Ford rethinks cull of its lowest performers

first_img Previous Article Next Article Motor giant Ford has dropped the practice of ‘managing out’ the lowestperforming 10 per cent of staff because of the negative reaction fromemployees. The company used the 10/80/10 approach to performance management championedby organisations such as US energy company GE, but found it did not fit withthe Ford culture. “Boy, did it get a bad reaction,” John Walker, vice-president ofHR for Ford Europe, told delegates at the Winning the Global Talent WarConference. “It turned a lot of staff against the company just by themanner in which it was done.” Ford even had to face legal action in the form of ‘class action’ lawsuitstaken in the US as a result of the policy. “We’ve moved away from thatnow,” Walker said. “If you put in a performance management approach,make sure it fits the company culture.” The company now uses a wide range of measures to evaluate performance andboost employee engagement in the business. Performance development committees assess the leadership potential ofemployees, for example. These include line managers and an HR professional. It uses business score cards and all staff are assessed against performancemetrics. Walker said changing social values had led the company to drop itsauthoritarian approach to leadership and to introduce new methods, such ascoaching. All its HR professionals will have gone through coaching training by the endof the year, delegates heard at the Pearn Kandola conference, held inassociation with Personnel Today. As part of its European transformation strategy, Ford has increasedproductivity in its plants from 63 per cent two years ago, to 98 per cent now. By Noel O’Reilly Ford rethinks cull of its lowest performersOn 6 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Conner Toolson leads Utah Valley in 98-75 rout of Denver

first_img Written by December 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local Conner Toolson leads Utah Valley in 98-75 rout of Denver FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah (AP) — Conner Toolson scored a season-high 26 points and Utah Valley led from the opening minute in a 98-75 win over Denver on Saturday night.Toolson was 5 of 10 from 3-point range and the Wolverines (6-3) made 13 of 29 3-point attempts while hitting 31 of 58 overall from the field.Utah Valley opened the game with a 14-5 lead, had a 17-3 run in the middle of the first half and led 53-37 at the break. Joe Rosga’s 3-pointer pulled the Pioneers (2-6) to 63-47 and then the Wolverines went on a 15-0 run and led by at least 23 the rest of the way.TJ Washington had 17 points for Utah Valley. Jake Toolson added 15 points, Benjamin Nakwaasah scored 14, and Baylee Steele chipped in with 10 points and eight boards.Ronnie Harrell Jr. scored 20, Ade Murkey added 17 points and David Nzekwesi 10 for Denver. Associated Press Tags: Conner Toolson/UVU Wolverines Basketballlast_img read more

Will three-year tenancies soon become standard?

first_imgA second built-to-rent developer in London is now offering tenants three-year tenancies as standard, this time at a development in West London.Be Living, which also trades as Be:here, is the build-to-rent arm of developer Wilmott Dixon and says a “new era is dawning for renters”.The company also operates as a letting agent under its Be:here brand and advertises properties at its build-to-rent developments on Rightmove and Zoopla.It also says that, following extensive consultation with tenants about how they wanted to live their lives and what they wanted, it decided to introduce the new, longer tenancies.Three-year tenanciesA survey of its tenants also revealed that 80% said they wanted to stay at the development “for as long as possible”, while separate research by Knight Frank discovered that 68% of tenants in the UK expect to be renting in three years’ time and beyond.The Gatefold development is in Hayes and includes 119 apartments within a former EMI Records vinyl records factory. As well as longer tenancies, some homes within the site are pet friendly and rent increases are fixed in line with inflation.“While renting is a deliberate choice for a growing number of people because of the flexibility it offers, we also recognise that tenants want the security of knowing that they have a place to call home for the long term,” says Layla Kausar, Property Manager at be:here Hayes.“We’re seeing residents moving into the community from all over London and beyond.“Things will only get more exciting with the completion of the rest of The Old Vinyl Factory’s retail, employment and entertainment facilities and the launch of Crossrail in 2019.“Crossrail in particular will make living in this part of west London a great option for people working in the City or Canary Wharf who want the amenities and services you get from a building specifically designed and managed with renters in mind, without the central London price tag.”multi-family homesBe:here also says the homes have been designed with sharers in mind – or multi-family homes as they are called in the US – while tenants also get free broadband, phone line and some calls and a concierge service for parcel deliveries.But unlike some other built-to-rent developments launched recently that committed to zero fees, Be:here charges a £300 fee to reserve a property which is deducted from the first month’s rent, and a non-refundable £48 referencing fee.As we reported in May Get Living London, which has a huge built-to-rent site within the Olympic park, said it would offer three-year tenancies and does not ask tenants for deposits or charge them any fees.Rents at the Gatefold development start at £1,150pcm for one-beds and £1,415pcm for two-beds.  hayes Gatefold development Layla Kausar built to rent wilmott dixon July 7, 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 » Housing Market » Will three-year tenancies soon become standard? previous nextHousing MarketWill three-year tenancies soon become standard?Two large build-to-rent schemes with over 2,000 tenants between them now offer three-year tenancies, so will the rest of the market have to follow suit?Nigel Lewis7th July 201701,284 Viewslast_img read more

