Company partnerships with employees are way forward

first_imgCompany partnerships with employees are way forwardOn 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. BenWillmott reports from the Anuman 2001 conference on employee relations whereemployers and trade unions gave ringing endorsements to partnershipThecreation of effective partnerships between employers and their staff can play akey role in improving bottom-line performance. This was the message from HRmanagers and employers speaking at the Anuman 2001 conference, in London, whotold delegates that involving employees in business objectives anddecision-making paid financial dividends.AlixThom, employee relations manager for BP, said that the firm had learned a lotabout effective consultation with its employees through its plans to change itsrescue and recovery system for staff on its off-shore oil platforms.BPhad proposed to replace the existing standby vessels, which are in a constantstate of readiness to respond to people falling into the water from one of theplatforms, with a combination of platform-based search and rescue helicoptersand rescue craft.Asa result of extensive consultation with employee representatives on BP’sbusiness unit forums, shortcomings in the proposal were highlighted and thetrial period for the new system was extended. Thom said, “We are trying tobuild a culture based on employee involvement and participation.”Itis a tremendous investment in terms of time but we really believe thatinvolving the work force is essential to delivering our business objectives andalso to recruiting and retaining the right people”.Theimportance of staff consultation was also emphasised by the experience ofMcVitie’s Tollcross factory in Glasgow.RichardWileman, the factory’s general manager, told the conference production had beenincreased and absenteeism reduced following the adoption of a partnershipagreement at the plant.Thiswas achieved through a project called the Resolve Process, which initiallyinvolved three two-day off site meetings between seven union representativesand seven managers. This gave employees the chance to put across their concernsand also demonstrated that there was a real desire among staff to be moreinvolved in the business.Resolvegroup surgeries, which ensure staff are consulted about decisions that effectthem, were subsequently established and have become a formal part of thefactory’s communication process.last_img read more

Web site of the week

first_imgThereis increasing pressure on HR managers to put in place a reward scheme to securethe bright young stars of tomorrow as well as retain top performers. Butfinding and implementing the best scheme for your staff can involvetime-consuming research, especially given the proliferation of online to lighten the load by being a one-stop information source on the rewardsector with news, features, expert advice, forums and a handy set of links. Itis run by Paul Thompson, former editor of Pay and Benefits Bulletin and MichaelArmstrong, chief examiner on employee rewards at the IPD. Afree subscription to the site permits access to all areas (registration takes afew minutes) and we would recommend signing up for the regular newsletter whichalerts you, via e-mail to new content on the site as well as hot topics on thereward agenda. The forums look lively, with e-pay being hotly debated when welooked. Armstrong also offers a free helpline, where he will try to answerquestions e-mailed to him “within one week” Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Web site of the weekOn 6 Feb 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Employers in May Day alert

first_imgEmployers in May Day alertOn 18 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Employers have been drawingup plans to protect staff and customers during the anti-capitalist marchesscheduled for May Day.Activists have dubbedthis year’s demonstration as “May Day Monopoly” after the property buyingboard game. Demonstration organisers have distributed a game guide on theInternet, identifying targets on the famous Monopoly streets ( On Oxford Street, forexample, Carphone Warehouse is highlighted, with, “Sells Vodafone, keyplayers in pushing for the construction of the Newbury by-pass.” Coutts & Co andthe Savoy Hotel are listed on the Strand, with the comment, “Where richand famous scum stay.”Peta Clifton, seniorHR manager at Carphone Warehouse, said the company is taking the threatseriously. Last year, its branch on the Strand was damaged. The company hastaken advice from the police and branch managers have been briefed to secureemployees and customers within the branch if there is any sign of violence.The retailer’s staffworking on or adjacent to the route, such as its loss prevention team, will bekept informed on the day of the demonstration’s progress. They have beenprovided with emergency contact numbers, and all branch security measures,including CCTV cameras, have been tested. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

On the move

first_img Previous Article Next Article English Lakes Hotels has appointed Sara Hornby to the newly-created role ofgroup +1’s manager. She will oversee the introduction of the +1 culture, aswell as the continued training programme. The +1 philosophy is a new approachto customer services adopted by the firm. It’s based on the book Raving Fans byKenneth H Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles. Ian Wardle has joined property consultant Fuller Peiser as its head of HR inthe UK. He moves over from Capital Life and Pensions, where he was performanceconsulting manager. Before that, he worked at Nestlé and Cable & Wireless.In his new role, he will manage a team of three and focus on performancemanagement, recruitment, remuneration and benefits. Sally Webster is the new HR director at Guardian Newspapers. She will managethe company’s people department and sit on the board. She was formerly HRdirector at Bertlesmann Multimedia Group and head of HR at AOL UK. On the moveOn 15 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Watching the Watchers | People Stuff

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. “I’m going to confess, right up front.  This blog post is a shameless plug for my new ebook on social media, written with that very nice Tim Scott, better known on Twitter as”Read full article Watching the Watchers | People StuffShared from missc on 30 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.last_img

