Best practice: Continuing professional development

first_imgBest practice: Continuing professional developmentOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. PersonnelToday’s monthly series reveals how managers deal with business problems and enhanceperformance. In this issue, Brendan O’Keefe, staff relations manager atRegisters of Scotland, explains how implementing an IT strategy has thepotential to open new doors for business – and for employeesRegistersof Scotland (RoS) is the executive agency responsible for framing andmaintaining records and registers relating to property and other legalproceedings in Scotland. It currently employs about 1,400 staff. With manyprocesses largely unchanged since the turn of the 20th century, the creationand maintenance of records had remained a manual job. The checking of deeds,archiving of information and search of records has traditionally involvedplenty of book work and cutting out and glueing extracts into bound volumes.The Land Registration(Scotland) Act 1979 heralded the introduction of the Land Register,fundamentally altering the process of property registration. Since then, RoShas been undergoing significant change and development, including the introductionof a complete IT infrastructure to replace the old- fashioned manual systems. The transformation ofbusiness in this way can be an unsettling time for employees. With atraditionally low turnover of loyal staff, RoS was keen to introduce the ITinfrastructure without alienating those with few or no IT skills. There werealso fears among employees that the automation of previously labour-intensivetasks might result in job losses.RoS needed to find away to address these issues without restricting the implementation of the ITinfrastructure. Radical change was necessary, but employee confidence andloyalty had to be maintained.How we implemented thechangeWith technology nowsuch a key driver for business and the economy, it is easy to forget that thereare companies that still rely on a more manual, methodical approach. It is easyto assume that most of the UK’s workforce is computer literate, or at leastunderstands the benefits such technology can bring. However, businesses thatrely on the manual, accurate and careful archiving of records also rely onmeticulous employees. The assumption that a computer can more effectivelyundertake their detailed work is not only undermining, but also not always true.The phased nature ofthe introduction of the new Land Register to the whole of Scotland led to RoSembarking on a plan to transform business over a reasonably lengthy period.This enabled RoS to ensure that employees could benefit from a full trainingprogramme, as well as roll out the technology in a controlled environment. There had to be alevel of understanding for those employees that would find the transition fromglue to “cut and paste” a difficult and intimidating one. Even so,with one of the largest scanning operations ever to be undertaken, thetransformation from dusty files to high-speed computers required the hardestwork of all. At RoS, the transformation benefited from the input of employeeexperience in finding the best ways to input and utilise records.One of the key driversfor the development programme was formulating new ways to align the agency withcustomers’ needs. RoS could see the benefits that the new technology couldprovide in terms of better communication, not just internally but with customers,new clients and other land registry organisations. In implementing the change,there was a focus on finding ways to improve the service rather than simplybring it up to date.This focus on theimprovement of service and communication meant that the training anddevelopment of employees involved more than just learning a few computerskills. The technology could open the door for employees to gain confidence andto develop skills in related areas such as customer management and projectwork. This had the potential to develop employees who excelled in one key areaof work but had little experience of other job opportunities. Far from makingemployees feel redundant in this new high-tech environment, the idea was toopen new doors, not close them.Positive outcomes forthe businessWorries abouttechnology replacing individuals have been proved to be unfounded. Theintroduction of the Land Register has meant that the registration process isinitially more time-consuming, with efficiencies realised in all subsequentproperty transactions. With the introductionof computers and the development of new services, there is still plenty of workto be done and, although a redundancy plan was formulated in advance of theprocess, this has not been needed.The technology hasopened doors for employees. Although there are still routine tasks to be done,there is greater flexibility and potential for job variety. The customerservice side of the business has grown dramatically. New customer servicecentres have opened in Glasgow and Edinburgh and RoS is at the forefront ofinnovation in providing comprehensive on-line public access.As well as providinggreater public access, internal communication has improved with theintroduction of e-mail and a company intranet. Now considered one ofthe leaders in its field, RoS is in regular contact with similar agenciesworldwide, improving not just the reputation of the agency but helping staff tobe more outward-looking and to gain confidence in the new systems. The transformation ofRoS is well on the way to completion. The ongoing development programme foremployees will ensure that the IT infrastructure continues to createopportunities and drive the business forward.Although the workingenvironment has changed at RoS, employees know that they are still the mostimportant asset to the organisation. The computers are doing a good job at RoS,but without the support of staff, Registers of Scotland could not have becomethe respected agency it is today.Top Tips: EstablishingIT without fears and tears–Involve people – try to understand the fears of employees and address thembefore the technology arrives.– Investment incomprehensive training, delivered at the right time, is essential.– Ensure that one ofthe benefits of new technology is the improvement of the working environment.– IT is not an obviousdomain for HR involvement, but its role in gaining employee confidence andencouraging development cannot be underestimated.ContactsRegistersof Scotland is hosting a Best Practice Club case study day on 27 September,where participants can learn more about the impact of IT on company culture. For details, call TheBest Practice Club on 0800 435399, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.bpclub.com Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Stephen Curry makes signature shoes available to girls online after nine-year-old’s letter

