Spotlight on: volunteering

first_imgSpotlight on: volunteeringOn 21 Feb 2006 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article If HR managers are keen to climb the career ladder, they must show how their attitude, application and abilities can make a real difference to the business as a whole.In many environments – and HR is certainly one of them – managers have to be able to work with individuals who work at different speeds and share different values and interests. HR managers need to consider the ‘broader picture’ and have the ability to communicate, influence and deliver results that affect the long-term strategic direction of their business. So how can these skills be developed?One answer is through training and development. Qualifications certainly help as they can challenge and benchmark individuals. But they do so against defined criteria. So, as someone wanting to progress within HR, how can you develop, yet still stand out from the crowd?A study published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Volun-tary Service Overseas (VSO), reveals that voluntary work can help you improve the skills needed to further your career and, at the same time, give you experience in wider business areas.But just undertaking voluntary activity is not enough. Some employers still believe it is a distraction, with only one in 10 volunteers involved in a programme through work. So it is important to be able to position the skills that you learn to demonstrate how they directly apply to your day-to-day work.After all, most HR managers would say that recruiting someone depends on how they present themselves and their experience. So practise what you preach. In the same way that you look for evidence of competency when recruiting, think about how you can highlight and present the skills you learn.In practical terms, this may involve recording activity in a workbook for your continuous professional development or assessment by potential employers. But you need to make it relevant. If you are volunteering for a local charity, for example, consider how the skills you develop relate to the budgetary element of your role.CMI’s research also identified alignment between skills gaps in organisations and those being developed through voluntary work. Almost all respondents said they were now more capable of handling different cultures, and about half claimed that volunteering developed problem-solving abilities.These newly acquired skills could also make you more employable. Many organisations are short of skills such as diversity management, or communication and conflict management – all of which can be developed through voluntary work.There is a clear argument to support voluntary activity as a route to improving the skills you, and your employer, need. In today’s flatter organisations, we are all aware that the concepts of a ‘linear career structure’ or a ‘job for life’ are becoming anachronistic, but you can be proactive in managing your career development.HR managers should recognise that by sharing and publicising their skills, not only can they play a significant role within the wider community, but they can also influence their future career and contribute to their company’s success.Top 5 skills developed by volunteersCommunicationsInfluencing and persuadingProject managementManaging changeCoaching and mentoringSource: Chartered Management InstituteJo Causon is the director of marketing and corporate affairs at the Chartered Management Institute. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Subleases up 40% across US as companies ditch space

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and PricewaterhouseCoopers US Chairman Tim Ryan (Getty, PwC)JPMorgan Chase, Salesforce and PricewaterhouseCoopers are among a growing number of firms looking to sublease space as the demand for traditional offices diminishes.About 137 million square feet of office space was up for sublease across the U.S. at the end of last year, according to CBRE Group, the Wall Street Journal reported. That represents a 40 percent annual increase and the most since 2003.Read moreYelp. PWC test options on Manhattan’s sublease marketManhattan sublease space at record high after 47% jumpJPMorgan to sublet office space as it ponders work from home Share via Shortlink Commercial Real EstateJPMorganManhattanoffice marketcenter_img Companies are aiming to reduce their physical presence as they plan to let employees work from home at least some of the time, but are locked into long-term leases.For landlords, subleases are a thorn in the office market. Sublease space typically commands a 25 percent discount from the previous price, David Falk, president of the New York tri-state region at Newmark, told the Journal.JPMorgan began subletting its 700,000 square feet of office space in lower Manhattan earlier this year, according to the publication. PricewaterhouseCoopers and Yelp are also trying to sublet their space in New York.[WSJ] — Keith Larsen Tagslast_img read more

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On the formulation of snow thermal conductivity in large-scale sea ice models

first_imgAn assessment of the performance of a state-of-the-art large-scale coupled sea ice – ocean model, including a new snow multilayer thermodynamic scheme, is performed. Four 29-years-long simulations are compared against each other and against sea ice thickness and extent observations. Each simulation uses a separate parameterization for snow thermo-physical properties. The first simulation uses a constant thermal conductivity and prescribed density profiles. The second and third parameterizations use typical power-law relationships linking thermal conductivity directly to density (prescribed as in the first simulation). The fourth parameterization is newly developed and consists of a set of two linear equations relating the snow thermal conductivity and density to the mean seasonal wind speed. Results show that simulation 1 leads to a significant overestimation of the sea ice thickness due to overestimated thermal conductivity, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere. Parameterizations 2 and 4 lead to a realistic simulation of the Arctic sea ice mean state. Simulation 3 results in the underestimation of the sea ice basal growth in both hemispheres, but is partly compensated by lateral growth and snow ice formation in the Southern Hemisphere. Finally, parameterization 4 improves the simulated snow depth distributions by including snow packing by wind, and shows potential for being used in future works. The intercomparison of all simulations suggests that the sea ice model is more sensitive to the snow representation in the Arctic than it is in the Southern Ocean, where the sea ice thickness is not driven by temperature profiles in the snow.last_img read more

