Archives for June 11th, 2002

DIVERSITY DRIVES PERFORMANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 June, 2002

A direct link between good diversity policies and improved performance was revealed in a survey of more than a hundred of the UK’s leading organizations in the public and private sectors. The research was funded by the Cabinet Office and Barclays Bank, and conducted by the specialist consultancy Schneider-Ross.The link between diversity and performance was recognized by 87% of organizations in the public sector and by 71% in the private sector.

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NATIONAL ROLL OUT FOR JOB CENTRE PLUS

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 June, 2002

Following the settlement in April of the long running dispute, including strike action by the Public and Commercial Services Union , Job Centre Plus is to be rolled out nationally. The new combined jobs and benefit offices were formed by the merger of the Employment Service and Benefits Agency.The challenge for Job Centre Plus was to merge the two cultures of job finding and benefit payments and the development path has been fraught with difficulty. The major point of contention with the Union was the new relaxed style of interview environment and the removal of protective screens. There was also a dispute about a corporate style uniform and a damming report by the Department for Work and Pensions criticizing weaknesses in management and technology.

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