25 October

Approaches To Strategic Human Resources Management A Study By Artur Victoria

By Artur Victoria

A Human Resources Executive as a member of top management must determine what policies, programs, practices, and approaches will contribute most to the realization of the organization objectives. This means that in his new role he must be responsible for initiating and implementing-at all levels of management-the most effective utilization of the human assets.

The primary function of the human resources position is to make a major contribution to the development and realization of the organization short-term and long-range objectives while enabling each employee to develop to the fullest extent of his potential. This requires a catalyst and business effectiveness consultant as contrasted with the traditional role of the personnel director.

With these thoughts in mind, the position of the vice-president-human resources might be defined in this way. He reports to the president. His broad function is to formulate, recommend, and implement policies, procedures, and plans to assure the most effective planning, recruitment, selection, utilization, motivation, development, and compensation of the organization human resources; contribute to the development and achievement of the organization long-range and short-term objectives by initiating and implementing employee relations practices which will enable and encourage each employee to realize his personal goals while maximizing his contribution to business effectiveness; provide for the resolution of management problems and the realization of opportunities through innovative approaches to human resources management.

The principal responsibilities of the human resources executive are these:

— Formulate and recommend human resource objectives for inclusion in the organization overall objectives.

— Identify the potential contribution of good human resource management to organizational objectives.

— Identify management problems that can be resolved and opportunities that can be realized through improved effectiveness in human resource management.

— Formulate, recommend, and implement employee relations policies designed to improve individual productivity, job satisfaction, and profitability.

— Make managers aware of their full responsibilities in the management of the human resources entrusted to them.

— Provide the necessary tools, techniques, and methods which foster the development of a business climate conducive to employee innovation and development.

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— Establish the necessary procedures and practices for human resource planning, recruitment, selection, utilization, motivation, development, and compensation. Insure that these are incorporated into every manager job performance evaluation.

— Develop and staff the employee relations function to make provision for innovative approaches to labor and union relations, personnel practices and services, training and development, communication, community relations, benefit plan development and administration, and problem solving.

— Serve as a catalyst and business effectiveness consultant in initiating and implementing new approaches to human resources management.

This position can exert a tremendous influence on business results. Therefore, a few words need to be said about each principal responsibility.

Just as important as market position, technological leadership, return on investment, and profitability are organization human resources. Thus its objectives must reflect this hierarchy of importance.

Human resource objectives for any firm might include five points:

(1) Provide stable employment, equitable compensation, desirable working conditions, and opportunities for advancement for employees in return for their skill, care, efforts, dependability, and teamwork.

(2) Provide a climate conducive to the development of each employee potential in accord with his needs, interests, desires, abilities, and willingness to take on additional responsibility to realize his personal and professional career objectives.

(3). Manage the human resources to assure continuing vitality and growth of the company while realizing a profit and providing opportunities for public service.

(4) Provide a sound organization with enlightened leadership to assure maximum work satisfactions for each employee in a decentralized environment.

(5) Define clearly for each individual the responsibilities of his position, along with the commensurate authority that will enable him to make his best contribution to overall organization goals.

Every organization, regardless of its size, must provide for the needs, interests, and desires of its employees within the work environment if it is to earn loyalty, dedication, involvement, and commitment. This is necessary in order to compete effectively for superior talent in the marketplace. Just making these objectives known would serve to attract the kind of employees all organizations want to have. It is, of course, necessary to follow-up with good management of human resources, or high turnover will inevitably result.

To shed some light on the importance of human resource management, it is a good exercise to look at the objectives of a profit-oriented enterprise-a single-product company, in this instance and attempt to identify the potential contribution of effective management of our human assets. The objectives are:

— To obtain and hold 41 percent of the total available market.

— To return 25 percent on invested capital.

— To return 12 percent on sales.

— To be the technological leader in new product innovation.

— To be the leader in introducing new manufacturing processes, methods, and technology.

