Do employees benefit from employee benefits?

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Do employees benefit from employee benefits?Shared from missc on 17 Jun 2015 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.center_img Read full article Staff benefits schemes seem to be a hot topic at the moment so I thought I’d chime in with my thoughts….In years gone by the company car, paid phone bill’s or company credit card were pretty much the in domain of the professionals at the top of their game working in the most generous of companies. Now though, almost akin to my blog post on gimmicky long interview processes, companies seem to be using the benefits they offer as a marketing tool, and the list of what is being offered is getting longer and longer. There’ nothing wrong with that, but let’s dissect it a little.In recent times there has been a lot of debate over what is considered a generous benefits programme and what is going too far. For example, I refer to Facebook and Apple who opted for a very polarizing benefit of freezing any female employee’s eggs (most suggest in a bid to allow feeling more at ease delaying having children). Or Google California, as another example who trucked in snow to create a snowy wonderland for its staff. Times are of course changing and our wants and needs are evolving with the times. I totally get that we are not programmed in the same way that we were 50 years ago where social norms almost pre-defined at what ages children would enter our lives, or when we should be allowed to enjoy a brisk walk in the snow, but is this taking a “company benefit” too far?In a few less extreme examples such-as, orgs employing chefs to cook meals each day for staff, full gym in-house or even sleep pods. These all sound amazing, right? And who wouldn’t want a part of that, but something that is also worth thinking about is – Are we then blurring the lines further between our professional worlds and our personal worlds? And indeed, is this a good or bad thing? We have already seen a huge shift towards technology interoperability and never being too far away from a piece of tech that could see us struggle to “switch off” in our personal time, but we are now looking at a new age where the comforts of home-life are being brought to the office.This is not to say I wouldn’t dive straight into a sleep-pod given the chance – just food for thought and I’d be keen to hear other perspective on where boundaries should be in the creation of a solid benefits scheme…last_img read more

Visiting Instructor

first_imgMust have the ability to use personal computers and MicrosoftOffice software such as Word, Excel, Power Point and Access. Musthave a positive attitude. Must have knowledge of basic officefunctions. Must have the ability to make sound decisions with thesupport of the Department Chair and faculty, determine strategy innext steps and processes, and handle multiple request orassignments effectively. Must have excellent verbal andcommunication skills. * Do you have prior teaching experience in a higher educationenvironment?YesNo Teaches undergraduate or graduate level courses, as needed. Provideacademic advising for students. Develop syllabus and teachingmaterials. Assist with projects, research, and other departmentalprograms. Performs other job related duties as assigned. N/A Must have prior teaching experience in a higher educationenvironment. Must be able to work with a diverse student andfaculty population. Grant TitleN/A Education Desired start date Teaches undergraduate or graduate level courses, as needed. Working/Environmental Conditions Open Until Filled (overrides close field)Yes 50% * Do you have a Master’s Degree or higher from an accreditedcollege or university in the discipline of the posted position or aclosely related field?YesNo Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Hiring RangeCommensurate with experience. Required Licensing/Certification Position End Date (if temporary) Hours of WorkTBA Security Sensitive Position?Yescenter_img N/A Work Experience Requires a Master’s Degree or higher from an accredited college oruniversity in the discipline of the posted position or a closelyrelated field. Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOfficial TranscriptsOptional Documents Special Instructions to ApplicantsOpen to all applicants. Job Description Summary / TWC Summary Position Details Official TSU TitleVisiting Instructor It is the policy of Texas Southern University to provide a workenvironment that is free from discrimination for all personsregardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin,individuals with disability, sexual orientation, or protectedveteran status in its programs, activities, admissions oremployment policies. This policy of equal opportunity is strictlyobserved in all University employment-related activities such asadvertising, recruiting, interviewing, testing, employmenttraining, compensation, promotion, termination, and employmentbenefits. This policy expressly prohibits harassment anddiscrimination in employment based on race, color, religion,gender, gender identity, genetic history, national origin,individuals with disability, age, citizenship status, or protectedveteran status. This policy shall be adhered to in accordance withthe provisions of all applicable federal, state and local laws,including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil RightsAct.Manual of Administrative Policies andProcedures Posting NumberTSU202027 * Do you have experience using personal computers, andMicrosoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access); andother job related software?YesNo Posting Details Posting Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). % FTE UA EEO Statement Close Date Essential Duties Summarylast_img read more

