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Poor management leads to Dickensian workplaces

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Economic turbulence and poor management are creating Dickensian workplacescharacterised by long hours culture and staff stress, claims a report releasedlast week. The Management Agenda 2002 by Roffey Park suggests closures, cost-cutting,redundancies, outsourcing and management delayering are contributing to roleambiguity and job insecurity. Nearly 60 per cent of the 400 managers surveyed claim their organisation hasa culture of “presenteeism”, where they feel under pressure to stayin the office longer than their contracted hours. Nine out of 10 work an extra hour a day and a fifth spend an extra 15 hoursa week, or more, at work to keep on top of their work. Linda Holbeche, director of research at Roffey Park, said: “Greateremphasis on performance, with a lack of management vision and consultationcombine to create an image of work conditions psychologically reminiscent ofDickensian sweatshops.” Over 70 per cent of respondents are suffering stress due to an inadequatework-life balance, with long-term employees being worst affected. “Staff shortages and fear of burn-out due to the pressure ofmaintaining high performance levels add to stress,” said Holbeche. Political wrangling within businesses is also rife and can distract stafffrom focusing on performance, claims the report. Lack of trust between colleagues and with senior management is endemic inorganisations, which acts as a barrier to productivity. Holbeche said: “In many organisations, employees make more effort topreserve their position than achieve high performance. Senior managers cancounter this by acting as role models and by creating an office climate with nohidden agendas.” www.roffeypark.comBy Mike Broad Poor management leads to Dickensian workplacesOn 29 Jan 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Staff involvement is vital to get changes working

first_img Comments are closed. Staff involvement is vital to get changes workingOn 28 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Seventy-five per cent of organisational change efforts fail because of lackof employee commitment, according to a leading business school. However, it is claimed that sustainable high performance can come from justsix key elements. The potential barriers to change include change-weariness,lack of leadership and support, poor communications, a legacy of failure,short-termism, poor implementation and inappropriate skill levels. Yet all thiscan be overcome if organisations followed six simple steps, according tobusiness school, Roffey Park. At the conference, Roffey’s head of research, Linda Holbeche, launched asix-piece model for sustainable high performance, which she said identifies thekey factors that can enable more people, more often, to perform at high levels.The High Performance Organisation Checklist: – engendering employee ownership and commitment – creating a knowledge-rich context for innovation – working across geographic and mindset boundaries – unleashing employee potential – responding to workers’ needs for work-life balance, development and careergrowth – building trust and ‘walking the talk’. “Regardless of whether the change [in an organisation] is a majorrestructuring, the integration of a merger or acquisition, or the replacementof personnel, managers need to understand the different interests involved andovercome resistance,” said Holbeche. www.roffeypark.com Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Kody Wilstead Named RMAC Football Offensive Player of the Week

first_imgNovember 18, 2019 /Sports News – Local Kody Wilstead Named RMAC Football Offensive Player of the Week Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Monday, Dixie State football quarterback Kody Wilstead was named as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week per a release.The sophomore signal-caller who starred at nearby Pine View High School completed 18 of 29 passes for 341 yards and a school-single game record five touchdown passes in a 35-10 win over Adams State Saturday at Trailblazers Stadium.This award is Dixie State football’s first offensive weekly honor of the year and their third overall such honor.After being bypassed for an NCAA Division II playoff berth or bowl game invitation, the Trailblazers conclude their last season as a Division II school with an 8-3 record.The next time Dixie State plays a football game it will be as a Division I independent September 5, 2020 at Eccles Coliseum in Cedar City against regional rival Southern Utah. Tags: Adams State/Dixie State Football/Kody Wilstead/Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference/Southern Utahlast_img read more

