What gets measured gets done – let’s do it

first_imgWhat gets measured gets done – let’s do itOn 18 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Allthe recent noise about workforce productivity has been quite fascinating. Youguys fly in US strategy guru Michael Porter to tell you what your problem is,stirring up the academics, and then Personnel Today calls for action in itsWhite Paper (11 February). Itis, of course, good fun to read the back and forth on why the US is moreproductive than the UK, or which country leads in productivity improvement, butlet me lob in two thoughts from the sidelines. First,on the global side, are we certain that our measurements and definitions of‘productivity’ are not overly Western-centric? Is our definition ofproductivity wholly relevant in the various parts of the planet where we plyour respective trades? Whenwe look at productivity measurements, do we stop and think about ourmeasurements in terms of local cultures? Productivity studies no doubt amazeand amuse workers in countries where afternoon naps are common; in cultureswhere the lunch hour is happily spent head down, asleep at your desk; or inplaces that revel in a 35-hour working week. How then, given these issues, canwe truly measure and compare productivity across borders, and are thecomparisons appropriate, much less accurate?Theadvent of international air travel changed many things – it certainly gave usall the ability to impose our own views and work ethics on far greater swathesof humanity than before. But we have to ask ourselves, is that the right thingto do?Measuringproductivity is important, and striving for continual improvement is crucial, butneither of these can be absent of context.Second,since we are frequently the ones doing the measuring, what are we doing in HRto measure HR’s productivity (the old adage involving stones and glass housesmay well apply)?ForHR to be convincing, we have to get our own house in order first. What have wedone to demonstrate our productivity? The ability to measure HR, and to measurethe impact it has on a business becomes even more important as productivity isexamined across the company – and across the world.Alltoo frequently I still hear HR professionals whining about not being able tomeasure the ‘soft side’ of HR and I still have conversations with people whothink HR can’t be effectively be measured or show the value of it. We’ve got tostop this thinking, and start insisting that HR be accountable for results –just like every other part of the organisation.Financereports numbers; sales and marketing report numbers. Operations can reportnumbers, and certainly legal teams can attach metrics to their activities. Why,then, is it so rare for HR functions to report back out what they achieve?HRprofessionals must be on the front lines of creating and reporting metrics thatdefine and prove the value we bring to our companies.Whatgets measured, gets done. What gets done, gets valued. Whither HR?ByLance Richards, Board director, SHRM Global Forumlast_img read more

HSE to improve poor health record in construction sector

first_img Previous Article Next Article HSE to improve poor health record in construction sectorOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today OHwill play a major part in cutting building’s £760m bill for ill healthConstructionfirms are to get free advice on OH issues, on-site risk assessments and adviceon specialist services under a pilot scheme being co-ordinated by the Healthand Safety Executive (HSE).Thehealth and safety record of the industry has been an ongoing concern of the HSEand, with the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC), it has agreedto set up an independent ‘action forum’ to raise up to £1.3m for a trial OH supportscheme.Oncethe forum is established and funding secured, the pilot will be run initiallyin a designated part of the country, with a remit to work to better manageworkers’ exposure to key health risks in the industry. If successful, it willbe expanded to become a national operation, aiming to reduce the industry’sestimated £760m bill of work-related ill health.KevinMyers, chairman of CONIAC and the HSE’s chief inspector of construction, saidthe aim of the scheme was to “improve, preserve and protect the health of theindustry’s employees”.AndySneddon, health and safety director of the Construction Confederation addedthat it represented a “real opportunity” to make a step change towardseffective management of health issues within the sector. GeorgeBrumwell, general secretary of industry trade union UCATT, said: “The cases ofill health in our industry show why it is important this pilot is successfuland a permanent scheme is set up.”TheHSE has been carrying out ‘blitzes’ on construction firms up and down thecountry and is particularly worried about the number of deaths and seriousinjuries within the industry.www.hse.gov.uk Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Ground-penetrating radar measurements of debris thickness on Lirung Glacier, Nepal

first_imgSupraglacial debris thickness is a key control on the surface energy balance of debris-covered glaciers, yet debris thickness measurements are sparse due to difficulties of data collection. Here we use ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to measure debris thickness on the ablation zone of Lirung Glacier, Nepal. We observe a strong, continuous reflection, which we interpret as the ice surface, through debris layers of 0.1 to at least 2.3 m thick, provided that appropriate acquisition parameters were used while surveying. GPR measurements of debris thickness correlate well with pit measurements of debris thickness (r = 0.91, RMSE = 0.04 m) and two-way travel times are consistent at tie points (r = 0.97). 33% of measurements are <0.5 m, so sub-debris melting is likely important in terms of mass loss on the debris-covered tongue and debris thickness is highly variable over small spatial scales (of order 10 m), likely due to local slope processes. GPR can be used to make debris thickness measurements more quickly, over a wider debris thickness range, and at higher spatial resolution than any other means and is therefore a valuable tool with which to map debris thickness distribution on Himalayan glaciers.last_img read more

