Positive Resignation – How to hand in your notice

first_img A question that all HR/recruitment professionals get asked on at least a semi regular basis is: “How should I resign?”. The real answer is, there is no textbook answer as there are so many variables and moving parts involved relevant to e.g. company, manager, your professional style etc. but there are definitely a whole lot of wrong ways to do it. Here’s my 4 small tips that hopefully will offer some piece of mind during what in most cases is an awkward conversation (at best), and help it flow with a little more ease and hopefully avoid friction or burned bridges.Tip 1: No matter how much you might feel like it, don’t use the flaws of the company/manager as your reason for leaving. This is not the time or the place to have this conversation. My advice would be that if there is a burning desire inside you to offer some constructive criticism, do so at an exit interview in a rational and balanced manner. Instead use the positive points of why you have chosen to accept the new role as the reason for your departure.Tip 2: I’m firmly of the belief that we never stop learning and thus regardless of if you feel it has been the most fulfilling role or not, think of the lessons you’ve learned and thank your manager/company for the opportunity to have learned and grown as a professional.Tip 3: Unless extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise, wherever possible be willing to work your full contractual notice period. Make arrangements as such so as to make your transition out of the company as smooth as possible.Tip 4: If not already part of process, offer your time to have an “exit meeting/interview” with your line manager with the aim of trying to shed light on where in your opinion, the organisation could improve. This is where you can offer your CONSTRUCTIVE feedback and show that you are not harbouring any ill feelings due to some negative experiences but instead are aiming to offer your opinion to ensure other employees don’t feel the same thing.These are by no means complicated steps and is relatively “back to basics” kind of stuff but I hope it will give some piece of mind to anyone who may be looking for a little direction on ways to part ways in a positive light. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Read full article center_img Related posts:No related photos. Positive Resignation – How to hand in your noticeShared from missc on 8 Jan 2015 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Utah Women’s Tennis Honored By ITA Mountain Region

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Monday, The University of Utah women’s tennis program received honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for dedication to excellence both on and off the court this season.The program earned the ITA Mountain Region Community Service award after making an impact in the Salt Lake City community this season.Head coach Mat Iandolo stated he was impressed with his squad and citing schedule obligations, school, matches and travel, said “it is nothing short of amazing that these young women make the time to be involved in their community.”The Utes were a part of “Team Impact” this season, recruiting a 14-year-old with cystic fibrosis. Their new teammate was allowed to be a part of team practices, matches and team dinners this past season.They were also involved in bowling nights with community members who have special needs and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house which saw them read and interact with the children.On campus, the squad has hosted “Trunk or Treat” during Halloween for children in the community.Their biggest community service project was perhaps the Tommy Tough Foundation. The Utes’ women’s tennis squad dedicated one of their home matches to a young boy named Tommy born with congenital heart defects.The Utes signed posters, took pictures with fans and conducted a meet and greet with people who purchased tickets for the fundraiser.Along with the team award, a pair of Utes earned individual awards from the ITA Mountain region as senior Alexia Petrovic, a native of Burr Ridge, Ill. was named as the Most Improved Player while Kaysville, Utah native, Brianna Chisholm, was awarded the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship award.Petrovic was the Utes’ #1 singles player all season, advancing from the #3 spot a year ago. She finished the campaign with a 9-9 record and was 8-7 at #1 doubles with two ranked wins at singles and three in doubles.Iandolo cited Petrovic as his most improved player and confirmed “she is a model of what I want this program to be about.”Petrovic earned several key victories in 2018, including a victory over eventual Pac-12 singles player of the year Ena Shibahara of UCLA, when she was ranked #11 in the country. She also was part of a doubles team that knocked off the #10 ranked Bruins at home.Chisholm was a stalwart for the Utes as the #2 player and spent lots of the time in the community performing service.Chisholm was the Utes’ representative for Team Impact this season, while also volunteering as a reader for adult and children refugees worldwide. May 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Women’s Tennis Honored By ITA Mountain Region Tags: Alexia Petrovic/Brianna Chisholm/Community Service/Mat Iandolo/Utah Women’s Tennis Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

