HR Hartley, our irascible insider on… Illiteracy

first_img Comments are closed. HR Hartley, our irascible insider on… IlliteracyOn 3 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article A nation drowning in a sea of illiteracyPoliticians love memorable phrases. “It’s the economy, stupid,”quipped Bill Clinton in 1992. “Education, education, education,”chanted Tony Blair in 1997. “Throw an egg at me and I’ll biff you,”bellowed John Prescott in 2001. The downside for politicians is that the public tends to remember memorablephrases, and certainly Blair’s education repetition has burned itself into theminds of most. It’s in mine whenever I get requests for training in Englishgrammar. These requests come from intelligent people within my organisation. Theyoften work in communication-based functions such as marketing, and for whom apreposition is something they might make or receive at an office orgy, ratherthan be a part of grammar. They are the educational successes for whom a smallamount of coaching should suffice. Of much more concern to me as a ‘peoplemanager’ is the pile of semi- and almost total illiterates that Blair and hiscohorts have shifted not one jot. Not that training managers should mind too much. The failings of theeducational system provide plenty of grist to their mills and give them theopportunity to prove just how useful they are. And a joy of the job is thecreation of courses that matter. In education, I believe nothing matters more than the mastery of English andArithmetic. Which is why training managers must master them too. For there will be much to do. The Economist warned last week that there were11 million over-18s in the UK who lack basic literacy skills. In 2000, the UNsaid at least seven million UK adults were “functionally illiterate”.As for arithmetic, Unicef reckons 40 per cent of UK school pupils aged 14 to 15cannot do simple multiplication. Where does all this leave us as employers? Certainly, it all adds up to worthy work for the training manager and a moresuitable slogan for Mr Blair – “illiteracy, illiteracy, illiteracy”. Hartley, our new weekly columnist with strong opinion, is an HR directorat large Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

HR: Positive Resignation – How to hand in your notice

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. HR: Positive Resignation – How to hand in your noticeShared from missc on 8 Jan 2015 in Personnel Today Read full article Comments are closed.center_img A question that all HR/recruitment professionals get asked on at least a semi regular basis is: “How should I resign?”. The real answer is, there is no textbook answer as there are so many variables and moving parts involved relevant to e.g. company, manager, your professional style etc. but there are definitely a whole lot of wrong ways to do it. Here’s my 4 small tips that hopefully will offer some piece of mind during what in most cases is an awkward conversation (at best), and help it flow with a little more ease and hopefully avoid friction or burned bridges.Tip 1: No matter how much you might feel like it, don’t use the flaws of the company/manager as your reason for leaving. This is not the time or the place to have this conversation. My advice would be that if there is a burning desire inside you to offer some constructive criticism, do so at an exit interview in a rational and balanced manner. Instead use the positive points of why you have chosen to accept the new role as the reason for your departure.Tip 2: I’m firmly of the belief that we never stop learning and thus regardless of if you feel it has been the most fulfilling role or not, think of the lessons you’ve learned and thank your manager/company for the opportunity to have learned and grown as a professional.Tip 3: Unless extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise, wherever possible be willing to work your full contractual notice period. Make arrangements as such so as to make your transition out of the company as smooth as possible.Tip 4: If not already part of process, offer your time to have an “exit meeting/interview” with your line manager with the aim of trying to shed light on where in your opinion, the organisation could improve. This is where you can offer your CONSTRUCTIVE feedback and show that you are not harbouring any ill feelings due to some negative experiences but instead are aiming to offer your opinion to ensure other employees don’t feel the same thing.These are by no means complicated steps and is relatively “back to basics” kind of stuff but I hope it will give some piece of mind to anyone who may be looking for a little direction on ways to part ways in a positive light. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Trios of brown skuas at Bird Island, South Georgia: incidence and composition

