B & Q in search of female managers

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article B&Q is trying to encourage more women into management positions to helpit respond to the tastes of its growing army of female customers. Sue O’Neill, diversity manager, B&Q Social Responsibility, said the DIYchain had to respond to the changing nature of its customer base. “Whilethe whole field of home improvement and DIY has traditionally been a verymasculine one, we are seeing more and more women coming into our stores,”she said. In response, the company is eager to encourage more females into seniorpositions within B&Q. Women currently comprise just under 50 per cent of the company’s35,000-strong workforce worldwide, but make up just 9 per cent of managementpositions. “We have run informal focus groups to find out why more women choosenot to develop their careers at B&Q, and have found that the lack of rolemodels and the rather macho culture are largely to blame,” said O’ Neill.”The firm is now looking at ways of addressing the issues raised by thefocus groups.” B&Q research shows the number of women visiting the stores has increasedfrom 2.8 million in 1992 to 4.3 million in 2002. In response, B&Q has started initiatives to make the organisation more‘women-friendly’, such as women-only DIY clubs, which run monthly in stores. B & Q in search of female managersOn 2 Sep 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Who said what: feedback from the AHHRM conference

first_imgWho said what: feedback from the AHHRM conferenceOn 5 Oct 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Alastair Henderson, director, NHS EO”It’stoo easy to assume that the Working Time Directive is a wicked plot from Brussels.”John Skewes,director of employment relations, Royal College of Midwives”Agendafor Change meant unions learnt a lot about partnership working and buildingrelationships with employers.”Mark Butler, HR director, Scottish ExecutiveHealth Department”HRis the colonic irrigation of the workforce system.” David Bingham, HR director, Northern IrelandDepartment of Health, Social Services and Public Safety”Thereis a recognition that HRdepartments can’t do everything. HR shared services will be increasingly commonin the future.”Karen Jennings, head of health, Unison”Weneed to smash through the negative stereotyping of the role of HR and invisiblebureaucrats.”Ken Hutchinson, HR director, Good HopeHospital NHS Trust”Howare the Europeans coping with the Working Time Directive? Guess what – theyjust don’t bother.”last_img read more

Unemployment rises in seaside towns despite increase in UK holidays

first_img Extra jobs have not been created in the UK’s struggling seaside towns despite the decision to holiday on home soil by millions of cash-strapped holidaymakers, new TUC figures have revealed. Some coastal resorts have seen their unemployment rate more than double over the past 12 months, shattering hopes that the rise of the so-called “staycation” would provide a much-needed boost for unemployed people in the areas, according to the Independent. The South has been the hardest hit by high unemployment rates, the TUC analysis showed. Bournemouth’s unemployment rate rose by 130% to 4% last month, up from 1.8% in July 2008. Unemployment in Weston-super-Mare rose by 122% on last year’s total. In the constituency of South Dorset, the number of people out of work shot up by 113%. In Southend, Clacton-on-Sea and Margate, unemployment rose by at least 70% since last summer. Brendan Barber, the general secretary of the TUC, said the report confirmed that any evidence of an economic recovery was “very shallow”. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Unemployment rises in seaside towns despite increase in UK holidaysBy Helen Gilbert on 21 Aug 2009 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Do employees benefit from employee benefits?

first_img Comments are closed. Staff benefits schemes seem to be a hot topic at the moment so I thought I’d chime in with my thoughts….In years gone by the company car, paid phone bill’s or company credit card were pretty much the in domain of the professionals at the top of their game working in the most generous of companies. Now though, almost akin to my blog post on gimmicky long interview processes, companies seem to be using the benefits they offer as a marketing tool, and the list of what is being offered is getting longer and longer. There’ nothing wrong with that, but let’s dissect it a little.In recent times there has been a lot of debate over what is considered a generous benefits programme and what is going too far. For example, I refer to Facebook and Apple who opted for a very polarizing benefit of freezing any female employee’s eggs (most suggest in a bid to allow feeling more at ease delaying having children). Or Google California, as another example who trucked in snow to create a snowy wonderland for its staff. Times are of course changing and our wants and needs are evolving with the times. I totally get that we are not programmed in the same way that we were 50 years ago where social norms almost pre-defined at what ages children would enter our lives, or when we should be allowed to enjoy a brisk walk in the snow, but is this taking a “company benefit” too far?In a few less extreme examples such-as, orgs employing chefs to cook meals each day for staff, full gym in-house or even sleep pods. These all sound amazing, right? And who wouldn’t want a part of that, but something that is also worth thinking about is – Are we then blurring the lines further between our professional worlds and our personal worlds? And indeed, is this a good or bad thing? We have already seen a huge shift towards technology interoperability and never being too far away from a piece of tech that could see us struggle to “switch off” in our personal time, but we are now looking at a new age where the comforts of home-life are being brought to the office.This is not to say I wouldn’t dive straight into a sleep-pod given the chance – just food for thought and I’d be keen to hear other perspective on where boundaries should be in the creation of a solid benefits scheme… Do employees benefit from employee benefits?Shared from missc on 17 Jun 2015 in Personnel Today Read full article center_img Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Manhattan, Elmhurst notch $83M in mid-market sales