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Fatty acid profiles of Antarctic cyanobacteria Leptolyngbya

first_imgAntarctic cyanobacteria may represent a potential resource of new and unique compounds with interesting capabilities. Profiling of fatty acids in Antarctic cyanobacteria can provide an overview of potential fatty acids present in them, that can be utilised in future applications.last_img

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Scoreboard roundup — 4/2/18

first_img Written by April 3, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 4/2/18 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:       INTERLEAGUE Final  Pittsburgh   5  Minnesota   4 Final  Boston       7  Miami       3       AMERICAN LEAGUE Final  Detroit     6  Kansas City     1 Final  Toronto     4  Chi White Sox   2 Final  Houston     6  Baltimore       1 Final  Oakland     3  Texas           1 Final  Cleveland   6  L-A Angels      0Tampa Bay  at  N-Y Yankees   1:05 p.m., postponed       NATIONAL LEAGUE Final  St. Louis    8  Milwaukee   4 Final  Cincinnati   1  Chi Cubs    0 Final  Washington   8  Atlanta     1 Final  Colorado     7  San Diego   4 L-A Dodgers   7  Arizona   8  , 15 innings Philadelphia  at  N-Y Mets   7:10 p.m., postponed       NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final  Toronto      5  Buffalo     2 Final  Florida      3  Carolina    2 Final  Winnipeg     6  Ottawa      5 Final  Minnesota    3  Edmonton    0 Final  Washington   4  St. Louis   2 Final  L.A. Kings   3  Colorado    1       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final  (2) Villanova   79  (7) Michigan   62Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Mystery Christmas Tree is Back Once Again

first_imgThe “Mystery Christmas Tree” of Egg Harbor Township is located just outside Ocean City, Somers Point and Longport.  By Tim KellyIt’s back!The local “Mystery Christmas Tree” has re-appeared for another holiday season.For decades, someone has been decorating a robust evergreen located at the foot of the Assemblywoman Dolores G. Cooper Memorial Bridge. Heading into Somers Point from Ocean City or Absecon Island, the tree is on the right hand side of the road, Longport-Somers Point Boulevard.The tree stands along a stretch of highway within the borders of Egg Harbor Township. However, most people notice the tree, which stands about 20 feet tall, as they travel from Ocean City or Longport into Somers Point.“I’ve been wondering when the Christmas tree would appear, and there it is, just as it has been for years,” Egg Harbor Township Mayor James J. “Sonny” McCullough said.McCullough, who lives nearby, travels past the tree on his way to work at the EHT municipal offices, and he’s been looking out for it.“The people doing this must be doing it secretly or late at night, when nobody is around. It just appeared like magic, like Santa Claus,” he said. The tree is adorned with an assortment of decorations, including large ornaments.OCNJDaily.com has been watching for the decorations to show up as well. As close as can be determined, the tree was trimmed sometime after Thanksgiving and before the end of the holiday weekend. It was observed last Monday morning for the first time by OCNJDaily.com.Some people believe an Ocean City resident or residents must be the phantom tree-trimmers, since a large portion of the traffic comes off the Ocean Drive bridge headed into the mainland towns. McCullough had a theory about the tree, claiming the decorations are installed by members of a prominent Longport family.“The tree (has been decorated) for at least 20 years,” McCullough said. “(The suspected tree trimmer) was a pretty eccentric guy. He passed away a while back, and I’m guessing his family has kept the tradition going.”EHT Mayor Sonny McCullough, left, pictured with HERO Campaign founder Bill Elliott, says the holiday tree has been decorated for at least 20 years and appears magically, “like Santa Claus.” (Photo courtesy of sonnymccullough.com)OCNJDaily.com was unable to independently confirm the mayor’s assertion about the tree’s origin, so for now, no names are being mentioned.McCullough said the tree was very small when he first saw it. It has grown over the years to the point where the decorations stop slightly higher than midway to the top.(“Whomever ) is doing this probably needs a ladder, and it still does not have the height to top off the tree,” McCullough said.He noted it really doesn’t matter how or why the tree is trimmed each Christmas season. The important thing is, it makes people happy.“I look forward to seeing it and I feel good when I see it for the first time each year,” McCullough said. It’s a seasonal thing, and it helps make you excited that Christmas will soon be here.”The tree is transformed into a holiday landmark every year, but no one has stepped forward to claim credit.last_img read more

