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Staff lack confidence in sharing business ideas with employers

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Staff lack confidence in sharing business ideas with employersOn 18 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today UK employers are missing out on new ideas from their staff because theydon’t feel comfortable or confident in sharing them with managers. A new poll timed to coincide with National Ideas Week, reveals that morethan a quarter of the workforce have ideas for their businesses that they havenot shared with their employers. The research, commissioned by 3M, finds that untapped employee ideas cover amultitude of subjects, ranging from ways to improve staff morale andproductivity to new product ideas. One in five respondents claim they don’t share ideas because they think theywon’t be listened to, while one in 10 said they are intimidated by managers. Jeff Skinner, training and development manager at 3M, said it was importantfor managers to genuinely listen to staff and take their ideas on board. “The simple message is that most employees don’t believe their ideasare valued. One of the main criticisms is that managers don’t really listen totheir staff,” he said. “Employers must do more to make staff feel valued, and that meansmanagers asking people’s opinions, rather than going through the motions.Giving basic leadership training can also help to harness staff ideas.” The figures demonstrate the value of employee suggestion schemes, with 84per cent of the 1,000 respondents claiming they would be more likely to staywith an employer that listened to ideas. More than half of the respondents claim schemes that encourage managers tolisten to their ideas are just as important as a good benefits package. Ray Meads, innovation specialist at 3M, said: “3M has always valuedcreativity and innovation in employees. From our experience of running formalideas schemes, staff are motivated by playing an additional valuable rolewithin the organisation.” By Ross Wighamwww.ideasuk.com Comments are closed. last_img read more

Mexico Participates in Bold Alligator 2017

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 22, 2017 The Mexican Department of the Navy (SEMAR, in Spanish) completed its participation in Bold Alligator 2017 (BA17), an amphibious combat exercise. The U.S. Marine Corps holds the annual exercise since 2011. For the 2017 edition, navies of Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States (the host country) got together at Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia, October 10th–November 5th, 2017. “Interoperating with NATO partner nations increases our level of cooperation, which has a positive impact on security,” said to Diálogo Mexican Navy Captain Antonio Morales Hernández, director of the Training and Preparedness Section at SEMAR. “To participate as an integral member of the coalition represents [Mexico’s] commitment to regional security.” SEMAR participated with more than 400 personnel consisting of a Marine Corps company, a Special Forces team, the Amphibious Assault Vessel ARM Papaloapan, and a helicopter. Mexico attended BA13 and BA14 as an observer, and became part of the organization’s team in BA16. The last two exercises were simulations to plan for BA17. SEMAR was an active participant in the planning and execution of conventional combat operations in BA17. In 2017, the exercise focused on improving and standardizing multinational coalition’s capacities in a joint operation to respond to an international crisis situation. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which struck coastal cities across the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico in September and October, affected the timing and nature of BA17. However, international forces still gained the necessary capacities and teamwork to set the stage for future amphibious exercises. “Bold Alligator 2017 provided opportunities to develop and update new concepts in conventional warfare tactics, techniques, procedures, equipment, and technology,” Capt. Morales said. “International forces conducted amphibious vehicle embarkation and landing exercises, urban combat, flag signals, patrol tactics, and live fire of organic weapons.” Force integration Among the main operations, marines from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Mexico carried out operations where Mexican Special Forces used helicopters to drop military elements into the sea under risky conditions to board a warship and get ashore to reach their objective. Amphibious operations were conducted in the area of Onslow Bay, in North Carolina. SEMAR also took part in the amphibious landing of 13 vehicles. “The main mission was to take and secure the beach zone where U.S. ships carried out the rest of the landings,” Mexican Navy Lieutenant Commander Ruth Peress Salvatori told Diálogo. “Time and landing capacities are key to carry out other ground operations.” The Mexican Navy implemented combat missions in urban areas as well as helicopter insertions and extractions in coordination with U.S. and Chilean Navy special reconnaissance teams. Elite SEMAR units carried out ship landing maneuvers, working in tandem with U.S. marines on aquatic inspection exercises. An ongoing effort “In addition to boosting command, control, and communications capacities, Bold Alligator strengthened our bonds of friendship and interoperability,” Capt. Morales said. “It showed the world that members of NATO’s naval forces constantly work together and are ready to face various hemispheric security challenges, such as emergencies or natural disasters.” Participating armed forces assessed the operational range of their special forces and regular units. “It was very important to gain the trust and recognition of our allied armed forces upon demonstrating that our capacities and readiness are at the level needed to carry out joint operations,” Lt. Cmdr. Peress said. “It’s vitally important that we be ready to face new threats to security and stability,” Capt. Morales added. “Technological advances contributed to a quicker development of new threats. The reaction time [to deal with them] is a determining factor for national defense. Cooperation and integration are essential to successfully control these kinds of threats,” he concluded.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders United States, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders United States, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 06, 2016center_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all United States and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania flags on the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities throughout Pennsylvania to fly at half-staff on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in which more than 2,400 Americans lost their lives.On Wednesday Dec. 7, Flags shall be lowered to half-staff at sunrise and remain lowered until sunset.In addition, the front balcony of the Main Capitol Building in Harrisburg will be lit red, white and blue on the evening of Dec. 7 in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

