Archives for April 10th, 2006

THE QUALITY OF WORKING LIFE: MANAGERS’ HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Abstracts, PublicNet: 10 April, 2006

According to research published by the Chartered Management Institute and Workplace Health Connect, sickness levels are increasing, but managers in the sector are unwilling to report their symptoms. Some 64% of local government managers admit to being unproductive for at least 20 per cent of their working time, due to poor health. The report also shows that 49 per cent of local government managers have difficulty concentrating, due to ill-health. However, it reveals that organisations in the sector are not doing enough to tackle workplace illness, resulting in a negative impact on employee well-being and performance.The ‘Quality of Working Life’ report questioned 1,541 managers in the UK revealing a poor picture of health. Findings include 60 per cent of respondents claiming that illness rates in their organisation have increased over the past 12 months. However, only one in three report symptoms to their line manager, indicating a much deeper malaise.

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FURTHER EDUCATION GETS NEW QUALITY WATCHDOG

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 April, 2006

The Quality Improvement Agency for Lifelong Learning has been created to regulate Further Education. The Agency was set up in response to severe criticism in the recent report on Further Education by Sir Andrew Foster, which exposed the lack of clarity and coherence in the regulation of the sector. The report called for a simpler, more coherent approach to quality improvement.The Agency will provide advice and support services to help colleges and providers to offer high quality education and training programmes. It will also work with a range of organisations to develop a new national Quality Improvement Strategy for FE that will support better teaching and learning and develop a professional, expert workforce for the sector. Performance information will be published to drive improvement and help learners and employers make well-informed choices. A principal task will be to help in pushing through the changes needed to support all institutions to move towards the vision of excellence. The Agency has the power to intervene to tackle poor quality.

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CITIZENS AND COMMUNITIES GET DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 April, 2006

The VOICE toolkit has gone live following two years of developing the e-democracy project. This online facility brings together neighbourhoods, community groups, parish and town councils, and elected members. All the users will be able to network with each other and raise the issues that matter to them. This might be housing or the problems that confront people just beyond their doorstep such as graffiti, litter, and other types of antisocial behaviour.VOICE will give communities of interest or communities based on locality, the toolkit that can transform the way central and local government communicate and do business with them. Communities can have online discussions, share events, flag up activities, swap files and photos. Other possibilities include groups taking part creating their own free websites.

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