The rhetoric and the reality

first_img Comments are closed. HR is frequently chastised for spouting rhetoric. And it’s fair to say thatover the past few years a host of buzz words and key phrases have entered HR’svernacular that seem nothing more than euphemisms for bad practices. But evensome of the worst examples of rhetoric are spoken with the best of intentions.Here, we portray five examples of HR rhetoric and the employees’ take on it,and offer advice on how it could be given new meaning People AS assetsThe five words below were once described by Michael Hammer, whoco-wrote Re-engineering the Corporation, as “the biggest lie incontemporary business”, and by Lynda Gratton as a “truism not aclich‚”. In Ceridian Centrefile’s recent survey, The Demanding Society,Managing Work in 2010, three out of five senior HR people questioned admit thatemployers only pay lip service to the idea. The reality, according to thestudy, is that they are only talking about an elite few – the rest of theiremployees are expendable. If people are truly the only differentiator in acompetitive market though, then the mission for HR is to be appointed to boardpositions to ensure this piece of rhetoric becomes a reality. EmpowermentAll organisations like to think they have empowered theirworkforce and that creativity and initiative is flowing free, with the upshotof improved levels of service and productivity and a happier, motivatedworkforce. But it is not enough to merely tell people they are empowered. AsGuy Browning points out in his latest book Grass Roots Management, all toooften the movement has been driven by consultants and delivered by high-cost,low-impact, top-down initiatives. True empowerment, he believes, is all abouttrust. “If you really want them to take responsibility for growing theirpart of the business, then you need to trust them with something important…It’s about giving them the plans, the tools, the permission”, saysBrowning. But he adds it is also more about money. “When people know theyare being paid more for improving the business and managing their budgetsbetter, you’ll have the best of all possible worlds.”Corporate familiesFamilies trust each other, are nice to each other and lookafter one another. How many companies can claim to have engendered such an environment?The recent survey The Demanding Society, Managing Work in 2010 sadly highlightsthe basic mistrust that still exists between employer and employee. Nearly halfof all employees (45.2 per cent) say they can’t fully trust their employer andalmost the same amount again (44.3 per cent) say they never feel fullyappreciated at work. Yet many employees still say they would be attracted to anemployer that offered a job for life. This is increasingly hard to guaranteethat in today’s climate but there are a raft of benefits that the corporatefamily could extend to employees to earn loyalty and instil a sense of pride.These include giving them control over their working week to facilitate abetter work-life balance and ensure their job is meaningful.Risk takingThe famed Jack Welch once lost GE $1.2bn in a deal (havingbought 80 per cent of Kidder Peabody for $600m). In his leadership classes hebestows the merits of rewarding people for ‘taking a swing’ and says that ifthe chairman can buy Kidder Peabody, mess it up and still survive, you can doanything. If you’re Jack Welch you probably can, but for the rest of us, when abold initiative backfires it can mean a sudden halt on the career ladder (or atleast a few sideways shifts). The entire dotcom revolution was based on takinga risk, but it needed to happen and be experienced in order to lay thefoundations for a stronger e-business economy in the long run. Yes, there aremore casualties than survivors, but those who have hung on in there are muchstronger for their experience,’s Martha Lane Fox and BrentHoberman being the best cases in point.Embracing changeChange is scary because in business it is generally associatedwith activities such as downsizing and streamlining, with their inevitable jobcuts. The progress of technology has made us all more insecure about ’embracingchange’ and the desktop publishing revolution in the mid-1980s, which wiped outan entire industry over-night (typesetting), was technological change at itsmost brutal. But organisational change needn’t always be for the worse and inalmost all cases would benefit simply from better handling. So finds Robert Taylor in Britain’s World of Work – Myths andRealities, a report based on research by the Economic and Social ResearchCouncil, which says that the way employees are supported at work, especiallythrough change processes, needs to improve. Taylor points out the implicationsare clear. “If employees are going to co-operate in a positive and activemanner with the management of workplace change, they are going to need agreater sense of wellbeing, status and control over the work they perform.” The rhetoric and the realityOn 22 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

USS Roosevelt Departs Duqm, Oman

first_img Authorities The visit gave Sailors an opportunity to experience the culture and hospitality of the host nation.During the port visit, Sailors were able to enjoy fishing, swimming, local cuisine and relaxation at a nearby resort.Roosevelt is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, October 10, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Oman View post tag: Naval October 10, 2014 Follow @navaltoday Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Roosevelt Departs Duqm, Oman View post tag: americas View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Roosevelt Share this article View post tag: Departs View post tag: Duqm USS Roosevelt Departs Duqm, Oman View post tag: middle east Guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) departed Duqm, Oman, following a routine port visit, Oct. 5.last_img read more

