HR expertise needed for senior executives’ reward packages

first_imgHR expertise needed for senior executives’ reward packagesOn 8 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. HR should ensure it has input into organisations’ most senior executivereward packages, to avoid alienating staff and shareholders, according to theCIPD. Under changes to the Companies Act 1985, which come into force thisfinancial year, quoted companies will have to publish a detailed breakdown ofdirectors’ pay as part of their annual reports and shareholders will be able tovote on decisions taken. Duncan Brown, CIPD assistant general-director, said HR needs to make sureremuneration committees know about the company’s overall reward strategies andtake these into consideration when deciding on executive pay packages. “HR expertise is needed to make sure there is a clear policy,” hesaid. “The committee also needs to know what is expected from thedirectors, and HR can establish this.” Rob Burdett, senior consultant with reward specialists New Bridge StreetConsultants, said the new rules will increase pressure on remunerationcommittees. “Committees will have to think hard because they won’t want to seetheir recommendations voted down [by shareholders].” Burdett said pay levels are going up, but are being linked to tougherperformance conditions. He said while many people question the level of raises, the recession is notthe fault of UK plc and financial results must take this into consideration. Last week, Cable and Wireless’ new chief, Francesco Caio, was awarded areward package that could be worth £6.5m. Shareholders said this wasreasonable. By Quentin Reade Comments are closed. last_img read more

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VCNO Concludes Three-Day Visit to Australia

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Concludes Back to overview,Home naval-today VCNO Concludes Three-Day Visit to Australia Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Visit View post tag: Australia February 23, 2012center_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Three-Day The vice chief of naval operations (VCNO) concluded a three-day engagement visit to Canberra and Darwin, Australia, Feb. 21.Adm. Mark Ferguson met with Chief of the Australian Navy Vice Adm. Ray Griggs and U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey L. Bleich, toured naval facilities, and delivered remarks to students, faculty and staff at the Australian Defence College (ADC).“This was a productive and enjoyable visit,” said Ferguson. “I came here on behalf of the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations to discuss our enduring presence and engagement in the Pacific.”Meetings with VCNO and the Australian navy staff focused on the recent U.S. force posture review, the status of the two respective navies, and plans for continued military to military exercises and engagement.“Our long-term economic and security interests are linked to developments in the Asia-Pacific; we place a high premium on our presence and support to allies and partners in the region,” said Ferguson. “This visit further solidified the strong relationship we enjoy with the Australian navy.”In remarks to the ADC in Canberra, Ferguson talked about the U.S. Navy’s longstanding presence in the Pacific, the free flow of commerce, maritime security, and the U.S. defense strategy.The ADC was established in 1999 to meet the strategic needs of the Australian Defence Force for joint professional military education and to prepare Australian and foreign military and government officials for joint and combined assignments. More than 160 military and civilian students, faculty and staff from 20 different countries turned out for Ferguson’s presentation.“The U.S. is a Pacific maritime nation, and our strategy underscores our commitment to our allies and partners in this region,” said Ferguson. “Our interests demand enduring presence; we are here to stay.”In Darwin, Ferguson visited HMAS Coonawarra to meet with the Australian navy staff before touring the harbor to get a first-hand view of available support facilities for the planned rotational deployment of U.S. Marines to the region.Ferguson is traveling throughout the U.S. Pacific fleet to meet with regional partners and U.S. personnel to discuss U.S. Navy Pacific engagement. He will visit Singapore and Guam next.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 23, 2012; Image: navy Share this article VCNO Concludes Three-Day Visit to Australia View post tag: VCNOlast_img read more

