HR to advise on flexible hours law

first_imgHR to advise on flexible hours lawOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Senior HR professionals have been asked to play a key role in theGovernment’s new task force set up to examine the introduction of legislationon flexible working practices (News 5 June). Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt revealed the nine members ofthe task force last week and they include Fiona Cannon, head of equalopportunities at Lloyds TSB, Mike Griffin, director of HR at Kings CollegeHospital NHS Trust and Anne Minto, HR director at Smiths Group, and editorialadviser of Personnel Today. Sir George Bain, chairman of the new work and parents taskforce, toldPersonnel Today it will be looking closely at existing flexible workingarrangements that are successful and don’t damage business. He said,”Working parents have said what they want most is the ability to workflexibly. “It will be the role of the task force to examine how a right for suchparents to request to work flexible hours can be introduced, building onexisting best practice that is compatible with business efficiency.” The task force will report in mid-November. last_img read more

What works, what doesn’t and why

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. In the second of a series of three articles, Professor Amin Rajan and SharonHarris narrate the experiences of companies that have sought to create adiverse workforce to raise the bottom lineIf diversity management is about accessing the best talent and leveraging itto deliver targeted business outcomes, all HR practices need to be open andfair: meritocratic yet sensitive to inter-personal differences. With these considerations in mind, companies in our sample have implemented12 distinct measures under three headings. Although listed separately, theyhave been treated holistically. They are targeted at three aims. The first is to ensure fairness in recruitment and selection. Jobs arewidely advertised, using both conventional and unconventional sources, andduplication is minimised in the selection process. The second provides customised training to managers and employees, andmentoring support to women and ethnic minority groups entering seniorpositions. The last seeks to promote work-life balance for all employees – men as wellas women – forging links with local communities and special interest groups. Embedding diversity in processes Some companies in our sample have overt initiatives on diversity, othershave relied on an unusual degree of common sense. Either way, they have soughtto incorporate their ideas into day-to-day management practices, so they occuras part of daily business routines. The main emphasis is on: – Seeking new ideas – Creating or joining support networks – Building diversity into sales and marketing campaigns – Receiving clients’ buy-in – Observing national laws – Forging links with disadvantaged business suppliers – Changing the composition of teams at every level to reflect diversity ofpeople and/or style. The following examples illustrate how companies are embedding diversity intoeveryday practices: – In a pharmaceutical company, eliciting new ideas has had a two-prongedgoal: to ensure the diverse workforce does lead to innovations that improveprocesses and products; and to make line managers realise innovation relies ondiverse styles and approaches – Joining external networks in one bank has led to three aims of goodpractice: to gain insights into the latest thinking; to swap ideas; and to usemembership of an external body to generate subtle internal pressures for change– Reflecting diversity in sales and marketing campaigns was introduced at anIT company with two aims in mind – to emphasise that the company is in tunewith changing customer demographics, and to project the image of a progressiveemployer that reflects the social mix of the wider society – In an aerospace company, getting buy-in of diversity principles fromclients has had three effects: generating external pressures for internalchange; spreading good practices in the supply chain; and creating a nationalpool of women and minority candidates for senior jobs. This demonstrates that embedding diversity into day-to-day practices hasbeen a matter of sound business practice, not big, costly initiatives. Creating leadership culture If there was one point that came through repeatedly in our research, it wasthat management leadership at all levels made a huge difference. The companies in our sample are attempting to create a leadership culture byhelping managers at all levels to develop a style that shows sensitivity todifferent groups of employees, their specific needs and work styles. They arealso creating certain formal mechanisms to reinforce that style. As many as 60 per cent of