Pink-slip party

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Unemploymentis no longer a stigma thanks to the new breed of high-tech job seekers –casualties of the dot-com collapse. Professor Lisbeth Claus reports Thesedays the Silicon Valley headlines focus on lay-offs, downsizing, dot-comimplosion and economic downturn. Having successfully crossed into themuch-anticipated new millennium, the high-tech industry was not prepared atall, just a few months later, for the NASDAQ stock crisis, the rapid downturnof the new economy sector and recent implosion of many dot-com companies. Thisengendered a chain reaction in many companies that were closely connected tothe meteoric rise and success of the dot-coms. As statistics indicate, sincethe dawn of the year 2000, many new-economy knowledge staff have received theproverbial pink slip due to the demise of their dot-com company or the extremecost-cutting measures resulting in lay-offs and high-tech downsizing. Othersworkers have left for jobs at more secure, traditional companies. Thisdownsizing phenomenon, although reminiscent of economic recessions of the past,is different from a number of perspectives. It is different because of the typeof laid-off employee, the way in which the terminations are being handled andthe changed perception of potential employers towards the unemployed. InSilicon Valley style, the dot-com pink slips offer a few lessons for HRprofessionals. Forthe first time in employment history, the profile of most of those maderedundant is that of young knowledge worker who has participated in one of themost exciting technological revolutions and entrepreneurial global workenvironment experiments. Whilethese workers can be divided into two camps – those with technical skills andthose with general business skills – both groups tend to be highly skilled,electronically savvy and multiculturally diverse. They have worked on teams,functioned in a very fast-paced environment and are project-driven. Althoughtheir competency profiles should be an asset for traditional companies, theautonomy they have enjoyed in their dot-com companies may not easily fit themore corporate culture of the traditional economy. The lure of foregoing the24/7 for a more balanced work life and the security of a larger company may counteracttheir apathy towards a more structured traditional work environment.  Dot-coms,in their demise, are also changing the way in which terminations are beinghandled. True to their dot-com creativity, with very little HR expertise, andoften with a three-month severance package (considered generous for firedAmerican employees with such short tenure) and no union representation,companies and laid-off employees have resorted to a number of copingmechanisms. The most notorious one is the now-famous pink-slip party. The WordSpy ( defines pink-slip party as “a party where eachattendee is a person who has recently lost their job, particularly because of afailed or downsized dot-com company”. Althoughthe term dates back to the late 1980s, the pink-slip party was introduced tobring together people who have lost their dot-com jobs (wearing red dots) andrecruiters (wearing green dots) who are still hiring and looking to fillhigh-tech positions. At these monthly parties, former staff not only gather tomeet recruiters but also to find mutual support and put their networking skillsto use in the search for suitable employment. Other, more virtual, networkingactivities are evident in the many Web sites that have sprung up providing support,advice and survival tips for the casualties of the new economy. Once past theshock of termination, laid-off knowledge workers are using their networkingskills to find virtual or live support in making a career transition.Finally,this group is changing the perception towards the stigma of unemployment. Theirterminations were in general not labelled as being performance-related. Afterall, they were volunteers in a new work experiment. They wear their new-economybattle scars with the pride of war veterans. Their future employers, HR andother managers, remember their own lay-off experiences a decade or more ago. Theessence of HR is to balance the strategic human capital requirements of thecompany and the needs of the employees. As the traditional economy is beingchallenged to embrace new-economy technologies in order to increaseproductivity, HR professionals can be the linchpins in the reintegration oftalented laid-off dot-commers into the new workplace.GlobalHR trivia poserWhatis the origin of the term “pink slip”?Theterm is used in English (companies) to refer to a laid-off employee. When Ihave asked HR colleagues about the origin of this Anglo-Saxon term, responseshave varied from “I don’t know” to strange looks (how could I be soignorant!) and a multitude of unrelated explanations. Please send your responseto this HR trivia question as a Letter to the Editor ([email protected]).Sincemany of our readers are global HR professionals who are not native Englishspeakers, I challenge them to share a vernacular term in their language thatcorresponds to the English “pink slip” and explain its origins. Welook forward to hearing from you. Pink-slip partyOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Saber Strike 17 kicks off in Latvia