first_img Email Address* 2. A trustee of J.C. Penney’s bankruptcy, GLAS Trust Company LLC, purchased the retailer’s 200,000-square-foot department store at 92-59 59th Avenue in Elmhurst for $18.1 million. Alan Carr signed for the seller.3. Self-storage facility operator Safe N Lock picked up a 29,600-square-foot warehouse at 52-34 74th Street in Elmhurst for $14.9 million. The seller was Traditional Casket Corp.4. Spruce Capital Partners sold an Upper East Side parcel at 323 East 79th Street to Boomerang Development Group for $13.7 million. Boomerang’s Marco Auteri says his company will construct a condo building on the site.Spruce purchased the lot in 2017 for $12.75 million. It had planned to build a 35,000-square-foot, 17-story residential building, with plans submitted to the city in 2019.Contact [email protected] 323 East 79th Street with Spruce Capital’s Robert Schwartz and Boomerang’s Marco Auteri (Google Maps, Elliman)One trashed condo project is another developer’s treasure: Last week, an Upper East Side parcel that was previously earmarked for condos changed hands, with the new owner planning his own residential project on the site.It was one of four mid-market investment sales last week, defined by The Real Deal as transactions that closed for between $10 million and $30 million. Of the four deals, two were in Manhattan, and two were in Elmhurst, Queens. The total sales volume was $83.2 million, surpassing the previous week’s $51.2 million. The Upper East Side deal was the smallest recorded, at $13.7 million.Here are more details for the week ending April 2:1. Boston-based Davis Companies bought a 32,000-square-foot industrial building and a 5,700-square-foot retail building at 155 and 165 West 29th Street in Midtown for $36.5 million. Jonathan G. Davis signed for the buyer. The seller was Abraham Moshel’s Amush Enterprises.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreHarlem and Park Slope apartment buildings lead mid-market sales Inwood i-sales bring in $26.5M Jeff Sutton sells $31M stake in Williamsburg property condo marketInvestment SalesQueensupper east side Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Tags Message*last_img read more

An extraordinary peat-forming community on the Falkland Islands

Most of Beauchêne Island in the South Atlantic is covered by tussac, the tussock-forming grass Poa flabellata (Lam.) Rasp., which has produced a deep accumulation of exceptionally dense peat during ∼12,500 yr. The basal peat is lignitic, yet it is several hundred times too young to be a true lignite. During an ecological survey of the island in December 19801, one of us (R.I.L.S.) sampled an 11-m high peat face. The age against depth profile in the peat is consistent with a constant proportional rate of decay of 1.1–2.2×10−4 yr−1 and a constant rate of addition of dry matter to the peat of 430–720 g m−2 yr−1. This rate of decay is within the range recorded for peats in corresponding latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, but the rate of addition of dry matter is about 10 times as great. This is not easy to accommodate within current hypotheses about peat formation. An unusual combination of biological, physical and chemical circumstances may be the cause. As the island is difficult to visit and no more information can be obtained in the near future, we now report these results, incomplete though they are. read more

Recent rapid regional climate warming on the Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirmed that mean global warming was 0.6 +/- 0.2degreesC during the 20th century and cited anthropogenic increases in greenhouse gases as the likely cause of temperature rise in the last 50 years. But this mean value conceals the substantial complexity of observed climate change, which is seasonally- and diurnally-biased, decadally-variable and geographically patchy. In particular, over the last 50 years three high-latitude areas have undergone recent rapid regional (RRR) warming, which was substantially more rapid than the global mean. However, each RRR warming occupies a different climatic regime and may have an entirely different underlying cause. We discuss the significance of RRR warming in one area, the Antarctic Peninsula. Here warming was much more rapid than in the rest of Antarctica where it was not significantly different to the global mean. We highlight climate proxies that appear to show that RRR warming on the Antarctic Peninsula is unprecedented over the last two millennia, and so unlikely to be a natural mode of variability. So while the station records do not indicate a ubiquitous polar amplification of global warming, the RRR warming on the Antarctic Peninsula might be a regional amplification of such warming. This, however, remains unproven since we cannot yet be sure what mechanism leads to such an amplification. We discuss several possible candidate mechanisms: changing oceanographic or changing atmospheric circulation, or a regional air-sea-ice feedback amplifying greenhouse warming. We can show that atmospheric warming and reduction in sea-ice duration coincide in a small area on the west of the Antarctic Peninsula, but here we cannot yet distinguish cause and effect. Thus for the present we cannot determine which process is the probable cause of RRR warming on the Antarctic Peninsula and until the mechanism initiating and sustaining the RRR warming is understood, and is convincingly reproduced in climate models, we lack a sound basis for predicting climate change in this region over the coming century.last_img read more