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Anthony Causi / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is working to make his signature basketball shoes available to girls, in response to a letter from a nine-year-old Warriors fan. In the letter, posted to Instagram by her father, Riley Morrison said she lives in Napa, California, who enjoys going to Warriors games with her dad. Ahead of her upcoming basketball season,Morrison said she and her father tried to purchase the Curry 5s on Under Armour’s website, but were “disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5’s for sale under the girls section.”Pointing out Curry’s support of girls sports, and his two daughters, Morrison asked the two-time MVP to work with the apparel company to solve her problem.Curry responded to Morrison Thursday morning, promising to send her a pair of the shoes, as well as making her one of the first to receive the upcoming Curry 6s. He also invited her to travel to Oakland in March to celebrate International Women’s Day, saying there is “something special in the works.”Morrison spoke to Teen Vogue, which originally reported the story, saying that she “wanted to help make things equal for all girls, because girls play basketball too.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. November 29, 2018 /Sports News – National Stephen Curry makes signature shoes available to girls online after nine-year-old’s letter Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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Eight Weber State Football Standouts Named To All-Big Sky Preseason Squad, Including Former Manti High Star Jared Schiess

first_img Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFARMINGTON, Utah-Friday, Big Sky Conference virtual media day occurred from Thursday with the all-conference preseason squad announced.Eight Weber State Wildcats were announced to this squad with no Southern Utah University Thunderbirds named to the team.The Wildcats named to the squad include the following:-Former Manti High School star, defensive tackle Jared Schiess. In his senior season, Schiess has 4.5 career sacks, two career fumble returns, one forced fumble, 119 career tackles and 21.5 career tackles for a loss.-Senior offensive lineman Ben Bos-Senior offensive lineman Ty Whitworth-Junior tailback Josh Davis. The former Alta High School star has amassed 2,507 career scrimmage yards, including 2,498 rushing yards and 20 scores on the ground. Davis has exceeded 1,000 rushing yards in each season of his career playing NCAA FCS football.-Senior fullback Clay Moss. The former Jordan High School standout has run for 217 yards and two scores in his three seasons for the Wildcats to date.-Senior receiver Rashid Shaheed. The native of San Diego is a two-time All-American and Big Sky Conference honoree. Shaheed is most dangerous as a kick returner, having returned four kicks for scores during his career with the Wildcats. He has added 363 career punt return yards and run for two scores.Shaheed has 17 career touchdowns for Weber State. Of these, 11 have come on scoring receptions. The speedster has 1,218 career receiving yards on 86 grabs for the Wildcats.-Junior defensive end George Tarlas. Symmetrically, Tarlas has 11.5 career sacks and tackles for a loss apiece. He has added two career interceptions, five career passes defensed, three career pass breakups and 42 net tackles.The Boise, Idaho native also has one career run for 21 yards.-Sophomore cornerback Eddie Heckard. The Las Vegas native shares comparable symmetry to Tarlas with three career sacks and interceptions apiece. Heckard has added 10 career passes defensed, two forced fumbles and 6.5 tackles for a loss. Heckard also has 65 career tackles for the Wildcats.The conference preseason offensive MVP is Eastern Washington redshirt senior signal-caller Eric Barriere. Barriere is coming off of a 2019 campaign which saw him throw for 3,712 yards, 31 touchdowns and four interceptions.The Inglewood, Calif. native has thrown for 6,300 yards, 56 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes for the Eagles.The conference preseason defensive MVP is Montana redshirt senior linebacker Jace Lewis. The native of Townsend, Mont. has seven career sacks, 19.5 career tackles for a loss, six career passes defensed, two career forced fumbles and 209 career tackles. July 24, 2020 /Sports News – Local Eight Weber State Football Standouts Named To All-Big Sky Preseason Squad, Including Former Manti High Star Jared Schiess Tags: Weber State Footballlast_img read more

