HR: Does business hours mean all hours?

first_img Previous Article Next Article Has “normal business hours” become a thing of the past? These days, I rarely meet anyone who almost immediately following waking up in the morning, wont grab their phone from the bedside to check their email, or who considers their nights to be personal or family time, which not so long ago seemed the norm. What is it about modern day issues and work problems that are more important than those that we were facing years ago that can’t wait until the next day? Or is it a simple case that our ability to prioritize is being depleted due to such ease of systems access which allows many organisations’ staff to turn any computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device into a make-shift work station?I’m as guilty as the next person of the late night emails and struggling to switch off but I’m one of the lucky ones who enjoys what I do enough that it doesn’t feel like a chore. What about those who aren’t as lucky and feel like they don’t have the pressure release of being able to go home and un-wind?Human nature dictates that if we get too used to something, it becomes habitual and we begin to expect it. This being the case, if this isn’t carefully managed, how long will it be before being “switched on” at all times is an expected part of a job as opposed to it being a sign of an engaged and happy employee who will strive to go above and beyond any contractual obligations? Don’t get me wrong, the huge emphasis which these days is placed on interoperability and mobility of internal systems of course is a great thing and phenomenal feat in technology advancement but with it comes the potential for more risk, more pressure and more un-happy staff if it is not managed well. Related posts:No related photos. HR: Does business hours mean all hours?Shared from missc on 9 Dec 2014 in Personnel Todaycenter_img Comments are closed. Read full article last_img read more

ZPG claims leads worth £1m from MoveIt for member agents

first_imgZPG’s supplier panel tool MoveIt has generated referrals worth £1m for the company’s agent customers since it was bought by the portal giant in April 2016 as part of its £75 million Property Software Group (PSG) acquisition.PSG launched MoveIt, which was thought up by Portsmouth estate agent Jefferies & Partners during the early noughties but subsequently sold to PSG in 2014, to offer agents a way to access panels of suppliers including conveyancing, financial services and, more recently since uSwitch was acquired by ZPG, utility suppliers.MoveIt offers more than convenience, though – agents receive referral fees when their customers sign up to services sourced through MoveIt and, as sales instructions volumes drop and the lettings fees ban looms, offers agents an opportunity to up-sell products.The MoveIt tool is a clear example of the advantage Zoopla wants to offer agents over its rival Rightmove by creating a portal that offers agents a spectrum of services within the property market.ZPG acquisitionsA more recent example of this includes its acquisition of print marketing firm Ravensworth, agents software firm Expert Agent, agent website supplier Technicweb and market data cruncher Hometrack.Commenting on the MoveIt milestone, ZPG Property Services Managing Director Mark Goddard (pictured, right) who was instrumental in acquiring MoveIt when he worked at PSG – says: “This is a significant milestone for MoveIt and highlights our leading value proposition and demonstrates our commitment to generating new revenue streams for our partners.“Through MoveIT we are helping our agent members play a greater role in the home move process of their clients and saving them time by providing a range of quotes from conveyancing to financial services and energy switching with uSwitch.“We now have many examples of agents who are using MoveIT and are now in a net positive position financially in terms of their relationship with ZPG.” MoveIT Mark Goddard The Property Software Group PSG Ravensworth October 9, 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » ZPG claims leads worth £1m from MoveIt for member agents previous nextZPG claims leads worth £1m from MoveIt for member agentsFast-expanding portal giant says the tool is helping agents improve their bottom lines.Nigel Lewis9th October 201701,593 Viewslast_img read more