24 hours of rowing at University College Boat Club in aid of Mind

first_imgRowers from University College Boat Club will be rowing continuously for 24 hours to raise money for Oxfordshire Mind at the college on 16-17 November. Kathryn Pickup from Oxfordshire Mind said: “We know that physical activity can make significant improvements to people’s mental health, so it’s great that the UCBC have chosen to raise awareness of this, as well as making mental wellbeing a priority for their own club. At Oxfordshire Mind, we firmly believe that everyone who experiences mental health difficulties should have somewhere to turn to for advice and support. By supporting us in this way, UCBC will ensure that we can continue to make that happen.” Supporters will be able to cheer the club on in the quad from 11am- 5pm on the 16th and 9am-11am on November 17. The overnight section will be held in the college gym. The rowers will power two rowing machines overnight to raise money for the charity, and part of the rowing marathon will take place on the college quad and will be open to the public. The club chose to support Ox- fordshire Mind because it runs local workshops and provides support for those suffering with mental health conditions which are especially prevalent in young people. The event is also supporting the Rowing Together for Healthy Minds initiative, which was set up in specifically to raise awareness about mental health in the rowing community. Aiming to raise £2,000 forthe charity, the college has set up a JustGiving page.last_img read more

Two Ocean City School Principals Awarded for Excellence

first_imgTwo Ocean City School District principals have joined the growing list of educators from the district recognized for excellence this year, according to a school district press release. Ocean City High School Principal Matthew Jamison has been named one of the 2017-18 Visionary Leaders of the Year by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) and the New Jersey Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  In addition, Ocean City Intermediate School Principal Geoffrey Haines has been selected as the winner of the 2018 AtlantiCare Healthy Educator Award. In announcing Jamison as a New Jersey Secondary Visionary Leader, NJPSA praised Jamison’s implementation of Professional Learning Communities in Ocean City High School (OCHS) years before their inclusion in AchieveNJ teacher evaluation. Jamison has enabled the faculty at OCHS to revise standards, establish common sense assessments and develop assessment guides through curriculum. His leadership in this area has made Ocean City High School a model school for creating Student Growth Objectives; the school is being studied by Rutgers University for its work in this area, according to the release.Jamison has also co-developed the NJ School Choice programs offered at the high school and led the expansion of dual credit opportunities for students, the expansion of the Freshman Transition Program to include mentoring and career paths, open enrollment in Advanced Placement courses with additional faculty and student support, and a transformed Master Schedule to better afford teachers and students time for more rigorous and immersive learning experiences, the release states.Ocean City Intermediate School Principal Geoffrey Haines, holding plaque during a 2017 awards ceremony at a Board of Education meeting, has been named the winner of the 2018 AtlantiCare Healthy Educator Award.Haines won the Healthy Educator Award through AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children initiative for his efforts to instill healthy behaviors and attitudes in the Intermediate School’s student and staff populations. He has helped initiate Mindful Mondays at the school, during which the entire student body takes time to breathe and meditate at the start of the school day. For both students and staff, Haines has led the introduction of yoga, which is supported by a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Health and Wellness Grant. With its Sustainable Jersey funding, the Ocean City Intermediate School (OCIS) has started offering after-school yoga lessons to students in fourth through eighth grades. The yoga equipment purchased with this funding also benefits teachers and staff during yoga sessions on in-service days, according to the release. The school’s yoga program, in addition to its outdoor garden, have helped it secure a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Bronze Certification. This program recognizes schools and school districts for their positive efforts to improve environmental sustainability and overall health and wellness within the school community. “Both Dr. Jamison and Mr. Haines have a transformational leadership style that inspires students, parents, faculty and other stakeholders to participate in finding innovative ways to make our schools even better,” said Ocean City School District Superintendent Kathleen Taylor. “Both are truly deserving of recognition. As a district, we celebrate these principals and the fact that these awards highlight the highly effective educators and schools right here in Ocean City.”Jamison and Haines are just two of the leaders from the Ocean City School District to receive awards this year. Taylor was named 2018 Superintendent of the Year by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), and American Sign Language teacher Amy Andersen is the 2017-18 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. In addition, OCHS junior Nora Faverzani was elected as a New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC) state officer and will serve as the single State School Board of Education Student Representative for the 2018-2019 school year. Jamison will receive his NJPSA Visionary Award at the organization’s Fall Conference in October. The award comes with a $7,000 grant for Ocean City High School, which the school will use to support the technology infrastructure in its newly developed Holocaust/Genocide Studies course. OCHS will begin offering this dual-credit program with Stockton University in Fall 2018. All resources, including the college resources, will be online, making technology a fundamental part of the course. Haines will receive his Healthy Educator Award at a ceremony on April 18. His recognition comes with $600 to support a healthy initiative at his school. He plans to use the stipend to support the school’s edible garden to produce fruits and vegetables for use in the Family and Consumer Science classes and the school’s cafeteria. Ocean City High School Principal Matthew Jamison, shown at right during a 2017 Board of Education awards ceremony, has been named one of the 2017-18 Visionary Leaders of the Year.last_img read more

