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Selling to the sceptics

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Selling to the scepticsOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Are Britain’s HR managers ready to implement the new right to requestflexible working? Compiled by Phil BoucherLaurence Collins, general manager, lifeworks, CentrefileFlexible working is the latest piece of employment legislation to loomominously over the heads of UK employers. From 6 April, employers will have astatutory responsibility to consider requests from employees who want to maketheir employment more flexible. Principally, this will involve varying theemployee’s hours or place of work so that they are better able to care for achild under the age of six or a disabled child under 18. In some companies, this may precipitate a cry of ‘that’s unreasonable!’ tobounce around the walls of the boardroom. Particularly if the board believesthe firm’s competitive edge will be undermined by the changes this brings toworking practices. Not for the first time, HR will find itself in the unenviable position ofhaving to champion a cause unlikely to be welcomed with open arms by anyoneother than its target audience – parents. Indeed, it may well cause envy andresentment among the majority who are not eligible. But despite the hauntingfamiliarity of having to sell a people issue to a sceptical management, HRseems to have no option but to pick up the gauntlet if it wishes to becompliant. To succeed, HR must focus on communicating with line management. Let themknow that new legislation is on its way. Inform them it is only a right torequest, rather than a right to be given, a flexible working arrangement. And,that if it is used effectively, the new law could have a positive impact onorganisational performance. HR professionals will also have to equip managers with the skills, systemsand processes needed to evaluate workers’ requests. Too many firms currentlytackle flexible working requests on an hoc basis, usually as a result of the”I’m thinking of leaving unless…” conversation. Obviously, this addslittle from a strategic perspective. Therefore, the real HR challenge is to develop a flexible working strategythat brings employees to a state of compliance and adds to a company’scompetitiveness. And given the increasing demand from the workforce for greaterflexibility and work-life balance, HR should seize this as a golden opportunityto challenge dated perceptions around work design and working patterns. The key to making this transition is to create desirable flexible workingoptions, and introduce a robust, business-oriented process that provides aframework for considering requests in a fair manner. But all this comes with ahealth warning: if line managers don’t have the competence to manage a flexibleworking system, the boardroom fears of a negative impact will be realised.GeraldDawson, principal personnel consultant, RebusHRAswith all new legislation, HR’s first job is to ensure it fully understands thecontent and the new requirements it will place on the employer and employees.For HR staff in organisations that have already adopted family-friendlyinitiatives, the implications may be minimal and restricted to some fine-tuningof existing policies and procedures. Those that aren’t should sit down andthrash out some new policies and procedures. Butbefore these are compiled, it is essential that HR fully understands thebenefits flexible working can bring. It will then have to think about how itcan sell these benefits to senior management, who will understandably want toretain their current working practices. Similarly, employees need to understandthere is no legal entitlement to have their request automatically agreed.RoyBarton, director, RightCouttsThisis an ideal time for employers to consider the wider aspects of work-lifebalance, the needs of employees and the positive enhancements that can beobtained by embedding this within company culture. Thereare a growing number of employees with care responsibilities, and a greaterproportion of working women. And over recent years, there has also been amarked change in attitude away from total dedication to the workplace. Recentsurveys have shown that many employees would prefer to have more work-lifebalance than a salary increase.Thislegislation provides an opportunity for employers to bring bottom line benefitsto a firm through a creative set of flexible policies. Work carried out byRightCoutts with various private and public sector organisations has shown thatthis brings dramatic improvements in retention, absence levels and morale.ShirleyBorrett, HR consultant, TPS ConsultingHRcould find itself in the front line of dealing with disgruntled employees oncethis legislation takes effect. Those with older children, people with elderlyparents or other caring responsibilities, or those who just have otherinterests they would like to fit into their lives, may feel resentment thattheir employer won’t consider flexible working for them too.Ifa good work-life balance is beneficial to businesses as well as employees, andgovernment funding of the DTI WLB Challenge Fund seems to indicate that itthinks it is, why would an organisation restrict flexible working to justparents of young children? Aflexible working scheme open to all, and based on the construction of abusiness case, is likely to lead to better recruitment and retention of valuedemployees. It will also reduce discontent among non-parents.CarolineWaters, director of people networks, BTThelegislation will put employers under a duty to consider requests for flexibleworking – including alternative working patterns, term-time working orannualised hours. It may also include requests to work from home.BT’sexisting policy already provides a range of flexible working solutions for itsstaff and at best, the new legislation simply formalises these arrangements. BThas embraced flexibility as a real means of enhancing the bottom line and canprove it works – its 6,000-plus home workers have sustained an averageproductivity increase of 20 per cent while saving BT £45m a year in real estateand business efficiency savings. Thishas been possible by the creation of an agile and inclusive business culturethat promotes flexibility to everyone on business rationale, rather thanindividual status.last_img read more

