Family-friendly working is the most overused phrase

first_img At every HR event, speakers and delegates have been eager to drop words like flexible working into the conversation at every opportunity.The media have been full of articles on the work-life balance; nor have politicians been slow to jump on the bandwagon of what looks like a votewinner.The DTI has been busy canvassing views, and its review of the issues concerning parents at work, which was launched in June, closes next week. The next step will be a Government consultation paper, which is expected at the end of next month.The idea of a “baby bonus” for employers is one of the better ones that have been floated (news, p1). Companies would welcome a payment that funds training and updates the skills of women returners. In a buoyant recruitment market, where there are skills shortages and a fight to keep the best talent, any initiatives which encourage employers to make sure women return to work are essential.What is important is that HR professionals have their say. Practitioners were surprisingly reluctant to comment on this issue when Personnel Today sought their views this week.Proposals such as extending maternity leave from 40 weeks to a year have a direct effect on the business, and HR should ensure it makes its views known.Been there, done thatThe Hollywood comedy Groundhog Day is about a man permanently trapped in the same day. Every time the alarm rings in the morning he checks the date on the digital monitor, and discovers he is about to relive the previous day.When veteran delegates to CIPD conferences wake up in their splendid Victorian hotel rooms next week they might well experience a similar sensation. This feeling will intensify if, over the full English breakfast, they happen to scan the conference programme.Many of the names of keynote speakers will be familiar – and the themes will ring a bell, too. It can feel as if the organisers get the themes for this year’s conference by jumbling up the words for last year’s. Last year it might have been “Putting people into strategy”. This year, perhaps, “Putting strategy into people”.The format of the CIPD’s conference has served it well. But might it be time to ring the changes? Family-friendly working is the most overused phraseOn 10 Oct 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Digital future of banking requires new leadership model

first_imgThe banking industry is trying to respond to an increasingly turbulent business environment, where legacy leadership and existing cultures are being challenged. Not only do leaders need to articulate a vision for a future of increasing customer expectations, greater competition and advancing technology, but also provide the resources to become digital technology organizations.Some people argue that completely new leadership skills will be required to survive in the digital age. Others believe that leaders should go back to the essentials established decades ago, not letting change distract or disrupt an organization on a managerial level.A joint research project between MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte, found that a blend of both perspectives may be required. In other words, while core leadership skills will stay the same, digital disruption will require new skills to be added to the ‘leadership handbook’. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

‘Last Dance’ inspired Robben return

first_img(BBC) – Arjen Robben was inspired to launch a comeback with Groningen after they showed him a montage of basketball great Michael Jordan’s career.Groningen officials met with Robben just days after he retired in May 2019.While that initial approach failed to convince 36-year-old Robben, talks were revived last month.The Dutch club used clips from the Last Dance documentary about Jordan, interspersed with images from Robben’s own career, in their successful pitch.Robben, who made his senior debut for Groningen as a 16-year-old before moving on to PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern, has signed a one-year deal with his boyhood club.“I’m here to help the club,” Robben said on Sunday.“You do that by showing the right attitude. I don’t have anything to lose and I’m going into the challenge with a positive attitude and to try and make the best of it.“I haven’t set any goals, it could be over in a month or it could last two years.”Jordan also famously came out of retirement. After initially ending his baseball career at the age of the age of 30 to attempt a professional baseball career, he returned to the Chicago Bulls to win another three NBA titles.Robben spent his time away from football on another sporting challenge. He had been training to run the Rotterdam marathon before the coronavirus pandemic forced its postponement from April to October.last_img read more

Tipp confident heading in to Clare encounter

first_img4 points from the first 3 games was the aim for Tipp senior footballers heading into the National League this season.A win against Cork gave them 2 points – and with 2 points on offer in Ennis against Clare this weekend – their goals are still achieveable.That’s according to Tipp coach Shane Stapleton, who says he’s hopeful they’ll have a fighting chance on Sunday afternoon. However, he says Clare won’t fear Tipp..Tipp FM’s live coverage of this Sundays Allianz Football League Tipperary versus Clare comes in association with Gleesons Pub Irishtown Clonmellast_img read more