Archives for November 27th, 2000

TROUBLESHOOTER FOR COUNCILS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 November, 2000

A leading council chief executive has been appointed a trouble-shooter to help local councils pull back from the brink of failure.Ted Cantle, who has been chief executive of Nottingham City Council for ten years is to become associate director of the Improvement and Development Agency’s (IDeA) performance support unit from April 2001.

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NHS COSTS REPORT TO DRIVE VFM

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 November, 2000

The government has a new weapon to drive efficiency in the NHS in the shape of National Reference Costs 2000 for each NHS Trust in England.These show latest information on the variation in costs of treatment in different NHS Trusts.

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PERFORMANCE AND REWARDS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 27 November, 2000

Hendry C, Woodward S, Bradley P, Perkins SHuman Resource Management Journal, (UK), 2000 Vol 10 No 3

Start page: 46. No of pages: 17

Argues that the link between rewards and performance is not perfectly understood in UK organizations. Believes that there needs to be more clarity concerning the definition of performance, whether it is measurable and how it can be improved before human resource management can be expected to develop an effective reward system to encourage it. Sets out the flaws in the current approach to performance management, underlining the need for senior managers to articulate the business strategy of their organization and to identify the specific human resource practices that this strategy requires. Focusing on the common performance management practices adopted by organizations, criticizes these for being focused on control, arguing that this subverts the link to the reward strategy. Reviews eight issues that need to be considered if an effective link between performance management and the reward system is to be achieved. Presents a performance management diagnostic, developed by the Strategic Remuneration Research Unit at City University, to help the process.

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