Workers believe background is more important than ability

first_imgUK workers overwhelmingly believe that success at work has more to do withbackground than ability. A survey of more than 1,000 people by business psychology specialist OPPreveals that at least 75 per cent believe it is more important to be from theright school than to have relevant experience or to perform well in theircurrent job. Being overlooked for promotion also breeds resentment. Half of thosequestioned think their employers fill vacancies with external candidatesdespite competent people being available internally. More than four in 10believe these outsiders are often less competent than their internalcounterparts. However, firms don’t appear to promote less able staff over their morecompetent colleagues, with only 29 per cent of respondents believing this to betrue. John Hackston, managing consultant at OPP, said the research shows thatemployers should think twice before recruiting from outside their organisation.”Great people exist within all organisations, it’s just a matter offinding them. With many rigorous tools available to assess skills andpotential, there is simply no excuse for organisations to overlook ormisunderstand their staff or to recruit people less competent than existingstaff,” he said. “The challenge is to recognise and develop the talents of the peoplethey already have.” www.opp.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Workers believe background is more important than abilityOn 11 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Best places to buy revealed for first-time buyers

first_imgFirst-time buyers don’t have it easy these days, with house prices reaching terrifying levels, but there are some accessible places for those who can save – taking advantage of the offers on new build homes.Stone Real Estate identified the areas that offer the best affordability, based on earnings available, average new build house price and time taken to save a mortgage deposit.Researchers looked at the current average cost of a new build property across 50 cities, working out the cost of a 10% mortgage deposit and compared to average monthly net salary to see where is home to the best affordability ratio and the fastest time to save.A new build costs an average of £295,950, with a 10% deposit of £29,595. The average monthly net salary currently sits at £1,993 and so it would take 14.9 months for the average homebuyer to save a deposit.Delight in Durham… and in DundeeDurham offers the best option for homebuyers. With the average monthly salary at £1,803 and a 10% deposit on the average new build costing £14,938, it would take 8.3 months of saving to get a foot on the new home ladder.Dundee (8.9), Stirling (9.4), Stoke (9.8) and Glasgow (9.9) are also home to an affordability ratio of fewer than 10 months to save a 10% new build deposit. Bradford (10.2), Derby (10.3), Swansea (10.4), Sheffield (10.7), Liverpool (10.8), Lancaster (11), Lincoln (11.3), Nottingham (11.5), Salford (11.6) and Wakefield (11.7) would all also take less than a year.London highsLondon’s higher wage means it’s not the city with the longest affordability ratio for new builds and with an average take-home of £2,593, it would take 18.7 months to save the average new build deposit of £48,434.The longest is in Exeter where homebuyers have the worst chance of saving for a brand new property, with the affordability ratio between wage and deposit at 24.3 months, closely followed by Cambridge at 24.1.Bexley is home to London’s best option at 14.7 months between the average deposit and the monthly take-home wage, Greenwich (15.1), Croydon (15.5), Richmond (15.6) and Tower Hamlets (15.7) are also amongst some of the best.Stone Real Estate new homes first-time buyers September 17, 2019Chris SmedleyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Best places to buy revealed for first-time buyers previous nextHousing MarketBest places to buy revealed for first-time buyersNew research reveals the budget-friendly areas of the UK for those making their first steps on the housing ladder.Sheila Manchester17th September 201901,052 Viewslast_img read more

