Previous Article Next Article Fear not: bigger unions will be better for youOn 21 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Trade union mergers are good for you. The personnel community will be helpedin their work by the increasing size and capabilities of large British unions.Organisations in the public and private sectors alike now recognise that thereis a real advantage in engaging the commitment of the workforce. Greatermanagerial effort is being deployed everywhere to consult employees. The quality of consultation, however, is variable: sometimes, the motivationto consult is not genuine; sometimes, organisations are so stretchedmanagerially that they do not have the time to expand the sheer number ofmeetings that go towards communicating company policy. But often, the realblock to genuine consultation is the lack of confidence on the employee side ofthe consultation relationship. This is where improving trade union resourcescomes in. There is no doubt that the strength of British unions lies in itsessentially voluntary nature. Tens of thousands of volunteers help representtheir fellow workers in good times and bad, on personal matters and hugely strategicchange issues. But they need help. The union’s full time officers andspecialists have to be on hand to help the lay representatives and theirmembers grapple with an increasingly complex world. For us, trade union mergersreduce the costs of administration as a share of expenditure. They help us toreduce inter-union competition and allow unions to alter their structure andculture to parallel more closely both their members’ expectations of work lifeand the constant change in companies and public services. There is no doubt that size matters. The global economy demands an entirelydifferent level of competence from trade union representatives, both atfull-time and local volunteer levels. Our union has been involved in two huge mergers in nine years, and still thechallenges continue. Our members demand that we help them as individuals inways we have never done before. Taking part in skills expansion is crucial toour members and their companies. Our insistence on uprating our members’ safetyawareness through safety reps is vital for workplace development. The fortunewe spend on industrial law training is well spent with its emphasis on avoidingcostly litigation. Representing workers’ feelings accurately, non-ideologically andcompetently, is the key to companies enjoying stimulating and worthwhileconsultation. Only that provides the best base for effective decision-making. No one must shudder as they hear of us getting bigger, richer and betterresourced. Modern unions need that to be of help to their members and theircompanies. By John Lloyd, National officer, Amalgamated Engineering and ElectricalUnion Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Institute comes under fire for the value it adds to HROn 11 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Last week’s topical opinion head-to-head with the CharteredInstitute of Personnel and Development’s Duncan Brown and member Ralph Tribegenerated a massive response from the industry– I completely agree with the opinion articulated by Ralph Tribe (HRViewpoint, 4 March). I have been in HR for 15 years, operating for the past eight of those at ornear board level in international businesses. I have attended various CIPD events over the years and have almost alwaysfound them to be poor value in comparison to other events, such as RichmondEvents’ HR Forum. I have tried to occasionally use some of the services, such as the HRservices register of providers and the education programmes for my teammembers. I have never really felt that the company I represented ever receivedgood value. Today, I never use the CIPD or any of its services. I am not a member and mycareer does not seem to have suffered. I have access to many good educationestablishments and consulting services that do provide excellent service andvalue. I do, however, believe that under the right leadership, with a moredeveloped, modern, customer-focused modus operandi, the CIPD could play asignificant part in our business lives. Ben Bengougam HR director Europe, Dixons Stores Group – I came out of the CIPD some years ago feeling that they did not give valuefor money. I have never once been asked if I am a CIPD member when job hunting, whichproves practical experience is worth more than paying a membership fee. Karen Winfield HR executive, Morris Cranes – I recently upgraded from ‘graduate’ to ‘member’ of the CIPD. I have beenentitled to do this for some time but was only prompted to do when the CIPD rana one-day workshop in London to enable members to talk through theirapplications and be given an immediate response. I spent some time talking to the senior CIPD representative present about mycareer and my