Sainsbury’s suffers drop in profit

first_imgSainsbury’s underlying profit before tax plunged by 17.9% from £375m to £308m, according to sales figures for the 28 weeks to 26 September 2015.Like-for-like sales (excluding fuel) were also down 1.6% and market share declined slightly to 16.5%, which the company blamed on the growth of the discounters.However, Sainsbury’s claimed its premium Taste the Difference range had experienced volume growth of over 2%. It also achieved increases in the online and convenience store sectors. Online grocery sales grew 7% while convenience store sales rose nearly 11% against a backdrop of 37 new convenience stores opening in the half.Mike Coupe, chief executive at Sainsbury’s, said: “We are making good progress against the strategy we outlined last November. We are delivering volume and transaction growth as customers value our quality improvements and our clearer, simpler message of lower regular prices.“We continue to run the business efficiently and our cost savings programme is ahead of plan. We now expect savings of around £225m by the end of this financial year and we are on track to deliver our target of £500m cost savings over the next three years.“The grocery retail marketplace remains challenging but Sainsbury’s is a great business, run by an experienced management team, supported by talented colleagues and strong values. I am confident we are making progress and we are looking forward to a successful Christmas, offering our customers fantastic products and great value.”last_img read more

PREMIERE: Umphrey’s McGee Releases “Upward” Music Video With Summer Camp Live Footage

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee has released a brand-new music video for their it’s you track “Upward”. Filmed over four days at the 2018 Summer Camp Music Festival in Illinois, the video features plenty of live footage from the gathering, including some glorious slow-motion shots of the band’s members on stage (so prepare to see some top-notch guitar face).Umphrey’s McGee – “Upward” <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“Upward’s evolution took a very interesting path,” says keyboardist Joel Cummins. “The arrangement that we’ve played live for the past five years (originating from UMBowl’s ‘Onward & Upward’) arrived via an improvisational section Jake [Cinninger] started that Brendan [Bayliss] sang over. The new studio arrangement of Upward from it’s you is actually a hybrid of an acoustic demo Brendan made years ago and the UMBowl version. We combined our favorite elements of both to create a more dynamic studio arrangement of ‘Upward’, now with acoustic guitars, Moog bass, and, of course, a spectacularly powerful apex. To me, it’s the perfect way to close out an album.”“The words and melody to ‘Upward’ were very much stumbled into by accident,” adds guitarist and vocalist Brendan Bayliss. “Both were the first thing that came to the surface after listening over and over to the two chords from the intro. Literally, the first pass on the demo was 90% improvised… and subsequently, there were a few touchups (for the sake of rhyme and reason).”While “Upward” first got the studio treatment when Umphrey’s McGee’s surprise album it’s you dropped earlier this year, the song has been in the live rotation since it debuted at the 2014 Summer Camp Music Festival. Considering this history, it’s fitting that the band decided to team up with photographer/music video director C.J. Strehlow to turn their video into a tribute to the beloved event. (The video was also produced by longtime manager Kevin Browning and co-shot by Strehlow and Rahm Carrington).2018 has been quite the prolific year for Umphrey’s McGee. In addition to multiple music videos, the jam titans have also released two full-length albums, the complementary it’s not us and it’s you. With Summer Camp now behind them, the band is gearing up for a few Northeast shows before they head to Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a three-night run from July 5th to 7th. You can check out a full list of Umphrey’s McGee’s upcoming tour dates via their website, and their newest album, it’s you, can be streamed here.last_img read more