first_imgCooperative breeding is unusual in seabirds, but recorded in varying proportions in Brown Skuas (Stercorarius [= Catharacta] lonnbergi). With no evidence for kin selection or delayed dispersal, nor for any reproductive advantage. the reason for its occurrence in skuas is uncertain. This study describe, the incidence, composition, and breeding characteristics of trios of Brown Skuas at Bird Island. South Georgia. Trios were recorded in nine seasons, including a polygynous and a polyandrous trio found in both 2000 2001 and 2001-2002. In some years, birds hatched three chicks from supranormal clutches, which is exceptional in skuas and jaegers, yet their overall performance was no better than monogamous pairs. I suggest that compared with closely related taxa, Brown Skuas have a slight behavioral or genetic predisposition that facilitates cooperative breeding. Cooperation conveys a minor advantage in territory acquisition, but none in terms of reproductive success (particularly for polygynous groups). and consequently has not proliferated at most colonies.last_img read more

Is this new style of agency the answer to the industry’s problems?

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Is this new style of agency the answer to the industry’s problems? previous nextAgencies & PeopleIs this new style of agency the answer to the industry’s problems?Former Chestertons high flyer Nick Carter hopes to attract self-employed sales agents to his new agency called Harding Green.Nigel Lewis15th September 201703,355 Views A former Chestertons sales director, Nick Carter has launched Harding Green, a US-style estate agency in central London which, he claims, will be unique way of selling and letting property in the UK.The business will run a central office but instead of staff, the company’s Associates will be self-employed and individually responsible for between 15 and 20 properties for sale or to let.The Associates will be able to either work alone or in pairs and manage between 30 and 40 properties, and choose between several commission structures.This includes receiving a salary and 20% of the commission or working without a salary and taking up to 75% of any commission.Harding Green says it is looking for agents who have a minimum of five years’ experience in the London market in sales or lettings.Kensington officeIn return, Associates will receive leads from – and be supported by – the firm’s Kensington office including the usual admin, IT and marketing services. This will include advertising and public relations campaigns.The company says each Associate or pair of Associates will remain the sole point of contact for each client from start to finish and therefore be able to dedicate “more time to both the client and the property, facilitating a new level of client service and a higher conversion rate of instructions”, it says.The company has also launched a website, although it currently features just a holding page inviting agents to join “the Harding Green Network”.Nick is the new venture’s Managing Director and, before starting up the business, he spent six years at Chestertons where he was Head of Sales for its Kensington High Street and Church Street offices. Before that he spent six years working at Ballards in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.“All too often I have heard sellers’ frustrations of being passed around the office, having chosen the company based on the likeability and expertise of the professional they initially met,” says Nick.“I have also seen the industry change substantially over the years, in some cases beyond recognition, where pressure on fees, salaries and service is a race to the bottom.Agents are not generating the level of commission they used to and agencies are struggling to turn a profit.“My aim is to therefore attract the best property professionals across London by offering unlimited earning potential for our associates, their own portfolios, flexible working arrangements, attractive commission structures and slim overheads.”  Harding Green Nick Carter Chestertons September 15, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’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 2021last_img read more

USA: Lockheed Martin Bags USD8.87 Million MK 51 VLS Contract

first_img View post tag: VLS View post tag: Bags View post tag: usa View post tag: contract View post tag: million View post tag: USD8.87 View post tag: Martin Equipment & technology View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Lockheed Martin Bags USD8.87 Million MK 51 VLS Contract View post tag: 51 September 23, 2011 View post tag: Lockheed Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors, Baltimore Md., is being awarded an $8,785,494 contract modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-5347) for electrical design agent for the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS).The MK 41 VLS provides a missile launching system for CG-47 and DDG-51 class surface combatants of the U.S. Navy, as well as surface combatants of allied navies. This effort includes design agent services to support the MK 41 VLS program and the life cycle support facility through efforts such as the integration of new missiles into VLS; integration of VLS into new ships; technical refresh; systems engineering; computer program engineering; and failure analyses.Work will be performed in Baltimore, Md. (82 percent), and Ventura, Calif. (18 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.[mappress]Source: defense, September 23, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Mk USA: Lockheed Martin Bags USD8.87 Million MK 51 VLS Contract Share this articlelast_img read more

