Rebus HR Award for Best HR Strategy in Line with Business

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This award recognises HR teams who can demonstrate they have achievedgenuine business partner status within their organisations. The judge looked atthe HR team’s own strategy, how this was devised and implemented, theinvolvement of senior staff and what results have so far been achieved.Entrants needed to explain how HR has measured the benefits and how the teamidentified prioritiesCategory judgeBruce Warman joined General Motors in1972. He moved to Detroit in 1979 and took the position as an organisationaldevelopment consultant based in corporate headquarters. On his return to theUK, he held a number of positions, including managing director of a componentsmanufacturing company, before becoming director of personnel at Vauxhall in1988. He retired from that post in March 2003, and currently holds a number ofpositions, including member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, director of theSecurity Industry Authority and non-executive adviser to an HR consultancy.MotorolaThe teamNo. in HR team 13Staff responsible for 1,600Fionuala Barrie, HR director SPS UKCaroline Stewart, HR associateGerry Travers, HRoperations managerClaire McCormick, HR programs managerNicola Daubney & Jennifer Wojtyna, HR operations managersChris Keane & Ann Brannan HR managersMark McCafferty HR consultantAlison MacDonald, Senior HR associateMoyra Withycombe, HR managerMaureen Crawford, HR associateMotorola SPS IBHRAbout the companyMotorola provides communications solutions and is a globalmanufacturer of two-way radios, mobile phones and other communication systemsThe challengeMotorola’s silicon chip manufacturing facility in EastKilbride, Scotland, faced a high probability of closure in 1999 and as aresult, a major comprehensive improvement strategy was neededWhat the company did– Launched an HR-driven change programme– Made HR alignment to, and partnering of, the business morecrucial– Developed and employed two main strategies: first,implemented global HR initiatives creatively to compliment the local culture,and, second created local initiatives that developed and accelerated thischange strategyBenefits and achievements– HR gained respect and commitment from their business partnersby fully committing to the business goals– Developed creative, innovative and resourceful solutions,while returning significant gains for the business– Encouraged managers to deal directly with staff andtransferred HR keys to the management team– Cost reductionsBruce Warman says: “TheHR team was closely involved with the senior management team and other keystakeholders, including the unions. The strategy developed covered many areasand addressed some difficult issues. There was a clear definition of resultsneeded and rigorous follow-up on performance. It worked – major improvementshappened in key performance measures, the plant stayed open and several newproducts were moved into it from other parts of the world.”Scottish WaterThe teamNo. in HR team 93Staff responsible for 4,758Paul Pagliari, HR directorMorag Holding, HR customer serviceAndrew Walker, General HR managerJulia Stevenson, Head of organisational developmentSusan Campbell, HR relationship managerLorraine Miller, Head of health & safetyScottish Water HR TeamAbout the companyScottish Water was created in April 2002 – replacing East ofScotland Water, North of Scotland Water and West of Scotland Water. It provideshousehold and business water and waste water services to customers across one-thirdof the land area of BritainThe challengeThe firm had to consolidate three businesses and reduce costs,and wanted a company-wide approach to set critical HR objectivesWhat the company did– Set up comprehensive communication processes and communicatedto the whole organisation effectively and consistently– Set up specific strategy initiatives with veryclear metrics– Set clear, measurable goals, through to 2005/06Benefits and achievements– Significant achievements have already been made, including a£30m cut in costs in thefirst year– Greatly improved productivity– Developed a set of values that will help shape the company’semerging culture– Reduced year-on-year costs by 45 per cent– Increased training while cutting budget by more than 50 percentBruce Warman says: “ScottishWater has set a number of specific strategy initiatives with very clear metricslinked directly to business results. It has pursued them quickly andrelentlessly to get some ‘quick wins’. Costs have been cut dramatically (£30min the first year), and the organisation is on course to achieve its goals.”ClarksThe teamNo. in HR retail team 39Staff responsible for 10,400Jill Youds, Head of retail HREmma Webster, Resourcing adviserMel Park, Employee relations adviserCarole Calisgil, HR assistantBobbie House, Reward analystRetail HR TeamAbout the companyClarks is the number one shoe retailer in the UK and is one ofthe largest makers of casual shoes in the worldThe challengeThe company operates across the UK, and faced severe marketpressures and increased competition. It realised retail employees are key tothe success of the businessWhat the company did– Restructured and repositioned the HR team to work inpartnership with retail operations– Focused on people, customers and profit– Developed an HR strategy to maximise the contributionsemployees could make to the retail strategy– Implemented extra training for the senior HR team to promotestrategic thinking– Improved field trainingBenefits and achievements– Internal customer survey now shows 95 per cent believe theretail HR team makes an effective contribution to the retail business– Productivity of workers completing the Shine sellingprogramme is £17.40 per hour higher than the store average– Increased profit in the retail businessBruce Warman says: “Clear, ‘hard nosed’ HRstrategies and initiatives were developed. Implementation of these strategieswas carried right across the business with an extremely comprehensive set ofbusiness metrics that were communicated to the whole business on aregular basis. There have been significant improvements in productivity andcustomer satisfaction.” Rebus HR Award for Best HR Strategy in Line with BusinessOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Lyceum Bowling League results

