Sick leave is on the increase

first_img Comments are closed. Sickness absence rates have increased by more than a third during the lastyear, according to the latest research from the Work Foundation. Its survey of 400 HR professionals reveals that absence rates in 2002 haverisen to 4.1 per cent (or nine days per employee per year) – up from 2.9 percent in 2001. The problem is particularly acute in the public and voluntary sectors, wherethe absence rate has more than doubled from 2.9 per cent in 2001, to 7.8 percent in 2002. The new figures reverse the previous downward trend and are the highestsince 1996, when The Work Foundation first began monitoring absence. Managers believe the most common reasons for absence are cold/flu (59 percent), stress/emotional/personal problems (58 per cent) and Monday morningsyndrome (39 per cent.) Other reasons include sickness of another family member/childcare problems(36 per cent), the concept of taking sick leave ‘entitlement’ (31 per cent),and low morale/boring jobs (31 per cent). Stephen Bevan, the Work Foundation’s deputy director of research, said:”I think the figures largely reflect a rise in long-term absenteeismrather than short-term. Issues relating to mental ill health, such as stress,are one reason for the increase.” More than half of the responding firms offer flexible working. Two-thirds ofthese believe that flexible hours help to reduce absence. Top five reasons for sickness absence– colds/flu– stress– Monday morning blues– sick day ‘entitlement– low morale Sick leave is on the increaseOn 21 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Recruitment: The Candidate Opt-out

first_img Anyone who has spent a reasonable amount of time in the HR/recruiting industry invariably will have been on the wrong end of candidate opting out of an application process. There are of course a multitude of reasons why this might happen, a lot of which are outside of our control, but sadly in a large amount of cases, accountability rests on the shoulders of the agent/HR pro and in a lot of cases this can have significant ramifications. For example, in agency-land the client can quickly lose faith in an agent’s ability to close the recruitment loop. In internal talent acquisition you will be held accountable for the cost associated with the time spent resulting in a no-hire etc. Not to mention the pounding your reputation could take from the candidate or client perspective if it a regular occurrence. Sadly in HR and recruitment the candidate opt-out is an evil that will always play a part in our role but if we ensure adequate focus on the quality of our communication and efficiency of our processes, the risk will be largely minimized. It’s not rocket science by any means, but it’s good to not lose sight of the basics as our experience grows.Clarity is King: Grey areas are the mortal enemy of any recruiter. When talking to a candidate, the more details that go undiscussed or the more inaccurate the information you give the applicant, the higher the no-hire’o’meter will rise. When talking to a candidate, if you get the impression that any details you’ve divulged about the remit, remuneration package, location or pertinent skills managed to raise the candidate’s eyebrows and perhaps caused un-easiness, DRILL DOWN!. Don’t be happy with getting a half-hearted approval to flick a CV to a client/hiring manager. Ultimately all you will be doing is facilitating the beginning of a fact finding mission for the candidate (which they will opt out of as soon as any facts they don’t like arise) as opposed to offering up all the facts and ascertaining that they are your/clients next superstar. Yes, your CV submittal rate will be higher but your conversion rate will stink.Recruit in a timely manner, without lacking substance. Anyone who has read my previous blog post (Why the long……process) will know my thoughts on drawn out, lengthy recruitment processes. IMO, if a recruiter or HR pro must ask a candidate to go through a 6 stage process in order for them to ascertain suitability, or if they lack the ability to consult properly with their clients/hiring managers around why this is not needed, then there is some serious training required. Personally, I’m a fan of a robust phone screening process followed by a panel interview or a well put together 2 stage interview process. Keeping in mind the candidate experience, neither option would be arduous but will give more than adequate time to ensure a full screening process.As I said, by no means rocket science but I’d suggest just keeping these two things in mind will largely contribute to overall recruitment success rate and conversion ratios. Read full article Recruitment: The Candidate Opt-outShared from missc on 14 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Stainton’s Building Adds “Last Piece” of Renovation