Back to school

first_imgCast your mind back to when you were at school. Remember how you were taught the basics and encouraged to discover the rest. This is the perfect time of year for you to get back to basics by reviewing your bakery retail or coffee shop offer.Review each category in terms of sales and profitability: hot food and bakery; sandwiches and snacking; hot and cold beverages; and your all-important healthy range of food-on-the-go. Decide which are your best-selling products and look for ways to improve or support their sales. For instance, sausage rolls are always in the top three, so maybe try a twist: go for a product with provenance, high meat content, lower salt, Cumberland or Lincolnshire – your customers will always appreciate something different yet familiar.As with most businesses, we rely on the same customers returning again and again. Yet why should they if, when they visit, they find half-full displays and tired-looking products? In a recent him! survey Pret A Manger, Greggs and Subway scored well in terms of customer service. Why? The answer is simple: great products, served quickly with friendly service.Look to your local trading area and ask where your customers are coming from. If you are close to a school, you can easily identify one of your major customers as the ’school-run mums and dads’. In this case, your offer should be family-friendly, so why not offer a multi-bag with a sandwich, fruit, snack and a drink. And remember, school runs are twice a day! Other customer groups range from morning commuters, looking for a fresh coffee and breakfast snack, and builders and van drivers, looking for mid-morning top-ups.Cafés close to office buildings are a perfect destination for professionals looking for a place to hold their meeting outside the office and meeting room arena. A nice seating area, a small lunch menu, tea and coffee is all you need to accommodate these customers.So what’s next? Take a look at the calendar and decide which events you should support in order to maximise customer spend. We start with Halloween, closely followed by our beloved Bonfire night on the 5 November and, if you haven’t already planned your National Cupcake Week promotions, then now is the time to start.Finally, with your offer looking great, make sure your staff reflect your quality and standards by focusing on customer service training, food hygiene and safety, and up-selling. Your business is now perfectly prepared to satisfy customers and boost your sales in the weeks ahead.last_img read more

