At-a-glance guide to managing absence

first_imgAt-a-glance guide to managing absenceOn 29 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Sally O’Reilly outlines the steps you need to consider to develop bestpractice on managing absenceImproving the bottom line Employers who have introduced effective absence management policies are reportingnoticeable improvements on their bottom line, cutting costs as a result offewer staff taking time off, and improving productivity as a whole. Return-to-work interviews are seen as an important way of managing sicknessabsence, as are formal procedures for notifying absence and disciplinaryprocedures in the case of non-manual staff. Three-quarters of the employers inthe CIPD research, Employee Absence, 2002, who used return-to-work interviewsmade them mandatory for all absences from work, regardless of length. Managers in the Work Foundation survey, Maximising Attendance, believemotivating staff is the key to managing attendance, followed by return-to-workinterviews and accurate monitoring. But only 40 per cent of organisationssurveyed believe they are aware of all absence in the organisation, and in 5per cent of cases, organisations say that less than half of all absence isrecorded. Smaller organisations are more likely to believe that all absence isrecorded. Work-life absence Developing best practice schemes also means taking a holistic approach,according to many participants in the CIPD survey. Home and familyresponsibilities are a frequent cause of absence, and family-friendlyinitiatives are therefore an effective way of cutting absence. However, onlyone-third of organisations have been able to prove that such initiatives havecut absence, says the CIPD. Champions of absence management Organisations which have brought in effective practices include Boots,Transport for London, the Prison Service, the Inland Revenue and VauxhallMotors. Public sector organisations are often very active in this area, becauseof high levels of absenteeism. The CIPD found that five absence-management measures were used by more thanthree-quarters of respondents to their survey. These were: – providing sickness absence information to line managers (81 per cent) – identifying absence triggers (78 per cent) – involvement of occupational health professionals (77 per cent) – reducing sick pay after a specific period of absence (76 per cent) – disciplinary action for unjustified absence (75 per cent). Occupational health involvement The CIPD research found that 59 per cent of organisations involveoccupational health (OH) professionals in absence management. The following OHapproaches to absence management are used: – 32 per cent offer stress counselling – 28 per cent have health promotion schemes – 18 per cent used rehabilitation programmes – 17 per cent have an employee assistance programme – 12 per cent use physiotherapy services. Disability awareness Legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 continues toraise employer awareness of disabled employees in the workplace. The managementof individuals who become disabled as the result of sickness may mean employershave to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ before they can return to their job. Absence management The TUC found that early intervention can play an important part inpromoting a successful return to work. Long absence makes a return less likely.With this in mind, 86 per cent of workplaces surveyed by the TUC use absencemonitoring. Case conferences also work well: many organisations with goodsickness absence monitoring now review long term cases regularly, with OHstaff, the line manager and HR being involved. Returning to work Maintaining regular contact with staff who are on long-term sick leave isvitally important in helping them return to work – the CIPD found that some 90per cent of employers were doing this, and 43 per cent said this was the mosteffective method of dealing with long-term sick leave. More than four-fifths of employers also reported the use of return-to-workinterviews, reduced hours (either on a temporary or permanent basis) and/orchanges to the work tasks or workload. And more than two-thirds provided eitherstress counselling or an employment assistance programme. Benchmarking The majority of organisations are still not benchmarking their absence managementperformance against those of other organisations. Public sector organisationsare more likely to do this. The CIPD has found that currently, only 38 per centof organisations overall benchmark their absence management performance againstothers, while only 23 per cent of employers compare absence levels of otheremployers in the same region. However, 68 per cent of public sectororganisations benchmarked absence against other organisations in the sector. Absence management policies These are used by the majority of large employers. Of organisations withmore than 2,000 employees, the CIPD found 94 per cent had a formal read more

