e-biz in brief

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. e-biz in briefOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Thisweek’s e-biz news in brief.Gettingthe measure of online recruitmentTheBritish Army, BA and IBM are among those featured as case studies in Measuringand Monitoring the Effectiveness of Online Recruitment, a two-day seminar on 23-24April in London. Topics include online selection methods and the balancebetween offline and online recruitment. There is also a workshop on 25 April,which aims to be a step-by-step guide to assessing the effectiveness of youronline recruitment strategy. For bookings call 020-7915 5055 or visit thewebsite.  www.iir-conferences.com/onlinerecruitmentRegisterof experts helps reduce the riskInterimmanagement specialist Russam GMS has set up an e-business management group tohelp clients minimise the risks involved in e-business development. Russam GMShas over 100 senior people on its register with proven e-business expertise.”Using an experienced interim manager is fast, involves no recruitingcosts and deploys the relevant skills only for the duration of theproject,” says John Wilson, head of practice for the group. “Thisnetwork of skills can help companies lower the risk of failure or costover-runs.”  www.russam-gms.co.ukSoftwarecuts hospital admin burdenBritain’sbiggest NHS women’s hospital is aiming to streamline its staff’s administrationduties using Metastorm’s e-work software, which automates the processing ofhospital records. Information will also be linked to the medical communityoutside Birmingham’s Women’s Hospital via NHS Net to improve communicationsamong GPs and services.  www.metastorm.com/ Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Poor start costs business £12bn

first_img Previous Article Next Article A lack of training for new recruits is costing UK businesses more than £12bna year, according to research. The Mori figures reveal that new employees are less productive than theycould be because they are receiving little or no induction training when theystart their job. Nearly 75 per cent of the 1,000 employees surveyed believe that they didn’tmake a significant contribution in their role when they first started. Recruitment company Newmonday, which commissioned the report, estimates thisis costing business £12bn a year. Even after being in a job for three months, nearly 30 per cent ofrespondents believe they still did not make a significant contribution. Fifteenper cent still feel this is the case after six months. Roderick Wijsmuller, managing director of Newmonday, believes that as workplacements become shorter employers are not viewing staff as a long-termplayers in the business. He said, “Skills are suffering as a result of poor investment inpeople, who are regarded as more temporary business assets. “British business needs to take responsibility and invest in peoplethough providing better training and induction programmes.” Poor start costs business £12bnOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Training

first_img Comments are closed. This week’s training newsFive-star driver plans Hardwood merchant Timbet is launching a training programme to developdrivers’ skills. TDG Safety and Training Services will provide training toimprove safety and reliability among the firm’s 52 lorry drivers. It is alsointended to help them attain the “five star” standard. The scheme hasimproved fuel efficiency by teaching staff better and more economical drivingtechniques.  www.tdg.eu.comProduction line course Over 800 workers in the North East have enrolled on an innovative trainingscheme organised by the Automotive Sector Strategic Alliance. The staff arefrom high-volume manufacturers and will train together in a large group,simulating the production lines they work on. A recognised qualification isbeing offered, and nearly 800 staff from firms including Black & Decker andUnipres have already achieved the NVQ Level 2 in Performing ManufacturingOperations.  www.assaltd.co.ukV.Shop update scheme Staff at V.Shop, the Virgin retail chain, have completed the first pilot ofa new e-learning programme. Epic group has created two 15-minute sessions tohelp staff keep abreast of developments in electronic hardware. Staff have tobe aware of the benefits of stocked products, claimed V.Shop.  www.epic.co.uk TrainingOn 25 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Engineering job cuts imminent

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Engineering job cuts imminentOn 11 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The engineering sector may have to shed another 90,000 jobs this year as itstarts a long, slow climb from recession, latest industry figures show. The Engineering Employers Federation’s (EEF) latest survey showed thatoutput and orders fell for the fifth successive quarter, although the pace ofdecline had eased in the past three months. However, any recovery will start from a low base as official figures show a14. 2 per cent fall in engineering output and a 6.7 per cent fall inmanufacturing in the past 12 months – the largest annual drop in the sectorsince 1981. Stephen Radley, chief economist at the EEF, said the market remaineddepressed and that job cuts would come on top of 70,000 losses last year. He said: “There are some signs of improving confidence, but littletangible evidence of actual growth while the lid on prices remains as tight asever.” The quarterly survey, which covered some 1,344 companies, found that theelectronics sector and traditional industries, including metal products andmechanical engineering, were still in decline. www.eef.org.uk Comments are closed. last_img read more

