Employees see HR as data dunces

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Employees see HR as data duncesOn 15 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today HR departments are more likely to be perceived as having inadequateprocedures for handling data than other areas of the business, according toresearch. A survey of 100 medium and large organisations reveals that almost halfidentify their HR function as likely to be the most backward department interms of data analysis. The study shows a quarter of respondents highlight finance as the next mostlikely area to lack these skills and IT as most likely to manage dataeffectively. Graham Walter, managing director of Cognos, which carried out the research,said: “It is alarming to see that HR has the worst reputation – after all,it is responsible for professional development of staff. “If poor decisions are being made because the department isn’t makingthe most of data analysis tools, it will impact on the entire enterprise.”Eight out of 10 UK companies admit they make business-critical decisionswithout access to all the information they need. The study also reveals 84 per cent of organisations rate improving theefficiency of managing vital data as a priority for 2002. Seven out of 10 respondents think a central database and informationanalysis solution would be of most benefit to their organisation, compared toonly 9 per who cite data security. Walter said: “Companies hold a great deal of potentially valuable dataat every level, but it’s absolutely worthless if you can’t analyse or interpretit efficiently. “Companies which appreciate that being mediocre isn’t good enough andtake action will survive the market conditions.” last_img read more

HSE report shows 2.3 million workers a year throw a ‘sickie’

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Self-reported ill health accounted for 33 million lost working days in2001/2, with 2.3 million people calling in sick, according to the lateststatistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its Occupational Health Statistics Bulletin 2002/3 found that men took moretime off work than woman, and had a higher prevalence rate of sickness. Theprevalence rate and days lost per worker generally increased with age, againparticularly among men. Lower managerial and professional workers had the highest prevalence numberand rates of sickness absence. Those occupations with the highest overall self-reported prevalence ratesincluded the protective services (the police), professions associated withhealth and social welfare, skilled construction and building, and teaching andresearch professionals. Figures collated between 2000 and 2002 also showed relatively high incidencerates for occupations exposed to particular agents or risks. These includedbakers and metal plate workers, while research revealed high mesotheliomamortality for occupations with substantial past exposure to asbestos. People working in public administration and defence, education and healthand social work showed high overall self-reported prevalence rates in both2001/2 and the previous study in 1998/9. Agriculture, construction, extraction and utility supply and manufacturingsectors had high rates for particular types of work-related illness. Estimated incidence levels of occupational asthma and contact dermatitis hadnot changed much in recent years, although the data for asthma indicated apossible decrease in the past three years. www.hse.gov.uk/statistics HSE report shows 2.3 million workers a year throw a ‘sickie’On 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Restaurant Review: Moya

first_imgSlovakian food is not traditional romantic fare. The aphrodisiacal effects of sauerkraut, onions, and dumplings are  probably somewhere next to brussel sprouts on the continuum that links custard to caviar. Nonetheless, good food generally gets everyone’s engine a-revving and this St Clement’s fixture knows how to turn out a decent bowl of grub. Moya is both a restaurant and cocktail bar. The front half has wooden tables and metal stools for those just in search of a tipple. The back half has the same tables, but with proper chairs. These were draped with fabric that appeared to have been recycled from monks’ robes and that was clearly cut for full-height backs. Both my dining partner and I took umbrage to these drapes on discovering that the chairs underneath were considerably less comfortable than they appeared. Much like the inside of a monastery.  The flaccidity of the soft furnishings aside, the room itself was perfectly amenable to romancing: candles and daffodils on each table were a simple enhancement to the otherwise bare surface. Wooden floorboards and pale walls decorated with pictures from around the world (though curiously not from Slovakia) completed the look – it is not a fancy restaurant, but it is homely. The evening menu has eleven starters and seventeen main courses (four vegetarian dishes in each). My dining partner remarked that it would be quite difficult not to find something appealing on the menu. She ordered Devil’s Toast: sourdough bread with onions, tomatoes, peppers, chillies and goat’s cheese. It sounded good in theory and was in practice – a lovely blend of flavours, textures, and colours. I ordered Kapustnica: a ‘hearty soup’ of pork shank, smoked sausage, sauerkraut, root vegetables, and potatoes. It came with two types of rye bread and was absolutely delicious: the prune loitering at the bottom was a spectacular treat. She had rum-battered aubergine to follow. Although deep-fried things do tend towards the oily side, the aftertaste of stale fat was disappointing and not offset by the fragrant horseradish sauce. My goulash was very tasty – the spices were well balanced and the knedla (steamed bread) accompanying it were an ideal mop for the sauce. The portion was too small for a dish with a £10 price tag but, being generous, they had probably run out as it had got quite late by that point.This brings me on to the service. Though we had not booked a table, the restaurant was not especially full when we arrived at 8.30. There were around twenty people in a room that can sit twice as many. The owner said that food would be slow out of the kitchen, but that does not excuse having to wait twenty minutes to put in a drinks order. Likewise, he obligingly moved us when a table opened up at the back but, with only three other people in the restaurant by the end of the night, let the team down with his nonchalant attitude to fetching our bill. Perhaps this is the curse of being a student – no one expects a tip from you so even if you plan on leaving one you never get treated in a manner that justifies much generosity. Reflecting on it, there are probably more romantic places to go for Valentine’s Day – Gee’s comes to mind. If you fancy spending £80 before you’ve even thought about wine, to feast upon lemon sole, poached chicken, or mushroom risotto then be my guest. The service will probably be quicker, though starchier to be sure. For a restaurant charging Michelin prices it would be nice to see a menu that pushes beyond what you can knock up at home. Moya, on the other hand, turns out very good food at reasonable prices (£40 for two with drinks). The cocktails aren’t half bad either. So give it a go, but book now unless you want to end up on a lowly bar stool.Four stars.  – By Adam Rosslast_img read more

