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HR must provide missing link to reward awareness

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. HR and reward professionals hold the key to improving employers’communication with staff about pay, pensions and benefits. That was the main theme to emerge from the annual Chartered Institute ofPersonnel and Development (CIPD) Reward Conference which took place last weekin London. Addressing delegates at the conference, CIPD assistant director-generalDuncan Brown said that too many employees rely on colleagues and the company‘grapevine’ to find out about changes in benefits and rewards. “This is an issue that HR needs to pick up on. Staff have got tounderstand about pay and reward issues so they can make decisions about their‘conditions of association’ with the company. “We have to provide this missing link so employees actually understandwhat is happening to them and how it relates to the organisation.” Brown said the goal for HR was to enhance employees’ perceived value of whattheir benefits and rewards are worth, without increasing costs and at the sametime avoiding the downside of administrative complexities. He pinpointed flexible benefit schemes as an increasingly popular area, butwarned that employers should undertake a feasibility study and build a businesscase before implementing such a scheme. He went on to say that reward practices are more likely to evolve ratherthan radically change, and many professionals were responding to the challenge”slowly and carefully”. The CIPD also announced it is to create a Certificate in Reward Management,recognising that reward has established itself as a specialist subject in itsown right within HR. Mark Childs, CIPD vice-president reward, said: “It limits the opportunityfor reward to be hijacked by number crunchers and invites generalists to acceptthat having some basic competency in reward management is an essential elementin being a well-rounded HR professional.” By Mike Berry Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR must provide missing link to reward awarenessOn 17 Feb 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Canadian frigate visits Singapore during Westploy 16

first_img View post tag: Westploy View post tag: Royal Canadian Navy Authorities October 12, 2016 Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver arrived in Singapore October 11 for a goodwill visit as part of Westploy 16.Westploy 16 is HMCS Vancouver’s deployment aimed at building ties between the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the navies of Asia-Pacific countries.Since departing its home port of Esquimalt, British Columbia, in June, HMCS Vancouver has operated extensively throughout the Pacific region, including participation in RIMPAC and Kakadu.This deployment allows HMCS Vancouver, along with an embarked CH-124 Sea King helicopter and air detachment, to test and evolve the warfighting capabilities of the Halifax-Class warships after upgrades to equipment that were made as part of the Halifax-Class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension project.Commodore Jeff Zwick, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, said: “During this visit, HMCS Vancouver will continue Canada’s defence dialogue with Singapore and undertake outreach projects that cultivate goodwill between our nations. As the ship carries on conducting operations in the Pacific, she will foster increased relations and inter-operability among nations including Australia, Vietnam, and New Zealand. “Throughout WESTPLOY 16, she will serve as an excellent ambassador for Canada by showcasing both the professionalism of the Royal Canadian Navy personnel as well as demonstrating the enhanced capabilities of our Post-Halifax-Class-Modernization Warships, while conducting realistic and essential training for her more than 200 sailors.”  View post tag: HMCS Vancouver Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Canadian frigate visits Singapore during Westploy 16 Canadian frigate visits Singapore during Westploy 16last_img read more

Student’s house burgled in Cowley

first_imgThe shared student house of Nouri Verghese, the Oxford Union’s treasurer-elect, was broken into and burgled over the Christmas vacation.The students returned in the new year to find the locks of their St Clements’ house had been broken. They entered to see that bicycles, clothes and televisions were missing. The stolen goods were worth an estimated £3000-4000. There have been no police charges for the burglary.Last week one of the house’s windows was smashed in, and a few days later Verghese claims to have seen a man stalking around outside the property before leaving.Verghese said he was “understandably feeling pretty pissed off.” 78 burglaries of shared accommodations in the Oxford area were reported to the Thames Valley Police over the winter vacation period.Verghese advised other students living-out to “make sure all locks are good. If they’re not, change them or get your landlord to change them.”A crime prevention adviser for the police service suggested that all students “take high-value goods home with them at the end of term.”He also highlighted the importance of insurance for all properties, and recommended students to read over the terms of their policy.“Most insurance companies specify that you must have a lock on your bedroom door, even if you are in a shared house.”Student houses are widely believed to be more at risk of burglary than other properties, with one Home Office Report claiming that one in ten students in the UK had had their house broken into, and another that one in three students are at some point a victim of crime. “It’s no surprise…Students own more expensive goods per head than the rest of the population,” said the report.last_img read more

Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan Belt & Kiss in New The Last Five Years Trailer!