current role. I sit within an HR structure that has recentlyoutsourced all its transactional back office activities to allow the retainedfunction to concentrate on a more strategic HR role. My specific role is management of major HR projects across a globalorganisation, regularly providing input to the board, and with managementaccountability for project teams of up to 15 senior HR professionals. After studying the organisation charts that I provided to show my careerprogression, the CIPD representative asked the question: “So, where do allthe personnel managers in your company sit?” He followed this up with:”So, in old speak, your job is kind of a personnel officer’s role.” Surprisingly, he did award the membership upgrade. However, it seems to methat the CIPD can only truly provide value to its members if it is prepared toacknowledge the new world of strategic HR and can demonstrate that itunderstands the environment that its members are operating in. I certainly did not leave that meeting with any confidence that the senioremployees chosen to represent the CIPD on that day had any real understandingof the strategic role that HR can – and does – play in many organisations. Name and address supplied – The CIPD does offer a lot of great services to members. The legal advisoryservice, for example, has greatly improved along with the useful webinformation source facility. My concerns are more in line with the continued dilution of the CIPDqualification. The institute seems to hand it out to any person willing tospend the money on the qualification regardless of any assessment of theircapability to do the job in the first place. After all, they don’t hand out legal or medical qualifications to anyone whopasses an exam – people in those professions have to have other non-theoreticalattributes measured. This reluctance to measure other attributes reinforces the myth that HR is afluffy profession that adds little value to an organisation. This in turndamages us HR professionals who are strategic value adders. I also believe there should be a clear distinction for those who aregraduates. Those who have simply taken a foundation course followed by years ofCIPD exams should not be classed as the same as those who are true graduates. People should not be able to study for the qualification unless they havesome exposure to all generalist HR issues. I am sure HR professionals wouldagree that the best HR learning was on the job and not what they learned in theclassroom. Unless the CIPD changes its approach to certification it will continue tomove toward the qualification becoming a meaningless badge. Jacqueline Christie Recruitment manager, Manchester
INDIANAPOLIS – Below find Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s public schedule for Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30, 2017.Monday, June 26, 2017What: Ceremonial Bill Signing for HEA 1004 on Early Childhood Education (Pre-K Expansion)Who: Gov. HolcombLt. Gov. Suzanne CrouchState Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormickHouse Speaker Brian BosmaState Rep. Bob BehningWhen: 3:30 p.m. ETWhere: Governor’s OfficeIndiana StatehouseWednesday, June 28, 2017What: Ceremonial Bill Signing for HEA 1438, SEA 226, HEA 1540, HEA 1654 (Attacking the Drug Epidemic)Who: Gov. HolcombState Sen. Jim MerrittState Rep. Cindy KirchhoferState Rep. Cindy ZiemkeWhen: 10:30 a.m. ETWhere: Richmond State Hospital, Clinical Treatment Center498 NW 18th StreetRichmond, IN 47374Wednesday, June 28, 2017What: Richmond Chamber of Commerce LunchWhen: 12 p.m. ETWhere: Forest Hills Country Club2169 South 23rd StreetRichmond, IN 47374Wednesday, June 28, 2017What: BWI GroundbreakingHost: Indiana Economic Development CorporationWhen: 2:30 p.m. ETWhere: E. 300 N.Greenfield, IN 46140Note: Media may park off to the side on the construction site, which is located at E 300 N [39.828303, -85.792949]. Friday, June 30, 2017What: Governor’s Capital Campout with Indiana State ParksEvent supports Great Outdoors Month in Indiana.Host: Indiana Department of Natural ResourcesWhen 12 p.m. ETWhere: Millennium Grove Picnic Area at Fort Harrison State Park5753 Glenn RoadIndianapolis, IN 46216 FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Beyond the Bean launched the latest addition to its range – a ready-to-drink fruit smoothie – at the show.The Sweetbird range is avai-lable in three flavours – orange & mango, pineapple & passion fruit and blackberry & blueberry.The smoothies come in 100% recyclable PET bottles, with no artificial colours, preservatives, genetically-modified ingredients or flavourings. The drinks only require ambient storage, so are suitable for businesses without much chilled storage space.The company also launched two new cookies – a chocolate dotty cookie aimed at children and a fat-reduced orange and ginger crunch cookie.
Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1995. He was teaching at Harvard that year, as he had been, one way or another, since 1979.Today — bluff and kind and 73 — Heaney will be back at Harvard, on hand from Dublin to read a poem at Morning Exercises. As Harvard celebrates its 375th anniversary, he will reprise his 1986 “Villanelle for an Anniversary,” composed for the University’s 350th.The villanelle relies on the rhetorical power of repetition, in this case, alternate rhyming refrains lifted from the first stanza. “There’s a kind of bell-ringing quality to the villanelle,” said Heaney in a trans-Atlantic interview, “which makes it easy on the ear.” The 19-line anniversary poem has two repeated lines. The first is “A spirit moved. John Harvard walked the yard.” The second reads, “The books stood open and the gates unbarred.”Heaney remembered writing just two poems during his years at Harvard, semesters when he taught and read a lot. “I tended to regard the Harvard stint as a kind of executive moment in life,” he said. “Your public self was on.”The two poems were the anniversary villanelle and “Alphabets,” composed for the Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises in 1984. “Traditionally the Phi Beta Kappa poem is about learning,” he said. “So mine was [about] making the first letters at primary school.”An early line starts: “There he draws smoke with chalk the whole first week / Then draws the forked stick that they call a Y. / This is writing.”“Alphabets” is a tribute to reverie, childhood, longing, and to graduated learning. Over time, letters on a slate become boyhood Latin and then become a poet’s alphabet of the real, a “new calligraphy that felt like home.”“The letters of this alphabet were trees. / The capitals were orchards in full bloom, / The lines of script like briars coiled in ditches.”Heaney has read the anniversary poem a few times since 1986, but only once to 20,000 people. The repeating lines make the villanelle handy for reading over loudspeakers, he said. “If you’re going to read a poem in the open air, over large speakers, to large crowds, make sure it’s very clear.”Heaney began teaching at Harvard as a visiting professor in 1979, was elected Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory (1984-95), and eased into a final Harvard rhythm as the Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet-in-Residence, a post he held until 2006. During all his part-time residences at Harvard, he lived in Adams House. “The arts and bohemia were represented there,” he said. “It was a desired address.”Every semester-long visit began the same way, said Heaney: “Go straight to Adams House, set up, and then go straight to the bookshops.” Then he always stopped at One Potato, Two Potato, a modest restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue that is no longer there.Then there was Heaney’s fondly recalled, physical Harvard. “I still remember the excitement of driving along Storrow Drive and seeing the outlines of the Houses,” he said, “which was a kind of moment I would remember always.” Some evenings Heaney would slip away to smoke a cigar outside Apthorpe House on Plympton Street. And he enjoyed a few quiet corners at Harvard, the library at Adams House, for one, and the Woodberry Poetry Room. “It was quite easy to sit down,” said Heaney of the Lamont Library hideaway, “and doze off, even.”Then there was Harvard Yard itself, he said. It was both the inspiration for the villanelle, and — as a former cow yard — a place that evoked his own country boyhood in Northern Ireland. “I don’t know where the gates come from,” he said of inspirations for his anniversary villanelle. “But I definitely know this: that the word ‘yard’ is very characteristic of Harvard as Harvard, but from my point of view goes very far back into infancy, to the farmyard, you know. The word has a complete world and a complete charge and almost a complete anthropology.”Along the way, Heaney read that founder John Harvard was the son of a butcher (though one with ties to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon). “The Yard really was a yard in those days,” said the poet of Harvard’s 17th century. “So I felt at home with John Harvard, in a special way.”And commencements? Belonging to a university for a span of time gives you “a little history of your own, at a place, at a time, with friends,” said Heaney. “It gives you some kind of latitude and longitude for memory.”
