Archives for November 29th, 1999

STRESS AUDIT AT CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 November, 1999

The Crown Prosecution Service is to survey its staff in the first stage of a stress audit. Discussions with trade unions started over a year ago and the timing of the survey coincides with a major reorganisation. Survey results will be available by April 2000.OSA Ltd of Amersham, whose previous clients include Highways Agency and BP, has been awarded the survey contract after a tendering exercise. They will devise the survey form which will include questions about causes of stress at home as well as at work. The company will assist the CPS in taking the audit forward. This will include a comparison of the survey findings with the company’s stress database which will show where the CPS differs from the norm. They will also make recommendations about countering stress risks.

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DIGITAL BRIDGE ON THE WAY

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 November, 1999

The digital divide between the information ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ is to be bridged by a network of free access kiosks. The new network will go some way to allay concern that the benefits of new technology may be shared only by few.Members of the public will be able to get free on-line information about their local area from 3500 touch-screen Internet-driven kiosks in public areas across the country. There will be details about jobs, transport, tourism properties, shopping and local amenities, as well as virtual postcards and message boards. Kiosks will be located in supermarkets, pubs, cyber cafes and other places where the public have ready access.

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INFLUENCE WITHOUT AUTHORITY

Book News, PublicNet: 29 November, 1999

Cohen, Allan R. / Bradford, David L.Today, professionals and managers experience great increases in responsibility without parallel increases in authority. This book shows how to attain co-operation from other managers who command resources, information, or potential support but who are not required to collaborate. Discusses how to negotiate exchanges to get what you need to get the work done-especially how to think in terms of the interests of fellow managers and workers and the “currencies” these people trade in. Shows subordinates how to get support from superiors and collaboration from peers, how to take responsibility, get challenging tasks, and cultivate appropriate work conditions.

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