HSE launches website on latex-related asthma

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. HSE launches website on latex-related asthmaOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has unveiled a website to help raiseawareness about reactions to natural rubber latex, in a bid to combat thisserious cause of occupational asthma. The site is designed to help healthcare professionals avoid gettingoccupational asthma from natural rubber latex products. Health professionals can click on their specific area for advice on the keyissues surrounding latex-based occupational asthma. For occupational health, this includes information on reporting proceduresand the key duties required of OH professionals in this area. Sandra Caldwell, the HSE’s head of occupational health policy, said:”This is a serious problem. We estimate 7,000 cases of asthma are causedor made worse by work each year. Allergy to the proteins in natural rubberlatex is the fifth largest occupational cause of asthma. Raising this issue isimportant because for many people, once sensitised, their lives are a misery andthey have to give up work.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

UK: Flying Tigers of 814 Naval Air Squadron Return from Exercise Dynamic Mongoose

first_img July 19, 2012 UK: Flying Tigers of 814 Naval Air Squadron Return from Exercise Dynamic Mongoose The Flying Tigers, normally based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Helston, sent two of their Merlin helicopters and 55 personnel to take part in Exercise Dynamic Mongoose, a newly-established NATO Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise in the Norwegian Sea. Operating from Sola Airbase, Stavanger in Norway, the Tigers were on the hunt for hunter-killer class submarines. They searched for them actively with sonar, and passively by listening to the submarines movements.The exercise proved to be an excellent and highly valuable training evolution for the Squadron allowing it to hone its Anti Submarine Warfare capabilities after a lengthy period of time involved in maritime security operations supporting the international effort against illegal activities on the high seas including anti-piracy, people-trafficking, smuggling, drug-running and terrorism.The men and women of 814 Squadron worked alongside their NATO partners from France, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Poland and, of course, the host: the highly accommodating Norwegians.The exercise saw the Squadron operating as part of the ‘friendly forces’, working alongside various NATO Maritime Patrol Aircraft, 4 surface ships (including HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen) and multiple rotary wings assets including Polish Mi-14 “Haze” helicopters to counter the threat posed by 3 conventionally-powered submarines.The mission was to assist in the protection of the ‘High Value Vessel’ (FGS Spessart) from the unseen enemy who posed a very real threat lurking below the surface and ready to pounce at a moment’s notice. These quiet and elusive boats are difficult opponents and can prove a real challenge to detect at the best of times, even with the Merlin’s highly advanced active sonar, passive sonics and radar.The submarine commanders continually tested the flying crews’ war-fighting skills, but the Flying Tigers leapt to the challenge, successfully hunting and preying on the threat. The exercise demonstrated what a highly capable aircraft and daunting opponent the Merlin HM Mk1 can be when operated by well-trained Fleet Air Arm aviators.Commander Stock, Commanding Officer of 814 Squadron said:“Dynamic Mongoose was a fantastic opportunity to work alongside some of our NATO allies and to put into practice our Anti Submarine Warfare tactics. “It provided really valuable training, and the feedback from the submariners themselves illustrated how effective a well-operated Merlin can be. “I feel confident in the knowledge that the Flying Tigers of 814 NAS will be ready to fight and protect our nation’s interests against threats whether from above or, as here, below the water.” Dynamic Mongoose was a key part of the build up for Operation Cougar, 814 Squadron’s primary deployment later in the year.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 19, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: from View post tag: Squadron Training & Education View post tag: Dynamic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Tigers View post tag: air View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Flying Tigers of 814 Naval Air Squadron Return from Exercise Dynamic Mongoose View post tag: Mongoose Share this article View post tag: Return View post tag: flying View post tag: 814 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Exerciselast_img

Oxford station to shut for two weeks

first_imgNo trains will run in or out of Oxford railway station for more than two weeks in July due to maintenance work.Engineers will replace track, signalling and cables.There will be disruption from 29th June to 29th July, and no trains will use the station between 6th July and 23rd July.Work will take place “around the clock” and has been “carefully planned” to minimise disruption to passengers, Network Rail said.A spokesperson said the work “will allow trains to run faster and more effectively through Oxford, reducing congestion and speeding up journey times.”All mainline services run by Great Western Rail (GWR) and Chiltern Rail into Oxford between Didcot Parkway, Oxford Parkway, Banbury and Moreton-in-Marsh will be affected, with bus replacement services operating at all stations instead.The station building itself will remain open during the works.last_img

