Can anyone do HR?

first_img Comments are closed. Is it necessary to have an HR background to be effective at HR? The answer is “no” according to 62 per cent of Personnel Todayreaders who took part in our news barometer survey published in our 15 Mayissue.  A total of 242 people took part inthe online poll at www.personneltoday.com151 voted that an HR background is not necessary compared with 91 whobelieve that an HR grounding is essential. We ask HR professionals to expand on their answersNO – AN HR BACKGROUND IS NOT NECESSARY RayBaker, sustainable development controller, B&Q You don’t need a background in HR, but you do need to be able to call onpeople with expertise in issues such as employment law. You do need an inherent desire to have respect for people and to enhancepeople policies throughout the business. Des Pullen, HR director, Allied Bakeries The ability to influence your operational colleagues is not dependent on HRexpertise. It depends on your ability to understand the issues facing thebusiness and to come up with appropriate solutions. CarmelO’Kane, HR manager, Firefly Communications People who bring other experiences to HR are much more prepared to take astep back from the coal face of process and see HR for what it really is – acommercial, strategic discipline that contributes to business advantage byattracting, developing and retaining an organisation’s people. HR has changed. This means that increasingly the skills and attributesneeded to be a success are the skills and attributes that can be gained in anycommercial area. All of this has an impact on training and development for HRprofessionals. The CIPD needs to ensure that industry accreditation is equipping today’snovices with the skills they need for the future. The CIPD qualification should be attracting students that have board-levelaspirations, just like other professional organisations such as the CharteredInstitute of Marketing. SteveJames, HR director, Deloitte & Touche In my experience, the most successful HR leaders have always been those whounderstood both the HR and non-HR dynamics of their businesses, couldcommunicate the issues and solutions effectively and were able to influence andmanage change such that the business could grow. This requires more than just an HR background and, in some cases, perhapsnot even an HR background. With the right team, containing the necessary specialist skills andknowledge, one can certainly be effective without a strong personal HRbackground. Dorothy Leo, director of the Learning Centre for engineering group SKF We look at it in two ways. For our most senior HR jobs, such as HRdirectors for the business divisions and group HR, we believe that anunderstanding of the business and a people focus is equally or more importantthan a conventional HR background, and have had some success appointing seniorline managers to these roles. These positions have much more of a strategicfocus. When it comes to geographical positions, for example, country HR directors,then it is much more important to have an HR background because a lot of thejob role is to do with industrial relations and legal considerations. YES – AN HR BACKGROUND IS ESSENTIAL Andrew Sherwood, HR director, Carphone Warehouse A balance of business experience and CIPD qualifications is good. Iwouldn’t be able to manage my department without staff with CIPDqualifications. They have the specialist knowledge needed. We are running aprogramme to get more people equipped with the CIPD qualification. Alison Hodgson, International graduate programme manager for Internetcompany Worldcom I know of very successful people who have fallen into the profession, butit’s useful to have the CIPD qualification as you need to have an understandingof resourcing, development, relations and rewards. The results of your news barometer are really worrying, but it does notsurprise me. It harms the credibility of HR. PeterDeer, director of personnel, Cambridge University It is hard to have a knowledge of employment issues and legislation,develop people skills and have experience of dealing with managers, employeesand trade union representatives, unless you are exposed to these issues on aregular basis. AmandaRavey, HR director, Whitbread Hotels Employment law can be learnt, but if people come in from other area ofbusiness, they must have certain talents. These talents include being a”people champion”, understanding the importance of the employee tothe business, being able to tell the difference between high- and low-calibreemployees and how to get the best out of them. Madelaine Allen, HR director, Applied Materials People do need a background in HR to be efficient in it. It’s more of aspecialised part of the business now. The CIPD qualification gives peoplegrounding in employment law and strategic planning. But it’s also veryimportant to have wider business experience as you need to look at HR from abusiness perspective. DilysWynn, HR manager, Worcestershire County Council To achieve the range of knowledge and skills to be effective in strategicHR, I believe that an HR background is needed. Senior HR people need to understand motivation and management techniques,which is hard to get elsewhere. I also believe that to be effective in HR youneed to know your business and sector inside out. John Wrighthouse, head of personnel planning and development, NationwideBuilding Society As someone who is responsible for the development of people, I often havediscussions with both HR staff and generalists about the age-old question ofspecialist versus generalist. A straight choice between specialist/generalist is too limiting – too muchis lost about what broader qualities an individual can bring to the HR role, andit is these other qualities that can make or break a successful HR career. The expectations of HR and HR people are changing all the time, and some ofthe most effective HR people I have met have had a very varied background. Theybring a different perspective and drive and contribute in a different way. There is something else, something other than background, that leads toeffectiveness. Here at Nationwide Building Society, we believe that to beeffective in HR depends on the behaviours an individual brings to the role, notsimply if their background is “specialist” or “generalist”.We have developed six “leadership capabilities” that define thecore behaviours that are indicative of success throughout the organisation.They include being imaginative and having the ability to generate and encouragenew thinking and ways of working to take the organisation forward and livingthe values, and the ability to promote the excellence of Nationwide. As an individual who came through the HR specialist route, I spent fouryears out of HR as operations director running a £2bn mortgage subsidiary.Having just returned to an HR role, I can say that I am far more effective nowthan when I left. An effective HR person is more about what the individual does and how theydo it, not what they may or may not know. It’s about the behaviour theydemonstrate. 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Effects of chronic crude oil exposure on early developmental stages of the Northern krill (Meganyctiphanes norvegica)