De Blasio’s Crown Heights flip-flop was no Garden-variety reversal

first_imgLet’s go back 10 months. Soon after the mayor answered the caller’s question, his staff claimed that he had confused the project with another one on Franklin Avenue approved in December 2018.That’s plausible. It certainly would not be the first time the mayor screwed up and failed to admit it. (Remember the curfew pitting cops against protesters? He’s still defending that.)Even more shocking to the land-use community was that de Blasio took a public position at all. As he explained repeatedly just a few months ago when asked about Industry City’s rezoning, he does not comment on private applications before the City Council. But he did exactly that with Eichner’s.The protocol when a mayor objects to a project is to have his planning chief tell the developer early, behind the scenes, so builders don’t waste years and millions of dollars while getting beat up by opponents over a hopeless endeavor. No one knows why de Blasio did not do that this time, but clearly he wanted to get credit for chopping down the Crown Heights towers rather than defer to the local Council member, Laurie Cumbo.Most concerning for developers and rent-burdened New Yorkers is that de Blasio prioritized building scale over affordable housing. That went against everything he has been saying for years, including his February comments, even if they were about a different project.Think back to 2003, when the Atlantic Yards megaproject was proposed in Brooklyn. Eminent domain was going to be used to raze occupied buildings to construct what is today the Barclays Center. Opposition was intense and dogged. But as the local City Council member, de Blasio supported it because, as he said repeatedly, the development also included lots of affordable housing. He did this despite the project being steered around him in favor of a state approval process.In the Crown Heights project undercut by de Blasio this week, half of the project’s apartments would have been affordable — twice as many as the mayor’s own housing policy requires.Several theories have emerged to explain his 180. One is that de Blasio will be returning to Brooklyn after he leaves office, and this was a pure NIMBY move. Another is that he didn’t want to impair his wife Chirlane McCray’s political future in Brooklyn.A more likely explanation is that the mayor is trying to salvage some popularity in the wake of his awful year, and siding with locals and garden lovers against a developer is a way to do that.In the end, Eichner will agree to shrink his 39-story towers, de Blasio will throw in some subsidy for affordability and the mayor will get cheers instead of jeers. Plausible outcomes? Two of them are.Contact Erik Engquist Share via Shortlink Email Address* Message* Photo illustration of Mayor Bill de Blasio (Illustration by The Real Deal)When Mayor Bill de Blasio publicly rejected a Crown Heights residential project that would cast shadows over the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, jaws dropped in real estate circles.Never before had the mayor openly opposed a rezoning pending before the City Council. And never had he prioritized neighborhood character over affordable housing.Real estate was already looking at 12 more months of toothlessness from an allegedly pro-development mayor. Now, it appears that he’s trying to grow fangs the only way he can: by opposing the industry.In February, de Blasio had given a long explanation of his support for the project, developed by Bruce Eichner’s Continuum Company, when a caller to “The Brian Lehrer Show” asked him about it. The shadows would not destroy the garden, he said, and providing affordable housing was far more important than aesthetic considerations about the buildings being too big.ADVERTISEMENT“I don’t think it ruins the garden forever. I just don’t,” the mayor said at the time. “I would love it if we could have a city that could be a city for everyone and affordable and we could keep some of the exact scale and aesthetics we had previously … but we’re in this new world.”Then, last week, he said Eichner’s two-tower project would harm the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s research and educational work and was “grossly out of scale with the neighborhood.” He made no reference to his February comments about how never changing the city’s scale makes it unaffordable.What happened?Read moreWhy the Soho rezoning will pass, and Gowanus tooPoll says New Yorkers support land-use changesDe Blasio’s housing headachecenter_img Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsDevelopmentPoliticsResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Jimmy Fallon lists Gramercy Park penthouse for $15M

first_img Email Address* Tags Share via Shortlink Full Name* Message*center_img Jimmy Fallon and Nanvy Juvonen with their penthouse at 34 Gramercy Park East (Photos via Getty/Sotheby’s Jeremy V. Stein and Debbie Korb)Jimmy Fallon is saying goodbye to New York City — or at least, the eclectic New York City apartment he and his family have called home for more than a decade.The host of “The Tonight Show” and his wife, film producer Nancy Juvonen, are listing their penthouse at 34 Gramercy Park East for $15 million, the Wall Street Journal reported. The six-bedroom, five-bathroom pad spans nearly 5,000 square feet and was assembled over the course of several years by combining four apartments.The couple thoroughly personalized the sprawling unit, adding vintage wallpaper that Juvoven sourced from stores around the city, a vintage bar in a room they call the saloon and artwork from friends and family (including Drew Barrymore). A door in the pantry leads to a hidden playroom, and a room in a restored turret is designed to look like the inside of a tree.ADVERTISEMENT“My design rule is that as soon as someone tells me what something is supposed to be, I start going in the opposite direction,” Juvoven told the publication.That’s not always the best resale strategy, especially in Manhattan’s choppy (but recovering) luxury market. The listing itself, by Sotheby’s International Realty, calls the space an “unparalleled and unique offering,” but brokers Jeremy V. Stein and Debbie Korb told the Journal it could be reconfigured to suit a buyer’s tastes.As for the comedian and his wife, they’re joining the wave of New Yorkers who’ve ditched the city during the pandemic, and plan to make their home base on Long Island in Sagaponack, where they’ve owned a home for a decade. [WSJ] — Amy PlittContact Amy Plitt Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Celebrity Real Estatehamptons-weeklyLuxury ListingsResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Increased stratospheric greenhouse gases could delay recovery of the ozone hole and of ozone loss at southern mid-latitudes