Standards will tackle bullying

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Standards will tackle bullyingOn 1 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Employers have been given a new resource to help them crack down onwork-related violence and aggressionThe Health and Safety Commission has funded a series of NationalOccupational Standards. These are designed to help employers draw up policiesto manage work-related violence better and provide a framework for managers andstaff to assess training needs. Their launch comes as research has shown harassment and bullying in theworkplace now top the list of staff complaints. According to the British Crime Survey there are 1.3 million incidents ofwork-related violence a year, which can cause physical injury or lead tostress, poor morale, high levels of absenteeism and staff turnover, andrecruitment problems. The standards have been drawn up by the Employment National TrainingOrganisation and cover issues such as how to investigate a violent incident inthe workplace, developing procedures to control risks to health and safety andmaking sure your actions contribute to a safe working environment. They are part of the HSC’s three-year programme to cut incidents of violenceat work by 10 per cent by the end of next year. Ann Harrington, of HSE’s health directorate, said: “Violence at work istotally unacceptable and employers have a duty under health and safety law totake action to tackle this problem, which has devastating consequences on thevictims, and real financial costs for their employers.” Research published in IRS Employment Review has shown a huge increase inharassment and bullying claims. While last year pay and grading issues were the most common complaint amongemployees, this year 45 per cent cited harassment and bullying. Discipline was the next most common complaint, on 27 per cent, with healthand safety at the bottom of the list on 2 per cent. A new campaign to tackle harassment of NHS staff by patients was launchedtoday by Health Minister John Hutton. “New guidance published today willensure NHS managers and staff deal effectively with harassment, ending thebelief that it ‘goes with the job’,” he said. Copies of the standards can be bought online for £32.50 from the EmploymentNTO at www.empnto.co.uk, or tel: 0116251 9727. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Move to prosecute over the Hatfield rail crash welcomed

first_imgMove to prosecute over the Hatfield rail crash welcomedOn 1 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Tworail firms and six senior managers charged with manslaughterHealthand safety campaigners have welcomed the decision by the Crown ProsecutionService (CPS) to charge railway contractor Balfour Beatty, Network Rail(formerly Railtrack) and six senior managers with manslaughter in the wake ofthe Hatfield rail crash.However,the landmark move has come amid renewed fears that the Government’slong-awaited legislation on corporate man-slaughter may be delayed again.Sixsenior managers from the two firms and a further six men, including former bossGerald Corbett, appeared in court in July.DavidBergman, director of the Centre for Corporate Accountability, said the CPSdecision was “very significant”.Headded: “There have only ever been five companies convicted of manslaughter –all of which were small companies.“Thisis because the law requires that a company director or senior manager isprosecuted as an individual for the offence, before the company – a separatelegal entity – can be prosecuted.”Therehave only ever been two large companies that have been prosecuted formanslaughter: P&O European Ferries after the Zeebrugge disaster and GreatWestern Railways over the Southall rail crash. Both prosecutions failed.Onedifficulty is the necessity to have sufficient evidence to prosecute a companydirector or senior manager before the company itself can be prosecuted, Bergmanadded.GeorgeBrumwell, general secretary of construction workers’ union UCATT, said: “It isexcellent that the principle of charging both companies and individual managershas been established.”However,there has been dismay over an admission by the Government that a consultationprocess will accompany the publication of its corporate man-slaughterlegislation in the autumn and, as a result, it is feared this may lead tofurther delays.Thelegislation was a 1997 manifesto commitment and health and safety campaignershave long awaited its introduction.last_img read more

Impact of work issues failing to be reported

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Senior finance managers admit that their organisations are struggling toreport on the business impact of workforce issues. A survey of 200 UK board directors, senior finance managers and othermanagers from a wide cross-section of company sizes and industry sectors, byresearch company Webster Buchanan, found that while most respondents arecomfortable with basic HR metrics, few are focusing on broader performanceissues. For example, 60 per cent of respondents ranked themselves above average atreporting absenteeism rates – but only one-third claimed to be above average inmeasuring the business impact of non-attendance, and one-third actually rankedthemselves as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’. The findings suggest that companies will face major challenges meeting therecent recommendations of the ‘Accounting for People’ report issued in October2003 by the government-backed Task Force on Human Capital Management (HCM). The survey, carried out in association with Financial Computing magazine,also found that only three in 10 respondents ranked themselves better thanaverage at reporting on the relationship between compensation and performance,with around the same number describing themselves as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’. Keith Rodgers, co-founder of Webster Buchanan Research, said: “Thefindings are clear: human capital reporting presents significant challenges forthe finance department, the HR function and the board of almost everyorganisation. The Accounting for People report has been a great catalyst forthis debate; now organisations need to take a practical approach to address themetrics and the IT implications.” The Task Force on Human Capital Management, which was set up by thesecretary of state for trade and industry, stressed in Accounting for Peoplethat the way organisations manage their people affects their performance. Itmade a number of recommendations on how to improve HCM reporting in areas suchas employee retention, skills management, and remuneration. By Quentin Readewww.websterb.comA fuller analysis of the findings of this survey is available inAccounting for People – A Practical Approach to Improving Human CapitalReporting. Published by Personnel Today and Webster Buchanan research, this isan online report on all aspects of HCM. Available from 30 March. Enquiries:noel.o’[email protected] Impact of work issues failing to be reportedOn 16 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Elion Partners buys $30M industrial property in Elizabeth

