Where are all the business partners?

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. When you reflect on how your HR director spends the biggest proportion oftheir work time, do you come to the conclusion that they are trying to addressthe biggest strategic questions facing the organisation? If the answer is yes, you can take comfort in the fact that efforts arebeing made to move HR into the 21st century. If the answer is no, you should bequerying the value your department brings to the business and worrying aboutits future. HR’s destiny is all about becoming an effective business partner and player.It is about being proactive in a strategic advisory role – getting involved inthe business plan and understanding the strategy, market, products andcommercial challenges the company faces. A skilful HR business partner will head up the organisational design andbring it in line with the strategy. They will get the CEO on side, with theright structures and cultures that need developing and underpin it all withappropriate policies and practices. They know what makes competitors andcustomers tick and they are adept at ensuring HR leads, influences and makes asignificant difference in all these areas. Future HR relationships will not be founded on just reacting to day-to-dayoperational needs, but will concentrate on broader connections andcollaboration with business leaders, finance directors, marketeers and externalstakeholders. This generation of HR directors have had to be self-sufficient and havelearnt on the job about delivering a holistic contribution to the business.Some have acquired skills through tough experiences and are great role models,more by luck than planning. Yet they are in the minority, and it is widely accepted that HR businesspartners are few and far between. Training initiatives like that launched by the Institute for EmploymentStudies (IES) this week (page 1) go a long way to preparing HR managers anddirectors for this arena. But more schemes are needed with wider access, andthere should be a higher profile for HR professionals who epitomise businesspartner status. E-HR is forcing the profession to change its spots at a frightening pace andthere are obvious risks and choices to make going forward. HR can either becomea sub-set of IT, be wiped out altogether in some organisations, or take thebusiness partner route and strengthen its place in the business. Geoff Armstrong, director-general of the CIPD, once called for HR to bebolder and more assertive in engaging with the business strategy. The IESscheme looks like a great move in helping HR achieve this. By Jane King, Editor Where are all the business partners?On 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Read More
New Commanding Officer at NCTS Bahrain

first_imgVice Adm. Tighe Jan E. Tighe, commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F), presided over the ceremony in which Capt. Allen L. Edmiston relieved Capt. Kathleen M. Creighton as commanding officer of NCTS Bahrain.“The Navy’s mission in defending the nation and projecting power is a global endeavor and therefore operating forward is essential to our mission,” said Tighe. “NCTS Bahrain not only understands this but makes operations forward possible, executable, and tolerable through hard work and dedication to mission success.”During the ceremony, Creighton thanked her Sailors for a rewarding tour and acknowledged the support her family has provided throughout the years.“Today I received an award that was a result of our collective teamwork,” said Creighton. “But my proudest moments as CO came when I recognized your achievements. There is one thing this command has made perfectly clear to me, and that is that recognition is a force multiplier.”Edmiston just completed his tour as the assistant chief of staff for command, control, communications, and computers at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet. Prior to that, he served as the deputy director of information technology services for the Joint Staff J6.“To the Sailors here at NCTS, it is truly an honor to serve with you,” said Edmiston. “I want to personally thank all of you for helping to bring me up to speed, giving me a great turnover and helping me to bridge the gap so that I can continue the efforts that you’re doing on a daily basis to enable our fleet to operate forward and to forward the interests of our nation in this AOR.”Edmiston is a Lewistown, Pennsylvania-native and a graduate Pennsylvania State University (BS/EE), the Naval War College (MA), the Joint Forces College, and the University of Maryland University College (MS).[mappress]Press Release, May 30, 2014 New Commanding Officer at NCTS Bahrain View post tag: Naval View post tag: NCTS View post tag: New View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Bahrain Authorities U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Bahrain held a change of command ceremony on May 29 at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. View post tag: Navy View post tag: Commanding May 30, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today New Commanding Officer at NCTS Bahrain View post tag: middle east View post tag: Officer Share this articlelast_img read more