Press release: End to divorce ‘blame game’ moves closer

first_imgCurrent law demands proof that a marriage has broken down irretrievably. It forces spouses to evidence this through alleged conduct such as ‘unreasonable behaviour’ or face at least two years of separation, even in cases where a couple has made a mutual decision to part ways.Consultation responses, which included feedback from family justice professionals and those with direct experience of divorce, highlighted that this requirement can set the scene for acrimony and conflict – damaging any prospect of reconciliation and harming the ongoing relationship between parents in particular.Therefore the government’s reforms remove conflict flashpoints that exist in the current process and introduce a minimum overall timeframe, encouraging couples to approach arrangements for the future as constructively and cooperatively as possible.Specifically, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill will: We’re delighted that the government is introducing legislation which will help reduce conflict between divorcing couples. Every day, our members are helping people through separation, taking a constructive, non-confrontational approach in line with our Code of Practice. However, because of our outdated divorce laws, they’ve been working effectively with one arm tied behind their backs. These proposals have the support of the public, politicians, and professionals. We therefore call on MPs and members of the House of Lords to pass this Bill without unnecessary delay, and end the blame game for divorcing couples as soon as possible. Divorcing couples will soon no longer have to make allegations about each other’s conduct, after a landmark bill was introduced by Justice Secretary David Gauke today (13 June 2019).The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill aims to make divorce less acrimonious – reforming our 50-year-old divorce laws – to ensure the process better supports couples to move forward as constructively as possible.The government has acted to make sure that when a relationship regrettably breaks down, the law doesn’t stir-up further antagonism but instead allows couples to look to the future and focus on key practical decisions – such as how best to cooperate in bringing up children.Today’s news comes after Ministers pledged to bring forward new legislation following significant support for reform from across the family justice sector and from those with personal experience of divorce.Justice Secretary David Gauke said: Cross-party support for landmark government bill as it enters the Commons today Ministers want to end unnecessary ‘mudslinging’ and allow divorcing couples to move forward amicably The Bill seeks to align the ethos underlying divorce law with the government’s approach elsewhere in family law – encouraging a forward-looking non-confrontational approach wherever possible, thereby reducing conflict and its damaging effect on children in particular.Notes to editors Marriage will always be a vitally important institution in society, but when a relationship breaks down it cannot be right that the law adds fuel to the fire by incentivising couples to blame each other. By removing the unnecessary mudslinging the current process can needlessly rake up, we’ll make sure the law plays its part in allowing couples to move on as amicably and constructively as possible. I’m proud to introduce this important legislation which will make a genuine difference to many children and families. Replace the current requirement to evidence either a conduct or separation ‘fact’ with the provision of a statement of irretrievable breakdown of the marriage (couples can opt to make this a joint statement). Remove the possibility of contesting the decision to divorce, as a statement will be conclusive evidence that the marriage has broken down. Introduces a new minimum period of 20 weeks from the start of proceedings to confirmation to the court that a conditional order may be made, allowing greater opportunity for reflection and, where couples cannot reconcile and divorce is inevitable, agreeing practical arrangements for the future. Margaret Heathcote, Chair of Resolution, the family justice professionals group, said: The government published its response to the public consultation, Reducing Family Conflict: reform of the legal requirements for divorce, on 9 April 2019. Current divorce law requires people seeking divorce to give evidence of one or more of five facts to establish the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage; three are based on ‘fault’ and two are based instead on a period of separation. The 5 facts are: adultery, behaviour, desertion, two years’ separation (if the other spouse consents to the divorce) and 5 years’ separation (otherwise). These are summary versions of the facts. The behaviour fact, for example, which was an issue in the case of Owens v Owens, is sometimes called ‘unreasonable behaviour’ but is actually ‘that the respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent’. Separation-based facts are effectively unavailable to those who cannot afford to run two households before resolving their financial arrangements on divorce At present, where both parties agree, the court can dissolve the marriage after the couple have lived apart for a minimum 2 years. Where one spouse disagrees, the other spouse will either have to wait to be separated for 5 years before a divorce is granted or may instead obtain a divorce if they demonstrate to the satisfaction of the court that their spouse has committed adultery or that they have behaved in such a way that the party cannot reasonably be expected to live with them. Desertion is rarely relied upon. The legal definitions of the facts can be found in section 1(2) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 Data shows that out of every 5 divorce petitions over the last 3 years, close to 3 rely on conduct facts and 2 on separation facts. Between 2016-18, the behaviour fact accounted for nearly half of all petitions (46.4%, or 47.1% when combined with the adultery fact). In 2018, 118,000 people petitioned for divorce in England and Wales. The ability to contest a divorce is rarely used (in less than 2% of cases). The Bill removes the possibility to contest a divorce but all divorce applications could still be challenged on the bases of jurisdiction, the legal validity of the marriage, fraud or coercion and procedural compliance. The current law does not require any minimum period of time to elapse before granting the decree nisi (conditional order of divorce). Between 2011 and 2018, around one in ten cases reached decree nisi within 8 weeks, and 3 in 10 cases between 9-13 weeks. It is expected that without the introduction of a minimum timeframe, the average time would reduce as online divorce is extended. The average period to the final decree is much more varied, as some parties take a long time to make financial arrangements before they apply for the final decree. We will retain the current minimum period of 6 weeks before a final decree can be applied for. The divorce will not be automatic at a fixed date at the end of the minimum timeframe, but will require the applicant to continue to affirm their decision to seek a divorce. This keeps the important safeguards of the existing process. Parallel changes will be made to the law governing the dissolution of a civil partnership which broadly mirrors the legal process for obtaining a divorce. The proposed legislation will not cover other areas of matrimonial law such as financial provision. Financial provision on divorce is handled in separate proceedings and the court has wide discretion to provide for future financial needs. For more information please contact MOJ press office.last_img read more