first_img1000 Jefferson Ave, Elizabeth, New Jersey. (Kassin Sabbagh Realty)Elion Partners has expanded its East Coast portfolio by scooping up a 8.6 acre industrial property for $29.7 million.The 202,000-square-foot building, at 1000 Jefferson Ave in Elizabeth, New Jersey, was sold by Seyon Group and Wheelock Street Capital. Seyon had paid $24 million for it in 2019.The acquisition is Elion Partners’ first in New Jersey. In South Florida, where the firm is located, Elion has been busy buying warehouses and industrial properties.Read moreElion Partners pays $32M for Dania Beach industrial propertyElion Partners buys Coral Springs warehouse for $7MShifting gears: Elion Partners pays $12M for Pompano Beach auto parts distribution center Tags Full Name* Share via Shortlink Message* Kassin Sabbagh Realty’s Bunny Escava, Isaac Setton brokered the Elizabeth deal.ADVERTISEMENTNorthern New Jersey’s industrial market had a strong 2020. Net absorption of 9.8 million square feet exceeded the previous year’s 6.8 million, according to a report by Newmark. E-commerce and last-mile delivery helped drive leasing activity. Vacancy, however, has increased from 4 percent to 4.3 percent as new completions outpaced absorption.Contact Sasha Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Elion PartnersIndustrial Real EstateNew Jerseylast_img read more

Higher profits brewing for prolific retail tenant Starbucks

first_imgAfter closing hundreds of stores, Starbucks is growing again. (Getty)As Starbucks attempts to reel customers away from their home-brewing habits, the company says it expects higher profits this year.It’s a welcome sign for owners of retail space.As sales plummeted last year, Starbucks shuttered 400 stores across the country. But now the coffeehouse chain’s business is growing again. The company said Tuesday that global same-store sales in its March-ended quarter increased 15 percent from the same period last year, the Wall Street Journal reported.Read moreStarbucks puts the lid on 400 storesEarnings up, stores down: Why successful retailers close locationsNYC retail visits just about back to pre-pandemic level Full Name* Email Address* Tags Same-store sales in the U.S. rose 9 percent, while international sales accounted for the majority of the growth. However, the figures fell below analysts’ expectations for sales to grow 17 percent globally.ADVERTISEMENTThe chain also raised earnings expectations for the year to between $2.65 and $2.75 a share, up from $2.42 to $2.62.Like many stores, Starbucks has attracted more members to an online loyalty program. In the last quarter, it had 23 million U.S. members, an 18 percent increase from last year.However, it’s unknown whether the chain will open more stores. Even retailers who have done well during the pandemic, including Starbucks competitor Dunkin, are shuttering some stores.[WSJ] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Message* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Commercial Real EstateRetailRetail Real Estatelast_img read more

High latitude observations of whistlers using three spaced goniometer receivers

first_imgOne-hop whistlers were recorded simultaneously at three high latitude stations in northern Norway during February 1978 using VLF goniometer receivers. Triangulation of the azimuthal bearings of whistlers received during an auroral substorm from 22.00 to 22.37 UT on 12 February located their whistler exit-points about 100 km to the north-east of Tromso, corresponding to an L-value for all the determinations of 6.4 ± 0.2. The frequency-time profiles of the same whistlers were analysed using the curve-fitting procedure of Tarcsai (J. atmos. terr. Phys.37, 1447, 1975) to determine their L-value of ducted propagation. These were found to lie in the L-value range 2.8–4.0, assuming a diffusive equilibrium distribution along the field lines. The L-values determined for the whistlers’ exit-points were thus found to be considerably greater than that corresponding to the field line along which they were ducted. This discrepancy explained by the whistlers first following a field-aligned ducted path through the plasmasphere and then, after being reflected by sporadic-E ionisation in the lower ionosphere, following a sub-protonospheric path (Carpenteret al., J. geophys. Res.69, 5009, 1964) to higher latitude. It is shown by curve-fitting to whistler frequency—time profiles obtained by ray-tracing that such a path combination yields whistler spectra consistent with those observed.last_img read more