South Africa women’s tour to West Indies postponed

first_imgJOHANNESBURG: South Africa women’s upcoming ODI series against the West Indies, scheduled to begin at the end of the month in Jamaica and Trinidad, has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Besides, Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have also agreed to postpone the men’s ‘A’ team series scheduled to commence in Antigua in June.The five-match women’s series was scheduled prior to the World Cup Qualifier in July, however following South Africa’s automatic qualification and in response to the ICC’s announcement on Tuesday of the postponement of the Women’s Qualifier tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CWI and CSA on Wednesday agreed to postpone the tour. Additionally, both the cricket bodies also agreed that due to the uncertainty of international travel, quarantine requirements and the health and safety of both teams that the ‘A’ team tour should also be postponed. IANS Also Read: Shikhar Dhawan picks Rohit Sharma as best batting partner, Dhoni as favourite captainlast_img read more

Hearts aching across nation

first_imgThere I sat, head in hands, all the energy and life sucked from my body. Less than one minute earlier, I had been standing, screaming my lungs out in anticipation and with an excitement never felt before.With bases loaded and two batters out, the playoff hopes and dreams of Brewers fans everywhere were hanging in the balance and all-star MVP candidate Prince Fielder at the plate. But Mighty Fielder grounded out, and the Brewers flickering hopes for the postseason more or less died. If you’re a sports fan, the ebb and flow of a game or season can build you up, giving you some of the most euphoric feelings imaginable. By the same token, it can tear you down just as quickly. Almost never was that more painfully evident than the last seven days in the world of baseball. For Brewers fans, the decisive day was last Thursday. The Cubs had just lost their second game in a row to the Marlins, sending cheers up throughout tailgates in the Miller Park parking lots. If the Brewers were to make a move in the Central division, it would be that night.In what was the biggest game of the year for the Brewers (arguably the biggest game since 1992, the last time the Crew had a shot to make the playoffs), they laid a total egg: a 9-5 loss in which the team booted and threw the ball around for five errors.As heartbreaking and depressing as the result on the field was, equally depressing were the fans in the stands — rather, the lack thereof.This was the biggest game for the franchise in the last 15 years and far fewer than the announced crowd of some 34,000 actually showed up. As a Brewer fan, I was, and am, embarrassed by that. In the middle of a pennant chase, the team should be selling out every game, no excuses.But the heartbreak wasn’t limited to the Midwest. On the east coast, the Mets undertook one of the most heartbreaking collapses in baseball history. Up 7 1/2 games with only 17 games to play, the Mets went into an all-out tailspin, losing 12 of their last 17 games, including six of the last seven.Just two nights ago, more heartbreak ensued. Up two runs in extra innings, the Padres lost the tiebreaker Wild Card game to the Rockies with the all-time saves leader on the mound. Trevor Hoffman gave up three runs in the bottom of the 13th, the last one in very controversial fashion after replays showed Matt Holliday apparently did not touch home plate with his face-first slide.On the flip side of all the heartbreak, however, is sheer joy.For diehard Cubs, Phillies and Rockies fans (can they actually exist for the Rockies if the team has been around less than 15 years?), those heartbreaking cases were nothing short of amazing.Scenes of the towel-waving masses that packed to Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park the brink joyously celebrating a post-season berth stood in stark contrast to the drab and downtrodden masses which filled Shea Stadium as Mets fans realized their team’s season was coming to a swift end. The carnage isn’t just limited to the diamond. On the college football scene this past weekend, top-ranked teams like Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia all saw their national title hopes essentially go down the tubes with losses to lower-ranked teams.Fans who started the season posting on message boards about lofty expectations for their teams and quietly planning out roadtrips to the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans are now left to the depressing realization of needing to make new arrangements to travel to a lesser bowl.Here in Wisconsin, Badger fans have been able to avoid that heartbreak so far. But somewhere in the back of everyone’s mind is the knowledge that that empty feeling in the stomach and head-in-hands moment always could be just one play around the corner. Ben is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Feeling heartbroken after a tough loss too? Contact him at [email protected]last_img read more

Gough claims Men’s Amateur title

first_img Tags: Conor Gough, England Boys’ Squad, English Men’s Amateur Championship Conor Gough produced a sparkling performance to win the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common in Surrey.The 16-year-old from Stoke Park beat 20-year-old Callum Farr from Northamptonshire County 3&2 in the final to add to the McGregor Trophy and the British Boys’ titles he won last year.Gough spent much of the early part of the season studying for his GCSEs but clearly the enforced break has had no detrimental effect on his golf.He began the morning round of the final by hitting a 350-yard drive down the first and then holing out from 12-feet for a birdie and seven holes later he was three up after a birdie on the 6th and an eagle on the 8th.20-year-old Farr claimed his first hole of the day when he birdied from just off the front of the green at the 10th but he could never quite reel in his opponent and he was four down heading into lunch before he won the 18th with a par.Farr started the second round strongly by winning the first with a birdie and the second with a par but he found himself three down again after dropping shots at both the 4th and the 5th. Thereafter the pair were to share eight birdies between them before Gough sealed victory with a testing four-foot downhill putt for a par on the short 16th.“It feels great to win,” said Gough moments after holing the winning putt. “I played really well. I love match play and as soon as I got through the stroke play qualifier I knew I had a good chance.“I’m proud of myself. I’ve got a couple of big weeks coming up so I hope I can keep things going.“I’ve got the Boys’ Home Internationals next week and then the US Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. I’m really looking forward to that. It’s the same format as this so hopefully I can put in another good performance.”It was impossible not to feel for England “A” squad member Farr who has now reached the last four and the last two in the past two years without tasting success.“I hit the ball better this afternoon but just couldn’t get the putts to drop,” he said. “I’m disappointed but Conor is a very good player and he deserved to win because he played a lot better than me.“I got to the semi-final last year and now the final so maybe next year will be my year,” he added.Photo: Credit Leaderboard Photography. 5 Aug 2019 Gough claims Men’s Amateur title last_img read more