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Mediocre managers in urgent need of HR help

first_imgMediocre managers in urgent need of HR helpOn 13 May 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Everyone has, at some stage, reported to a line manager who is not up to thejob. It seems there are still a lot of them about – Ricky Gervais’s creationDavid Brent in the BBC’s The Office, may have been a wonderful parody, but healso revealed painful truths about the antics of UK managers. Our exclusive research (see right) goes some way towards defining the scaleof the problem, using the views of HR managers in some of the UK’s biggestemployers. If you needed a wake up call to spur you into action, this is it. The most troubling finding is HR’s concern that line managers lack the coreskills to take the business forward in the next three to five years – theirweakest areas being absence management, performance management, leadership,coping with change and people management. Failure to make line managers accountable for managing people continues tobe widespread. HR is bogged down in correcting managers’ mistakes, firefightingon their behalf, averting costly legal cases and handling admin they know willbe ignored if left to the line. All the time HR spends doing this, leaves lesscapacity to concentrate on a strategic role and little chance of progressive HRpolicies ever making a real operational impact. Equally disturbing is the fact that less than a quarter of our survey’srespondents rated their line managers as good or excellent at coaching andmentoring. Yet there is widespread acceptance that coaching is a key tool inestablishing culture change and is an effective way of getting people to learnnew skills. Something has to change and quickly. Line managers are the vital linkbetween HR and the rest of the business delivering improved performance. HRcannot allow the status quo to continue. HR needs to combine operationalexcellence with a strategic approach that meets business goals. Line managersare your number one tool for delivering employee engagement and that has to bethe key goal for most organisations. And finally, if anyone knows why the UK has more managers than any otherEuropean country, then please let us know. Is it to do with our businessculture? Or is it borne out of hierarchies of inadequacy among people in powerall trying to cover their own backs? Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

IT salaries are still on the rise

first_imgIT salaries are still on the riseOn 8 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Salaries for IT professionals in the financial services sector have risen byas much as 15 per cent in the past six months. According to the latest quarterly IT skills survey from research firm SSL,carried out for Personnel Today’s sister magazine Computer Weekly, the numberof jobs advertised for IT professionals in the finance sector has jumped by 32per cent in the past two quarters. The dramatic rise is due to several investment banks recruiting heavily inLondon and paying more than the market rate for people with strong business andIT skills, industry watchers said. “Over the past six months, permanent recruitment has gone up tidily,and contract even more so,” said Anne Swain, chief executive of theAssociation of Technology Staffing Companies. “Some of the financialinstitutions are paying above the market rate because they are desperate.”Sean Zimdahl, managing director of Aston Carter, which specialises insupplying IT staff to banks, said: “We have seen a dramatic ramp up overthe past two quarters. Counter-offers from firms that want to keep their staffare also increasing.” Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Resilience in Greenland intertidal Mytilus: The hidden stress defense

first_imgThe Arctic is experiencing particularly rapid rates of warming, consequently invasive boreal species are now able to survive the less extreme Arctic winter temperatures. Whilst persistence of intertidal and terrestrial species in the Arctic is primarily determined by their ability to tolerate the freezing winters, air temperatures in the Arctic summer can reach 36 °C in the intertidal, which is beyond the upper thermal limits of many marine species. This is normally lethal for the conspicuous ecosystem engineer Mytilus edulis. Transcriptomic analyses were undertaken on both in situ collected and experimentally warmed animals to understand whether M. edulis is able to tolerate these very high summer temperatures. Surprisingly there was no significant enrichment for Gene Ontology terms (GO) when comparing the inner and outer fjord intertidal animals with outer fjord subtidal (control) animals, representing animals collected at 27 °C, 19 °C and 3 °C respectively. This lack of differentiation indicated a wide acclimation ability in this species. Conversely, significant enrichment for processes such as signal transduction, cytoskeleton and cellular protein modification was identified in the expression profiles of the 22 °C and 32 °C experimentally heated animals. This difference in gene expression between in situ collected and experimentally warmed animals was almost certainly due to the former being acclimated to a fluctuating, but predictable, temperature regime, which has increased their thermal tolerances. Interestingly, there was no evidence for enrichment of the classical cellular stress response in any of the animals sampled. Identification of a massive expansion of the HSPA12 heat shock protein 70 kDa gene family presented the possibility of these genes acting as intertidal regulators underpinning thermal resilience. This expansion has resulted in a modified cellular stress response, as an evolutionary adaptation to the rigour of the invasive intertidal life style. Thus, M. edulis appear to have considerable capacity to withstand the current rates of Arctic warming, and the very large attendant thermal variation.last_img read more

