HR technologist: what exactly is it?

first_imgHR technologist: what exactly is it?On 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Iam graduating this summer and investigating HR roles. The role of HR technologisthas been mentioned, but research has not thrown up much information. Can youtell me about this role, what skills are involved, whether there is a demandand what sort of salary I might expect?PeterSell, joint managing director, DMS ConsultancyTherole of HR technologist does not fit into the traditional structures of mostorganisations. It seems very few companies see a demand for this role. It isseen as an entry-level role, with more of an emphasis on statisticalinformation than HR administration. Individuals would be involved in activitiessuch as systems admin, pay and benefits issues and manpower planning.Becauseof the limited opportunities for HR technologists you may need to reconsideryour options. There are a number of firms offering graduate trainee schemes forHR. Prospectiveemployers look at a range of skills for any HR role, including communicationskills, organisational ability, demonstration of an understanding of businessand numeracy. The likely salary will be dependent on the organisation’s sizeand sector.TonyClarke, senior consultant, Macmillan Davies HodesHRtechnologist is probably an American term; but I think it describes thefunctional roles within the HR profession. It would also fit e-HR where thetransactional part of HR operates on a shared services basis and be in-houseor outsourced, probably operating via a sophisticated intranet.  Youhave already achieved a lot. I gather that following some line experience youdid an HND, then your BSc in IR. Your non-HR line background and academicqualifications  make you attractive to anumber of businesses that would consider you for a career in HR.  Smallcompanies are attractive because they offer a truly generalist role, but theytend not to have sophisticated management systems and HR processes and you willneed that experience to draw upon in the future. My advice is to apply for HRpositions with the big blue chips to give you a solid professional grounding inHR and business. A good employer that recognises talent and wants to retain itwill move you around to give you experience and keep you motivated.  PeterLewis, consultant, ChiumentoThisrole is ill defined. It can refer specifically to HR intranet design andmaintenance but can also refer to any HR role with responsibility for HRsystems, particularly those that link HR to other systems.Enthusiaststalk about its pivotal role in turning HR from an admin function to aknowledge-intensive service. Staff communications are transformed throughintranet-delivered, visually stimulating, creative copy. Skills required are anunderstanding of what knowledge staff need and the potential for the medium todeliver it, plus recognition of what makes effective copy – given theunpromising nature of much of the material for transformation – detailedpolicies and procedures, often written in turgid legalese.Youshould start by talking to specialist HR recruitment consultants to ascertainwhether a market for HR technologists exists. Keepan eye on the recruitment pages of the personnel press and on articles on thelatest thinking on the CIPD website. Finally, talk to any contacts who work inthe HR field and get their views on developments in HR technology.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 2/21/19

first_imgFebruary 22, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 2/21/19 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLAMERICAN LEAGUESeattle at Oakland 3:05 p.m., canceledNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONCleveland 111, Phoenix 98Philadelphia 106, Miami 102Portland 113, Brooklyn 99Milwaukee 98, Boston 97L.A. Lakers 111, Houston 106Golden State 125, Sacramento 123NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEWashington 3, Toronto 2New Jersey 4, Ottawa 0Carolina 4, Florida 3San Jose 4, Pittsburgh 0Minnesota 4, N.Y. Rangers 1SO Tampa Bay 2, Buffalo 1Montreal 5, Philadelphia 1Nashville 2, L.A. Kings 1Dallas 5, St. Louis 2OT Edmonton 4, N.Y. Islanders 3OT Arizona 3, Vancouver 2TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(2) Gonzaga 92, Pepperdine 64(7) Michigan 69, Minnesota 60Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Baseball stadiums are reopening this spring. What’s the COVID risk?