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Halloween- Chicago style

first_imgAs we transition from the hot and steamy days of Summer into the more tranquil, breezy days of Fall, our taste buds are slowly beginning to prep themselves for a transition of their own. Come the new season we will trade in our lazy days filled with strawberry jams and lemon curds for more soothing and nostalgic aromas of pumpkin spice, almond and hazelnut, all reminiscent of a childhood spent in an autumn kitchen.Many of Chicago’s buzzing bakeries will soon update their menus to not only reflect the flavors of the season, but to reflect one of the city’s most anticipated holidays: Halloween! Chicago is well-known locally for its heavy Halloween promotion and it’s such a hit that locals know it as “Chicagoween.” There are venues for all ages, ranging from hay rides to face painting, haunted houses to movie showings. It’s a time for fun, festivities, and lots and lots of sweets!Sprinkles Bakery, located in Chicago’s historic Gold Coast, will be cranking out their special set of “Boo Boxes,” which are filled with Vanilla Milk Chocolate, Red Velvet, and Caramel Apple cupcakes fully decorated with an array of ghosts, goblins, and other bits of Halloween sugary goodness. Or, if you are looking for something particularly festive, yet not big on the holiday itself, feel free to swing by Hoosier Mama Pie Company, located in Ukrainian Village, where you can grab a slice of their seasonal pies, ranging from soothing pear all the way to a slice of wistful cranberry.So, as you begin to pack away your swimsuits and bid your flip flops farewell, – I know it’s hard! – remain optimistic and look forward to all of the fun, sweets, and delicacies that the new season has to bring.About TKTK‘s love for cake decorating came by accident when she bought a YouSwoop (local deal promotion) for a cake decorating class in Chicago. She learned how to make sugar flowers and was soon taking Wilton (cake shop and school) classes, reading every cake design book she could get her hands on, and trying every recipe she could.last_img read more

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Twiddle To Play Three Nights In NYC Run To Kick Off The Baker’s Dozen

first_imgTwiddle is hot off the heels of their latest double-album release, PLUMP Chapters 1 & 2, which saw an official release just over a month ago now. The Vermont-based jam act will be making its way to New York City in July for a special three-night run during the monumental Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden from that other Vermont Quartet, Phish. Twiddle’s run coinciding with Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run will take place at Irving Plaza and will begin with a formal headlining show on Thursday, July 20th, which will also double as a pre-party for Phish prior to the group’s first night at MSG. Joining Twiddle on the first night will be fellow Vermonters and synth-pop aficionados Madaila. Following the first pre-party night with Madaila on Thursday, July 20th, Twiddle will return to Irving Plaza for two more nights on Friday, July 21st, and Saturday, July 22nd, each of which serving as a special late-night performance that is sure to keep phans grooving following Phish’s first two Baker’s Dozen performances. To say these are going to be memorable shows is an understatement; Twiddle is sure throw down something fierce each night following Phish’s own shows.Mihali Savoulidis and company are no strangers to Phish, as the Chairman of the Boards, Page McConnell himself, sat in with the group during Twiddle’s own Tumble Down Festival in the Green Mountain State last summer. McConnell gave his own blessings to the group during the band’s hit song “When It Rains It Pours.” The unexpected sit-in had everyone in attendance in complete awe of what was truly a special moment for the gentlemen of Twiddle, but especially for keyboardist Ryan Dempsey.A 3-day pass for all of Twiddle’s shows at Irving Plaza can be purchased here, while single-day tickets available at this link. Plus, don’t forget to check out Live For Live Music’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late Nights for all of your Baker’s Dozen late-night shenanigans.[Cover photo: Ojeda Photography] Don’t miss Live For Live Music’s official Baker’s Dozen late night shows!last_img read more

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Lecturer critiques ‘most violent region’