— To provide a reliable, dependable, safe product at quality levels superior to those of the competition.

— To build public confidence in the company product and services.

— To attract and retain investor capital by providing a favorable return to share-owners.

— To increase the value of the company stock.

— To cooperate with and provide a fair profit to our suppliers, distributors, retailers, and contractors.

— To be a good corporate citizen by discharging our social, civic, and economic responsibilities through commitment of funds and managerial talent.

That superior, dedicated people are needed at all levels of the organization to achieve these objectives is evident. The company seeks to maintain a superior position in markets, technology, product, service, quality, and internal and external relationships. In order to do this, all six concerns of top management in obtaining, utilizing, motivating, developing, compensating, and retaining good people must be satisfied. These should be incorporated into the objectives listed above.

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25 October

EU adopts renewable energy measures

Friday, March 9, 2007

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European Union leaders on the second day of their summit have agreed on measures to decrease emission of greenhouse gases and to start using more biological fuels. The governments of the 27 countries in Brussels endorsed 3 main binding targets:

  • to reduce greenhouse gas emission levels by the year 2020 by 20% compared to the level of 1990
  • renewable energy should make up 20% of energy consumption by 2020
  • a 10% share for biofuels in the total consumption of fuels in E.U. transport.

This way, the E.U. wants to contribute in reaching the strategic goal of limiting the global average temperature increase to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The individual targets for countries will need to be established based on national starting points and potentials, according to the plan. The plans don’t mention an enforcement mechanism yet.

“We can say to the rest of the world, Europe is taking the lead. You should join us fighting climate change.”

In the summit’s conclusions, the E.U. underlines its ambitions as a leading force in international climate protection. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the targets “ambitious and credible”.

Europe is prepared to even increase the objectives if other developed countries follow suit, and it invites other countries to come forward with their plans for the environment beyond 2012, when the Kyoto protocol ends. In June, Merkel plans to discuss the measures with the other members on the Group of Eight summit.

The proposal takes into account the sovereignty of individual countries to determine exactly which energy sources they use. More specifically, each member state should decide if they wish to use nuclear power or not. Some countries oppose the use of nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuels, and Germany is even in the process of dismantling its nuclear energy production. France on the other hand produces 70% of its electricity in nuclear power plants. [13% of France’s total energy consumption is nuclear.] The report also stresses the importance of nuclear safety in the discussion over nuclear energy.

The summit also asked the European Commission to come up with proposals to reduce energy consumption in lighting and offices by 2008 and 2009. The idea is to replace conventional light bulbs with more energy-efficient alternatives such as the energy saving light bulb.

Another energy-related topic in the conclusions is an agreement on increased security of energy supply. Through member state solidarity and a more interconnected and integrated market, eastern European countries hope to secure their energy supplies in case Russia would cut the supply.

During their two-days summit, the E.U. also discussed economic growth, employment, better regulations and international relations issues.

25 October

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25 October

British doctor killed while on honeymoon

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Catherine Mullany, a newly married British woman, and her husband, Ben Mullany, have been shot while on honeymoon in Antigua. Catherine died on the scene, while Ben is in a critical condition in Hospital.

The families of the Mullanys have described themselves as “deeply shocked and devastated.”

The incident occurred at 05:00 Antigua time (09:00 GMT) on Tuesday, and it is being treated by police as a robbery. A police spokesperson described the incident. “Shortly after 5am this morning officers from the Bolans Police station responding to a call, arrived at Cocos Hotel and Restaurant in the Valley Church area, the scene of a murder.” UK police have been asked to help in the inquiry.