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Graham Corporation awarded $11m in orders for three projects in Asia

first_img Graham will also be providing an ejector-liquid ring pump vacuum system for the upgrade. (Credit: Frauke Feind from Pixabay.) Graham Corporation (NYSE: GHM), a global business that designs, manufactures and sells critical equipment for the oil refining, petrochemical and defense industries, today announced that it secured $11 million in orders for three oil refining projects in Asia. Two projects are in Southeast Asia while the largest project is the first large order received in India by the Company and is with a new customer.James R. Lines, Graham’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We believe our effective execution on strategy and our consultative selling platform enabled us to capture these awards during a period of intense competition and focus on price. We believe that our decision to localize in India provided us the opportunity to successfully compete on that project and is also keeping the bid pipeline in that country quite active. We continued to leverage our global fabrication supply chain where appropriate in order to compete effectively, and we stayed engaged throughout the nearly two year pipeline cycle with both buyers and end users to ensure we addressed their requirements.”The project in India is a greenfield, integrated refining and petrochemical complex for which Graham will provide an ejector-liquid ring pump vacuum system.Graham will also be providing an ejector-liquid ring pump vacuum system for the upgrade and expansion of a clean fuels refinery project, as well as replacing a 25-year-old Graham-built steam surface condenser for a refinery revitalization and capacity expansion project. Both of these projects are in Southeast Asia.The projects will be recognized in backlog for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 while revenue associated with the three projects is expected be realized in fiscal 2022, which ends March 31, 2022. Source: Company Press Release Graham is a global business that designs, manufactures and sells critical equipment for the energy, defense and chemical/petrochemical industrieslast_img read more

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Haart poaches Purplebricks regional director to its new Partnerships business

first_imgPurplebricks is a senior man down after Tom Greenacre (above), its Divisional Senior Director for the South, revealed he has left to re-join his old employer, Haart.Greenacre worked for Purplebricks for over four years starting out as a regional director, then a sales director and finally a divisional sales director.His track record before that was at Spicerhaart, where he worked for 13 years rising through the ranks to the role of regional partner in 2016.When he worked at Purplebricks he was one of the company’s ambassadors who spoke at regional events and was tasked with spreading the ‘disruption’ message that, in the early days, the company was keen to communicate.“As we enter a new technological age things, industries and businesses will have to change and adapt as we go on,” he said at an industry seminar in 2017.“People do still want to visit a high street premises, but some people don’t because you still have to wait for that premises to open. Our industry is certainly ripe for further disruption.”Haart vs PurplebricksThe decision by Haart to morph into a partly hybrid proposition similar in many way to Purplebricks – except that its staff are employed rather than self-employed – has clearly helped Greenacre return to the agency he started his career at.Greenacre is now one of the new Estate Agency Directors within Haart’s new ‘Partnerships’ programme for the West of England and Wales regions.“Really excited to be here and for the huge expansion plans for the future so for anyone out there thinking of making a change please get in touch with me,” says Greenacre.Read more about how the new Partners programme works.tom greenacre haart Purplebricks September 9, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndy Woodcraft, Ashbourne Estate Agents Ashbourne Estate Agents 9th September 2020 at 9:06 amCongratulations to Tom and Spicerhaart, great fit and sure to be a successful appointment.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Haart poaches Purplebricks regional director to its new Partnerships business previous nextAgencies & PeopleHaart poaches Purplebricks regional director to its new Partnerships businessTom Greenacre is to head up Haart’s hybrid estate agency offering in the West of England and Wales, returning to his former employer.Nigel Lewis9th September 20201 Comment864 Viewslast_img read more

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Turkish 1st Type 214 class submarine launched