Mayor’s Message: No Tax Increase in Budget

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,At last night’s City Council meeting, we introduced a municipal budget with a tax increase of zero.We had proposed a budget earlier this year with a small tax increase to help pay for our capital improvements and other costs. But after everything our taxpayers have sacrificed in the past few months, I wanted to do everything I can to help them.The entire city team went back to the drawing board and made the cuts and adjustments necessary to make this possible. A copy of the introduced budget is available here. The budget is in City Council’s hands now, and a final vote is scheduled for June 25.I want to acknowledge the unacceptable conditions of some of our roadways as improvement projects stretch past Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional cutoff for road work.We are meeting with the county Municipal Utilities Authority to address and rectify the situation on Bay Avenue. I want to see all of our roads restored to a safe and acceptable condition.The city filed legal action this week to take the former car dealership lot next to the Community Center. This is just the beginning of a long process. The courts will decide the price. But I am confident that we are on a path to fully acquire the property before the end of the year. We are continuing our efforts to acquire two adjacent properties to preserve all open space in the area.I continue to speak every week with the governor’s office, our lobbyist, our legislative representatives, business leaders, health professionals, citizens and others.I want you to know that we are doing everything within our power to get our city back open. Our local hospital and doctors are reporting that trends are down, and we have seen no recent spikes. We will have to continue our vigilance to make sure we see no resurgence.But our small businesses pose no more of a health threat than the many large “essential” stores that have been allowed to operate.Michele and I received some great news today. Josh and Lauren are the proud parents of a baby boy named Cole. We are blessed with our eighth grandchild – it’s a happy moment in these uncertain times.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

Baby Sponge grows sales

first_imgOnline cake company Sponge, has launched a Baby Sponge range, to join its portfolio of cake wedges, and retail seven-inch and 10-inch pre-sliced sponges. The new Baby Sponges are miniature versions of its traditional range, which is available from its website www.sponge.co.uk and in Selfridges stores in London, Manchester and Birmingham, as well as a number of delis, cafés and retail outlets across Norfolk, where the firm is based.The firm began trading in July last year, after founders Mark Joll and Iain Wilson had successfully sold the sponge cakes at the Byfords café/deli in Holt, since September 2000, and decided to broaden their audience.There are eight sponge varieties available ranging from a traditional Victoria sponge to more unusual styles such as apple crumble and chocolate orange.last_img read more

‘In the Dark’

first_img 10Set designer Kendra Norton ’15 monitors rehearsal. 3Taylor Phillips ’13 (left) applies mascara to Matt Bialo ’15 during rehearsal. 9Matt Bialo ’15 embraces Taylor Phillips ’13. 12Taylor Phillips ’13 takes a spin in crimson. 1Matt Bialo ’15 (from center to right), Jonathan “J.J.” Longcroft ’15, and Taylor Phillips ’13 rehearse “In the Dark” inside the Adams House Pool Theater. 7Sound Designer, Mariel Pettee ’14 attends rehearsal. 5Matt Bialo ’15 finds a moment of repose. Bathed in crimson light and huddled around an evening campfire, “Eve” and “Zade” — played by Taylor Phillips ’13 and Matt Bialo ’15 — take an apocalyptic stroll through a forest filled with a dark wonder and pathos in the Adams House Pool Theater production of “In the Dark.”Writer and director Matt Krane ’15 explained the dynamic of his production: “I feel incredibly lucky to work with such a talented and fun cast. The show itself is partially about how words can take you somewhere else, lead you into the woods or to the top of a mountain, make a world or destroy it. I feel like my actors have embraced that challenge and, in every moment of rehearsal, have used words fearlessly to create characters and places and emotions.”The Adams House Pool Theater enhances the expressionist landscape created by Krane.“I think the performance space inside Adams adds a really cool dynamic into the House — it’s incredible that we can put a theater next to a dining hall next to dorms and have them all be part of the same space,” he said. “It makes theater seem less sacred and more a basic part of life, which is really cool. And for me personally, it’s so awesome to have easy access to a theater: If I had done this show after college it would have cost me thousands of dollars and been a logistical nightmare to get together, but because I did it now as a College student with the help of Adams House and the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, it was incredibly easy to do.” 8Taylor Phillips ’13 (from left), Matt Bialo ’15, Teis Jorgensen ’14, and Jonathan “J.J.” Longcroft ’15 rehearse together. 11Matt Krane ’15 works backstage during rehearsal. 4Teis Jorgensen ’14 leans against pool tiles. 6Taylor Phillips ’13 is framed by wardrobe shirts. 2Writer and director Matt Krane ’15 (clockwise from bottom left) performs exercises with Taylor Phillips ’13, sound designer Mariel Pettee ’14, Matt Bialo ’15, and Teis Jorgensen ’14.last_img read more