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleWhen legendary Ocean City businessman Howard S. Stainton built his department store as the anchor of Asbury Avenue, it was 1941. Throughout the years, the downtown building has gone through some dramatic transformations.With a renovation of the first floor offering an array of retail stores called Stainton’s Gallery of Shops, and the addition of 22 condominiums on the third and fourth floors, there was one last piece of the puzzle: the second floor.Now, project developers Lester Argus and Brett Foxman are converting the second floor into professional office space.But before they can accept any tenants, they need a parking variance.The developers, their architect, William McLees, and their attorney, Jack Plackter, will go before the Ocean City Zoning Board on Wednesday night to seek a variance for parking.“The second floor is the last piece that will be returned to service,” McLees said in a phone interview Tuesday of plans to add office space. “The developers are doing a good job breathing some new life into the building.”He explained the application.“When the condo project was underway, the second floor was used as congregation space,” McLees said.Developers Brett Foxman, left, and Lester Argus stand in front of an architectural rendering of their project in 2016 when they received approval for the condos.But when the church congregation no longer used the space, it remained dormant. The developers used some of the space for storage while work was done to construct the condos, he said.“When we did the condo project, we finished the space that was used by the congregation. It was the owners’ intent to turn it into professional space. As a condition of the approval, any change, even relatively minor in nature, requires Zoning Board approval,” McLees pointed out.The entire Stainton’s building is 70,000 square feet. Of that, about 14,000 square feet on the second floor will be used for office space, with the remaining 6,000 used for storage.Plackter called the project good for Ocean City.He noted that the developers had the foresight to see the benefits of bringing back what once was a failed department store.“They repurposed it,” he said. “I think it is good for the city.”The majority of the condo units are filled except for a few that the developers kept, he said.Plackter and McLees said while seeking a parking variance is a simple procedure, it is part of a bigger picture – creating a fully functional landmark building that not only provides shopping, but housing and office space.The result will be more people frequenting shops and eateries in the downtown.“One of the great things about Ocean City is it really does have an established downtown,” Plackter said. “This further supports the downtown.”Stainton’s Gallery of Shops, is located at 810 Asbury Ave.Local historian Ken Cooper said the former Stainton’s Department Store, now called Stainton’s Gallery of Shops, was constructed in 1941 by department store owner Howard S. Stainton.The building replaced an older store that served as Stainton’s original dry goods business dating to 1913, he noted.Cooper, the Ocean City Historical Museum’s past president and board member, said Stainton decided to build the new store of steel and new masonry after Ocean City’s catastrophic 1927 fire, underscoring the importance of having more fire-resistant buildings.In 1961, he doubled the store size and put on the steel front many people are familiar with, with the letters Stainton’s going across it, Cooper explained.In 2016, the Ocean City Zoning Board lifted a deed restriction that had hampered development of the condos in the Stainton’s building. The second floor of the landmark Stainton’s building on Asbury Avenue will be converted into office space. The building is pictured here in 2016 undergoing renovation.last_img read more

Book preview

first_imgGood Bread is Back- a contemporary history of French breadSteven Laurence KaplanAmerican historian Steven Kaplan traces the French bread-baking tradition, from the 18th Century right through industrialisation of the breadmaking process to the craft bakery revival of the 1990s, which was spurred on by government intervention.Kaplan also offers a personal account of how to assess the quality of French bread from the ideal crust and crumb, to mouth feel and aroma.last_img

News story: DHSC buys land to support development of life sciences facility in east London

first_imgThe Department of Health and Social Care is buying the land in east London for £77 million.Barts Health NHS Trust had previously announced the plans to develop the under-used land, which includes the former outpatients department and dental hospital.Predicted benefits of the planned development include: The trust is also looking to confirm plans for 168 homes for NHS staff through a planning consent agreement with a neighbouring development.Health Minister James O’Shaughnessy said: new treatments being available to patients faster the creation of thousands of jobs attracting an estimated £11 billion of outside investment to the boroughcenter_img This innovative project has unlocked surplus NHS land and allows us to unleash a major life sciences investment into east London. The project won’t just allow researchers and entrepreneurs to benefit. It will help NHS patients access new diagnostics and treatments more quickly and 168 homes for NHS staff will also be provided.last_img read more

Canadian coffee shop comes to the UK

first_imgCanada-based coffee shop Second Cup is to open in Manchester today, as part of global expansion plans. The company will open a 2,500sq ft flagship location on two levels in Manchester city centre with a capacity for 65 people.Jim Ragas, president of Second Cup International, said: “Second Cup cafés are designed to be a second home —there’s plenty of space with plenty of varied seating for relaxation or work.”Our cafés are designed to make everyone feel at home. Whether they are students, businesspeople, families, or just wanting to relax and have a drink or hungry for great food – Second Cup is their place!”Masood Akbarzai, franchise partner and director of Akbarzai Business Associates UK in Manchester, said: “I am very honoured to bring the Second Cup Café brand to Manchester and excited by the enthusiasm we have already received from the local community.”The Second Cup coffee café concept began in 1975 in Toronto, Canada and its international expansion started in 2003. It has since opened cafés in places such as Dubai, Egypt, Kuwait, the USA, Cyprus, Romania, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan and Ghana.last_img read more