GALLERY: Greggs unveils salad dresses by Katy Perry’s costume designer

first_imgGreggs has launched its summer menu by unveiling two dresses designed by Katy Perry’s costume creator – and made entirely of salad.Greggs has released pictures of its two couture-inspired ‘salad dresses’ made from ingredients in the new Greggs summer salad menu.Designed by celebrity costume creator Kate Tabor, the dresses were commissioned to celebrate the Greggs summer salad range.The on-the-go food business also revealed new research showing 61% of Brits say they are much more health-conscious than they were five years ago.Greggs’ range of lower-calorie menu options now accounts for more than 10% of sales, it reported last week, when it announced total sales were up 7.5% in first 19 weeks of 2017…. The salad dresses took a team of four designers around 200 hours to create, with the couture-inspired creations being built from ingredients including lettuce, tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, jalapeños, onions, chillies and limes.The freshly prepared salad dresses were made from 5,000 salad leaves, 100 limes, 80 bell peppers, 150 chillies and 50 bulbs of garlic.Greggs’ new range includes:•          Coconut, lime and chilli chicken salad•          Mexican chicken, smoky rice and bean salad•          Falafel, harissa, roast vegetable and grains salad•          Honey roast ham, free range egg and potato salad•          Chargrill chicken, roast vegetable & grains salad•          Cheese, tomato and basil pasta saladThe summer salad range is available now in 1,800 shops nationwide.last_img read more

Widespread Panic Welcomes Jason Isbell For ‘Ride Me High’ Jam In Raleigh [Watch]

first_imgLast night, Widespread Panic resumed their spring touring with a great show at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater, playing two sets full of the band’s classic tunes. While the whole show was a rockin’ affair, the band brought out a special guest in the second set to add some extra Southern flare.Guitarist Jason Isbell, who opened up the show, joined up with Panic for a jammed out rendition of J.J. Cale’s “Ride Me High.” Isbell and Herring trade licks throughout this fun segment, keeping the energy level high with a great jam.Watch Isbell’s sit-in on “Ride Me High,” via LoadOffAnnie, below:Check out the full setlist via PanicStream below:Setlist: Widespread Panic at Walnut Creek Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC – 4/30/16Set 1 Travelin’ Light, All Time Low, Christmas Katie > Jack, Dyin’ Man, C. Brown, Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Honky Red, Red Hot Mama (64 mins)Set 2 Sell Sell, Cease Fire > Ride Me High*, Genesis, 1×1, Blight > Chilly Water > Drums > Porch Song, Blue Indian, Climb To Safety (92 mins)Encore Walkin’ (For Your Love), Heaven (11 mins)Notes * w/ Jason Isbell on guitarlast_img read more

King Crimson Releases New Music Video For David Bowie Cover From Berlin

first_imgEarlier this year, pioneering English prog-rockers King Crimson announced a full slate of highly-anticipated summer tour dates, dubbed the “Radical Action Tour,” their first North American run in three years. The band’s touring lineup will include founding guitarist Robert Fripp, as well as longtime collaborators Tony Levin (bass, Chapman Stick) and Mel Collins (saxophone), in addition to singer/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk and four different drummers: Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. Stacey and Rieflin will also double as keyboardists, an arrangement Fripp referred to as the “Double Quartet Formation,” adding that the band is “likely to be making a lot more noise than before.”To coincide with the tour, King Crimson is putting out an EP featuring their performance of David Bowie’s “Heroes” recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour. The tribute is particularly meaningful considering that Fripp played guitar on Bowie’s original recording of the song. Explains Fripp, “King Crimson performed ‘Heroes’ at the Admiralspalast in Berlin as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage. The concert was thirty-nine years and one month after the original sessions at the Hansa Tonstudio overlooking the Berlin Wall. This is released in the Fortieth Anniversary year.”Watch King Crimson perform “Heroes” in Berlin:The EP is slated for release on June 2nd, and will include performances of “Heroes” (recorded live at the Admiralspalast Berlin 12 Sep 2016), “Easy Money” (recorded live at Salle Pleyel Paris 3 Dec 2016), “Starless” (recorded live at Museumsquartier Vienna 1 Dec 2016), “The Hell Hounds of Krim” (recorded live at Museumsquartier Vienna 1 Dec 2016), and a radio edit version of “Heroes.”Rolling Stone just shared a full interview with Bill Rieflin that details the upcoming tour, their reasoning to tribute Bowie, and plans for the future of King Crimson. Read the interview here.For tickets to any of the upcoming King Crimson shows, or for more information on the tour or the new EP, head here.King Crimson 2017 Tour Dates:06/11 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre06/12 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre06/13 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre06/15 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery06/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre06/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre06/19 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s06/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre06/24 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre06/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre06/28 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre06/30 – Rochester, NY @ Kodak Hall07/03 – Montreal QC @ Montreal Jazz Festival07/05 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall07/07 – Quebec, QC @ Centre Videotron07/09 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre07/10 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre07/14 – Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Metropolitan07/15 – Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Metropolitan07/16 – Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Metropolitan07/18 – Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Metropolitan07/19 – Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Metropolitanlast_img read more

