How can the CIPD boost its clout with the Government?

first_imgHow can the CIPD boost its clout with the Government?On 21 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. With HR professionals calling for a‘more political’ CIPD, Stephen Overell looks at what the institute can learnfrom other organisationsPersonnel Today’ssurvey on the political profile of the CIPD harvested comments from theprofession that are unlikely to bring smiles to the faces of the institute’ssenior hierarchy. The CIPD ought to be morepolitically proactive, many HR managers say (News, 14 November). It should havea stronger presence on the national stage, stimulate clearer thinking onemployment policy and try to head off badly drafted legislation before it cando any damage.Such calls are not new. Whenever theissue of political influence comes up, as it does every few years, senior CIPDofficials pointedly say they do not want to become jabbering TV punditsobjecting to this or that or be found skulking at the back of press conferenceshanding out photocopied sheets of ready-made quotes. Leave it to the TUC or theCBI, they say, with a faint air of distaste. The CIPD is not that kind of organisation.The institute is about professionalstandards, best practice, quality research and practical insight into how tomanage and develop people. So the issue dies down and it is back to the usualbusiness.DifferencesBut there are two possible differencesthis time. First, the storm of legislation that has affected HR professionalsin their daily lives has had a profound impact – some 15 new employment rightsin the past three years at an estimated cost of £12.3bn. It is perhaps going abit far to say this has politicised the profession but it has had a profoundimpact none the less. Second, this is a government that,to put it kindly, places a high value on presentation – or as head of HR atPrêt à Manger Bruce Robertson prefers, “So much of the Government’s approach isswayed by public opinion.” Perhaps, as the senior HRprofessionals surveyed by Personnel Today seem to be saying, the CIPD shouldreposition itself as more of a representative organisation. As well as being“the leading professional body”, it could also be the “voice” of its members. The obvious comparison lies acrossthe Atlantic in the form of the Society for Human Resource Management, the USequivalent of the CIPD. At 150,000 members to the CIPD’s 105,000, it is not thatmuch bigger, given the disparity in the size of the workforces. Butthere are some very different intentions behind the way it describes itself.The SHRM says it is “the leading voice of the human resource profession”. RepresentationAs well as the expected educationand information services, conferences and seminars, it also offers “governmentand media representation”.Last week it, along with otherbusiness organisations, took the US Government to court to try to blocklegislation imposing a duty on employers to implement ergonomics programmes tocut down on repetitive strain injuries among workers. The CIPD has a far quieter take onrepresenting its members. When the Government seeks views on new legislation orinitiatives, the CIPD duly consults its 48 branches and feeds back what itfinds. But while this may be a version of representation, HR managers seem tofeel it is not giving the CIPD the presence and clout of, say, the Institute ofDirectors or the Law Society. Participants seem to want a more aggressive tack,more of a stand. “The CIPD should be involved in thethick end of politics and legislation development with the Government and tradeunions,” says Suzan Grant-Foale, assistant personnel officer for Anglia TV. Such a perception of the institutearguably places it in the role of a functional-specialist version of the CBI.The CBI – which claims to speak for business, despite having only 2,000companies and 180 trade associations in its membership – has parliamentaryofficers lobbying heavily behind the scenes, six officials in Brussels and apress office of five that is not averse to placing stories and redirectingjournalists. Not quite the CIPD’s style, perhaps.Two survey respondents say the CIPDshould become more like the Law Society. But according to Simon McGrath, UK HRdirector of insurance group Willis, CIPD procedures limit its ability torepresent HR in the way that the Law Society represents solicitors. “Unlikevirtually any other professional body, the CIPD does not elect its council andofficers by a ballot of the members,” he says. “We are far less democratic than,say, the British Medical Association or the Law Society.”That is true. The Law Society –perhaps a bad example, given recent bad press – has a directly elected council,an elected president, elected vice-president and deputy vice-president but anappointed chief executive. The CIPD is run by a council, madeup principally of 48 branch chairs elected by the branches, and an executiveboard, which is appointed. But then the two organisations aredifferent: the Law Society also regulates solicitors. And, it should be added,not all well-known employer organisations that claim to be representative havedemocratic structures – quite the opposite, in fact. Ostentatious image?Those respondents who want a morepolitical voice for the profession in Westminster, or a more ostentatiousnational image for the profession’s principal body, are likely to bedisappointed in the short term. But since the CIPD’s Harrogate conference, whenpresident Don Beattie first indicated that the institute would seek greaterinfluence over policy, it has not been idle. The institute argues that it hasstepped up its political contacts by the appointment of Dr John Philpott,former head of the Employment Policy Institute and a well-known employmentspecialist, as chief economist. And it continues to stress thatwhile it believes it has excellent relations with civil servants in both theDepartment of Trade and Industry and the Department for Education andEmployment, the question of influence hinges partly on timing. It is not thatthe messages are heard but when they are heard. This line, however, may not holdmuch water with its members for much longer. How the other bodiescompareCIPDMembership 105,000Function “Leading professional body for those involvedin the management and development of people”Structure Council made up of 48 branch chairs,seven vice-presidents and senior officials. Executive board of 16 appointedmembers. Senior officials are appointedParliamentary unit NoPlaces press articles NoIncome £27.6mCBIMembers 2,000 direct member companies, 180 indirectFunction Representing views of businessStructure Council of 110 members with positionsrotating between top 350 companies; president’s committee of 60 peopleincluding 20 chief executives or chairs; 22 standing committees; appointeddirector-general.Parliamentary unit YesPlaces press articles YesIncome Nearly £71mInstitute of DirectorsMembership 53,000 Function Representing the views of company directorsStructure Policy and executive council of upto 20 nominated membersParliamentary unit NoPlaces press articles NoIncome £23.5mLawSocietyMembers 100,000, Function Representing and regulatingsolicitorsStructure Directly elected council,president, vice-president and deputy vice-president, appointed chief executiveParliamentary unit YesPlaces press articles YesIncome £57mSocietyfor Human Resource ManagementMembership 150,000Function “Leading voice of the human resourceprofession in the United States”. Offers “government and media representation”and offers education and information services, conferences and seminarsLobby unit YesPlaces press articles YesIncome Not Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