CSC hosts vigil supporting Solidarity for Racial Justice

first_imgIn response to recent events involving racial tension and violence throughout the United States, the Center for Social Concerns and Multicultural Student Programs and Services held a Solidarity for Racial Justice vigil Friday afternoon at Geddes Hall. Melissa Marley Bonnichsen, the Director of Social Concerns Seminars and the main organizer of the event, said racial justice will be a focus this year on campus.“Today kicks off our own campaign for racial justice,” Bonnichsen said. “In the Center for Social Concerns, this year’s Catholic social teaching theme is solidarity, the soul of development. We believe this is part of our ongoing dialogue about what is at the heart of solidarity and what is at the heart of development.”The vigil began at Geddes Hall and then continued to the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue. Twelve candles bearing the name of a victim of racially charged violence were lit at each location, including candles for Alton Sterling, Trayvon Martin and the three Baton Rouge police officers killed July 17.“We will be mindful of those who are suffering from the senseless violence, those continuing to deal with the harassment and excessive force and those facing oppression in local communities,” Bonnichsen said during the prayer.The vigil ended at the statue of Father Sorin. Bonnichsen said she hoped students would continue to make Notre Dame a force for good in the world, as Father Sorin predicted.“Today, our world is torn apart with prejudice, arrogance and pride,” Mylan Jefferson, a senior and a co-chair of the Diversity Council, said during the prayer. “Help us all to love and understand one another better. Give us the courage to work fiercely for racial justice.”Bonnichsen said the prayer service had been requested by the president of U.S. bishops, who reserved Sept. 9 as a Day of Prayer for racial issues and the newly formed bishops’ task force on race.“The president of the U.S. bishops commissioned a task force, such that the task force would work together and talk to communities, especially minority communities to think about how parishes and the church as a whole in the United States could figure out how do we promote racial justice, how do we improve the dialogue and how do we participate in the dialogue,” Bonnichsen said.Sept. 9 was chosen specifically because it is the feast day of St. Peter Claver, who according to Catholic.org ministered to African slaves and worked tirelessly for the abolition of the African slave trade. The date also conveniently fell on the Friday before Notre Dame’s first home football game.“I think awareness is what Notre Dame needs, especially since it’s a football weekend, so a lot of people will see us,” Marissa Browne, a sophomore attending the vigil, said.Bonnichsen said there are many more events planned for the Solidarity of Justice Campaign in the near future, including book groups, panel discussions and a Racial Dialogues Week in late October.“We need to find really plausible and helpful places for action that students can participate in on a daily level,” Bonnichsen said.Tags: Center for Social Concerns, CSC, Solidarity for Racial Justice Vigillast_img read more

Tix Now Available to See Daphne Rubin-Vega in Empanada Loca

first_imgIn this dog-eat-dog world only one rule matters: eat or be eaten…Tickets are now on sale to see two-time Tony nominee and Rent icon Daphne Rubin-Vega in Empanada Loca off-Broadway. Written and directed by Aaron Mark, the Labyrinth Theater Company production is making its world premiere at the Bank Street Theater.Set in modern day New York City, this solo thriller is inspired by true events and the legend of Sweeney Todd. In Empanada Loca, Rubin-Vega stars as Dolores, whose past includes time spent as a drug dealer, masseuse and ex-convict. She’s a survivor and has led a life like no other. Now living deep under Manhattan in an abandoned subway tunnel, she has a story you won’t believe—or ever forget.Empanada Loca features sets by David Meyer, lights by Bradley King and sound by Ryan Rumery. The production will run through November 8. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 15, 2015 Empanada Loca View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