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Turkish 1st Type 214 class submarine launched Turkish 1st Type 214 class submarine launched View post tag: Turkey December 23, 2019, by Turkey is pushing forward with the development of its submarine program, having witnessed its first Type 214 class submarine TCG Piri Reis hit the water on December 22 at the Gölcük Shipyard in northwestern Turkey.The country is building a fleet of six new Type 214 air-independent propulsion submarines under a contract signed with German ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in 2009. They are approximately 65 meters long and reach speeds of 20 knots while submerged.Construction on the first boat in the class, TCG Piri Reis started in 2015. However, technical and financial issues delayed the program by an estimated six years and the first submarine in the class is now expected to be delivered to the navy in 202o.The ceremony, presided over the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, also included the steel cutting for the fifth submarine of the class, TCG Seydi Ali Reis.Speaking at the ceremony, Erdoğan said that as of 2020, one submarine will go into service each year, with all six submarines from the project set to be completed by 2027.Bakan Akar: “Bugüne kadar mazlum ve mağdurların yanında olduk. Bugün Suriye’de olduğu gibi Libya’da da barış, huzur ve güvenlik sağlanana kadar Libyalı kardeşlerimizin yanında olmaya devam edeceğiz.”https://t.co/gfk8aZV3hT#MSB #HulusiAkar #PİRİREİS pic.twitter.com/NTfwdyLyCx— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) December 22, 2019 navaltodaycenter_img View post tag: TCG Piri Reis Share this article Vessels View post tag: submarinelast_img read more

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St Catz student praised for “heroic” behaviour in police chase

first_imgSt Catherine’s College student Jake Quinn has been praised as “heroic” for his efforts in tackling one of the fleeing men after a high speed police chase yesterday which ended on Merton College sports ground.Two men were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the chase, just after 11.45am, with a third man arrested later.Speaking to Cherwell, Quinn, a third year biologist, said: “I saw a car turning really quickly into Manor Road and I thought: ‘Wow, that’s pretty fast.’“I saw a police car turning in very quickly after that and I thought, ‘there could be something interesting here’, so I turned around and followed them.”Quinn added: “Police chases have occurred there before—there was one last year—and I basically sprint-cycled down the road.“I kind of presumed that they’d go into Merton-Mansfield [sports ground] because it is behind Catz, with a road accessing it.” Quinn said he saw the fleeing men jump from their car once it hit a dead end.He described how he “jumped off [his] bike, sprinted down and basically rugby tackled him into the ground.”Following the assistance that Quinn gave to the police, which included holding the man while he was being handcuffed, he said that attention turned to “another man [who] was largely on the loose—he ran off into another direction, towards the [river] Cherwell in the forest. Then, they got a chopper out and they got more units in there—there were about seven units by the end of it and they got the dogs and about 15-20 minutes later they managed to get the other man.”Of his instinct to assist the police in this situation, Quinn said: “I do like watching Police Interceptors so this is quite a fulfilling thing for me.”Chris Rawlings, a second year Economics and Management student at Catz, told Cherwell: “It was just a little intense with a police helicopter, seven cars, and dog teams who had been deployed to hunt the third guy that had escaped.”Another Catz student, geographer Alex Curtis, said: “I saw a couple of men running away from police officers on the field in front of my window, who were quickly apprehended. The whole event was rather exciting to watch.”Thames Valley Police have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

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Mark Barnes appointed chief research compliance officer

first_imgMark Barnes has been hired as Harvard University’s chief research compliance officer and senior adviser to the provost. Working closely with the vice provost for research, Barnes will play a leading role in reviewing and revising research administration policies across the University to ensure consistency. A lawyer, Barnes also will monitor educational and training programs for Harvard’s research faculty, students, and staff. He will oversee the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP). In a related appointment, Cathy Gorodentsev, most recently acting dean for administration for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), has been named the new director of OSP.last_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: No Puzzlement Here! The King and I Plays to Full Houses

first_imgAudiences keep going and going and going, et cetera et cetera. The Tony-winning Broadway revival of The King and I reached 100% capacity for the third consecutive week and fell just short of joining the top five grossing shows. Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe played his final performance at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on June 12; Broadway alum Jose Llana will step in as The King of Siam beginning July 14. We suspect the dazzling production will have no trouble continuing to waltz its way to the top of the boards after this cast change. (Have you heard Kelli O’Hara? And have you seen that boat?!) Additionally, the ABBA tuner Mamma Mia! has seen a steady rise in gross and capacity in recent weeks. Crowds have until September 12 to lay all their love on the Broadhurst Theatre.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 12:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,308,891)2. Wicked ($1,900,091)3. Aladdin ($1,787,410)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,450,865)5. An American in Paris ($1,406,875)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder ($489,049)4. On the Twentieth Century ($469,559)3. It Shoulda Been You ($358,327)2. Hand to God ($317,244)1. Amazing Grace ($291,315)*FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Fun Home (103.53%)2. The Book of Mormon (102.54%)3. Aladdin (100.01%)4. The King and I (100.00%)5. The Lion King (99.91%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Hand to God (68.64%)4. Jersey Boys (65.38%)3. It Shoulda Been You (65.23%)2. Amazing Grace (62.50%)*1. On the Town (60.63%)* Number based on eight preview performancesSource: The Broadway League View Comments Ken Watanabecenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