USA: Master Chief Petty Officer of Navy Visits Monterey Sailors

first_img USA: Master Chief Petty Officer of Navy Visits Monterey Sailors View post tag: visits View post tag: News by topic Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) visited with Sailors assigned to Center for Information Dominance Unit (CIDU) Monterey during an all hands call Nov. 8.“I was very impressed as I walked out this morning to see a sea of blue,” MCPON (SS/SW) Rick D. West said. “You’re looking good, you’re looking sharp, and I appreciate that.”Nearly 650 Sailors from CIDU and Naval Post Graduate School attended the event.“There’s a lot of movement within our Navy,” West said. “Our presence is forward deployed and our Sailors are out there doing the J-O-B. We’re out there, we’re engaged, and we’re doing what we need to do as a Navy.”West spoke to the Sailors about the Navy’s engagements around the world, the magnitude of commitment that is required of all Sailors, and his expectations of them. “I expect all of you to be a little bit sharper, to walk with a little more spring in your step, to stay out of trouble, to stay focused, and don’t lose this opportunity by getting yourself in trouble doing the wrong thing,” West said.After the all hands call, Sailors showed appreciation for West taking the time to visit them.“I deeply appreciate him leading the call to visit the Defense Language Institute,” Seaman Oneka Borders said. “I believe this is a training command with unique challenges that the MCPON was able to directly address.” “MCPON West was an amazing speaker,” Seaman Randy Cortes said. “He was approachable, gave great advice, and brought the command together as a whole.”“The biggest thing I took away is how important my job is to the fleet,” Seaman Gheorghe Cormos said. “It made me realize that the mission of CIDU is of such great importance that the MCPON himself came to visit and observe our training here.”[mappress]Source: navy, November 11, 2011 Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Officer View post tag: Petty Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Master Chief Petty Officer of Navy Visits Monterey Sailors center_img View post tag: chief November 11, 2011 View post tag: Monterey View post tag: Navy View post tag: Master View post tag: sailors Share this articlelast_img read more