Second Ford-class carrier hull 70 percent complete

first_img View post tag: HII February 23, 2018 Industry news The structures necessary to complete US Navy’s second Ford-class aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) are 70 percent complete, shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced.Like its predecessor, the first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Kennedy is being built with a modular construction technique where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form larger structures called superlifts. The superlifts are pre-outfitted and hoisted into Dry Dock 12—where the ship is being built—by the company’s 1,050-metric ton gantry crane.Shipbuilders have successfully erected 317 lifts since the ship’s keel was laid in August 2015. Kennedy is on track to be completed with 447 total lifts.The recent 806-metric ton superlift consisted of 17 individual units and was about 171 feet long and about 92 feet wide. The structure comprises berthing areas, electrical equipment rooms and workshops and took 18 months to build.“This superlift is in the forward part of the ship, about halfway between the bow and midship,” said Mike Butler, program director of CVN 79. “It represents one of the key build strategy changes for Kennedy: building superlifts that are larger and more complete before they are erected on the ship. We are pleased with how construction on the Kennedy is progressing, and we look forward to additional milestones as we inch closer to christening of the ship.”Kennedy is scheduled to launch in 2020. View post tag: US Navy Second Ford-class carrier hull 70 percent complete Back to overview,Home naval-today Second Ford-class carrier hull 70 percent complete Share this article View post tag: USS John F. Kennedylast_img read more


first_imgJANUARY 20, 2019 Working Title: Advertised Salary: Hiring Department(s): Carter [email protected] Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) WI medical licensure; BC in pediatric cardiology orequivalent To begin the application process, please click on the “” button.You will be asked to upload a CV and statement of interest withinthe application process.The deadline for assuring full consideration is January 15, 2019,however the position will remain open and applications may beconsidered until the position is filled. N/A Position Vacancy ID: Instructions to Applicants: Anticipated Begin Date: PROFESSOR(C20NN) or ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR(C30NN) or ASSISTANTPROFESSOR(C40NN) 50% – 100% Faculty FTE: Position Summary: Official Title: Additional Information: The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer.The Annual Security and FireSafety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinarypolicies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, andon-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statisticsfor the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a papercopy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin PoliceDepartment .center_img Minimum of 4-7 years as practicing pediatric cardiologist,preferably in an academic setting. Interest in developing orexpanding an independent research program also preferred. Degree and area of specialization: A536751-MEDICAL SCHOOL/PEDIATRICS/CARDIOLOGY M.D. or equivalent, completion of U.S. pediatric residency andpediatric cardiology fellowship programs Minimum number of years and type of relevant workexperience: Employment Class: Job no: 96963-FAWork type: Faculty Full or Part Time, Faculty-Full Time,Faculty-Part TimeDepartment: SMPHPEDIATRICSCARDIOLOGYLocation: MadisonCategories: Health Care, Medical, Social Services Pediatric Cardiologist to provide inpatient and outpatient clinicalcare, teaching, research and scholarly activities.The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profoundcommitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as avaluable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, westrongly encourage applications from candidates who foster andpromote the values of diversity and inclusion. Pediatric Cardiologist Candidates for associate or full professor rank must meet criteriafor appointment at rank per UW School of Medicine and Public Healthguidelines for appointment and promotion on the tenure track. Contact: Minimum $80,000 ANNUAL (12 months)Plus UW Medical Foundation Term: 96963-FA Additional Link:Full Position Details License or Certificate: Applications Open: Dec 13 2018 Central Standard TimeApplications Close:last_img read more

Press release: Minister for Europe statement on human rights in Russia

first_img Media enquiries Further information Follow Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan on Twitter @AlanDuncanMP and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn On 9 January prominent human rights activist Oyub Titiev, the Director of Russian non-governmental organisation (NGO) Memorial’s office in Chechnya, was detained by the Chechen authorities. He was subsequently charged with the illegal acquisition and storage of narcotics.Although significant doubts have been raised about the legitimacy of these allegations, a local court has remanded him in custody until 9 March. Overnight on 16 January Memorial’s office in Ingushetia – a neighbouring republic in the North Caucasus – was destroyed by an arson attack.Sir Alan Duncan said: The decision of the Chechen authorities to charge Oyub Titiev, the Director of Russian human rights NGO Memorial’s office in Chechnya, and remand him in custody until 9 March, is extremely concerning. Since his arrest, Mr Titiev’s family has also faced harassment and threats which have forced them to flee the region. This is yet another example of the restrictions on freedom within Russia which I raised in Moscow in December. I was appalled to also hear that Memorial’s office in the neighbouring republic of Ingushetia has been destroyed by an arson attack overnight. This is clearly another attempt to disrupt and intimidate Memorial and other NGOs working on crucial human rights issues in the North Caucasus region of Russia. The Russian government must urgently investigate this attack and hold those responsible to account. The Chechen authorities must ensure the safety of Mr Titiev and allow him the right to a fair trial, and immediately cease the intimidation, harassment and detention of individuals and groups advocating such fundamental freedoms. Email ne[email protected] For journalists last_img read more