Power of Attorney May Trump Guardianship Order

first_imgPower Of Attorney May Trump Guardianship OrderMarilyn OdendahlAn elaborate court ruling that sought to bring family harmony by appointing each of six siblings as co-guardians over a specific area of their elderly mother’s life may have hit a sour note because of a 12-year-old power of attorney which remains valid.The adult children of Helen Kinney Morris, 89, divided into factions over disagreements about her need for care. Two of the children contended that despite having dementia, Morris was not incapacitated while the other four asserted her memory problems were getting worse and putting her in danger.In 2015, the Howard Superior Court found Morris was incapacitated because she could not take care of herself or her property without assistance. Putting the woman’s best interests and welfare at the front as well as attempting to repair the family dynamic, the court appointed all the children as guardians but gave each specific duties.Two of the children, Mary “Molly” M. Kinney and Patrick Kinney, declined to be appointed and later appealed the ruling on the grounds that the guardians are unnecessary because there is a valid power of attorney.The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed and remanded in In re the Guardianship of Hellen Kinney Morris: Mary M. Kinney and Patrick Kinney v. Paul Kevin Kinney, 34A02-1510-GU-1809.Under Indiana Code 29-3-5, the court has the ability to appoint guardians. However, I.C. 30-5-3-4 limits a guardian’s power. The Court of Appeals found a durable power of attorney that Morris executed in 2004, which gave Mary Kinney and Paul Kevin Kinney broad powers, was still valid.“… it does not appear that the trial court considered the effect of the power of attorney when it determined that guardians were necessary,” Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik wrote. “Accordingly, we reverse and remand this case for the trial court to determine whether any guardians are necessary in light of the 2004 power of attorney and, if so, to give due consideration to the matters listed in Section 29-3-5-5, including (Morris’s) wishes and her existing attorneys in fact (Molly and Kevin).”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Harvard volunteers participate in citywide cleanup

first_imgFor the past 16 years, Harvard staff and students have recently teamed up with their neighbors in Allston to help clean up the city’s parks, streets, schools, and various community locations as part of the annual Love Your Block event, formerly known as Boston Shines. Through raking leaves, sweeping sidewalks, reviving benches with fresh coats of paint and planting lively flowers, the volunteers find themselves bonding with each other, all while tidying up and enlivening the Allston community.Photo by Asia BradleeFor Susan Worst, an associate director for administrative and web systems at the Harvard Divinity School, Love Your Block is necessary. “It’s a great opportunity to interact and talk to colleagues or other people you don’t normally get to talk to. For that reason, I really like the community aspect of the event,” she said.“Cleaning and taking care of the community is a great example for the kids,” said Claudia O’Brien, a staff assistant at the Harvard Ed Portal. “They come out with their families and they are excited to help make their community better.”James Barrows, Harvard’s associate director of community relations, enthusiastically played team captain to a group of volunteers. “This is a terrific opportunity for Boston residents and those who work in Boston to take a few hours from their week to spend some time with their neighbors, colleagues and friends in a fun and impactful citywide civic engagement program,” Barrows said.Erin Johnson, a program manager for Harvard’s public school partnerships team, proudly sported a Love Your Block T-shirt. “It’s my first year volunteering!” When asked why giving time and effort to an event like this one is important, she responded, “We should all want to be great neighbors.”last_img read more

James Earl Jones & the Starry Cast of You Can’t Take It With You Begin Previews on B’way

first_img The Pulitzer Prize-winning You Can’t Take It With You centers on the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. The show debuted at the Booth Theatre in 1936 and was last revived on Broadway in 1983. Related Shows This is one tricky family dinner we can’t wait to attend! James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne and the starry cast of You Can’t Take It With You start performances on August 26 at the Longacre Theatre. Opening night for the Scott Ellis-helmed Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s classic play is set for September 28. The cast also includes Elizabeth Ashley, Annaleigh Ashford, Kristine Nielsen, Byron Jennings, Johanna Day, Mark Linn-Baker, Reg Rogers, Crystal A. Dickinson, Marc Damon Johnson, Patrick Kerr, Will Brill, Fran Kranz, Nick Corley, Austin Durant and Joe Tapper. View Comments You Can’t Take It With You Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015last_img read more