Argentina Pushes for $20 Billion in Renewables Investments

first_imgArgentina Pushes for $20 Billion in Renewables Investments FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Benedict Mander for the Financial Times:With a large expanse of semi-desert in its north, Argentina is one of the windiest and sunniest places in the world. Centre-right president Mauricio Macri is hoping to attract up to $20bn over the next decade as part of a target to generate a fifth of Argentina’s power from renewable energy sources by 2025 — compared with less than 1 per cent today.“We want to be a key player in renewables. It’s a hot sector,” says Marcelo Mindlin, chief executive of Pampa Energia, which bid to invest about $400m in an auction last month that the government hopes will drive more than $2bn in investments this year to provide 1,000 megawatts of mostly wind and solar energy.Argentina’s effort to develop renewable energy comes amid a broader push by developing countries, whose investments in renewables surpassed those of developed nations for the first time in 2015 as generation costs fell. Last year also marked the first time there was more new generation capacity from renewable energy than from all other technologies combined.Although China accounted for more than a third of global investment in renewables of $286bn last year, Latin America is piling in too. Mexico and Chile more than doubled investment in renewables last year, while more than half of Uruguay’s power is now from renewable sources, with hydroelectricity providing most of the rest.Similar success in Argentina, which some analysts rate as the most interesting investment opportunity in renewables anywhere, would offset disappointment at the pace of new investments into the huge Vaca Muerta shale formation in Patagonia. Although it boasts some of the largest reserves of shale oil and gas in the world, Vaca Muerta has so far failed to take off due to low oil prices and high drilling costs.Full item ($): Argentina turns to renewable energylast_img read more

The one thing you can’t flub in a credit union core conversion

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Once you have made the decision to undergo a credit union core conversion, there is no doubt there will be a number of concerns that keep you up at night. After all, there are many things that can go wrong, but typically, and thankfully, the majority of these problems go unnoticed by members. CU personnel and core partners can correct most issues before the members are affected. However, there is one thing that you can’t flub when performing a core conversion… member facing applications, namely, credit union mobile banking.Your mobile banking app is increasingly the primary avenue that members interact with your CU. In 2016, according to creditunions.com, 48.4% of the 108 million credit union members used their provider’s mobile banking app or transactional website. What about that coveted millennial market? According to recent studies, Nearly 70% use mobile banking, and 31% use it as their primary interface, nearly double any other channel of banking access. While crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s on the back end of your core conversion, it’s imperative to keep member experience first, and to ensure this interface continues to operate seamlessly. What may seem like minor annoyances can turn into major headaches for members:Login – Mobile banking for most members has become a seamless process. If your credit union is doing it correctly, members can easily login and access their financial information instantly. If a problem occurs on the mobile banking end of a core conversion, members may be restricted to login to their mobile app, which is anything but seamless. Members expect painless banking and if they’re met with an error page when trying to login they’re sure to worry about the assets they’ve left under your credit union’s care. continue reading »last_img read more

Suffolk Cops Probe 3 Home Invasions in 8 Days

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating three armed home invasions in an eight-day span, including two in which victims were assaulted and one that ended in an arrest, authorities said.In the first case, three men armed with at least one gun forced their way through the front door of a Revilo Avenue home in Shirley, where they stole jewelry and phones and assaulted a victim at 6:28 p.m. Sunday, March 13, police said. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment after the suspects fled on foot, police said.The next day, at 11:40 a.m. Monday, March 14, a suspect broke into an Oakcrest Avenue home in Middle Island, flashed a handgun and pistol-whipped two victims, but it’s unclear if anything was stolen, police said. An hour later, police arrested 34-year-old John Graziano and charged him with first-degree burglary. He is due back in court March 31 after a judge set his bail at $30,000 bond or $15,000 cash.In the most recent case, two men forced their way into an Ontario Street home in Terryville at 2:49 p.m. Monday, March 21, flashed a switchblade and stole money as well as medication, police said. No injuries were reported in that case.No arrests were made nor were any descriptions available in the two unsolved cases. Detectives are continuing the investigations.last_img read more

JLW brokers desert New York office over merger

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Balkan odyssey

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