Thursday, January 27, 2005
Full details at
Province Wide Smoking Ban for 2005
Full article by Robert Edenborough of KPMG at What test should I use today? Pros and cons for recruiting managers
More at Howard Government Skills Crisis Continues
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
* Burden of Proof in Discrimination Cases
* Increase in Compensation Limits
* Landmark Case for Discrimination on Religious Grounds
* E-Disclosure.So What Do We Do Now?
Full details at January 25 2005 E-News
Monday, January 24, 2005
A report by The Conference Board suggests that while few (12%) surveyed organizations make significant use of HR measures to meet strategic targets, 84% of 104 HR executives interviewed in the survey say that they will increase their use of people metrics over the next three years.
Sunday, January 23, 2005
'... refuge for the faint-hearted ... it keeps channels of communication closed, freezes hierarchy between lecturer and students and removes any responsibility on the student to respond ... the students remain as voyeurs; the lecture remains a comfort zone ... the student watches a performance and is not obliged to engage with it'
Nevertheless, the lecture can be a useful medium through which to convey broad ideas about a particular subject. But the lack of interaction means that misunderstanding may result and clarity on certain issues may not be sought. Success is dependent on a number of factors such as:
Full article at: The Value of Lectures
Saturday, January 22, 2005
More at: One Adult in Eleven is an Entrepreneur
Friday, January 21, 2005
More at: The miracle of learning
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Savings are possible without job losses, says CUPE leader
Regulations Changes for Verification Programs Administered by the Employment Insurance (EI) Program
Article at: Recruitment difficulties to continue
Read the article at: Smoking by Nurses Creates Workplace Issues
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Psychological harassment is defined as:
"Any vexatious behaviour in the form of repeated and hostile or unwanted conduct, verbal comments, actions or gestures, that affect an employee's dignity or psychological integrity and that results in a harmful work environment for the employee. A single serious incidence of such behaviour that has a lasting harmful effect on an employee may also constitute psychological harassment."
Quebec Legislation Against Psychological Harassment has Nation-Wide Implications
Mr. Khan had worked for NIC Hygiene as a bus cleaner for more than seven years when he decided to make the pilgrimage, and applied to use all his annual leave allowance. When he did not get a response his union, the T&G, advised him to submit a written request. As Mr. Khan still did not receive a response, his manager said he could assume the leave had been granted. However on his return to the UK from the six-week trip, Mr. Khan was suspended without pay and later sacked.
More at: T&G claims first religious discrimination victory
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
More at: HRD in small and medium-sized enterprises
With an index rating of over 100 indicating positive feelings, and an index rating of under 100 indicating a negative mood, the actual index for the 4th Quarter of 2004 increased from 130.6 (Q3) to 133.8. The Employment Confidence Index is based on the following questions:
1. Whether people feel that jobs are plentiful or hard to get right now.
2. What job opportunities will be like in a year's time
3. Whether they are earning more or less now compared to a year ago
4. What their earnings will be like in a year's time
5. How secure they feel in their present job
Questions 1 and 3 also provide data for the Current Employment Conditions Index and questions 2, 4 and 5 form the basis for an Employment Expectations Index. There was a sharp increase in the former as employees rated current employment conditions as favourable. 66% said jobs were plentiful in the December quarter compared with 59% in June, while people claiming jobs were hard to get fell to 13% (16% in June). Similarly, 40.2% said they earned more this year than last, compared with 35.5% in June.
However, the Employment Expectations Index is not quite so favourable as fewer (41%, compared to 44.8% in September) expect their incomes to improve in the coming year.
On HRM Guide at: New Zealand - Employment Confidence
More at: Qantas overseas
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Speaking at the launch of CCI’s new Chamber HR service, Dunne said:
"Feedback from our members strongly indicates that businesses, especially SMEs, struggle to understand and keep abreast of changes in employment legislation. Yet they are responsible for compliance and implementation. Poor HR practice is not a defence in court."
The Chamber HR service will offer, for the first time in Ireland:
- employers interpretation of the law
- expert advice on human resources management, and
- indemnification against the legal and award costs associated with pursuing a claim in the Labour Relations Commission or Employment Appeals Tribunal.
