Archives for November 2000

PERFORMANCE AND REWARDS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 27 November, 2000

Hendry C, Woodward S, Bradley P, Perkins SHuman Resource Management Journal, (UK), 2000 Vol 10 No 3

Start page: 46. No of pages: 17

Argues that the link between rewards and performance is not perfectly understood in UK organizations. Believes that there needs to be more clarity concerning the definition of performance, whether it is measurable and how it can be improved before human resource management can be expected to develop an effective reward system to encourage it. Sets out the flaws in the current approach to performance management, underlining the need for senior managers to articulate the business strategy of their organization and to identify the specific human resource practices that this strategy requires. Focusing on the common performance management practices adopted by organizations, criticizes these for being focused on control, arguing that this subverts the link to the reward strategy. Reviews eight issues that need to be considered if an effective link between performance management and the reward system is to be achieved. Presents a performance management diagnostic, developed by the Strategic Remuneration Research Unit at City University, to help the process.

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 November, 2000

The first regional development plan to follow a new, more inclusive and robust process has just been published for an area of England.Regional Planning Guidance (RPG) for East Anglia – including the dynamic Cambridge sub-region – comes just days after Stephen Byers expressed concerns that some areas of England might be lagging behind in the digital revolution (Publicnet Briefing, Wednesday, November 22, 2000)

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DRUG USE BY TEENAGERS HOLDING STEADY

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 November, 2000

New survey material about the level of drugs use among teenagers has been seized by Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator Keith Hellawell as evidence that the current policies are working well.Two-and-a-half years into the Government’s ten year drugs strategy, new information from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) indicates that 85 per cent of teenagers have not tried drugs.

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WARNING ON WINTER PRESSURES

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 November, 2000

There’s a warning from local government that extra money being pumped into the NHS may not solve the winter pressures problem.Winter planning officers for local councils have voiced concerns over staff, resource and funding shortages.

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COST CONTROL STILL A PROBLEM FOR MOD

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 November, 2000

There is evidence that the Ministry of Defence’s implementation of ‘smart procurement’ has begun to mean more control of its costs, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).But its current major projects continue to drift on cost and on being delivered on time.

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PERSONNEL MANAGERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF DISHONESTY IN THE WORKPLACE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 November, 2000

Coyne I, Bartram DHuman Resource Management Journal, (UK), 2000 Vol 10 No 3

Start page: 38. No of pages: 8

Surveys a random sample of 1,000 UK personnel managers about their perceptions of the level of dishonesty in their workplaces, the importance they place on honesty and integrity, and the measures taken to assess honesty in the selection process. Analyses the 279 responses received and sets out the extent to which the personnel managers believed that particular forms of dishonesty took place (unauthorized breaks, absenteeism, theft, etc.) ; the importance they attached to these types of dishonesty; and the methods they used to assess the likelihood that a job applicant will be honest and conscientious. Comments on the attitudes towards dishonesty that the findings revealed and discusses the effectiveness of the selection methods used for detecting the likelihood that an employee will act dishonestly.

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ESSENCE OF LEADERSHIP

Book News, PublicNet: 22 November, 2000

Kakabadse A, Kakabadse NBrings a practical edge to leadership theory. Discusses all the issues which contribute to an understanding of leadership, including: the functions of transactional and transformational leadership; today’s reality which is characterized by fragmentation; diversity of stakeholders and also of agendas; the discordant balance between accountabilities and responsibilities; the significance of culture in shaping the leader’s role; the impact of power and the role of politics; the influence of traits and of determination (‘born to be great’ versus ‘ I strove hard and achieved it alone’); and the influence of demographics, including that of gender and ethnicity. . Contains a chapter on ‘Developing leaders’ which lacks focus and provides no clear recommendations. Contains, nevertheless, much to expand even a knowledgeable reader’s perception of leadership.

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SKILLS MISSION FOR FE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 November, 2000

Until now the Cinderella of the education make-up of England and Wales, further education has now discovered its role in Labour’s modernised service.FE colleges will be at the heart of the drive to meet the skills and productivity challenge of the new economy.

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REGIONAL DIGITAL DIVIDE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 November, 2000

New figures show that regional inequality may be enhanced rather than reduced by new technology.The phrase ‘north-south divide’ may well be superseded by ‘digital divide’ to denote those areas where business start-ups and e-commerce capability is booming, and those where it is not.

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PUBLIC SERVICE WEEK

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 November, 2000

An information assault is planned this week to persuade the public to volunteer for public appointment.An important element of the campaign is to persuade people that such appointments aren’t achieved through membership of the right golf club.

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