Miami Dade County jailBY: CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC NEWS(MIAMI) — A Florida mother, who reported to police that her son with autism was abducted by two black men, was charged with the child’s murder, police said.Patricia Ripley told police that when she was driving on SW 88th Street on Thursday evening, she noticed she was being followed by an unknown car.Ripley, 47, said the driver of the unknown car attempted to side swipe her car and forced her to turn onto SW 158th Avenue, police said.Ripley’s 9-year-old son Alejandro Ripley was in the car at the time, she told police.Ripley said after she made the turn she was blocked in as the passenger of the unknown car “ambushed her” and demanded drugs, according to the Miami-Dade County police report.“After stating she didn’t have any drugs, he then stole her cellular phone and abducted her son, fleeing southbound in the unknown vehicle,” according to the police report.Patricia Ripley described the alleged abductors as two black men.An Amber Alert went out and hours later, was canceled when Alejandro Ripley was found dead in a golf course waterway, police said.Patricia Ripley was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with premeditated murder.Police, along with Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle are expected to hold a press conference on Saturday.If convicted, Patricia Ripley faces a death sentence or life in prison without the possibility of parole.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Hurricane Laura remnants heading toward Northeast
ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — When Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana this week as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds, it was the strongest storm to hit the state since 1856.For all continental U.S. landfalling hurricanes, Laura tied for the fifth strongest to ever hit the U.S. Pressure wise, Laura was the fourth-strongest hurricane in U.S. history.Laura, while not as destructive as many forecast, reached wind gusts of 137 mph in Lake Charles, Louisiana, caused a storm surge of 9 feet in the state and dropped 10 inches of rain in some areas.The storm also produced four tornadoes.Laura is still a tropical depression Friday morning, but is losing its tropical characteristics over Arkansas. However, the storm is still producing heavy rain with the possibility of tornadoes.A flash flood watch has been issued for Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois, where some areas could see 3 to 5 inches of rain.What’s left of Laura will move through Mid-Mississippi Valley and into Ohio Valley Friday evening, bringing gusty winds, a flash flooding threat and a threat for a few tornadoes.Laura will combine with a cold front and will bring heavy rain and a threat for flash flooding to the Northeast Saturday from Philadelphia to New York City and into southern New England.Remnants of Laura will bring up to 5 inches of rain to the Mid-South region and up to 3 inches in the Northeast this weekend.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Suspect arrested, second at-large for firing assault rifle at Arizona state troopers: Officials
Arizona Department of Public SafetyBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(PHOENIX) — One suspect has been arrested and a second is still at-large in an ambush-style shooting of Arizona troopers on Thursday, officials said.The suspect in custody allegedly fired multiple rounds at DPS detectives in Phoenix with an assault rifle, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.The shooting occurred just before 9 a.m. local time on Thursday, authorities said, as troopers were in the area to serve a body warrant on a wanted subject. A trooper was in an unmarked car in visible police attire when the alleged gunman approached in a silver four-door Infiniti, Arizona Director Col. Heston Silbert said during a press briefing Thursday evening.“There was no question, it was an ambush,” Silbert said. “He was identifiable as a police officer.”As the trooper apparently started to exit his car, the suspected gunman allegedly exited the passenger side of his car with an AK-47 and “immediately opened up and opened fire on him,” Silbert said.A nearby trooper arrived on the scene, and both returned fire, he said.The driver fled the scene, leaving the alleged shooter behind, authorities said.Neither the troopers nor the alleged gunman were injured, authorities said.The suspect in custody was identified by authorities as a 17-year-old male. The troopers found the assault rifle near the alleged shooter, Arizona DPS spokesman Capt. Jesse Galvez said during a press briefing after the shooting.Arizona DPS released images of the car that the gunman was allegedly a passenger in, describing it as a 2013 Infiniti model G-37 with custom wheels and a temporary plate.DPS detectives were still looking for the driver and car as of Thursday evening.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
COVID-positive staff allowed to work at veterans home where 27 residents died: Officials
