I got my job… through Personnel Today

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. New recruit Nicola Fleet is the latest reader to embark on a new careerafter spotting the perfect opportunity on the pages of Personnel Today. She nowworks as an HR officer for Hertfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue. Fleet first applied for the post because she wanted a new challenge andhoped to become part of a team, as her previous role involved a lot of timeworking alone. “Really, I was looking for a change in my role. My old position wasvery independent and I wanted to move into a team that would enable me to haveinteraction with other HR professionals. I felt the fire and rescue servicewould be a challenging role that would let me expand on my professionalexperience,” she says. In the new job, Fleet will have far greater management responsibilities andwill specialise in recruitment and employee relations issues. She moves from an HR administration role at a manufacturing firm, where shespent three-and-a-half years, and admits the new job will take some gettingused to – not least because she is now working in a uniformed environment. “I’ll have to get to grips with two sets of terms and conditions(uniformed and non-uniformed) that are currently used in the service. I’ll alsobe trying to adapt to public sector working practices as opposed to the privatesector that I have previously been used to,” she explains. Fleet was interviewed by the assistant chief officer and the seniorpersonnel officer (who she now reports to), but says the toughest part of thewhole process was the gruelling psychometric tests and presentations. She aims to continue studying for her CIPD qualification, and believes herexperience will help develop the HR function at the fire and rescue service. “In terms of what I hope to achieve, the service should view thepersonnel function as a professional and organised department that contributesto the overall aims of the service,” she says. The recruitment campaign, arranged by Manpower, was featured in PersonnelToday last year and attracted the attention of Fleet, as it was exactly thesort of challenge she was looking for. Of course, this is just half the battle, and she offers this tip forsucceeding in the really difficult part – interviews. “Stay calm and find out as much as you can about the organisation inadvance. Be familiar with the person specification because questions are oftengeared around these areas. Finally, make sure you’re up-to-date with currentlegislation,” she says. Did you find your job in Personnel Today? If so, we’d like to hear howyour career is developing. E-mails to [email protected] the best HR jobs visit www.personneltodayjobs.com I got my job… through Personnel TodayOn 20 Jan 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Key role for OH in new HSE strategy on health at work

first_img Comments are closed. Key role for OH in new HSE strategy on health at workOn 1 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Occupational health is a key element in the most ambitious strategy sincethe founding of the NHS, said Charles Auld, chief executive of the GeneralHealthcare Group and member of the public sector strategy board at the CBI. During his keynote speech, ‘Occupational health, who needs it?’, Auld quotedliberally from the report Securing good health for the population and theearlier ‘Securing Health Together’ strategy, as evidence of how much theGovernment and the economy does indeed need OH. With the NHS currently spending £1m every nine minutes, it is no wonder theGovernment has a long-term commitment to improving the health of the workforce,he explained. OH will be the most important instrument in this policy. This is because theGovernment – and more specifically, Chancellor Gordon Brown, who commissionedSecuring good health for the population – recognises that OH is uniquely placedto promote this message directly to both employers and the workforce. Auld admitted there are difficulties ahead, not least the poor coverage ofOH services among small to medium-sized enterprises, the lack of any legalrequirement for employers to offer an OH service, and limited resources. He said these weaknesses must be addressed, and offer an opportunity forthis sector to get significant Government funding and support. The furthereducation and training of more OH nurses may well be required, he added. Auld also admitted that until recently at the CBI, healthcare was just ashorter word for sickness absence, and hadn’t enjoyed a high enough profile. The Government and businesses’ realisation of the impact of workplace healthissues on the economy, which resulted in Brown commissioning more work in thisarea, has changed this perception, he said. www.hm-treasury.gov.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

