E-learning an aid to training not a solution

first_imgE-learning an aid to training not a solutionOn 15 May 2001 in Personnel Today HR professionals have to use e-learning to improve flexible training and notjust to cut costs. David Wilson, managing director of e-learning consultancy eLearnity, saide-learning is not the complete answer to companies’ training needs, and that itshould be combined with traditional classroom learning. He said, “Learning systems might reduce travel and delivery costs. Buta big company developing the right system is a £1 million project, so thesaving is not that great. “The advantage of e-learning is the advantage of being able to reachemployees on the road at any time.” HR professionals were warned not to let their training managers – who seee-learning as a threat – slow down its implementation. Neither should employers passively offer access to e-learning on the companyintranet. He said, “Do not be lazy and put learning facilities on the company’sintranet and say that X amount of employees have access to this trainingfacility. “The danger of doing this – and I have already seen it – is that twoyears down the line employees will lack key skills and knowledge.” Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

HSE issues practical guide to tackle workplace stress

first_imgHSE issues practical guide to tackle workplace stressOn 1 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Newguidance aims to improve the way employers deal with the causes of workplacestressStep-by-stepcomprehensive guidance on tackling the causes of stress in the workplace –which is estimated to be costing employers £370m a year – has been published bythe Health and Safety Executive.TacklingWork-related Stress: a Managers’ Guide to Improving and Maintaining EmployeeHealth and Wellbeing is aimed at employers with more than 50 staff.Itis designed to help them identify who is at risk and what steps they can taketo prevent problems occurring. It also outlines employers’ statutoryobligations and making the case for taking effective action.Stress-relatedillness is responsible for the loss of 6.5 million working days each year,costing the country as a whole £3.75bn, said the HSE. An estimated half amillion people are suffering from work-related stress, anxiety or depression atlevels that make them ill, it added.Themove is a first step by the HSE in drawing up benchmarks for measuringemployers’ performance in preventing work-related stress. These are beingdeveloped in partnership with the business community.Anemployee leaflet has also been published explaining what stress is, how itaffects people and what individuals can do at work to help.JoBerriman, occupational health manager at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, said theguidance would undoubtedly be useful for employers.”Managersare becoming more aware of stress, but it is still patchy. They will bereceptive. Anything that helps is a good idea,” she said.TheHSE’s guidance can be ordered online or through HSE Books, tel: 01787 881165.www.hsebooks.co.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

in brief

first_imgin briefOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This month’s news in brief Managers win charter From 1 April the Institute of Management will be known as the CharteredManagement Institute. Current membership transfers automatically and this year thefirst cohort of managers will be able to take steps towards becoming CharteredManagers, based on qualifications, experience, professional practice andevidence of on-going learning and skills development. Director general of the new Chartered Management Institute, Mary Chapman,said: “This is a significant moment for the institute, but moreimportantly it recognises management as a valued profession in its ownright.”  www.managers.org.ukSuccess tastes sweet UK confectionery giant Cadbury Trebor Bassett is making a further investmentin open learning by introducing new tailored learning materials to its openlearning centres in Sheffield and Bournville. The courses cover work-relatedtopics such as food hygiene and non-work material such as languages. Accordingto training and development co-ordinator at Sheffield Julie Mason, the centrehas been designed to encourage employees and contractors at all levels backinto learning. Licensed to skill Adult Skills Minister, John Healey, presents the first-ever trailblazerSector Skills Council licence to Skillset chair, Clive Jones. Healey alsosigned a Government pledge to provide Skillset with £1 million a year to beefup skills in the audiovisual industries. See SSC Pioneers feature on page 15. Praise for hays Hays Customer Solutions is has been ranked as one of the top 14 NVQproviders in the country. The Training Standards Council has rated the callcentres ‘outstanding’ or ‘very good’ grades in all aspects of provision out ofthe 492 organisations which it inspected between 2000 and 2001. The award is unusual because the other 13 top ranked suppliers are alldedicated training facilities. last_img read more