Boris Žgomba’s new term as president of the Association of Travel Agencies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce

first_img“The challenges for our industry are becoming more intense day by day, from current events in the country and in the most important emitting markets for us, to the search for innovative tourism products and the application of new technologies that will bring our offer closer to both existing and new consumers. In order to meet these requirements, it is necessary to harmonize domestic business conditions as soon as possible, first of all the adoption of a more flexible Labor Law, lowering the VAT rate in tourism in line with our competing Mediterranean countries and adequate regulation of special taxation of travel agencies.”, Pointed out Žgomba.  At today’s election session of the Association of Travel Agencies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce held in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Split County Chamber, he was elected president of the Association for the second time. Boris Žgomba, CEO of Uniline. He was elected vice president Jurica Glavina, director of the Split company Eklata, while she was elected secretary of the Association Saša Zrnić from the Sector for Tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.  Also, Žgomba said that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is the right place for dialogue on these issues and the development of the best proposals to facilitate state institutions to pass the highest quality laws in the field of day-to-day operations of travel agencies. He also called on all members to be actively involved in the work of the Association for the Benefit of Croatian Tourism and all its stakeholders.  The Association of Travel Agencies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has 1768 members, is a member of the European Association of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators (ECTAA), where Boris Žgomba also serves as a member of the Management Board. center_img In addition to the elections, the key topic of the session was changes in the insurance regulations of travel agencies. The parts of these regulations concerning agencies were presented to the audience by a HANFA representative.  Some of the key activities of the Association in the last year were trainings to adapt to legal changes that occurred in the amendments to the Law on Provision of Services in Tourism, preparations for the implementation of the EU Directive on Package and Related Arrangements, GDPR and activities related to special taxation of travel agencies. om.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Pushes Congress on Gun Safety, Proclaims “March for Our Lives Day” in Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf Pushes Congress on Gun Safety, Proclaims “March for Our Lives Day” in Pennsylvania March 23, 2018 National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation praising recent gun safety measures in the federal omnibus bill and pushing for further action, including banning military-style weapons like the one used in the Parkland shooting tragedy.The governor also proclaimed Saturday, March 24, “March for Our Lives Day” in Pennsylvania with many local events planned in the commonwealth in support of the Washington D.C. march. March for Our Lives supporters are primarily young people asking their representatives to make their safety a priority and address gun violence in our schools and communities.The governor’s letter echoed the sentiments of march organizers by applauding students throughout the country who participated in the March 14 walkout and “passionately speak out and demand action in response to the terrifying reality of gun violence in our nation.”The letter states, “I write today to thank you for listening to these students and taking important steps to prevent another tragedy like the one in Parkland, but also to urge you to take additional action to ban military style weapons that have been used to commit these heinous crimes.”Gov. Wolf’s letter conveys support for the spending bill’s “several commonsense, bipartisan measures that, while long overdue, are a step in the right direction.” These include the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 and critical tools in the bill to coordinate training for teachers, school officials, and law enforcement.The letter also mentions the Fix NICS (National Instant Check System) Act to help prevent individuals with a history of mental illness or criminal convictions from buying firearms.“Our commonwealth’s background check system – Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) – is one of the top systems in the nation and federal funding played an important role in what makes PICS work so well. Not all states and federal agencies have such an effective system in place and I know firsthand the limited resources governors must work with. Additional federal funding is crucial.”Gov. Wolf expressed his support of the bill’s clarification for the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies to conduct research on the causes of gun violence, something that stopped via the passage of the Dickey Amendment in 1996’s omnibus spending bill. Former Arkansas Representative Jay Dickey, for whom the amendment is named, has said that research would not infringe on the rights of gun owners and can and should continue because “doing nothing is no longer an acceptable solution.”The governor also called for bans on military-style weapons and accessories, such as the AR-15 and bump stocks.“Law enforcement officials throughout the commonwealth support these bans. They know that ending the sale of these weapons will make our communities safer. Had Congress not allowed a ban on these weapons to expire in 2004, the deaths that have occurred in Orlando, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook or Parkland may have never happened. These tragedies are becoming far too common. You must act to prevent another town being added to this list.“I know that these measures will not prevent all tragedies. However, we cannot use that as an excuse to not act to protect our constituents.”The full content of the letter can be read on Scribd and as a PDF here.Read the March for Our Lives Day proclamation on Scribd and as a PDF here.Dear Representative/SenatorEarlier this month, we saw American students throughout the country passionately speak out and demand action in response to the terrifying reality of gun violence in our nation. I write today to thank you for listening to these students and taking important steps to prevent another tragedy like the one in Parkland, but also to urge you to take additional action to ban military style weapons that have been used to commit these heinous crimes.The omnibus spending bill contains several commonsense, bipartisan measures that, while long overdue, are a step in the right direction. The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 provides resources to make our schools safer. Training and coordination between teachers, school officials and law enforcement, and the development of reporting systems for threats of school violence and the funding for states contained in this bill are critical tools we need to protect our children.The Fix NICS Act will help prevent individuals with a history of mental illness or criminal convictions from buying firearms. Our commonwealth’s background check system – Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) – is one of the top systems in the nation and federal funding played an important role in what makes PICS work so well. Not all states and federal agencies have such an effective system in place and I know firsthand the limited resources governors must work with. Additional federal funding is crucial.I am also pleased to see that the bill clarifies that the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies can conduct research on the causes of gun violence. Medical groups such as the American Medical Women’s Association, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics have supported this. Even the amendment’s original sponsor, former Representative Jay Dickey, has said that research would not infringe on the rights of gun owners and can and should continue because “doing nothing is no longer an acceptable solution.”As I said, these are steps in the right direction, but they cannot be the only actions taken. It is not the time to say “we’ve done all we can” and wait for the next tragedy to happen. Now is the time to ban military-style weapons like AR-15s and dangerous accessories like bump stocks. Law enforcement officials throughout the commonwealth support these bans. They know that ending the sale of these weapons will make our communities safer. Had Congress not allowed a ban on these weapons to expire in 2004, the deaths that have occurred in Orlando, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook or Parkland may have never happened. These tragedies are becoming far too common. You must act to prevent another town being added to this list.I know that these measures will not prevent all tragedies. However, we cannot use that as an excuse to not act to protect our constituents. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to this incredibly important dialogue. Please feel free to reach out to my office to continue this conversation.SincerelyTOM WOLFcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Breaded Pork with Cabbage and Kale

