Archives for May 18th, 2004

APPRAISAL AND FEEDBACK

Book News, PublicNet: 18 May, 2004

By Clive FletcherThe book is aimed at both HR professionals and line managers and brings fresh insight into how best to implement an appraisal system against a backdrop of 360 degree feedback and increased used of technology to monitor performance, e.g. in call centres. Appraisal has become an emotive word partly because it tends to be done rather poorly and partly because in the public sector it has sometimes been thrust upon employees as part of centralised government policy and target setting. Some people will think of it in terms of painful experiences such as a trip to the dentist. The author argues that appraisal, when carried out effectively is a tremendous motivator, identifies potential and improves organizational performance. The book presents detailed guidance from design, aims and content, through to appraisal as part of performance management, feedback systems, training of managers and appraisal in the public sector.

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BIG DROP IN DELAYED DISCHARGES

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 May, 2004

There has been a significant drop in the number of patients forced to wait to leave hospital, with the Government claiming the reduction in delayed discharges is the equivalent of creating eight extra NHS hospitals.The latest figures show the number of people whose release from hospital is being delayed now stands at more than 4,000 fewer than before the start of the ‘Cash for Change’ programme, which began in late 2001. The number in September 2001 was 7,065 and the provisional figures for March this year are 2,895.

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STUDY SHOWS CHILDREN COPING WITH VIOLENCE RARELY TURN TO PROFESSIONALS

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 May, 2004

Children who live in situations of domestic violence or whose parents have problems such as drug and alcohol misuse rarely seek professional help even though they say they want someone to talk to that they can trust. The finding comes from research published today and which also reports that children’s experiences when they do make contact with support services are mixed. Children’s coping strategies can also create difficulties for teachers and social workers trying to support them.The report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is based on a review by Sarah Gorin, Senior Research Officer at the NSPCC. She has looked at the key messages from 40 different studies in which children and young adults were interviewed.

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