“Oh God, only about 10 stops to nirvana,” sighs one already jadedHR director crammed into the two-carriage train that putters from York toHarrogate. Personnel Today editor, Jane King, wedged into the toilet along with herluggage, murmurs: “I wonder if our US visitors think this is quaint?”Cue the start of HR’s biggest, boldest event of the year: the infamous CIPDconference and exhibition. For the uninitiated, this is the drinking junket, feared by financedirectors countrywide, as each year they sweat over resulting expenses andquery increasingly creative tales. As one marketing man puts it: “You haveto embellish the story, otherwise your expense claims just won’t holdwater.” Too right. Let’s face it. It costs a bundle to get to must-have fringe eventslike ’57 Varieties of Vegetable Soup’, and ‘Trust me, I’m a Doctor’. Day One, and Personnel Today’s news team is confused: has it found the rightconference? Better take time out to have another pint down The Old Swan andthink about it amid the heaving mass of HR’s great and good, ‘networking’ withunprecedented vigour. “Come to me if you ever want a proper job done,” slurs a oncedapper recruitment bloke, waving a card at the recruitment manager from a saladcompany. Lettuce man has been coerced into a blonde wig and fetching specs atthe late-night Sunday Times’ Austin Powers knees-up. “Save me,” hegrunts. “Anyone seen Guru? Is he real?” (see back page for more). Day Two, and our intrepid news hounds are dispatched to trudge theexhibition, mostly in search of stands sporting handfuls of paracetamol. Sadly, few have caught on to this gimmick, offering instead mountains ofautumnal leaves loosely connected to messages of change management, or lightlysweating staff trussed up in space outfits. “What’s the messagehere?” asks a hungover Personnel Today journo of a spacewoman. “Thecompany name is Jupiter,” she replies in disbelief. Doh! Time to retreat to the hotel boasting a sandwich board outside, reading:”Take your personnel to bed without a harassment charge.” Day Three, and Harrogate is still heaving, albeit with increasingly creased,pale HR people, networked-out at last night’s Grease night, flanked by the‘Funk night’. They are looking to make an exhausted exit from a tired town, on the Yorkexpress (!) bound for sense and sensibility. So, was the whole eventeducational? Probably. Useful? Mostly. Death defying? Definitely. A networkingtriumph? Undoubtedly. Farewell to another year! Comments are closed. Boldly going where no HR has gone…On 28 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Provides Support to Eligible Family Members of Navy Civilians Based on the Island of Honshu View post tag: Family View post tag: Navy View post tag: US View post tag: based View post tag: Civilians US Navy Provides Support to Eligible Family Members of Navy Civilians Based on the Island of Honshu The Navy announced in NAVADMIN 094/11, released March 20, that eligible family members of Navy civilians, based on the island of Honshu, Japan, are authorized voluntary departure to the continental United States for a period not to exceed 30 days. “Navy civilians and their families are an integral part of the total force,” explained Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel. “We are going to ensure these families receive our complete support.”Family members of Navy civilians participating in the authorized departure may be eligible for entitlements and allowances which include:– Coverage of Travel Expenses: Transportation expenses and travel per diem may be provided to cover the time traveling from the evacuation site to the safe haven location, including time spent processing through a repatriation site.– Subsistence Expense Allowance (SEA): SEA is based on the local per diem rate and begins the day after arrival at the authorized safe haven location.– Advance Pay: Employees who evacuate, when authorized, received 30 days advance pay.– Unaccompanied Baggage Shipment: Evacuees may ship up to 350 pounds of unaccompanied baggage per evacuee age 12 or older and 175 pounds per evacuee under age 12, up to a total of 1,000 pounds.A primary source of information for Navy civilians and their families still in Japan is the Fleet and Family Support Center in Yokosuka, Japan, which is currently open 24/7 in support of our Sailors, civilians and families.(navy)[mappress]Source: navy, March 22, 2011; View post tag: Eligible View post tag: Support View post tag: Island View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: members View post tag: Honshu March 22, 2011 View post tag: provides