Read More
BAE Systems Upgrades Australia’s ANZAC Class Frigates

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems Upgrades Australia’s ANZAC Class Frigates October 8, 2015 BAE Systems Upgrades Australia’s ANZAC Class Frigates View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: BAe Systems Sustainment teams on both sides of Australia are upgrading ANZAC class frigates HMAS Perth and HMAS Anzac to significantly increase their capability.Across each warship, BAE Systems Australia is delivering more than 15 complex engineering changes including enclosing the quarter deck, modifications to accommodate the MH-60 Romeo naval helicopters, relocation of the on-board gymnasium and radar cross section remediation works. One ship will also have an Electronic Surveillance Mast and supporting communications equipment installed.It will take more than 32,000 hours to complete the two major packages of work. HMAS Perth is being upgraded at the Common User Facility at Henderson in Western Australia and is due to be completed by early December.HMAS Anzac is in Sydney at Fleet Base East Garden Island with work due to be finished this month. HMAS Perth and HMAS Anzac underwent Anti Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrades in 2011 and 2014 respectively at the Company’s Henderson facility in Western Australia.Since the In-Service Support began with the delivery of ANZAC ships from the initial build program at Williamstown shipyard, BAE Systems has been working as part of the ANZAC Alliance on a wide range of engineering design and integration tasks to introduce new capability, resulting in a fleet that is technologically advanced and highly capable of meeting all operational requirements.[mappress mapid=”17137″]Image: BAE Systems View post tag: Anzac Share this article Authorities View post tag: Frigates View post tag: Australialast_img read more

Read More
The Oxford Revue Review

first_imgA seemingly endless flow of people poured into the Wheatsheaf on Tuesday night, and I eventually found myself wedged in a sweaty spot somewhere between the audience and the stage. Thankfully I had emerged victorious from a small battle with the barman over the purchase of a cider: the pub has evolved a high-tech driving-licence scanning machine to ward off any shifty underage comedy-goers. However, once my drink and I were happily jammed in place, I eagerly waited to see if the Revue would triumph in the seemingly impossible feat of coming up with original material on a fortnightly basis. There is penchant for the bizarre in the scripting that echoes the recent stream of TV sketch shows, which Brits seem to have taken to with enthusiasm. Coupled with this is a distinct whiff of the writers’ Oxford degrees: references to an Anglo-Saxon heritage, the Divine Right of Kings and extended metaphors all make an appearance and create a comfortably esoteric relationship between the performers and the audience. Joe Markham was fantastic as a slightly disturbing, entirely insane victim of alien invasion. Unfortunately, his fellow Revue members also found him particularly hilarious. There were tendencies for them to lose grip on that slick timing and precision that makes for great comedy and descend into giggling. Nevertheless, there were moments of brilliance: President Kieran Hodgson didn’t disappoint; his interpretation of Oliver Cromwell as an angry south Londoner was, in my opinion, a sensitive portrayal given  the understandably irritating situation of Charles I making your-mum jokes. Audience members glanced sideways at one another to see if others shared the sophisticated understanding needed to appreciate a sketch entirely in French, happily forgetting that ‘mon hamster est mort’ was clearly one of the first sentences we all learnt at GCSE. The Revue isn’t a polished performance, but given the task at hand it’s hardly surprising. A sparkling script and peppering of real talent make the Revue a must-see. Just don’t forget your ID. by Harriet Stewartlast_img read more

Read More
Watch Rare, Newly Surfaced Footage Of Phish’s 1991 Amy’s Farm Full Set [Multi-Cam Video]

first_imgSetlist: Phish | Amy’s Farm | Larrabee Farm | Auburn, ME | 8/3/1991 After releasing a few standalone videos from Amy’s Farm in September of 2018, today, Vimeo user and Phish.net co-founder Matt Laurence has released the full show (with incomplete encore) in support of the Mockingbird Foundation. Laurence’s footage was captured between a soundboard camera and a mobile camera carried on his shoulder and remained “lost” on VHS until last year. In the process of digitizing the legendary footage, the existing video was synced with high-quality audio to complete the presentation. Soundcheck: Poor Heart, Crimes of the Mind (with the Dude of Life), Bitchin’ Again (with the Dude of Life) [2] Jamie Janover on didgeridoo. [3] Dude of Life on vocals. SET 1: Wilson > Foam, Runaway Jim, Guelah Papyrus, Llama, Fee, The Squirming Coil > Poor Heart > The Sloth, Divided Sky, Golgi Apparatus SET 2: The Curtain > Reba > Chalk Dust Torture, Bouncing Around the Room > Tweezer > Esther > Cavern, I Didn’t Know, You Enjoy Myself[1], Rocky Top ENCORE 2: Harry Hood [H/T JamBase] Watch the newly released video below and head to the Mockingbird Foundation website to donate:center_img Set OneSet TwoSet Three & Encore:[Videos: Matt Laurence] ENCORE: Magilla, Self[3], Bitchin’ Again[4], Crimes of the Mind[5] SET 3: Stash, Ya Mar, Fluffhead > Lawn Boy > My Sweet One, The Lizards, Buried Alive[2] > Possum In 1991, Phish was on the precipice of a breakthrough. The group was graduating from the small dive bars and college shows they had consistently performed up until that point to filling larger venues across the country. To cap off a thoroughly successful tour with Giant Country Horns in July of ’91, the group hosted a free gathering in Auburn, Maine, on August 3rd, 1991, at Larrabee Farm, also known as Amy’s Farm. During the free show on the 42.8-acre property, Phish played three sets, bringing a congregation of fans that was, at the time, unprecedented in size for the band. The performance at Amy’s Farm foreshadowed the band’s bright future, with the day’s festivities widely considered to be a precursor to their now-famous festivals, a tradition that began in earnest with 1996’s The Clifford Ball. [1] “No gerbils in your bottom” vocal jam. [5] Phish debut; Dude of Life on vocals. NOTES: This was a free show. YEM and Possum featured I Love Lucy theme teases. YEM also featured an infamous “no gerbils in your bottom” vocal jam. The theme from Rawhide was also quoted in the vocal jam. Buried Alive featured Jamie Janover on didgeridoo. Self, Bitchin’ Again, and Crimes of the Mind (the last two Phish debuts) featured The Dude of Life, and Bitchin’ Again also featured Sofi Dillof. Self was played for the first time since September 13, 1990 (132 shows). [4] Phish debut; Dude of Life and Sofi Dillof on vocals. last_img read more