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Vouchers for saving Croatian tourism as a light at the end of the tunnel?

first_imgWhat is certain is that this season they can “save”, ie provide at least some inflow of money, only domestic guests, and weekend trips will also be relevant. In addition to Vouchers, Pointers will promote the entire drip on social networks and publish more than 200 videos and VR360 content from Croatia, placement of promotional videos of destinations and reports “Piece of Croatian Paradise” through local TV stations that have already joined this action and communication with tourism agencies in the surrounding countries by sending smart catalogs of Croatian destinations. The statistics of our online channels show us that in these times of crisis in the world, regardless of the situation, the interest in viewing video and virtual reality content that represents Croatia is growing every day, Weinpert points out and adds: “Concrete figures give us hope and show that tourists, both domestic and foreign, have not given up on beautiful destinations in Croatia and that we must not give up on promoting the tourism sector at this timeWeinpert points out. Find out how to join this commendable initiative and how you can buy vouchers HERE Although it is not yet known or anyone has a solution as to what these vouchers should possibly look like on the field and how they should be realized, the DMC agency Pointers Travel from Osijek, which launched a positive campaign, stands out as a light at the end of the tunnel. TRUST AND FRIENDSHIP for the recovery of Croatian tourism, with which they want to intensify marketing activities mostly in the domestic market, and when the measures related to COVID-19 start to weaken, also in the foreign market. Goal Voucher’s TRUST AND FRIENDSHIP is initiating the flow of money to the economic sector in tourism, initiating the flow of money to the economic sector in tourism, ensuring the inflow of fresh money by advance payments – by purchasing Vouchers by customers, all to help the tourism sector overcome the coronavirus crisis. So everything is free and there is no profit. This is at least for now the first concrete proactive and positive move with the goal of what to do the day after the coronavirus. The least we can do is send beautiful pictures from Croatia, let our guests, both domestic and foreign, dream and plan, as well as to support their previous hosts in our tourism. It’s up to the people. Let’s support and get involved in this initiative, because this is one of the possible solutions that gives us the opportunity to see at least some light at the end of the tunnel and to try to save what to save yes from this year. And for that we all need to activate, not wait. A light at the end of the tunnel? Namely, vouchers can be used in the next minimum of one year from the date of purchase, and when using the voucher, the customer achieves a minimum of 25% higher value. They see their optimism from Pointers in the growing interest in video and VR360 content on their online channels. center_img We actively involve the entire tourism sector in the campaign, our companions, tourists, guests and all partners, locally and globally, he points out. Krunoslav Weinpert from Pointers and adds: “All marketing activities, posting and promotion of information online are done by Pointers without any financial compensation, as a thank you to our partners for their trust and to contribute to the situation in our business sector.. We invite you to give your contribution to this action by supporting the Croatian tourism sector by joining this action, promoting it, sharing this information, inviting the tourism sector to contact us to place their vouchers online” Although the whole story looks great and the whole initiative with vouchers is more than commendable, at first glance it may seem that the team from Pointers may have taken too big a bite, ie you set too big a goal. But when we look at the whole picture, it is a complete and rounded project, not just a form, and that is why this initiative should definitely be supported. Also, the credibility of Pointers is certainly a guarantee that this is not an empty PR story, but a serious project. “The goal is to sell as many vouchers as possible in advance to secure cash flow in the tourism sector. Also, we have distributed all our destination videos to local TV stations that have already started broadcasting them, in order to at least start a tourist activity in Croatia, because the focus will certainly be on the domestic guest. ” concludes Weinpert. Also, there is a campaign “Vacation week worth” as well as a Cro card from the Ministry of Tourism, projects that should have been active, and can be activated as soon as the day after the coronavirus. Currently, the tourism sector is quietly talking about vouchers for the tourism sector, as one of the solutions to save this tourist season, ie to at least somehow activate the tourist activity of the local population to get at least some cash flow and save what can be saved. Vouchers enable customers in Croatia and around the world to help caterers, hoteliers, private renters and other participants in tourism with their purchase now, when it is most needed. And the peculiarity of the whole campaign is the introduction Vouchers to help the entire tourist sector. Side dish: See how it works in more detail in the presentationlast_img read more

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