Netflix’s Daredevil: Marvel’s Dark Side Emerges, And It’s Glorious

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Marvel has finally embraced the dark side, and it’s glorious.The juggernaut studio that’s weeks away from releasing the surefire mega-blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron on the big screen introduced Netflix viewers to a whole new side of itself with the long-awaited unveiling of Daredevil—a fantastic, beautifully dark adaptation of the decades-old comic that looks nothing like previous Marvel TV properties. A breath of fresh air, indeed.Let it be known that I’m not a comic connoisseur nor do I pretend to hold an allegiance to any one supernatural vigilante. They all seem equally proficient at dishing out their preferred brand of justice. My fondness for the show has nothing to do with how effectively it stays true to the comic, either. Just give me good television. And that’s what Daredevil is. Pretty damn good “TV,” if that’s what you still call it these days.Daredevil is the first of several assets Marvel intends to release on the widely-popular streaming service, which could turn out to be a major coup for the fledging media company. Netflix has already earned plaudits for political thriller House of Cards, the prison dramaedy Orange is the New Black, and more recently the socially-conscious Tina Fey-produced comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.Now it has released in bulk one of its best shows yet.Viewers familiar with Marvel’s more recent network TV projects such as Agents of Shield and Agent Carter—which is actually watchable—may not recognize Daredevil. It eschews melodrama and doesn’t try to be something it’s not. The show is incredibly dark, and that’s why it’s so appealing. There’s a feeling of doom that persists, not the doom that unfurls in other Marvel assets—no one is plotting to take over the world—but a foreboding that’s more human and relatable.Daredevil centers around nascent attorney/crime fighter Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), who was blinded as a child in an accident. The tragic incident may have claimed his sight, but it also exponentially boosted his other senses, giving him the ability to fend-off bad guys with unmatched precision, despite lacking the ability to see bullets coming at him or fists pounding his face and kidneys.Murdock and his business partner Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) take up space at a drab Hell’s Kitchen office building and begin to take on clients. But as we find out in the premiere, Murdock is more of an ideologue and prefers to represent clients he knows are innocent. That changes quickly, as Murdock grows suspicious of a man who hands the attorneys a case involving a murder suspect who bludgeoned his victim to death with a bowling ball. I did say the show is dark, didn’t I?I’ve only watched a handful of episodes so far. (I work, you know.) But there’s a lot to like about Daredevil.The father-and-son bond we see playing out in flashbacks is both heartbreaking and charming. Watching a young Murdock stitch up his father after a bruising boxing bout is quite touching. We then see a grownup Murdock seek out his own home-aid from a nurse whom he convinces not to take him to a hospital. Like his father, Murdock got knocked down, but he is eager to get back up. Always.Turned off by superheros? Trust me, this is not your average pulse-pounding comics-inspired show rife with strange masked heroes possessing otherworldly abilities. This is a show about justice, and how the lines between legal prosecution and vigilantism quickly become blurred. And far more interesting than the costumed hero is the man behind the mask.last_img read more