Take off the blinkers

first_imgAt last, there are signs on the horizon of a few brave bakers who have noticed things are hotting up on the high street! Apart from the giants, such as Greggs and Subway, making their presence felt, retail bakers face the added challenge of the in-store concessions, bake-off and any number of coffee-based offers. But many have their blinkers on, focusing just on their products while neglecting the bigger picture.The shift towards snacking on the move – as opposed to subsistence shopping – is creating a whole new way to slice up the market. Some bakers have successfully kept pace with these challenges by evolving their offer – Reeve The Baker, Thomas the Baker, Oliver Adams, to name but a few. Others have had to make more radical changes. Coughlans, for instance, recently adopted a breezy new name and image – Munch – that re-positions it more as sandwich makers/coffee shop than ’bakers and confectioners’. It was awarded ’2006 Baker Sandwich Maker of The Year’ at the Sammies, largely for its bold new image.== GLUED TO TRADITION ==Many have moved with the times, and some are offering real exotica – ciabatta, foccacia, walnut and walrus, date and dingo (there’s no end to the invention)! But in truth, there are still those that are glued to certain traditions to the point of extinction. Tradition is defined as a “long-established custom or belief, often one that has been handed down from generation to generation” – says it all really! Tradition is fine when devised as part of a positioning statement or as a ploy in creating a look based on heritage (actual or invented) such as in Paul’s or Le Pain Quotidien; but whenever it’s handed down, it usually means tired, weary and long overdue for a major overhaul.== SHAPING FUTURE TRENDS ==Just as Ford has gone from Model ’T’ to Focus ST by continually developing its products to meet the demands of drivers, it has kept pace with market trends to the point where it now actively shapes future trends. Indeed, Mr Ford started out in 1903, making Ford younger than many ’traditional’ bakers!Bakers can remain traditional and be proud of their heritage, but they do need to look to the future – and it’s not just about having a great product. It’s about developing a connection with the customer, with real retailing and marketing and all those alien ’ings’ that some bakers have struggled to adopt. Bakers need to look harder at their products and customers and ask themselves seven key questions:1 Who are our customers?2 What do they need to buy?3 How do we connect with them?4 What could we inspire themto buy?5 Are we adding to their shopping experience?6 Where else are they shopping for similar goods?7 What makes our products sodifferent to anyone else’s?Now ask yourself, should you be a customer-focused business or a product-focused business? The retailers who’ve stepped out of the bakery long enough to take a look around will know how to answer that. Those that bury theirs heads in their ovens will not. nlBob Cardona FRSA is MD of CDA Option One Strategic Retail Designlast_img read more