WLS-TVBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(CHICAGO) — Staff working while COVID-19 positive, ineffective hand sanitizer and poor PPE practices were some of the concerns raised during the investigation of an outbreak at an Illinois veterans home that has killed 27 residents.The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs said Tuesday it has ordered an independent investigation of the circumstances surrounding the outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home at LaSalle, which has infected 105 residents and 95 employees so far.The announcement follows two reports and a hearing Tuesday by the Illinois state Senate’s Veterans Affairs Committee, during which the issues came to light.The outbreak was initially discovered after a resident undergoing a hospital procedure on Nov. 1 was found to be COVID-19 positive, one of the reports said. By around Nov. 3, surveillance testing results identified two positive staff members and 22 residents, the report said.On Nov. 12, officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Department of Veterans’ Affairs visited the home. At the time, there were 157 confirmed cases among residents and staff, and seven residents had died, the report said.The site visit raised several concerns, according to the report, including alcohol-free hand sanitizer — not effective in killing the virus — stocked throughout the facility.“This could have significant impact on the transmission of COVID-19 within the facility,” the report said.Staff members were also observed eating within 6 feet of each other, wearing personal protective equipment in an administrative area and touching patients and surfaces without changing gloves or “performing hand hygiene,” according to the report.The report also recommended that social gatherings be avoided during times of high community transmission, after several employees who attended a Halloween party tested positive for COVID-19.A subsequent visit on Nov. 17 found that many of the issues were resolved, according to a follow-up report.State officials raised additional concerns following Tuesday’s Senate hearing, during which Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs chief of staff Anthony Kolbeck said the department had found five cases where employees went to work after being notified that they had tested positive for COVID-19.“They’re the only person there for that position. If they went home it would create another issue. They volunteered to stay,” Kolbeck said during the hearing.“The idea that COVID positive staff was allowed to continue working in the home is alarming and unacceptable,” state Sen. Sue Rezin, whose district includes the veterans home, said in a statement.Rezin and state Sen. Paul Schimpf also questioned the timing of the site visit.“The Governor’s Department of Public Health waited 11 days to show up on-site, which caused significant delays in correcting infection control deficiencies leading to this fatal outbreak,” Schimpf said in a statement.Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Linda Chapa LaVia said during the hearing that the facility’s staff acted “as quickly as they could.” She also noted the high level of transmission in the county, saying it was “no coincidence” that cases within the home began to rise as cases rose in the community.As of Tuesday, LaSalle County’s positivity rate was 20.8%, the department said.The independent investigation could take four to six months, officials said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Coronavirus updates: FDA panel votes yes to recommend Pfizer vaccine
Dec 10, 11:13 amNYC schools aim to close ‘COVID achievement gap’New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his 2021 student achievement plan, which will focus on getting students caught up after, for some, 18 months of remote learning. “Clearly there will be a COVID achievement gap and we have to close that COVID achievement gap,” the mayor said.Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said the plan is to: get a baseline of what ground was lost; increase the high-quality digital curriculum available for every single school; launch a one-stop digital learning hub; deepen professional development; expand Parent University (the “online learning and empowerment platform” for families); and confront the trauma and mental health crisis within schools.ABC News’ Aaron Katersky contributed to this report.Dec 10, 9:02 amSeoul reporting bed shortagesIn South Korea, more than 3,000 COVID-19 patients were identified in the last week, and in the Seoul area, as of Wednesday, 506 were unable to be taken to hospitals this week due to bed shortages, Yonhap reported.South Korea reported 682 new cases and eight more deaths on Thursday, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported. The nation now has over 40,000 confirmed cases.Dec 10, 8:25 amFDA Commissioner: ‘We intend to’ act quickly on vaccine reviewThe Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, an independent panel of infectious disease experts, doctors and scientists, is meeting Thursday to recommend if the Pfizer vaccine should be considered safe and effective in the U.S.Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn told ABC News’ Good Morning America Thursday that he wouldn’t “prejudge” what the advisory committee would vote, but said the FDA will act “quickly” afterward.