Nominee added to Southeast Florida bishop slate

first_img Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Rev. Michael J. Battle, vicar, St. Titus Episcopal Church, Durham, North Carolina;The Very Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe, rector, St. Peter’s in the Woods Episcopal Church, Fairfax Station, Virginia;The Very Rev. Peter Eaton, dean, St. John’s Cathedral, Denver, Colorado;The Rev. John C. N. Hall, rector, St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Sarasota, Florida; andThe Rev. Allen F. Robinson, rector, St. James Episcopal Church, Baltimore, Maryland. [Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Canon Martin W. Zlatic, rector of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Boynton Beach, Florida, has been added to the slate of nominees to stand for election as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.The final number of nominees now stands at six after the diocesan Standing Committee announced five nominees on Oct. 14 and following a two-week petition period that led to Zlatic’s nomination.The other nominees are: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Tags Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Bath, NC November 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm Allen Robinson, I am thrilled to see your name on this list! You’ve got my vote, and prayers. By ENS staffPosted Nov 6, 2014 Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Nominee added to Southeast Florida bishop slate Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Elections Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Belleville, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector Columbus, GA Detailed information about each nominee can be found here.A bishop coadjutor is elected to replace the diocesan bishop upon retirement. The Rt. Rev. Leopold Frade, the incumbent diocesan bishop since 2000, will retire in January 2016. The election will be held in January 2015.The Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida includes 76 congregations, with approximately 38,000 parishioners, from Key West north to Jensen Beach and west to Clewiston. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Albany, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Submit an Event Listing William Kolb says: Rector Smithfield, NC last_img read more

Deadline for District’s Blue School Grant Program fast approaching

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Up to $20,000 in funds budgetedFrom the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictTeachers have just one more month, until Sept. 6, to apply for a Blue School Grant for education projects to enhance student knowledge about Florida’s water resources.The St. Johns River Water Management District is offering up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that promote hands-on learning about water resources. Over the last three funding cycles, the district has funded 33 Blue School projects, for a cumulative total of $46,550. The program has directly impacted nearly 3,550 students.Up to $2,000 per teacher per school will be awarded to middle and high school teachers to enhance student knowledge of Florida’s water resources. Public and charter school teachers within the district’s boundaries are eligible to apply.With a Blue School Grant, students from Sea Side Charter School–Beaches visited Guana Preserve and Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park to test water quality, sein for fish and become more familiar with local variations in ecosystems they have been learning about in class.Grants may be awarded in three areas: freshwater resources field study, water-conserving landscape projects, or water conservation community/school awareness campaigns.Examples of successful grant applications include:Water quality comparison of stormwater ponds on campusField trip to Silver Springs for soil and water samplingWater unit in senior English class where students learned about water scarcity and created informative diagrams, flyers, and presentations for the communityField trips to organic and conventional farmsSeagrass restoration projectWater conservation awareness posters and videoTeachers receiving grants will be notified on Oct. 1.Information about criteria and deadlines and the online application can be found at www.sjrwmd.com/education/blueschool.Learn more about district professionals in STEM careers here. The St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville, and Palm Bay. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! TAGSSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleBudget 2019: What’s next for Apopka?Next articleBoost in high school students taking advanced computer science could change the face of tech Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

