…in brief

first_img…in briefOn 30 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Thisweek’s news in briefPwCbalancing toolsPricewaterhouseCoopershas developed a “work-life balance toolkit” that helps its employeesachieve a better balance between home and working life. Based around a seriesof formal policies, it encourages such things as jobsharing and time off to bewith dependants, alongside health checks and home-based technologies.HRpassed down lineManychief executives want line managers to take responsibility for HR, a CIPDreport claims. Voices from the Boardroom shows that although senior executivesbelieve good people management can increase profitability, they think linemanagers are best placed to deliver it. More than a third of the 48 seniorexecutives polled claim that people management should be a line manager’sresponsibility.Ciscolearns onlineStaffretention at Cisco has been reinforced by enabling employees to manage theirjobs online. Ian Ruddy, head of HR UK & Ireland for Cisco, said thecomputer company uses a self-service HR system via its intranet that hebelieves has been crucial in keeping its staff turnover rate below 9 per centfor over a decade. “Our culture is to give the employee a high level oftrust,” he said.CIPDfears rigidityTheCIPD is urging Brussels not to make the information and consultation directiveless flexible for employers. It is concerned that moves by the EuropeanParliament to change the June agreement on its phased implementation coulddelay business decisions in Europe. It has called for consultation withbusiness over its implementation in the UK, and wants a taskforce set up tooversee it when it is adopted.Amatter of mannersForgetbonuses, just saying “thank you” could be the best way of rewardingstaff. A finding from internal British Airways research shows thatacknowledgement by managers can be the most appreciated reward. “Informal‘thank yous’ don’t cost anything, but they do add lots of value to thebusiness,” said Lucy Dunn-Simms, rewards manager at BA. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Fresh off Olympic glory, Chloe Kim says she hopes to use her platform to fight bullying