first_img The annual combined-joint exercise Saber Strike 17 kicked off with troops and vehicles coming ashore with tactical landing crafts from maritime prepositioning ships in the Baltic Sea to Ventspils, Latvia, May 23-24, 2017.The exercise is held at various locations throughout the Baltic region and Poland and prepares allies and partners to respond more to regional crises and meet their own security needs by improving the security of borders and countering threats.“We are interacting with our partners to reassure them that we will be here in a crisis or if something happens, because the United States is a strong ally of NATO,” said Maj. Jerry Aymond, the operations officer for Combat Logistics Regiment 45, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve.During the instream offloads, U.S. Marines and sailors came together with other partner nations to face the challenges of the complicated process of offloading equipment and vehicles such as tanks and bulldozers.“The ability to do an instream offload means we can offload a significant amount of equipment anywhere around the world, without a port. Now we don’t have to wait for equipment to come from the continental United States to respond to a crisis,” said Aymond.Forces from 26 nations, including the host nation Latvia, and over 11,000 service members are taking part in Saber Strike 17. View post tag: US Marines Authorities Share this article View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Saber Strikecenter_img View post tag: Latvia Back to overview,Home naval-today Saber Strike 17 kicks off in Latvia May 26, 2017 Saber Strike 17 kicks off in Latvialast_img read more


first_imgThe event proved traumatic to students who were used to working around an intact skeleton, and particularly to those medics who rely on Clarissa for a helping hand with their anatomy work.Conn McGrath, a first year studying medicine at St Anne’s, described the theft as “horrific”, and told Cherwell how highly he and his fellow medics value Clarissa.He said, “she was like a mother…and would never laugh when we mixed up the femur and the frenulum.“The fact that someone stole her most beautiful asset, her old brittle skull, is truly despicable.”He also described how grateful he is that the skeleton is whole once more, insisting, “I’ve learnt many a thing gazing into those deep eye sockets, and am truly thankful that her skull has now returned. Long live Clarissa!”Nor were medical students the only library users dismayed at Clarissa’s sudden and inexplicable decapitation. Classicist Thomas Catterall admitted to being so disturbed by the sight of the headless skeleton that he thought about offering a reward for her safe return himself.Indeed, the college would have faced a hefty bill if the skull had not been recovered. It is impossible, according to an email sent to members of the college by acting librarian Sally Speirs, to replace Clarissa’s head without buying an entirely new skeleton, a purchase which would have set the college back £410.Thankfully, the skull is now back in its rightful place. Speirs told Cherwell that the object had been reattached by 8.00 on Tuesday morning, having been returned anonymously during the night.Though the identity of the thief remains unknown, Speirs takes a light-hearted view of the skull’s temporary disappearance, saying, “I like to think that she’d gone to the Young Vic to audition for the part of Poor Yorick (to play opposite the lovely Michael Sheen) in their forthcoming production of Hamlet.“Without her hip bones she might’ve thought she was in with a good chance!” Students at St Anne’s College were relieved last Tuesday morning to find that the skull of Clarissa, the model skeleton which is on display in the college library, had been safely reattached to the rest of her body, having mysteriously vanished the previous week.The damage to the beloved college icon was first reported on Friday afternoon, when it was observed that Clarissa’s regular head had been replaced by a lower jaw from a different set of bones. It was not clear exactly when the switch was carried out. last_img read more