Police: Man shot, killed after ‘prank’ robbery for video

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee are investigating after a man was shot and killed Friday night during a robbery “prank” for a YouTube video. According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, officers responded to the parking lot of an Urban Air indoor trampoline park at 9:25 p.m., where 23-year-old David Starnes Jr. admitted shooting 20-year-old Timothy Wilks. Witnesses told detectives that Wilks and a friend were participating in a “prank” robbery when they approached a group of people with butcher knives. Starnes said he was unaware of the prank and shot Wilks to defend himself and others. No one has been charged in Wilks’ death. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Schuyler Sisters Talk Empowerment & More

first_imgRenée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo & Jasmine Cephas Jones Star Files Jasmine Cephas Jones Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Schuyler Sisters Talk Empowerment2016 Tony nominees Renée Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo, along with Jasmine Cephas Jones, are certainly not helpless! The trio, who as you all know by now play the Schuyler sisters in Hamilton, recently sat down with CBS This Morning to discuss how they’ve changed their views about their characters since working in the gargantuan hit. “I don’t know that we [initially] thought that these women that we’re portraying thought in a way as revolutionary as we think we are, and we know that they did now,” remarked Goldsberry. “And that’s empowering to all women of all time I think.” Check out the video below!center_img View Comments Tom Hardy Musical London Road Gets U.S. ReleaseWe can’t wait to see this in movie theaters come September! According to Variety, BBC Worldwide North America has picked up U.S. rights to London Road, featuring Tom Hardy (in one scene as a singing cabbie), Olivia Colman and Anita Dobson. The musical, helmed by Rufus Norris and penned by Adam Cork and Alecky Blythe, is based on the National Theatre tuner of the same name and is set in and around London Road in Ipswich, Suffolk, following serial killer Steve Wright’s murders and trial between 2006 and 2008.Cristin Milioti Lands FX PilotGood news for Tony nominee Cristin Milioti (Once) and Nina Pedrad! Deadline reports that FX has ordered a pilot penned by and starring the pair. The 30-minute show will follow a group of friends, one of whom is obsessed with…wait for it…Hamilton. Isn’t everyone?!#Ham4Ham Pays Tribute to Muhammad AliWhich leads us back to…the record-breaking tuner. It was a case of #Ham4Ali at the live #Ham4Ham show on June 8. Poet and Hamilton ensemble member Daniel Watts’ paid tribute to the Greatest Of All Time, Muhammad Ali; take a look at the knock-out performance!last_img read more

Dutch Students Build Electric Car from Recycled Plastic and Garbage

first_imgDutch students have created a fully functioning electric car made entirely out of waste, including plastics fished out of the sea, recycled PET bottles and household garbage.The bright yellow, sporty two-seater which the students named ‘Luca’, can reach a top speed of 90 kilometres per hour and has a reach of 220 kilometres when fully charged, the Technical University of Eindhoven said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “This car is really special, because it’s made all out of waste”, project manager Lisa van Etten told Reuters.“Our chassis is made out of flax and recycled PET bottles. For the interior we also used unsorted household waste.”Hard plastics normally found in televisions, toys and kitchen appliances were used for the car’s body, while the seat cushions consist of coconut and horse hairs.- Advertisement – tu ecomotive interior reuters tuView of inside the car made of recycled waste in Eindhoven, NetherlandsThe car was designed and built by a group of 22 students in around 18 months, Van Etten said, as an effort to prove the potential of waste.- Advertisement – “We really hope that car companies will start using waste materials”, production team member Matthijs van Wijk said.“It’s possible in many applications. More and more companies use waste or bio-based materials in the interior, we want to show that it’s also possible to build a chassis out of it.”© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more