Allevard Springs specialises in the design and manufacture of coil suspension precision springs for the automotive industry. At its factory in the Rhondda Valley, Glamorgan, staff turnover is very low, with 83 per cent of employees having worked in the plant for over five years.
Recruiting the right staff: The company has a positive view about employing older workers; there is no reference to age on application forms and recruitment decisions are based on a person’s ability to carry out the job or task allocated to them and not on the basis of age.
Despite a high level of unemployment in the area, Perry Stephens, management services manager, says that: There is a shortage of skilled maintenance people, which older people play an important part n filling. For example, the company currently has five ‘super skilled’ engineering technicians and two of them are over 60 and one is over 50 years of age.”
The company’s view is that employers can benefit enormously from having older people in their workforce, bringing with them skills learnt during their working life coupled with a willingness to continue to learn. Continues Perry: “If somebody is capable of doing whatever job function is required, then age doesn’t come into it.”
Client:Improvement & Development Agency (IDeA) Objective: To position the Beacon Scheme as unique amongst local government accolades and to raise the profile of the Beacon Awards with UK local authorities, ministers and the wider community. Our Brief: The brief was to organise from concept to implementation the Beacon Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner as a high-profile, “Oscar-style” event. Additionally Revolution was to raise delegate and sponsorship revenues to help towards the funding of the event.
Objective: Hays would like to create a series of highly focused ‘roundtable’ events for senior executives within local government and the wider public sector, including the NHS, in order to drive business and traffic to their web site. Our Brief: The brief was to organise a monthly programme of roundtable events, designed to build relationships, generate sales leads and position Hays as HR/Workforce thought-leaders within specific areas within local and central government and the NHS.
Event Description: A business dinner and fundraiser for the British Olympic Association (BOA) with Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and Princess Anne among the 540 guests. The Museum’s Central Hall was transformed into a street party theme and the food was traditional British cuisine including corn beef hash, lamb and sticky toffee pudding. Event Objectives: After the successful Olympics in Beijing, this event was the first time all the Olympians gathered together and it was the museum’s main job to ensure their enjoyment without complications. In doing so the museum negotiated media, royalty and celebrity guests on the evening, ensuring that security was a top priority for such a high profile event.
This thesis is an exploration of the concept of evil. It attempts to define what we mean by this elusive concept and its relevance to human behaviour. The thesis then develops an operational definition of evil that is distilled from the writings of various social scientists. The thesis argues, however, that in addition to merely defining evil, there are three emotive elements that also go towards our preparedness to label an act as evil.
The thesis then examines the causes of evil acts. The thesis argues that the interactive causation, of situation and disposition, is the most robust explanation of evil acts. The thesis rejects the notion of the evil person, instead arguing that it is ordinary people who commit evil acts.
Introduction Environmental management systems are becoming essential tools for maintaining environmentally responsible production and maintaining a competitive edge in waste management and efficiency. Full cost accounting is a valuable element within environmental management, and this case study investigates a semiconductor facility’scurrent environmental management system and potential full cost accounting applications.
The facility’s main environmental issues are concentrated in chemicalaccounting, environmental performance measurements, community perception andaccurate cost evaluations. Environmental performance over time is difficult tocharacterize because of changing production volumes, products, technologies andmanufacturing equipment.
Regional Disparities in Economic Growth: A Case Study of Indian States
In India, regional imbalance has been one of the major concerns before policy makers and planners. There had been a huge gap between active and vibrant regions and hinterland during pre-independence period in terms of availability of facilities and this has resulted in the form of unequal levels of development both in terms of economic and human.
After independence, reduction in inter-state disparities has been emphasized during successive Five Year Plans, but the menace continued unabated. For instance, the World Bank (2006) in its reported entitled, “India-Inclusive Growth and Service Delivery: Building of India’s Success” has observed sharp differentiation across states since the early 1990s reflects acceleration of growth in some states but declaration in others.
The report further adds that more worryingly, growth failed to pick up in states such as Bihar, Orissa and U.P. that were initially poor to start with, with the result that the gap in performance between India’s rich and poor states widened dramatically during the 1990s.
The World Bank (2008) again in its recent release “The Growth Report Strategies for sustained Growth and Inclusive Development” has mentioned that disparity in income distribution in India has risen during 1993-2005 which is revealed by fact that Gini-coefficient in this connection has risen from 0.3152 in 1993-94 to 0.3676 in 2004-05. The Draft Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012, vol. I), has also admitted that regional disparities have continued to grow and the gap have been accentuated as the benefits of economic growth have been largely confined to the better developed areas.
The present study has been undertaken against this backdrop. In order to accomplished the task, inter-state disparity in total as well as per capita SDP for 20 major Indian states for the period 1980-2002 has been examined with the help of inequality indices that are based on properties of Lorenz Curve, Atkinson’s social welfare function. Herfindahl’s Concentration indices etc. Click here to read more…
The multitude of informal ties that exist between project management practitioners and educators can be valuable for the individuals involved, but they’re only the tip of the iceberg. By leveraging personal relationships into formal partnerships, PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) and academic institutions can reap mutual rewards.
Valense Ltd. Organizational Consultants, an R.E.P. since 2004, has forged partnerships with academic institutions on three continents. The consultancy presented its first course as an R.E.P. at French university ESC Lille (now part of SKEMA Business School) in 2001. It has since collaborated with Mundiapolis University in Casablanca, Morocco and the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, among others.
Somewhere around the spring of last year I started to forget to take care of myself. Maybe it was brought on by the shock of repeatedly watching the video of the March 11 tsunami sweeping away tens of thousands of lives on the east coast of Japan, a country I travel to on business nearly every month for the past five years.
Or maybe it’s just an old habit resurfacing, like a recurring rash. Either way, I started ignoring my need for balance in my life, and focused single-mindedly on the enormous pile of tasks and projects I had accumulated.
This case study describes a hypothetical workplace incident that can occur in many organizations across several industries. Although there were no injuries or accidents, this incident itself was significant, as there was the potential for serious injury. Students may question the usefulness of this case study, given that there was no loss or injury.
However, this incident was chosen intentionally, to present a scenario that could occur in the day-to-day operation of an organization. At the beginning of the case study, Robert Gibson, is concerned about how unsafe workplace behaviour could lead to serious accidents that affect employees, the organization, and the public. This concern reflects Dofasco’s interest in developing and implementing health and safety strategies aligned to individual, organizational and societal health and safety goals.