Julie K. Hersh, Notre Dame alumna of ’82, spoke to members of the Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and South Bend communities about Mental Health Awareness on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business as a part of the “Support a Belle, Love a Belle” and “Irish State of Mind” Mental Health Awareness campaigns on both campuses. Hersh said her lecture was dedicated to the son of a friend, Austen Frazier, who committed suicide on Oct. 7, 2009 while dealing with bipolar disorder. Hersh said based on the way people talk about mental health it doesn’t seem like a relevant problem to most people, but 38,500 people commit suicide each year according to the last Center for Disease Control (CDC) report. She said this is almost as many as the 40,000 people who die annually as a result of breast cancer. She said the comparable mortality rate is not reflected in the respective levels of awareness of mental illness and breast cancer. “If you think about the kind of awareness we have with breast cancer, mental illness is kind of lagging terribly behind,” she said. Hersh said suicide is especially significant among causes of death for young adults. “For the age group [of]15 to19 suicide is the third highest cause of death, and for people in the 20 to 25 year old bracket it’s actually the second highest,” she said. The highest cause of death for young adults is unintentional injuries, which claims 120,000 lives each year. Among these 33,000 are caused by car accidents and 30,000 by accidental falls and accidental poisonings, she said. Hersh said despite the frequency with which they occur, suicide may not be taken as seriously as it should be because it gets lost among these other causes of death. “What’s interesting about that number for suicides is that I think there may be room for underestimation of how serious this problem is because there are some other categories that are pretty big,” Hersh said. Hersh said in 2001 she drove her car into her garage and let it run for 90 minutes. She said she attributes her still being here to good ventilation, and as a result, she was subjected to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Hersh said she had a very low valuation of herself at this point in her life. “I was certain that my life was over, I was certain I had nothing to offer my friends and family, or my community,” she said. Hersh said her book “Struck By Living” is about her journey from her suicide attempt to understanding why she made the attempt. “I felt that if I didn’t understand how I got to that spot, I was doomed to repeat the process,” she said. “It takes you form the point of that suicide attempt through to my discovery of why, how the heck did I get to that state.” Hersh said when she arrived at Notre Dame as a freshman, she was not the type of person that you would say had a mental illness. “I was like every other freshman at Notre Dame,” Hersh said, “I had been top of my class, I had been very successful. I was energetic, maybe a little sassy. I didn’t look like anything should be wrong with me.” Hersh said in December of that year things started to fall apart. She said around this time she underwent a break up and began to doubt she could pursue her dream of becoming a doctor due to a fear of blood. She said she talked to her parents about dropping out of school by the following spring, and things did not really turn around until junior year. She said she also drank in excess, did not exercise, had no awareness of Seasonal Affect Disorder, had no access to psychotherapy or medication and worked two summer jobs. She said it didn’t occur to her at the time that the difficulties she was having were symptomatic of mental illness. “I never related what happened to me as a brain problem,” she said. Hersh said staying well for her is about maintaining balance in her life and monitoring her depression. She said there are seven signs people can use to recognize mental illness and that she uses to monitor her own depression: insomnia, weight loss due to lack of appetite, isolation, inability to plan, feeling overwhelmed, loss of her sense of humor and a monotone voice. Hersh said there are also 10 things she uses to maintain balance in her life: sleep, nutrition, exercise, proper medication, brain investment, avoiding romantic relationships that exclude friendships, allowing time for prayer or meditation, finding a mentor, anticipating stress and realizing she is more than her job. Hersh said she discovered these 10 methods gradually and is still continually developing her techniques. She also said there are life lessons she is re-learning over and over, such as good stress is still stress, alcohol is a depressant, she is an introvert and the power of human touch. Mental health is a lifelong task and not something that is ever cured, Hersh said. It can, however, be kept in check when one knows the symptoms and
