first_imgDespitecriticism, Investors in People is now 10 years old and is launching a freshbatch of standards.  Lucie CarringtonreportsFreshfrom celebrating its first decade of delivering the national training standardto employers, Investors in People UK (IIP) is busy planning the next 10 years.Partly it will be more of the same – persuading large employers to becomeInvestors in People, but IIP will also target smaller firms (SMEs) and it willcontinue forging international links.Inaddition it is embarking on what could turn out to be a massive flankingoperation, producing a range of additional products that will function alongsidethe core investors’ standard. A recruitment standard, or model as IIP prefersto call it, was launched last year and this year the organisation will beginwork on a leadership model and a work/life balance model.IIPUK currently boasts 25,000 accredited companies with one in four workersemployed by organisations with Investors In People status. But what’s amazingto training experts and policy watchers is that IIP as a scheme and anorganisation has survived so long, when other training policies have come andgone. It has even survived the current government’s massive overhaul oftraining policy: the scrapping of training and enterprise councils,rationalisation of national training organisations and the restructuring ofwhat remained of the old employment department. Itssurvival is largely due to the fact that it commands cross-party andindustry-wide support. Launched by the Conservative government in 1991 withsupport from the CBI and the TUC – backing both organisations reaffirmed atIIP’s birthday bash last year – it was no surprise, therefore, that Labour hungon to it. ‘We’vehad five secretaries of state since this initiative was launched, not tomention departmental reorganisations, but the ministerial support for IIP hasbeen fantastic,” says CEO Ruth Spellman.IIPhas also succeeded because it has managed to adapt while insisting that itsbasic principles remain the same. Early on it became bogged down in thebureaucracy and paperwork that have come close to crippling so many nationaltraining initiatives, such as the national vocational qualifications. But IIPUK realised that it could not be too prescriptive about the way employersadhered to its principles, and the result is a fairly simple system involvingits four principles [see box], a dozen indicators and about 25 types ofevidence for an assessor to look at, which emphasise what firms do rather thanthe processes they use.AsJane Pike, HR director at tea room and coffee specialist  group Bettys and Taylors points out:”Over the years, IIP has come to accept that businesses do thingsdifferently.” And it has been essential to its survival. ‘When we embarkedon achieving Investors in People status we believed we were doing some goodthings. We didn’t want to change just for the sake of getting an award. If thescheme had continued to become more bureaucratic, then we would have moved awayfrom it,’ Pike says.Spellmanmust take some of the credit for IIP’s survival. Formerly a managementconsultant, she is an articulate and insatiable publicist for the scheme, andis wholly focused on the message. She never lets an opportunity slip by to tellbusiness, government, the media and whoever will listen that investing inpeople improves business productivity and impact on profits. She is backed upby chairman Tim Melville-Ross. As a former head of the Nationwide BuildingSociety and the Institute of Directors, Melville-Ross adds a bit of gravitas tothe consultancy glitz. However,the problem for Spellman and Melville-Ross is that it is virtually impossibleto prove how much value the scheme really adds to an organisation. There is agrowing body of research that makes a link between training and productivity,including IIP’s own research last year, which found that four out of fiveemployers felt that having the right skills and a good training programme wereessential to business productivity. Likemotherhood, apple pie and so many personnel policies, it’s hard to disagreewith this sort of common sense. But it does not prove a link between trainingand productivity nor does it prove that the scheme itself delivers productivityimprovements.TheInstitute of Directors (IoD), which represents owners and managers in many ofthe small firms that IIP wants to target, does not think that the case for thescheme as a business improvement tool is proven. It also carried out someresearch last year and found that while nine out of 10 of its members said IIPhad improved employee’s ability to do their jobs, only one in four said it hadimproved productivity and less than one in seven said it had affectedprofitability.”It’sa good initiative, but IIP shouldn’t exaggerate its potential,” saysbusiness policy executive at the IoD Richard Wilson. Nor does he think that IIPis right to target small firms. It is, he says, an unrealistic goal for manysmall firms. “Given that a lot of small businesses don’t survive for morethan three years, the scheme is not necessarily the best way forward forthem,” he says.Nonetheless,the scheme has plenty of supporters. Jane Pike of Betty’s and Taylors, forexample, is convinced that it has had a good impact on customer satisfactionscores, while Peter Holmes, group director of marketing with car maintenancefirm Kwik Fit, says it has improved staff turnover by up to 