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Roemer to visit IOP in October

first_imgThe Institute of Politics (IOP), located at Harvard Kennedy School, announced the fall visiting fellowship of Tim Roemer, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of India (2009-11), member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, and U.S. representative (D-Ind.; 1991-2003).Roemer’s fellowship will occur the week of Oct. 3. Visiting fellows traditionally meet with student groups; lead discussion sessions on topical issues and their experiences in public and political service; and participate in public policy classes with students and Harvard faculty.For more information.last_img read more

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Space heater may have caused fire that killed mom, 4 kids

first_imgDES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — Fire officials say a space heater may have caused a blaze in suburban Chicago that killed four young girls and their mom. The Des Plaines Fire Department says the space heater was at the top of stairs tat were the only way in and out of the second-floor unit. That’s where all of the family members were found. The space heater’s placement may have blocked the family’s only path out of the burning building. No smoke detectors were on the second floor. Foul play is not suspected. The fire killed a 25-year-old woman and her four daughters, ages 1 to 6. The Des Plaines Fire Department is continuing its investigation.last_img read more

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James Backway & More Will Step Into West End’s War Horse

first_img View Comments Based on the Morpurgo novel of the same name and adapted by Nick Stafford, War Horse is set at the dawn of World War I. The play follows a young farm boy named Albert Nerracot who sets out to find his beloved horse Joey after his father sells the animal to the army. The National Theatre production is co-directed by Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris. In addition to Backway as Albert, the new cast will feature Simon Wolfe as Arthur Narracott, Colm Gormley as Ted, Dominic Hodson as Captain Nicholls, Tony McGeever as David Taylor, Alasdair Craig as Friedrich Muller and Clair Louise Connolly as Emilie. Rounding out the cast will be Phillip Bertioli, Ken Bradshaw, Adrian Christopher, Matthew Churcher, Harry De Moraville, Drew Dillon, James Duncan, Nick Figgis, Patrick Fleming, Keiran Flynn, Alan Francis, Ian Houghton, Mark Jackson, Simon Jenkins, Jamie Lee-Morgan, Nyron Levy, Kate Marlais, Shaun McCourt, Jayne Mckenna, Chris Milford, Gary Mitchinson, Ben Murray, Markus Schabbing, Adam Henderson Scott, Alisdair Simpson, James Alexander Taylor, Emma Thurnett, Scarlet Wilderink, Sam Willmott, Thomas Mittleheuser and Lowri Walton.center_img A new crop of actors and puppeteers will join the West End cast of War Horse beginning March 16. James Backway, a recent Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts alum who appeared in the National Theatre’s New Views: Is There Wifi, will take on the central role of Albert at the New London Theatre. He replaces current star Jack Loxton.last_img read more

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Samantha Barks to Headline Berkeley Rep’s Amelie Alongside Adam Chanler-Berat

first_img View Comments As previously speculated, Samantha Barks will lead the world premiere musical Amélie at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The cast will also include Broadway alum (and former Broadway.com vlogger) Adam Chanler-Berat as Nino. Performances will begin on August 28 and run through October 4. Barks, who takes on the title role, appeared on stage and screen as Eponine in Les Miserables. Her additional credits include City of Angels, Cabaret, Oliver! and Chicago. Chanler-Berat heads to the west coast after starring in The Fortress of Solitude off-Broadway. He has also appeared on Broadway in Peter and the Starcatcher and Next to Normal.Based on the 2001 French film, Amélie features music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and a book by Craig Lucas. It tells the story of a young girl who was home-schooled by her mother and cultivated a very active imagination. The show details her life in Paris as she helps those around her try to find love, and ultimately falls in love herself.Barks and Chanler-Berat will be joined by Randy Blair as Hipolito, Alison Cimmet as Amandine/Philomene, Carla Duren as Gina, John Hickok as Raphael/Bretodeaux, Alyse Alan Louise as Georgette/Fluffy/Sylvie and Paul Whitty as Joseph. The production will feature set and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Kai Harada and projection design by Peter Nigrini. Sam Pinkleton will choreograph. last_img read more

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