Good Doctor’s Richard Schiff Hospitalized Amid COVID-19 Battle

first_imgListen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement – Hoping to heal. Richard Schiff shared an update about his health after revealing earlier this month that he and his wife, Sheila Kelley, had contracted the novel coronavirus.“Covid update. Thank you all for so much love and support. You’re making it so much easier for @thesheilakelley and me,” the Good Doctor star, 65, tweeted on Monday, November 16. “I am in the hospital on Remdesivir, O2 and steroids showing some improvement every day. Sheila is home and doing better but still fairly ill. Love you all.”- Advertisement – “Our discomfort because of the virus was pretty much done in two weeks and we had very different reactions, and that was odd,” he told The Guardian in July. “My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did. I just had crippling body aches, I was very fatigued all the time and I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes.”Good Doctor Richard Schiff Hospitalized After Coronavirus DiagnosisRichard Schiff Rob Latour/ShutterstockAfter her COVID-19 diagnosis was revealed during a dramatic episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the Good American cofounder, 36, recalled the “heart-wrenching” feeling she had while forced to isolate from 2-year-old daughter True in order to keep the little one healthy“I don’t care about how beautiful of a place you have, being taken away from your child – because I couldn’t be around my daughter … is the hardest part,” Kardashian said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October. “It was so incredibly scary. It’s still scary, but especially then when the whole world was shutting down and we didn’t really have any information, or the information we had changed every single day.”- Advertisement – Less than one week earlier, the West Wing alum announced to his social media followers that he tested positive for COVID-19 and was eager to make a full recovery.Sheila Kelley Richard Schiff CoronavirusSheila Kelley and Richard Schiff Eric Charbonneau/Shutterstock“On Election Day I tested positive for Covid-19. This has been the most bizarre week of our lives,” he wrote via Twitter on November 10, also revealing his wife’s diagnosis. “This is tough. We are determined to find a way to health again. We root for everyone out there who are struggling with this thing. Love from here.”Schiff is one of many famous faces — including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Khloé Kardashian — to have been impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic since it began in March. Months after his battle with the rare virus, Hanks opened up about the unique ways he and Wilson, both 64, experienced their symptoms.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Every year, Croatia shows how ready and organized it is when it comes to providing emergency medical care

first_imgRegardless of the island’s traffic isolation, Croatia shows every year that it is ready and organized when it comes to providing emergency medical care. Thus, since January 1, 2017, helicopters of the Croatian Air Force and Air Defense have transported a total of 615 patients and 1114 escorts, for which a little more than 557 flight hours were spent.For the weekend, 14 patients were taken care of by air medical transportAnd so it was last weekend when the crews of the Transport Helicopter Squadron (ETH) of the 93rd Air Base and the Multipurpose Helicopter Squadron (EVH) of the 91st Air Base of the Croatian Air Force and Air Defense (HRZ and PZO), from Friday, August 18 in in the afternoon until Monday, August 21, 2017, 14 patients were engaged in emergency care actions.Most patients, 11 of them, were transported by ETH 93 crews from the Croatian Air Force and Air Defense. Thus, on Friday, August 18, three patients were transported from the islands of Korcula and Brac, two of whom are Polish tourists. On Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, a total of eight patients were transported from the islands of Solta, Hvar, Korcula, Lastovo and the city of Dubrovnik, including two pregnant women.Crews of the 91st Air Force and Air Defense Forces based at the Rijeka Airport on the island of Krk transported three patients from the island of Rab on Friday, August 18th.HGSS cares about the safety of citizens and tourists about 24 hours a day, 365 days a year The whole story about safety, which is extremely important for tourists, is certainly given by the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS), whose number of interventions is more than 1.200 a year and grows by about 20 percent every year as more tourists and outdoor activities. Thus, yesterday the action of rescuing an injured foreign citizen who participated in the canyoning above the Gubavica waterfall on the river Cetina was successfully completed, as well as rescuing and helping tourists in the Risnjak National Park who fell ill on a hiking trail from the source of the river Kupa to the village Razloge.The Ministry of the Interior presented an application for a safer and more pleasant stay of guests in Croatia The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia presented a new one mobile application “Police – security and trust”  which enables an even safer and more pleasant stay of tourists in Croatia. Mobile application of the Ministry of the Interior for anonymous reports to the police, upgraded and translated to English, German and Italian in order to use it as easily and efficiently as possible by foreign citizens who will go on a tour and sightseeing of many tourist locations, but also often stay at sea, in the mountains, on the hills or enjoy other adventures.Needless to say, safety and trust in our public services, especially in emergencies and for tourists coming with children, are important for tourism development. One of the great examples of how to take care of tourists as a tourist destination is Istria, and how they do it can be seen below in the attachment.Related news:last_img read more

