Archives for May 16th, 2000

DEVELOPMENT CENTRES – REVIEW OF ASSUMPTIONS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 16 May, 2000

Carrick P, Williams RHuman Resource Management Journal, (UK), 1999 Vol 9 No 2

Start page: 77. No of pages: 16

Describes the development of development centres from their origins within assessment centre practice and indicates the range of ways in which they are used. Lists the outcomes that are expected to come from using development centres for both employees and organizations. Identifies a number of assumptions made about development centres. Finds no clear cut answers to the questions concerning whether or not development centres can diagnose employees’ development needs and lead to changes in behaviour and performance. Concludes that managers and human resource managers may have too high expectations of development centres. Underlines the need for organizations to develop both the policies and skills among managers that will promote and support employee development within the wider organizational context.

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LEA ROLES MUST CHANGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 May, 2000

Local Education Authorities (LEAs) have been urged to modernise if they want to ensure their future. They must also recognise that their role must change, according to Education and Employment Secretary, David Blunkett.Councils have been concerned that they might lose control of schools budgets – easily the biggest item in the council budget – and their role in school management, to a mixture of central control and self-management by head teachers. So serious is the concern that the Local Government Association has launched a campaign to persuade the Government to maintain the status quo.

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NHS CATERING AND CLEANING BROUGHT UP TO SCRATCH

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 May, 2000

Those parts of the NHS delivering non-clinical services cannot hope to escape from the Government’s drive to raise standards.The Health Minister John Denham has outlined how the Audit Commission and Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) will share the job of improving the whole hospital environment.

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