Grocery price deflation hits supermarket sales

first_imgSupermarket sales have slowed to a revenue growth of 0.2% compared to last year, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. The figures for the 12 weeks ending 26 April 2015 showed the effects of grocery price deflation with a typical basket of everyday items now 2.1% cheaper than it was in 2014. Lower costs are the result of both falling commodity prices and the ongoing supermarket price war.Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Growth in the market has declined, thanks to a record low for grocery price deflation. Lower costs are the result of both falling commodity prices and the ongoing supermarket price war, with all the major retailers offering cheaper like-for-like goods.“This is good news for consumers, saving the average household £20 in the last three months. But many of the country’s largest grocers have struggled to enjoy substantial growth, with lower prices taking £532m out of supermarket tills.”OverviewSainsbury’s was the strongest performer of the Big Four despite a 0.2% fall in sales. Growing slightly behind the market, its share now stands at 16.5%, down 0.1 percentage points on last year. Its performance has been helped by its focus on non-food items and the chain’s strength in London, where grocery sales are growing faster than elsewhere.German discounters Aldi and Lidl continued to be the fastest-growing retailers, up by 15.1% and 10.1% respectively, while market share was 5.4% for Aldi and 3.8% for Lidl. However, growth is slowing in this quarter. Waitrose was the only other supermarket to see an increase in sales, up 1.5%.Sales at Morrisons declined by 1.1% on a year ago, while at Tesco they fell back by 1%, taking market share to 28.4% – a decline of 0.4 percentage points compared to a year ago. The Co-operative saw sales fall by 1%, but did slightly increase footfall, as the business tried to exit larger-format supermarkets to concentrate on its convenience business.last_img

NRG, wind industry leaders say weak RES could cede jobs to Asia, Europe

first_imgA group of representatives from major wind industry companies today released a letter to key members of Congress urging them to strengthen the renewable electricity standard (RES) contained in the draft bill unveiled this week by House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman.“We are concerned that the significantly lower renewable targets currently being discussed, as compared to proposals from President Obama, Chairman Bingaman and Chairman Markey, will severely blunt the signal for companies like ours that manufacture turbines and components to invest billions of dollars to expand production and our workforces in the U.S.,” the letter said.It was signed by representatives of GE Energy, Vestas Americas, Gamesa, NRG Systems of Hinesburg, VT, REPower USA, Broadwind Energy, TPI Composites, PPG Industries, Clipper Windpower and AWEA.“A national RES is one of the strongest policies to promote more renewable energy because the combination of long-term demand and an immediate market triggers investment in manufacturing facilities.  An RES provides specific near-, mid-, and long-market demand that other policies do not offer,” the letter said.The Waxman bill, co-introduced by Rep. Edward Markey, chairman of the Energy and Environment  Subcommittee, includes a renewable electricity standard that is less than one-half the level proposed by President Obama and Chairman Markey’s original proposal. AWEA supports an RES of 25% by 2025.The letter also warned, “America is on the verge of losing the wind manufacturing industry to Asia and Europe.  There is significant international trade in wind turbines and the competition to host this industry is intense.  America trails its competition in passing stable renewable energy policy commitments.  Thirty-seven other countries have firm commitments.”AWEA is the national trade association of America’s wind industry, with more than 2,000 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the world’s largest wind power trade show. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America.  Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA Web site. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA’s blog Into the Wind. Join AWEA on Facebook.Follow AWEA on Twitter.last_img