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — For the first time in over a year, baseball fans will be on hand to hear “Play ball!” loud and clear from their favorite seat — albeit from less-than-packed stadiums in most cases.All states and cities with Major League Baseball teams are allowing fans when the season starts on April 1, with one permitting full attendance.While the sight of thousands of fans cheering in a single space might be a cause for concern given that that country is still recording tens of thousands of new COVID-19 cases a day, public health experts told ABC News that such gatherings should largely be safe. On top of that, some experts contend that stadiums are vital to local economies and cheering crowds will help boost morale for all.Dr. Dean Winslow, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, said the limited capacity, mask mandates in the stadiums, and the outdoor settings for fans in most cases are strong enough to prevent the spread of the virus.“I think it’s a minimal degree of risk with the limitations that have been proposed,” he said.But Winslow and other health experts warned that fans and teams need to stay within the bounds of the current health restrictions over the spring and summer if they want to limit spread of the virus as vaccinations continue to roll out.Most of the baseball stadiums will not be opening stands to full capacity, but at differing levels based on their state and city regulations. For example, the Boston Red Sox will allow 4,500 fans at Fenway Park, roughly 12% of the stadium’s capacity, while the Cincinnati Reds will allow 12,700 fans at the Great American Ball Park, about 30% of capacity.All stadiums also have mask mandates except for eating.Wise to keep crowd sizes downWinslow said state and local governments are wise to keep crowd sizes down to allow for safe social distancing and allow for more room for potential COVID-19 particles to travel when fans are maskless.“If they do a good job and lower the number of people I don’t think we’ll see a number of super spreader events,” he said of the baseball stadiums.Health experts so far haven’t connected any professional sports events to outbreaks of the virus in the last couple of months.Winslow said he was concerned about states in the south, like Texas, which recently gave the OK for their businesses to reopen fully, as it would potentially increase the risk of spread among fans. Last week, the Texas Rangers announced they would open up Globe Life Field to its full 40,518-seat capacity on opening day, however, fans will be required to wear masks.“We will continue to monitor developments and implement the necessary public health measures,” Neil Leibman, the team’s president of business operations, said in a statement.As of March 17, no other team has announced plans to fully reopen their stadium.Dr. Emily Landon, an epidemiologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, told ABC News that the Rangers’ full reopening is premature. Landon, who has consulted with several Chicago businesses on their reopening plans, reiterated that vaccinations are currently far lower than what would be required for herd immunity and there is a lingering threat of the new virus variants.As of March 17, Texas has administered more than 8.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, ranking second among all states with shots given, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, only 19% of state residents have received one shot, which is two percentage points lower than America as a whole, according to the data.Landon noted that there is a strong threat of COVID-19 variants across the globe that warrant a slower reopening. She said a full reopening could give spectators a false sense of safety and potentially put whole communities at risk.“It all depends on who has COVID, where they are and what they do,” she told ABC News.Landon said the best way to conduct the baseball reopening is with a “Goldilocks” approach, using the coronavirus case and vaccination data as a guidepost. Allowing fans on opening day with limited capacity and slowly permitting more fans throughout the season, based on the data, would help mitigate the risk for fans.“If the cases keep going down, there is no reason to hesitate to have people, especially masked people, gather at these events,” she said.Crucial for the economyElected officials and sports businesses have said that reopening stadiums is crucial to jump-starting the economy, especially for the local shops located around the venues.Restaurants and businesses near the stadiums, such as Yankee Stadium, faced threats of closure due to the lack of activity.Allen Sanderson, a sports economist and professor at the University of Chicago, told ABC News that the baseball stadium reopenings will certainly boost the economy of the team’s cities in the short term.Sanderson did note that having fans back in the stadium would have a bigger impact on the negative psychological effects of the pandemic. The sight of cheering fans, even at a limited capacity, will help lift people’s spirits following a long and trying year, he said.“Socially we’d be better off if we were able to get more people together and sports venues offer that opportunity,” Sanderson told ABC News.Sanderson said sports fans were likely to heed the health warnings and stop the spread to enjoy the games. He noted that the NBA and NHL have allowed fans in a limited capacity to return in the last couple of weeks and there haven’t been major reports of outbreaks linked to those games.“Allowing more people into a facility and having them make a choice without too many other costs on people, that’s reasonable,” he said.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by March 18, 2021 /Sports News – National Baseball stadiums are reopening this spring. What’s the COVID risk?center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Countrywide latest: Connells’ big plan to turn behemoth around

first_imgConnells has revealed its plans for Countrywide now that its acquisition has been given by green light by a majority of Countrywide’s shareholders and its board.“The Connells Board believes that the acquisition will allow the enlarged Connells Group to provide a more integrated suite of services and enhance its value proposition to customers, especially in the business to consumer segment, while building a stronger and more efficient branch network,” says Connells.“As a result of its due diligence review, sector knowledge and management expertise, Connells envisages that the business of Countrywide would continue to operate materially in the same way without significant disruption to either the Connells or Countrywide businesses once Countrywide has been fully integrated with Connells.“Connells’ primary motivation for the Acquisition is to invest in and grow the Countrywide business.“Based on Connells’ knowledge of Countrywide and existing presence in the UK estate agency sector, Connells believes that there will inevitably be some duplication of operational infrastructure between the two businesses where efficiencies may be achievable.”Head countAreas where ‘duplication’ and therefore job losses/relocations at Countrywide are likely include across some head office and central administrations functions, while Connells expects to streamline IT services across the two companies as well as “listing, administrative and other related operational expenses”.Connells says any employee reductions will be subject to comprehensive planning and engagement with employees and consultation with employee representatives as required by applicable law.“Any affected employees will be treated in a fair and equitable manner consistent with Connells’ culture of respect,” it says.“Other than the above-referenced head office and centralised administration functions, there are no specific identified potential cost savings which would involve a material reduction of employee headcount.”No changes to the Countrywide network are planned.connells Countrywide December 31, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide latest: Connells’ big plan to turn behemoth around previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide latest: Connells’ big plan to turn behemoth aroundConnells says there may be some head office and central admin job losses, but that these will be kept to a minimum.Nigel Lewis31st December 202001,376 Viewslast_img read more