35 per cent in someareas.KwikFit is an established Investor in People having first achieved the standard in1993. “The key to our success as a business is down to our skills and ourservice to the customer,” Holmes says. “The scheme has provided uswith a logical framework for ensuring that we have the processes in place fortraining and measuring the effectiveness of our training.’Witha customer retention rate of 93 per cent, the scheme is clearly popular amongexisting accredited organisations. Listen to supporters like Holmes, Pike, theCBI, and even the IoD, and it is clear that the real value to employers whobelieve in developing their workforces, is that the scheme provides them with astructure to ensure that training and development is linked to business needs.It enables senior managers to monitor training teams and check they are notjust doing a good job, but doing the right one.Thisis what Tim Melville-Ross himself found when the IoD was working towardsaccreditation. “It made me look in detail at our training plan. There wereall sorts of computer courses on offer to IoD staff that were of no use to thebusiness,” he says. They didn’t last.Thescheme has also proved a fabulous way of keeping personnel and training issueson the business agenda, as to gain Investors in People Status an organisationmust have senior management commitment. This means, as Pick points out,”that the scheme comes up at every board meeting because in some way orother one of the four principles will be up for discussion”.Likeany government-sponsored body, IIP is only as good as its funding and Spellmanand Melville-Ross have seen enough non-departmental public bodies come and goto understand the precarious nature of being part of the government trainingnetwork. However, while the standard does seem to have put down some roots,it’s not clear whether it requires a separate organisation to deliver it. Whynot hand it over the Learning Skills Councils (LSC)?‘Weare here to develop the standard and to preserve its quality and that willalways require a separate organisation,’ Melville Ross insists.Thereis also the question of driving it forward, not just in terms of the number ofemployers who can pin an Investors in People certificate on the wall, but alsoin driving up the quality of training and people development in the UK.Tothis end IIP is pushing ahead with plans that could secure its future. It hasits international programme, which now has seven licensed partners around theworld including Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, and has another14international pilot schemes running. Moreimportantly it has embarked on a new range of products for existing investorsto use to demonstrate their commitment to the workforce. The recruitment model,which came out last year, was the first, and the leadership and work/lifebalance models are in development. IIP is also drawing on the expertise ofothers, such as the careers experts Penna, Sanders and Sydney, the Institute ofManagement and the CBI, to draw up these additional standards. Spellmaninsists IIP’s expansion plans are what client organisations want. “Theyhave come to us, we haven’t gone to them,” she says. “They respectthe standard and have asked us to design other management tools that tie in.’Theadditional standards will be voluntary but will only be open to firms that havealready achieved IIP status. ‘This is not a gold standard because we think IIPalready offers a gold standard. But we have to provide a new challenge fororganisations that have been accredited for several years,” Spellman says.Thenext few years could be something of a challenge to IIP and are likely to bethe real test of its endurance. However, Melville Ross is bullish about thefuture. “It would be idle to deny that we aren’t worried about a slowereconomy,” he says. “But IIP was introduced during the depths ofrecession and a large number of organisations used it to survive the 1990s. Soit could help firms through the current economic downturn.” Investorsin People: the four principles:–Commitment – an Investor in People is committed to developing its people toachieve its aims and objectives–Planning – an Investor in People is clear about its aims and its objectives andwhat its people need to do to achieve them–Action – an Investor in People develops its people effectively to improve itsperformance–Evaluation – an Investor in People understands the impact of its investment inpeople on its performanceCasestudyBetty’s and Taylor’sBetty’sand Taylor’s, the upmarket teashop chain and tea and coffee retailer, was oneof the first firms to achieve IIP status. “We received the award in 1991and have been reaccredited every three years since,” says HR director JanePike.Pikeis convinced of the business benefits of the scheme. ‘Over a period of time wehave seen a significant increase in sales and decrease in customercomplaints,” she says. ‘We have also seen a marginal, but significant,decrease in staff turnover in a difficult market – 65 per cent of our staffhave now been with us for more than two years.’Betty’sand Taylor’s isn’t just selling tea and cakes – a trip to Betty’s is anexperience. “What’s important to us is the quality of that experience andthat can only be achieved through our staff and teams,” Pike says.IIPaccreditation has enabled Pike and her colleagues to reinforce that across theorganisation. ‘What the scheme has