More at New Employment Law Service for Ireland
Saturday, January 15, 2005
More at: New Apprenticeship Advisory Committee
In a new book, Work and Life Integration: Organizational, Cultural and Individual Perspectives, co-edited by Susan Lambert and Ellen Ernst Kossek, Lambert argues that the business case for providing workers with supports for their personal lives is currently outdated and needs to be changed. "The field's quest to make a business case may have come at a cost," Lambert said. "Many early, formal employee supports largely operate as employer supports. They were designed to help workers keep their personal responsibilities from interfering with their job involvement and performance. The more time you spend with your children, the less time you're likely to have for your work."
More at: Concern for Family Issues May Boost Performance
VANCOUVER, Jan. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable David Emerson, Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Volpe, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced funding for 138 employment projects targeted to help unemployed Canadians across the province. The funding, totaling more than $64 million, is intended to help participants to make a successful transition to the workplace.
"It's not always easy for unemployed individuals to get back to work," said David L. Emerson. "The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that provide support and services to help Canadians respond to the challenges of today's labour market."
The Government of Canada is providing financial assistance for these projects through the following programs: Job Creation Partnerships, Self-Employment benefit, Community Coordinator-Self-Employment benefit, Community Coordinator-Skills Development, Community Coordinator-Targeted Wage Subsidy and Employment Assistance Services. These programs work towards enhancing Canadians' employability, social inclusion and skills and learning.
Today's announcement is linked to Canada's Workplace Skills Strategy, aimed at helping Canadians acquire the skills they need to find and keep meaningful and productive jobs. The Government of Canada recognizes that Canada's future competitiveness depends on a highly skilled work force and on high-performance workplaces that focus on skills development. It will work with business, unions, other levels of government, sector councils and workers to ensure that all Canadians have the opportunity to develop their skills and succeed, and employers' needs are met.
Funding for these projects was provided for in the 2004 federal Budget.
Friday, January 14, 2005
'In chapter two, authors Orey and Prisk discuss understanding the impact of diversity on an organization, how communication can affect organizational dynamics, workplace relationships, and the importance of surveying participants and assessing needs before designing a communication skills workshop. Later in chapter 10, the authors offer twenty learning activities for use during communication skills training sessions.
“Through our work with leading organizations, we recognize that the key element frequently absent in leaders and managers is the ability to communicate effectively on all levels,” state authors Orey and Prisk. “This book offers the resources to improve this vital skill.”
'Communication Skills Training includes handouts, exercises, assessments, and tools to help readers:
* Train individuals, teams, or work groups to communicate more effectively
* Quickly develop presentation, listening, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
* Become a more effective and efficient facilitator
* Ensure training is on target and gets results
'Like all books in the ASTD Trainer’s WorkShop Series, Communication Skills Training comes with a CD-ROM featuring ready-to-use presentations. These materials allow for quick application from the text to the job. Books in the ASTD Trainer’s WorkShop Series are designed to be practical, hands-on road maps to help readers quickly develop training in key business areas. '
If you are not an ASTD member this is obtainable from Amazon.com
'Tory plans to cull the Union Learning Fund (ULF) would deny a generation of British workers access to education and a chance to improve their lives. In the last year alone the fund has trained over 60,000 British workers who had no or few qualifications. The majority of these people were let down at school thanks to the failed education policies of the last Tory administration.
'Union learning is going from strength to strength and improving the lives of the thousands of people who are on courses across the country. By improving their skills these workers are able to seek promotion and are prepared for the high-skill demands of the modern economy, especially in sectors such as manufacturing.'
'After reading countless job descriptions that make it a point to mention personal characteristics and speaking directly with hiring managers on this specific topic, I've come to realize that it's not the inclusion of personal attributes that make resumes superficial. It's how the characteristics are presented that is the cause of concern. In this article, I will focus on the top three characteristics employers seek (good communication skills, honesty, and a strong work ethic) and discuss how you can seamlessly integrate them into your resume. Now let's get started. '
More at: Your Resume Should Have Character
Thursday, January 13, 2005
The last week's updates include:
* Latest employment situation information for the USA at Employment Situation, Canada at Unemployment rate falls from 7.3% to 7.0% in December and Australia at Australian Employment Figures.
* Latest UK employment law 'e-news' from steeles in London. steeles have been providing employment law updates to HRM Guide for several years.