Wavell Heights home reno a creative mix of old and new

first_imgJohn Jordan and Sarah Crundall with their renovated 1950s house. Picture: Annette DewJOHN Jordan has played out his own end game, staying the bulldozers to bring an old dame of the 1950s back to life. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES “Wavell Heights is an up and coming suburb, a different market. “We put a lot of effort into understanding the compromises needed in design, and where to spend money and where not to spend money,” he said.“Putting french doors from the lounge to the side of the house would have compromised the furniture placement in that sort of room, so we decided against that,” he said.Conversely, extra money has been spent on landscaping, flooring and benchtops.“We’ve bought quite established trees and put a lot of attention into the gardens,” he said.“They’re great now and in two years’ time it’s going to be fantastic.” Rebranding an inner city farmhouse Timber flooring was chosen over tiles in the extension. Picture: supplied.The garage was saved from demolition by Ms Crundall who saw potential when she opened the green garage door.It has been converted into guest accommodation or an office with exposed brick walls paying homage to the original build. AREC 2019: How to survive the property market downturn Transforming the lounge room. Picture: John Jordan.The house has grown from three to five bedrooms, and has been extended at the back to include a new kitchen and dining area. The converted garage is now one of Mr Jordan’s favourite parts of the house. Picture: supplied.“You set yourself up for success in the design stage,” he said.“I’ve done this in Hendra and Hamilton and they are different markets. It’s easy to have a confidence about what you can do without overcapitalising. Lots of surprises behind this green door with a little vision and effort. Picture: John Jordan.center_img SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN WAVELL HEIGHTS BEFORE: 15 Benecia St, Wavell Heights prior to the 2016 renovation. Picture: supplied“The neighbours were curious, two houses across the road had been bulldozed,” he said. “One option was to bulldoze but these old homes have great bones, high ceilings and come up fantastically and there’s a charm you get in these buildings that’s fantastic,” he said. The extension begins. Picture: John Jordan.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoWith interior design contributions from Mr Jordan’s partner Sarah Crundall, the 12 month, $400,000 transformation began in March 2018.“We converted it from a 1951 house with original carpet, a little old kitchen and everything else, to something that should keep a family happy for years to come,” Mr Jordan said. AFTER: A 12 month renovation has transformed 15 Benecia St, Wavell Heights. Picture: supplied. AFTER: The back of the house as it looks today. Picture: supplied.His aim, in buying 15 Benecia St at Wavell Heights on impulse at auction in 2016, was to modernise while staying in touch with the history of the home and setting a strict budget to stick to. The 683sq m block with new landscaping. Picture: supplied.The hardwood flooring for the extension cost $10,000 and there is $7000-$8000 worth of Caesarstone benchtops in the new kitchen.“It’s been fun to unlock the potential of this property,” Mr Jordan said.Damon Lewis of Ray White New Farm will take the property to auction on June 15 at 11am. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

UN launches competition to design memorial to victims of slavery

first_img 10 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Ambassador Raymond Wolfe of Jamaica. UN photoNEW YORK, USA — The committee tasked with building a permanent memorial at the United Nations to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade on Friday launched a global competition for the design of the structure to remind the world that millions of Africans were violently removed from their homelands, abused and robbed of their dignity.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will administer the design competition, Ambassador Raymond Wolfe of Jamaica, the chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee on Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, told a news conference at UN Headquarters.“As we launch the competition I am pleased to report that all stakeholders including the members of the committee, Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Africa Group which participated in the negotiations are supremely confident that UNESCO will manage a transparent, inclusive and politically impartial selection process,” said Wolfe.He urged ministries of foreign affairs and culture of member states to disseminate information about the design competition so that a “rich and diverse pool of applications can be submitted to UNESCO for consideration.” The deadline for submitting designs to the competition is 19 December 2011.Philippe Kridelka, the director of UNESCO’s New York office and representative to the UN, noted that the monument will not only be a symbol, but part of an education process in memory of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.Some $4.5 million is required to build the monument, and just over $1 million has been raised through donations from states and other sources. Wolfe encouraged corporations, philanthropists and the private sector to contribute to the project.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Share NewsRegional UN launches competition to design memorial to victims of slavery by: – October 1, 2011last_img read more

Spanish National Sports Council confirm La Liga return date

first_imgThe Spanish National Sports Council (the CSD) has finally confirmed that La Liga will return on June 11, starting with the long awaited Seville  derby between Real Betis and Sevilla that was expected to be played just before coronavirus caused the season to be put on hold. Marca carried the report tonight which contains documents from said council authorising La Liga’s published plans to start that week to go ahead. Assuming all goes to plan, the league will now finish on the weekend of July 18th, and the second tier on August 2nd.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?What Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?center_img Earlier today, Javier Tebas also announced that next season would start on September 12th – assuming all else goes to plan. Given how things are progressing in Germany, and the falling number of cases in Spain, we can but hope that this cursed season can be finished off as quickly as possible, and that we can all move on to the next campaign as soon as possible. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: Real Madrid aiming for 30% stadium reopening in Octoberlast_img read more