It’s Friday, and you know what that means—happy hour! Oh wait, it’s still 8 degrees? Happy hour canceled. It’s covers, wine and Netflix time. But first, let’s look back at all of the stuff that happened this week. From a Green Day shrimp to Tommy Tune’s love of greasy guys punching each other, it’s been a crazy week. Ready? Let’s go!Elphaba Cosplay Is Coming to NYCGet your Sharpies and your witch hats ready—Broadway fanatics are taking over New York City! In 2016, you’re going to see this gal and this dude and this lady walking around Times Square, on their way to the first-annual Broadwaycon! Anyone have a spare $600 we could borrow?Kara Lindsay Crushed on Every NewsieBefore she enrolled in Shiz U., Wicked star Kara Lindsay spent her days surrounded by hot guys hawking papes in Broadway’s Newsies. In her new vlog “Think Pink,” she revealed this week that she had a crush on every one of ‘em. Did she seize the day? Tune in next week to find out!Billie Joe Armstrong Looks Like a ShrimpThis week, On the Town star Alysha Umphress revealed that when she was in American Idiot, composer and co-star Billie Joe Armstrong once came to their cast warm-up dressed as a giant Bubba Gump Shrimp. Thanks for the great Broadwaycon costume idea, Billie! Any takers?Laura Benanti’s High Kicks HurtSadie Stone—uh, we mean Laura Benanti—is ditching her cowboy boots for bedazzled character shoes in the new New York Spring Spectacular! There’s only one problem: She can’t do a high kick without sobbing uncontrollably. Come on, Laura, if Tom Hanks has said it once, he’s said it a thousand times: There’s no crying in kicklines.The Fresh Prince Is EducationalForget Sesame Street—if you want your kid to learn his ABC’s, turn on a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air rerun and call it a day. It worked for Between Riverside and Crazy star Victor Almanzar, who learned English in six months watching Will Smith and his crew. Wish we’d known this before we spent three grand on the Muzzy box set.Glenn Close Writes Limericks About YouEver wonder what Glenn Close and the cast of A Delicate Balance do between shows? Why, write poems about the audience, of course. What else do you think they’d be doing, getting ready for the show or something? There once was a gal named Glenn who just couldn’t put down her pen…Tommy Tune Hearts WrestlingIn this week’s WTF news, nine-time Tony winner Tommy Tune told us he loves watching professional wrestling so much, he wants to create a musical based on it. Quick, Alan Menken, to the Menkenmobile! Drop that Mrs. Doubtfire score you’re working on and get started on a Hulk Hogan bio-musical, stat! Tune’s orders!Jennifer Nettles Is a Magical MurdererSugarland’s Jennifer Nettles has only been in Cook County Jail for a few days, but she’s making herself at home already! Her Chicago co-star Brian O’Brien, who has played Fred Casely opposite many Roxies over the years, says that when it comes to murdering, Nettles is tops. Aww, how sweet!Andy Karl Has a Giant…TrainAndy Karl is choo-choo-chooing back to Broadway in On the Twentieth Century alongside Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, and if the show’s poster is any indication, a giant train is going to come shooting out of Karl’s pants in the new revival. We’ll take a one-way ticket, please!Magic Mike XXL Gives us a BomerSpeaking of giant, uh, trains, the trailer for Magic Mike XXL has been released, and after watching it three of four (or five or six thousand) times, we’re happy to confirm that Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello (and Channing Tatum, of course) are still shirtless and sexier than ever. Can’t wait to see you guys in the new musical version! Right? Right? View Comments Andy Karl Star Files
My favorite part about riding bikes in Asheville is how it can be fun on any given moment – or maybe for me it’s just the soul-nurturing activity of pedaling through coolness.Although bombing down a tight, twisting rock garden in a tunnel of rhododendron can be quite blissful, there’s so much more to biking around Asheville. Some of my favorite rides have been climbing over Beaucatcher Mountain. When I first moved here I couldn’t believe how steep that hill was and chased some friends over it at the beginning of a pub crawl. All I could think about was that sweat-producing huff also being the last thing I would do that night on my way home. It’s probably what led me to drinking that high gravity beer.Then there was the cool spring morning with a thin fog hovering between the fifth floors of downtown, pinnacles poking through into sunlight. I coasted into town with a heavy bag of massage sheets strapped to my shoulder and maneuvered the empty streets to my favorite coffee bistro to get a bagel with smoked trout before starting my day of appointments in the Miles Building. The ride home was always the best, working the kinks out of my back and wrists.The Pumpkin Pedaler provides a great excuse for wearing a wig or costume while riding your bike around town in a stream of bicycles so long that cars pull over to watch. We weave through all of the new bicycle lanes and into the Montford Cemetery and back again to go down the last hill to The Wedge in the River Arts District. Climbing back out after a few beers and a short snooze can be a poor evening choice. At this point the