A high-resolution model of the external and induced magnetic field at the Earth’s surface in the northern hemisphere

first_imgWe describe a method of producing high-resolution models of the Earth’s combined external and induced magnetic field using the method of empirical orthogonal functions (EOFs) applied to the SuperMAG archive of ground-based magnetometer data. EOFs partition the variance of a system into independent modes, allowing us to extract the spatiotemporal patterns of greatest dynamical importance without applying the a priori assumptions of other methods (such as spherical harmonic analysis, parameterized averaging, or multivariate regression). We develop an approach based on that of Beckers and Rixen (2003) and use the EOF modes to infill missing data in a self-consistent manner. Applying our method to a north polar case study spanning February 2001 (chosen for its proximity to solar maximum and good data coverage), we demonstrate that 41.7% and 9.4% of variance is explained by the leading two modes, respectively, describing the temporal variations of the disturbance polar types 2 and 1 (DP2 and DP1) patterns. A further 14.1% of variance is explained by four modes that describe separate aspects of the motion of the DP1 and DP2 systems. Thus, collectively over 65% of variance is described by the leading six modes and is attributable to DP1 and DP2. This attribution is based on inspection of the spatial morphology of the modes and analysis of the temporal variation of the mode amplitudes with respect to solar wind measures and substorm occurrence. This study is primarily a demonstration of the technique and a prelude to a model spanning the full solar cyclelast_img read more

Estate agents should tell house hunters more about flood risk, say insurers

first_imgEstate Agents may soon have to provide more information about flood risk when marketing properties if plans published by the insurance industry come to fruition.Trade organisation the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has launched a ten-point Building Blueprint to reduce the number of home owners who face the horrors of flooding, fires and water leaks in their homes.This includes a call for house hunters to be given more information up front rather than making them wait until a mortgage valuation survey is completed.The ABI says £13 million is paid out every day by the industry for homes and businesses which have been damaged by weather or fire, and which make up 50% of all property-based insurance claims each year, it says.These claims follow the government’s recently-revealed plans to build 300,000 homes every year in England by the mid-2020s, which the ABI worries, are more likely to be built on flood plains.“Insurance is there when the worst happens, to fix your home or to help keep your business afloat after damage,” says ABI senior policy adviser Laura Hughes.“But it’s better for everyone if major floods and fires can be minimised or prevented entirely.“Environmental changes mean the risk of flooding is growing for many parts of the UK, and this year has brought us a stark reminder of the worst that fire can do.“As it embarks on an ambitious building plan for homes, it is important Government has a firm eye on the steps it should be taking to help all properties, including businesses, be more resilient in the face of these threats.”Other measures included within the ABI’s blueprint include more spending on flood defences and improving the planning process to prevent homes being built in high-risk areas.Association of British Insurers flooding December 4, 2017Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Estate agents should tell house hunters more about flood risk, say insurers previous nextEstate agents should tell house hunters more about flood risk, say insurersTrade body launches action plan to reduce the number of home owners who face flooding following government’s recently-announced plan to build 300,000 every year by mid-2020s.Nigel Lewis4th December 201701,247 Viewslast_img read more

Mayor of London makes rent controls central plank of re-election bid

first_imgHome » News » Mayor of London makes rent controls central plank of re-election bid previous nextRegulation & LawMayor of London makes rent controls central plank of re-election bidSadiq Khan says he wants to be given greater powers to regulate the capital’s private rented housing sector ahead of his 2020 re-election campaign.Nigel Lewis24th January 201901,018 Views Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has made rent controls a key plank of his 2020 re-election bid campaign.Khan says he wants to publish a new ‘blueprint’ for London’s private rental market including new powers to control rents in the capital, which would require new legislation.London’s private rented sector is expected to grow over the next two years to 2.35 million people or 28% of its population.Khan says he is frustrated by his lack of powers to regulate the private rented sector. Recent YouGov research commissioned by City Hall suggests that more than two thirds of private tenants in London are in favour of rent controls.To achieve his aims Khan, who is working alongside housing activist and Labour MP Karen Buck (left) on his plans, will have to persuade a sceptical Conservative government.Last year Secretary of State for Housing James Brokenshire said: “Rent controls never work – they destroy investment in housing, leading to fewer homes to rent and poorer-quality accommodation.”John Stewart, Policy Manager at the Residential Landlords’ Association, says: “It is curious that the Mayor is considering introducing rent controls at a time when rents in London are falling in real terms according to official data.“All evidence around the world shows that where forms of rent control are in place, decoupling prices from the value of properties hurts both tenants and landlords.“In the end what is needed is a relentless focus on boosting the supply of housing.”The government’s own data shows that rents are rising in London slower than inflation; by 0.2% year-on-year during December compared to inflation of 2.7%.  January 24, 2019Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Wadham bar prices rise in cash