50 Days of #Vanlife, Tips, Tricks, and Tales

first_imgBen and I have slept in a metal box on wheels for the past 50 days, living the #vanlife. Moving your whole life into a van is like going to grad school for minimalism, relationship therapy, gear management, and living without service, all wrapped up into one big outdoor advanced diploma. If you’re just starting out on the road, been living it for years (please send us tips), or just want to know a little more about how we do it, please, see below.Roxy and Ben’s List of #vanlife Tips and TricksExpect to show up to a campsite after dark and assume every terrible thing that can happen will. Expect to wake up the next morning, but it’s beautiful, peaceful, and welcoming and you remind yourself you shouldn’t be creeped out by the dark. Repeat.Your mouth is a dishwasher, your clothes are a napkin, the ground is a desk, the dashboard is an underwear drying rack (thanks for tip, Jess!).On that note, a sink can also be a shower. It’s like that quote “Every zoo is a petting zoo, if you’re brave enough.” Every sink is a shower, if you’re brave enough.Cooking gets extremely creative when the cooler gets sparse. Think eggs with hot dogs and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches except the bread is a spoon.You CAN have ice cream. Just load up the cooler with ice, and eat it right away. Probably for dinner.Wear the same clothes every day, until you can’t. You will know when that time comes.Spend as little time in grocery stores, around cities, or at gas stations, as possible. To do this, divide and conquer. Set jobs and stick to them. Trust your partner will get their half done. This tip actual applies to every part of van living.If you’re looking for a camp site past dark, pull over and make dinner before the sun goes down. Don’t try to find a site, unpack in the dark, and start dinner. This is a recipe for a disaster and a bad dinner. If you fail to heed this advice, have a quick meal on hand.Everything takes longer than you think it will. Five-hour drive? Assume seven.  Quick grocery run? Find myself wandering around looking at decorated cakes. Always allow more time for every task.Have a pack all ready to go, with a water bottle, snacks, and maps. That way when something strikes your fancy off the side of the road, it doesn’t take forever to check it out.Spirits down? Watch a movie! It can totally change a rainy night stuck in the back of the van.The front of the van is the food command center. Don’t be fooled, the cup holders are actually salsa and hummus holders. Don’t forget to store a spare set of silverware up there too.Use your sleeping bag as a comforter when you’re around the campfire. Don’t get too close and light it on fire, but you and your bag will go to bed warmer.This is me actually writing this blog post, with a bug on me.Pretty often spiders fall out of the sky. This has happened on multiple occasions and I am not joking. Continue on, but only after screaming as loud as you can and crying a little bit. There are bugs everywhere. If you live in a van, they are on you right now.Magnets for everything! Just get magnets, you will find uses for them.Being eco-friendly is a much bigger struggle. If someone could set up a service where people just pick up your recycling from the door of the van, I would be eternally grateful.Check out this site, it is a life saver when the sun is going down and the Walmart parking lot lights are shining directly into your back window.Logistics is King. But driving without a destination is Queen.If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You’re ready to live in a van.  Prepare for the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows — and for the former to FAR outweigh the latter. I recently met up with some old high school friends and we were all catching up. “I live in a van,” was my opener. Then someone says, “Down by the river?” just like everyone says. And I tell them, “We try to sleep by a river as much as possible, just to keep the dream alive.”last_img read more

Kam Wong pleads guilty to $9.8 million embezzlement

first_imgKam Wong pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan Monday to embezzling nearly $10 million from the $2.8 billion Municipal Credit Union where he was president/CEO.From 2013 through January 2018, the 62-year-old Wong ran a multi-faceted embezzlement scheme and took steps to conceal that he stole $9,890,375, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman in New York said. However, what Berman revealed publicly for the first time is that Wong obtained drugs from a former credit union supervisory committee member.Berman did not reveal the supervisory committee member’s identity. In June, about a month after Wong had been arrested on a criminal complaint, a U.S. District Court judge ordered Wong to undergo drug testing and treatment as part of his $1 million bail secured by his home at Long Island’s Valley Stream.In exchange for pleading guilty to one count of embezzlement, federal prosecutors dropped three felony charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identify theft. Initially, Wong pleaded not guilty to all charges in October. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Sol de Janeiro Glow Oil Left Kate Upton Shimmering Like an Angel