first_imgResults of the Mount Carmel Lyceum bowling league from March 1st are as follows:Individual high games for the week went to: Ed Lubach Sr. 235; David Magarban 221; John Kaczka 211; Ed Lubach Jr. 203; Jack Nilan 202; Harry Ashe 200; Artie Bernard Jr. 195; Joe Beebe 193; Robert Magarban 193; Adam Konecko 191; Steve Mallardi Jr. 190; Frank Giovinazzo 189; John McCollum 188; Brian O’Connor 170; Al Gill 163.In team results: I.B.E.W. Local 94 took 7 points from Fryczynski’s Funeral Home; The Starting Point Bar & Grill took 7 points from Dworzanski’s Funeral Home; Supreme Tours took 5 points from The Polish American Home; Amspec Services took 5 points from John’s Midtown Tavern.last_img read more


first_imgFuneral mass was offered Dec. 29 at St. Francis Church in Hoboken for Carmela Baker, 60, of Secaucus. She passed away Dec. 26 at Christ Hospital in Jersey City. Born in Weehawken to Lucrezia and the late Giuseppe Angione, Carmela had been living in Secaucus for the last 14 years. Predeceased by her father, Carmela is survived by her husband, George Baker and her son James Baker. She is also survived by her mother Lucrezia Angione and sister, Jacqueline Angione, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.last_img read more

Birds backs landmark match

first_imgBirds of Derby’s Bolton shop became the set for a series of BBC outside broadcasts before the Burton Albion vs Manchester United replay on January 18.Conference side Burton had earned a lucrative FA Cup replay after holding Manchester United to a draw earlier in the month. Retail operations manager Mike Holling told British Baker the BBC crews arrived at 5am, staying until 9am and filming six sports news slots from the shop. Birds put on a special Burton bun – a standard Swiss bun with yellow strands and chocolate for the event, selling 180. And staff baked a cake for Burton chairman Ben Robinson. Manchester United even-tually won the match five-nil.last_img read more