first_imgRafael Fernandez de Castro Medina, head of the department of international studies at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and former foreign policy advisor to former Mexican president Felipe Calderon, examined Latin America as a hotspot of increasing violence and crime in a lecture Tuesday.In his presentation, entitled “The World’s Most Violent Region: Causes and Possible Solutions for Latin America’s Crisis,” Fernandez outlined the report he created for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which detailed the statistics about the growing violence, crime and fear in Latin American countries.Latin America, he said, is the “single most violent region in the world, and it has been very costly.”Fernandez said that this violence has lead to an “insecurity crisis” in Latin America, which has left 11 Latin American countries with epidemic homicide rates — defined as more than 10 homicides per 100,000 — and 1 million citizens killed over ten years.Though economic stability is usually an indicator of a country’s violent crime rates, Fernandez emphasized that recent economic reforms have not eased Latin America’s homicide troubles.“In the past 10 years, economic reform has done really well [in Latin America], and then on top of that, we have people coming out of poverty and still violence increases,” he said.Not only are crime rates still rising in these countries but they are “growing exponentially,” Fernandez said. He said Honduras is the most violent country in Central America with 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people in 2012; that is an increase of 3.9 homicides per 100,000 people in just one year.This consistent increase in violent crime rates has had a huge negative effect on the morale of the Latin American people, Fernandez said.“Thirteen percent [of Latin Americans] said that they would like to change their place of residence because of violence,” he said. “Half of Latin Americans don’t want to go out at night because of fear. This is too much.”Fernandez outlined the key factors he has observed as to why the trends of violence are not improving.“It is about social fabric and of course it is about social capital,” he said.Fernandez and his colleagues collected data at various prisons in Latin America, and he found that many prisoners came from broken families. For instance, 28.2 percent of Chilean inmates surveyed never knew their mothers and/or fathers and 56 percent left home by age 15, Fernandez said.Another issue Fernandez addressed was the problems with states’ capacities for combating crime.“There is more private police in Latin America [than public police],” he said. “Not only that but regulation is terrible … we have big problems with police, justice systems and prisons.”Improvements can be made, Fernandez said, as long as there is “sustained commitment from decision-makers.”“It isn’t a two-year or three-year effort; it’s a ten-year effort,” he said.Fernandez further outlined more of his ideas for alleviating the violence, including prevention institutions, reducing impunity, aligning federal, local and state actors in politics and strengthening research into accurate crime data for the regions. With this information, Fernandez said Latin American governments can better combat crime and lower the violent crime rates for the future.Tags: Crime, Honduras, latin america, Mexico, violencelast_img read more

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Officials Look To Ban Fentanyl Analogs, Advocates Push Back

first_imgShare: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) Fentanyl Citrate, a CLASS II Controlled Substance as classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency in the secure area of a local hospital Friday, July10, 2009. Joe Amon / The Denver Post (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)ALBANY – New York State Health officials are once again taking aim at manufacturers of fentanyl analogs hoping to ban them in New York State this year.Governor Andrew Cuomo made the proposal last week, although, not without some pushback from advocates.Several community members from across the state held tombstone signs at the state Capitol Wednesday to fight against a proposal to ban fentanyl analogs.According to the Governor’s office, “some analogs are prohibited by the federal government’s controlled substances schedule, but are not listed in the State schedule.” Although many say that will not end the overdose crisis.The Governor has also called for an expansion of medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.last_img read more

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Meet New Beautiful Star Jessica Keenan Wynn!

first_imgAge: 28Hometown: Valley Village, CA, “which is essentially Studio City. I am a Valley Girl.”Current Role: A Broadway debut in Beautiful as Cynthia Weil, the whip-smart, wisecracking lyricist who befriends Carole King while penning pop classics such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”Stage Cred: Wynn jumped from the national tour of Les Miserables to lead mean girl in off-Broadway’s Heathers. She’s the fifth generation in a prominent show business family, including great-great-grandfather Frank Keenan, great-grandfather Ed Wynn, grandfather Keenan Wynn and uncle Tracy Keenan Wynn.“I did a Golden Girls episode when I was six months old, which is a great conversation starter at auditions! My mom put me in performing arts camp when I was six, and I knew right away that I wanted to sing and act. I liked the idea of putting on different clothes and showing different aspects of my personality.”“Judy Garland was my idol growing up and I have a framed lobby card of her, Gene Kelly and my grandfather, Keenan Wynn, in For Me and My Gal. My legal last name is Armstrong, but I changed it because I wanted to carry on the [Wynn] name. I feel the force of my family around me, and it’s calming.”“It’s such a treat to play Cynthia. She has a stunning wardrobe, gets great one-liners, and her relationship with Barry [Mann, her husband and writing partner] is everything you could want. I got called in initially to audition for Carole and I told a friend, ‘I don’t do vulnerability well.’ When they said, ‘You’re a Cynthia,’ I said, ‘I know!’”“The highlight of Heathers was the reaction of young fans. The material wasn’t necessarily moving—I played a terrible person!—but we met so many girls who told us we inspired them to pursue their musical theater dreams. I sang songs from Avenue Q and Wicked when I was their age, and now they’re belting ‘Candy Store.’”“I’m vegan and gluten free and I love to cook and post pictures and recipes on social media. It’s wild that I can hear from someone in Australia or get 500 ‘likes’ for a post on Instagram. It’s fun to connect with people.”“As a kid, I hated my red hair but now I love it. When someone stares at me on the subway, I realize it’s probably because I have this vibrant orange hair. But when I look at Julianne Moore or Jessica Chastain, I think back to my nine-year-old self and say, ‘See, it is pretty to be yourself.’ It’s OK to be proud and embrace the diversity.” Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Related Shows View Comments Star Files Jessica Keenan Wynn Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

