliation fees are both unreliable, with regular college disaffiliation, and insufficient.Current University grants are not making up the difference, leading to losses of thousands of pounds every year.The proposed block-grant solution would remove the issue of cost from Common Rooms considering their affiliation status and would further end the current two-tier system of service provision. At the moment only affiliated colleges pay for services such as the Safety Bus and Student Advice Service which can be used by all students.However, the plans have already drawn criticism from some Common Room Presidents, frustrated that their tuition fee money will be spent on an institution they feel does not listen to them.Ricklef Wohlers, President of Keble MCR said, “I was shocked to have been told that OUSU has a funding problem, rather than a spending problem…I think the OUSU representatives do not understand why common rooms are disaffiliating: OUSU is simply too expensive.”He believes that many OUSU services are duplicates of services already provided by Common Rooms. He added, “Asking for more is not the solution. It’s spending less.”Rob Shearer, MCR President of disaffiliated Linacre, argues that OUSU is behaving as if Common Rooms do not exist, and that this proposal “institutionalizes OUSU’s unwillingness to respond to genuine democratic messages.” He described it as a move “to permanently enshrine the status quo. As the increasing ranks of disaffiliates will attest, the status quo is the problem.”The changes further raise serious questions about OUSU’s autonomy and independent status. Baskerville insisted, “There is no evidence to suggest the Unviersity would want to interfere with students decision-making. Almost every other Student Union in the country is funded by a block grant. Student Unions always need to make sure they are representative of students and maintain their autonomy of decision-making.”Sabbatical officers have stressed that decisions on all these changes need to be made urgently, and will be taking the proposals to a vote in OUSU council in 3rd week.Shearer described the tight schedule as paying only “lip service to consultation,” arguing that “this is the kind of consultation that precipitated the Lincoln MCR disaffiliation.”There is no certainty that OUSU will be able to negotiate block-grants from the University, particularly considering the failure last year of an alternative funding model.last_img read more

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Champagne death over job loss fears

first_imgA former Oxford student jumped to his death in London because he was accused of sending a prank email, an inquest has been told.Anjool Malde, 24, jumped from the eighth floor roof terrace of the Coq D’Argent restaurant in central London with a glass of champagne in his hand, just two days before his birthday last summer. The incident was captured on CCTV.He had been suspended by his bosses at Deutsche Bank two days before his death.He was accused of posting a joke message in the name of one of the bank’s clients on a financial website, stating “I’m hot, I’m hot.”Despite denying responsibility, the message was traced to Malde’s computer.Two other emails were traced to Malde’s work computer, which had both been sent to the bank’s client. Sent under the name of Raj Rocks, the sender offered an apology in one and mentioned “feeling suicidal”, and in the other offered £500 to charity to “make the matter go away”.A verdict of suicide was recorded by City of London coroner Paul Matthews.Malde, known as Jools to his friends, read Geography at St Peter’s College. He worked as an online news editor for Cherwell, and frequently wrote stories for Cherwell and The Oxford Student. He was on Standing Committee at the Union. He also moderated the University gossip website OxGoss.After graduating in 2005 aged 20, he came second in the UK Graduate of the Year awards.Success after university followed. Malde was the co-founder of Alpha Parties, a firm which specialised in arranging social events for graduates and young professionals.He had invited friends to a birthday party in Spain, in his recently-purchased £300,000 penthouse apartment.Malde attended a party the night before his death with friend Irra Khirivskaya, a model. She said that although they went, he was very withdrawn and they left early.She said that he “didn’t much care about being in the bank”, as he told her about the disciplinary meeting he faced at work.Miss Khirivskaya commented, “His actions can’t be explained as the actions of the Jools I know. He was someone who temporarily lost his wits.”However, she did concede that “The efficiency of his actions, their style and precision, were all very typical of Anjool.”A spokeswoman for Deutsche Bank, Michelle Gathercole, said that Mr Malde had not been suspended. She added: “We are deeply saddened by our colleague’s death and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time.”Tabassum Rasheed, a second year PPEist interviewed by Malde last year for an Easter internship at Deutsche, described him as an “animated, friendly guy” and added, “He was really helpful and seemed genuinely interested in the lives of the people he was interviewing – not just doing it for the job.”Those working in the area around the Coq d’Argent described a “really awful” scene after Malde’s suicide jump.Malde was not the first person to commit suicide from the restaurant. In April 2007, Richard Ford, a City marketing executive, also jumped from the terrace, landing on top of a number 76 bus.last_img read more