License tag to fund children’s services now available at your local tag office

first_img April 15, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News License tag to fund children’s services now available at your local tag office License tag to fund children’s services now available at your local tag office Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The new specialty license plate that will raise funds for legal programs for children is now available.The $25 “Kids Deserve Justice” tag will generate tax-deductible contributions which will be directed to The Florida Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Foundation will then provide legal assistance to needy children through grants to local legal aid organizations that provide direct legal assistance to children. The funds also can be used, for example, to train pro bono lawyers to represent needy children, or work with the courts and other groups on ways the courts and broader justice system can better serve the legal needs of children.“Funding and volunteers for representation for children in court has never been adequate to meet the need,” said Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson. “But now there is a way for Florida’s lawyers to take a small step that will provide a continuing revenue source for children’s legal services. Simply agree to purchase the new Kids Deserve Justice license tag, which is available now.”“We have pledged that we will not take any administrative expenses out of the $25,” Foundation President Terry Russell said, noting some groups have raised up to $600,000 a year through the sale of specialty plates. Russell said the programs which will receive grants generated by the plate sales will serve low-income children who are in critical need of assistance in legal forums to help remove the barriers to their becoming productive and stable adults.Russell said help is provided in a wide variety of situations, including representation of abused or neglected children in dependency court. Other ways include helping parents advocate before school officials to obtain special education testing and services for their children required by law, access to health care, and navigating the system and representing individual foster children to ensure they receive intended services necessary for them to transition successfully out of state care and avoid homelessness.Here are a few examples of how legal aid programs funded by the Foundation have helped children:• Responding to a request for help from a Department of Children and Families contract agency caseworker, legal aid helped a troubled 6-year old boy by advocating on his behalf with school officials who had simply suspended him, sent him home, or Baker Acted him. The boy began receiving the tutoring, speech, and language therapy he needed. With these services, his school behavior improved significantly and he has begun to make academic progress.• Assisting the Florida Department of Education, at its invitation, to review local school district plans to provide educational stability for the homeless, including children in foster care. Legal aid programs also advocated on behalf of foster children to assure they received the services mandated under Florida’s Road to Independence program.• Providing legal representation in a successful grandparent adoption when the mother of a teen parent threatened to have her declared a runaway and take her away from the grandparents who had sheltered her in the years since she fled her abusive home.You may get a “Kids Deserve Justice” specialty license plate by going to your local county tag office. Or, contact The Florida Bar Foundation ([email protected] for information about having the plate delivered to you. The Foundation can only deliver the $25 plate at your regualr renewal time. If you want the plate before your regular renewal, there’s an additional one-time charge of $18 that goes to the state, plus any local tag agency service fees that may apply, and you must turn in your old tag.“The plate must sell 8,000 copies in five years or be dropped from the program; however, I do not believe the tag will ever run the risk of being removed,” Johnson said. “I have faith that Florida’s attorneys feel strongly about the state’s low-income children deserving legal representation and will show their commitment by purchasing this tag and encouraging their friends and relatives to support this worthy endeavor.”If you have more questions about the plate, go to The Florida Bar’s Web site,, for instructions, a downloadable replacement plate request form, and the location of your local tag office from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. KELLY OVERSTREET JOHNSON, the Bar’s 56th president, was the first in the state to get the new “Kids Deserve Justice” license tag, which generates contributions directed read more

Membership growth: Strategies for tackling today’s challenges

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben La Macchia Benjamin La Macchia is Senior Vice President of La Macchia Group, a design-build firm and trusted partner of hundreds of financial institutions across the nation. Ben serves as the in-house … Web: Details Deeply ingrained in a credit union’s legacy is the ongoing commitment to understand and better serve members. While this focus was historically tied to credit unions’ SEG relationships, today they have an open market from which to attract new members. The question is how do they attract these members? With the increasing influence of technology in the marketplace, consumers have high expectations for retail experiences. The challenge for credit union leaders is providing an experience that rivals that of successful retailers such as Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple.Transforming how credit unions do business and attract membership will be critical to both organic and PFI relationship growth. Members’ best interests are at the heart of the credit union movement, and continuing to adapt to the ever-evolving needs and expectations of the member is what will keep credit unions relevant and competitive in the future. Finding the right balance between technology-driven experiences and the right level of personal attention and service will be critical for brand awareness and success. We surveyed credit unions across the nation to learn how their executives are confronting present day challenges and converting them into future opportunities. We have compiled an industry report that shares:Top challengesTargeted strategiesPeer to peer commentaryInsights for future planningLearn what strategies and tactics have helped others in the industry so you can strategize for the success of your own credit union. What does the future hold for growing membership in your credit union?last_img