“FDA’s reviewers are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters. We totally understand the urgency of this situation, and we are working around the clock on behalf of America,” Hahn said. “FDA scientists are known around the world for their expertise. We are a regulatory gold standard for the authorization or approval of medical products, including vaccines. We intend to do and we have done a very thorough review to get this right, to get all the answers we possibly can from the data.” Hahn also said the FDA was “working very closely with our U.K. partners” after two people who received the vaccine in the U.K. had severe allergic reactions.Hahn told NBC that it was “possible” that the FDA could advise people with significant allergies to not get the vaccine. Hahn said the allergy issue would be discussed at Thursday’s meeting but added that the FDA stands by “our initial assessment” that Pfizer’s vaccine “does meet our criteria.”Dec 10, 4:31 amUS on verge of grim milestone: 290,000 deaths from COVIDJust as the U.S. surpassed 280,000 deaths from coronavirus on Saturday, Dec. 5, the country is likely to pass 290,000 deaths later today.The current death toll stands at 289,373, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.This comes on the heels of new records reported yesterday in highest single-day total and seven-day average of new daily deaths — 3,054 and 2,276 respectively — according to The COVID Tracking Project.Dec 10, 1:16 amFour incoming Georgia sheriffs test positive for COVID-19, others await resultsFour Georgia sheriffs just elected to their counties have tested positive for COVID-19.In a joint statement sent out Wednesday night, Fulton County Sheriff-elect Pat Labat and Cobb County Sheriff-elect Craig Owens said they tested positive after attending a sheriff’s school in Pine Mountain, Georgia.Gwinnett Sheriff-elect Keybo Taylor and Henry County Sheriff-elect Reginald Scandrett also said they tested positive for COVID-19. Others who attended the conference are quarantining in their homes as they await their COVID-19 test results.“We urge all Georgians to follow the advice of our dedicated health care workers and to wear masks and socially distance,” the sheriffs said in a joint statement. “While the vaccine is forthcoming, the pandemic is not over yet, and we must all remain diligent to ensure the safety of our communities.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. pic.twitter.com/8pKdgCXY1z— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 10, 2020 Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA and EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 69 million people and killed over 1.5 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news developed Thursday. All times Eastern:Dec 10, 9:35 pmMayor: In LA, ‘someone is dying of COVID-19 every 20 minutes’Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti shared “astounding” COVID-19 figures in a press briefing Thursday.“In Los Angeles, someone is dying of COVID-19 every 20 minutes,” the mayor said, as he reported that there were 74 new deaths from the virus in the county.Los Angeles County reported a record 12,819 new COVID-19 cases, surpassing Sunday’s record of 10,528. Cases have increased 1,000% in the past month-and-a-half, the mayor said.Intensive care unit bed capacity has also dropped to 7.7%, he said. “Today’s COVID-19 data from LA County is the most devastating since the start of this pandemic,” Garcetti said. The mayor said there is a “light at the end of the tunnel.” LA County could begin distributing vaccines early next week if one is authorized soon, he said.The county could receive up to 83,000 doses in the next couple of days, and as many as 500,000 doses by the end of December, he said.“I urge all Angelinos to get vaccinated as soon as they qualify,” Garcetti said. “The end of this pandemic is finally, finally in sight.”Dec 10, 9:07 pmDeaths up 44% week-over-week in US: HHSThe number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. increased dramatically in the past week, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services obtained by ABC News Thursday night.There were 16,237 deaths recorded from Dec. 4-10, marking a 44.3% increase in new deaths compared with the previous seven-day period, the memo said. There were 1,449,322 new cases confirmed during that period — a 26.9% increase week-over-week, according to the memo. Across the country, 30% of hospitals have more than 80% of their intensive care unit beds filled, and 31% of ventilators in use are occupied by COVID-19 patients, HHS said.Several states are seeing hospital strain.COVID-19 hospitalizations in Nevada doubled from mid-October to mid-November, and projections show hospital capacity being surpassed in the next 30 days, HHS said. In Pennsylvania, the seven-day hospitalization rate hit a new four-month peak on Dec. 6, and officials warned that hospitals will be overwhelmed if residents do not take precautions, the memo said. Dec 10, 7:17 pm‘Worst week yet’ in US: COVID Tracking ProjectThe U.S. had its “worst week yet” during the pandemic in terms of COVID-19 deaths, according to an analysis by the COVID Tracking Project.The seven-day average of reported deaths per day surpassed 2,000 this week for the first time since the spring. As of Dec. 9, that number was 2,281, a new record.New COVID-19 deaths also set a record high this week, with 3,088 reported on Thursday. As the number of new cases and current hospitalizations continue to climb, “the worst is yet to come,” the COVID Tracking Project warned.