Sperm competition, cooperation

first_imgSome mouse sperm can discriminate between their brethren and the competing sperm from other males, clustering with the closest relatives to swim faster in the race to fertilize an egg. But this sort of cooperation appears to be present only in some promiscuous species, where it affords an individual’s sperm a competitive advantage over that of other males.The work is described this week (released Jan. 20) in the journal Nature by biologists Heidi S. Fisher and Hopi E. Hoekstra of Harvard University.“The race among sperm toward the egg is fierce, but never more so than when sperm of different males compete,” said Fisher, a postdoctoral researcher in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. “In some species where females mate with multiple males, groups of sperm join forces to outswim their uncooperative competitors. We’ve shown that, in deer mice, cooperation only occurs among close relatives — sperm from the same male.”This ability of sperm to discriminate between related and unrelated sperm is not seen in monogamous species, in which sperm of different males are unlikely ever to interact. The results suggest that competition among males drives cooperative behavior among their sperm.Fisher and Hoekstra studied sperm from two species of deer mice, Peromyscus polionotus and Peromyscus maniculatus. Although closely related, the species differ greatly in their sexual behavior: P. polionotus is monogamous, while P. maniculatus females are promiscuous, mating with successive males as little as one minute apart.The scientists found that only sperm from the promiscuous species showed the ability to discriminate between closely related and more distantly related sperm. When sperm from different P. polionotus males was combined in a Petri dish, it showed no selective aggregation.“This finding that sperm can discriminate suggests that sperm may be much more complex than we’ve appreciated,” said Hoekstra, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences at Harvard. “Because more than 95 percent of mammals are promiscuous, it’s possible this ability to discriminate and cooperate may be fairly widespread.”Fisher and Hoekstra say it’s not yet clear exactly how sperm identifies its relatives. Previous research by a different group at Harvard suggested that a single gene allows cooperative yeast to recognize related individuals. Fisher and Hoekstra found that one mouse’s sperm can even discriminate against that of its brother, suggesting that the recognition system must be very fine-tuned.“Whatever the recognition factor is, it would have to be highly variable,” Fisher said. “It may involve a hypervariable protein expressed on the outside of the sperm head.”The current work builds upon research published in 2002 by Harry Moore and colleagues at the University of Sheffield. Moore found that sperm from wood mice could clump together to increase swimming velocity during their migration toward the egg, but did not identify kinship as the factor determining which spermatozoa join forces.“Since all but one sperm fail to fertilize after joining a group, this altruistic behavior has been assumed, but never demonstrated, to occur only between closely related sperm,” Hoekstra said. “Our results show that the temporary alliances among sperm are not passively formed. Rather, they represent a complex discriminatory behavior driven by sexual selection.”Moore also investigated whether human sperm clusters in the same way, finding little evidence that it does.“Most rodent sperm have hooked heads, enabling mouse sperm to cluster together,” Fisher said. “In humans, the sperm head is rounder, which does not facilitate clustering.”Fisher and Hoekstra’s work was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.last_img read more

WNY Region Officially Moves To Phase Two Of Reopening

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Please open nail salons & massage. Owners are suffering WNY News Now Stock Graphic.MAYVILLE – During his press conference Tuesday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Western New York Region has entered phase two of reopening. The Western New York Region includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara Counties.“I am excited that we have entered Phase 2 of Reopening,” said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive. “This gives small businesses the opportunities they need to get back on their feet. I urge everyone to support our local businesses as together we are CHQ Strong.”In addition to the previously designated businesses, phase two allows the following businesses to reopen: All office-based jobs (professional services, administrative support, and information technology);Retail (in-store shopping; and rental, repair and cleaning);Real estate services (building and property management; and leasing, rental and sales services);Barbershops and hair salons (limited to hair services only with no massages, hair removal, facial and nail services), andMotor vehicle leasing, rental and sales.Before Phase two businesses reopen, they must complete New York State’s guidance documents available at forward.ny.gov. guidance includes summary guidelines for employers and employees; detailed guidelines, which contain a business affirmation component; and a business safety plan template, which must be completed and posted at the premises.Local businesses with questions about the guidance and reopening are asked to contact the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) at (716) 661-8900.Meanwhile, the Chautauqua County Health Department announced one new case of COVID-19 Tuesday.Officials say the case involves a man in his 80s. There are now 15 active cases, down three from Monday. So far 69 people have recovered from COVID-19, with 88 cases total in Chautauqua County.last_img read more

Watch Audra McDonald Reveal Her Addiction & Sing as Billie Holiday

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Star Files Related Shows Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Audra McDonald Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald stopped by The Colbert Report to chat about her Tony-nominated performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. The two discussed what draws audiences to the triumphs and struggles of the legendary jazz singer, how McDonald sounds “a little bit like a cat” (Grizabella?!)  when putting on the voice, and that while she doesn’t share Holiday’s drug addiction, she does turn to a certain confection. If you follow her on Twitter, you might have an idea. After calling Colbert a “mother*cker” (endearingly, and as Holiday), McDonald broke out the soft lens and the grayscale filter to sing two numbers: “What a Little Moonlight Can Do” and “God Bless the Child.” Have a look at the interview and remarkable performances below! View Commentslast_img read more