Catherine Mullany was a doctor, who, before her death, planned to become a GP. Ben was a physiotherapy student at the University of the West of England (UWE), which is located in Bristol, England. Mary Price, the Media Relations and Internal Communications Manager for UWE, gave Wikinews the following statement:

Ben Mullany is a third year physiotherapy student at the University of the West of England. Ben is a very good student who is greatly valued by staff and his peers. Staff and fellow students are deeply shocked to hear of this tragic incident. Our condolences go to his wife’s family and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
 This story has updates See British man dies five days after wife in honeymoon shooting 

20 October

How Do Mediums Work Mediumship Through The Ages

By Rachels Saxon

Though we live in a modern and enlightened age, the subject of death remains taboo. Death both fascinates and frightens us. We come into this world knowing that one day we will die, whilst actually knowing nothing about death and the process which takes place following death. Mediums are the modern day story tellers of the after life but may fear mediums and mediumship itself.

Is death really the end? Or is it a natural transition where we return to the place, our essence or spirit came from. Is our physical shell simply that, a clothing of sorts for our spirit and soul vehicle? The modern day words and rituals convey deep misunderstanding due to the style of finality we adopt when someone dies. Words like, ‘at rest’, convey the thought train that the end of that life does indeed signal the end.

But what if it is simply part of an age old cycle of birth, life, death, and that the spirit essence continues for all eternity whether incarnated on the earth plane or not. So the reality is that we do not know deep down inside that we do not die as we haven’t yet had that experience. In exploring these questions we must keep an open mind. Minds like parachutes work best when open.

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Simply asserting that life after death and communication from the other side are not possible or cannot exists as they cannot be scientifically proven is the critics’ weakest response to the unexplained phenomena. Spiritualism which grew from 1848, has suffered its share of rogue practitioners, with a lot of damage caused between 1848 to late 1920 when mediumship became all the rage in America and Europe. Genuine mediums and serious students were eclipsed by the public’s imagination by the more spectacular, bizarre and lurid occurrences attributed to other wordly entities.

We should judge the unexplained using criteria and seeking results that are fair, reasonable and appropriate. We should examine what is seen as proof of soul survival. Like it or not we live in a world that we do not and may never fully understand. A psychic medium is someone who can communicate with the minds of the departed. This is either due to being born with that ability or taking a path of development in life, perhaps sitting in a development circle or some other arena. A medium acts as a receiver for the spirits to communicate through at an energy frequency most of us are not able to grasp.

If you would like to experience mediumship then the best way to do that is to try a medium reading. For ease and convenience you could try a phone medium reading. I do prefer people to start at this point and then use this as a starting point to understanding what they are, what their essence is and what will happen to them for the whole that is eternity. There is not need to panic that life is ending once the physical dies and this knowledge which I class as the absolute truth can liberate ones soul.

About the Author: Rachel Saxon writes for the metaphysical industry and is a Reiki Master. Highly Recommended





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20 October

Space Shuttle Discovery lands in Florida

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The space shuttle Discovery landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, ending its thirteen-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The spacecraft’s landing was delayed for two hours due to low-lying clouds and heavy winds.

Discovery had been sent out to the ISS in order to install a new set of solar panels that would increase its power supply.

“Welcome home, Discovery, after a great mission to bring the International Space Station to full power,” said an astronaut, George Zamka, radioing from the mission control center in Houston, Texas.

NASA tested an experimental tile under the Discovery’s left wing during its approach for landing. The tile was almost eight centimetres thick, and had a bump in it, intended to disturb the otherwise smooth airflow over the shuttle’s wing, thus exposing it to high amounts of heat. Engineers installed the tile in order to measure the excess heat that was generated on downstream tiles. A military airplane monitored the heat with an infrared camera. The findings will be used to help determine better designs for future shuttles.

20 October

Sony refreshes VAIO brand for business and entertainment

Thursday, July 31, 2008

From the middle of July, Sony Corporation refreshed their senior laptop brand VAIO from “Video Audio Integrated Operation” to “Visual Audio Intelligent Organizer”. According to Sony Taiwan Limited, this refreshment is an attempt to relocate the laptop consuming market for business and entertainment factors.

In the “VAIO Experience 2008” press conference in Europe, Sony promoted their new product series for different populations including BZ for business, FW for home entertainment, Z for ultra-slim, and SR for complex applications.