Latitudinal variation in habitat specificity of ameronothrid mites (Oribatida)

first_imgAmeronothroid mites, including Ameronothridae, Fortuyniidae and Selenoribatidae, are unique among the Oribatida through having a global distribution from the tropics to the poles, and occupying a diversity of habitats including terrestrial, marine and freshwater. Their ecological diversification is of considerable interest from both the perspective of evolution over geological timescales, and the detail of the underlying processes. Given their widespread global distribution, it seems likely that historical global events (tectonic and climatic) have played a fundamental role in their ecological diversification. Previous studies of sub-Antarctic island arthropods have generated considerable circumstantial evidence in support of glaciation being a primary factor influencing ecological patterns: lower habitat specificity and weaker interspecific interactions are associated with more recent (postglacial) vegetated terrestrial biotopes, as compared to the older epilithic and littoral biotopes (which are assumed to have been present, albeit reduced in extent, during Neogene glacial maxima). Here, we use ameronothrid mites as a case study to examine the extent to which the above island scenario generalizes globally across latitudes affected by glaciation. We show that, unlike congeners or even conspecifics at lower latitudes in each hemisphere which are restricted to marine environments, the species found at higher latitudes (especially Alaskozetes antarcticus, Ameronothrus dubinini, Ameronothrus lineatus, and Halozetes belgicae) show greater affinity for terrestrial environments. They show a transition or expansion of habitat use (from marine-influenced to terrestrial habitats) implicit with a lower degree of habitat specificity, in relation to increasing latitude. We contend that the terrestrial environment at higher latitudes in both hemispheres has been colonized by these ameronothrid mite species following the various glaciation events, facilitated by a lack of competition experienced in their low diversity communities, in a manner which represents a larger scale demonstration of the processes described on sub-Antarctic islands.last_img read more

Influence of North Atlantic Oscillation on anthropogenic transport recorded in northwest Greenland ice cores

first_imgNitrate records from six Greenland ice cores covering the period 1789 to 1995 show a significant correlation in concentration for averaging periods greater than 10 years, as well as an approximately 60% increase in average concentration during the last 75 years. Annual nitrate fluxes contain low-frequency trends driven primarily by changes in concentration, while higher-frequency variability is driven by changes in snow accumulation. Increases in concentration yield nearly 30% higher nitrate flux (2.5 to 3.2 μg m−2 yr−1) and an 11% increase in variability during the 1895 to 1994 period versus the prior 100 years. Nitrate trends in the cores during the last 100 years are also correlated with global nitrate emissions, with a highly significant average r value of 0.93 for the six cores. During the period of anthropogenic influence, nitrate is positively correlated with the North Atlantic Oscillation, while prior to that the correlation is negative, and less significant, suggesting a link between transport of anthropogenic emissions and the North Atlantic Oscillation. Significant preanthropogenic periodicities identified through singular spectrum analysis show decadal variability in the nitrate record leading to shifts as great as 30% from the mean state but none as great as the anthropogenic-driven deviationlast_img read more

Seismic and radar observations of subglacial bed forms beneath the onset zone of Rutford Ice Stream, Antarctica

first_imgWe present seismic and radar data from the onset region of Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica, which show the form and internal structure of a variety of bed forms beneath an active ice stream. The ice flow in the area of our survey accelerates from 72 to >200 m a(-1), the ice is 2200-3200 m thick, and the bed of the ice stream lies up to 2000m below present sea level. We have imaged the internal structure of the bed forms with seismic reflection techniques and also observed radar reflections from below the bed in some circumstances. We observed a transverse moraine 2 km wide and 1.5 km long beneath the slower-flowing part of the ice stream, which we interpret to be composed of unconsolidated sediment undergoing active deformation near the ice-sediment interface. We observed drumlins of classical form with elongation ratios of between 1 :1.5 and 1 : 4.0 where the surface flow speed exceeded 95 m a(-1). The conformity of the internal structure of the bed forms with the ice base suggests that the bed forms are active depositional features in congruence with the observation of a contemporary drumlin-forming episode in the distal part of the same ice stream. These observations provide the first direct evidence of the association between ice-stream flow speed and bed-form shape.last_img read more