News story: UK wins global F-35 support assignment worth £500M

first_img It is particularly pleasing that we will provide such a critical and substantial element of the Global F-35 component sustainment solution. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of our workforce and will secure these world class skills in support of defence and security for many years to come. The F-35 avionic and aircraft component repair hub in North Wales was awarded a second major assignment of work worth some £500-million by the US Department of Defense.Following the announcement in 2016 that the UK would be the location of the global repair hub for the initial tranche of F-35 components, today’s news sees significantly more UK support work to the cutting-edge jets. This new assignment will support hundreds of additional F-35 jobs in the UK, many of them at the MOD’s Defence & Electronics Components Agency (DECA) at MOD Sealand, where the majority of the work will be carried out.It will see crucial maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for an even wider range of F-35 avionic, electronic and electrical systems for hundreds of F-35 aircraft based globally.The winning solution builds on the innovative joint venture formed between the MOD (DECA), BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman called Sealand Support Services Ltd (SSSL). SSSL support work and services for F-35 are scheduled to commence from 2020.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Our vision of Global Britain brings with it new and exciting opportunities to provide top quality goods made in Britain to the rest of the world. I’m delighted that the skills of our labour force have been recognised with this reinforced investment in the north-east Wales economy, which will continue to provide a prosperous source of employment and growth to this region through the wider supply chain over the coming years. RAF F-35B Lightnings at RAF Marham. Crown copyright.This assignment recognizes the world-class skills and critical support being provided at DECA, a MOD-owned Executive Agency. It places North Wales at the very heart of F-35 support delivery for the next 40 years and directly supports hundreds more high-tech F-35 jobs in the UK.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: This announcement keeps Britain right at the centre of the global F-35 partnership, the largest defence programme in history. It is a vote of confidence in our highly-skilled workforce and high-tech industry that provides us and our allies with the very best of what British engineering has to offer. With this announcement, MoD Sealand is once again proving its credentials as a vital component repair hub for the F-35 aircraft. The UK also benefits from a long-term commitment to the F-35 programme and its unique defence relationship with the US. Together with our partners from DECA, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman, SSSL will be able to offer the F-35 programme engineering excellence, world-class innovation and agility.center_img The UK’s defence outlook is bolstered by the skills of thousands of people employed across the industry in Wales, including those supporting essential equipment to the armed forces. In winning this work, the UK has demonstrated how the MOD can collaborate effectively with industry bringing together a highly skilled and experienced workforce to offer an innovative and best value support solution for the benefit of F-35 partners. This deal builds on the strong foundations of the UK’s enduring defence partnership with the US. It is a significant boost for British jobs and those highly-skilled workers who enable these world-class fighter jets to continue keeping us safe and secure. Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of the MOD’s procurement agency, Defence Equipment and Support, added: An RAF F-35B Lightning performing a hover manoeuvre. Crown copyright.DECA has a long and illustrious history in providing avionic services to fast-jet aircraft. This further F-35 assignment reaffirms DECA’s role in providing services and support to the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft for decades to come.DECA’s Chief Executive, Geraint Spearing said: The news follows a November 2018 announcement that the UK has ordered 17 more F-35B aircraft, which will be delivered between 2020 and 2022, to join the 17 British aircraft currently based at RAF Marham and in the US, as well as another already on order.Also, in November 2018, the MOD awarded a £160-million contract to Kier VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver infrastructure to ready RAF Lakenheath for 2 squadrons of US Air Force F-35s. The Suffolk airbase will be the first permanent international site for US Air Force F-35s in Europe and continues the base’s long and proud history of supporting US Air Force capability in the UK.last_img read more

Jazz Fest Gates Delayed, Weather Crashes Party In New Orleans

first_imgFu*k 2016: A Tribute To Musicians We Lost ft. members of Turkuaz + The Motet plus special guests Khris Royal, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, Steveland Swatkins, D.J. Williams & Danny Mayer w/ RumpleSTEELskin & The London Souls @ The Howlin’ Wolf – 12 AM [Tickets] ***Update: The gates are now open, and Pitbull will not perform his previously-scheduled set. Updated cubes can be found here.***Heavy weather is heading to New Orleans right now, and the gates to Jazz Fest will delay their opening. According to The Weather Channel, the national weather service has issued tornado watch 181 in effect until 3PM this afternoon. There are also alerts our for wind advisory, special marine warning, and small craft advisory issued in the vicinity. Thunderstorms are expected to start at 11AM and last through 9PM.As a result, Jazz Fest will delay their opening until further notice. With headlining performances from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Lorde, Maceo Parker, and performances from Dr. John and the Gris-Gris Krewe, Elle King, and so many more, we have our fingers crossed for a safe passing of the storm.Tonight’s late-night shows will still go on, so rest up and get ready to boogie all night long! Check out our Official L4LM Guide To Jazz Fest After Dark and see below for tonight’s activities.***Sunday, April 30***last_img read more