MQ Project / Oscar Malaspina + Rodrigo Apolaya + Rosa Aguirre

first_imgArchDaily Projects Housing Area:  480 m² Area:  480 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” photographs:  Frederick Cooper , Melissa ApolayaPhotographs:  Frederick Cooper , Melissa ApolayaConstructor:Constructora Salazar SAC – Paul MartinezStructures:Emilio RuedaElectrics And Water Installations:EMPSSA SRLLandscape Consultant:Gloria Ponce LayCity:LimaCountry:PeruMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Frederick CooperRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BrickworkCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD19Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade Panel Save this picture!© Frederick CooperThe city of Lima is experiencing today a real estate boom. In the past two years, approximately 40 000 dwellings has been sold. The speed of these changes and the high demand for social housing has derived in projects that focuses more on the profitability of the business than improving people’s lives through the re-imagination and quality of the spaces that are designed. Moreover, inherited trends that used to define clearly the spaces within the flats have derived today in micro-spaces without much concern about the spatial quality. As a consequence, Lima has increased the amount of housing units per year, but not necessary the creation of new communities nor the imagination of a lifestyle along these projects. Save this picture!Floor PlansIn this sense, the MQ project, a 4 apartment building in a 8m wide and 20 m long parcel, explores around these ideas and takes on the challenge of promoting a sense of community within the building by shaping quality communal areas as well as designing multifunctional areas within the flats for avoiding space fragmentation.Save this picture!© Frederick CooperEach flat has 84m2 and contains 2 dormitories, 2 restrooms, a studio, a laundry area and a social area that integrates the kitchen, the dining room and the living room. The main strategy was the articulation of a series of open spaces and rooms along a main corridor that serves as a space itself. This pattern allows several things: the expansion of the visual perception through diagonals across the open spaces and the presence of natural light and ventilation in every room of the project.Save this picture!© Frederick CooperThe facade of the building tries to be ludic as well as clear in defining the two functions that are represented. In the area of the flats we have proposed a thick facade that brings enough depth to host window boxes in the outside and trunks in the inside. In the area of the vertical circulation, we entirely close it and play with the cast grid during the construction process. By using different sizes of barrettes the perception is a series of random holes within this wall contained within a very rational and functional grid.The social spaces are two: a generous social area in a semi-basement that dramatically receives the natural light from the openings above, and a rooftop that has a bench as the main protagonist and that engages with the rest of the city, the park in front of the building and a view of the ocean when the sky is clear. A red wall that marks both the social areas as well as the vertical circulation connects both spaces. In this sense both the base and the top of the building welcomes the inhabitants of the building in an intimate, covered space when is at the base and in a fresh and contemplative spaces when is at the rooftop.Project gallerySee allShow lessStavanger Concert Hall / Ratio Arkitekter ASSelected ProjectsShigeru Ban Named Pritzker Laureate for 2014Architecture NewsProject locationAddress:Lima, PeruLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Photographs MQ Project / Oscar Malaspina + Rodrigo Apolaya + Rosa Aguirre “COPY” Architects: Oscar Malaspina, Rodrigo Apolaya, Rosa Aguirre Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Frederick Cooper+ 22 Share MQ Project / Oscar Malaspina + Rodrigo Apolaya + Rosa AguirreSave this projectSaveMQ Project / Oscar Malaspina + Rodrigo Apolaya + Rosa Aguirre Year:  CopyAbout this officeOscar MalaspinaOfficeFollowRodrigo Apolaya OfficeFollowRosa AguirreOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingLimaHousingPeruPublished on March 25, 2014Cite: “MQ Project / Oscar Malaspina + Rodrigo Apolaya + Rosa Aguirre” 25 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2012 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/488982/mq-project-oscar-malaspina-rodrigo-apolaya-rosa-aguirre Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/488982/mq-project-oscar-malaspina-rodrigo-apolaya-rosa-aguirre Clipboard CopyHousing•Lima, Peru 2012 Perulast_img read more

Institute’s in-house communications team expands with second Press Officer

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Institute’s in-house communications team expands with second Press Officer Tagged with: Recruitment / people  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Diana Mackie has joined the Institute of Fundraising as Press Officer. Working in the Institute’s PR & Communications team, she will be responsible for communicating the work of the Institute to charities, donors, the general public and all other relevant audiences through the media.Diana joins the Institute from Sense where she was Press and PR Assistant, working to publicise the charity’s fundraising initiates in relevant press. She has two years’ experience of working in PR and at the Institute will work alongside fellow Press Officer, Nandini Chatto, reporting to Lucinda Frostick, Head of PR & Communications.Commenting on her new role, Diana said: I am looking forward to the opportunity of communicating key Institute initiatives – such as the importance of tax-effective giving to charities and to promote the vital work of fundraisers to a broad media audience.” Advertisement Howard Lake | 30 May 2006 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Guardian and Observer’s 2012 Christmas appeal supports eight disability charities

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 30 November 2012 | News Tagged with: christmas corporate newspaper AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Oily CartSense InternationalDisability Law ServiceGreenbankAmbitious about AutismThe ACE CentreQEFBasic Needswww.guardian.co.uk/society/christmas-charity-appeal-2012  62 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  61 total views,  1 views today Guardian and Observer’s 2012 Christmas appeal supports eight disability charities This year’s Guardian and Observer Christmas Appeal will benefit eight charities that strive for disability rights. They help people with a disability or long-term illness to participate, express themselves and fulfill their potential, in education, arts, the workplace, sport and wider society.Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger said: “Our Christmas appeal is a chance to raise much needed funds for our charities – last year Guardian and Observer readers generously raised over £400,000 for eight charities supporting vulnerable young people – and to raise the profile of the work they do.”For the sixth year running charity sector think-tank New Philanthropy Capital has helped the Guardian and Observer choose the charities for the appeal. It applied its experience of measuring charity impact and its research in disability areas to selecting the final eight charities, two of which operate internationally. They are: Advertisementlast_img read more