Read More
Institute of Politics poll finds young voters “fearful”

first_img Read Full Story A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP) finds Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 28 percent. Clinton captured 49 percent of likely young voters’ support while Trump received 21 percent in a four-way race. Gary Johnson garnered 14 percent and Jill Stein received 5 percent, with 11 percent remaining undecided. Clinton is also polling ahead of President Obama’s 2012 polling numbers among key groups within this demographic.The IOP’s newest poll results – its 31st major poll release since 2000 – also show that a majority of 18- to 29-year-olds are fearful about the future of America. When asked about the future of the country, 51 percent of young Americans feel “fearful” and 20 percent feel “hopeful.” A detailed report on the poll’s findings is available online.“Young voters are fearful about the future of America, and that is moving them to action. I am hopeful that the next president and leaders in Congress will empower and engage them after the election to move our country forward,” said Harvard Institute of Politics polling director John Della Volpe.Methodology The goal of the project was to collect 2,000 completed interviews with young Americans between 18- and 29-years old.  The main sample data collection took place from Oct. 7–17. A small pretest was conducted prior to the main survey to examine the accuracy of the data and the length of the interview.last_img read more

Read More
Colchester’s special tax district plan approved

first_imgThe state has given the Town of Colchester a green light for a Tax Increment Financing District within the Severance Corners Growth Center, a move that will assist the town’s development efforts there.The district, approved recently the Vermont Economic Progress Council, will allow the town to keep some of the incremental property taxes generated by new development within the Growth Center to fund public infrastructure needed for that development to occur.‘This authorization will help the town of Colchester undertake and pay for the necessary infrastructure improvements that will foster responsible economic and community development,’ said Karen Marshall, Chairwoman of VEPC.The panel approved the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Plan after many hours of deliberation that included a meeting in Colchester; public comment; and a tour of the town and the proposed TIF District.‘A TIF District epitomizes sustainable community development,’ Marshall said. ‘It funds and builds infrastructure improvements that will foster economic prosperity through commerce and creation of new jobs, and encourages thoughtful, well planned community land use and transportation options, and better housing and health outcomes for the people who live and work there.’The TIF District was created by the Colchester Select Board on July 27, 2010 following a series of public hearings.‘This designation will help us to grow jobs and concentrate development in the place where it makes the most sense, and where residents have determined it should occur,’ said Richard Paquette, Select Board Chairman.The authorization allows the Town of Colchester to use a portion of the incremental property tax revenues generated by new development within the Severance Corners Growth Center to finance certain public infrastructure projects like improvements to the Severance Corners intersection, public sidewalks, walkways, and bike paths, and an increase in water storage capacity, all improvements that will allow the development projects planned for the Growth Center to move forward.That development, in turn, will generate incremental property tax revenues that otherwise would not have been raised to pay for the infrastructure debt.Before any TIF District debt can be incurred, the town must submit a TIF District Financing Plan for VEPC approval which will detail the debt amounts and types of debt instruments that the town will utilize.Then the voters of Colchester must approve debt levels and any bonds to be issued by the town for TIF District infrastructure projects.‘There is still much work to be done and reaping the benefits of this approval will not happen overnight,’ Town Manager Albin Voegele said. ‘We are appreciative of the thoughtful and thorough process the Vermont Economic Progress Council staff and board members engaged in which led to the approval of our TIF District application.’The TIF District was the second considered under reforms passed by the General Assembly in 2006 and 2007, Milton being the first. To approve the application, the VEPC board determined that:* The TIF District is within an approved Growth Center and meets the purpose for a TIF District as stated in Vermont law.* The Town of Colchester met several process criteria including public hearings and the development of a TIF District Plan.* The Town of Colchester approved and pledged the same proportion of incremental municipal property tax revenue as requested of the state.