REBNY taps Patrick Jenkins to consult on “job creation,” pandemic recovery

first_imgEmail Address* Share via Shortlink Patrick B. Jenkins and REBNY President James Whelan (Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates, REBNY) As the threat of a pied-à-terre tax mounts, an entity tied to the Real Estate Board of New York has hired a consultant who worked to kill the measure last year.But the consultant, Patrick Jenkins, says he isn’t tackling the controversial tax, nor other hot-button industry issues, including a proposed blanket eviction moratorium.Rather, “the work is to focus on job creation and job growth coming out of this crisis,” he said.Putting New Yorkers to Work, headed by REBNY President James Whelan, hired Jenkins’ eponymous firm in October, recent filings with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics show. A spokesperson for REBNY said the group brought Jenkins on to “provide strategic advice on positioning the organization to promote job creation efforts.” His $20,000-a-month contract with the group runs through the end of next June.ADVERTISEMENTJenkins said he registered as a lobbyist for the group out of an abundance of caution, but that he was not hired to lobby on behalf of Putting New Yorkers to Work. According to Jenkins’ registration, his potential focus as a lobbyist would be related to “taxation issues” at the state and city level, as well as “real property issues.” The state filing indicates that his firm expects to target the state legislature, the governor and City Council.Last year, developer William Zeckendorf hired Jenkins to lobby against the proposed pied-à-terre tax, which was ultimately abandoned in favor of a one-time transfer and mansion tax. Elected officials have indicated that they plan to make the tax on second homes a priority in 2021.Earlier this year, a business coalition funded by REBNY, the Five Borough Jobs Campaign, tapped Jenkins to push for the renewal of the Relocation and Employment Assistance Program. The tax incentive was renewed through July 2025 as part of the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget.Jenkins is well-connected, as a long-time friend and political consultant to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Most recently, a financial disclosure report released on Friday shows Jenkins was paid nearly $4,000 for work for Heastie in July.Since at least 2011, Putting New Yorkers to Work has targeted construction labor and other issues. In 2015, the group rolled out ads targeting a prevailing wage provision that was proposed as part of a renewed 421a. Last year, the group homed in on measures that would have required union-level construction wages on all public projects. That bill didn’t pass in 2019, but a different version that applied to projects costing more than $5 million and where public funds cover at least 30 percent of construction financing was approved in the 2021 budget.Now the industry faces the prospect of the state legislature holding a special session in the final weeks of December. Heastie has indicated that he supports raising taxes on wealthy earners before the end of the year. Meanwhile, members of the legislature are pushing for a blanket moratorium on evictions.Contact Kathryn Brenzel Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Full Name* TagsPoliticsReal Estate Board of New YorkReal Estate Taxeslast_img read more

Low temperature effects on micro-arthropods

first_imgThe main features of the cold hardiness strategies adopted by Antarctic terrestrial arthropods (principally Acari and Collembola) are reviewed. These include lethal low temperatures, chill-coma temperature, supercooling ability, cryoprotectants and survival in anoxic conditions.last_img

Changes in seabird species abundance near South Georgia during a period of rapid change in sea surface temperature

first_imgDuring a three month research cruise near the island of South Georgia, sea surface temperature (SST) increased from c. 2°C to over 4°C. Satellite derived SST show that this corresponded to a rapid southward and eastward shift of isotherms in the northern Scotia Sea, which could have resulted from changes in the wind field. At the same time, observation from the ship of seabirds close to the island indicated changes in the abundance of some non-resident species, whereas resident breeders from South Georgia, such as black-browed albatrosses (Diomedea melanophris) and prions (Pachyptila spp.) which were foraging locally, were present at consistent density in both halves of the survey. Blue petrels (Halobaena caerulea) left the area after breeding, so were associated only with the low water temperatures during the first part of the cruise. In contrast, great shearwaters (Puffinus gravis) and soft-plumaged petrels (Pterodroma mollis) migrated into the area later in the survey. These birds were almost certainly non-breeders which were feeding in the warmer water which had moved towards the island.last_img read more

The spatial coherence of interannual temperature variations in the Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgThe west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula is a region of extreme interannual variability in near-surface temperatures. Recently the region has also experienced more rapid warming than any other part of the Southern Hemisphere. In this paper we use a new dataset of satellite-derived surface temperatures to define the extent of the region of extreme variability more clearly than was possible using the sparse station data. The region in which satellite surface temperatures correlate strongly with west Peninsula station temperatures is largely confined to the seas just west of the Peninsula. Correlation of Peninsula surface temperatures with those over the rest of continental Antarctica is poor confirming that the west Peninsula is in a different climate regime. Our analysis suggests that only one of five existing ice cores from the region is likely to provide a proxy climate record that is representative of the west coast.last_img read more

The impact crater as a habitat: effects of impact processing of target materials

first_imgImpact structures are a rare habitat on Earth. However, where they do occur they can potentially have an important influence on the local ecology. Some of the types of habitat created in the immediate post-impact environment are not specific to the impact phenomenon, such as hydrothermal systems and crater lakes that can be found, for instance, in post-volcanic environments, albeit with different thermal characteristics than those associated with impact. However, some of the habitats created are specifically linked to processes of impact processing. Two examples of how impact processing of target materials has created novel habitats that improve the opportunities for colonization are found in the Haughton impact structure in the Canadian High Arctic. Impact-shocked rocks have become a habitat for endolithic microorganisms, and large, impact-shattered blocks of rock are used as resting sites by avifauna. However, some materials produced by an impact, such as melt sheet rocks, can make craters more biologically depauperate than the area surrounding them. Although there are no recent craters with which to study immediate post-impact colonization, these data yield insights into generalized mechanisms of how impact processing can influence post-impact succession. Because impact events are one of a number of processes that can bring localized destruction to ecosystems, understanding the manner in which impact structures are recolonized is of ecological interest. Impact craters are a universal phenomenon on solid planetary surfaces, and so they are of potential biological relevance on other planetary surfaces, particularly Mars.last_img read more

