Letters

first_img Comments are closed. LettersOn 17 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This week’s letters‘Equality’ should mean exactly thatI was completely unsurprised by the views expressed (Letters, 3 June) fromHeather Falconer attacking Stephen Overell’s ‘Off message’ (13 May) on workingmothers. Having read Mr Overell’s piece, I thought his message was fairlystraightforward; that working women who choose to leave and have children areunfairly subsidised by their colleagues and cause serious problems foremployers that need to be addressed. Perhaps Ms Falconer is right and the EOC should be apologising for itsenforcement of the Sex Discrimination Act over the last 30 years. After all,can anyone tell me any piece of legislation that advantages men over women, letalone such a project the EOC has supported in the last 30 years? Mothers havematernity rights, but fathers have nowhere near the same level of entitlement.Yet we see no challenge from the EOC. The Sex Discrimination Act was introduced to combat the perceiveddiscrimination against women, and the new part-time workers’ rights apply in asector that is predominantly female. Yet, the Bentley & Rutherford ruling,which gave employment rights to over-65s – a predominantly male sector – isbeing challenged by the DTI and, once again, the ‘impartial’ EOC is remarkablysilent on the matter. The notion that maternity rights are an employment matter beggars belief.The current system is discriminatory, disadvantages both men andnon-pregnant/childless women, places enormous burdens on employers (and fellowemployees) and maintains artificially high levels of unemployment. In terms of competitiveness, morale and skills wastage, the currentmaternity rights regimen is absolute lunacy. We must remember that the feministagenda which drove maternity rights forward has made gender a political issueand follows the mantra: ‘Make the personal political’. Ms Falconer is correct in that some women do have skills, experience,aptitudes and education that our economy cannot afford to lose. Yet, we do lose them from the economy for significant amounts of time. Andsometimes they never return. How up-to-date are their skills and aptitudesafter time out of the workplace? Patricia Hewitt’s recent campaign to attract about 50,000 female sciencegraduates back into the workforce highlights the drop-out rate. Ms Falconer’s views, like mine (I admit it!), are less than impartial. Whyis Ms Falconer defending a maternity rights system that is in obvious need ofreform? For the last three and a half decades, we have seen a huge raft offeminist-motivated legislation and workplace policies that have allowed womento enter, survive and flourish in the workplace to the disadvantage of theirmale colleagues. There is an entire section on the DTI website called ‘women and equality’,which advocates strategies for ‘promoting women in the workplace’. Note: thereis no ‘men and equality’ section. Are women not capable of promoting themselvesin the workplace by their ‘education, skills, aptitudes, experience andmerits’? I would agree with Ms Falconer that the business case for ‘equality’ isproven. However, I suspect her definition of ‘equality’ and my own are somewhatdifferent. A definition that advantages one gender over the other is not‘equality’. John Spartan Head of HR, JBMS Spot the irony…Was I the only person to see the irony in the irony pointed out by MrKingsley (Letters, 3 June)? I appreciate that Mr Kingsley is probably not singularly responsible forthis, but he criticises the use of the term ‘human capital’ (which at leastoffends everyone equally across a diverse workforce) when writing as arepresentative of an organisation called Manpower. Such a name could be viewed by half the population as ‘degrading’…Jane Bralsford Job title and company withheld Rights for temps will not hurt UK economyThere is no evidence to back up the argument that equal pay and basic rightsfor temporary workers would cost jobs and damage the UK’s economiccompetitiveness and flexibility (Editorial comment, 3 June). Unfortunately, thecompletely unfounded claim scuppered the EU Agency Workers Directive. It is ludicrous to suggest the UK owes its current economic position to arelatively small number of low paid and unprotected agency workers. Temp workhas fallen in the UK, while employment has grown and most temps are on fixed-termcontracts with equal pay and rights to permanent staff. Employers themselvessay they use temps in busy periods and to cover absence, not to cut costs. It is unfair and does not make good business sense to treat agency workersdifferently to other temporary staff. Any qualifying period attached to thedirective would simply enable the cowboy agencies to continue to undercut thosewho currently offer decent pay and protection. Providing better protection will make agency working more attractive to awider group of workers, giving employers with high quality, more choice andgreater flexibility. Brendan Barber General secretary, TUC last_img read more