enabled us to do is embed these processesformally in the organisational culture,” Pike says. “It’s easy to getcarried away with the rhetoric of HR and the latest fads, but at the end of theday the most important issues are those surrounding the Investors in Peopleprinciples.’Thisis not rocket science; the processes Pike is talking about are regular monthlybriefings, quarterly appraisals and regular brainstorming sessions involvingall staff.WhatIIP has done, therefore, is provide what Pike calls a “simplistic butflexible and robust framework” to enable Betty’s and Taylor’s to do thesethings in its own way.Thefirm has also introduced an internal IIP-style training award. “All thebranches in Bettys and Taylors are judged against certain criteria such astraining that’s been achieved and added value of that training,” Pikesays. “We measure it in terms of things like absence rates, turnover andcustomer satisfaction scores.’TheInvestors in People scheme has not brought about a revolution in the way thecatering firm manages its people, but Pike insists the formality it offers andthe involvement of all staff, from the chairman to the cleaner, is important.”In my experience, the more a commitment is made public the more likely itis that it is going to stick,” she says.Andit has become a working tool for all staff. “The scheme isn’t owned by HRor management but by every single employee. 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first_img Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Las aulas de la escuela primaria y secundaria de la escuela episcopal de la Santa Trinidad, en Puerto Príncipe, están llenas de alumnos. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.[Episcopal News Service] Las aulas de la escuela primaria y secundaria en el complejo de la catedral de La Trinidad en Puerto Príncipe, están llenas de alumnos, los estudiantes de música siguen preparándose en lo que fue un convento y se ha levantado un espacio provisional para el culto en los terrenos, señales de vida todas ellas que la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori advirtió cuando estuvo en la catedral durante su visita a Haití a mediados de diciembre.“La Iglesia Episcopal en Haití sigue desempeñando un papel importante y esencial en este renacimiento. La iglesia catedral de Puerto Príncipe fue considerada durante mucho tiempo el alma espiritual y cultural de Haití. En la actualidad, sus campanas guardan silencio (en un almacén), casi todos sus murales de fama mundial están destruidos (tres de ellos han sido preservados para reutilizarlos) y la desnuda plataforma de su altar aguarda la reconstrucción de la catedral”, dijo Jefferts Schori en una declaración dada a conocer el 8 de enero por la Oficina de Relaciones Públicas de la Iglesia Episcopal.“Los terrenos de la catedral están animados, con una escuela primaria y secundaria que ahora tiene más niños que antes, una escuela de música que sigue preparando a coros e instrumentalistas de renombre internacional y una escuela técnica que se está levantando en el mismo sitio donde yacieron cadáveres durante días en las ruinas del edificio anterior que se desplomó” [agregó la Primada].El 12 de enero de 2010, Haití sufrió un catastrófico terremoto de magnitud 7 que causó más de 300.000 muertes, dejó igual número de heridos y desplazó a más de millón y medio de personas, en lo que ha sido uno de los peores desastres naturales de la historia reciente. La Diócesis Episcopal de Haití, la mayor en número de fieles de las 109 diócesis de la Iglesia Episcopal, en cuestión de segundos perdió el 80 por ciento de su infraestructura en Puerto Príncipe y Léogâne, el epicentro del terremoto a menos de 30 kilómetros al oeste de la capital.La obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori, el obispo de Haití Jean Zaché Duracin y Alexander Baumgarten, director del Departamento de Actividad Pública y Comunicación de la Misión de la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera, contemplan uno de los tres murales que se conservan de los 14 mundialmente famosos —que representaban relatos bíblicos, escenas religiosas y motivos haitianos— que alguna vez adornaron los muros de la catedral. Los murales que sobrevivieron se conservan en los terrenos de la catedral. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Inmediatamente después del terremoto, gobiernos y organismos internacionales de socorro, se comprometieron a contribuir con miles de millones de dólares para ayudar a reconstruir la nación caribeña, considerada durante mucho tiempo la más pobre del Hemisferio Occidental.“El 13 de enero de ese año, el mundo estuvo en Haití ayudándonos”, dijo el Rvdmo. Ogé Beauvoir, obispo sufragáneo de la Diócesis de Haití, en una declaración que conmemoraba el quinto aniversario del terremoto. “En marzo de 2010, estuve en la sede de las Naciones Unidas en Nueva York viendo que todo el mundo se comprometía con unos 11.000 millones de dólares para ayudar a reconstruir Haití”.El millón y medio de personas desplazadas buscaron albergue y ayuda humanitaria en 1.500 campamentos que se crearon después del terremoto. Y durante meses fue casi imposible para vehículos y peatones transitar por las calles de la capital, dijo Beauvoir.Por el momento, los miembros de la catedral de La Trinidad se reúnen en un espacio temporal techado en los terrenos de la catedral. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Además del progreso visible en los terrenos de la catedral de La Trinidad, también puede apreciarse en la manera en que han limpiado los escombros de las calles, se han construido nuevos edificios gubernamentales y se han puesto en vigor nuevos códigos de construcción, y ya más del 90 por ciento de las personas que vivían en campamentos se han ido.“El gobierno le ha dado ayuda a esas personas para que se mudaran a sus antiguos barrios, les ha ayudado a renovar sus viviendas y ha construido nuevos complejos de apartamentos para los demás. La zona del Campo de Marte [Champs-de-Mars] y otros lugares de Puerto Príncipe y Léogâne ya están libres de esos campamentos”, dijo Beauvoir. “El gobierno actual ha hecho muchísimos esfuerzos”.Electo en 2011, el presidente Michel Martelly ha supervisado el grueso de la reconstrucción del país, aunque en los últimos meses las violentas protestas contra su gobierno y el llamado a elecciones legislativas y locales, demoradas durante mucho tiempo, han debilitado su papel.El 12 de enero, el mismo día en que se cumplía el quinto aniversario del terremoto, el parlamento del país estaba a punto de disolverse y el presidente a gobernar por decreto si no se llegaba a un acuerdo.Beauvoir integró recientemente una comisión de 11 miembros compuestas de ex funcionarios y líderes religiosos para ayudar a resolver el impasse político que ha atascado las elecciones desde 2011.Siempre ha habido inestabilidad política en Haití, dijo Duracin, durante una entrevista con Episcopal News Servicie a mediados de diciembre en Haití, en la que hizo notar que muchos jóvenes se sienten abandonados por el gobierno.Beauvoir reconoció la inestabilidad y las preocupaciones de los jóvenes en su declaración.“En el quinto aniversario del terremoto, nuestro mayor reto es reconstruir a la persona haitiana en mente, espíritu y cuerpo. Debemos desarrollar un nuevo haitiano, una nueva haitiana, que proporcionen el nuevo liderazgo que exige llevar a Haití al siglo XXI”, afirmó.Una pared exterior de la catedral de la Santa Trinidad que aún se mantiene en pie y que se integrará a la nueva catedral. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENSLa Obispa Primada hizo una visita histórica al norte de Haití a mediados de diciembre y predicó en la parroquia del Espíritu Santo en Cabo Haitiano, visitó la escuela parroquial y la cercana escuela técnica del Espíritu Santo, antes de dirigirse al sur para pasar un día en la capital. Fue su sexto viaje a Haití, siendo el primero en 2008.Después del terremoto, la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera comenzó a recaudar dinero para reconstruir la catedral y su ministerio.La Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera (DFMS por su sigla en inglés) es el nombre legal y canónico con que la Iglesia Episcopal está incorporada, realiza sus negocios y lleva a cabo la misión.Ya se han aprobado los planos arquitectónicos y la catedral se construirá en tres fases, dijo Elizabeth Lowell, directora de la Oficina de Desarrollo de la DFMS, añadiendo que hasta ahora se han recaudado $2,5 millones para financiar la reconstrucción. El proyecto total se calcula que cueste entre $21 y $25 millones.Además, muchas de las pequeñas escuelas rurales de fuera de la capital ya han sido reconstruidas, gran parte de las cuales con la ayuda de las 600 parroquias y entidades episcopales que han formado asociaciones haitianas, dijo Lowell.Sin embargo, “desde el punto de vista de lo que hemos hecho, las necesidades aún son muy grandes y costosas”, añadió ella, citando un hospital episcopal que sigue afectado en Léogâne.Desde 2012, la DFMS ha conducido siete peregrinaciones a Haití en un empeño por asociar a los episcopales en Estados Unidos con la reconstrucción de la Iglesia y del país, y ha trabajado con asociados locales para determinar sus necesidades.La Diócesis de Haití incluye a 46 clérigos que atienden a más de 200 iglesias, 254 escuelas, dos hospitales y 13 clínicas.El ochenta por ciento de los haitianos viven en la pobreza; el terremoto puso al descubierto las luchas diarias por la vida. Los campamentos, que les proporcionaron vivienda a personas desplazadas por el terremoto, también atrajeron a haitianos de las zonas rurales que buscaban ayuda de organizaciones internacionales de socorro y de gobiernos extranjeros comprometidos con la ayuda y los empeños de reconstrucción.Finalmente, las organizaciones no gubernamentales y los donantes se dieron cuenta de que necesitaban invertir en desarrollo rural y urbano fuera de la capital para alentar a los haitianos a regresar a sus lugares de origen. Esa labor puede verse tanto en el Centro de San Bernabé para la Agricultura cerca de Cabo Haitiano, donde la diócesis está preparando a 54 estudiantes en labores agrícolas, como en la escuela técnica donde ofrece cursos de mecánica, plomería y electricidad.Con más de 120 hectáreas de tierra fértil en una país donde la inseguridad alimentaria es común, San Bernabé ha atraído el apoyo de socios episcopales, de otras organizaciones, así como del gobierno y las universidades haitianas.