New Zealand Naval Vessel to Visit a US Port after Over 30 Years

first_img View post tag: 30% View post tag: Zealand October 31, 2013 View post tag: Visit View post tag: Defense New Zealand Naval Vessel to Visit a US Port after Over 30 Years View post tag: Defence The United States and New Zealand announced on Monday a resumption of military-to-military contacts as part of expanded defense cooperation that will see the first visit by a New Zealand naval vessel to an American port in more than three decades.The announcement followed a meeting at the Pentagon between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his New Zealand counterpart, Jonathan Coleman.Hagel told reporters significant progress had been made in the defense relationship since both countries signed a declaration last year setting out expanded cooperation. The enhanced ties will include the first joint defense policy talks in almost 30 years. “We look forward to continuing to deepen our defense cooperation in the future,” Hagel said during a Pentagon news conference, with Coleman alongside. “Near-term steps include military-to-military talks next month in Honolulu, New Zealand’s deployment of a frigate to the multinational antipiracy coalition in the Gulf of Aden, and the United States’ upcoming participation in what will be New Zealand’s largest ever multinational and interagency exercise.”In a gradual easing of a policy that had been in place since 1984, Hagel authorized the New Zealand navy to dock at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during next year’s RIMPAC military exercises. “This will be the first time a New Zealand navy ship will have visited Pearl Harbor in more than 30 years,” Hagel said, calling it “another act in strengthening our relationship and the rebalance to the Pacific.”The policy restricting visits by New Zealand warships to American ports has been in place since 1984 when the ANZUS Treaty between the United States, Australia and New Zealand was partially suspended because of New Zealand’s opposition to nuclear armed or powered U.S. warships visiting its ports. During a visit to New Zealand last year, then-Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced an easing of restrictions on visits by New Zealand naval vessels to Defense Department and Coast Guard facilities on a case-by-case basis.Coleman told reporters New Zealand is looking for areas where it can expand defense cooperation with the United States. “We’ve made great strides in the defense relationship over the last two years,” he said, adding appreciation for the lifting of restrictions on New Zealand ships docking in U.S. ports. New Zealand’s defense minister also said he is pleased to see the resumption of military-to-military talks after a 30-year break.During the news conference, Hagel also said he expects the ongoing budget sequester, which he said will reduce Pentagon spending by more than $50 billion if it continues next year, to have an impact on the military’s pivot toward the Asia-Pacific region. “Continued sequestration cuts will affect all of our plans in all areas,” he said, but he stressed that the rebalance to the region remains a priority.[mappress]Press Release, October 31, 2013; Image: US DoD View post tag: Naval View post tag: port View post tag: New View post tag: News by topic Authorities Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today New Zealand Naval Vessel to Visit a US Port after Over 30 Years View post tag: usa View post tag: years View post tag: Navy View post tag: vessellast_img read more

Indiana Sees Improvement In The Fight Against The Opioid Epidemic

first_imgIndiana Sees Improvement In The Fight Against The Opioid EpidemicDECEMBER 1ST, 2018 TOWNSEND OUTLAW INDIANA, OPIOID CRISISAn Indiana drug abuse commission has found that the state is seeing progress in the fight against the opioid epidemic, but there is still much that needs improvement.The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse’s report card found that the state saw a 10 percent drop in opioid painkillers prescribed in Indiana during the first eight months of 2018 and a drop in emergency room visits for drug overdoses.Jim McClelland is Indiana’s executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement. He says he believes the state is on the right track. McClelland says the state plans to open nine more treatment facilities this year. There has also been a growth in groups formed to address the opioid issue, as well as an increase in research. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Veterans Yoga Project fundraiser set for March 12 in Hoboken