Woman shot during protest against Myanmar coup dies

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Woman shot during protest against Myanmar coup dies This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a painting of letters that reads, “FREE OUR LEADERS,” on a street in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.  Twitter TAGS  Pinterestcenter_img Local NewsWorld News Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021 Previous articleAlabama follows up title by finalizing star-studded classNext articleSoftServe wird Silver-Partner im Atlassian-Solution-Partnerprogramm Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Details of confirmed Covid-19 cases released per local electoral area

first_img Pinterest Google+ Details of confirmed Covid-19 cases released per local electoral area By News Highland – September 19, 2020 Google+ Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleFears Burtonport to Letterkenny greenway project losing momentumNext articleDublin enters level three of restrictions on Government’s roadmap News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Twitter The Department of Health has started giving more local information on cases of Covid-19.Details are being released per local electoral area in Donegal. The latest information covers the 14 days until September 14th. It does not include the large number of cases confirmed this week.The figures show North Inishowen with less than 5 cases as well as South Inishowen with less than 5.Milford with 6 cases (43.6 cases per 100k), Letterkenny with 17 (57.1 cases per 100k), Lifford/Stranorlar show 15 (57.9 cases per 100k), Glenties with less than 5 and Donegal with less than 5.For a proportion of notified COVID-19 cases, location on the map may reflect their place of work rather than their home address.More information on figures can be found at: https://covid19ireland-geohive.hub.arcgis.com/ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterestlast_img read more

You never know when Mama will come by

first_img You Might Like Alabama editor reflects on year When I was young, I would rummage through my mother’s dresser drawers. I loved her, and so I wanted a… read more Mama came by yesterday.I was putting out a few bedding plants when she came.It was one of those late spring afternoons when you just want to get your hands in the dirt. A soft breeze was stirring, the sun was sinking and casting long, cool shadows across the yard. Birds were chirping and a couple of squirrels scampered up and down the aging pecan tree.I didn’t hear Mama come up, but I felt her presence, just as I had so many afternoons of my life.But I didn’t turn.I didn’t want to face the reality of the emptiness that her death has left in my life.I just wanted to stay there where Mama was as fresh in my memory as the dirt I had turned … as fresh as the sweet smell of the honeysuckle climbing the backyard fence.Funny, how the senses can bring back a memory so vivid and real that it takes you back to a place in time where you long to be.My senses took me back to a place when Mama’s arrival would be announced by the familiar whirring of her “little ol’ car.” She’d get out and come around to the backyard where I’d be piddlin’ in the yard.“Don’t let me stop you,” she’d say.I’d stop anyway and we would climb the steps and sit on the back porch and talk and laugh until her watch told her it was about time for her show, “Wheel of Fortune.”I sat there in memory, daring not to move for fear that she would move away from me.I don’t ever know when Mama is coming by, usually when I least expect her. But she always comes when I need her to be there … and always at blackberry picking time.“I’ve gotta run back in the house a minute,” I said that afternoon in late May 1994. “I’m want to get a bucket so we can pick blackberries when we’re done.”Mama and I were on the way to Ariton for a follow-up to her doctor’s appointment the week before. 
“Somebody said blackberries are ready at Dean’s Blueberry Farm, we’ll pick some,” I said, already envisioning one of Mama’s blackberry pies with a slatted crust with butter bubbling around the slats.As usual Dr. Zumstein’s office was packed, mostly with hypochondriacs. At long last, the nurse called Mama back, leaving me to wait in, what we liked to call the gossip parlor.There was no reason to be concerned. The letter from her doctor didn’t indicate anything. Mama ate like a bird. Always had. That was reason enough for her to be losing weight.But when she came out, she didn’t look at me. Instead, she walked straight to the door.All of the blood seemed to drain out of my body. “Mama … ?”She didn’t answer.“What, Mama?”“Cancer,” she said in a whisper.  “It’s probably cancer.”With that one word, my whole world stopped. At the very moment, my blackberry winter began. Never has there been such a cold, dark day when sun should have been shining on the blackberry blooms. Never has there been such a blackberry winter.We sat there in the car with the blackberry bucket between us. We would not pick blackberries that day.Angry and hurt, I tossed the blackberry bucket over in the back seat. The handle clanged against the tin.  The sound of emptiness is so loud.The blackberry winter turned into summer, fall and then winter.All the time, the bucket waited there on the backseat of Mama’s car, waiting for us to go blackberry picking.Mama died, Jan. 14, 1995. She would have been 76 years old on Jan. 15.Some time later, I took the bucket out of the car.I’ve never picked blackberries again.Today is Mother’s Day.To borrow from Lewis Grizzard, “Hug your mama. I sure wish I could hug mine.”But, then, maybe she’ll come by.Jaine Treadwell is features editor of The Messenger. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoardercenter_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You never know when Mama will come by Email the author Published 9:38 pm Friday, May 9, 2014 By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Nationwide Building Society