Different with past series, Sony added “Clear Bright” screening technology for high-definition display, and “full-carbon production” features. BD-burning and Intel Centrino 2 processing technologies will be featured in all the new models. For security issue, Sony also embedded fingerprint system to prevent personal data to be stolen. Continued from TZ series, innovative designs including “Green Power Button”, “Situational Switch” are also added in newly-launched series.

“Due to consuming market differences, Sony only promoted BZ series in Europe and America but not included Asia. Although the TICA Show in Taipei will be different, functionality will be the greatest issue when a consumers choose a notebook [computer] before buying.” addressed by executives from Sony Taiwan Limited, during the “VAIO Experience 2008” press conference in Taiwan.

20 October

Nobel Laureate Hans Bethe passes away at age of 98

Monday, March 7, 2005

Nobel Laureate in Physics Hans Bethe died in his home in Ithaca, New York on March 6, 2005, according to Cornell University, where he was professor emeritus of physics.

Hans Albrecht Bethe (pronounced Bay-ta) was born on July 2, 1906 in the city of Strasbourg, then part of Germany (now part of France). He studied physics at Frankfurt and obtained his doctorate from the University of Munich.

Bethe, whose mother was Jewish, fled Germany in 1933 when the Nazi Party came to power. Bethe, along with hundreds of other Jewish academics, were fired from their posts as a result of one of Adolf Hitler‘s first anti-Semitic acts. Bethe moved first to England and in 1935 to the USA where he taught at Cornell University.

Between 1935 and 1938, he studied nuclear reactions and reaction cross sections. This research was useful to Bethe in more quantitatively developing Niels Bohr‘s theory of the compound nucleus.

During World War II, he served as a prominent member of a special summer session at the University of California, Berkeley at the invitation of Robert Oppenheimer, which outlined the first designs for the atomic bomb and served as the beginning of the Manhattan Project. When Oppenheimer started the secret weapons design laboratory, Los Alamos, he appointed Bethe as Director of the Theoretical Division.

After the war, Bethe argued that a crash project for the hydrogen bomb should not be attempted, though after President Truman announced the beginning of such a crash project, and the outbreak of the Korean War, he signed up and played a key role in the weapon’s development. In 1968, he reflected upon the choice, noting that “It seemed quite logical. But sometimes I wish I were more consistent an idealist.” Though he would see the project through to its end, in Bethe’s account he was primarily hopeful that the weapon would be impossible to produce. He later characterized Stanislaw Ulam was the “father” of the hydrogen bomb, and Edward Teller as its “mother,” and himself as its “midwife.”

Among his many honors, Bethe received the Max Planck medal in 1955, and in 1961 he was awarded the Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society for his work in identifying the energy generating processes in stars. In 1967, Bethe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his studies of the production of solar and stellar energy, stellar nucleosynthesis. He postulated that the source of this energy are thermonuclear reactions in which hydrogen was converted into helium.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Bethe campaigned for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, arguing against the nuclear arms race and against nuclear testing. In 1995, at the age of 88, Bethe wrote an open letter calling on all scientists to “cease and desist” from working on any aspect of nuclear weapons development and manufacture. In 2004, he signed a letter along with 47 other Nobel laureates endorsing John Kerry for president of the United States citing Bush‘s apparent misuse of science.

17 October

An Interview With The Stuart Griffiths Ceo Of The True Telecom}

Submitted by: Stephen Ward

It would be great if we could begin with you telling our readers about where the inspiration behind True Telecom originated…

We wanted to create a business that was honest and true to its word. Our vision was to create a company where our staff would be proud to work; so that they would then easily be able to convey our powerful and meaningful message to our customers.


How long after having had that initial spark of inspiration did it take you to launch the company?

Once we had the initial idea, it took us six to seven months to put a plan into action and to create what is now True Telecom.


When you were first looking to launch, did you have friends in you

professional networks to whom you were able to turn, to complement your skills in order to improve your business or did you go it alone’?

