EC launches sweeping reform of its HR function

first_imgEC launches sweeping reform of its HR functionOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Internal communications are playing a vital role in driving forward amassive reform programme at the European Commission, following allegations ofmismanagement and fraud during the 1999 scandal. Staff are being consulted on proposals to reform the HR function, includingthe modernisation of the pay system, changes to the career structure andincreased rights to flexible working. Restrictive categorisation of staff, based on educational achievement, madeit difficult for employees to progress. A new promotion structure will bedeveloped based on performance. Allowances are being increased to help with childcare, rights to flexibleworking, part-time working and teleworking are being extended, and family leavewill be lengthened. The commission aims to put a greater focus on equalopportunities and increase the training budget. The HR reforms are among a number of changes introduced after the previouscommission was forced to resign in March 1999 when an independent reportcriticised its working practices. David Bearfield, head of the internal communications group for the EuropeanCommission, said although huge changes had taken place in the commission, HRhad been untouched for 40 years. He stressed that internal communications were vital in facilitating thereform process. “We’re here to enable the reform process to happen and to allow it tohappen with staff and not just something that’s a top-down process that peoplefind out about through newspapers. We want to facilitate an open reform processwhere people can play a role,” he said. A reform site was set up on the commission’s intranet, which received160,000 hits a day. Katie Hawkins Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

BJMP-Kalibo rolls out measures vs COVID-19

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – The Bureau of JailManagement and Penology (BJMP) in Aklan is stepping up to the challenge ofcontaining the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As the virus may quickly spread inplaces like prisons, PDLs and jail guards have been always reminded to practicegood hygiene such as washing of hands frequently.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) BJMP-Aklan imposed restrictions and othercoronavirus-related protocols for the well-being of the persons deprived ofliberty (PDLs). Although there have been no reports of the COVID-19 in theAklan District Jail, the facility could possibly become the hotbed of the virusif no preventive measures will be taken. On March 11, BJMP-Aklan suspendedindefinitely the jail visits of family members, relatives and friends of PDLsin Aklan District Jail to minimize their risk of being infected. The jail guards assigned in checkpointsoutside the BJMP-Aklan facility, on the other hand, will not be allowed to workinside.center_img Aside from hand sanitizers, protectivegears are also required for jail guards working in case they need to respond toa potential outbreak of the COVID-19 inside the Aklan District Jail. In addition, jail guards are assigned todo 12-hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. to secure thefacilities. Although there have been no reports of the coronavirus disease-2019 in the Aklan District Jail, it could become the hotbed of the virus if no preventive measures will be taken. AKLA DISTRICT JAIL/ B.CARILLOlast_img read more

Poch: Kaboul not guaranteed place

first_img Yedlin ended his MLS stint in fine style, helping the Sounders win the Western Conference title and Supporter’s Shield before losing to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Conference Finals, and big things are expected from him by Pochettino. ”DeAndre is a young player with great potential who has already achieved a lot in Major League Soccer,” he said. ”It is important for his development that he is given the time to adapt to his new surroundings both on and off the pitch and we believe that by coming to us in January it will give him the best opportunity to do so.” Spurs travel to face bottom club Leicester on Boxing Day and Pochettino is hopeful of having Ryan Mason available after the midfielder was forced off with a twisted ankle during the win over Burnley at the weekend. “He is better now,” Pochettino added. “Maybe tomorrow he will start training in a normal way with the group. It was lucky because the problem wasn’t bad. Maybe he could be back on Boxing Day. It’s possible he is ready for the next game.” Press Association The 28-year-old has not featured in the Barclays Premier League since the 2-1 home defeat to Stoke on November 9 and has made only 12 appearances in all competitions since Pochettino’s arrival in the summer. Kaboul was installed as Pochettino’s skipper after the Argentinian had spent some time with the squad, with the announcement made in mid-September. But the France international has since struggled to hold down a place in Tottenham’s starting XI, with the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Federico Fazio and Vlad Chiriches preferred by Pochettino. It is also believed Tottenham may delve into the January transfer market to recruit another central defender and Pochettino revealed he will not pick Kaboul purely because he is the captain. “It’s a football decision, there is no other explanation,” he said when questioned about Kaboul’s omission. “When you decide to pick the starting XI it’s not because he’s captain or that his name is different from another. You pick the player because it’s your job and it’s my decision. “The captain means that you are a leader but because you are a captain you are not sure of starting XI. I am the head coach and I decide the players for each game.” One player now certain of arriving in the new year is United States full-back DeAndre Yedlin – after the club confirmed he will link up with them in January. Spurs agreed to sign the 21-year-old on a four-year deal in August, but announced at the time that he would remain with the Seattle Sounders for the remainder of the Major League Soccer season. ”We are pleased to confirm that DeAndre Yedlin will be joining the Club in January,” a statement on the club’s website read. Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino insists it is purely footballing reasons that are preventing club captain Younes Kaboul from getting back into his side.last_img read more

Three more Badgers taken in NFL draft

first_imgNEW YORK – J.J. Watt and Gabe Carimi stole the headlines Thursday night, but three other Wisconsin Badgers still found their way to the National Football League this weekend.Tight end Lance Kendricks, offensive tackle John Moffitt and offensive guard/center Bill Nagy were drafted in the final two days of the 2011 NFL Draft, giving the Badgers five more alumni in the NFL.Kendricks, a runner-up for this year’s Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams with the 15th pick in the second round (47th overall). Moffitt, who formed arguably the nation’s most talented left half of an offensive line alongside Carimi, was taken one round later by the Seattle Seahawks, with the 11th pick in the third round (75th overall). Finally, Nagy, a versatile offensive lineman for the Badgers, was taken by the Dallas Cowboys with the third-to-last pick of the entire draft at the 51st pick in the seventh round (252nd overall).Kendricks and Moffitt were largely expected to be drafted, but Nagy represented a bit of a surprise given the other prospects UW had in the draft. Quarterback Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin’s starter for the last two years, was considered a late-round prospect, but was never taken.In St. Louis, Kendricks will provide second-year quarterback and reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Sam Bradford with another solid receiving option in an offense that continues to develop. The 6-foot-3, 243-pound Kendricks was a well-rounded tight end for the Badgers, exhibiting excellent pass-receiving skills (43 receptions for 663 yards and five touchdowns last season) and strong blocking ability. Kendricks figures to be more of a receiving threat in St. Louis, though he will figure in to the Rams’ plans in pass protection and run blocking.Moffitt was widely considered a mid-round prospect who didn’t quite have the athleticism of Carimi. Nevertheless, he did earn Associated Press first-team and consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2010 after starting all 13 games at left guard. The Seahawks selected him in the third round to help solidify an offense that could be undergoing a makeover, as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck seems unlikely to return. Moffitt, listed at 6-foot-4, 319 pounds, could start immediately on the Seahawks O-line once mini-camps and training camps are planned following the resolution of the ongoing labor dispute.In Dallas, Nagy will bring the versatility UW head coach Bret Bielema touted live on the NFL Network shortly after his former player was drafted. Bielema was a guest on the network’s draft coverage and discussed how Nagy worked his way back from frightening foot and wrist injuries following a scooter accident prior to his junior season in 2009. Last season, Nagy appeared in all 13 games and started eight. He started the first four games at right guard while Kevin Zeitler was injured, and then filled in as a tight end in short-yardage and goal-line situations. Nagy capped his final season in Madison with an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection, one of six Badgers honored. The Cowboys seemed to be prioritize strengthening their offensive line in order to better protect quarterback Tony Romo, as Nagy was their third lineman taken in this year’s draft.last_img read more