LOCKN’ Festival Adds Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real To 2018 Lineup

first_imgLukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real are the latest act to be added to the lineup for this year’s LOCKN’ Festival. Riding the wave of success from their 2017 self-titled release, Lukas Nelson–son of Willie Nelson–and The Promise Of The Real will bring their impressive originals to the festival for the first time ever this summer. The band backed Neil Young for his politically-charged The Monsanto Years release in 2015, even touring with him until the 2016 live album Earth. After taking 2017 off, Lukas Nelson recently revealed that they’d be recording and touring with Young again in 2018. Without any official announcement from Neil’s camp yet, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for a LOCKN’ appearance.Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real will join previously-announced artists Dead & Company (four sets over two days), Umphrey’s McGee (three sets over two days), Tedeschi Trucks Band (two sets over two days), Turkuaz, Lettuce (three sets over two days, including a tribute to Jerry Garcia Band), George Clinton & P-Funk, Toots & The Maytals, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and The Suffers. As previously reported, LOCKN’ will be making new lineup additions every day until the complete bill is released on February 8th. You can check out the artist rollout, including set times, via LOCKN’s website.LOCKN’ returns to Infinity Downs Farm from August 23rd through 26th. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at noon EST on Friday, February 9th. For more information about LOCKN’ or for ticketing, head over to the event’s website here.last_img read more

Anastasia Sets Broadway Cast, Dates & Theater

first_img‘Anastasia'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Show Closed This production ended its run on March 31, 2019 As promised, Anastasia has set the date! The new musical will open on Broadway on April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre, led by Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton and Caroline O’Connor in the roles they originated at Hartford Stage. Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide), the new tuner reunites the Tony-winning creative team behind Ragtime and features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.Altomare will play Anya and has previously been seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia!. Klena is set to take on the role of Dmitry; his Main Stem credits include The Bridges of Madison County and Wicked. On screen he has been seen in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Blue Bloods. Bolton will appear as Vlad Popov—his Great White Way credits include Dames at Sea, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Curtains, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Contact, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Damn Yankees. His TV resume includes four seasons on Gossip Girl. O’Connor is set to take on Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch; her Broadway credits include Chicago and A Christmas Story the Musical; she received an Olivier nod for Mack and Mabel in the West End. Her film work includes Moulin Rouge. Further casting and first preview date will be announced later.From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical, Anastasia, is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox movie, the tuner features songs from the 1997 film, including Ahrens and Flaherty’s Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” as well as an entirely new score.The production will feature sets by Alexander Dodge, costumes by Linda Cho, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Peter Hylenski, projections by Aaron Rhyne, hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe, music supervision and direction by Thomas Murray and orchestrations by Doug Besterman.Before Anastasia, the Broadhurst will play host to the starry Nathan Lane-led The Front Page. View Commentscenter_img Anastasia Related Showslast_img read more

2001: Environment.

first_imgLittle Creatures Reveal Big Things about Wetlands (January 10, 2001) – Large-scale logging can often affect the delicate balance of plant and animal life in nearby wetlands. But how much? A University of Georgia scientist says if you look close enough, some little creatures can tell you big things about wetlands.Worms Don’t Mind the Waste (February 14, 2001) – Earthworms have a healthy appetite. If you get enough of them together and don’t disturb them, scientists say they can safely, quietly dispose of many forms of waste.A Novel Way to Handle Chicken Waste (June 12, 2001) – Finding an economical and environmentally friendly way to handle the vast volume of chicken manure from Georgia’s poultry industry has been a concern for years. Now a University of Georgia researcher has a novel way to handle the mess and make money, too.New Methods Keep Georgia Peaches Safe (June 16, 2001) – For two years, agricultural scientists and peach growers have tried to produce a pesticide-free peach for consumers. And they’ve come close.EPD Relaxes Water-use Restrictions (July 11, 2001) – As of July 13, most of Georgia will be able to water their lawns when they get home from work. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division announced they are relaxing the statewide outdoor water-use restrictions to just odd-even use.Scientists Eyeing Ways to Prevent Water Pollution (October 10, 2001) – Scientists in Tifton, Ga., hope a new project will reveal economical ways to prevent water quality problems related to animal farming in Georgia.Recycling System Makes Most of Manure (October 18, 2001) – The manure from dairy cattle can be recycled in an environmentally friendly way. No, not just in compost. It can actually provide energy, feed and maybe even drinking water for cattle, says a University of Georgia scientist.last_img read more