We had considerable experience in the telecoms industry. Our combined knowledge based on the do’s and don’ts of the industry was sufficient in order to aid us with starting up our new forward thinking business ethos, culture and structure.


How do you keep yourselves apart from the competition in a crowded marketplace?

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Your question makes it sound as though you believe the market is over-crowded; and personally, we do not believe it is. This notwithstanding, if one fears healthy competition, they should never consider going into business. True Telecoms success is due in no small measure to the fact that we have competition, which we compete against effectively. We have experienced month on month growth since the company’s launch because we offer the best

value for money, premier quality telecoms’ solutions designed to meet our customers’ particular needs and circumstances, and back this with a superb, UK based, customer service and support department that sets the standard our competitors can only hope to achieve some day! It is a formula that is working for us. We are continuing to grow at a steady accelerating rate that is not yet exponential, but is getting there. In fact, we are already looking for new premises to accommodate the extra staff.

True Telecom is an active social media-wise and post with a light-hearted tone. What made you choose this approach in a sector, which is notoriously serious?

When setting up our social media channels we really wanted us to have a noticeable and light-hearted tone whilst still being informative. The telecoms industry can be very serious and we wanted our social channels to help set us apart and our customers respond well to it.


How else have True Telecom marketed themselves to raise their profile?

Having initially spent time working on our proposition and customer offering; we are now looking to market ourselves more prominently in the months to come. This includes PR support, as well as involvement in various off and online marketing and advertising opportunities. In addition to this, we are planning to attend a number of high profile industry events to discuss True Telecom and our growth plans.


Was it difficult to work out a balance between your B2B and B2C marketing activities?

Although True Telecom offer cost effective packages for both commercial and residential telephone setups, the company specialises in providing straightforward telephone agreements with line rentals and call plans that drastically reduce businesses’ telecommunications overheads.


When you started, what was the largest initial hurdle that you had to overcome?

For us it was the name. We wanted a name that reflected the direction we wanted to take our business. Honest, integral, righteous, unique, ethical and evolutional were all words we were thinking of in order to best describe our business. One day the word True came to us and it seemed to fit perfectly.


Top tip for those wanting to start out a new business in the technology sector?

When bringing a new or enhanced technological service to the market, it’s vital

to have a proactive and knowledgeable customer service team to help the customer make the switch from old to new technology as quickly and easily as possible. Our customer service team also makes the customer feel as supported as possible throughout the process and this helps to promote and maintain customer loyalty.


Top tip for an individual/s who want to start a new business in general?

Prior to starting a business in any sector, individuals must construct a robust business plan, based on sound financial advice. The key element of any business plan however, is a solid and viable sales and marketing plan without this, no business can ever hope to generate the turnover with which to pay its bills and realise a profit.

How do you feel that True Telecom would be able to assist SMEs in the UK?

While we undoubtedly lead on mobile, broadband and telephone solutions

for SMEs, the future for us lies with hosted solutions.

Most businesses hold the resources for their telecoms in house and we believe they are now realising just how time consuming and expensive this is.

At True, we believe that businesses should consider the issues that technological advancements can have on their business. For example, various businesses do not update their computer hardware and software as often as they should, and also neglect their telephone systems. The hosted systems are therefore perfect in these cases as they provide the superior functionality and the flexible framework that can be built around the needs of many businesses as they continue to develop.


Where do you hope to see True Telecom in 5 years time?

In five years’ time, True Telecom aims to be one of the top three telecoms companies in the UK. We have SMART’ objectives in place and we are confident we will succeed. You will need to watch this space!


Finally is there anything else you would like to tell us about True Telecom?


True Telecom is affiliated with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Directors (IOD). True Telecom sponsored the 2013 Comms Business (Small Business of the Year) category, and is the 2014 Comms Business Drinks Sponsor.

About the Author: I am copywriter working for most rapidly growing business telecoms company based in the UK.




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