Djokovic defeats Nishikori in 1st round of Madrid Open

first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori during the Madrid Open men’s tennis semifinal at the Caja Magica (Magic Box) sports complex in Madrid on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENMADRID — Novak Djokovic got the type of win he needed to boost his confidence and get his game back on track.He beat 20th-ranked Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Madrid Open on Monday, his highest-ranked win in 10 months.ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic broke serve late in each set to get past Nishikori after nearly two hours in the Magic Box.“I’m glad that match went my way, but it could have gone his way as well. I managed to play the right shots in the important moments,” Djokovic said. “It was exactly what I needed for my confidence and for my game. I’m just happy to go through this one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownComing back from a right elbow injury, Djokovic hasn’t made it to the quarterfinals in his previous five tournaments this year, admitting he returned to tennis too quickly. In his last event, he lost in the third round in Monte Carlo, where Nishikori reached the final.“I’m just trying to take one day at a time, build my game, because that’s something that I feel is a priority right now,” Djokovic said. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments In the NBA playoffs, teams quick to tinker with lineups “I was looking forward to these kind of matches, looking to try to win these kind of matches. I couldn’t ask for a better start. I feel much better about everything that is happening on the court and around tennis, in general, with my body than maybe two months ago.”Djokovic was aggressive from the start, hitting 26 winners against Nishikori, who has made at least the Madrid quarterfinals for the last five years. He was a finalist in 2014, losing to Rafael Nadal.Maria Sharapova, who won in Madrid in 2014, made it to the last 16 by defeating Irina-Camelia Begu 7-5, 6-1 in only her second match since the Australian Open. She has been dealing with a left forearm injury.“It was a lot of hard work,” Sharapova said of her match. “Being down a break to start off both of those sets didn’t make things easy for me. That will certainly help me moving forward.”Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki edged past Ashleigh Barty 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Wozniacki reached the 2009 final on debut and hasn’t been close since.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ “I was lucky to get away with it in that third set,” the second-seeded Wozniacki said.Milos Raonic defeated Nicolas Kicker 6-3, 6-2 to set up a second-round encounter with third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, while Richard Gasquet beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2 to advance to play qualifier Dusan Lajovic, who got past Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-2.In a first-round match between Frenchmen, Benoit Paire hit 39 winners to defeat 18th-ranked Lucas Pouille 6-2, 6-3, advancing to face 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov of Canada, who got past Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. 6-1, 6-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READlast_img read more

New Mayor of Kingston takes Office

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you #MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 21, 2016 – Government Senator, Councillor Delroy Williams, is the new Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew.  He was installed during a ceremony at the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation on Church Street in downtown Kingston, on December 15.The function was presided over by Principal Returning Officer of the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), Albert Johnson.  Senator Williams, who is the Councillor for the Seivright Gardens division in West Central St. Andrew, will also serve as the Corporation’s Chairman.He succeeds Senator, Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke, who held the position from 2012 to 2016, and who performed the symbolic “robing” of the new Mayor, which marks the transition of leadership.  His Deputy will be Councillor for the Waterloo division in North East St. Andrew, Winston Ennis, who succeeds Councillor Andrew Swaby of the Vineyard Town division in South East St. Andrew.All 40 Councillors also took the Oath of Affirmation during the ceremony, which was attended by several officials.  They were headed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who represented Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; wife of the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness; Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie; and Opposition Spokesman on Science, Energy and Technology, Phillip Paulwell, who represented Opposition Leader, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.Also in attendance were Custos Rotulorum for Kingston, Hon. Steadman Fuller; and Senate President, Hon. Tom Tavares-Finson.  In his address, Dr. Chang, in congratulating the Mayor, his deputy and the councillors, underscored that local government represented the first point of contact for citizens in Jamaica’s governance structure. “You will be the (person) in the community who people will look to for leadership, for guidance and for first contact with the authorities and Government.   It is an enormous responsibility, and I ask that you carry out your representation with dignity, with care and concern for those you represent,” he urged.In his remarks, Mr. McKenzie, who also commended the councillors, urged them to use the Corporation as a vehicle of transformation and change that will advance the work of local government across Kingston and St. Andrew.  He challenged the new Mayor to “forge a partnership that will be beneficial to the city… that will cross the political boundaries.”For his part, Senator Williams expressed gratitude for the support of Prime Minister Holness, in whose constituency his division is located.  He also thanked members of his family and residents who facilitated his  re-election, while encouraging councillors on both sides of the aisle to collaborate in ensuring that they administer the business of the Corporation in the best interest of the citizens.The ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) regained control of the Corporation after winning 21 of the 40 divisions in the country’s strongest municipal corporation, during the recent Local Government Elections.  The remaining 19 divisions were won by the People’s National Party (PNP). Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Get This Sony Hack Reveals Company Stored Passwords in Folder Labeled Password