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Nationwide Building SocietyOn 24 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Shortlisted team for DfEE Award for Age Diversity: Personnel Today Awards 2000The success of the Nationwide Building Society’s work on promoting age diversity is clearly down to teamwork. Initiatives have been put into practice through the work of the equal opportunities team, the employee relations team, pensions and the employee rewards team. Ensuring all these various parts of the organisation’s HR function were consciously promoting age diversity has had a great impact on the make-up of the society’s employees.The initiative was introduced to meet a number of issues which had arisen within Nationwide. To begin with, fall out from the merger with Anglia Building Society had impacted on the business and meant that large numbers of younger employees had been recruited. This younger age range had brought with it, perhaps predictably, high staff turnover levels in some areas of the business. The company decided to take positive action and create more stability in its workforce by creating more mixed aged teams. Advertisements would be targeted to attract a wider age range and the removal of age bars was brought in as part of the company’s equal opportunities policy.In addition, Nationwide developed a telephone interviewing technique which would be used to initially recruit customer advisers in the retail branch network. Through this method, the interviewee could concentrate on the skills criteria required for such a position without making assumptions based on the candidate’s appearance or qualifications. A number of “knockout questions” were included, covering areas such as availability and security and these were used to sift out candidates who were unsuitable for the job from the start. Candidates who passed this interview were then contacted by an interviewer trained in selection procedures who would see if the candidate’s personal profile matched the specified criteria for the position. If so, a face to face interview was arranged with the appropriate line manager.Promoting age diversity has been made the responsibility of the equal opportunities team, and doing this has meant the society has been able to monitor the effectiveness of their age diversity programme. Further areas of HR policy have been redesigned to recognise the different life stage of employees and to promote a good work/life balance for every individual.The employee relations team, working closely with the Nationwide group staff union has also developed proposals for recruiting and retaining older workers and the pensions team is currently developing new guidelines to implement flexible retirement. The society has introduced length of service awards at 10-, 20-, 30- and 40 years and since, according to its own research, the average length of service for employees over 50 is 19 years these awards clearly favour the older age groups.Age diversity has been embedded into the society and is a key performance indicator for the personnel and development division. The age diverse workforce effectively reflects the diversity of the organisation’s customer base, and with recruitment costs running at between £5,000 and £8,000 per employee, the initiative has had a substantial financial benefit through reduced staff turnover.Company fact fileTeam Nationwide Building Society corporate personnel teamTeam leader Denise Walker, head of corporate personnelNumber in HR team 6 in the immediate teamNumber of employees responsible for 13,800Main achievements In March 2000, 22 per cent of employees were under 25 and 8.6 per cent were aged 50 and over – compared to only 1.3 per cent in the late 80s. Eight per cent of employees recruited within the past five years are aged 50 and over, while the age range for branch managers and financial consultants is 21-61 years.Priorities for next 12 months To design and implement a flexible retirement package, promoting this issue both internally and externally.Judges’ comments “Nationwide Building Society has been successfully experimenting with age diversity policies since 1991 and has pioneered new forms of recruitment in order to deliver its objective of an age diverse workforce. In doing so it can point to substantive achievements and innovations in the field of age diversity”last_img read more