Phish Debuts “Infinite” & Keeps It Funky At Night 2 Of The Gorge [Photos/Videos]

first_imgOn Saturday night, Phish returned to The Gorge for the second night of their first ever three-night run at the beloved outdoor venue in George, WA. Opening up their Gorge run on Friday night in style, the band delivered a monster 24-minute “Chalkdust Torture”, that is now in the prestigious 20+ minute jam club. Phish also debuted “Set Your Soul Free”, a Trey Anastasio written song that was debuted with Trey Anastasio Band in Las Vegas this past October.Starting Saturday night off at 8:2o PST, the band jumped into a celebratory “Party Time” with an extended jam. Trey Anastasio was feeling loose out of the gates, trading solos back and forth with Page McConnell as Jon Fishman laid down his signature “Party Time” beats. After a brief pause, Trey and Mike Gordon came in heavy with the intro to “Punch You In The Eye”, winding down the deep salsa-infused road that we all know and love. With Gordon rocking some tropical-flowery pants, and his signature electric-green Nike’s, he and Anastasio got loose at the knees and down into their dance, comfortably getting night-two at the Gorge off to an impressive start.“Punch You In The Eye”[Video: Gregory Marcus]Settling in, the band dove head-first into “Mike’s Song”, with Gordon taking charge, dropping some serious first-set bombs. Anastasio has been digging a watery-effect harnassing his Leslie speaker, laying down some dark and heavy power chords as “Mike’s” continued to grow deeper. Chris Kuroda‘s slightly altered rig from last summer is doing even more magical and mind-blowing things than we’ve seen before, impressively getting things moving fast as the last minutes of daylight lingered. With the picturesque Columbia River Gorge providing the most perfect of backgrounds, Trey slowly floated into “I Am Hydrogen”, as the sun settled below the horizon.A lofty “Hydrogen” led way into the anticipated “Weekapaug Groove”, with Gordon hammering away, looking lean and mean in his “sleeveless Mike” style. The “Weekapaug” was strong but standard, with Anastasio leading the way into some scorching solos, reminding everyone of the magic that began at Madison Square Garden one year ago to the date. The same creative energy seems t0 be flowing this summer, and the Vermonters seem happier than ever, clearly and precisely locked-in with each other as they set out to destroy America this summer.Up next was a Phish debut, “Infinite”, led on vocals by Gordon. Page McConnell has been exceptional to start off this tour, laying down some funky work on the grand piano, allowing Gordon and Fishman to lock-in to an infectious groove. The new debut was rocking, with all four members of the band playing with confidence and grinning from ear-to-ear, as the 25,000+ person outdoor amphitheatre rocked with them, thoroughly impressed. The new jam came to a halt, and Page came in on the organ, swinging into “It’s Ice” and giving Trey some room to step slightly out-of-bounds and lay down some impressive guitar work.“Divided Sky” was next and, after some early stumbles, was played with precision. Trey’s sustained note rang out loud, with fans whistling and chanting, seemingly louder than at virtually any venue the band plays in the country. A hard-hitting “Cavern” brought set-one to a close. The first-ever three-night run at The Gorge was going swimmingly as it rounded the halfway point, the first three sets of the weekend in the rearview mirror.Following a forty-five minute set-break, Phish came back out and dove head first into “Tweezer”. Following two interesting yet well-received shows in Tahoe, fans were buzzing about the monster “Tweezer” that they were anticipating and hoping for at The Gorge. Well, although not extremely long, the jam quickly moved into fast-paced Phish, with Gordon leading the way. After moving past the main theme of the song and heading into deep jam-territory, Trey initiated liftoff, shredding away as The Gorge crowd prepared for blastoff.