first_img× HOBOKEN–Over 100 residents and yoga practitioners are expected to come together Sunday March 12 to raise money and awareness to support veterans and their families through a Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) fundraiser to be held at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.The fundraiser offers participants a chance to meet Veterans Yoga Project founder Dr. Daniel Libby and learn how yoga and other VYP programs can help veterans and their families. Attendees can also enjoy a yoga class taught by veterans and light refreshments.All proceeds from the event will go to support the Veterans Yoga Project.Since its inception, the VYP has helped thousands of veterans and their families reduce stress, ease pain, and release traumatic imprints that negatively impact their lives through Mindful Yoga Therapy classes and multi-day retreats. The VYP also provides advanced training to yoga instructors so they can safely and effectively offer VYP services to veterans in their area.The VYP’s work is seen has having a significant and positive impact on veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to depression and certain physical injuries. Participating veterans underscore the VYP’s benefits by reporting reduced stress, better sleep, enhanced concentration and the ability to better manage anger and aggression.“Supporting the Veterans Yoga Project is a great way to give back to veterans and their families, who have given all of us so much,” said Helene Graff, a co-founder of the event. “Coming to the event is more than just saying thank you. It is a way to help veterans and their families get their lives back on track.”The event is the third annual VYP fundraiser to be held in Hoboken. The first came in 2014 in response to a request from the group to conduct fundraisers nationally during Veterans Gratitude Week.The fundraiser will be held in Walker Gymnasium at Stevens Institute of Technology from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Minimum asking donation is $25.Please register or donate at  www.tinyurl.com/vypcamaignTo learn more, please visit  www.veteransyogaproject.org.last_img read more

Teresa S. Godfrey (nee Sharp) 90

first_imgTeresa S. Godfrey (nee Sharp) 90, of Ocean City, NJ passed away peacefully at her home.A life long Ocean City resident, Terry was a graduate of Ocean City High School class of 1948 and the New Jersey Institute of Commerce in Atlantic City.She had been active in her community for many years. She was a 50 plus year member and Past Matron of Order of the Eastern Star Ocean City Chapter # 83, a member of the Rotary Ann’s, longtime member of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.Terry was the owner of The Godfrey Funeral Homes in Ocean City, Palermo, Egg Harbor Township.She was predeceased by her husband Herbert L. Godfrey in 1998.Surviving are her children: Susan M. Godfrey, Sallie J. (Prendy “Pat” Pacifico) Godfrey, Herbert L. Godfrey, II, four grandsons: Herbert L. Godfrey, III, Godfrey J. Kohler, Townsend C. Godfrey, Marshall J. Kohler, a great grandson: Marshall J. Kohler, Jr. and her sister: Edna Keller.Friends may call Thursday evening, June 20, 2019, from 6 until 8 o’clock from The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo, NJ.Her Funeral Service will be offered Friday, June 21, 2019 at 11 o’clock from St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th Street at Central Avenue, Ocean City, NJ where friends may call from 10 o’clock until time of service.Burial will follow in Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ.The family would appreciate flowers or memorial contributions to either Ocean City PBA, PO Box 293, Ocean City, NJ or Ocean City Fire Fighters Foundation, Inc., PO Box 593, Ocean City, NJ 08226.Condolences may be left for the family at www.godfreyfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Press release: Preventable illness is factor in slower life expectancy increases

