Archives for August 6th, 2002

PROBLEM PEOPLE AND HOW TO MANAGE THEM

Book News, PublicNet: 6 August, 2002

By Dr Peter Honey
This new book from a leading occupational therapist says the victims of their failings have to look at their own behaviour first. Problem people are usually six of one and half a dozen of the other. Behaviour breeds behaviour. Through your behaviour pattern you may, quite unintentionally, be triggering a behaviour pattern in someone else that is for you a problem. Dr Honey defines 50 of the most common problem people, from the intimidator to the kowtower, through the boaster to the bore, the manipulator to the worrier, the perfectionist to the scatterbrained and the gossip to the secretive. Then he suggests four different options in dealing with them, examining the effect of just doing nothing then moving to ways of changing the situation. People problems waste time and money, create unnecessary stress and distort decisions because working practices are often designed to accommodate, appease or marginalize problem people. The good news is that they also make life more interesting, provide splendid learning opportunities and test your people skills.

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E-LEARNING SET TO BECOME CORE LEARNING

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 August, 2002

E-learning is likely to take its place alongside literacy and numercy following an independent report. The Post 16 e-Learning Strategy Taskforce, was set up by the Department for Education and Skills in January 2002 to find out how participation in e-learning can be enhanced to provide a seamless educational experience for Post 16 learning. The task force was headed by Steve Morrison, Chief Executive of Granada plc, and brought together key representatives of business and education.The report calls for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to be designated a basic skill by 2010. This would give everyone access to free courses to improve their basic IT skills. The Task Force believes that initially the focus should be on 16-18 year olds in full or part-time study; those in Modern Apprenticeships; the unemployed and people in part-time work.

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PAY AGREEMENT HALTS STRIKE ACTION

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 August, 2002

A strike by council workers planned for 14th August has been called off following a breakthrough in the two day long negotiations at the conciliation service ACAS. Unions and employers will now start a six week process of consulting their membership. A 24 hour strike last month paralysed councils services including schools, leisure centres, libraries and refuse collection services. More than 1.2 million workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are set to benefit from the deal.The employers initially offered a 3% increase and the unions claimed an increase of 6%. The agreement which extends over two years will give council workers a 3% increase from last April or 5 pounds an hour. There will be a further 1% from next October for the lowest paid. In April 2003 pay will increased by 3.5% increase. The lowest paid will receive a further 1% increase.

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