Mayor Jay Gillian: More New Singles Than Duplexes

first_imgNew single family homes at the former site of Peter Lumber Company on the 1500 block of Haven Avenue.The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, May 8. Dear Friends:Earlier this week, the administration presented information at the Chamber of Commerce Board of Director’s Meeting regarding construction figures. This presentation was intended to present facts and correct misinformation being publicly disseminated by a group of residents. I would like to share with you some key points.In my budget message to City Council in February, I reported a continuing trend of a greater number of single family homes being constructed compared to duplexes. During the period of 2010 through the first quarter of this year, 357 single family homes have been constructed compared to 289 duplexes.  The trend toward singles has increased recently.  In 2014 and the first quarter of 2015, 65 percent of new construction has been single family homes compared to 35 percent duplexes.We are fortunate to have a variety of housing to choose from.  Another piece of misinformation being circulated and reported in the media is that no one lives in one unit of a duplex in Ocean City on a year-round basis. We all know of family, friends and neighbors who do just that. Often times, these are new people and families to our community.  There are a number of wonderful neighborhoods within R-2 zones that have predominately year-round residents.I believe that part of the perception that we are being overrun with duplexes is due to the fact that the new FEMA regulations since Superstorm Sandy have raised both the first floor elevations and the overall height of new construction.  In some areas of town, a new single resembles a duplex.Lastly, if you believe the misinformation, you would think the number of students in our school system from Ocean City is declining sharply. The fact is the number of Ocean City students has increased in each of the past three full school years.We all know our overall population has declined over the past 10 to 12 years, just as it has in virtually every shore community.  But Ocean City’s decline has been nowhere near as drastic as some of our neighbors.Our variety of housing, our quality facilities and services, our outstanding school system and our low taxes compared to other neighboring communities continue to make Ocean City attractive to new home buyers of all ages, especially families.   We have a great story to tell.  We should all take exception with those who choose to paint a negative picture of Ocean City for their own stated political purposes.I would like to wish my mom, and every mom,  a happy and restful Mother’s Day.I hope you all have a great weekend!Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian Mayorlast_img read more

Press release: Foreign Secretary celebrates Commonwealth progress

first_imgThe Foreign Secretary will be chairing a Commonwealth Foreign Ministers meeting, where discussions will include progress on the Commonwealth Blue Charter; increasing intra-Commonwealth trade; addressing cyber security threats, and reform of the Commonwealth Secretariat to ensure it is efficient and delivering for its member states.Further information The Commonwealth is responding to the global challenges of today, from climate change to economic protectionism. Five months on from the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London, the 53 countries of the Commonwealth are taking forward real action on their commitments to a fairer, more secure, more sustainable and prosperous future. The Commonwealth is a unique organisation and a champion for the rules-based international system – but it must be seen to deliver, and then keep delivering. Media enquiries For journalists Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn In his first major Commonwealth event since becoming Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt hosted a reception for the 52 Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth in the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York on 25 September 2018.Mr Hunt welcomed progress by Commonwealth countries on the commitments they made at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in April.Since CHOGM, the UK and Kenya have hosted the Global Disability Summit; Vanuatu became the first country in the world to enact a ban on a range of single-use plastics, with other states including India following suit; the Commonwealth SheTrades programme has launched in Ghana, Kenya, Bangladesh and Nigeria, with over 1300 women entrepreneurs now registered.The Foreign Secretary also announced a £1.8 million UK contribution to the Commonwealth’s electoral observation programme.Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: The Commonwealth, through its organisations and its member states, large and small, developed and developing, is a force to be reckoned with. During the next two years when the UK is Chair-in-Office, we are determined to work closely with our partners to keep up the momentum, to revitalise and reform the Commonwealth for the 21st century. Minister for the Commonwealth Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon said: Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt Email [email protected]last_img read more

Guidance: Accessing government-secured flu vaccines: guidance for community pharmacies

first_imgThis page has been withdrawn because it’s out of date and only applies to the 2020 to 2021 flu season. Read the latest annual flu programme guidance.,To support the expanded vaccination programme, the Department of Health and Social Care has secured an additional supply of influenza vaccines. These will arrive later in the flu season to top up local supplies once they run low.This guidance explains how community pharmacies will be able to access this additional stock.last_img