Currency loss hits Lippo Karawaci despite revenue growth in Q1

first_img“In accordance with mark to market accounting policies, we incurred a one-off currency loss as the rupiah depreciated against the dollar,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.Despite the weak bottom line, the company still recorded growth in its top line.The Riady family-backed company’s revenue grew 8.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 3.1 trillion in January to March, on account of increased revenue in its real estate and healthcare businesses.The company said its real estate development business revenue grew 12.3 percent to Rp 678 billion due to recognized income from the completed Orange County apartment complex project in Cikarang, West Java, as well as strong commercial land, shop-houses and industrial land growth at its subsidiary, property developer PT Lippo Cikarang. Publicly listed conglomerate PT Lippo Karawaci saw trillions of rupiah in losses in the first quarter owing to the depreciating rupiah, which offset revenue growth in its real estate and healthcare businesses.The company recorded a net loss of Rp 2.1 trillion (US$146.23 million) in the first three months of this year as it recorded Rp 2.39 trillion in currency loss during the period. The rupiah weakened to its lowest level in history of Rp 16,625 against the US dollar during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.Read also: Residential property sales, prices rise cool as pandemic hits economy “In addition, our largest revenue contributor, the healthcare business segment, continued to grow with 9.7 percent yoy revenue increase to Rp 1.88 trillion in the first quarter,” the company added.Read also: Millennials fail to benefit from slower rise in house pricesIts subsidiary, publicly listed hospital firm Siloam Hospitals, contributed to about 77 percent of Lippo Karawaci’s revenue in the first quarter.Lippo Karawaci also recorded rising marketing sales to Rp 703 billion, up by 13 percent yoy during the period. The figure was also equal to 28.12 percent of the firm’s market sales target of Rp 2.5 trillion this year.CEO John Riady said the sales were driven by the recently-launched Waterfront Estate project in Cikarang.Going forward, it plans to continue the launch of a new housing project in its Lippo Village township in Karawaci, Tangerang in the second half of the year, which targets the middle-income segment.“In this unprecedented time, we continue to emphasize prudence in managing our cash flow and remain focused on operational excellence in our core businesses, property and healthcare,” said John.Although the property industry continues to slump amid the pandemic, Anugerah Mega Investama director Hans Kwee expressed optimism that the sector would recover once the pandemic was contained.“Companies like Lippo Karawaci will likely see an increase in property demand for certain market segments,” he told The Jakarta Post, adding that the pandemic had caused people to realize their need for housing.Read also: ‘We are dying’: No new shopping center openings, leasing grinds to haltHe went on to say that the government’s plan to boost homeownership in Indonesia through the public housing savings program (Tapera) could also help the company sell more residential property in the future.As for the end of this year, Hans said the firm’s performance would be supported by its healthcare business.“This pandemic has made people realize that health is the most important thing. Thus, I believe Lippo Karawaci’s healthcare business will see higher demand this year,” he said.Lippo Karawaci, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange under the code LPKR, fell more than 4 percent as of 1:35 p.m. Jakarta time on Wednesday. The stocks have lost almost 40 percent of their value in the last year.Topics :last_img read more

Valencia ready to end Dani Ceballos’ Arsenal nightmare

first_imgDani Ceballos has been deemed surplus to requirements by Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Valencia are ready to make their move and end Dani Ceballos’ Arsenal nightmare.The Spain international joined the Gunners on loan from Real Madrid in the summer and made an eye-catching start to his Premier League career, earning plaudits for his man of the match display against Burnley back in August.Ceballos failed to win a regular place in the side, however, under Unai Emery and suffered a serious hamstring strain in November which ruled him out for two months.The 23-year-old returned to full fitness earlier this month but has not played a single minute of competitive action under Arteta, who is said to have deemed the midfielder surplus to requirements, despite appearing to offer his compatriot a lifeline earlier this month.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s true that I have players in that position who have been performing really well, and last week when I believed that he was ready to step in, I decided to pick another player,’ Arteta said ahead of last week’s 1-1 draw against Sheffield United. Dani Ceballos suffered a hamstring injury against Vitoria back in November (Picture: Getty)‘But he’s been training good, I’m happy with him and I know him really well, so there’s no issues there.’With Granit Xhaka now firmly back in the fold and Lucas Torreira emerging as arguably Arsenal’s most impressive performer under their new head coach, Ceballos’ chances of winning back a regular place appear remote.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWith the European Championships on the horizon, Ceballos is concerned about earning a place in Spain’s squad and is said to have informed Arteta he wants out.According to Marca, Valencia have emerged as the frontrunners and Arsenal are unlikely to stand in Ceballos’ way.MORE: Dani Ceballos tells Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta he wants to leave clubMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tells Barcelona he would join them from Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 23 Jan 2020 1:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Comment Valencia ready to end Dani Ceballos’ Arsenal nightmarelast_img read more