first_imgRising oil and gas activities in northern high latitudes have led to an increased risk of petroleum pollution in these ecosystems. Further, seasonal high UV radiation at high latitudes may elevate photo-enhanced toxicity of petroleum pollution to marine organisms. Zooplanktons are a key ecological component of northern ecosystems; therefore, it is important to assess their sensitivity to potential pollutants of oil and gas activity. As ontogenetic development may be particularly sensitive, the aim of this study was to examine the impact of chronic exposure to oil water dispersion (OWD) on development and feeding of early life stages of the Northern krill, Meganyctiphanes norvegica. In a range of experiments, embryonic, nonfeeding, and feeding larval stages were exposed to concentrations of between 0.01 and 0.1 mg/L of oil or photo-modified oil for 19 and 21 d. No significant effects on egg respiration, hatching success, development, length and larval survival were observed from these treatments. Similarly, evolution of fatty acid composition patterns during ontogenetic development was unaffected. The results indicates a high degree of resilience of these early developmental stages to such types and concentrations of pollutants. However, feeding and motility in later calyptopis-stage larvae were significantly impaired at exposure of 0.1 mg/L oil. Data indicate that feeding larval stage of krill was more sensitive to OWD than early nonfeeding life stages. This might be attributed to the narcotic effects of oil pollutants, their direct ingestion, or accumulated adverse effects over early development.last_img read more

Chancellor’s Stamp Duty giveaway only ‘modest’ boon for market, says Nationwide

first_imgThe recent Stamp Duty changes announced in last week’s Autumn Budget will have only a modest impact on demand, lender the Nationwide has revealed.Commenting within its monthly house price index published today, it says that in “many regions, first time buyers already paid little or no stamp duty as the price of the typical first time buyer property was below the previous threshold of £125,000”.Nationwide also says the Stamp Duty will benefit mostly first time buyers in London and the South East, and help sure up values for existing home owners in these areas of the UK.Its figures bear this out (see box, left). The Stamp Duty changes mean that in London, for example, 11% of first time buyers who would have previously paid on average £13,102 when they bought a property will now pay no tax, while in the North almost all first time buyers will now pay no tax, although until now they were only paying on average £100 in Stamp Duty.“Despite the enthusiastic reception given to the cut in Stamp Duty for first-time buyers announced in last week’s Budget, it’s too early to detect its impact in the increasingly stagnant picture painted by the Nationwide,” says says Jonathan Hopper, Managing Director of Garrington Property Finders (pictured, right).“Even then, no-one should expect the Chancellor’s Stamp Duty give-away to be a silver bullet. As the Nationwide’s analysis shows, outside London it will only affect a tiny minority of first-time buyers.“More importantly, stimulating demand at the bottom end of the market won’t help much if the market remains blocked at higher price points.“To function properly, the market relies on the whole chain working smoothly, with buyers at all levels able to move up the ladder.”Price risesNationwide’s November House Price Index also revealed that house prices rises slowed during November and the average now stands at £209,998. Prices have risen by 2.5% so far this year.“While house prices may be rising, the rate of actual price growth has been stalling, reflecting the market’s current shortage of affordable housing,” says Paresh Raja, CEO of bridging specialist MFS (pictured, left).“With inflation outpacing price growth, a significant number of prospective home buyers are not able to act on their property intentions.“In part, this explains why the Government has removed stamp duty for first time home buyers; alleviating some of the financial burden affecting entry-level investors so that more people are able to get their foot on the property ladder. It will be interesting to see how this affects property prices over the coming months.”Garrington Property Finders Paresh Raja Jonathan Hopper MFS Nationwide November 30, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Chancellor’s Stamp Duty giveaway only ‘modest’ boon for market, says Nationwide previous nextChancellor’s Stamp Duty giveaway only ‘modest’ boon for market, says NationwideLeading lender sounds sceptical of claimed boost for first time buyers and the wider market to from Stamp Duty changes for first time buyers.Nigel Lewis30th November 201701,207 Viewslast_img read more