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Sheffield bakery invites supermarket into site

first_imgIt’s not often that a bakery wants a supermarket to build on their land, but this is exactly what Fletchers Group of Bakeries is hoping for.The firm has joined up with Sainsbury’s in a mutually beneficially arrangement that, pending planning permission, would see Fletchers sell part of its Wadsley Bridge site in Sheffield to the supermarket, providing funds for investment in the bakery.The area in question, currently used as a car park, was previously the site of the most modern part of the Fletchers bakery before it was destroyed by a fire in July 2006. Fletchers MD Stephen Holding explained that the funds generated from the sale of the land were vital to Fletchers’ future Sheffield investment plans, “which include the modernisation of part of the factory within the Claywheels Lane site”.Plans, just announced, involve the relocation of over one-third of the factory within the existing footprint of the bakery, including two production lines (rolls and doughnuts), and the significant upgrade of existing facilities, with old equipment replaced. The firm said the investment would create a more sustainable and efficient factory, which would enable it to continue to produce high-quality competitively priced products, and to take advantage of further growth opportunities in the market. Holding added it would also safeguard the jobs of its 400-or-so staff.Sainsbury’s is currently awaiting the verdict of its planning application for a new supermarket, which if successful has a planned construction start date of autumn 2011. Fletchers has just submitted its own planning application to Sheffield City Council, for the erection of a new chill store, an HV switch room, alterations to access points and provision of new fencing, which form part of the wider comprehensive modernisation plan.The Fletchers Group of Bakeries is comprised of four business units in the UK: Fletchers Bakeries, LBD, Grain D’Or and Kara Foodservice, and has an annual turnover of around £90m.last_img read more

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Right to Life looks to serve, engage community

first_imgNotre Dame Right to Life, perhaps most well known for its largest event — driving hundreds of students to participate in the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. — has a large repertoire of other activities planned for the year, designed to celebrate and protect human life. “Right to Life is essentially a social justice group dedicated to promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death,” club president and senior Sarah Drumm said. “We do that in a variety of ways — through education, through service events, through celebrating life in all stages.”Last year, Right to Life brought over 800 students to participate in the March, but the campus’ largest organization also looks to engage students throughout the year, Drumm said.“We have a lot of events for the year that I’m really excited about,” Drumm said. “In general, one of our main focuses for this year is just trying to expand our reach. A lot of people still think of us as an anti-abortion club, or a March for Life club. Yes, the March for Life is a very important part of what we do, but we do a lot on campus and off campus throughout the year that I think a lot of people just don’t know about.”The group aims to respectfully promote its values, Drumm said.“Essentially what we’re trying to do is create opportunities to protect and celebrate the dignity of vulnerable peoples,” Drumm said. “As our club has grown, different people with different interests have come in and started these groups. One of my goals for this year is to strengthen these and increase participation in all our events.”In addition to these new goals, many of Right to Life’s scheduled events this year are recurring events from years past, vice president of communications, junior Matthew Connell, said.“We always have a lot of stuff going on, and we have a lot of stuff that’s recurring each year,” Connell said. “We have a number of service commissions that go to all sorts of places in the community to do service work. We have a women’s care service commission, a commission that does baby showers, a senior outreach commission, high school outreach, stuff like that.”Connell also said the club plans on hosting several speakers and seminars, including a multi-part panel first held last year.“We’re planning on doing a panel this year that we started last year that was successful, called ‘A Pro-Life Vision of the World’,” he said. “We have multiple panels, one in September, October and November, and we just bring in three or four professors or other guest speakers who can speak to different topics and about what it would look like to have a pro-life world in each those areas. It could be things like feminism, refugees, poverty or war.”A main focus of the club for this year, Connell said, is sparking conversation about these difficult issues on campus.“We’re always trying to foster that dialogue on campus about these issues,” he said. “The whole purpose is what we do is change hearts and minds on the issue of abortion, but we don’t exist to just preach to the choir. There’s no point in that. It’s through dialogue when we reach out to others that we change hearts and minds on this issue and are able to actually make a difference for life in the long run.”Some recurring events Drumm said the club planned to continue were participating in the March for Life, hosting Respect Life Week and helping to organize “BeyoND the Abortion Debate,” a dinner for people with strongly different views on abortion to talk about other topics, designed to help students with political disagreements find common ground.Although the club was founded at Notre Dame over 40 years ago, Drumm said that its mission remains unchanged.“I think our mission has always stayed the same and will always stay the same,” she said. “It’s just promoting and protecting the dignity of all human people, but I think how we live that out changes. In recent years, our club has tried to really react to current events, for example the refugee crisis, or things that are happening with healthcare for individuals with disabilities … Our mission is always protecting and promoting all human beings, all human life.”Tags: March for Life, ND Right to Lifelast_img read more