The rural office market

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70 million informal workers most vulnerable during pandemic

first_imgPhysical distancing, closed shops and empty roads have changed the daily activities of Tedy Abdullah, a 27-year-old motorcycle taxi driver who partners with ride-hailing apps Gojek and Grab. What used to be hectic days that start in the afternoon and go on until the morning after, are now filled with inactivity.  “I can wait for hours with no orders,” said Teddy, who used to earn between Rp 200,000 (US$12) and Rp 250,000 a day. “Now I only earn around Rp 100,000 per day.”Teddy is only one out of the estimated 2 million app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers in the country whose incomes have taken a hit with fewer orders, especially for ride-hailing and shopping services. The number of Gojek and Grab active users declined 17 percent throughout March, according to a Statqo Analytics report. India, with 80 percent of its workforce in the informal sector, has been warned by international NGO Human Rights Watch for its decision to enforce a three-week nationwide lockdown starting March 24 to contain the spread of the virus. The lockdown “has disproportionately hurt marginalized communities due to loss of livelihood and lack of food, shelter, health, and other basic needs”, the organization stated.India then announced a relief package of 1.7 trillion rupees ($22.2 billion) to provide free food and cash transfers to vulnerable populations. Similarly, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has also announced plans to spend Rp 405 trillion on health care, social spending and business recovery programs.Of the total spending, Rp 110 trillion has been allocated for social safety net programs, including Rp 20 trillion to cover 5.6 million laid-off workers and small business owners, and Rp 150 trillion for economic recovery programs for small and medium businesses (SMEs).As part of the move to disburse the financial relief, the Social Affairs Ministry announced on Thursday that 3.7 million informal workers in Jakarta would be given staple food packages, in cooperation with the Jakarta administration. The ministry will disburse Rp 25 trillion for the aid.“I’m very concerned about that, distributing relief through the bureaucratic process. Based on my experience, the bureaucratic process to disburse relief is very long and it doesn’t always reach all those in need,” said Tadjudin Noer Effendi, a labor expert from Gadjah Mada University.Read also: Indonesia advances pre-employment card program to tackle pandemic impactsSmall business owner Marvin Mujito Tanoto, 35, is among those who have yet to hear directly from his bank about loan relaxations, although his monthly orders have plunged by 90 percent. The Surabaya-based batik producer said because of numerous event cancellations, his monthly orders had nearly diminished from what used to be around 50 pieces per month.“I took credit through the KUR with Bank Rakyat Indonesia. To this date, I still receive  confirmation that I have to pay the fixed credit. There is no facility to delay the payment,” he said, referring to the government’s microcredit program (KUR).For travel-related workers at Indonesia’s popular tourist destinations in East Nusa Tenggara, such as the Komodo National Park, which hosts the country’s iconic Komodo dragons, the closure of tourist sites until May 29 has forced them to take unpaid leave.The West Manggarai branch of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) reported zero percent occupancy at 102 hotels in Labuan Bajo. Travel guides for the national park have also subsequently lost their incomes.“At the moment, I’m just looking for work on the internet. It may be an alternative to provide for my family,” said M. Buharto, a 32-year-old travel guide in West Manggarai, who is among 200 members of the local branch of the Indonesian Travel Guide Association (HPI) with no customers to serve. Motorcycle taxi drivers may only be the tip of the iceberg for Indonesia’s 70.49 million informal workers, more than half of those employed in the country who are considered the most vulnerable in the economic downturn driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are unregistered, unregulated and unprotected by a proper social safety net, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).“If they don’t work for a day, they don’t get an income,” said Hadi Subhan, a labor expert from Airlangga University, highlighting informal workers’ vulnerability that stem from the way they rely on daily earnings. App-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers drop off customers in front of the Tanah Abang railway station’s gate in Central Jakarta. (JP/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)The situation, he added, was exacerbated by a lack of social and health protection for informal workers. “The government has lagged in providing protection for formal workers, let alone  informal workers,” said Hadi.center_img SMERU Research Institute senior researcher Palmira Permata Bachtiar noted that current conditions served as an opportunity read more