first_imgFood & DiningLifestyle Breaded Pork with Cabbage and Kale by: – October 24, 2011 Share Tweet Share Breaded Pork with Cabbage and KaleCenter cut pork loin is encrusted with a corn bread stuffing mix in this quick-and-easy main dish recipe. Cabbage and kale cooked in balsamic vinegar is a colorful and tasty side. Kale is a ruffled-leafed vegetable that is a member of the cabbage family. Because the leaves of kale range in color from dark green to purple, kale is commonly used as a garnish for food presentation or served as a cooked vegetable.Ingredients:1-1/4 lb. center cut pork loin, cut in 4 slices2 cups corn bread stuffing mix, crushed2 Tbsp. olive oil2 cups sliced red cabbage6 cups coarsely chopped kale1/3 cup balsamic vinegarSalt and black pepperDirections:1.Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Place pork slices between plastic wrap. Use flat side of meat mallet to lightly pound slices to 1/4-inch thickness. Place stuffing mix in shallow dish; coat pork with stuffing mix.2.In extra-large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook two of the pork slices for 2 to 3 minutes each side, until crisp, golden, and cooked through. Transfer to baking sheet; keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining oil and pork.3.Wipe skillet. Add cabbage. Cook and stir until cabbage is crisp-tender. Add kale and vinegar; cook just until wilted. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve with pork. Makes 4 servings.Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardenscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 59 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Serbia swamp young Northern Ireland

first_imgThe Northern Ireland Under-21 team ended their disappointing Euro 2015 campaign with another defeat, heavily beaten at home by Serbia. Jim Magilton’s side ended their campaign with just three points, taken in the home match against Cyprus, after going down 4-1 at Portadown’s Shamrock Park. Magilton handed out five debuts on the day – to Chris Johns, Cameron Dummigan, Jamie Harney, Aaron Burns and Michael Duffy – but a visiting side who started the day with an outside chance of topping Group 9 proved too strong. It was already 4-0 when Hartlepool’s on-loan Middlesbrough winger Ryan Brobbel got the hosts on the scoresheet for just the second time in the eight-match cycle. Home captain James Gray spurned an early chance to mark his final appearance at this level with a goal and the deadlock remained until the 34th minute when Aleksandar Pesic beat goalkeeper Johns. Johns was picking the the ball out for a second time less than two minutes later as Slavoljub Srnic improved on an earlier miss to double the lead. Striker Duffy failed to take the only opportunity to hit back before half-time and another quick two-goal burst after the break settled the issue. Pesic was unlucky not to score on each occasion, hitting the woodwork in the 56th and 58th minutes to tee up Srnic’s second and Filip Kostic for the fourth. At that stage the last half hour looked as though it would be a trial for the hosts but Brobbel salvaged something positive with his first Under-21 goal with 23 minutes to go. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more