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NY Jobless To Get $300 Per Week Boost Until Funding Dries Up

first_imgMGN ImageALBANY — As many as 2 million unemployed New Yorkers will start receiving their share of an extra $300-a-week assistance boost next week from a temporary federal fund that’s running out of money.The state is contacting another 435,000 individuals who are eligible for the boost once they submit additional documentation, according to a state Department of Labor press release Thursday.State labor officials say eligible New Yorkers will start receiving payments for the weeks ending Aug. 2, 9, and 16.The federal government has said all eligible recipients will receive six weeks worth of the $300-a-week boost over a period that ended Sept. 5. But that temporary boost implemented by President Donald Trump is about to end, with no extension in sight.The Federal Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press on Thursday that it has distributed $30 billion of the $44 billion it had set aside to cover six weeks of the benefit.Trump created the program after a more generous $600-a-week benefit adopted by Congress expired.New York is not among a handful of states that kicked in an additional $100 per person to enhance the payment.Congress has yet to agree on a new coronavirus relief package that could extend the unemployment supplement.Nationwide, 13.4 million Americans continue to receive state unemployment benefits that have helped keep recipients afloat as the economy cratered amid stay-at-home orders and business closings.New York has paid $43.7 billion in unemployment benefits to 3.5 million individuals amid the pandemic — a monumental sum that represents over 20 typical years’ worth of benefits paid in just six months. The state’s received about 3.68 million unemployment applications from unemployed individuals since mid-March, including another 100,000 claims in the week ending Sept. 5. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Perfect presentation on offer in Yeronga

first_imgThe outdoor area at 24 Orvieto Rd, Yeronga.“The back deck is so relaxing and peaceful with all the greenery and outlook over the pool. We have a lot of family time out on the back deck and in the pool area. “The kids love the pool — it’s difficult to get them out of it.” On the ground floor there are three bedrooms — with walk-in robes to two and an ensuite and built-in robe to the third — a bathroom, laundry and living room. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The kitchen at 24 Orvieto Rd, Yeronga.Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in robe and a stunning ensuite with dual basins and freestanding bath. “I love having a nice, relaxing bath — you can turn the lights down, turn the music on and relax,” Ms Campodonico said.There is also a fifth bedroom, which could be used as a study, and a bathroom on this level. The home at 24 Orvieto Rd, Yeronga.THIS beautifully presented family home is going under the hammer in Yeronga. The two-storey home at 24 Orvieto Rd has a pool, spacious deck and light-filled interiors. Owner Deb Campodonico and her family have loved calling the property home since they bought it in 2015. “It’s so open and there is so much space,” Ms Campodonico said. The study at 24 Orvieto Rd, Yeronga.“I’m going to miss being so close to everything,” Ms Campodonico said. “You can stay home and have a nice relaxing breakfast on the deck or, if you don’t want to cook, you can pop out to the cafe area.” The property is being marketed by Sharon Wilson and Kate Wilson of McGrath Annerley Yeronga and it will be auctioned on August 26 at 1pm. The ensuite at 24 Orvieto Rd, Yeronga.The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opens through bi-fold doors to the back deck with outdoor kitchen and the upstairs area has timber floors throughout. The kitchen has stone benchtops, Miele appliances and a butler’s pantry. Outside, the yard is fully fenced and landscaped and the pool area has timber decking and glass fencing. The property also has a double lockup garage. last_img read more