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The Sony hack revealed a lot of things. Celebrity social-security numbers. Employee salaries.  Even how the studio’s employees really feel about Adam Sandler’s body of work.But there’s at least one more gem that was unearthed: Sony kept thousands of company and personal passwords in a file called “Password.” Yes, seriously.The folder stored more than 100 files with passwords — labeled with titles like “website passwords” and “Server Privileged Access” — to personal computers, servers, e-mail accounts, social media accounts for various films, media subscriptions and even passwords for credit card and insurance companies.Related: Swallow This ‘Password’ Pill to Unlock Your Digital DevicesIn other words, this is exactly what not to do when it comes to cyber security. So what can companies do to bolster their password security? Don’t use the same password for all your platforms, change them frequently and look into a password manager that hasn’t been the victim of a breach.And instead of 123456 (please don’t do this), create a password that’s a mnemonic of a memorable phrase or that is at least eight characters with a combination of symbols, letters and numbers.Related: How to Create a Super Strong Password (Infographic) December 5, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Brain Break 8 Robot Fails That Show Machines Wont Take Over Just

first_img Register Now » April 8, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. From sword fighting drones to pizza delivery robots and androids that look like Scarlett Johansson, it’s not unreasonable to think one day we might see a robot takeover.First, though, the machines will have to learn how to pour water or carry soup, as a Chinese restaurant that replaced its wait staff with robots quickly learned.At least for now, our automated mechanical tools still have a ways to go before we witness the rise of Skynet.via GIPHYHere are six of our favorites:1. Not-so-soft landingIf we trusted this drone to get little Timmy his scooter, or any of the other gifts to children from all over the world, we’d have millions of screaming toddlers on our hands. Though that would certainly be unpleasant, its inability to land doesn’t exactly scream robo-doom.2. Crumbling under pressure If a robot can’t feed a manikin head a simple cheeto without a full-out spaz attack, how do you expect it to intelligently organize an uprising? #JustSaying3. A lack of balanceThough not everyone particularly likes taking the stairs, at least most of us have enough balance and endurance to make it up a flight or two. This robot, however, barely makes it to the third step before it decides the climb’s just not worth it and keels over. If the machines ever do become sentient killing machines, at least we’ll know we’ll be safe on the second floor.4. Delayed reflexesIt’s obvious who will be picked last during the pickup game at recess. With those poor reflexes, the only one winning anything here would be the athletically inept kid that usually spends recess watching games on the bench. Hopefully, you’ll be picked before the robot, fingers crossed.5. A lack of patienceHumans at least have the ability to assess situations when they make a mistake, fail or stress out. But this robot decides giving up on life seems to be a better route after one quick attempt, or it simply doesn’t care anymore. Either way, the mentality doesn’t exactly scream impending doom, does it?6. Unknown terrainWe can all agree MARLO seems pretty cool. Still, one has to stop and wonder why it has taken so long for robots to simply take on an “obstacle” course, consisting of a few randomly placed boards.7. Nervous NoxiousWhile there are reasons to be afraid of a fart (namely the smell), there’s not exactly a reason to feel intimidated about this robot. Unless, of course, it starts ripping some serious bombs.8. Not so RomanticIf a robot can’t even formulate and understand poorly written romance novels, how would anyone expect them to put together a battle plan to take over the world and actually succeed? But this fail might actually be a win, saving us from more cheesy Fabio book covers.Of course, technology evolves at a rapid pace, so maybe in a few decades the machines will finally get it right. And if our future overlords are the ones reading this, please know it was all in good fun.via GIPHY Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Earn 8X STAR points win trip for two with Sunwings webinars

first_imgEarn 8X STAR points & win trip for two with Sunwing’s webinars Tags: Promotions, Sunwing Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Sunwing is teaming up with Melody Maker Cancun resort for the month of February to give agents the chance to ‘Learn, Earn and Win’.From now until Feb. 28, agents can find out more about this leading resort in Cancun through a series of webinars and training opportunities, while also receiving 8X STAR Agent Reward Points. Points are then converted into cash for each new booking confirmed.In addition to earning extra STAR points, agents will gain a ballot for a chance to win an all-inclusive vacation for two at the resort. The more bookings they make, the more chances they have to win. A seven-day vacation package will be given away each week during the promotion.Centrally located on the beach in Cancun, Melody Maker Cancun boasts spacious accommodations, a pool and various dining options. Shopping and nightlife are all within an easy walk from the resort.The promotion also includes generous savings and value-added perks for clients planning departures until Dec. 21, 2018. Moreover, travellers will receive a resort credit of up to US$250 that can be redeemed for a private dinner, wine or tequila tastings, spa treatments and more. For group bookings, the eighth passenger is free. Friday, February 2, 2018 Posted bylast_img read more