HMAS Bathurst contributes to protection of Australian EEZ

first_img View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Australian Navy patrol boat contributes to protection of Australian Exclusive Economic Zone Share this article Authorities November 2, 2016center_img View post tag: HMAS Bathurst Royal Australian Navy’s Armidale-class patrol boat HMAS Bathurst recently took part in a multi-agency Operation Resolute patrol in the Torres Strait with Australian Border Force vessel Storm Bay and Australian Fisheries and Management Agency officers. Focusing on the area in the North Torres Strait around Saibai Island, Bathurst in company with Storm Bay demonstrated the importance of interoperability between government agencies by conducting a combined boarding team insertion to Saibai Island to disrupt illegal fishing and incursions.Australian Border Force and Navy vessels are regularly assigned to Resolute at the same time but it is rare for all three agencies to combine on a joint operation to enforce Australian Fisheries Law, the navy said.Lieutenant Michael Morgan, executive officer Bathurst noted that the combined boarding operation allowed personnel from all three agencies to exchange ideas, compare equipment and familiarise themselves with different procedures.“Combined training ensures we are constantly evolving our tactics and techniques,” Lieutenant Morgan said.Commanding Officer Bathurst, Lieutenant Commander David Shirvington also took the opportunity to re-establish local relationships by conducting a visit to Saibai to meet with the Saibai Island Council to discuss local concerns regarding illegal fishing within the region. Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy patrol boat contributes to protection of Australian Exclusive Economic Zone last_img read more

Pediatric Interventional Cardiology

first_imgSchool/UnitSchool of Medicine DepartmentPediatrics Open Until FilledYes Required Qualifications Application Deadline Date Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Grant funded position?Yes – Continuation of this position depends on funding of thegrant. Number of Months12 Proposed Hire Date01/01/2019 Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Type of SearchNational Preferred Qualifications • Board certified or board eligible in Pediatrics and PediatricCardiology• Experience with clinical care of patients• Experience in an academic medical center• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as afaculty member at VCU . Posted SalaryCommensurate • Preference will be given to applicants with clinical or basicscience research experience and the ability to apply for and obtainearly career awards from the NIH or other funding agencies. Quick Link 1. TEACHINGFaculty member will have teaching responsibilities. Faculty memberwill provide teaching and mentorship to medical students,Residents, Chief Residents, and Fellows when applicable.2. RESEARCHFaculty member will have working knowledge in research methods andbe able to participate in clinical, translational, and outcomesresearch.3. SERVICEFaculty member will serve on departmental or School of Medicinelevel committees when appropriate, and engage in professionalactivities through journal review, conference presentations,etc.4. CLINICALFaculty member will be responsible for cardiac catheterization aswell as general cardiology inpatient and outpatient duties asneeded.5. OTHER (for instance administrative duties, etc.)Faculty member will take on administrative duties associated withthis role. Application Process/Additional Information * How did you find out about this position?Alumni association magazineChronicle of Higher EducationCommunity eventEmail notificationHERC (Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium)Higher education publicationInternal RecruiterJob fairJob site (e.g. association/journalReferred by person/employeeSearch firm notificationVCU vacancy listing – eJobsOther CHoR’s Division of Pediatric Cardiology has undergone significantgrowth since the establishment of the Children’s HospitalFoundation Heart Center. This position will allow the division tocontinue to provide the most comprehensive pediatric and congenitalcardiology services for children in the region. Children’s Hospital of Richmond of the Virginia CommonwealthUniversity Health System has committed itself to transforming thePediatric Cardiology Division into a model academic unit devoted toexcellence in clinical care, teaching, and clinical, translational,and basic research. Mission or Goal of Unit Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go to Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Eligible Working TitlePediatric Interventional Cardiology Position Responsibilities Date Posted06/28/2018 * If you selected ‘Other’ for your referral source, pleaseindicate where you heard about this posting? (If you did not select’Other,’ please enter ‘n/a.'(Open Ended Question) RankOpen Diversity Statement Information Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty Position NumberF54200 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther DocumentResumeReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3last_img read more