medium and large companies in our sample carry outstaff perception surveys: and increasingly questions on diversity and inclusionare featured on them. Such upward feedback has proved especially useful increating a leadership culture and some organisations have gone even further, asindicated by the following examples. A global company with an ambitious initiative has revamped its list ofleadership competencies to include diversity. Among others, these focus on howto: – Value differences and improve business performance – Learn about yourself and deal with any bias you may have – Build inclusive relationships by active listening and understanding – Build inclusive workgroups and teams – Cope with behaviours that exclude and limit people. A financial services group has revamped its competencies to focus on how to:– Encourage creativity in a structured work environment – Overcome ingrained barriers to creativity – Convert new ideas into product and process improvements. Knowing the blockers At the same time, it is worth emphasising that not all diversity initiativeshave been successful. Paradoxically, the internal and external forces thatpromoted workforce diversity are also the ones which can constrain progress. In today’s high-pressure work environment, numerous constraints haveemerged. The key ones include: – Time pressures on managers – Ingrained attitudes and inexperience – A culture of presenteeism. It is worth emphasising that in many organisations, the culture ofpresenteeism still exists, despite overt initiatives on flexible working,annualised hours and remote working. Employees still feel they may be perceivedas not pulling their weight if they do not work the same hours as their boss orpeers. The out-of-sight, out-of-mind syndrome is proving hard to shift. Four examples serve to underline these constraints: – In an insurance company, a combination of trading difficulties anddepartures in the top team led to managers losing interest in what wasotherwise an enlightened initiative to increase the share of women in middleand senior jobs. Sustained interest at the top proved essential for it tosurvive – One asset management firm paid so much attention to recruitment andselection issues that line managers saw diversity as yet another fad; heretoday, gone tomorrow. Emphasis on an inclusive management style is just asimportant – The whole infrastructure of a diversity council was created to underpinthe corporate vision in one engineering company. But the firm failed to pass onthis communication to the line managers, most of whom found out about the initiativefrom the corporate intranet. Consultation and communication are vital – A retail bank promoted numerous women and members of minority groups tomiddle and then senior positions in different regions in the UK. Two unforeseenproblems subsequently arose: the individuals suffered a sense of isolationsince they did not have personal networks on which they could rely for adviceand support; and their bosses found it difficult to manage them, as they hadnever had to manage anyone different from themselves before. Personal networksand mentoring support are important. Harnessing the power of perception In the final analysis, line managers are seen to be the key to success.Accordingly, a significant effort is going into raising their awareness onthree aspects of human nature. First, intelligent reasonable people think along the same lines, but theirperception of reality can be very different. That does not mean they have to be‘brought into line’. Second, the greater the differences in people’s styles and approaches, thehigher the scope for creativity. This is because creativity is not simply a linear process of knowledgecreation, but rather a random explosion of energy often borne out offrustration and curiosity not normally associated with individuals with similarminds, persuasions and perceptions. Third, stereotyping is nothing more than a shortcut to forming judgementsabout people without getting to know them or their unique strengths. Tominimise it, managers need to: – Cultivate the ability, willingness and self-discipline to listen – Question their own values and bias when difficult situations arise – Recognise that clarity of goals leads to clarity of actions. Amin Rajan is the chief executive of CREATE and Sharon Harris is the UKhead of diversity at Deutsche Bank Next week… The third and final article in this series will look at how theseinitiatives have affected the corporate bottom line. This article is based on the report Harnessing Workforce Diversity to Raisethe Bottom Line, available from CREATE. For further details contact JennyLatham on 01892 526757, fax 01892 542988, or e-mail [email protected] What works, what doesn’t and whyOn 9 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