“Tweezer”[Video: LivePhish]After a soaring Anastasio peak, with McConnell following him as cohesively as any two musicians might hope to play together, the jam slowly fizzled out, leading the way to “Golden Age”. Anastasio’s voice sounded sharp and strong, as he led his bandmates through the feel-good chorus. The “Golden Age” jam got super funky, with McConnell sending out some extraterrestrial noises, hopping between various keyboards in his impressive setup. Following some deep funk, sticky bass bombs rang out from Gordon’s side of the stage, locking into a few thrilling minutes of exploration before a two-second pause, and quick transition into “Farmhouse”.“Tweezer” > “Golden Age”[Video: Gregory Marcus]The band is feeling as comfortable as they ever have, and their selection of “Farmhouse” midway through the set was well-played, as Anastasio laid down some delicate licks accompanied by more of Gordon’s bombs. “Farmhouse” was short and sweet, but what came next was the exact opposite. The band dug deep into “Piper”, easily marking the highlight jam of the show. Page sent off more dark and spacey tones and Kuroda had the light rig bouncing as the band slowly transitioned into silky-smooth Type II territory.The vibe the band set during “Piper” continued into “Prince Caspian”. “Caspian” had some legs, and Anastasio helped his bandmates lead the jam to a blissful peak, firing off notes at rapid-fire speed. Entering a psychedelic space, McConnell kept the space-funk coming, elegantly complimenting Anastasio’s solo. Yet another slower song, “Wading In The Velvet Sea”, came next, a bit of a surprise after the earlt-set “Farmhouse”. “Wading” carried the same heartfelt emotion that the song will carry with it forever, Trey’s carefully crafted solo soaring gracefully over the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the venue.“Rise/ Come Together”, originally debuted by Trey Anastasio Band, was noticeably strong on the vocal end, as it sometimes seems hard for Anastasio to hold down large harmonies that Jen Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and James Casey are there to assist on with TAB. “Rise/ Come Together” gave way to a roaring “Run Like An Antelope”, bringing the second set to a close. Anastasio seemed exhausted as “Antelope” peaked and landed into “Rye, Rye, Rocco”, a sure sign that Phish brought the heat to The Gorge once again.Returning for their encore, and seeming to have taken enough time to catch their breath, Phish offered up “Bug”, with an ecstatic crowd singing along, “It doesn’t matter!”. “Tweezer Reprise” brought a joyous Saturday night at The Gorge to the finish line, with the band member seeming relaxed and taking a few moments before exiting the stage.“Bug” > “Tweezer Reprise”[Video: Gregory Marcus]Phish returns to the Gorge tonight for their third and final performance of the weekend. For a full list of Phish’s upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.You can view a gallery of photos from Phish’s second of three nights at The Gorge below via Dave Vann.Setlist: Phish | The Gorge | George, WA |  7/21/2018Set One: Party Time, Punch You In The Eye > Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Infinite^ > It’s Ice> Divided Sky, CavernSet Two: Tweezer > Golden Age > Farmhouse > Piper> Prince Caspian > Wading In The Velvet Sea > Rise/Come Together > Run Like An AntelopeEncore: Bug> Tweezer Reprise^debutPhish | The Gorge | George, WA | 7/21/18 | Photos: Dave Vann Photo: Dave Vann Load remaining imagescenter_img Photo: Dave Vannlast_img read more