Gleek Party with Darren Criss & Matthew Morrison at Hedwig

first_img View Comments Star Files Calling all Glee fans: Mr. Schue and Blaine are hanging out in NYC! Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss are both currently on Broadway in Finding Neverland and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, respectively, and on June 28, Morrison stopped by to see Criss all glammed up as the transgender East German rock goddess. Once Upon a Time star and Glee associate producer Jennifer Morrison (no relation to Matthew!) was also on hand to hang out backstage with the Glee guys. Check out these Hot Shots of the stars in Criss’ pink dressing room at the Belasco Theatre, then catch Criss in Hedwig and Morrison in Finding Neverland on Broadway! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Darren Criss Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Showslast_img read more

Wishing the Cast of American Psycho a Killer Opening Night!

first_img American Psycho The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is currently “Selling Out” with new tuner American Psycho, headlined by the bloody brilliant Benjamin Walker. Directed by Rupert Goold, with a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and a score by Duncan Sheik, the production officially opens on Broadway on April 21.To celebrate the stage adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ classic novel, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait. There’s Walker as Patrick Bateman, with Heléne Yorke as Evelyn Williams, Jennifer Damiano as Jean, Alice Ripley as Mrs. Bateman and more.Broadway.com wishes the American Psycho team a happy opening…we expect you to don Chanel, Gaultier, or Giorgio Armani at the after party! Benjamin Walker © Justin “Squigs” Robertson Related Shows View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016last_img read more

Moving On

first_imgI’ve been a part of an extraordinary number of funerals in the last year, and escaped town for time to emotionally process, missing yet another one from our cycling community.Gary Cummings, 64, died a week ago while riding his bike, pulling groceries home up a steep hill in north Asheville. He lived in Leicester for the last nine years, without a car. He could be seen at most street festivals and bike events, smiling and pedaling. I didn’t know him well, but it seemed that he spent his semi-retired life stopping in to brighten people’s days, giving the gift of time and presence.“It was his outlet, to go pedal,” Tavis says. “He was more social than I thought he was. I’m still finding out.”The first time I met Gary was over the phone, interviewing him about the death of his son, Stiles, an avid mountain biker. At the time he was working on a sailboat somewhere in Florida. His soft demeanor and peaceful embrace of the situation were remarkable in the same way that his two remaining sons are now dealing with his death.It was sudden and completely unexpected in some ways, but the more Tavis, 34, unfolds the words, he sees that the last months of his father’s planning were about disembarking on a journey that may not have brought him back.Gary had built himself a rig to pull behind his Surly. The trailer was packed with a road bike, two sets of wheels, a cooler and camping equipment. He was heading to Florida for some work and then hitching a boat ride to Europe for an undetermined amount of time to galavant. Tavis says he wasn’t really expecting to see him back. “I’m sorry that he didn’t get to do this open-ended tour,” he said, “But I feel very fortunate to have had him close when he died.”Instead, his rig, and his ashes, were pulled by Tavis around town with about 30 other people touched by these sweet men, arriving at the Altamont for a celebration.Just three weeks ago I saw him there attending a memorial for the young Callum, honored by and with bikes. He was a bit melancholic, but with that smile, as he looked around the room nodding, saying, “This is a good way to do it.”Gary inspired people by example. Not only did he ride his bike every where, but he volunteered his time for all bike things. Asheville on Bikes and every bike shop owner in town loved him alike, knowing they could count on him.“He got his adventure,” Tavis says. “I might tour up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway from end to end with his ashes, coming home empty-handed.”last_img read more