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NEST tenders standalone emerging market bond mandate

first_imgThe mandate would initially form part of a pooled fund, but in its tender the fund said that it might transition to a segregated mandate at a later point.Fawcett added: “An active management approach can take advantage of opportunities while managing the portfolio risk by avoiding unattractive or risky borrowers.“By having an investment universe of both hard and local currency debt, the manager will have the ability to invest in the most attractive areas of the market.”The tender comes two years after NEST sought managers for a “relatively cautious” emerging market equity mandate, to which it eventually appointed Northern Trust Asset Management and HSBC Global Asset Management.Fawcett has previously told IPE the fund would be shifting from multi-asset mandates to single-asset mandates as it grows in size, as the change will allow it to exert greater control over asset allocation.It has seen its assets grow to £535m (€728m), up from £104m in April 2014.Interested managers have until 14 October to participate.Read about how NEST views smart beta in IPE’s September issue The UK’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) is tendering for an emerging market bond manager to further diversify its default fund.The defined contribution (DC) master trust’s CIO Mark Fawcett said emerging market bonds were increasingly finding a place within pension portfolios as they offered “attractive” yields in the prevailing low-yield environment.“We think it’s appropriate to have emerging market debt among the growing number of asset classes NEST can call on to deliver better retirement outcomes for our members,” he added.The actively managed portfolio would be allowed to seek exposure to both hard and local currency debt, and a spokesman for NEST told IPE it did not have preference for sovereign or corporate bonds, instead preferring to see what asset managers submitted.last_img read more

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Danish Govt Funds New LORC Turbine Testing Facilities

first_imgThe Danish government has allocated DKK 50 million (circa EUR 6.7 million) for new wind turbine testing facilities at the Lindø Offshore Renewables Center (LORC).According to the government, the award will contribute to the establishment of testing facilities for 16MW turbines, which will overall cost approximately DKK 300 million.The Danish Export Credit Agency (EKF), Nordea, Vækstfonden and the Danish Green Investment Fund will co-finance the facilities, while the operation will be covered by the users.The government said that the grant is the largest ever to be awarded for the Danish wind turbine industry and the 600-800t nacelles set to be tested are also the country’s largest to date.Denmark’s Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Chr. Lilleholt believes that the work due to take place is in the interest of the nation when it comes to climate, export opportunities and renewable energy jobs.“The Danish wind turbine industry literally takes some huge steps for our green transition and at the same time helps to draw large investments to Denmark. Therefore, in the government, we have decided to support the new testing facilities at LORC with DKK 50 million,” Lilleholt said.LORC is a non-profit commercial foundation established in 2009 by A.P. Møller – Mærsk, Siemens Gamesa, Ørsted, Vattenfall, Vestas Wind Systems, Wave Star and the University of Southern Denmark.Its objective is to promote innovation in the offshore renewable energy sector contributing to the lowering of the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) and making renewable energy viable offshore.last_img read more

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Leising plans Ripley County Fair visit

first_imgOsgood, In. — Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising will be available to discuss Indiana’s new laws and other topics Monday, July 23, at the Ripley County Fair.Leising will be available from 7-9 p.m. to meet and talk with community residents.“Many laws passed by the Indiana General Assembly took effect July 1,” Leising said. “I look forward to speaking with Ripley County Fair attendees about those laws and other issues facing our community and state.”The Ripley County Fair is held at 424 W. Cravens St. in Osgood. It begins Sunday, July 22, and runs through Saturday, July 28.last_img

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