first_imgCan they really do better than that? Because they sound pretty damn good already. Check out the U.K. trailer for the highly-anticipated film adaptation of The Last Five Years, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. After watching the two of them get it on on a moving vehicle, we now have a look at even more numbers from the Jason Robert Brown tuner’s leap to the screen, including “I’m Still Hurting,” “Moving Too Fast” and “A Summer in Ohio.” And look out for Broadway fave and L5Y alum Betsy Wolfe as the “former stripper” and a certain Tony-winning composer on piano! The Last Five Years will premiere in the U.S. on February 13, 2015 (a day earlier than initially reported). View Commentslast_img read more

The Return of the Natives

first_imgMatt Kulp, a senior biologist for the National Park Service (NPS), stood alongside members of the Little River, Great Smoky Mountains, and Clinch Mountain chapters of Trout Unlimited as they donned wading gear, put on hats, and applied sunscreen. Surprisingly, they’d left their fishing gear at home. Nevertheless, the anglers hoped to land thousands of brook trout by assisting NPS employees in a field test of a stream in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).Kulp and his assistants were preparing to test the results of an effort to restore native brook trout to Lynn Camp Prong, a mid-sized trout stream in the GSMNP. At some point in the past, a well-meaning but ignorant individual transplanted a number of rainbow trout into the stream. The transplanted trout thrived and quickly began crowding out the native brook trout.As early as 2005, Park officials began trying to uproot the rainbows. After electro-shocking the rainbows proved ineffective, NPS employees shocked brookies instead, moved them out of the stream and into adjacent streams within the park, and then released the fish-killing chemical antimycin into Lynn Camp Prong. Officials were convinced that such drastic action was the only way they could be certain that the invasive rainbow trout would not return.By 2010, officials believed that all the rainbows had been extirpated from the stream. They then painstakingly moved nearly 1,000 native brookies from their temporary homes back to Lynn Camp Prong. Workers captured the fish and walked them in buckets outfitted with aeration pumps back to the stream. When all was said and done, the brookies proved to be in even greater abundance than the rainbows found here earlier.Lynn Camp Prong is ideal for brookies and a boon for trout anglers. “Many of our brook trout streams are at high elevations that are more susceptible to acid deposition, so this lower elevation segment will provide better buffering capacity against acid rain for years to come,” says Kulp. The Lynn Camp project reconnects some tributaries, such as Marks Creek, Indian Flats Prong, and Panther Creek that now also have brook trout in them, and it will also supply fish downstream to Thunderhead Prong.Reopening Lynn Camp Prong was a significant milestone. It marks the first time that every stream in the park was open to fishing and harvest since the park’s inception in 1936.last_img read more

5 roadblocks your loan officers face and how to overcome them

first_img continue reading » Your loan officers perform a complex and critical function for your credit union. They must be experts on the full suite of loans you offer, know qualifying requirements and assess the financial condition and overall risk of the applicant. Their work, if done properly, generates significant revenue for your organization, so it’s important to give them the support they need. Here are five common hurdles CU loan officers face and how you can help eliminate them.Signing the right forms. Your CU likely offers a range of loans, each requiring specific forms that relate to the type of loan. Those requirements change enough over time that it can be daunting for a loan officer to keep current. Your credit union lending software should allow for customization or grouping of forms per loan type. This takes the stress away from loan officers needing to remember what forms are required for each loan.Override Required. In many credit unions, there are fail safes in place to protect the CU from loan officers granting loans without manager approval. This is a smart way to protect the integrity of the institution, but can also create bottlenecks in the process if the approving manager is not on site at all times. Your credit union lending software should allow for remote overrides. This enables loan officers to submit the override request when the proper authority isn’t in the branch, and the override can be approved remotely from another branch. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Former VP Biden wins South Carolina primary: Networks

first_imgA South Carolina victory was seen as crucial to Biden’s hopes of challenging Bernie Sanders, the 78-year-old senator from Vermont, for the Democratic nomination and the spot on the ticket in November against Republican Donald Trump.Sanders has been the clear frontrunner in the race having won both New Hampshire and Nevada after finishing in a virtual tie in Iowa with former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg.Biden finished fourth in Iowa, fifth in New Hampshire and second in Nevada and he desperately needed a win in South Carolina ahead of next week’s “Super Tuesday,” when 14 states go to the polls.One-third of the delegates who formally choose the Democratic nominee at the July party convention will be up for grabs on Super Tuesday.Topics : Former vice president Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary on Saturday, reviving his flagging campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.All of the major television networks projected the 77-year-old Biden as the winner just minutes after polls closed in South Carolina at 7:00 pm (0000 GMT).The networks did not provide any vote totals but the early projections were an indication that Biden had scored a decisive win in the state where he was counting on heavy support among African-American voters.last_img read more