first_img With the number of people aged 85 years and over set to increase, we’re likely to see the burden of dementia and many other long-term conditions follow suit. The solution to reversing these trends will be complex as the causes themselves are not straightforward. What comes out loud and clear from the evidence is the potential for effective prevention activity, particularly for heart disease, to improve health outcomes and reduce the enormous disparities in life expectancy. a large increase in deaths in the winters between 2014 and 2018, which was also seen in a number of other European countries – this coincided with the circulation of a subtype of flu, the influenza A (H3N2) subtype, known to predominantly affect older people more older people living with dementia and other long-term conditions, which may make them particularly vulnerable to the effects of flu and other winter risks, and who may be particularly reliant on health and social care services an increase in death rates from accidental poisoning, in particular, drug misuse – this led to mortality rates among younger adults making no contribution to changes in life expectancy trends between 2011 and 2016, in contrast to the small positive contributions seen previously Further work is required to understand any potential causal link between changes in health and changes in social care funding or provision of services within England or different countries.According to the Health Profile for England 2018, the slowdown has not been observed for long enough for statistical analysis to determine whether it will continue. The future trend is uncertain for both sexes but PHE will continue to closely monitor trends in mortality rates and life expectancy in England.Background Preventable illnesses, including heart disease and stroke, are one of several factors behind the slowing improvements in life expectancy in England, according to a new review published by Public Health England (PHE).Life expectancy trends are an important measure of the nation’s overall health. The Review of recent trends in mortality in England looks at why long-term improvements in life expectancy have slowed since 2011, following decades of continued increases.Between 2006 and 2011, life expectancy increased by 1.6 years in males and 1.3 years in females, but between 2011 and 2016 the increase was only 0.4 and 0.1 years for males and females respectively. Currently, life expectancy in England has reached 79.6 years for men and 83.2 for women.However, stubborn inequalities have widened in recent years – those in the poorest areas have seen less improvement in life expectancy than those in the wealthiest. For women in the most deprived communities, life expectancy has actually decreased. From 2014 to 2016, the gap in life expectancy was 9.3 years for males and 7.3 years for females.A slowdown in improvement in mortality from heart disease and stroke – 2 leading causes of death – has had a significant impact on these trends. With 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes potentially avoidable, this shows the importance of addressing risk factors such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and other causes of inequalities.Mortality rates from dementia have increased, but this is largely due to changes in diagnostic and recording practices. Dementia is already the leading cause of death in women and is likely to become the leading cause of death in men too, overtaking heart disease.The review concluded that a number of other factors, operating simultaneously, have also potentially contributed to the slowdown in life expectancy.These include: A similar slowdown in improvement has been seen in other large European countries. However, the report found the UK continues to lag behind other European countries on life expectancy, particularly for women.Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at PHE, said: PHE is leading the prevention, personal responsibility and health inequalities work stream as part of the development of the NHS long-term plan. This season PHE has recommended that all those under-65 have the quadrivalent flu vaccine, which protects against both the main B strains and the 2 main flu A subtypes. Adults aged 65 or over are being offered a new ‘adjuvanted’ vaccine in order to improve the immune response. Review of recent trends in mortality in England contains further information on the slowdown in life expectancy in England.last_img read more

McWell to host events to encourage relaxation, mindfulness in the absence of a fall break

first_imgThe McDonald Center for Well-Being will host Restoration Week Oct. 12-17, a new initiative designed to help students relax and recharge in the absence of Fall Break.In a normal year, after eight weeks of studying, Notre Dame students were granted a brief break to prepare for the rest of the semester, Megan Brown, director of the McDonald Center for Well-Being (McWell), said.This semester, coronavirus concerns prevent students from having the same opportunity. Even so, McWell wants to help prevent burnout and encourage students to develop self-care skills to bolster them throughout the rest of the semester.“There are several different kinds of breaks,” Brown said. “Although fall break is a cherished one, there are many different ways to restore and rejuvenate, and we need to incorporate different types to be at our best.”All week long, students can participate in a social media contest, using #NDRestoration or #NDTakeaBreak for a chance to win a restorative gift pack. The Fighting Irish Wall in the Duncan Student Center, sponsored by Campus Ministry, will also offer words of hope for anyone in need of encouragement throughout the week. Each day, Getting Real on Well-being (GROW) peer leaders will be showing students different restorative spaces around campus and offering various restoration goodies, such as tea, cookies, essential oils and journals. Additionally, students are always welcome to reserve a McWell restorative space, attend daily mass at the Basilica or visit the Grotto.Throughout the week, a variety of campus groups will host opportunities to practice restorative activities ranging from sleep workshops and special dining hall menus designed remind students of home to yoga sessions and a special travel movie night. Here’s a look at the week’s itinerary:On Monday, campus dining services will serve a Hawaiian-themed meal. There will also be a virtual mindfulness drop-in session and virtual restorative yoga sponsored by Student Welfare & Development.Tuesday, otherwise known as GratiTUESDAY, features a gratitude card kit handout, a collaborative drawing game hosted by the Snite Musuem of Art, a virtual racial microaggression workshop, a special Italian meal and more.On Wednesday, the University Counseling Center will be handing out chalk for students to write or draw encouragements on the sidewalks around campus, and Campus Ministry will be offering a guided meditation and prayer. In addition, the dining hall will serve a Polish meal.Thursday offers stress-relief coloring, a nature walk sponsored by GROW peer leaders and a Cajun meal. Students can also visit a virtual photography exhibit or drop-in for a mindfulness session.Friday features a virtual sleep workshop, restorative yoga, a travel movie night sponsored by Active Minds and Student Union Board and a homestyle American meal.Finally, on Saturday, students can close out the restoration week with some free sketching materials from the Snite Museum of Art and a 90s karaoke night on South Quad.The full descriptions of each day, including the times and locations of various programs and events are listed on the Restoration Week website.“Ultimately, we hope this week will infuse a little positive energy and hope into the middle of a tough semester, prevent burnout and help students hone their self-care skills that will last them a lifetime,” Brown said.Tags: McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, McWell, Megan Brown, Restoration Weeklast_img read more