10 ways to create attentive meetings

first_img 87SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Details Ever sat in a meeting checking your email?Ever attended a meeting and wondered why you were there?Ever been frustrated by a badly run board meeting at your Credit Union?If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone!When did it become OK to be rude in meetings or to be on our devices rather than pay attention? If you want to engage your team members, board members or participants in your next meeting here are ten strategies to help people pay attention and get faster results from your meetings.Publish the purpose of the meeting – in your meeting invitation explain the purpose in one sentence. Let everyone know what you will do and keep it action-oriented i.e. brainstorm, decide, determine next steps, finalize the project, debrief event. Be specific.Stop being rude – email is not more important than the meeting. Give participants a reason to pay attention and lead by example.Shorten meetings – instantly halve your meetings and see what happens. Stop wasting people’s time. If you host 60-minute meetings try 30 minutes, if you host 30 minutes try 15 minutes. People will thank you when you give them time back.Consider device free meetings – if you are brainstorming new ideas or handing a tough conversation ask people to put away devices to pay attention for short periods of time.Control side bar conversations, disruptive attendees and tangent conversations with his simple (and assertive) line ‘For the sake of time, let’s move on’ – keep the conversation moving.Cancel meetings – if you don’t have the decision maker or the information required to make a decision, cancel the meeting. If you don’t need to ask others to invest their minutes with you, give them back. People will appreciate you.Decline meetings – if you are unsure the purpose of the meeting or how you will add value to the meeting, say No. Yep, that’s right. No is a complete sentence. Decline the meeting. Be brave.Summarize actions before the meeting end – allocate owners and timeframes to actions and ask people to report back between meetings on progress. A meeting with no agreed outcomes is a waste of time.Listen with your eyes – show people you are listening to them by being involved in the conversation, asking relevant questions and probing for more answers. Use your body language to actively participate and pay attention.Read Death by Meetings – this brilliant book is one of the best I have ever read on this topic. It defines four styles of meetings and when to host them. Check it out.In a time of massive change, technology changing he pace we work and many Credit Unions wanting to get more out of less resources, one of the best things you can do is eliminate unnecessary meetings and run more efficient meetings. If someone gives you the gift of their attention in your meeting, honor them and make it worthwhile.last_img read more

New members in minutes

first_imgA new mobile app gives consumers the opportunity to become members of USALLIANCE Financial and fund their new accounts in just minutes, transforming what has traditionally been a cumbersome process.The enrollment option, which is included as a feature of the credit union’s Apple and Android standard apps, guides prospective members to scan the barcode of their driver’s license. That simple step serves to prepopulate the enrollment application, reduces keystrokes, aids in verifying their identity, and provides key information for qualifying them for membership, notes CUES member Kristi Kenworthy, AVP/e-commerce for the $1 billion+ Rye, N.Y., credit union serving 80,000 members throughout the Northeast.The mobile enrollment process also employs GPS to compare applicants’ physical locations to the address on their driver’s license, adding another layer of security. The native app, developed in partnership with GRO Solutions, Atlanta, offers “a slick user experience with a focus on making it easy, quick, and secure,” Kenworthy says.The onboarding app is also installed on iPads used in new member enrollment at USALLIANCE Financial’s 22 branches, which creates “an opportunity for employees to provide a better member experience,” says VP/Marketing Tori Burton, also a CUES member. “They tell new members, ‘We can open your account in less than three minutes,’ and they also let members know the process is so intuitive they can open additional accounts in the future from their phones.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Carwiz as a Croatian tourist export product

first_imgAlso, as pointed out by Carwiz, negotiations are currently underway on the positioning of CARWIZ rent a car in the surrounding Caribbean islands, which, after Croatia, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia, Cyprus, Morocco, Turkey, Serbia, Albania, has successfully finalized additional global brand positioning.  To date, Carwiz International has successfully placed its franchise network on the markets of Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia, Cyprus, Morocco, Turkey, Serbia and Albania. Carwiza management is currently negotiating franchise cooperation with about 20 car rental companies from around the world – including the markets of Vietnam, Brazil, Russia, Malaysia, Malta, Portugal, Spain… After the car rental company Carwiz recently presented to the public the placement of franchise business on international markets, Carwiz successfully placed the franchise business of its brand on the Caribbean market, more precisely the island of St. Maarten Photo: Carwiz Carwiz u Hrvatskoj danas broji gotovo 100 zaposlenika i posluje putem online kanala prodaje te putem 13 poslovnica u svim većim gradovima i turistički značajnijim središtima u Hrvatskoj. Putem B2B kanala posluju s gotovo svim značajnijim međunarodnim turističkim emitivnim tržištima. U svega dvije godine poslovanja ostvareni su značajni rezultati, dok je u protekloj godini ostvareno preko 50 milijuna kuna prometa. Ukupan promet je u odnosu na 2017. godinu rastao za više od 100%, isto kao i broj zaposlenih. Over the past years, the Caribbean has recorded record achievements of over 30 million visitors a year. If we take into account that guests visiting the Caribbean have higher purchasing power, from the US, Canada and Europe, and that consumption in destinations grows by an average of 3% per year, then the success of Carwiz’s placement in that market is more significant. RELATED NEWS: According to Krešimir Dobrilović, director and owner of Carwiz, the company’s placement on the market of this Caribbean country was a great success. ” It is known that the Caribbean, or St. Maarten is an extremely potent tourist destination. It is a destination that has gained respect for its tourist achievements in the international arena. Our partners with whom we have completed the franchise placement process are a guarantee that the business results we expect in the coming years will be truly achieved. In addition, by strengthening the brand and promoting the available channels, we expect some more Caribbean destinations to join the Carwiz family soon . ” Više o modelu Carwiz franšize saznajte ovdje / CARWIZ BECAME A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT! THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL IT IS EXPANDING TO THE GLOBAL MARKET   ili u intervjuu s vlasnikom Carwiz rent a car-a, Krešimirom Dobrilovićem dolje u prilogu.last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia undertakes monetary, fiscal measures to fight effects of virus