Sex offending up, overall crime decreases

first_img3News 1 October 2013Police say the overall reported crime rate has decreased,  but sexual assault is bucking the trend, up 10 percent.The Statistics New Zealand figures released today show an  overall 7.4 percent decrease in crime in the 2012/13 financial year.However, sexual assaults have increased by 10.8 percent,  which Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard is putting down to “greater trust and  confidence in police, rather than a spike in offending”.“We believe that historically sexual violence is  under-reported to authorities.“Police are heartened that victims of this type of crime are  coming forward and we want to assure them that police take all complaints of  sexual violence seriously,” Mr Rickard says.Dwelling assaults also increased by 1 percent.Family violence statistics have not been included in the  official statistics since 2001, but Mr Rickard says dwelling assaults give some  indication of domestic violence that happens.“Family violence continues to be a serious problem in New  Zealand,” he says.http://www.3news.co.nz/Sex-offending-up-overall-crime-decreases/tabid/423/articleID/315324/Default.aspxlast_img read more

Churches support Belize constitutional amendment

first_img Share Share Tweet FaithLifestyle Churches support Belize constitutional amendment by: – August 25, 2011 Sharecenter_img 19 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow. Photo credit: belizean.comBELMOPAN, Belize — Arising out of meetings held on Monday and last Friday, the government of Belize has announced that it has secured the full support of both the Evangelical Association of Churches and the Belize Council of Churches for the Ninth Constitution Amendment Bill.“The decision of the churches came after frank discussions in which government clarified the Bill’s intentions and agreed to certain changes in order to allay publicly expressed fears and misconceptions,” the government said in a press statement.The changes will see the removal, before the Bill is brought back for passage through Parliament, of the specific language barring court enquiry into the validity of any law passed to alter the Constitution. Both church bodies were reportedly satisfied that the primary objective of the Ninth Amendment is to put into the Constitution and make unassailable government’s ownership of the essential utility services in electricity telecommunications and water.And both bodies were also said to be satisfied that this objective is entirely in the national interest and a fundamental and proper expression of Belizean sovereignty.The church leaders were convinced that the agreed trimming of the language in Sections 69(9) and 145(1) and (2) of the Bill, should put an end to any public disquiet over the Bill’s purpose and effect.For its part, the government has assured the leaders that the Bill in its new form retained all the essential provisions. Therefore, it would still guarantee the impregnability of the utilities’ nationalization.The government pointed out that the official public consultation process is still ongoing and called on the people of Belize to come out in support of the Ninth Amendment Bill. It also reiterated that additional changes to further safeguard the Bill may still be made, depending on the outcome of the consultation process.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Niehouse shares credit for regional art educator award

first_imgIMCA Stock Car and Hobby Stock Division Director and Mar­shalltown High School art teacher Kirk Niehouse ac­cepted the Western Region Secondary Art Educator Award from the National Art Educators Association earlier this month in New York City. Niehouse is pictured with Cindy Todd of the NAE.MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Kirk Niehouse has helped present awards to IMCA drivers at countless banquets during his 20-plus years as director of the Stock Car and Hobby Stock divisions.He was the recipient of a regional award at the most recent banquet he attended, however, early this month in New York City.An art instructor at Marshalltown High School, Niehouse received the Western Region Secondary Art Educator Award from the National Art Educators Association. He’d been nominated for the regional award after receiving the Outstanding Secondary Art Educator award from the Art Educators of Iowa.“It was just ‘Wow!’ I never expected to get an award like this,” said Niehouse, who teaches pottery and graphic design to students in grades 9-12. “I didn’t get into teaching for this kind of thing. A lot of my fellow teachers helped me get to this point. It’s not something you accomplish by yourself.”He had been nominated for the state award by another teacher. A Marshalltown High School graduate himself, Niehouse has taught in the district since 2001.Both his work in the classroom and at the race track are about education.“I’ve been with IMCA since 1995,” said Niehouse, a former Stock Car driver. “My job as a division director is about educating track officials and racers about our rules and following them.”His Art Educators of Iowa award is on a bulletin board at school. Niehouse is mulling putting the na­tional award in a china hutch at home where his best of show award from the Iowa State Fair is already on display.“When I started teaching, I never dreamed I’d win a national award like this. It was an honor just to be nomi­nated,” he said. “I’m all for kids and helping people learn about art. Getting this award is just about as good as winning Super Nationals is how I feel about it.”“Not a lot of our drivers realize that Kirk is an art teacher or that he taught driver’s ed. Not everyone who works for us is full-time,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “Kirk has been a great part of our staff. He’s very knowledgeable about the divisions and very good on rule enforcement.”“I think his teaching parleys well into his teaching drivers about our rules,” added Root. “Our Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers are very fortunate that Kirk has been involved with IMCA for as many years as he has.”last_img read more