* The proposed infrastructure and real property development are compatible with approved municipal and regional development plans and the project has clear local and regional significance for employment, housing, and transportation improvements.* The public infrastructure projects have nexus with the proposed real property development and the incremental property tax revenues will only be utilized to pay for the portion of the public infrastructure that serves the Growth Center/TIF District..* The infrastructure costs require substantial public investment over and above the normal municipal or bonded debt expenditures on the town.* The infrastructure and real property development will accomplish several public good outcomes including the development of new affordable housing and improved and enhanced transportation systems.With a TIF District the value of the properties within the district are frozen at the time of approval by the municipality. All property taxes generated by that original base value continue to go to the municipality and the education fund.For 20 years, the incremental property taxes generated by any new development are shared, with up to 75 percent going to finance the TIF District infrastructure debt and up to 25 percent going to the municipality and state education fund. The exact percentage will be determined when Colchester submits a TIF Financing Plan for approval.The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor and two members appointed by the General Assembly that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs.VEPC is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.Source: Vt Commerce Agencywww.thinkvermont.com/vepc(link is external)last_img read more

Read More
Outdoor Updates: Blue Ridge Parkway visitors spent 1.1 billion + Glen Onoko rescue

first_imgA National Park Service visitor spending report shows that in 2018, 14.7 million visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway spent an estimated 1.1 billion in local communities, also known as “gateway towns.” The 11.4 million visitors that crossed the threshold into Great Smoky Mountains National Park spent $953 million. Visitors to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, NC created an economic output of $5.3 million. The largest amount of money visitors spent last year was on lodging, followed by restaurants and gas. Economists at the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey conducted the spending analysis. Woman rescued on the closed Glen Onoko Falls trail will face fine Blue Ridge Parkway visitors spent 1.1 billion in “gateway towns” last yearcenter_img A woman who had to be rescued from Pennsylvania’s closed Glen Onoko Falls trail will face a fine after 25 first responders spent a good part of the day on Sunday extracting the woman from the forest. The 21-year-old told officials that she felt her knee go out and feared she’d dislocated it. The Glen Onokio Falls trail, one of the most popular in Lehigh Gorge State Park, was closed indefinitely on May 1 after the Pennsylvania Game Commission deemed it too dangerous. At least 15 people have died on the trail and over 80 have been injured. Officials say that the rescued woman will face a fine.last_img read more

Read More
Treasury recommendations could impact credit unions and NCUA

first_imgThe United States Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released on June 12th a report, A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities, on reforming the financial sector regulatory framework.The report makes a number of regulatory and legislative recommendations that could impact credit unions and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).First, Treasury recommended that Congress take action to reduce fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in the U.S. regulatory structure. This could include consolidating regulators with similar missions and more clearly defining regulatory mandates. For example, this could involve merging the NCUA with other federal banking regulators or merging the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.The report noted that the following two recommendations can be implemented by NCUA regulation. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Read More
BAE Systems to build over 400 electric buses in Endicott

first_imgThe company will build 435 electric hybrid systems for buses there. With the new project, BAE will have given propulsion system to more than 12,000 electric buses worldwide. Mayor of Endicott Linda Jackson tells 12 News this is great for village residents. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — BAE Systems in Endicott has been awarded a massive public project from New York City. She says she is very much in favor of expanding industries in the area, including those involved with lithium ion batteries.center_img BAE first pioneered its technology for the transit industry in 1998 when it fielded New York City’s first electric-hybrid bus fitted with lead-acid batteries. “This means decent paying jobs for people,” she says. “We have a lot of people who need to go back to work but they have families to raise. They accept a minimum wage.” Jackson tells 12 News Endicott has always thrived on industry.last_img read more

Read More