BYU buries UMass 56-24 under 628 yards of offense

first_imgNovember 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU buries UMass 56-24 under 628 yards of offense FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Zach Wilson threw for 293 yards and four touchdowns, Jackson McChesney ran for 228 yards and two scores and BYU amassed 628 yards of offense in beating UMass 56-24 on Saturday.BYU (7-4) led 49-0 of at halftime after gaining 440 total yards, the fourth most in any half in program history. McChesney’s 228 rushing yards are the most by a BYU freshman and the sixth most in school history.McChesney (15 carries) ran for two TDs and had a 62-yard romp in the third quarter, the Cougars’ longest run of the year. Lopini Katoa and Aleva Hifo also ran for scores.Wilson was 17 of 20, with TD passes to Tyler Allgeier, Katoa, Guner Romney and Talon Shumway, who had four catches for 92 yards. Tight end Matt Bushman had two catches for 36 yards, including the 112th catch of his career.JJ Nwigwe’s interception of a Randall West pass set up Wilson’s 18-yard TD toss to Romney for a 42-0 lead. Dayan Ghanwoloku recovered his seventh career fumble, setting up Allgeier’s 3-yard TD run.West was 15-of-21 passing for 131 yards for UMass (1-11), with TD passes to Zak Simon and Josiah Johnson. Bilal Ally, 127 yards on 26 carries, scored on a 46-yard run and Cooper Garcia kicked a 29-yard field goal. Associated Press Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Footballlast_img read more

DEAR RISHI, 15 industry heavyweights write to Chancellor to avert stamp duty ‘cliff edge’

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » DEAR RISHI, 15 industry heavyweights write to Chancellor to avert stamp duty ‘cliff edge’ previous nextHousing MarketDEAR RISHI, 15 industry heavyweights write to Chancellor to avert stamp duty ‘cliff edge’Unprecedented cross-industry open letter warns Rishi Sunak of dangers should he insist on 31st March stamp duty holiday cut-off.Nigel Lewis29th October 202002,368 Views A letter signed by all the key players in the property sales industry from agents to removals firms has signed a join open letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak over the looming stamp duty crisis.The unprecedented letter calls for the government to reconsider its position on the stamp duty holiday and the current Help to Buy scheme, both of which are due to end on 31st March next year.Signatories to the letter tell Sunak that this is putting the housing market infrastructure under huge pressure as hundreds of thousands of buyers and sellers, agents, surveyors, lenders and conveyancers strain under pressure to complete sales before the deadline.“Operational constraints in all areas of the home buying industry caused by the disruption brought about by Covid-19 and the current advice to work at home where possible, have seen average property transaction times lengthen from 12 weeks to 20 weeks,” the letter says.“We are concerned that consumers continue to offer on properties expecting to benefit from the SDLT rate reduction but in reality they may be too late.”The letter calls for a six-month extension of the stamp duty holiday to September 2021, and for measures to be introduced that would ‘smooth out’ any cliff edge and create a more orderly return to normal market conditions.The letter has been signed by 14 different organisations including BAR, NAEA Propertymark, The Guild of Property Professionals, the Residential Property Surveyors Association, Conveyancing Association, Society of Licenced Conveyancers, Kate Faulkner, the House Buying and Selling Group, conveyancing giant Simplify, MAB, Landmark and Purplebricks.Important stepMark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark says: “The joint letter sent to the Chancellor today is an important step in protecting those in the process of buying or selling a house that might miss out on the 31st March stamp duty deadline because of increased pressure on service providers within the industry, which is causing delays for buyers and sellers in the sector.“The boom, caused by the stamp duty holiday, has been hugely beneficial for the housing market; however, the stamp duty cliff edge on the 31st March could cause thousands of sales to fall at the final hurdle and have a knock on and drastic effect on the housing market which has recovered well from the Covid slump.“We are calling on Government to rethink these timings, so pressure on the system can be released to allow transactions to complete and avoid a disorderly and distressing period for movers and businesses throughout the market.”Read more about the stamp duty deadline.BAR the Residential Property Surveyors Association Society of Licenced Conveyancers the House Buying and Selling Group Rishi Sunak NAEA Propertymark kate faulkner stamp duty Conveyancing Association The Guild of Property Professionals October 29, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