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRobby Klein/ESPN Images(NEW  YORK) — Chloe Kim, who became a household name last month when she took home gold for Team USA at the Winter Olympics, said her favorite part about her overnight rise to fame has been the free food.But she also hopes to use her platform to fight bullying, something she faced growing up.In an interview with ESPNW’s Cari Champion, Kim, the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal, revealed that she’s just like any other American teen, saying her hobbies include “shopping” and “going to the mall.”“I won’t leave the house without my eyeliner,” the 17-year-old Los Angeles native added.Kim ‘got a better understanding of who I was’ at the OlympicsThe daughter of Korean immigrants to the U.S., Kim said winning gold in her parent’s homeland this winter took on extra meaning because of all of the sacrifices her family made for her to get there.“My parents sacrificed so much, I think it was so important for me to like go out there and just do good, and show them … that all of our hard work as a family really did pay off,” she said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself, and I definitely didn’t want to disappoint.”Kim added that “the biggest thing that I took away from the Olympics,” was that she “got a better understanding of who I was.”The teen said it was “an honor” to represent two countries, including “Korea, being the country where my family came from and where they spent their lives growing up, and now America, where I grew up.”“It’s such a big cultural difference as well,” she said. “Being able to represent both is such a privilege.”Many have dubbed Kim’s road to Olympic glory the realization of her parent’s American Dream.“I always struggled with my identity growing up,” Kim said. “My parents came, immigrated to America in like the 1980’s or something … They kind of struggled with criticism a lot because back then it was sort of a new concept, diversity.”“But me, just growing up in America, being born and raised in California, it was a little harder for me — just trying to understand who I was and where I fit in,” she added.Kim said that when she was 8 she moved to Switzerland and “was the only Asian girl at the school.”While at school, “Everyone was like, ‘Where are you from like … What are you?’” she said. “I would be like, ‘I’m a Cali girl, I’m from L.A.’ I got bullied a lot, especially for my eyes.”“The funny thing is, in Switzerland, once I told them I lived in L.A., I was, like, popular,” she quipped. “They were like, ‘She lives in Los Angeles, that’s where Paris Hilton lives.’”Winning Olympic gold felt like ‘part of my destiny’Kim said that while she is usually nervous before most competitions, she felt calm at her first Olympics.“I really felt like it was part of my destiny, in a way,” she said of winning gold. “’cause I get so nervous during competitions … and I have to go to the bathroom when I get nervous, so I’m always running back and forth to the port-a-potties.”“But at the Olympics,” she added, “I didn’t feel any of that. I felt so calm.”The teen described the feeling she had before competing as “at peace” or “the same feelings I get when I’m in like a fuzzy poncho, like ready to watch some T.V. and possibly fall asleep.”While the noise and excitement at the Olympic Village was “hectic,” Kim said was most comfortable on the halfpipe.“I was like, ‘I’m here, I know how to do this, this is something that I’m familiar with,’” she said.Kim’s ‘favorite thing’ about newfound fame is ‘everyone’s just giving me food’Kim, who tweeted about her love for ice cream and churros mid-competition in Pyeongchang, and often posts photos of her favorite foods on social media, said she’s a big foodie.“I have an excuse,” she said of her love for eating. “I’m, like, a winter athlete, so it’s, like, you know, there is like a summer bod and then a winter bod.”“A lot of animals, for the winter, they like eat a lot of food to, like, stay warm, so I kind of go with that same mindset,” she added.Kim said her “favorite thing about everything” since her overnight rise to fame, “is that I’ll say I like something, and then people will send them to me in mass stocks.”“I got so many churros sent to my house,” she said. “It’s like everyone’s just giving me food.”Another perk of her newfound fame is that she is currently “looking at promposals.”“I think I’m going to go to prom with a fan,” she added.Kim, who turns 18 next month, said her ideal birthday does not include a big party.“My team will always call me the laziest Olympian,” Kim said. “So, like, going out, or, like, throwing a big party to me, is just, like, too much work.”She said she’d rather stay home and buy a cake and hopefully eat the whole thing “and then go to bed.”Once bullied, Kim hopes to use her platform to combat bullyingKim said she is “really thankful” that she has been given a “voice” through her Olympic victory.“I grew up with a lot of bullying,” she said. “I feel like some kids are very mean, like, even now, some of my hate comments will be from 10-year-old kids. It’s like, how do you know how to say that?”It’s important to understand the true impact words can have, Kim said, “and how … hurtful it really can be.”“It’s so sad,” she added. “So many kids have taken their lives, or are hurting themselves because of bullying. And they don’t see the joys in life.”‘Inspired’ by her peersKim said she was “inspired” by the activism she witnessed from people her own age this weekend at the “March for Our Lives” event in Washington, D.C., and at similar rallies throughout the U.S.“My peers started that march … they all came together and used their voices to make an impact,” she said. “I think it’s so amazing that our generation is able to do those things.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. March 27, 2018 /Sports News – National Fresh off Olympic glory, Chloe Kim says she hopes to use her platform to fight bullyingcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Oxford students have no time for employment