first_imgDrinks prices in the Wadham bar have risen by up to 25 per cent for those paying in cash, after the college introduced a Bod Card payment system this term.An email from the college bursar, Pauline Linieres-Hartley, outlined the introduction of the system. “There will be a two-tier pricing system. The lower price will be available for EPOS transactions and the higher price for any cash transactions.”One Wadham student explained the noticeable difference in prices between the two systems. “Originally we were told that the difference in prices would be relatively small, but they have now altered the prices significantly for those who wish to pay by cash.”He added, “I bought a double gin and tonic with cash, only to find out that it was £4.75 – as much as, if not more than, the King’s Arms – which is 25% more than paying by Bod Card!”Another student was worried about how the tabs might be interpreted, “My concern is that if someone has a poor term academically, will they then have their bar tabs examined and be reprimanded or banned?”last_img read more

Speciality Breads nominated for award

first_imgSpeciality Breads, the Margate-based wholesale bakery, has been nominated as a Responsible Business Champion of north and south Thanet.Kent-based Speciality Breads is celebrating after being nominated as a Responsible Business Champion for both the north and south Thanet constituencies.The company launched a new £3m bakery last November, and was nominated for the award by MPs Sir Roger Gale and Craig MacKinlay.A Parliamentary judging panel will now consider all MPs’ nominations against national criteria announced each year by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) and select one company as the APCRG National Responsible Business Champion.The winner will be announced at a reception in Parliament on 13 July.The judges and awards are specifically looking for companies which support the local community, invest in healthy workplaces, offer apprenticeships and training to all age groups plus promote equality and diversity in the workplace and monitor suppliers’ actions on these issues.Peter Millen, managing director of Speciality Breads, said: “It’s a huge privilege to have been nominated and to get some recognition for the positive impact we have on the local area and community.“We’re extremely proud of our Kentish roots, our business, suppliers and most of all our brilliant people who have made success possible.”Last month, Speciality Breads added to its growing selection of artisan rolls with a new sourdough & onion roll.last_img read more

Phish Is Planning To Debut New Material On The Road This Summer

first_imgBy now, most Phish fans know that the group spent the winter months working on a new studio album in Nashville. The quartet had debuted a number of new songs on the road throughout 2015, including catchy tunes like “Blaze On” and “No Men In No Man’s Land.” According to a new report in Rolling Stone, we may soon hear even more new material on the road.What Songs Could Make It Onto Phish’s Newly-Announced Studio Project?In a summer tour highlights article, Anastasio talks about how energized he’s been after Fare Thee Well and Phish’s 2015 tour dates. “By New Year’s, I just felt so loose… It reminds me of 1994, 1995. I kinda miss that.” He continues, saying “Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we all turned 50, but there’s a patience and a desire to really hear what the other band members have to say.”The brief profile also reads: ” Phish took that energy into the studio all winter, recording songs Anastasio expects to debut on the road.” New Phish music! We’re guessing a formal announcement of the band’s 13th studio album isn’t too far off.Read the profile below:Last summer, Trey Anastasio joined the Grateful Dead for their Fare Thee Well concerts before spending the rest of the year on the road with Phish. “By New Year’s, I just felt so loose,” he says. “It reminds me of 1994, 1995. I kinda miss that.” Phish took that energy into the studio all winter, recording songs Anastasio expects to debut on the road. “We’re firing on all cylinders,” says Anastasio. “Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we all turned 50, but there’s a patience and a desire to really hear what the other band members have to say.”[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Bob Dylan Plays The Classics In First U.S. Concert Of 2016

first_imgLast night, Bob Dylan made his U.S. tour debut with a sold out performance at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Amphitheatre in Woodinville, WA. Dylan  has an extensive summer tour in the works, on the heels of his recently-released Fallen Angels album (read the review here). After spending most of April in Japan, Dylan made himself at home in the States, working in new music with some of his old classics for the performance.The show started with Dylan’s 2000 hit “Things Have Changed,” before launching into “She Belongs To Me” from his 1965 album, Bringing It All Back Home. The new albums pay tribute to songs from the American Songbook, and a track like “What’ll I Do” represents that era of classic music. Still, Dylan had time for his own originals, as evidenced by the “Tangled Up In Blue” and “Blowin’ In The Wind” entries on the setlist.At 75-years-old, it appears that Bob Dylan has still got it. Keep on rocking, Mr. Dylan. Edit this setlist | More Bob Dylan setlists[Photo by mattachak/Instagram]last_img read more