3 cases of COVID-19 in Berrien County, Michigan now tops 1,000

first_img  Roscommon1   Macomb1401 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan needs the federal government to provide not only more test kits and masks but also clear guidance on how best to fight the spread of the coronavirus.Whitmer spoke Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” She says Michigan and others are doing the best they can, “but it would be nice to have a national strategy.” As it is, she says the states are “all building the airplane as we fly it.”She is criticizing the federal government for not focusing on the threat much earlier. Michigan has reported a total of 787 cases of COVID-19.   Livingston8   Grand Traverse1   Clinton2 3 cases of COVID-19 in Berrien County, Michigan now tops 1,000   Barry1   Montcalm1   Leelanau1 Google+   Washtenaw35   Genesee14   Oakland2771 WhatsApp   Total1,0358   CountyCasesDeaths   Calhoun2 CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichigan Google+   Midland5 Overall Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by County   Tuscola1   Bay1 Pinterest   Otsego1   Clare1   Female50%   Charlevoix2 The Associated Press contributed to this story. The latest Michigan count of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as of 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, now tops 1,000. Three of the cases are reported in Berrien County.Note on cumulative counts: This report is provisional and subject to change.  As public health investigations of individual cases continue, there will be corrections to the status and details of referred cases that result in changes to this report.Note on the deaths: Deaths must be reported by health care providers, medical examiners/coroners, and recorded by local health departments in order to be counted.   Emmet1   Jackson1   Berrien3   Wexford1 Pinterest   Kent201 Twitter   Saginaw2 By 95.3 MNC – March 22, 2020 0 528   Out of State2   St. Clair7   Wayne1521 This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, gray, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)   Eaton2 Previous articleCoronavirus cases rise above 200 in IndianaNext articleMichigan secretary of State Offices modify operations once again 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.   Gladwin1   Ingham11 City of Detroit and Wayne County are reported separately.Overall Percentage of Cases by Sex   Detroit City3254   Male50%   Allegan1   Sex% Facebook Twitter WhatsApp   Monroe6 Facebook   Ottawa6last_img read more

Light along a jagged border

first_imgHarvard researchers have combined new technology with old to better understand conditions in the war-torn border region between Sudan and South Sudan. It is thought that civilians have been targeted by armed forces in the area, which is closed to outside media and international observers.In a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, researchers combined satellite images with thousands of publicly available reports, including soldier accounts posted on the Internet — YouTube videos in which they talked about their exploits — for more insight on fighting that took place in 2011 and 2012.“You’re talking about basically an area closed off to the outside world,” said Brittany Card, the Signal Program’s coordinator of data analysis and a lead author of the report. “It’s a sad reality that conflicts like that are occurring all over the world.”The report identified specific military units involved in certain engagements and indicated that the destruction of civilian homes — more than 2,000 — was greater than earlier believed. It also corroborated the destruction of the headquarters of four humanitarian organizations that had been operating in the area.Written by Card and Ziad Al Achkar, a Signal Program analyst, with the help of interns Jody Heck, a Harvard junior, and Sam Plasmati from Tufts University, the report also shows what’s possible when modern satellite imagery is combined with new reservoirs of information available online, providing a “proof-of-concept” that could help future researchers get a fuller grasp on other conflicts in closed areas.“This study provides previously unavailable information about the conflict in Sudan, while also demonstrating how humanitarian actors can see other, future disasters in new ways,” said HHI Director Michael VanRooyen, professor of medicine and of global health and population and an emergency physician at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.The report, “Sudan: Anatomy of a Conflict,” looks at the volatile border region in the months after the January 2011 referendum that created South Sudan. Though the Sudanese government has officially accepted the referendum’s results, the actual location of the border remains disputed and fighting has continued among multiple armed groups. Roughly a million people have been displaced.“It was really a critical moment in the history of South Sudan,” Card said.The YouTube videos — shot by a Sudanese army public relations team — were particularly useful, the authors said, as were tweets and other posts from the soldiers themselves. Al Achkar, who viewed and translated the videos from Arabic, said it’s clear that the soldiers feel like they’re defending their country or tribe, rather than possibly breaking international law.“They don’t see it as potentially criminal behavior, they see it as fighting for their nation or tribal group,” Al Achkar said.By filling in blanks, the report’s methodology could change how conflicts in closed areas are monitored and provide humanitarian organizations with an important tool, Card said. The findings could also be useful should international criminal courts be convened over human rights violations in the region, as well as to policy makers from organizations negotiating with the governments or groups involved.In their analysis of fighting around the border town of Abyei, researchers realized that many more homes had been burned down than originally estimated, because the images showed that the fighting affected not just Abyei, which was razed, but numerous outlying towns.Researchers may also have shed light on extra-judicial killings in the Sudanese town of Kadugli in 2011. The report showed that cars similar to those used by the killers — white Toyota Land Cruisers — were seen at state police headquarters in Kadugli in June 2011.“When you gather all this information here in Cambridge and add satellite imagery, we’re seeing how much we know about a non-permissive conflict zone,” said Benjamin Davies, deputy director of the Signal Program. “What we found out is that you can learn quite a lot.”last_img read more