Public sector pays the price

first_imgPublic sector pays the priceOn 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Congestion charging is here to stay. It looks like public sector staff willpay the price for working in the capital – but there’s been no sign ofdisruption on or off the roads. Jane Lewis reportsIt has been hailed a triumph by some, and it certainly wasn’t the”bloody day” that Ken Livingstone warned Londoners to expect. But while it is still too early to call the congestion charge a success, itis probably safe to say that anyone who took up William Hill’s 5:1 odds thatthe charge would be scrapped by the end of the year, must have resignedthemselves to taking a hit. Nearly three weeks into the scheme, there has been no sign of the widespreaddisruption, violent public protest, or mass refusal to pay the £5 charge thatso many predicted. Now it’s here, how are we going to live with it? And who will be mostaffected? In the run-up to the launch, the most vociferous opposition came froman unlikely coalition of Smithfield meat-workers and West End theatre staff,who teamed up with solicitors Class Law to mount a High Court challenge onbehalf of all low-paid workers. Taxing the poor Both Livingstone and the company responsible for managing the scheme,Transport for London (TfL), have long maintained that the impact on this groupwould be minimal, claiming that 85 per cent of those on low incomes living inor around central London don’t have cars anyway. This was challenged in some quarters. “Poorer people tend to shift workat unsocial hours when public transport is least available,” claimed theRAC. Nonetheless, the action was quietly dropped after raising just one tenth ofthe £500,000 it needed to bring the case to court. Its sponsors claimed victorybecause Livingstone has given assurances that he would at least considerintroducing a cheaper rate for drivers on low incomes. The controversy still raging, however, relates to key public sector workers.Here the scheme’s devisors appear to have shown remarkable inconsistency. Whilegovernment chauffeurs, police, firefighters and certain NHS staff carryingequipment or drugs are exempt from the charge, the majority of NHS workers,ambulance drivers and teachers are not. “We are already hearing anecdotal evidence that schools in the zone arebeing hit, with some teachers considering resignation,” said a NationalUnion of Teachers spokeswoman. For many, the prospect of spending an extra £1,200 a year just to get towork is a step too far – particularly in the absence of any forthcoming deal tohelp with the costs, “and there’s very little that individual schools cando”. One option under consideration is to raise the London Weighting allowanceto compensate for the charge. But this, as she pointed out, “is a veryblunt instrument”. Staff shortages London Ambulance staff are marginally better off, having struck a deal withemployers that gives those working in the zone £550 per year towards the charge– a move that will cost more than £250,000 a year. This is more likely to put pressure on other NHS chiefs to follow suit –particularly given strong language from unions. “This charge will tip manyon the breadline over the edge,” said Unison’s London spokesman GeoffMartin. The fear is that the charge will only add to the chronic staff shortagesalready gripping the NHS in London, making it even more difficult to recruitand retain doctors, nurses and paramedics. “It will add to the continual dripeffect, making it difficult for people to work in central London. Given thechoice of a job just inside the zone, or one outside, which would youchoose?” added Martin. The strategy HR chiefs in the NHS appear to be taking is to tackle theproblem on a case-by-case basis. Headed by Tim Higginson, personnel director at Guys & St Thomas’, theyhave come together and set up an appeals panel. Given that the charge has sofar provoked just one recorded resignation (a clerical officer at MoorfieldsEye Hospital), this selective approach may well turn out to be the mosteffective. Recruitment and retention is likely to prove less of an issue in the privatesector, said Charles Cotton, adviser on reward and employment conditions at theCIPD. “I don’t think someone is going to move out of central Londonbecause of the congestion charge. Uncertainty about the economy means therewon’t be a large number of people wanting to move job at present,” hesaid. However, he noted, there is still widespread concern that the dire state ofpublic transport could prove the Achilles heel of the congestion charge. “There may well be a lot of complaints from companies that staff arearriving at work stressed and exhausted,” said Cotton. Employers foot the bill Luckily, many staff may not have to worry about the cost. Research by lawfirm Fox Williams shows that 35 per cent of London employers have decided tofoot the bill. But, as employment specialist Helen Monson pointed out, thiscould have complicated implications for tax. While business journeys can be treated as expenses under existing InlandRevenue rules, the same is not true of journeys to and from work. Thus, ifemployers choose to reimburse staff for travelling to work, it will be treatedas a taxable benefit. That could put an extra 40 per cent on the bill for anupper-bracket taxpayer. Employers taking this course of action, she added, could also facechallenges for unfair treatment from staff using public transport. If commuterswho drive to work are reimbursed for their journey, why not them too? Path to flexible working The charge may well have other implications for HR in London. “There is a very real possibility that homeworking and more flexiblehours will become more popular,” said the Institute of Directors,”though this is likely to be confined to larger companies who can affordto accommodate different working patterns rather than small business.” Are we likely to see an extension of the congestion charge elsewhere? Theshort answer is yes. The launch of the scheme has attracted massive support ona global basis, while in the UK, some 35 towns and cities, including Bristol,Edinburgh and Nottingham, have announced an interest in following suit. Indeed, individual congestion schemes may shortly be overtaken by somethingmuch bigger. Sources close to the Government claim that widespread publicacceptance of Livingstone’s scheme – combined with its huge revenue-raisingpotential – means that plans for a national road toll scheme, based oninstalling sophisticated satellite tracking technology in every vehicle in thecountry, “have moved sharply up the political agenda”. Compared with the implications of a New Labour-inspired ‘spy-in-the-skysatellite’ scheme, charging from 3p a mile on quiet roads, to £1.30 a mile incrowded city centres, the London congestion charge will soon seem small beer. www.londontransport.co.ukwww.data.teachers.org.ukwww.unison.org.ukwww.iod.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more