Archives for June 26th, 2000

MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONALS IN THE CONTINGENT WORKFORCE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 June, 2000

Mallon M, Duberley JHuman Resource Management Journal, (UK), 2000 Vol 10 No 1

Start page: 33. No of pages: 15

Reports statistics that indicate that a growing number of people in the UK are employed on a flexible, contingent basis. Considers the implications for human resource management practices relating to this group within the workforce, using the biographies and interviews with 25 people (17 women and 8 men) who had worked as managers within the National Health Service, who had left and developed a portfolio of working arrangements, including consultancy, freelance arrangements, temporary employment contracts and part-time work. Identifies three issues surrounding these new careers – how the people approached contracting with an organization; their relationship with the contracting organization; and their access to training and development. Notes that the contingent workers relied heavily on the contacts made in their old organizations for new work; that they valued the possibility of developing long-term relationships with an organization and were concerned about the transactional nature of the relationship; and that the issue of training is problematic. Discusses the implications of this for human resource management practices, arguing that human resource managers will have to develop systems which do not treat contingent workers as outsiders if they are to reap the full benefits of the contingent workforce.

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NET IMPROVEMENT FOR SCHOOLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 June, 2000

New Internet developments for faster access and the launch of new websites will bring benefits to pupils and their teachers. The 26,000 primary and secondary school pupils in the London Borough of Hackney are being given rapid access to the Internet and to the Authority’s education intranet site. More time will be spent online, rather than waiting for access. Hackney is the first Education Authority to use BT’s Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line Technology (ADSL).A website will be launched at the end of the month to support teachers in encouraging more parents to get involved in their children’s schools. The site will give guidance on home-school agreements, and suggestions for others ways of involving parents more closely in schools. Teachers will be able to send examples and case studies to the site for others to draw on, building up a reservoir of good and emerging practice.

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PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN COUNCILS AND BUSINESS IS NOT WORKING

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 June, 2000

The Government’s modernisation agenda requires councils to be in touch with the people and give vision and leadership to their local communities. There will have to be substantial change if councils are to fulfil this role in relation to local businesses. This is the key finding of a study of council – business relationships commissioned by the Department for Environment Transport and Regions.The study found a generally low level of awareness by local businesses of their councils. 17% of businesses surveyed could not name their local council and 60% were unaware who held political control. There was a similarly low level of effort by councils to engage businesses. Less than half of councils have a strategy for developing partnership working and three quarters of councils do not evaluate their links with businesses.

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