Sandwich bar owners jailed for tax fraud

first_imgA family sandwich business in Hull has committed a £1m tax fraud, resulting in a jail sentence.Owners of Amy’s Sandwich Bar and John’s Sandwich Bar were arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and have now been jailed.  HMRC arrested Amy Baker of Amy’s Sandwich shop in January 2012 after it found she had failed to pay tax for her business since 2006.It then found documents relating to second sandwich business, John’s Sandwich Bar, owned by John Baker and Tracey Walmsley, and investigations into their business revealed they had failed to register for tax since 1995.Jo Tyler, assistant director, criminal investigation at HMRC, said:“These three knew full well they were breaking the law, yet chose to overlook it to get what they wrongly assumed would be easy money. They lived a very comfortable lifestyle, driving performance cars and regularly travelling abroad on holiday, all at the expense of the taxpayer.“There are no excuses for this type of criminal activity, as paying tax is not an option – it is a legal and moral obligation. This family manipulated a system that exists for the benefit of legitimate traders and honest taxpayers and they are now paying the price.”John Baker was jailed for two years for his role in the fraud at Hull Crown Court yesterday after HHJ Mettyear said he had been at the forefront of a long-standing deliberate fraud in which his family had become involved.last_img read more

Gorillaz Release Protest Anthem “Hallelujah Money”, First New Song Since 2011

first_imgFinally, we have some new Gorillaz music! The animated band led by James Hewlett and Damon Albarn have returned with their first new music since 2011’s The Fall, as the long awaited album follow up has been teased for months and years.The new track is titled “Hallelujah Money,” and features 2015 Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine. The song is a blatant protest of greed-hungry politics, timed to coincide with America’s Presidential Inauguration ceremony held tomorrow, January 20th. The only statement about the track comes from the band’s cartoon bassist Murdoc, who writes, “In these dark times, we all need someone to look up to. Me. That’s why I’m giving you this new Gorillaz song, a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. You’re welcome. Now piss on! The new album’s not gonna write itself.”There’s no further information about the new album, but new music from Gorillaz is always a good sign! Check out the new music and video, below.You can also read the song’s full lyrics, below.Here is our treeThat primitively growsWhen we go to bedScare crows from the Far a-EastCome to eat its tender fruitsI have thought that theBest way to protect our treeIs by building wallsWalls like unicorns in full glory and galoreEven stronger than the walls of JerichoBe glad then my friendThat in a fewWe shall reap abundantlyWhat we’d always dreamt of havinEnough of the starvinIt is loveThat is the root of all evilNot our treeAnd thank you my friendFor trusting meHallelujah MoneyHallelujah MoneyHow will we knowWhen the morning comesWe are still humanz.How will we know?How will we dream?How will we love?How will we know?Don’t worry my friendIf this be the endThen so shall it beUntil we say soNothing will moveAh, don’t worryIt is not against our moralsIt’s legally tenderTouch my friendWhat the whole world, and whole beasts of nations desire: powerHallelujah MoneyCross the chemtrail sunHallelujah MoneyRead more at read more

Ghost Light Continues Inaugural Tour In Boston, 4/14/2018 [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Currently, Ghost Light is in the midst of their inaugural tour. Featuring Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Raina Mullen, Steve Lyons, and Scotty Zwang, this new project has steadily been gaining hype since it was announced a few months ago. With an album of brand-new and original tunes due out in the second half of 2018, the band has moved into touring mode, offering fans around the country a glimpse of what to expect from this exciting new endeavor.Since debuting in San Diego in March, Ghost Light has kicked off their extensive spring tour, which will see the group performing across the East Coast, Colorado, and Midwest during April and May. This weekend, the band rolled across the Northeast, hitting performances in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and Bridgeport, Connecticut, ahead of the group’s Saturday performance at Boston’s Thunder Road.You can check out photos, courtesy of Kevin Cole, and the full setlist from the group’s Boston debut below. You can also head here to read an extensive interview with Holly Bowling and Tom Hamilton about their plans for Ghost Light and more.Setlist: Ghost Light | Thunder Road | Boston, MA | 4/14/2018Set One: Jam> Lead Weight >Tangled up in Blue* > If You Want It (title unconfirmed) > Lead WeightSet Two: Epic Battle Between Light and Dark > untitled (d riff) > Isosceles > Greatest Story % **, Boy > Epic Battle Between Light and Dark > 100 Years Ago > untitled (d riff)Encore: Old Time Religion **** w/ Lead Weights & Isosceles teases | ** w/ untitled (D Riff) teases | *** w/ Greatest Story tease | % Ghost Light Debut (Grateful Dead)Photo: Ghost Light | Thunder Road | Boston, MA | 4/14/2018 | Credit: Kevin Cole Photo: Kevin Colecenter_img Photo: Kevin Colelast_img read more