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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first_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says to go further News June 11, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ministers urged not to follow Chinese model of online censorship Follow the news on Belarus Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Read the letter to communications and informatisation minister Nikolai Pantelei RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia News News Reporters Without Borders has written to the Belarusian ministers of information and communication condemning the comments about online regulation that deputy information minister Liliya Ananich made during a round table organised by the magazine Belaruskaya Dumka on 2 June.Ananich said the information ministry was “unambiguously committed to the legislative regulation of the operation of Internet mass media” and that websites that wanted to “act as mass media” should be registered in accordance with a established procedure “defined either by the Mass Media Law or a regulatory act of the government.” She also referred to the use of Chinese expertise to block access to foreign websites that could have a “bad influence” on the Belarusian Internet.Addressing information minister Uladzimir Rusakevich, Reporters Without Borders wrote: “Most Belarusian citizens are regular Internet users. We are aware that it is important to regulate website content but we are also convinced that freedom of expression should not suffer as a result. We would therefore be grateful if you would send us the provisional findings of the working group you set up last year to study Internet legislation in various countries in order to identify regulations that could be applied in Belarus.”Another participant in the 2 June round table, Oleg Proleskovsky, who heads the informational analysis centre at the office of the president, said: “In organisational terms, it is necessary to use so-called content-filtering software. This is software that helps users or local network administrators block access from computers, for which they are responsible, to sites containing information that conflicts with current legislation or public moral standards.”In its letter to communications and informatisation minister Nikolai Pantelei, Reporters Without Borders asked what software the government planned to use to regulate the Internet in Belarus.“We would like to know what kinds of websites are targeted by these filtering methods and the precise reasons for using such filtering,” the letter said. “We regard this manifest desire to control content as a threat to online freedom of expression. It is all the more reprehensible that you envisage a partnership with China, the world’s leading online censor.”Read the letter to information minister Uladzimir Rusakevichcenter_img May 28, 2021 Find out more Related documents Letter to Uladzimir RusakevichPDF – 77.76 KBLetter to Nikolai PanteleiPDF – 71.5 KB Receive email alerts Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img

first_imgNewsPoliticsLimerick Senator expresses concern with high costs of motor insuranceBy Staff Reporter – February 15, 2018 1520 Living City review to focus on poor response in Georgian Limerick TAGSCentral Statistics OfficeFine GaelMaria ByrneMinster for Finance Previous article​​Limerick tops the rankings as one of Europe’s Cities of the FutureNext articleCoillte Biking Blitz glides back to Limerick Staff Reporter Facebook Advance sale of graves could lead to cemetery ‘apartheid’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Email Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria ByrneLimerick based Senator Maria Byrne raised the issue of the high costs of motor insurance with her Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, TD.Senator Maria Byrne says that while figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released in 2017 showed a 14% drop in the cost of motor insurance, costs still remain high and there is much more work to do to make motor insurance affordable. Senator Byrne said: “While this 14% decrease is encouraging, costs still remain high and there is much more work to do to make motor insurance affordable for people across Ireland.“Fine Gael recognises that it is possible for the State to play a role in helping to stabilise the market and deal with factors contributing to the cost of insurance.  For this reason the Cost of Insurance Working Group was established in 2016.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I welcome the announcement from the Minster of Finance, Minister Donohoe that the fourth quarterly update on the implementation of each of the 71 recommendations contained in the report will be published in the coming days and that work is continuing on the development of an insurance fraud database in the Department of Justice and Equality and an uninsured driving database in the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport.“The government has also approved the General Scheme of a Bill to establish a new National Claims Information Database in the Central Bank that will collect aggregate information linked to claims for private motor business from motor insurers to provide greater transparency on claim trends” She concluded.More about politics here. center_img Print Homelessness is a real worry in Abbeyfeale Advertisement Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Linkedin Twitter Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Mayor’s driver will earn more than ‘underpaid’ councillorslast_img

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