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Beware the secret saboteur in your credit union

first_imgI don’t have time to answer the phone beyond saying my name or “credit union”. There are too many other things I need to do. Wanting me to sell is not what I signed on for. I do transactions fast and accurately. Salespeople sell, tellers do transactions. A patient complained that a roommate was dying noisily and therefor he was unable to sleep all night. That became a nurse’s fault. These are just a few examples of potential dissatisfaction and misunderstanding that a skillful secret saboteur can easily use against your best efforts to initiate effective and beneficial change within your organization. The problem in both types of organizations is identical. The reasons for change and implementation of those changes have not been properly explained, motivated, coached, and monitored. Beyond that, and here is the hard part, when a person fails to embrace those changes they have not been helped to find a job where they will fit in.You see, if the roommate of the dying person would have had it explained to him that a critically and possibly terminal case was going to be in the next bed, and all possible would be done to limit that patient’s care becoming a problem to him, it may well have diminished his irritation. Perhaps not, but it certainly would have been worth the effort. The unhappy owner of the sweet tooth could have been told of her choices in a positive way. If okayed by the doctor, she may have been allowed to have a family member or friend bring some of her favorite sweetener to her. A dietician, speaking to the patient in advance of the surgery, could have counseled the unhappy delicatessen connoisseur on the reasons behind the foods and portions he would be receiving. Managing expectations and doing so in a friendly manner can often help reduce later anger, resistance to change and conflict.In the credit union environment proving people wrong about not wanting to use a professional, albeit eight second longer, telephone greeting, standing and greeting people at a member service desk with a smile, introduction and handshake, identifying member needs and helping them decide to take sensible action to meet the want or need (selling through service) are similar issues to those listed for hospitals in one key way. The issue?, resistance to change. Finding exceptions to the rule is always an easy way out for self-justification for resistance to change. The effective leader is a proactive advocate for change. He or she must be able to seek out and destroy secret saboteurs before they can do irreparable harm to the culture shift.Pointing out, forcefully, how taking any of the little steps required in the culture change action plan will benefit patients and families, or credit union members and their families will help discourage and limit the effectiveness of the secret saboteur. Find stories to tell and ways to help people visualize the effectiveness of each new action you are asking them to take that forcefully demonstrate the effects of those changes. Find and help champions of your new direction and assign them with seeking out the naysaying hidden saboteurs in their departments. With the help of those champions you can find ways to bring home your message along with the need to change. Educate everyone, coach everyone, assess everyone, reteach and coach everyone, until the hidden saboteur either shows himself or changes. If he shows himself and refuses to change you must cut out the cancer before it spreads.I will provide one example of a resisted change I had to surmount early in my tenure at Healthcare Systems Federal Credit Union. I wrote a brief telephone greeting for everyone to use. “Good morning (or afternoon, thank you for calling Healthcare Systems Federal Credit Union. My name isc (insert your name). How may I help you today?”. The pushback was terrible. Only one person embraced the change.One by one I brought each employee into my office and had them answer an imaginary phone call in their own manner. I timed each answer. Average time, three seconds. It doesn’t take long to say good morning, or credit union, or Tamie speaking. Then I had them read my script and had them smile when they did. Oh, were some of those smiles forced! Average time, eleven seconds. Then I asked them each if it was worth eight seconds to make a member feel important, welcomed, and sense that the person on the other end of the phone wanted to help them. They could not say no. So, we rehearsed until it became second nature, Soon members were coming in and telling them how much more professional they sounded. Hey told our member service team members how much more they liked calling! When that happened all but one person fully embraced the change. Eventually that person left. Before she left she tried all she could to destroy the changes, but the reinforcement the team received from our members made her efforts useless.The demise of