“Given the rapid increase in the number of new cases, we expect the metrics for hospitalizations and deaths to continue to rise in the coming weeks — especially if in-person gatherings over Thanksgiving led to increased spread of the novel coronavirus, as public health experts warned,” it said.Dec 10, 5:49 pmFDA panel votes yes to recommend Pfizer vaccineAn independent advisory panel of infectious disease experts, doctors and scientists recommended Thursday that the U.S. government authorize the nation’s first vaccine for people over the age of 16. It’s a major milestone in the effort to get the vaccine to hospitals and pharmacies.After hours of drilling down into data produced from a clinical trial involving 44,000 people, the group of experts — known as the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee — voted in favor of the vaccine for people over 16 years of age. Several members raised concerns about unknowns about the vaccine, including its potential to trigger allergic reactions and little data on how it impacts pregnant women.Several panel members also expressed concern there wasn’t enough data to support giving the vaccines to 16- and 17-year-olds. At issue was this question: “Based on the totality of scientific evidence available, do the benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine outweigh its risks for use in individuals 16 years of age and older?”The panel voted 17-4 that the benefits outweighed the risks. One member of the committee abstained.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will now take the committee’s input into account in issuing an emergency use authorization. Dec 10, 4:46 pmPennsylvania suspends indoor diningIndoor dining and gyms will be suspended in Pennsylvania beginning Saturday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced.Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people, he said.Wolf announced the new restrictions one day after revealing that he tested positive for COVID-19.Pennsylvania has over 422,000 confirmed cases and has lost at least 12,010 residents to the virus.Dec 10, 3:35 pmCalifornia reports record number of daily deathsCalifornia reported 220 deaths on Thursday, surpassing the previous record of 219 on July 31.With the average daily number of deaths climbing over the last month, the state’s death toll now stands at 20,463.California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered regions to follow a stay-at-home order if their intensive care unit capacity falls below 15%.The San Joaquin Valley — where capacity is at 1.9% — and Southern California — where capacity is at 7.7% — are under stay-at-home orders until at least Dec. 28.The Greater Sacramento region now meets the criteria and a stay-at-home order will go into effect Thursday night.Just two regions, the Bay Area and Northern California, are not under stay-at-home orders.Dec 10, 2:39 pmUtah teachers could get vaccine this monthUtah teachers and school administrators will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines as a part of phase one, directly after health care workers, Gov. Gary Herbert said.Herbert said he expects teachers will be able to be vaccinated by the end of December or early January.ABC News’ Matt Fuhrman contributed to this report.Dec 10, 2:16 pmArgentina to start vaccinations with Russia’s Sputnik VArgentina announced it will begin administering doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine later this month.“When the Russian vaccine is in Argentina, the first person to get it will be me,” President Alberto Fernandez said. “I have no doubt in the quality of the vaccine.”Russia on Saturday began vaccinations with Sputnik V, which hasn’t yet gone through the late-stage trials required in the U.S.Dec 10, 1:54 pmNew Hampshire house speaker dies from virusThe speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Richard “Dick” Hinch, has died from COVID-19 at the age of 71, the state’s attorney general said.Hinch was just elected speaker last week.ABC News’ Ben Stein contributed to this report.Dec 10, 12:12 pmHHS officials acknowledge staffing struggleJonathan Greene, deputy assistant secretary for operations and resources at the Department of Health and Human Services, acknowledged in a briefing call that the agency is not able to provide the number of health care workers states are requesting.HHS and FEMA have been “very judicious” in using and moving health care workers, providing 300 to 400 nationwide, which matches the number deployed during the first surge in the spring, Greene said. Fewer were deployed over the summer, mimicking the case curve.About 3,100 can be deployed nationally, but Greene admitted the system is designed more for situations like hurricanes than for pandemics.“It works less well when we’re talking about a pandemic where everyone needs all of these providers all at once. And certainly when we activate and deploy these people and take them out of their full-time jobs and put them somewhere else, it reduces the capacity in the places where they come from,” he said.Greene emphasized that local health systems ought to look to nontraditional health care providers and locations for back-up before looking to the federal government for staffing resources.ABC News’ Sarah Kolinovsky contributed to this report.Dec 10, 12:07 pmEllen DeGeneres tests positiveEllen DeGeneres said Thursday that she’s tested positive for COVID-19 and is “feeling fine.”“Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper guidelines,” the talk show host said.