first_imgStratospheric H2O is increasing, and may be responsible for a large part of the observed cooling of the lower stratosphere. Further cooling will lead to more PSCs in the edge of the Antarctic stratospheric vortex in spring, though not in the vortex core which already becomes cold enough for near-continuous PSCs. A new diagnostic of mixing, plus measurements of H2O, show that the vortex edge is weakly mixed with the core until late in the spring. This isolation will allow any increase in PSCs to result in continued severe ozoneloss, despite reduced chlorine due to the Montreal Protocol. The isolated edge region is half the area of the ozonehole. It frequently passes over southern South America late enough in the spring for major UV damage, and in summer the broken-up ozonehole contributes to significant hemisphere-wide ozone loss.last_img read more

Continental slope morphology and sedimentary processes at the mouth of an Antarctic palaeo-ice stream

first_imgContinental-slope and shelf-edge morphology off Marguerite Bay, western Antarctic Peninsula, is investigated using swath-bathymetric data and parametric sub-bottom profiler records, together with sediment cores. Marguerite Bay has a well-defined cross-shelf trough, and a relatively steep continental slope. The slope beyond the trough mouth is convex in longitudinal profile, whereas to the north and south it is concave and reaches a maximum of 12degrees. There are no deep canyons cutting into the prograding outer shelf and slope. Instead, a series of gullies runs down the upper slope, reaching depths of >200 m south of the trough mouth but <120 m deep beyond the trough. The mid and lower slope appears to be relatively smooth and downslope sediment transfer is probably by small-scale slides, slumps and debris flows. The continental rise contains dendritic channels related to turbidity currents, and sediment drifts produced by southwest-flowing bottom currents from the fine-grained component of the turbidity currents. Elongate sedimentary bedforms indicate that a fast-flowing ice stream occupied the trough under full-glacial conditions, and transferred deforming subglacial till rapidly to the shelf edge. By contrast, on either side of the trough mouth, ice is inferred to have been slower-moving and probably cold-based, delivering little sediment to the upper slope. The steepness of the continental slope results in rapid downslope sediment transfer by debris flows, slumps and turbidity currents and accounts for the lack of a well-developed trough-mouth fan, which is typical of many lower-gradient glacier-influenced margins.last_img read more

Temperatures and horizontal winds in the Antarctic summer mesosphere

first_imgA series of 26 meteorological rockets (“falling spheres,” FS) were launched in January and February 1998 from the Antarctic research station Rothera (68degreesS, 68degreesW). These flights gave densities and temperatures below similar to93 km and horizontal winds below similar to75 km, respectively. The lowest altitude is approximately 35 km. The instrumental technique is identical to the one applied in similar studies in the Northern Hemisphere (NH). In this paper, we summarize the experimental results and compare them with climatologies in the NH summer and with empirical models. We concentrate on the mesosphere. In January, temperatures in the upper mesosphere are very low (<135 K) and are very similar to the NH. In February, temperatures increase substantially, certainly more than in the corresponding time period in the NH. The zonal winds show a similar behavior: SH/NH values are very similar in January/July but differ in February/August. This indicates that (at least in 1998) the seasonal transition from summer to winter occurs earlier in the SH compared to the NH. Mass densities are generally similar in both hemispheres. The difference is less than 2-6% and shows a seasonal variation similar to temperatures and zonal winds. Our experimental results at Rothera differ significantly from empirical reference atmospheres such as the COSPAR International Reference Atmosphere (CIRA). For example, in the upper mesosphere our mass densities are up to 35-40% smaller compared to CIRA. Such differences can be important, for example, when modeling the sedimentation of ice particles leading to noctilucent clouds (NLC) and polar mesosphere summer echoes (PMSE). Furthermore, zonal winds in the mesosphere in January/July in the SH/NH are very similar in our measurements but different in CIRA. Recent lidar and radar measurements of NLC at Rothera and PMSE at Davis (68.6&DEG;S), respectively, show very similar mean altitudes compared to the NH supporting the similarity of the thermal structures in both hemispheres in January/July.last_img read more