Tech Prediction for 2014: A Whole New World

first_imgWow, what a ride. It’s been three months since I joined EMC and I am even more excited today than I was then; excited about the changing IT landscape and excited about the opportunity for EMC to address those changes.First, lets talk a little about that changing landscape.I see three changes of force occurring simultaneously as we walk into 2014:“As a Service” – Whether it’s SaaS, DRaaS, or ITaaS, this trend is all around us. Data Centers, CIOs, VPs of Infrastructure, Storage Admins – we all need to understand this trend and its impact. But, what’s really at the core of this change? Why is this trend happening now? Two key reasons: Time to Value and Time to Money. Businesses are looking for the flexibility, the elasticity, to deliver IT services when and where they need it. Standard IT practices are not getting the job done.  Businesses can no longer wait a week for a new application environment to be “spun up”. They need it today. In addition, they need private clouds to deliver services at prices competitive to Amazon. For security or business practice reasons, they can’t move or don’t want to move the data off premises, but they also can’t afford to ignore the value these new ITaaS providers bring to the table.Flash is Ubiquitous – Flash has completely changed the storage landscape. While the change from slow cheap storage media to flash is not an overnight phenomenon, make no mistake this change is happening. Almost every customer I talk to has plans to leverage more flash in 2014.Convergence or is it Hyper Convergence? – We’ve seen growth over several decades of shared storage that brought us from local storage to network storage, but also that brought complexity and cost. The potential to go from a three-layer architecture (server, network, storage) to a single layer that allows you to scale both computing power and storage power together is extremely intriguing.When I first joined EMC, I was told that the company not only welcomed change, but also anticipated change. Challenging the norm, thinking out of the box, driving innovation of the “Next Big Thing” is in the fabric of this company.Just look at the early success of XtremIO.  Other examples include Isilon, Avamar, and Data Domain – all have shown EMC’s willingness to disrupt established file, backup or non deduped data businesses.So what’s in store for disruption in 2014 given the flash, convergence, and “Anything as a Service” vectors? I think we all need to get ready to redefine storage yet again. Get ready for hyper convergence giving you the flexibility to deliver storage and computing as a service in a time to value curve as never seen before.Stay tuned and watch this space because there is more to say about this in the coming months.—More Tech Predictions for 2014SDx (Software-Defined Everything) by Amitabh Srivastava, President, Advanced Software DivisionA Battle Cry for Protected Storage by Stephen Manley, Chief Technology Officer, Data Protection & Availability DivisionSoftware-Defined in Two Architectures by Josh Kahn, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions MarketingBringing Hadoop to Your Big Data by Bill Richter, President, IsilonTargeting the Value Office to Transform IT Business by Rick Devenuti, President, Information Intelligence GroupIT’s Ability to Evolve Quickly by Vic Bhagat, Chief Information OfficerAs BYOD Matures, BYOI is Waiting in the Wings by Art Coviello, President, RSAService Orientation, Big Data Lakes, & Security Product Rationalization by Tom Roloff, Senior Vice President, Global Serviceslast_img read more

VTrans enhances public information through Google maps

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Agency of Transportation today announced the roll out of a brand new web-based Public Information Project that was made possible through a partnership with Google.  A new map, utilizing Google, will advance the emergency response effort following Hurricane Irene.  The map can be found at the VTrans website:  www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external). ‘In the wake of this unprecedented storm that has ravaged our infrastructure it is all hands on deck, and the state is working to assess both state and local roads and bridges,’ said Sue Minter VTrans Deputy Secretary.  ‘A new and improved mapping system, which will be publicly available, will help us identify and publicize damaged infrastructure for the travelling public, as well as for our response team,’ she said.  The Google map was established within 24 hours to meet the growing demands for accurate maps both for Agency personnel and for public information needs.  The effort began when Matt Dunne, head of Google Community Affairs, contacted the Agency with the offer to assist, as they have done for states along the eastern seaboard impacted by Hurricane Irene.  Google worked diligently along with VTrans IT staff, and within 8 hours a prototype was developed.  The web-map ‘went live’ 24 hours later. ‘VTrans has been striving for some time to improve public information about road conditions, particularly during emergencies,’ Minter said, noting the limitations of their current system.  ‘Google reached out to help us improve our public outreach and information.  Without this support, we would not have been able to meet this important need,’ she said.  Dunne explained, ‘We are pleased to have worked with the Vermont Agency of Transportation to put together a map documenting road and bridge closures, flooding and other information. We hope this map is helpful to the state and fellow Vermonters recovering from Hurricane Irene.’The map will be a dynamic product ‘in the making.’  It will be updated daily as more information becomes available.  The public is also invited to add their information at the Agency website.  VTrans’ public information project also includes a Call Center for people in search of traveler information.  The Agency has been inundated with calls for assistance and responded by creating the following hotline: (800) 866-7099 which will be staffed between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. VTrans. 9.1.2011last_img read more