Storms continue to move across US bringing tornadoes, heavy snow, freezing rain and flooding
ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Several storms moving through the country are bringing tornadoes, heavy snow, freezing rain, flooding and hail.There are 31 states on alert Tuesday morning for a variety of dangerous weather stretching from California to Massachusetts.The same storm that hit the Midwest overnight with heavy snow and ice also produced at least one tornado north of Birmingham, Alabama, with major damage to homes and buildings.In the Midwest, up to 14 inches of snow fell in Iowa and Nebraska, shutting down interstates with numerous accidents and injuries reported.Chicago is seeing 1 to 4 inches of snow with more snow to come through the day and, locally, 8 inches of snow is possible when the storm moves out later on Tuesday.This same storm is moving into the Northeast now with snow and freezing rain and strong thunderstorms to the south.Throughout the day, this icy mix will continue in Pennsylvania and into New Jersey and parts of Maryland where a winter weather advisory has been issued Tuesday morning.Elsewhere, snow is expected to fly from upstate New York into New England.Snowfall totals will range 3 to 6 inches from the Hudson Valley to New England and, locally, 8 inches is expected in the higher elevation in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont.Two more storms are moving through the West Tuesday into Wednesday with copious amounts of rain and snow.Already, up to 18 inches of snow fell in Arizona in the last 24 hours and, in Nevada, I-15 was shut down near the California border.Snow even fell just outside of Los Angeles on I-5 in Grapevine and up to 3 inches accumulated.The current storm in the West will move east in the next 24 hours and could bring a wintry mix to the southern Appalachians and parts of Carolinas and the southern Mid-Atlantic by Wednesday night.Meanwhile, a new storm will hit the West Coast Tuesday night into Wednesday — the strongest of them all — with more than 7 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California and more than 8 inches of rain for coastal California.Mudslides and flooding are a major threat for the state of California by Thursday. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
High Court ruling puts spotlight on tribunals
Previous Article Next Article Employers’ poor employee relations will be open to public and media scrutinyfollowing a landmark High Court ruling.A successful legal challenge by campaigning group Public Concern at Workmeans that everyone will have access to detailed information on employmenttribunal cases.Already the tribunal service has voiced concern that disputes are morelikely to end up in court rather than being resolved because both sides willwant to clear their names publicly. Currently public information is limited to basic details such as the name ofthe applicant and the company. This data is kept on a central register wherethe public can access it. Newspapers are also sent lists of cases held at theirlocal tribunal.But following the decision made on 19 April in favour of Public Concern atWork, the tribunal service will have to provide details on the people involvedand the allegations made.The service has until 17 May to lodge an appeal.Mark Cotton, deputy head of content at The Newcastle Journal, said moreinformation will “immediately lead to more coverage”.”It will be like cases in the criminal courts where we are given namesof defendants, their ages and addresses and the charges they face. With thatinformation you can quickly decide whether a case will be of interest,” hesaid.Guy Dehn, director of Public Concern at Work, said having the information onpublic record will benefit employers by putting off bogus claimants. Employerswill be able to check if candidates have a history of bringing claims.But Lew Swift, head of HR at Aintree Hospitals, said unscrupulous employeeswill be able to build a stronger case by finding out what the organisation hadbeen accused of before. Related posts:No related photos. High Court ruling puts spotlight on tribunalsOn 2 May 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.
PeopleOn 8 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today • Mike Higgins has been appointed HR director of Wincanton Logistics. An economics graduate from the University of Manchester, Higgins has held positions in all aspects of HR management at major blue-chip companies, including ICI and Glaxo. In 1993 he was appointed group HR director for the UK and Ireland with German chemical and pharmaceutical multinational Bayer where he initiated a pan-European management development programme. His key priorities at Wincanton will be driving forward technology-enabled training and development capabilities for the firm’s 15,000 staff across more than 200 locations via the company’s intranet.• Alan Pankhurst has been appointed personnel director at Guardian Newspapers.Pankhurst, previously group personnel director for Guardian Media Group, will head GMG’s People Department and will serve the company’s board. He will continue to provide support to Guardian Media Group executives as group personnel adviser. Pankhurst has been a personnel professional for the past 30 years, 22 of which at director level. He was previously personnel director of Central TV and was at the heart of the merger of Central and Carlton. For three years before He joined GMG in February 1998 as a consultant, and was made group personnel director six months later.• Susan Alexander has been appointed HR manager at tortilla chip manufacturer Mission Foods Europe. Alexander will head Mission’s HR team and will have responsibility for the 200-strong administration and factory-based workforce at the production facility. Reporting directly to managing director Nick Houghton, she will be responsible for setting up the company’s employment policies and for instigating team communication channels. Alexander joins Mission from Kettleby Foods – part of the Samworth Brothers Group – which specialises in the production of own-label recipe dishes for UK retailers. Alexander gained experience in web site development working as part of the start-up team at Mission’s Leicester site.• Sue Robinson has been appointed group recruitment manager at IT services company Sanderson. Robinson’s previous role was at Austin Benn consultants in Birmingham where she worked on sales recruitment and business development. She will be responsible for Sanderson’s recruitment across nine offices. A mathematics graduate from the University of Northumbria, Robinson spent four years in the Royal Navy, where she held the position of warfare officer.