the secret saboteur will happen when leaders help people understand that no change is ever universally effective at first, if ever. We are after all dealing with people. Additionally, if we are to make the influence of secret saboteurs minimal we must demonstrate how complying with the changes will make things better over time. Most importantly, we must help people visualize how much better things will be by using stories and real life situations. For when good people truly get together to do the right things for the right reasons almost anything is possible. His nurse was not treating him fairly because my pastrami sandwich had too little pastrami on it after receiving quadruple bypass surgery. He or she lurks hidden inside of almost every organization. They smile at you. They nod in agreement when you make bold statements of purpose. They cheerlead when you announce new initiatives. Meanwhile, when out of your sight and hearing ranges, whenever any opportunity arises, wherever weakness or uncertainty in another person seems to exist, the secret saboteur promotes dissatisfaction among your team members. They place mines between your leadership, your purposes, and your initiatives and your team members. Unseen and unheard by you, the secret saboteur is actively eating away at your corporate structure, purpose, and goals. Fail to find the secret saboteur at your own peril.Just as credit unions are struggling to adjust to meet new challenges presented by changing technology, regulations, generational preferences. and member expectations, so too are hospitals. Faced with increased regulation, mandatory and published independent satisfaction surveys, new and more restrictive insurance rules for repayment, and greater competition, hospitals are spending great treasure in time and money transforming their cultures. Now, patient and family satisfaction is something to which they can no longer give mere lip service. Many, as I have noted in a previous article, are doing a remarkable job of navigating the mines faced by any organization attempting to make fundamental changes to its culture. Yet, as time goes on, it is becoming apparent that hidden saboteurs often lurk within the depths of the organization.This point was driven home to me in an article I recently read written by a physician who quoted liberally from an article written by a nurse. The original article appeared in “ATLANTIC”. The author of the original piece titled, “The Problem With Satisfied Patients”, Alexandra Robbins, went after patient and family satisfaction and its measurement by survey with a vengeance. Unfortunately, her protests were ever so familiar to me. I had heard similar protests and occasionally still do hear them from bankers and credit union employees. As I read the article written by the physician, Dr. Alex Smith, I thought it might be useful to examine the complaints against customer service in hospitals and compare them to what I have observed in credit unions that were attempting to become more member focused.Examples of why some believe it is unwise to force nurses and other hospital employees to try to be more customer/patient focused and their approximate equivalences in credit unions follow:center_img The hospital doesn’t have the sweetener she likes in her coffee. Nurse says it isn’t her job to keep her sweet tooth happy. HOSPITALSCREDIT UNIONS 88SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brad Roteman Brad Roteman has served HSFCU since February 2005. He is a former district sales manager with Bankers Systems, Inc., now Walters Klewer Financial Services. Brad has won numerous awards for … Web: www.hsfcu1.org Details Standing and greeting with a handshake and smile isn’t me. I just do my job and they like me.last_img read more

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Fire burns at John’s Tree Service in Johnson City, no injuries reported

first_imgHarry L Drive was temporarily closed as emergency crews worked at the scene. The road reopened at 9:23 a.m. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Emergency crews responded to a fire at John’s Tree Service and Landscaping on Harry L Drive in Johnson City Friday morning. —– JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Johnson City Fire Department says no injuries were reported in a fire at John’s Tree Service on Harry L Drive. Our 12 News crew on the scene around 8:30 a.m, saw part of Harry L Drive closed and traffic being diverted. Our crew also saw smoke coming from the building. They say a preliminary investigation revealed an employee was working on a wood stove when it “sparked up.” They say more information regarding the origin of the fire is pending further investigation. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 for further updates. The Johnson City Fire Department, Johnson City Police Department, and Town of Union Emergency Services responded to the fire. 9:30 A.M. UPDATE:last_img read more

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