Archives for June 12th, 2000

SAME INDIFFERENCE – MANAGERIAL INCOMPETENCE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 12 June, 2000

Buckingham GPeople Management, (UK), 17 Feb 2000 Vol 6 No 4

Start page: 44. No of pages: 3

Argues that most employees do not leave their jobs because they dislike the organisation but because they dislike their manager. Points out that the quality of managers varies hugely within an organisation and that this can lead to employees in different parts having widely different levels of motivation and loyalty. Cites UK research that indicates that, in the eyes of employees, good line management rests on four issues – having a manager who shows care, interest and concern for each of them; knowing what is expected of them; having a role that fits their abilities; and receiving regular feedback and recognition. Sets out the role of human resource managers in ensuring that line managers are able to fulfil these roles.

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WOMEN UNDER REPRESENTED IN PUBLIC LIFE

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 June, 2000

A report published by the Fawcett Society reveals that only 26% of women are local councillors. Most of the chairs of committees are men and where councils have adopted a cabinet style government, women hold only 22% of positions. There are 13 councils with no women in their cabinets.The report identified practical barriers women participating in local government. Finding time for council work is harder for women who already bear the double burden of paid work and the main responsibility for childcare and housework. The timing of council meetings, often starting at 4.0 p.m. is a difficult time for women with children. It is alleged that this is the starting time that men find most convenient.

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DEBATE ON REGULATION OF HEALTH CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 June, 2000

The King’s Fund is hosting a debate today on the future of health care regulation. It is claimed that the current fragmented systems for regulating the work of doctors, nurses and other health professionals have lost public confidence and need radical change.The impatience of the Government for reform and the spotlight of intense media scrutiny are making the professions feel uncomfortable. It is argued that only a fundamental change in the framework of professional regulation will improve this situation. Such a change would involve a new framework to unify and simplify regulation, covering all those who give hands-on health care. It would also involve service users and ensure its work is open to the public.

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