Winter is coming. Time to ready your home and your wallet

first_img 55SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details We are in the midst of the holiday season and that means the temperatures are steadily dropping. As we reach year’s end, it’s time to take a hard look at how you can prepare your home and your wallet for the winter months ahead. Here are four tips for winterizing your home and saving some extra cash.Keep it lowInstead of jacking the heat up every time you feel a chill, grab a blanket or start a fire and save some cash. Also, take a good look at your heating system and find out whether there’s a programming option. This will allow you to set times when you want the heat to click on (in the morning when you’re getting out of bed, for example) and times when it should remain low (while you’re at work).Let the sunshine inMany of us like the privacy our drapes and curtains provide us. But, when it’s cold out, open up your blinds and let the sun in. You’ll be surprised how much the natural sunlight will help heat up certain areas of your home.Freshen up your filtersIt can be very easy to forget about those air filters but keeping them clean is key to good quality air. Filthy filters not only limit the airflow, but they also up the energy demand (which means more expensive bills). So, make a note in your calendar to check on them monthly to ensure they’re in good shape.Turn the fan aroundMany people associate ceiling fans with cool air when actually with just a minor adjustment they can help warm your home as well. Most ceiling fans come with a small switch that allows you to change its direction. A clockwise rotation will push warm air back down into your living space, which can significantly cut your heating costs.last_img read more

Small team, big business

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New coronavirus case of unknown origin in California

first_imgThe United States will invoke a federal defense law to boost production of masks, gloves, gowns and other items to protect against the new coronavirus, the Trump administration said, as a new case of unknown origin was confirmed in California on Friday.The latest US case was reported in Santa Clara county in California, home to the Silicon Valley technology hub. County health officials said it was a case of unknown origin, the second in the state so far out of 10 cases there.Around the world, more countries are reporting new infections, companies have curtailed travel and global stock markets continued to tumble. Topics : The US State Department has issued travel advisories for several nations and on Friday it said Americans should reconsider travel to Italy, where nearly 900 coronavirus cases have been confirmed. A similar warning was issued earlier this week for South Korea, which has hundreds of infections.A government task force appointed by Trump to deal with the threat will meet at the White House on Saturday morning, according to an administration official.The number of confirmed US cases of the respiratory disease is still relatively small at 62, most of them repatriated American passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan, but there are growing fears that the country is on the cusp of wider outbreak.”In every case, people are being treated and by all accounts are doing well,” Vice President Mike Pence, who has been tapped to lead the government’s coronavirus response, said on Friday during a live-streamed news conference.Latest figures from China, where the outbreak started late last year, indicated that nearly 80,000 people have been infected, with more than 2,800 deaths. The World Health Organization reported 57 deaths in 46 other countries.Anthony Fauci, a doctor who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a closed-door briefing in the US House of Representatives that the sustained spread of the coronavirus meant there would be many more infections in the United States, according to a source.Fauci warned lawmakers the country did not have enough testing resources, the source said on condition of anonymity. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has revised its criteria for who should be tested and is ramping up testing capabilities.”Our goal is to have every state and local health department online and doing their own testing by the end of next week,” CDC official Nancy Messonier told reporters.A vaccine may take up to 18 months to develop, health officials have said.The United States has decided to postpone a meeting with leaders of Southeast Asian countries it had planned to host on March 14 in Las Vegas because of worries about the outbreak.Markets Plummet US and global stocks plummeted as rattled investors braced for the prospect that a pandemic could further dent an already slowing world economy.The S&P 500 fell for the seventh straight day on Friday, suffering its biggest weekly drop since the 2008 global financial crisis.Stocks cut losses right at the end of the session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell Inc, the world’s largest online retailer, said all its employees should defer non-essential travel including within the United States.In Washington, House members were advised to establish plans for alternative work arrangements in case the coronavirus becomes widespread in the country, Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving wrote to lawmakers.The White House’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, told reporters the US economy was “sound” and said the Trump administration was not planning to take any “precipitous” policy actions at this time.Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the coronavirus posed evolving risks to economic activity, adding that the US central bank was “closely monitoring” developments and would act as appropriate to support the economy.Republican Trump this week said the coronavirus risk to Americans remained “very low,” but he has been increasingly alarmed by the reaction of the US stock market, which he considers a barometer of the economy’s health.Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination to face Trump in November, said Trump and Pence had limited Americans’ access to information about the virus.”Trump and Pence decided that the public health experts cannot inform the public on their own what’s going on,” Biden said at a campaign event. “Now the president won’t let other people tell the truth.”Funding to combat the crisis has become a political issue. The White House is seeking $2.5 billion from Congress. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has called for $8.5 billion.The Democratic-controlled House could vote as soon as next week on emergency funding for the anticipated medical and economic costs of an outbreak, a congressional source said.center_img “We will use the Defense Production Act as necessary to enable that our contracts go to the front of the line,” US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a briefing at the White House. “That is an authority that we have, and we will use it to acquire anything we need to acquire.”The United States will make a decision “very soon” about whether to bar entry to travelers from the countries with the most cases of the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump said at the White House on Friday as his administration came under fire from political opponents for its response to the outbreak.At a rally in South Carolina on Friday night, Trump defended his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and accused Democrats of politicizing the disease.“This is their new hoax,” Trump said at the event, held a day before the state’s Democratic presidential primary.last_img read more