Freiburg hand Gladbach Champions League setback

first_img To make matters worse for Gladbach, their French striker Alassane Plea was red-carded in the second half. French striker Marcus Thuram, who made global headlines last weekend when he took a knee to protest the death of George Floyd, was unable to breakthrough despite his side having the best of the first hour. Waiting game: Freiburg coach Christian Streich (left) sits on the bench prior to Friday’s game Read Also: Barca confident Messi can face Mallorca, despite thigh injury When Plea was sent-off, Gladbach’s sporting director Max Eberl protested too vigorously through his anti-coronavirus face mask and was also dismissed. Plea will now miss next weekend’s home clash with Bayern Munich. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Borussia Moenchengladbach’s push for a Champions League place was stalled by Freiburg who clinched a 1-0 win in the Bundesliga on Friday. Freiburg boosted their Europa League hopes with victory secured by Nils Petersen’s goal in the 58th minute. Gladbach, enjoying their best season since 1984, remain in fourth place – the final Champions League qualifying spot – on 56 points. However, Bayer Leverkusen could replace them on Saturday should they defeat defending champions and league leaders Bayern Munich. With just four games left, Freiburg boosted their Europa League hopes with victory secured by Nils Petersen’s goal in the 58th minute. Petersen had only been on the pitch for a minute after replacing Roland Sallai when he powerfully headed home from a free-kick.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks27 Breathtakingly Beautiful Albino AnimalsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love AnywaysPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffitilast_img read more

City boss Manuel Pellegrini hopes Remi Garde’s honeymoon at Aston Villa can wait

first_img Then, in midweek, Pellegrini’s successful deployment of three central midfielders in Fernando, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure worked superbly as they claimed an impressive 3-1 win at Sevilla in the Champions League. This was hailed as a sign of growing maturity in Europe after past seasons of struggle against the continent’s elite. Pellegrini, however, played down his input, claiming some of the changes have been enforced by injuries. The 62-year-old said: “I don’t agree with that. We have managed all the season to play without important players, and we are always working in a different way with different strikers, without strikers, with one striker, with two strikers or with one midfielder. A lot of changes that depend on the characteristics of the players we have available. “This season is exactly the same as the last two seasons and if you ask me the first season was the best one – we scored (nearly) 160 goals (158). “When you win it is all perfect. When you lose, maybe people talk about (things like) why Kevin De Bruyne didn’t play.” City’s trip to Villa Park comes too soon for playmaker David Silva, who remains sidelined with an ankle injury. Pellegrini has expressed hope the Spaniard, along with Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta, will be fit after the upcoming international break. Manuel Pellegrini has welcomed Remi Garde to the Premier League but hopes the new manager effect at Aston Villa takes a week to kick in. Press Association Pellegrini takes his Manchester City side to Villa Park on Sunday to take on the struggling side Frenchman Garde took charge of earlier in the week. With Villa two points adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League and City top heading into the weekend’s fixtures, form would suggest Pellegrini has little to worry about. But the Chilean does not see it that way, wary of the bounce Garde could spark after shaking things up in training this week. “I am expecting him to delay one week more,” said Pellegrini, jokingly, when asked about Garde’s likely impact. “No, always when you have a new manager you have some reaction. “It is very difficult for me to say how they will approach it. It depends on the mentality of the new manager, it depends on a lot of things. “The important thing is we must expect that we have have a strong and difficult team in front of us.” Pellegrini met Garde briefly, just as the Frenchman was embarking on his managerial career with Lyon as he visited former Arsenal team-mate Patrick Vieira, now City’s head of elite development, at the club’s training base. “He was here in Carrington two years ago,” he said. “He is a friend of Patrick Vieira’s and he wanted to talk about football and working. “He is a young and experienced manager, having been at an important club like Lyon. I am sure and I hope he will have a very good performance – after our game with Aston Villa.” Pellegrini has earned plaudits for some of his tactical decisions in recent weeks. During the goalless derby draw at Manchester United a fortnight ago, Pellegrini opted for caution in the closing stages to secure a point after realising United had nullified his usual attacking game. In previous seasons he has been criticised for sticking stubbornly to his default attacking approach. last_img read more