first_imgLizzie Mundell Perkins, a second year English student at St. Johns, sells tickets at the University church on High Street. She told Cherwell,“I used to work as a waitress and did one ten hour shift a week – it definitely affected my work and made me tired and stressed but I managed to find a job at the University Church. I do one or two shorter shifts but they are very flexible… Obviously it still takes up time but I need the money. My parents are unable to support me financially and the student loan only leaves me with £150 per term after accommodation.“I am managing fine with my academic studies, however, and my I think that the stigma that the university hold against part-time work is completely misplaced. I do sport and music to a university level and still manage to study with a job as well. Working is a great way to get outside of the Oxford bubble and I am proud to support myself financially.”  A number of students are more entrepreneurial, and choose to establish their own businesses. Jamie Ohlmeyer Parker, a third year Classicist at New college, runs a business renting out white tie to students. “I was spending maybe 10-20 hours a week on it last term but there aren’t any balls this term… I treated it as a hobby more than as work… In my view it’s actually pretty easy to earn money while at Oxford if you’re creative about it. As an Oxford undergrad you can charge a minimum of £15-20 per hour for tutoring work for almost any degree and that work might be seasonal (i.e. only before exams) but it’s well paid and if you sweat your assets in the Easter and Christmas holidays I don’t see why you would need to work during term time.”Sophie Lucas, a second year History and Politics student at Univ said, “I want to go into policy research which means doing unpaid internships in the vacations. I’d like to be able to do more paid work but it’s hard to manage with career stuff and academic work and a lot of places want students to commit for longer periods of time than is possible.” A survey conducted by Cherwell has shown that the proportion of students that undertake paid work during term time is significantly lower than the national average. A report conducted by the NUS and Endsleigh Insurance showed that 57% students nationwide have a part-time job alongside their studies, with 90% of these students working as many as 20 hours a week.Comparatively, only 20% of Oxford students surveyed worked during term time and the majority of those completed less than five hours paid work per week on average. Most colleges forbid students from completing paid work outside of the college; however those colleges that have opportunities for paid employment rarely offer more than ten jobs to the whole student body which can consist of 400 people, making competition for work fierce.The proportion of Oxford students who work during the vacation, however, is almost identical to the national average at 56%. Many of those surveyed said that working in the vacations had a negative impact upon their academic performance. An anonymous Exeter student said, “I do English so doing the primary reading in the holidays is pretty key to managing the essays during term. Having to work often means I don’t get this all done as at the end of a 9-5 day I’m pretty knackered and can’t concentrate properly.”A student at Keble also commented, “College don’t make it clear enough what kind of financial support is available for those who need it, meaning that many of us choose to work excessively during the vacations, compromising our academic success.”Official estimations from Oxford University put the cost of living in Oxford for sixth months of the year (the average time undergraduates spend living in the city when accounting for vacations) at between £5,670 and £8,000. This means that students who are not eligible to receive grants or loans above the minimum amount offered by student finance face a shortfall of between £2,000 and £4,350 per annum. A student working on the minimum wage for 18-21 year olds would have to work over 850 hours each year on top of their degree to fill this deficit. This would mean working full time for 22 weeks of the year, giving students one week to devote to studying in each vacation.last_img read more

Cops: Parents Left Children Home Alone Without Food, Heat for 6 Days

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Wednesday arrested two parents who allegedly left their four kids, including a 4-year-old, home alone without food or heat for nearly a week while they disappeared to a nearby hotel, police said.Tulio Ayala, 34, and Maria Ayala, 31, were charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor for leaving their children unsupervised at their Central Islip home on Dow Street from Feb. 7 to Feb. 12, police said.The absent parents were nabbed after concerned Central Islip Public Schools officials learned that the children—ages 4, 8, 13, and 15—were home alone without food or heat, police said.Investigators later discovered that the couple was staying at a nearby hotel, police said.They were both scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.The children were released to a family member, police said.last_img read more

Banks DIH Rainforest Water to hydrate COURTS 10K Road Race

first_imgBANKS DIH, under its Rainforest Water brand yesterday aligned itself once again with the annual COURTS 10K Road Race, which is set for this Sunday, September 15. Considered as one of the most anticipated events on the AAG’s calendar, the event involves athletes from gyms and clubs across the country, competing for cash prizes, trophies and medals.The 10K race will commence at the COURTS Main Street store at 06:00hrs. Staff will participate in a 3K race as the company continues to encourage staff towards living a healthy lifestyle.Last year, it was not business as usual at the office for Cleveland Forde, Guyana’s leading distance athlete, and for the first time in the eight-year-old COURTS 10K road race, the man known as the ‘little Kenyan’ did not cross the finish line first, thanks to a sensational run by Winston Missigher.With $100 000 on the line, Missigher out-sprinted Forde to cross the line in a time of 33 minutes 29 seconds.Forde, the five-time winner, had to settle for second place (33:30), while 2016 winner, Cleveland Thomas (34:13) was third. Jonathan Fagundes (35:09), Odwin Tudor (35:34) and Tyshon Bentick (35:44) rounded out the top six.Kezra Murray, Ashanti Scott, Leyanna Charles, Maria Urquhart, Shaunsel Adams and Latoya Perreira were the top six finishers in the female open category.last_img read more