QinetiQ Supports UK Navy’s Software Issuing Office

first_img QinetiQ has been awarded an 18 month contract to continue supporting the Royal Navy’s Software Issuing Office (SIO) in the distribution of all software and electronic data to its fleet units across the globe.The SIO is part of Navy Command’s Fleet Information Management Unit (FIMU) which provides mission and system critical geographic, encyclopaedic warfare reference data and electronic publications for Command, Control, Combat and Mission Support Systems across all of the fighting arms of the Royal Navy.QinetiQ initially developed the information systems that underpin the effective operation of the SIO affording the Royal Navy the assurance that its ships, submarines and aircraft are receiving validated, assured and uncompromised digital data in the age of cyber and information warfare. Using the QinetiQ information systems over 4000 individual software and data products are reproduced, distributed and tracked by the SIO every month. This allows the SIO to know at any time what software has been issued to every ship, submarine or aircraft across the globe.Press release, Image: UK Navy View post tag: Naval November 12, 2014 View post tag: office QinetiQ Supports UK Navy’s Software Issuing Office Authorities Share this article View post tag: UK Navy View post tag: europecenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: QinetiQ View post tag: software View post tag: Supports Back to overview,Home naval-today QinetiQ Supports UK Navy’s Software Issuing Office View post tag: Issuinglast_img read more

College of Engineering Adjunct

first_imgState and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Position Summary If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) Posting Details Qualifications * Are you a Christian?YesNo Quick Link to Postinghttps://jobs.calbaptist.edu/postings/6098 Teaching Responsibilitiescenter_img * Do you attend church regularly?YesNo Qualified applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree(master’s preferred) in an engineering discipline. The successfulcandidate will be expected to support the mission of CaliforniaBaptist University. Nondiscrimination Statement The responsibilities of the adjunct include lecture and labinstruction and grading assignments. Position TitleCollege of Engineering Adjunct The College of Engineering at California Baptist University invitesapplications for adjunct faculty appointments to teach a variety ofengineering courses. Review of applications will begin immediatelyand continue until the positions are filled. Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeOptional DocumentsCurriculum VitaeChristian Experience Essaylast_img read more

DRINK: Sip

first_imgSip 102 Walton Street (01865) 311322 Going to Sip is a bit like being a child at a grown-up, middleclass dinner party. It’s full of old people talking about their jobs in the media, and how their roof extension is coming along. You feel compelled to order the banana and honey milkshake (which is amazing), don’t know what to say to anyone and quite want to go to bed, or do something naughty, like steal one of the stylish ashtrays. Sip is one of the many bar/restaurants lurking around Oxford. Upon entering you are met with a white haze of minimalist light and glass. There is a massive projector on the wall, which shows films without sound. When I went they were showing Leon, which was strangely hypnotic and annoying. The drinks are expensive, but delicious, with a variety of cocktails; I recommend the Peach Bellini. The only students to be found at the Sip bar are American millionnaires, on an exchange from Harvard. The music might be described as contemporary-minimalist-chillout. The restaurant is the best thing about Sip, provided you have a minimalist appetite and a massive wallet. The food is listed under four categories: “From the Air”, “From the Land” (get the tempura chicken), “From the Water” and “From Heaven”. The food arrives on dolly-sized dishes, containing a portion of approximately 2.5 bites. You might find yourself transforming horribly into a spoiled brat, and consider stealing your friend’s food. It tastes exquisite, but I would advise you to eat before you go to the restaurant at Sip, or you might find yourself ruining the whole gastronomic experience, and stuffing your face with fish and chips from this rather dear establishment’s next door neighbour, Posh Fish, on your way home.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004last_img read more

Uni ‘encouraged’ by Home Office’s commitment to review overseas student policy

first_imgOxford University have said they are “encouraged by the Home Secretary’s comments” regarding a reassessment of the inclusion of overseas students in net migration figures.Earlier this week, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said that he would “like to look at again” the policy that includes international students within the government’s drive to reduce net migration into the UK, admitting that he did “empathise” with the view that it did not give a welcoming impression.An Oxford University spokesperson told Cherwell: “Oxford has always maintained that the very best international universities are those that are able to attract and recruit the very best students, wherever they come from. “We have lobbied the government not to enact policies that will be detrimental to world-class universities.  We are encouraged by the Home Secretary’s comments this week and look forward to hearing more detail from him.”General secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), Sally Hunt, said it was “encouraging” that Javid “appears to recognise how unwelcoming our current policy is”.“However, we need that policy looked at again as a priority,” she added. “Our universities’ international student recruitment is a huge success story because overseas students are attracted by the quality of higher education available. International students make an enormous contribution to UK higher education both educationally and economically.“Sajid Javid should take the lead on this and support universities by committing to remove international students from the net migration target altogether.”Universities UK (UUK), the representative organisation for the UK’s universities, also welcomed Mr Javid’s comments. A spokesperson said: “Removing students from the net migration target would be a positive policy change as part of a package of measures to signal that the UK is a welcoming destination for international students. We welcome the home secretary’s commitment to review this issue.”Hollie Chandler, senior policy analyst at the Russell Group, added that while “there is no limit on the number of international students who can come to the UK, including them in the target is unhelpful and sends the wrong message to prospective students abroad”.Oxford’s Migration Observatory has published research showing that the majority of the public tend not to think of students when they think about migration, despite students representing the largest group of migrants coming to the UK.last_img read more