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HSE launches occupational asthma website

first_imgA website with advice on how to reduce occupational asthma has been launchedby the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The site is aimed at employers, safety representatives and healthprofessionals and is part of the HSE’s campaign to reduce occupational asthmaby 30 per cent by 2010. Information on the site includes the main causes of occupational asthma,what it is like to get the disease, what employers have to do to protect theiremployees and what the HSE and others are doing to tackle the problem. There is also access to video clips, case studies, and plans of action onoccupational asthma, agreed by the HSE’s asthma project board and advisorycommittee on toxic substances, which can be downloaded, as well as access toguidance on the main causes of the disease. Occupational asthma is the most frequently diagnosed respiratory disease inthe UK, with between 1,500 and 3,000 people developing it every year. Some sufferers never work again, while others have to change jobs to avoidexposure to the substance that caused the asthma. HSE launches occupational asthma websiteOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

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More updates from HR Tech Europe 2015

first_imgMore updates from HR Tech Europe 2015Shared from missc on 15 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Read full article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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Alex Morgan scores first goal for US Women’s National Team since giving birth to daughter

first_img Beau Lund February 25, 2021 /Sports News – National Alex Morgan scores first goal for US Women’s National Team since giving birth to daughter Written by Loved getting my first US goal at home in Orlando. Thanks for all the love this tournament. Back to work with @ORLPride now!— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) February 25, 2021She is not the only Pride player to now be playing as a mother.Morgan’s teammates, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Ali Krieger, announced earlier this month that they welcomed their adopted daughter.The couple, who wed in 2019, shared the news on social media that their daughter, Sloane Phillips, was born on Feb. 12, weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces.USWNT star Megan Rapinoe gave Sloane a shout-out when Rapinoe scored a goal earlier in the She Believes Cup. After her goal, Rapinoe ran to the cameras and held her arms like she was cradling a baby.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBrad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty ImagesBy GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Soccer star Alex Morgan has scored more than 100 goals in her soccer career, but the one she scored Wednesday may be the sweetest so far.Morgan, 31, scored her first goal for the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) since giving birth to her daughter, Charlie, last May.Morgan’s goal, her 108th in her career, helped propel the USWNT to a 6-0 victory against Argentina, which earned the team its second consecutive She Believes Cup title.“First USWNT goal as a momma,” Morgan captioned a photo of her goal in an Instagram story.Morgan told Good Morning America last year that “taking a step back from soccer” while pregnant was “a little different” for her, but added that she was “enjoying it.”“I hope that she’s born into a world that she can accomplish much bigger and better things that I’m ever capable of,” Morgan told GMA at the time.Morgan, who is married to soccer player Servando Carrasco, was back in action with the USWNT after taking time off earlier this year to recover from COVID-19, which she said she contracted while in California over the holidays.Last year, Morgan relocated to England, where she played several games with Tottenham Hotspur Women. It was confirmed in December that she would be returning to the U.S., where she is a member of the Orlando Pride.Morgan scored her goal Wednesday in Orlando, in front of her hometown fans.last_img read more

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Africa Oil acquires 20% stake in Orange Basin block in South Africa

first_imgAfrica Oil said that it will assume operatorship for Block 3B/4B in the Orange Basin The offshore South African block spans an area of 17,581km2.(Credit: Freeimages/QR9iudjz0) Africa Oil, a Canadian oil and gas company, has completed a previously announced farm-in agreement for a 20% stake in Block 3B/4B in the offshore Orange Basin in South Africa from Azinam.The transaction, which was undertaken by the company’s subsidiary Africa Oil SA in July 2019, was closed following the approval of the South African government.Africa Oil said that it will assume operatorship for the exploration block. The other partners in the Orange Basin block are Azinam, which has retained a 20% participating stake, and Ricocure, which holds a 60% participating interest.The offshore South African block spans an area of 17,581km2 and is contained in water depths in the 300-2,500m range.According to Africa Oil, Block 3B/4B is situated along-trend of an emerging Mid-Cretaceous oil play where international oil and gas operators are looking to drill several key exploratory wells that could potentially become play-openers to create a world-class petroleum province.Partners in the Orange Basin block have identified leads and prospectsThe Canadian oil and gas company said that partners in the Orange Basin block, through an existing 10,020km2 3D survey that covers most of it, have marked an inventory of leads and prospects.The partners, in the initial period of three years, plan to undertake regional subsurface review of existing seismic, geological, and engineering data. They could also include some select reprocessing of the existing 3D data, which could result in identification of exploration prospects and recommendations for subsequent renewal periods of the offshore block.Africa Oil president and CEO Keith Hill said: “Together with our equity interests in Impact Oil and Gas and Africa Energy Corp., Africa Oil has a significant footprint in several emerging plays extending from South Africa to Namibia, where both Total and Shell plan to drill potential play-openers in 2020 and at the same time are increasing their positions in other blocks adjacent to Block 3B/4B.“From existing 3D seismic surveys, we have identified number of similar prospects to those that the majors are targeting.”Last month, Africa Oil wrapped up its previously announced acquisition of a 50% stake in Petrobras Oil and Gas, which owns stakes in certain producing assets in deepwater Nigeria.last_img read more

