Archives for November 26th, 2001

ANTI PRIVATISATION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 November, 2001

UNISON, the UK’s largest union has launched a £1m public services campaign to put further pressure on the Government to deliver on promises to end the two-tier workforce and to address the issue of fair wages. There will be cinema adverts nationwide warning the Prime Minister to Remember 83. In a poll in the autumn, 83% of respondents said they were opposed to private companies running public services.UNISON argues that it wants reform based on the real needs of public services, but not on an ideological preference for the private sector. There are examples from earlier outsorcing projects where private contractors cut wages and pensions for the lower paid creating a two tier workforce.

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KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT BRIDGES CENTRAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT DIVIDE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 November, 2001

Central and local government are coming together to pioneer a knowledge partnership as part of the development of the Government’s first ever knowledge management policy framework. Ealing Council will be given access to central government’s Knowledge Network to find out how the facts, figures and current issue briefings provided by the Network, can be used in local government. The Knowledge Network was launched in October 2000 and is currently available to around 55,000 users across the UK central government intranet.Access to the Knowledge Network coincides with Ealing’s introduction of a new information management system, following a substantial redesign of its website. The new system will allow the council to manage all their internal business systems, re-launch their Intranet and handle all the content for their new-look website. Ultimately, council staff will have quick and convenient access to information about other local authorities and central government.

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HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TRENDS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 November, 2001

If the atmosphere in the workplace is more like a morgue than a holiday camp, workers within it may not be performing at their most creative. The author quotes studies which suggest that two-thirds of today’s workers do not like their jobs and feel no sense of commitment to their organizations’ goals. But play can stimulate the creative ideas needed to meet today’s challenges. Playing also reduces stress and helps people to maintain the perspective they need for successful decision making. Examples are given of organizations that encourage play and fun in the workplace. The conclusion is that providing a fun, pleasant, supportive work environment will have the edge in attracting superior people who view work as a joy and have abundant energy, enthusiasm and talents to focus towards organizational goals.Full text: www.emeraldinsight.com/now/reviews.htm#berg   <http://www.emeraldinsight.com/now/reviews.htm#berg

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