Renters look to Brisbane’s ‘middle ring’ suburbs for a place to call home as inner-city suffers

first_imgBrisbane’s inner-city vacancy rate has risen as supply exceeds demand. Picture: Mark Calleja.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoMs Mercorella said she expected demand to catch up to supply quickly and vacancy rates tp return to typically healthy levels of around 2.5 to 3.5 per cent.She said the middle ring market had become popular because it was more affordable and allowed access to good infrastructure and public transport.“Tenants have a good range of options to suit many budgets,” Ms Mercorella said.Rental vacancy rates in the outlying markets of Ipswich, Caboolture, Pine Rivers and Redland eased slightly, but are still classed as “healthy” by the REIQ. Demand from tenants increased in the Logan and Redcliffe regions during the December quarter. BRISBANE’S BEST BARGAIN HOMES OPULENT, MODERN LIVING A CHEAP WAY TO PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT Vacancy rates in Queensland’s coastal markets, including the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and the Fraser Coast, all tightened and are now among the tightest rental markets in the state.“Caloundra and Maroochydore have vacancies of just 0.4 per cent, the lowest rate ever recorded, and this means that tenants are going to struggle significantly to get a rental property,” Ms Mercorella said.“Markets that remain consistently tight will eventually see upward pressure on rents.” The Gold Coast is now the most expensive place in Queensland to rent a three-bedroom house or a two-bedroom unit. REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said it was disappointing for inner-city property investors, but not unexpected.“We knew vacancies in inner Brisbane would edge up for the duration of 2017 thanks to strong levels of apartment supply coming to the market,” Ms Mercorella said.“Approvals have fallen in the past six months and we know that this period — where supply exceeds demand — is likely to be only temporary thanks to a steadily growing population and consistent demand for inner city accommodation.” GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE High-rise apartments in Brisbane, West End. Picture: Mark Calleja.BRISBANE’S inner-city apartment glut is hurting investors as renters instead flock to the suburbs in search of a place to call home.New data from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s (REIQ) reveals a sharp increase in the number of tenants taking up accommodation in Brisbane’s middle ring (5-20km) during the December quarter, with the vacancy rate tightening from 3.4 per cent to 2.1 per cent.But supply in inner Brisbane (0-5km) continued to exceed demand, pushing the vacancy rate out to 4 per cent from 3.7 per cent.The inner-city vacancy rate has only hit 4 per cent or higher twice before — in December 2013 and March last year, when it peaked at the highest level ever recorded of 4.4 per cent.center_img Rental vacancy rates on the Sunshine Coast have tightened.In good news for investors in the state’s regional markets, rental vacancies are starting to move into healthy territory in areas such as Bundaberg and Mackay.Rockhampton and Townsville are also improving, with vacancies tightening to 5 per cent and 4.6 per cent respectively.“These rental markets were facing extremely difficult conditions however the improving broader economy, in particular the recovering coal price and strengthening employment figures, is having a positive impact on regional rental markets and this is good news,” Ms Mercorella said.The Deloitte Access Economics report released this week found the state’s economic prospects were improving, with Queensland the most popular destination for internal migration — a factor that’s set to increase rental demand.last_img read more

MInteg bags ‘largest contract to date’ with new North Sea deal

first_imgMaintenance, inspection, and integrity specialist MInteg has been awarded its largest contract to date for the supply of inspection services to a major oil and gas operator in the Southern North Sea.Image source: MIntegMInteg, the EnerMech subsidiary, said they would create up to 15 new posts in Great Yarmouth to service the seven-figure five-year contract.According to the company, the work scope includes the inspection of infrastructure on five manned platforms and multiple unmanned satellite platforms.Ross McHardy, EnerMech’s regional director for Europe, said: “This is the largest value contract awarded to MInteg to date and it is confirmation that our philosophy of investing in local infrastructure and putting boots on the ground is an important factor when clients decide who to engage in vital work scopes.”Also, parent company EnerMech recently outlined its strategy of increasing its presence in sectors out with its traditional oil and gas base with the recent appointment of Laz Koszeghy as general manager for the eastern England region.Great Yarmouth-based Koszeghy is focussed on looking at opportunities for EnerMech in the renewables, nuclear power, chemicals and industrial sectors where it believes the integrated services model it provides to the energy sector will find wider appeal.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more