Panel discusses eating disorders, body image

first_imgEating disorders and body image issues are a major part of the competition and perfectionism present among Notre Dame students, panelists said Wednesday evening. The Gender Relations Center (GRC) held a panel discussion, “Perfectly Disordered: Eating Disorders, Body Image and College Life,” Wednesday night as a part of Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The event featured a student panel of GRC peer educators who discussed the pressures facing different groups at Notre Dame. Junior Victoria Hadlock talked about major pressures facing all students and possible ways to alleviate those pressures. “There is certainly a sense of needing to be perfect or needing to be the smartest,” she said. Hadlock said she found a happier balance and moved away from her “type A” personality by getting involved in something she was passionate about. “Find a group of friends or a niche where you can really be yourself and feel comfortable,” she said. “Appreciate friendships because they are what get us through the constant pressures knocking on our door everyday.” Sophomore Elliott Pearce focused on the body image issues that face many male students. “Many people think eating disorders and body image issues only pertain to women,” he said. “They don’t realize that guys have a lot of pressures too.” Pearce said there is an idea that men are supposed to be in control all the time and many men choose to compromise their health in order to live up to this ideal. “Manhood is not about physical appearance,” he said. “It’s about what you do with the gifts you have.” Pearce offered the example of Rudy, who fought against all odds to make his dream come true. “Everybody has something that they do that makes them who they are,” he said. “And that’s where you should draw your strength from.” Senior Nate Geary, a member of the men’s swimming and diving team, focused on the pressures facing student-athletes. “We’re always told that we are students first and athletes second,” he said. “But a lot of times, this isn’t true or possible.” Geary discussed another stereotype that exists on campus: “Domers” and “dumbers.” “People think that only students are the actual Domers, while the student-athletes are the dumbers,” he said. “There is definitely an added pressure in wanting to prove this stereotype wrong.” Val Staples, a staff clinician in the University Counseling Center, concluded with solutions on how to create a healthy and supportive campus. Staples said the best thing to do is to sit down and talk to a friend that you think is having difficulty or feeling pressured. “There is no wrong way to let someone know that you care about them or are worried about them,” she said.last_img read more

RWE cancels plans for 1,200MW lignite plant

first_imgRWE had originally started planning for the for the 1,200 megawatts (MW) lignite-fired power station at Niederaussem in 2012 to replace older generation units at the site that uses locally mined brown coal with latest coal-burning technology at that time. But the project was languishing when the wholesale power market slumped between 2012 and 2016 in the wake of the financial crisis and because of overcapacity, which led to major reorganisation in the industry. RWE’s chief financial officer Markus Krebber last week told Reuters the company would spend billions of euros in coming years on green power, alongside storage technologies and gas-fired power. German utility RWE is to cancel future investment in coal-fired power plants, including a large brown coal power plant at Niederaussem near Cologne, to focus on renewables. The company is planning a major reorganisation later this year under which RWE will take over 10,000 MW of renewable power assets from subsidiary Innogy and rival E.ON , making it the world’s number five renewables company. “In the future, RWE will focus on electricity generation from renewable energy sources. Consequently, the company will no longer invest in new coal-fired power stations,” it said in a statement on Friday. Analysts say that global climate goals and the environmental case against carbon emissions from coal burning now make projects such as Niederaussem unrealistic.center_img RWE cancels plans for 1,200MW lignite plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters: More: RWE cancels plans for new coal plants, including Niederaussemlast_img read more

Chinese companies to be major players in offshore wind market—Wood Mackenzie

first_imgChinese companies to be major players in offshore wind market—Wood Mackenzie FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:China’s offshore wind manufacturers could become the world’s leading suppliers, even if they fail to break out of their own domestic market.The potential size of China’s surging offshore wind market means that, despite having less advanced technology than their Western peers, Chinese original equipment manufacturers could lead the global offshore wind order rankings in years to come, said Luke Lewandowski, director at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.China is expected to install around 40 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity over the next 10 years, only 11 gigawatts less than the whole of Europe.Still, the prospect of Chinese OEMs overtaking current market leaders MHI Vestas and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on the broader global stage look hazy at best. “The Chinese manufacturers will be pretty much restricted to the Chinese market for the foreseeable future,” Lewandowski said.There are two main reasons for this, he said. First, the enormous size of offshore wind turbines increasingly demands localized manufacturing, which Chinese OEMs might find hard to establish outside of China.Second, and more importantly, is technology. Chinese manufacturers have yet to achieve the turbine sizes now offered by European OEMs, such as the 9.5-megawatt machines that MHI Vestas will be supplying to Vineyard Wind’s 800-megawatt project off the southern coast of Massachusetts, or the 8-megawatt turbines Siemens Gamesa is selling into Taiwan.More: Chinese firms could rule offshore wind market without ever leaving homelast_img read more