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Russia: PF Anti-Piracy Task Unit Starts Final Preparations for Deployment

first_imgOn Oct 26, Pacific Fleet (PF) anti-piracy task unit started final preparations for deployment. The unit headed by Rear Admiral Vladimir…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, October 30, 2012; Image: Flot View post tag: Preparations October 30, 2012 Share this article Russia: PF Anti-Piracy Task Unit Starts Final Preparations for Deployment View post tag: Task View post tag: Unit View post tag: Final View post tag: Anti-Piracy View post tag: PF View post tag: Naval View post tag: Deployment View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: PF Anti-Piracy Task Unit Starts Final Preparations for Deployment View post tag: startslast_img read more

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Number of offers to state school students falls

first_imgThe number of state school pupils who received an offer from Oxford University fell this year despite an increase in the number of applications. It followed a report that showed Oxford was already failing to meet targets for admitting students from poorer backgrounds.The annual admissions statistics showed that the percentage of successful state educated applicants fell to 51.5% from 54.7% last year. They also showed that privately educated applicants had a greater chance of success (35.9%) than their state sector peers (30.6%), and that men had an advantage over women. The fall in admissions from maintained schools came despite a 3% increase in applications. The overall level of applications was up by 6%.The Director of the Colleges Admissions Office, Jane Minto said she was encouraged by the rise in applications, which showed that the University’s message of welcoming bright students irrespective of background was getting through to young people. She attributed the fall in admissions of state pupils to the greater competition for places and claimed that the admissions process was based on “merit and potential alone”.The fall came a week after a report from the Higher Education Council, which showed that the university was failing to meet its benchmark for attracting working class students. Oxford was set a target of 13% of admissions from lowerincome groups, who make up 40% of the population, but admitted only 9%. Its record fell behind only Cambridge and Exeter as the worst in the country. OUSU President Helena Puig Larrauri said the news was “doubly worrying at a time when the government is discussing increases to university fees.”Archive: 0th week HT 2004last_img read more

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Polls apart over code of conduct

first_imgOUSU Council has refused to endorse a University proposed “Code of Conduct,” clarifying restrictions to behaviour during post-exam celebrations. The decision on Friday followed a Cherwell opinion poll showing mass student opposition to the plans. OUSU will now push for the ban on “fluid spraying” to be dropped, and has informed the University of this, despite agreeing to help in the distribution of the code. A University spokesperson said, “We are disappointed that OUSU Council has not endorsed the Code of Conduct after representatives helped us to draw it up.” Oxford Mail held another poll this week, which asked readers, “Should Oxford University students have to comply with a code of conduct, to stop rowdy behaviour following the end of their exams?” 200 people said that they should be more considerate but just under 40% said they believed the students were entitled to some fun. The Mail polled exactly the same number of people, 331, as Cherwell had. The Code of Conduct, which will be distributed via email to all students and staff by the end of third week, will specify exactly what kind of behaviour is considered acceptable under the University Regulations.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

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Cafe Rouge forced to shut

first_imgCafé Rouge in Jericho was forced to close temporarily due to poor standards in hygiene.The restaurant was reported to the City Council after a customer spotted a mouse running around the restaurant. The business was issued with a hygiene emergency prohibition notice following an inspection by the Council. Ian Wright, Health Development Service Manager at Oxford City Council, said that, “We were left with no option but to close the place down.”On Friday, Oxford’s magistrate court heard the reasons for the closure. These included mice droppings in a bag of red onions, a dead mouse in external areas of the premises next to the kitchen, and live adult cockroaches in the restaurant area and in a walk-in chiller where ready-to-eat food is stored.Andy Forbes, who lead the investigation for Oxford City Council, said to the Oxford Mail, “conditions had deteriorated to a level where we considered there to be an imminent risk to health”.The restaurant reopened last Tuesday after an inspector deemed sufficient work had been carried out to make the premises safe.A spokesperson for the restaurant said, “We can confirm that our Café Rouge Oxford restaurant is open for business. We strive to ensure the highest standards of food safety and service are undertaken”.Ian Wright explained that the management had carried out the necessary action very quickly. He said, “To be fair to Cafe Rouge, they did carry out quite a lot of the works that we expected. We would hope that they’ve learnt a lesson.”Café Rouge is one of four food businesses in Oxford to have been forced to close by the food safety team in the past 12 months.The Oisi Master Sushi Bar in St Clements, J.M. Halal on the Cowley Road and the Al-Shami restaurant in Jericho were all closed by Environmental Health Officers.last_img read more

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first_imgSen. Tomes Proposes Protest Bill, Met with BacklashIt’s a bill meant to keep the streets clear during protests but some say it’s a threat to freedom of speech. Indiana State Senator Jim Tomes has filed the bill, which was heard in a committee hearing Thursday. The measure would mean police could…FOOTNOTE: PLEASE GO TO THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE CCO AND CLICK THE LINK TO CHANNEL 44 NEWS TO VIEW BREAKING LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS ON A DAILY BASIS.  WE CONSIDER CHANNEL 44 NEWS TO BE A FAIR AND OBJECTIVE NEWS SOURCE FOR THIS REGION.AND ARE EXTREMELY PLEASE TO BE ABLE TO BRING THIER NEWS TO YOU ON A REGULAR BASIS.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

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