first_imgUs Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.It’s that time of year when our skin has officially lost all that remained of its summer glow. That sun-kissed shimmer has faded and dulled. Bummer. But what if you could get it back — no sun required? No tanning beds or chemical-filled self-tanners either. Just a couple of minutes of your time. We’re obviously in!- Advertisement – Get a GlowMotions Glow Oil for just $35 at Sol de Janeiro with free shipping!These ethereal glow oils are “all about highlighting your best assets and putting your body in the best light,” but they do even more than that. They contain ingredients like cupuaçu butter, açaí oil and coconut oil, nourish, heal, condition and protect. Plus, as expected of Sol de Janeiro, they smell amazing, with notes including pistachio, almond, vanilla and salted caramel. One reviewer said the scent was “to die for”!These vegan, cruelty-free, sustainably-sourced oils can be used on your body or your face. Feel free to mix the formula with your foundation too. If you’re putting it on your body, it’s recommended that you skip moisturizing for best results. Then prepare to wear it everywhere! As another of the nearly 1,400 reviewers said, it “looks amazing in the sun or even in dim lighting like at a restaurant.” No Met Gala invite required — though we’d still appreciate one! See it!Get a GlowMotions Glow Oil for just $35 at Sol de Janeiro with free shipping!Looking for something else? Shop all other products at Sol de Janeiro here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at [email protected] Happy shopping! – Advertisement – We all know about Sol de Janeiro’s famous Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, but have you tried the brand’s GlowMotions Glow Oils yet? You may recognize their power from the 2018 Met Gala, where they were seen on Kate Upton, Scarlett Johansson, Tiffany Haddish, Yara Shahidi and Lily Aldridge. The theme that year was “Heavenly Bodies,” so the angelic shimmer was absolutely perfect!kate-upton-met-gala-2018Kate Upton attends the 2018 Met Gala. David Fisher/ShutterstockSee it!Get a GlowMotions Glow Oil for just $35 at Sol de Janeiro with free shipping!- Advertisement – Upton’s look especially stood out to Us, to the point where we still think about it to this day. Makeup artist Tracy Murphy glammed up the model with a nude lip and golden eyes, and her skin was positively glowing thanks to this oil. Murphy told E!, “I used the Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil on Kate’s arms and legs, really blending it in for an even all over glow. I used a foundation brush and buffed it in around the collarbones, neck and décolletage. The result is stunning!”Note that the Ipanema Sunset Oil was renamed soon after that and is now known as the Rio Sunset Oil — and yes, it’s in stock! It’s a translucent champagne shimmer that “dances on your body to catch the perfect light,” and it’s one of three shades. There’s also Copacabana Bronze, a warm bronze tint that’s “Brazilian-beachy down to your toes,” and Carnaval Queen, a dewy pink luster that “reigns supreme with a rosy glow that makes your skin come alive.” There’s also a full-size duo you can grab of Rio Sunset and Copacabana Bronze for just $55! See it!- Advertisement –last_img read more

MAB makes Manchester shortlist

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IATA reduces air traffic outlook as crisis drags on

first_imgAirlines are pressing governments to abandon quarantines and other travel curbs blamed for worsening the slump, and instead roll-out rapid COVID-19 testing at airports.Load factors that measure the proportion of aircraft seats filled fell 27.2 points to a record low of 58.5 percent in August.“The industry is restarting but it looks as though it’s still burning through cash,” Pearce said. Losses will continue to mount throughout 2020, with bookings data pointing to a weak fourth quarter.August’s short-lived improvement was driven by domestic routes, down more most 50 percent year-on-year, while international traffic was 88 percent lower.A rebound in Russia’s domestic market, up 3 percent on last year, contrasts with Australian flights still down 88 percent and Chinese internal traffic still 19 percent lower year-on-year, IATA said.Cargo demand was down 12.6 percent in August, an improvement on July’s 14.4 percent decline, it also said. The grounding of passenger jets has reduced capacity, supporting prices.Topics : Global airlines reduced their 2020 traffic forecast on Tuesday, after a small summer rebound evaporated amid renewed coronavirus outbreaks and travel restrictions.Full-year passenger traffic is set to decline 66 percent, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said, compared with a previously forecast 63 percent decline.“The improvement that we saw in the summer months has more or less stopped,” IATA Chief Economist Brian Pearce said. August traffic was down 75.3 percent in terms that reflect passenger numbers as well as distance flown, compared with a 79.5 percent drop in July.last_img read more