Latest Boko Haram tunnels discovered in Borno State

first_imgThe Nigerian Army has announced the destruction of all Boko Haram camps and enclaves in Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu in Borno State.Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, said this was in continuation of troops’ efforts to defeat Boko Haram terrorists in the country.He said troops of the 5 Brigade Nigerian Army had been making tremendous progress and had been able to comprehensively destroy all Boko Haram camps and enclaves at the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu as well as their contiguous villages in Borno State.During the operation which is ongoing, troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa, Usman said.The Army spokesman disclosed that the camps were at the gateway to Kerenoa, Gumada and Dogon Gida.He said the terrorists had dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment.“Among facilities  discovered were training areas equipped with instructional and training materials that include wooden guns, amongst others,” Usman added.From Abuja, CCTV’s Kelechi Emekalam was with this update.last_img read more

Pochettino points the way

first_img Last time out Southampton embarrassed reigning champions Manchester City 3-1 and before that drew at Wigan and lost narrowly at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson said Pochettino’s men were the best team to play at Old Trafford this season and the manager is hoping for a similar performance on Sunday. “I think it is very important for the players that played those two away games to know they played really well,” he said. “I am not in it for me, I am in it for the team. The fact that the team got those two good results playing well is great. The victories are always down to the team and what is clear is that we will got to Newcastle looking for the three points.” Mauricio Pochettino wants Southampton to turn impressive away performances into three points at Newcastle. Only goal difference separates Southampton and the Magpies, who suffered a 2-0 defeat at St Mary’s in the corresponding fixture. “We have the same expectations and ambitions,” Pochettino said. “For example we want to go to Newcastle and get the three points. “We know that whatever has happened in football in the past doesn’t count for anything in the future, so we will keep moving forwards. “We are going to encounter a very attack minded team who get forward quickly. “But we go with the same set up that we have been playing with and the intention of getting the three points. “They are a dynamic team who get forward quickly, especially with their latest signings, they have grown with their speed in how rapidly they can attack.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more