City-County Observer Announces New Managing Editor

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The City-County Observer announces the appointment of Timothy Justin Phillips as the new managing editor, effective immediately. Over the last several months, Mr. Phillips has been assisting with the revamping of the City-County Observer website while enhancing our social media presence.Timothy is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English/Journalism from Indiana University Southeast. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree at IUS. While at Paoli Senior high school, he was actively involved with the school newspaper and served as the yearbook editor. His college coursework included mass media communications and photojournalism.When not fulfilling his editing responsibilities with the City-County Observer, Timothy spends his leisure time hiking and playing competitive chess.It is common knowledge that the 75 year old publisher of the CCO is posturing to retire soon. Mr. Phillips is being groomed to be his replacement in the very near future. Timothy has shown the ability to manage the complex publishing and marketing challenges that are required to be a competent editor for an online publication.During the next several weeks, we will be introducing Mr. Phillips to the movers and shakers of this community so that they will get an idea of whom they will be working with at the City-County Observer in the future.Finally, we expect that once Timothy gets acclimated to the cultural, political, and social climate of this region, he will take the City-County Observer to the next level of publishing.In closing, Timothy states that he is committed to upholding the mission statement of the City-County Observer by focusing on principals of journalistic integrity. He understands that the role of the media should be to inform and educate our readership. He will serve as the community watchdog by sounding the alarm when citizens’ rights are in danger of being violated by elected and appointed officials.In conclusion, his hiring will ensure that the City-County Observer will maintain its position as this area “True Watchdog” for years to come.last_img read more


first_imgDear Friend,In preparation for the 2017 legislative session, which begins in January, interim study committee members meet to examine assigned topics, gather testimonies and identify potential legislation.I have been selected to serve on the Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger Safer Tomorrow Task Force (FIRSST) and on the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation. The FIRSST committee will be researching and identifying long-term solutions to state and local road funding needs. A comprehensive list of topics assigned to each summer study committee can be found here.Interim study committee hearings, which typically occur at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, can be viewed live online at This site also provides committee calendars and meeting agendas. Members of the public are also welcomed to attend. If you have any input on the topics, please join us for these meetings.Please contact me at [email protected] or 317­-232­-9648 with any questions.Please keep in touch,State Rep. Holli SullivanFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