String Cheese Incident Shares Old-School “Black and White” From 2000

first_imgToday, the String Cheese Incident has shared an old-school video from the vault, a 16-minute “Black and White” from Mt. Shasta Ski Park on July 29th, 2000. The jam-grass veterans started off with some theatrics, as drummer Michael Travis parasailed in from a nearby mountain, running as fast as he could to the stage. SCI appropriately opened the show with a “Waiting for Travis Jam”, with bassist Keith Moseley took the reigns on behind the kit. The band then dove head first into a monster sequence of “Miss Brown’s Teahouse”> “Dudley’s Kitchen”> “100 Year Flood”, before closing the set with another extended jam segment of “Bigger Isn’t Better”> “Flashlight”> “Bigger Isn’t Better”> “Mouna Bowa”.However, perhaps the highlight of the night was a deep 16-minute multi-faceted “Black and White” jam. String Cheese Incident opened the set with the Michael Kang led tune, as the mandolin extraordinaire worked through an impressive scatting section, before an extended silent-pause, which gave way to a massive peaking jam, as keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth exchanged fierce solos with Kang and guitarist Bill Nershi.The remainder of the set was highlighted by another extended segue of “Don’t Say”> “Jam”> “Climb, Jam”> “Johnny Cash”> “Hoseguy Jam”> “Johnny Cash”, as Nershi invited a random Mt. Shasta, CA resident he had met earlier in the day up onstage, playing a garden house fitted with a mouthpiece from a trumpet, while the band vamped around him. “Outside and Inside” served as the encore for the exploratory SCI show. Today the String Cheese Incident has released video of their jammed-out “Black and White” from Mt. Shasta Ski Park on July 19th, 2000. Check it out below:String Cheese Incident–”Black and White”[Video: The String Cheese Incident]For the String Cheese Incident’s upcoming tour dates and ticket info, head to their website!Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | Mt. Shasta Ski Park | Mt. Shasta, CA | 7/19/2000Set one: Waiting for Travis Jam* > Mrs. Brown’s Teahouse, Dudley’s Kitchen > 100 Year Flood > Lester Had a Coconut, Want, Bigger Isn’t Better > Flashlight > Bigger Isn’t Better > Mouna BowaSet two: Black & White, Blackberry Blossom, Hey Pocky Way, The Old Home Place, Don’t Say > Jam > Climb, Jam > Johnny Cash** > Hose Guy Jam*** > Johnny CashEncore: Outside InsideNotes:* Travis parasailed in from a nearby mountain and ran to the stage. Keith played on Travis’ set.** with Rainy Day Women (Bob Dylan) vocals.*** Jam featuring Tim Donlan, someone Billy met after the first Mt. Shasta show. He played a garden hose fitted with a mouthpiece from a trumpet while the band vamped around him.last_img read more

Grandoozy Festival Announces 2019 Hiatus

first_imgGrandoozy Festival has officially announced that they will not be returning to Denver, Colorado in 2019.Grandoozy was the latest major festival presented by Superfly, the masterminds behind nationally renowned music festivals like Bonnaroo and Outside Lands. The non-camping festival’s inaugural year took place in September of 2018 and featured Kendrick Lamar, Florence & The Machine, Stevie Wonder, The Chainsmokers, Logic, Sturgill Simpson, Miguel, Phoenix, Young The Giant, St. Vincent, The War On Drugs, De La Soul, Mavis Staples, Big K.R.I.T., Bishop Briggs, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Tennis, Jade Bird, Andy Frasco & The U.N., and more.PHOTOS: Kendrick Lamar, Florence & The Machine, Stevie Wonder Top Inaugural GrandoozyIn their official announcement, event organizers call 2019 a “hiatus” and “an opportunity to create a festival that is even more unique, sustainable, and integrated into the region’s local and creative community.” Read the full post below:last_img read more