evening will be enhanced by calling a friend with a pickup truck to come join you to ensure a ride home.Pulling my children in the trailer over Patton Mountain has put them to sleep amidst the bumpy gravel, providing me many hours of well-deserved, hard-earned peace. My second child slept so little that I was willing to drag 75 pounds of equipment around town and up and down mountains just to avoid pacing and bouncing the baby back and forth for a 20-minute nap or playing another game of hide-and-seek followed by tired fit-throwing. Cruising the Grove Park neighborhood is quiet and shady, opening up onto Patton Mountain where you pass by bed and breakfasts and catch glimpses of a phenomenal mountain range. Descending Town Mountain on the way home is a great way of teaching the children how to enjoy the thrill of speed. Plus, you can’t really hear them screaming when the wind blows at their faces.Teaching my kids how to ride a bike has been so easy at Carrier Park where they have wide, rolling paths surrounded by flat grass. I remember learning how to ride on the sidewalks of Chicago, but crashing into trees and park benches.Once the boys got used to pedaling, they were so excited to ride around the mellowdrome, pretending to race. I cried while laughing and chasing them across that park as they pedaled for the first time.There is always a group of people riding, commuting, or parading through this town via bicycle. It looks fun, but it looks even better when viewing it from the saddle.
In New Zealand, no one is exempt from the strict coronavirus prevention measures — not even Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was denied entry to a cafe because of her own social distancing rules.Ardern, her fiance Clarke Gayford and a group of friends were turned away from a cafe in Wellington on Saturday because it had already reached its customer limit. “I have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organized and book anywhere,” Gayford tweeted in response to another diner, who had spotted the couple being turned away. Read also: Why women make better crisis leadersI have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organized and book anywhere. Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) May 16, 2020As New Zealand eases out of its coronavirus lockdown, cafes were allowed to reopen on Thursday, but must maintain social distancing between tables and customers must remain seated. A diner who saw Ardern refused entry told Stuff media that a cafe employee “had to awkwardly say it was full and there were no tables, and they left.”Fortunately for Ardern’s party, other diners left soon after, and staff from the cafe were able to run down the street to invite the prime minister back. “Was very nice of them to chase us down the street when a spot freed up. A+ service,” Gayford tweeted.Topics :
Topics : The Jakarta administration has opted for a virtual celebration to commemorate the capital city’s 493rd anniversary, which will fall on June 22 amid the unceasing COVID-19 pandemic.It will be the first virtual celebration for the city, which annually celebrates its anniversary with various shows and big events.The Jakarta administration has suspended the annual Jakarta Fair to limit crowds and curb the spread of the coronavirus. However, it has also prepared a number of virtual activities to jazz up the jubilee including the Jakarta Great Online Sale, virtual tours across the city’s tourist destinations and cultural streaming programs. “This is a unique time for the city to celebrate its anniversary. The idea is to allow the people in Jakarta to continue celebrating while maintaining health and safety through social distancing,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan told The Jakarta Post in a virtual exclusive interview on Saturday.Read also: Tanah Abang Market reopens for business with COVID-19 protocols, odd-even policyAnies said the theme selected for this year’s anniversary was “Jakarta Resilience”, to reflect the perseverance of Jakarta residents in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.“The pandemic we’re now experiencing is an opportunity to let the future generation be proud of us that we’re able to survive using collective efforts,” he said. Jakarta administration secretary Saefullah said the public could enjoy virtual attractions starting Saturday until June 22 through the city’s brand new platform Beritajakarta.tv, as well as the city’s social media accounts.The virtual city tours will include five museums in Jakarta, Ragunan Zoo, Sea World Jakarta in Ancol, the Planetarium and the dancing fountains at the National Monument (Monas).Various programs and a live report of the ceremony at City Hall will be aired on Beritajakarta.tv.The administration has also prepared a Zoom meeting that will be attended by the governor and 40 citizens who make the most creative birthday wish videos through Instagram accounts @dkijakarta and @jsclounge.Jakarta, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, has the highest number of infections across the archipelago with 9,829 confirmed cases and 585 fatalities.