Daily Dirt: Outdoor news for April 30, 2013

first_imgYour outdoor news bulletin for April 30, the day Hitler committed suicide:Hostel Denied on A.T.Last year, Front Royal and surrounding Warren County were named an official Appalachian Trail Community, one of only 15 such designations along the trail. Unfortunately, they do not appear to want anything to do with the world’s most famous long distance hiking trail. Last week, the Board of Supervisors denied a request from a couple living 700 feet from the trail a permit to build a hiker’s hostel on their property, which was already zoned for a bed and breakfast. Showing supreme ignorance (I’m looking at you Cindy Tewalt), many residents signed a petition against the plan, voicing concerns over “squatters” who “would have access” to the children at busstops. Saying you don’t want stinky thru-hikers wandering through your neighborhood on their way to the super market is one thing, but accusing all hikers of being pedophiles is another. May want to rethink that Trail Community designation, Front Royal doesn’t seem like they want any hikers anywhere near their town.X-Games Coming to the Blue Ridge?The city of Charlotte and the Charlotte Motor Speedway are in the running to be the next host of the ESPN Summer X-Games. Charlotte is up against 3 other cities for the honor of scoring the next three-year hosting contract with the World Wide Leader, and it could be an uphill battle against Austin, Chicago, and Detroit. The summer version of the X-Games has been held in Los Angeles, but that contract expires this year (the winter X-Games are also up for grabs: Aspen’s contract runs out in 2014). Charlotte has certainly been making moves, hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2012, and aims for a Super Bowl and possibly the Olympics at some point. ESPN will announce the new host city later this summer according to their press release.Assault on EverestA group of climbers and a group of Sherpas went all Sharks and Jets at 22,000 feet, brawling at Camp II over the weekend. It all started when a group of three climbers (Simone Moro, Ueli Steck, and Jonathan Griffith) who were attempting a new route sans oxygen, climbed around a group of Sherpas who were fixing ropes to Camp III. The Sherpas alleged that one of the climbers hit them with ice and rallied some troops who met with the climbers upon their return to Camp II, where they allegedly assaulted them with fists and rocks. No word on blades or zip-guns. As if climbing the world’s highest mountain wasn’t dangerous and stressful enough.Apparently, all that beef has been squashed though as both parties have signed a peace accord, and all is right again at the top of the world.last_img read more

Measure would protect business against lawsuits

first_imgMeasure would protect business against lawsuits Measure would protect business against lawsuits Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Owners of commercial properties would get additional protections from suits for criminal acts committed on their properties if they meet certain security arrangements under a bill recently passed by the Florida House Judiciary Committee.HB 573, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, was also praised by both business representatives and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers as a way to reduce crime against citizens by encouraging businesses to improve safety in their parking lots, where most crimes occur. Those representatives, though, said more work needs to be done on the bill.“Essentially this is the first step in the process of setting guidelines for businesses and parking lots on the type of security they should put in place to prevent being sued for negligence [when a crime is committed],” said Kottkamp.As amended at the meeting, the bill provides that commercial property owners can present at a summary judgment hearing or at trial that some or all of several safety procedures enumerated in the bill had been installed or accomplished. Those include adequate lighting in parking lots and building entrances, fencing, training for employees, security cameras, use of security guards, and posting of signs.Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, asked if it wouldn’t be better to enumerate the security precautions in jury instructions, but Kottkamp said he would prefer to codify the standards in law, and then perhaps address jury instructions later.Bill Hurley, representing the Florida Retail Federation, said the bill came from commercial property owners’ concerns when they are held liable for a crime committed by a third party at their businesses. While the property owners recognize they have a duty to protect the public, they also believe there are no standards or criteria on what constitutes reasonable protections.“We saw an opportunity to try and make premises safer,” said attorney Pete Dunbar, also representing the retail federation. He added the standards should be incorporated into statutes, not just jury instruction, and “we would also like there to be a reward for businesses that provide safe premises.”Paul Jess, representing the AFTA, said the academy had concerns about the bill as originally drafted, but likes much better the version approved by the committee.“We saw an opportunity for a real win-win [situation],” he said. “We want to fashion a bill that will be good public policy. We sense there is an opportunity to give a road map and incentive. . . to businesses to improve their security.”He said complying businesses will help reduce crime, which will benefit the public, and those businesses will be less likely to wind up in court, while the public will retain the right to sue businesses that do not provide safe premises, as defined in the law.The revised bill passed the committee unanimously.A companion bill, SB 1654, has been filed in the Senate, but at Bar News deadline, it had not been heard in any of the four committees to which it had been referred. April 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more