Tomato Preservation

first_imgIt’s the height of tomato season in Georgia and the harvest is abundant. Tomatoes can be preserved by canning, drying, freezing or pickling. They can also be used in creating fruit spreads like jams, jellies and marmalades.Raw tomatoes or raw tomato products can be kept refrigerated (below 40 degrees Fahrenheit), but will spoil over time due to bacteria, yeasts and molds.Canning tomatoesOnly boiling water or pressure canning methods are recommended for canning foods. Older methods, such as oven canning and open-kettle canning, have been discredited and can be hazardous. The risk of botulism poisoning determines the choice of either boiling water or pressure canners for canning foods. In foods that are acidic (pH 4.6 or lower), the microorganism that causes botulism cannot grow. It is safe to use a boiling water bath canner when you know that foods have a pH 4.6 or below. All other foods must be canned using tested pressure canning processes.For many years, tomatoes were considered highly acidic. However, new varieties, over-mature fruits, and tomatoes from dead or frost-killed vines may have a pH greater than 4.6. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and university-based researchers have determined that to ensure a safe acid level for boiling water canning of whole, crushed or juiced tomatoes, home preservers should add 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or ½ teaspoon of citric acid per quart of tomatoes. For pints, use 1 tablespoon of bottled lemon juice or ¼ teaspoon of citric acid. Acid can be added directly to the jars before filling the jars with product. Add sugar to offset the acidic taste, if desired.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has many tested home canning procedures and recipes using tomatoes. They include tomato juice or sauces, crushed tomatoes, whole or halved tomatoes, ketchups and salsas. There are also numerous relishes and pickled green tomatoes. These can be found in “So Easy to Preserve,” or online at the National Center for Home Food Preservation. The safety concerns of pickled tomatoes are the same as those for canning tomatoes. A pH below 4.6 must be achieved before a food can be safely boiling water canned. When pickling, commercially prepared vinegar is typically added to achieve the necessary acidity. Do not alter vinegar, food or water proportions in a recipe or use vinegar with unknown acidity. Use only recipes with tested proportions of ingredients. There must be a minimum, uniform level of acid throughout the mixed product to prevent the growth of botulinum bacteria.Freezing tomatoesFrozen tomatoes will have a mushy texture when thawed and are considered suitable only for cooking, e.g., in soups, stews or spaghetti sauces. Directions for freezing tomato juice or raw or stewed tomatoes are found at uga.edu/nchfp/how/freeze/tomato. Tomato products, such as sauce, puree, ketchup and chili sauce, can be frozen. Prepare as usual, cool rapidly, pack into rigid containers leaving headspace and freeze.Drying tomatoesTomatoes are an excellent food to dry. Although thick slices can be blanched for better keeping quality, thin slices of Roma-style tomatoes can be dried without blanching. Seasoning these unheated slices with oregano or other dried herbs while they are drying can add some special taste, and they also smell wonderful while drying. In the humidity of Georgia, drying should be done in an electric dehydrator or oven but not attempted outdoors in the sun.Tomato preservesDon’t overlook the less common sweet spread that can be made with luscious tomatoes. Once again, the safety of a tomato preserve is dependent on its acid level. UGA Extension has both a spiced tomato jam (made with powdered pectin) and a tomato marmalade. These make great homemade gifts to have on hand.Think safetyThere are many ways and recipes to preserve tomatoes from drying, canning and freezing. These methods allow creativity to shine, but it is critical to keep food safety in mind. The pH of tomatoes is on the borderline between low- and high-acid foods, making them potentially hazardous. When selecting a method, always use research-based recipes and procedures to safely preserve the plentiful bounty of tomato season.(Alexis Roberts and Kayla Wall, UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agents, contributed to this story.)last_img read more

Tesla’s Aussie Success Paves Way For More Projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australia’s renewable energy sector responds to the success of South Australia’s Tesla lithium ion battery: South Australia will build the world’s largest solar thermal plant, and a Queensland wind farm may be the site of a new record-breaking battery.The Aurora solar plant in Port Augusta, SA, will begin construction this year. The $650 million, 150-megawatt plant uses mirrors and solar power to heat molten salt and generate electricity, and was approved this week by the state government. It will be built by American company SolarReserve, and is expected to create 650 local jobs during construction.In Queensland, French utility Neoen – which partnered with Tesla in SA to create the world’s largest battery – may trump its own creation by building an even larger storage system at the Kaban Green Power Hub, 80 kilometers from Cairns.Garth Heron, Neoen Australia’s head of wind development, told Bloomberg the company was looking to create “a very large battery” up north to deal with “a lot of need for electricity storage up in Queensland.”The South Australian Tesla battery, which is paired with Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm, has a 100 MW capacity. In December the state government hailed the battery’s effectiveness in dealing with power outages, and Neoen and Tesla have recently announced plans for a second collaboration to build a 20 MW battery in Victoria.More: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/11/big-new-renewable-projects-planned-across-australia-as-tesla-effect-hits Tesla’s Aussie Success Paves Way For More Projectslast_img read more

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