first_imgLog in with your social account Indonesia is planning to roll out monetary easing and fiscal stimulus to cushion the economy from the impact of the Wuhan coronavirus.Bank Indonesia (BI) cut its benchmark interest rate, the seven-day reverse repo rate, by 25 basis points (bps) to 4.75 percent on Thursday after holding the rate in the last three months. BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said given the economic risks posed by the spread of COVID-19, there was a need to maintain economic growth.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Wednesday the government was planning fiscal stimulus through state budget disbursement into productive spending and early incentives to strengthen the domestic economy amid slowdown risks.“The COVID-19 spread’s impact on the economy will be V-shaped and we forecast global economic growth to reach 3 percent in 2020 from our earlier projection of 3.1 percent,” Perry sa… Google bank-indonesia Sri-Mulyani-Indrawati Wuhan-coronavirus-in-Indonesia China GDP-growth economic-growth monetary-easing fiscal-stimulus state-budget Forgot Password ? Linkedin Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics :last_img read more

Syracuse prepares for intense, tight-game matchup against St. John’s

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 23, 2013 at 12:22 am Contact Kevin: [email protected] Syracuse has not participated in many close games this season. In its last nine games, only one final score has been within 12 points, and that was an 84-80 win against DePaul last Tuesday.But considering the way the team conducts itself in practice, Syracuse finds little trouble flicking the switch when it counts.“We have a lot of those in practice,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said, speaking on the simulation of down-to-the wire games. “Our games in practice, when we scrimmage, it’s either a blowout or it’s tight.”The experience of simulating tight games could prove critical as the Orange (15-2, 3-1 Big East) works its way through a pivotal stretch of the season. After falling to Connecticut 87-62 Saturday, Syracuse continues its three-game road trip Wednesday for a rare 11:30 a.m. tipoff at St. John’s (9-7, 3-1), where it hopes its practice habits pay off with a victory.The Red Storm is coming off of a 74-50 loss at No. 2 Notre Dame Sunday after three consecutive conference wins to open its Big East campaign. SU is unranked in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, but is No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, matching its highest-ever ranking in that poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, the Orange hung within single digits of the Huskies for most of the first half, and trailed by 12 at the break. No. 3 UConn pulled away midway through the second half.Syracuse was hindered by the loss of senior center Kayla Alexander for most of the game, as Alexander drew two early fouls and played just 11 minutes. Alexander enters Wednesday’s game 16 points behind Nicole Michael (2007-10) for the most in program history.While Syracuse came away with a loss, it played tough for the duration of the game.Guard Rachel Coffey pointed to last year’s run in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament,when the Orange won a 74-73 overtime battle at Toledo in the quarterfinals before losing 74-71 at James Madison in the semis, an important educational experience for these types of games. In the Toledo game, Coffey forced overtime when she buried a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining in regulation.“We’ve been in a lot of games, like in the Final Four in the NIT, we had to make a shot at the end with two seconds to go, or something like that, to get into overtime,” Coffey said. “So we’ve kind of all been in every situation.”Wednesday’s matchup in Queens, N.Y., appears to be a more even matchup than Saturday’s. Although the teams have not played any common Big East opponents to date, SJU appeared to have found its stride prior to the Notre Dame letdown, with blowout wins against Seton Hall and Pittsburgh by a combined 55 points.St. John’s is led by senior guard Shenneika Smith, who averages 15.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in the season to date.“She always wants to make sure the team is winning,” St. John’s head coach Joe Tartamella told GoJohnnies.com. “We know what we are going to get from her each and every game.”In a potentially even matchup, the Orange will need to draw on its tight-game experience against St. John’s. If the game comes down to the wire.Against the Blue Demons, SU showed toughness down the stretch with patience and timely offensive rebounding, notably from veterans like Carmen Tyson-Thomas.It’s games like the one against DePaul that reinforce Hillsman’s rationale behind how much he makes his team run during practices. Whether the scenario involves a close game or a blowout, the team is trained to play hard and maintain intensity in all situations, Hillsman said.“It’s amazing. They’re always like ‘One more possession,’” Hillsman said. “I’m like, ‘You’re down 30, it’s not going to matter.’”Also helping the Orange in tense late-game situations is the fact that the team maintains a strong veteran contingent, one that’s seen its share of matchups come down to the last few possessions.Said guard Elashier Hall: “It’s what we live for.” Commentslast_img read more