VEPC approves $700,00 in incentives for job creation

first_imgTechnology Firm Serving National Power Utilities Lands Job Creation IncentivesMica paper manufacturer also approved; two firms could create 34 new jobsMONTPELIER, Vt. – A utility-focused risk management company and the last mica paper maker in the US have been approved for over $700,000 worth of incentives that could produce 34 new jobs over the next five years.At its recent meeting, the Vermont Economic Progress Council gave initial approval to incentives for Utility Risk Management Corporation (URMC) to move their utility-focused risk management company from Pennsylvania to Vermont and add new jobs.In addition, the council gave final approval to an application from Isovolta, Inc. to ensure an expansion of their mica paper manufacturing operation in Rutland instead of adding capacity at one of their many international locations.”These projects will create good new jobs around the state and will have substantial impacts on other valuable sectors such as energy transmission,” said Karen L. Marshall, Chairwoman of the Vermont Economic Progress Council.”The decision by URMC to locate in Stowe will mean high-paying jobs for engineers and GIS foresters with a high-tech, fast growing company,” Marshall said.URMC improves the reliability and productivity of utility companies by identifying, prioritizing and managing vegetative threats to electrical transmission and distribution assets, and then auditing the removal of those threats.This service helps utilities achieve greater compliance with federal mandates for vegetation management and prevent power outages. Because of the incentives authorized, URMC is deciding to relocate the company to Stowe and add several new jobs including engineers and GIS foresters to grow the company to meet the demands of the industry.”We are excited about our move to Vermont as URMC enters its next phase of growth,” said Adam Rousselle, URMC President. “For a fast growing company like URMC, the ability to find quality, technically savvy professionals is a keystone of our future success. Vermont offered the opportunity and environment to find the right people for our business. These incentives will help us grow our business and create jobs for our neighbors.”The company has already scheduled two job fairs on Friday, July 18th and Saturday, July 19th at Ye Old England Inne, 433 Mountain Road in Stowe. For more information on the job fair visit is external)Under the new Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program, the two companies are eligible to receive a maximum of $708,334 in job creation incentives if they meet payroll, employment and capital investment targets.”The decision by Isovolta to expand in Rutland will not only add much needed jobs to that area, but helps guarantee the viability of that plant when decisions are made by Isovolta AG, the parent company,” Marshall said.Isovolta, Inc, a division of Isovolta AG of Austria, produces mica paper for use in high voltage insulation products. It is the last remaining mica paper manufacturing plant in the United States.Isovolta AG produces various materials in 21 locations worldwide. Because of the incentives, Isovolta decided to add employees and install new manufacturing equipment in the Rutland facility.”These incentives will help us expand our operations in Rutland and create jobs,” said Jonathan Roberts, CEO of Isovolta. “This is an investment in our success as well as the community’s and the state’s.”Under reforms passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Jim Douglas in 2006, the VEGI economic incentives were authorized based on job creation and capital investments that must occur before the company receives incentive installments over a period of years.The previous program had companies earning tax credits that were applied against future tax liability.The Council approved the applications after reviewing nine guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis which showed that because of the economic activity that will be generated by these projects, even after payment of the incentives the State will realize a minimum net increase in revenues of $498,484.The Council also determined that these projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized.The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs.The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.For more information, is external) is external) is external)-30-last_img read more