Toronto’s Porter Airlines taps Vermont as new winter destination

first_imgPorter Airlines is launching seasonal service to Burlington, Vermont, this winter, expanding its US network and adding a new destination for passengers looking to enjoy a season on the ski hills. With twice-weekly roundtrip flights from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Burlington International Airport beginning on Dec. 15 until April 8, passengers can enjoy easy access to some of Vermont’s best skiing and a rich assortment of local attractions.”This is a great partnership that will boost tourism in Vermont and provide an economic boost to our ski areas,” said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.In a joint statement, Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Peter Welch said, “Porter Airlines, Ski Vermont, Governor Shumlin, the Burlington International Airport and Customs and Border Protection came together to introduce the people of Toronto to the best skiing and riding in the U.S.A.  This announcement underscores the ‘international’ in Burlington International Airport, creating seasonal scheduled nonstop service between Toronto and Burlington.  While it will offer a much-needed influx of visitors to the state this winter, especially needed following the devastating blow of Hurricane Irene, it will also give Vermonters an unprecedented opportunity to visit and do business in Toronto.” Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch wrote to Porter Airlines this summer inviting them to begin service between Toronto and Burlington.  This fall, the lawmakers have worked with the airport and other stakeholders to help iron out details surrounding clearing international visitors at the airport.  “Our new service to Vermont is a perfect complement to our current winter schedule already featuring prime destinations such as Mont Tremblant and Quebec City,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “Burlington offers access to an incredible array of spectacular ski hills, and a vibrant community to explore.”The Burlington schedule includes weekly roundtrips on Thursdays and Sundays, with the exception of long weekends which offer Thursday and Monday roundtrip options. One-way fares start as low as $99, plus applicable fees and taxes.Special Porter ski packages from Stowe Mountain Resort, Jay Peak, Smugglers Notch and Sugarbush will be offered at the Ski, Snowboard & Travel show in Toronto, October 13-16, and at www.skivermont.com(link is external) in the coming week.About Porter Airlines Porter Airlines is Canada’s third-largest scheduled carrier, based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.  Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, committed to offering speed, convenience and service as part of a premium travel experience. A refined journey begins on the ground with comfortable airport lounges and service-oriented team members.  The experience continues seamlessly in the air with spacious interiors and well-appointed crew.  Passengers enjoy complimentary services, including free in-flight wine, beer and premium snacks, all aboard modern aircraft.The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s,Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston(Logan), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.Join VIPorter frequent flyer program to earn a free flight after as few as five one-way trips. www.flyporter.com(link is external) SOURCE Porter Airlines Inc. TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswirelast_img read more

Tesla seeing ‘unprecedented demand’ for battery storage systems

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Tesla Inc. harnessed surging demand for large- and small-scale battery storage systems in the third quarter to boost deliveries by 59% from a year ago to 759 MWh, a new quarterly record, the company reported Oct. 21.The California-based integrated electric vehicle, energy storage and solar company could have delivered higher volumes were it not constrained by a lack of lithium-ion battery cells.Still, through three quarters of the year, Tesla has deployed nearly as much energy storage as it did in all of 2019, a year in which it delivered more storage than in all prior years combined.Tesla’s pre-assembled Megapack product for utility-scale projects “is going to be a large growth segment for the business,” R.J. Johnson, head of Tesla’s energy business, said on the call.PG&E Corp. subsidiary Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is using the Megapack at its 182.5-MW/730-MWh Tesla Moss Landing Battery Energy Storage Project (Elkhorn) under construction in Monterey County, Calif., part of a rapidly expanding fleet of lithium-ion storage installations in the state.“We have more demand than supply through 2021, and we continue to ramp the product to match unprecedented demand across the globe through 2023 and beyond,” Johnson said. “Our order book is rapidly filling up through 2023 in a multiple-gigawatt-hour scale.”[Garrett Hering]More ($): ‘Unprecedented demand’: Tesla energy storage sales, orders surge to new heights Tesla seeing ‘unprecedented demand’ for battery storage systemslast_img read more