OCPD Weekly Activity Report March 26 – April 1

first_imgOcean City Public Safety Building Calls for Service: 537          Daily Average: 77March 26, 2017: SundayCalls for service: 44Vehicle Stops: 13 Vehicle Accidents: 2  Property Checks: 12 Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 6 Fire and 5 EMS callsDomestic violence, 55th St., at 12:25pmVehicle accident, 800 6th St., at 5:46pmVehicle accident, 1100 block Ocean Ave., at 6:54pmWarrant, 800 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 6:59pmMarch 27, 2017: MondayCalls for service: 83Vehicle Stops: 26 Vehicle Accidents: 2 Property Checks: 30 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 Fire and 7 EMS callsVehicle accident, 500 block Atlantic Ave., at 9:30amVehicle accident, 2500 block West Ave., at 4:42pmTheft, 1200 block Central Ave., at 4:42pmWarrant, 900 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 7:56pmMarch 28, 2017: TuesdayCalls for service: 55Vehicle Stops: 17 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 21  Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 5 EMS callsTheft, 3100 block Simpson Ave., at 4:28pmMarch 29, 2017: WednesdayCalls for service: 87Vehicle Stops: 33 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 27 Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 7 EMS callsWarrant, 900 block Haven Ave., one in custody, at 9:40pmMarch 30, 2017: ThursdayCalls for service: 92Vehicle Stops: 38 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 28 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 6 EMS callsTheft, 2500 block West Ave., at 11:12amWarrant, 600 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 4:12pmMarch 31, 2017: FridayCalls for service: 92Vehicle Stops: 27 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 45 Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 1 EMS callsApril 1, 2017: SaturdayCalls for service: 84Vehicle Stops: 29 Vehicle Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 21 Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 8 fire and 7 EMS callsWarrant, 900 block West Ave., one in custody, at 10:15amWarrant, 900 block West Ave., one in custody, at 2:01pmVehicle accident, 24th St. & West Ave., at 2:53pmCDS, 800 block West Ave., one in custody, at 11:02pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.Bicycle riders must obey all Vehicle laws similar to that of a Vehicle. They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic.       Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection.When traveling on Route 52, remember that New Jersey State Law requires Vehicles to KEEP RIGHT and pass left. The speed limit is 45 mph for the causeway.Parking is prohibited on Asbury Avenue 6th St to 12th St, North St. to 17th St., Eighth St. the entire length and Ninth St., the entire length between the hours of 2am and 7am. This is to allow the City to perform maintenance during off peak hours. City Ordinance 7-3.4 Schedule II. The exception is Sundays and Holidays.The Ocean City Police are participating in UTEXT, UDRIVE, UPAY program until Aptil 21, 2017.last_img read more

Mayor’s Message: Oct. 18

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,I want to remind everybody about our public town hall meetings Saturday morning at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave.The first session at 9:30 a.m. will provide updates on our bayside dredging plans. The presenters will be available to answer individual questions following the presentation. A second session at 11 a.m. will address island-wide flood mitigation plans – again followed by time for individual questions.Representatives of ACT Engineers will join city team members in making the presentations. ACT administers Ocean City’s bayside dredging program and is working on a Flood Mitigation and Drainage Master Plan. I encourage all Ocean City property owners to attend to learn more about these initiatives.Next week’s City Council meeting on Thursday (Oct. 24) will have an early start time at 5 p.m. to avoid a conflict with our annual Halloween Parade at 7 p.m. A full agenda includes items related to affordable housing, bonding for capital projects, and zoning.New Jersey American Water is continuing its work to replace the sanitary sewer lines leading to the Municipal Utilities Authority pumping station at the intersection of Third Street and West Avenue.The entire intersection will be closed to traffic through next week. Please seek alternate routes to West Avenue from Second Street to Fourth Street. As always, I thank you for your patience and understanding as this important work is completed.I want to welcome all of the owners who are in town for the Porsche Boardwalk Reunion. Porsche models from 1948 to the present will be on display on the Boardwalk starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.I also want to encourage everybody to consider joining the John R. Elliott HERO Walk or 5K Run on Sunday morning. The event promotes the use of sober designated drivers, and more information is available at regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

Harvard China Fund supports student efforts

first_imgEstablished in 2006 under the Office of the Provost, the Harvard China Fund (HCF) is a University-wide “academic venture fund” with three core objectives: partnerships, students, and presence.Partnerships: To promote teaching and research about and in China, in collaboration with institutions across Greater China.Students: To prepare Harvard students for their lifelong engagement with China, and to bring Chinese students to Harvard for graduate and professional education.Presence: To strengthen Harvard’s capacity to address challenges facing China through the new Harvard Center Shanghai. As part of HCF’s mission to prepare Harvard students for a lifelong engagement with China, the fund runs two student programs in China.The Harvard China Winter Service Program supports students across the University in performing public service in China during the new “January Term.” Students from Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, and Harvard College participated in the inaugural program in 2010, pairing with students from Peking University and Inner Mongolia University.The Harvard China Student Internship Program is a collaborative effort involving Harvard’s Office of Career Services and Office of International Programs, together with Chinese corporations and U.S. companies in China. Students experience modern China through their internship placements, as well as gain an introduction to Chinese history and culture, while learning how Harvard alumni live and work in the region. The structure of the program includes a 10-week internship, a weeklong field trip to rural areas of China, and numerous cultural events.For more about HCF, visit Harvard China Fund.last_img read more