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence named honorary Miami officers

first_imgJan. 12 was also named as Bad Boys for Life Day in the city. It has been 17 years since the last “Bad Boys” movie came out.The new “Bad Boys for Life” movie is hitting theaters nationwide January 17th starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.After playing Miami cops in the movie,Will Smith and Martin Lawrence now have real police badges. They were both named honorary police officers and received the key to the city from Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina.“They’ve earned their police badges and are always welcome here in Miami,” Miami police tweeted.Will Smith and Martin Lawrence received the key to the city and were named Honorary police officers by Mayor Francis Suarez and Chief Jorge Colina. They’ve earned their police badges and are always welcome here in Miami.— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) January 13, 2020last_img read more

Tennis News Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal stay on course for semi-final showdown in Indian Wells ATP Tennis tour

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Indian Wells: Former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal edged closer to a blockbuster semi-final showdown at the ATP Indian Wells Masters with brisk fourth-round wins. World number two Nadal on Wednesday overpowered Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic 6-3 6-4 to book his quarter-final berth in one hour and 26 minutes. Federer, seeking a record sixth title in the California desert, needed just 64 minutes to get past Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-1 6-4. Nadal said his performance on a windy stadium court wasn’t as good as his 6-3, 6-1 third-round win over Argentine Diego Schwartzman. But he was more than a match for 113th-ranked Krajinovic, breaking him early in each set and saving the only break point he faced. Nadal, who lifted the Indian Wells trophy in 2007, 2008 and 2013, is in the last eight for the first time in three years after missing last year’s edition, skipping both Indian Wells and the Miami Masters with a hip injury. He next will take on 13th-ranked Russian Karen Khachanov, who beat world number nine John Isner 6-4 7-6 (7/1). Khachanov produced just one ace to the big-serving American’s 12 but stretched his record over Isner to 4-0. Fourth-seeded Federer, fresh off his 100th career title, looked poised to finish off Edmund in less than an hour. But the Swiss great had to fight off three break points as he served for the match, just a small speed bump in a match that he took charge of early.  “He didn’t have the best start, so that cost him the first set,” Federer said. “Second set, it was definitely better. I think he probably struggled throughout a little bit. He never really got going.  “Conditions are tough with the glare, and the jump of the ball it’s sometimes hard to find the rhythm and timing.” Federer will fight for a semi-final berth against 22-year-old Pole Hubert Hurkacz. Hurkacz, ranked 67th in the world, sent 25th-ranked Canadian Denis Shapovalov packing 7-6 (7/3) 2-6 6-3. Although he’ll be an overwhelming favorite against Hurkacz, Federer said he wouldn’t take a semi-final meeting with Nadal for granted. “I hope I can get there,” Federer said, “but I’m not going to underestimate Hubert.”  Kecmanovic capitalizesA day after world number one Novak Djokovic tumbled out of the third round, 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic kept the Serbian flag flying. Kecmanovic became the first lucky loser to reach the last eight at Indian Wells since the ATP’s Masters 1000 series launched in 1990. Kecmanovic, ranked 130th in the world, had taken the first set against Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4 when the 74th-ranked Japanese retired because of injury. Kecmanovic, who gained entry to the second round when fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson withdrew with an elbow injury, is in his first ATP quarter-final. Kecmanovic is the last teen left in the men’s draw, after the departure of 19-year-old Shapovalov. At the other end of the age spectrum, 40-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic’s run came to an end with a 6-4 6-3 loss to 25-year-old seventh seed Dominic Thiem.Thiem needed less than an hour to subdue the 89th-ranked Karlovic, surrendering just seven points on his own serve and punishing Karlovic’s second serve. Thiem said putting 87 percent of his first serves in play was key in his first meeting with Karlovic. “I felt pretty confident on my own service games. That’s what I transferred also to the return games,” he said. “I made two breaks in the right moment I would say.”Thiem will next face either 18th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils or unseeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber, who stunned world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 on Tuesday. Roger Federer is the second player to win 100 ATP Tour titles.Roger Federer has won the Indian Wells ATP Tour event six times.Ivo Karlovic, who defeated Prajnesh Gunneswaran, lost to Dominic Thiem in the fourth round.last_img read more