Foraging ecology of albatrosses and petrels from South Georgia: two decades of insights from tracking technologies

first_img1. A wide range of instrumentation has been deployed on albatrosses and petrels at Bird Island, South Georgia, in studies dating back to the mid-1980s. Early results indicated the huge distances that albatrosses and large petrels travelled within the breeding season. More recent data show the capacity for sustained ground speeds >100 km h-1, taking advantage of the local wind field. Migrants can cover >750-950 km day-1; one grey-headed albatross circumnavigated the Southern Ocean in only 46 days.2. Improved coverage of different life-history stages and seasons has revealed striking variation in distribution in relation to seasonality of resources and reproductive constraints. There is often a degree of sexual segregation, and, typically, marked individual differences in primary wintering areas and timing of migration that persist from year to year.3. Although there is considerable inter-specific spatial segregation, habitat preferences can overlap, and the intensity of competition is then reduced by differences in behaviour (degree of nocturnal activity, diving capability and manoeuvrability). Migrants appear to avoid congeners and conspecifics from other populations mainly through differences in timing of movements.4. More detailed analyses of activity patterns suggest that birds adjust flight behaviour at multiple spatial scales. Albatrosses are much more active during daylight than darkness probably because they find it more difficult to locate prey at night. Nonetheless, a substantial proportion of prey may be captured in darkness using a sit-and-wait tactic. Use of stomach temperature probes also suggests a higher proportion of the diet consists of gelatinous organisms than is indicated from analyses of stomach contents collected at the colony.5. Many albatrosses and large petrels are experiencing widespread population declines. Tracking data that allow the determination of the degree of overlap between birds and fisheries, and hence potential vulnerability to bycatch, are of increasing conservation relevance.last_img read more

Boundary condition of grounding lines prior to collapse, Larsen-B Ice Shelf, Antarctica

first_imgGrounding zones, where ice sheets transition between resting on bedrock to full floatation, help regulate ice flow. Exposure of the sea floor by the 2002 Larsen-B Ice Shelf collapse allowed detailed morphologic mapping and sampling of the embayment sea floor. Marine geophysical data collected in 2006 reveal a large, arcuate, complex grounding zone sediment system at the front of Crane Fjord. Radiocarbon-constrained chronologies from marine sediment cores indicate loss of ice contact with the bed at this site about 12,000 years ago. Previous studies and morphologic mapping of the fjord suggest that the Crane Glacier grounding zone was well within the fjord before 2002 and did not retreat further until after the ice shelf collapse. This implies that the 2002 Larsen-B Ice Shelf collapse likely was a response to surface warming rather than to grounding zone instability, strengthening the idea that surface processes controlled the disintegration of the Larsen Ice Shelf.last_img read more

Bed conditions of Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica

first_imgAlthough 90% of Antarctica’s discharge occurs via its fast-flowing ice streams, our ability to project future ice sheet response has been limited by poor observational constraints on the ice-bed conditions used in numerical models to determine basal slip. We have helped address this observational deficit by acquiring and analyzing a series of seismic reflection profiles to determine basal conditions beneath the main trunk and tributaries of Pine Island Glacier (PIG), West Antarctica. Seismic profiles indicate large-scale sedimentary deposits. Combined with seismic reflection images, measured acoustic impedance values indicate relatively uniform bed conditions directly beneath the main trunk and tributaries, comprising a widespread reworked sediment layer with a dilated sediment lid of minimum thickness 1.5 ± 0.4 m. Beneath a slow-moving intertributary region, a discrete low-porosity sediment layer of 7 ± 3 m thickness is imaged. Despite considerable basal topography, seismic observations indicate that a till layer at the ice base is ubiquitous beneath PIG, which requires a highly mobile sediment body to maintain an abundant supply. These results are compatible with existing ice sheet models used to invert for basal shear stress: existing basal conditions upstream will not inhibit further rapid retreat of PIG if the high-friction region currently restraining flow, directly upstream of the grounding line, is breached. However, small changes in the pressure regime at the bed, as a result of stress reorganization following retreat, may result in a less-readily deformable bed and conditions which are less likely to maintain high ice-flow rates.last_img read more