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Knowledge management must be led by HR teams

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. A new study reveals the encouraging finding that the proportion of companieswhere HR is taking a lead on knowledge management has increased from 3 per centto one-fifth in the last year. Knowledge management is a slippery bit ofcontemporary jargon, but there is no doubt that the knowledge of individualsand teams in organisations is crucial to their competitiveness. The problem, aswe all know, is that knowledge is power. In too many organisations, knowledge is a source of competitive advantage,not to the company as a whole, but to individuals who own the knowledge – and,too often these people go out of their way to keep it to themselves. We have all worked in organisations where people are starved of informationthrough rivalries between colleagues, management cliques, hierarchies,organisational silos or line managers who jealously guard staff or data – inother words, through the whole gamut of organisational politics. If this sounds paranoid, just look at how staff view their working lives.CIPD research shows that two-thirds of employees feel they are not sufficientlyinvolved with and consulted over changes in their work. It seems employers are a long way from winning hearts and minds anddeveloping the high performance, networked organisations promoted by managementthinkers. The problem with knowledge management is that up until now, it has beentackled in a mechanistic way and has usually been the responsibility of the ITdirector. Systems are important – especially in large organisations – butfundamentally, knowledge management is not about IT, but about organisationalculture. Developing a culture where people share their know-how is not as easy assetting-up a few databases, but knowledge management initiatives do not stand achance of success unless they are led by HR professionals. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Knowledge management must be led by HR teamsOn 28 May 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Landscape Resolutions

first_imgOf course, there are many other resolutions that could be included in this list. Make a few and stick to them this year. Gardening will be much more enjoyable if you follow a plan. The new year is a time for making new personal resolutions. Consider also making some resolutions to prevent problems in the garden throughout 2018. These gardening resolutions could even be easier to keep than personal resolutions like eating less and exercising more.Resolution 1: Make a plan.Plan a landscape and work from this plan. Many landscapes develop based on gifted plants or those bought on impulse. The end result can be a hodgepodge of plants with no unity in design. Some landscapes look like a delivery truck, loaded with nursery stock, crashed in the yard and spilled random plants all around.Take the time to develop a landscape plan that includes ideas for expansion, then add plants as time and budget allow. When shopping at nurseries, look for plants to complete the landscape instead of buying whatever plant is in bloom.Resolution 2: Use water wisely.Water plants in the early morning. Afternoon watering wets foliage that does not have an opportunity to dry before nightfall. This extended period of wetness provides a favorable environment for the development of fungal diseases in the garden. The best time to water a lawn is between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. During this time, the water pressure is highest, disruption of the water pattern from wind is low and water lost to the atmosphere due to evaporation is nonexistent. Morning irrigation supplies water when the landscape is able to use it, and the rest evaporates throughout the day.Resolution 3: Cut back on inputs.Don’t use fertilizer as a cure-all for garden problems. In response to a plant problem, it’s natural to reach for the fertilizer bag. Soil sample results provide the best fertilization recommendations, and fertilization should ensure the proper health and vigor of the landscape as a whole. A common misconception is that if a plant looks bad, then it must need more fertilizer.Take the time to look carefully at poorly performing plants to determine the cause of their problems. Insects, diseases and environmental conditions are often the cause. Contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office if the cause is unknown. Many plant problems can be diagnosed over the telephone or by bringing a sample of the plant to the office.Resolution 4: Just read the instructions. Read and follow the instructions on all chemical labels to the letter. The labels of landscape chemicals contain a wealth of information. The pesticide label is the best guide for safely and effectively using pesticides. The directions on the label are there to help achieve maximum benefits with minimum risk. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking, “If a little bit is good, then a lot is better!” An increased dose of garden chemicals beyond the labeled rate can result in vegetables harvested with pesticide residues and damage to the plants being treated.Follow the label each time you mix and use the pesticide as well as when storing or disposing of the pesticide. Use of any pesticide in any way that does not comply with label directions and precautions is illegal. It may also be ineffective against the pests and, even worse, pose risks to users or the environment.last_img read more

Big changes could come to Spiedie Fest this year due to pandemic

first_imgTOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — With the pandemic getting in the way of special events this year, organizers of Spiedie Fest say they are working with the constant changes throughout the crisis. “The Southern Tier has been through a lot. We’ve all gotten through troubled times and we’re going to get through this as whole together as well,” said Pessagno. Spiedie Fest was set to celebrate its 36th year at Otsiningo Park this August. However, organizers say it could be different this summer. “We can see what it’s like in five months,” said Pessagno. “Spiedie Fest is a hug economic impact for our area as well, so I’ve always wanted to try it when the SUNY kids are back.” He says they will be keeping people’s safety in mind, even if the festival is much different with people having to practice social distancing and organizers providing hand-washing stations.center_img Pessagno says if they were to hold it in September, it would not interfere with LUMA’s dates. As for the concert, he says they had artists lined up for the music, but will have to look it over again, since most performers’ schedules are changing. Pessagno says he plans to go over the plans with Broome County officials and the planning board to make sure they sort through every option they have. Event coordinator, Dave Pessagno, has been involved in the festival since its beginning and says it’s sad to see events like this and Strawberry Festival change because of the pandemic. He says the biggest thing they are looking to move the dates to September, so they can better predict what is going to happen.last_img read more