Why recruitment and retention will be the issues
Why recruitment and retention will be the issuesOn 3 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Employers need to take the career aspirations of young people seriouslyIf your organisation is experiencing difficulty attracting and retaining skilled employees, the latest careers research suggests the situation is likely to get worse unless action is taken.Young people’s attitudes to work, careers and learning offers advance warning of impending recruitment issues – assuming current trends continue until the sample group of 1,700 14- and 15-year-olds reaches the job market.The survey, carried out by Roffey Park in conjunction with the Sussex Careers Service, suggests that young people are not tempted by careers in construction, engineering and manufacturing, while “creative” jobs such as interior design and becoming a chef have far greater appeal. The example set by celebrity creative types such as interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen explains these aspirations to some extent. But there is perhaps a more deep-seated shift going on since even some of the more realistic aspirations suggest a move away from traditional employment. Young people expect work to be tough, but they want jobs that will allow their individual flair to shine through. On the other hand, the construction industry, which is already experiencing shortages of skilled recruits, clearly has an image problem since the wide range of creative opportunities available is not getting across.Retention is also likely to become a bigger problem. An issue common to both young people and managers across all sectors is the challenge of achieving work-life balance. While many managers are forced to put up with long working hours and a seemingly endless spill-over of work into personal time, young people are not prepared to put up with this. They expect to do a good day’s work and then be able to do other things. They admire their parents when they are able to achieve this balance. Employers who exploit employees’ good will or anxieties over job security implicitly encourage overwork and should take note.While there are many differences between the views of young people and those of managers, perhaps the attitudes they share give clues to longer-term preferences likely to have an impact. A common theme is their attitude towards teamwork. Employers in all sectors expect employees to operate in teams and achieve the benefits of synergy, but research suggests that teamworking may not come naturally to employees. Young people are surprisingly uninterested in working as part of a team. Similarly, surveys suggest that many high-potential managers tolerate teamworking as a means to an end – to increase their own ability to achieve. If organisations want the best of both worlds, they will need to find creative ways of recognising individual and team achievement. Another clear trend is the recognition that each person is responsible for their own career and that notions of loyalty to a single employer are out of date. Many managers are consciously putting effort into making themselves employable, with a clear implication that they are increasing the options available to them. Interestingly, young people too see the need for ongoing learning in the workplace – and will expect an employer to provide them with development opportunities. Employers who wish to attract and retain the best new recruits will have to think carefully about how they can provide these development opportunities. Of course, the smartest employers are already doing this for existing employees.By Linda Holbeche, director of research at Roffey Park Institute Comments are closed.
Code on staff monitoring leaves industry confused
Employers have three months to push for clear rules on monitoring staff e-mails and telephone calls following the publication of a draft code of practice last week.The architect of the code, which covers telephone and e-mail monitoring of staff and the use of personal data, has admitted it will add to confusion among HR professionals.But employers can challenge the code and ensure the final rules make it clear when and how they can monitor staff.Employers have complained that the code seems to contradict regulations released earlier this month giving the green light to monitor staff (News, 10 October).Assistant Commissioner David Smith, who drafted the code, said he had tried to set out the provisions of the Data Protection Act clearly. “We cannot lay down any hard and fast rules which apply to all businesses. I accept that there is potential for confusion, but we are anticipating a lot of feedback on the draft code and we expect to make changes,” he said.The 63-page draft has been criticised by industry for being too complex and too unwieldy in the light of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, which comes into force on 24 October.Smith stressed that employers must first ensure they are satisfying the terms of the RIP Act. “If they don’t do that they’re not off the starting blocks,” he said.The CBI’s head of e-business, Nigel Hickson, said the Data Protection Commissioner should have held back publication once the RIP laws were changed to avoid confusion.”I think it is well-intentioned, but some areas are impractical for employers.” By Paul Dinsdale Related posts:No related photos. Code on staff monitoring leaves industry confusedOn 17 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article