Justices: Attorneys Can’t Waive Clients’ Right To Attend Commitment Hearings

first_img Olivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comA man whose attorney waived his right to be present at his mental health civil commitment hearing will be released from involuntary commitment after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that attorneys may not waive a client’s right to be present at those hearings. The court also found that trial courts can independently waive a respondent’s presence but must do so at the beginning of a civil commitment proceeding.The court reached that unanimous decision Thursday in A.A. v. Eskenzai Health/Midtown CMHC, 49S02-1711-MH-688. The case began when 36-year-old A.A.’s mother filed an application for emergency detention of her son, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and previously had been hospitalized for his mental illness. After being admitted to Eskenazi, A.A. was recommended for involuntary commitment and was scheduled for a committee hearing in September 2016.A.A. did not appear at that hearing, with his counsel informing the Marion Superior Court that he was waiving A.A.’s presence because A.A. was “agitated” and would not answer the phone. The attorney then called Dr. David Pollock as a witness, and Pollock testified that A.A.’s “menacing” and “aggressive” behavior made him dangerous to others and gravely disabled.The court subsequently ordered A.A.’s involuntary commitment, and the case proceeded to the Indiana Court of Appeals, where attorneys asked the court to provide guidance on an area of law that was not well developed. The appellate court determined that civil commitment respondents could not voluntarily waive their presence at a commitment hearing, but neither could their attorneys.The Court of Appeals also determined that trial courts have statutory authority to waive a respondent’s right to be present when their “presence would be injurious to the individual’s mental health or well-being.” That was the case here, the panel ruled, so A.A. did not suffer a due process violation. However, the court also found that trial courts must make waiver determinations at the outset of civil commitment hearings.The appellate court ultimately affirmed A.A.’s involuntary commitment, and the case proceeded to the Indiana Supreme Court in December, where attorneys once again urged the court to provide guidance on the waiver of a right to be present at a commitment hearing. In providing that guidance on Thursday, Chief Justice Loretta Rush first wrote that a respondent who is mentally competent can make a knowing, voluntary and intelligent waiver of their right to be present.“A court may not assume that a civil-commitment respondent is mentally incompetent just because the person is facing a claim of mental illness,” Rush wrote, noting the court disapproved of a contrary holding in In re Commitment of M.E., 64 N.E.3d 855, 860-61 (Ind. Ct. App. 2016).Rush went on to write that trial courts must expressly find that respondents are capable of making knowing, voluntary and intelligent waivers on the record, an inquiry she said would be case-sensitive.“Regardless, before accepting a personal waiver of appearance, the trial court must find, through direct contact with the individual, that the respondent understands the nature and importance of the right, the consequences of waiving the right, the elements required to obtain an involuntary commitment, and the applicable burden of proof,” she said.Turning to the applicable statute, Indiana Code section 12-26-2-2, the court then found that respondents and trial courts are given the right to waive their presence, but attorneys are not considered by the statute. Thus, A.A.’s attorney could not legally waive his right to be present, the court found.Finally, the justices agreed with the Court of Appeals that trial courts must waive a respondent’s right to be at a hearing at the outset of the hearing. The court based that holding on the structure of the statute, which lists three due process rights: the right to notice of a hearing, copy of the petition and counsel.“We believe that this grouping of certain due process rights in Indiana Code section 12-26-2-2(b) was deliberate,” Rush wrote. “They share a common temporal characteristic — they attach before a commitment hearing, and their utility decreases or even disappears if a respondent cannot exercise them in a timely manner.”“… A respondent’s right to appear — which is implicated before the proceeding begins — would not be adequately protected if the trial court conducted the entire hearing before waiving the individual’s presence,” she continued.If a trial court fails to make a proper statutory waiver, the court determined that error is subject to harmless-error review. The court stressed that harmlessness does not depend on whether the evidence supports commitment, but whether it supports waiver, which addresses whether being present at a hearing would be injurious to the respondent.In this case, the court determined the waiver of A.A.’s presence was not harmless because the court did not know why A.A. was agitated and, thus, whether his presence would have been injurious. The justices remanded the case to vacate A.A.’s commitment order.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more