OIT implements Sakai changes

first_imgSakai, the online learning platform utilized by the University, received a variety of updates over the summer, including a new color scheme and drop-down menus, Laura Gekeler, learning management system (LMS) administrator and concurrent instructor, said.“We made changes to address both student and faculty needs, although I have to say that we heard more from the general student body than faculty at large this time,” she said.Susan Zhu | The Observer Gekeler said her office worked with an advisory board that included faculty and student representation to gather feedback. The changes, which took effect June 8, included bringing the design elements in line with Notre Dame colors and adding course site drop-down menus directly from the site ribbon, which aids in mobile navigation.“Based on student feedback, we reduced the number of default tools in each course to the two most frequently used ones — ‘Gradebook’ and ‘Resources.’ she said. “Faculty can still use the other tools, but they need to intentionally add them to their courses when they want to use them. Students told us they often found courses with tools which contained no content, and they were frustrated at having to click through them to discover that.”Gekeler said the LMS team routinely reviews potential updates to the learning management system based on advice from the Learning Management Guidance Council, a team with cross-campus faculty representation.“The council has already approved one change,” she said. “Our team is currently working to implement a way to make [student] Sakai grade data available in the mobile ND app. We intend to make it available sometime this fall.”Gekeler said 38 percent of faculty who have teaching assignments use Sakai.“Surprisingly, this means that 80 percent of our undergraduate population has at least one class which uses Sakai,” she said.Notre Dame is among several universities that also use Sakai’s services, Gekeler said.“Our Sakai practices and methods follow in the footsteps of those who’ve used Sakai far longer than Notre Dame,” she said. “We’re involved in a rich community of practice from whom we’re still learning.”Gekeler said some instructors only use Sakai to share grades and files.“Sakai is an easy way to disseminate digital course content, including grades,” she said. “Then there are faculty who intentionally extend their face-to-face classroom engagement beyond the classroom through the structure of their syllabus, their course methods and their use of tools in Sakai. Other universities, such as Rutgers, Duke, UNC and Loyola are involved in this trend as well.”Conducting classes completely online using Sakai as the main delivery platform is also possible, Gekeler said.“We have some of those types of Notre Dame courses supported by Sakai as well. Many institutions have complete online programs conducted entirely in Sakai,” she said. “This is not to be confused with the popular buzz word “MOOC” (massively-open online course) which requires special infrastructure to scale for masses. Our current Sakai environment is not set up this way, nor is it an established or recommended practice to scale Sakai for masses of concurrent users.”Tags: Office of Information Technology, Sakailast_img read more

Agricultural technology

first_imgRemote-controlled helicopters, unmanned aircraft equipped with imaging sensors; welcome to the future of agriculture.Farmers and technology experts from across the Southeast got a glimpse of the future last week at the Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s Unmanned Systems in Agriculture Conference at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. Unmanned vehicle developers hope the new technologies will make farming more cost effective, and better for society and the environment. “This unmanned aerial systems conference is really important because it’s highlighting existing technology, which can have immediate impact on agriculture,” said Joe West, assistant dean of the UGA Tifton Campus. “It’s demonstrating how unmanned aerial systems, which were developed with military applications, are transferring that technology over to agriculture where we’re essentially using those systems as platforms to carry technology to monitor crops and many other things; disease, drought, mineral deficiencies.”Unmanned autonomous systems are becoming more common place as a tool for farmers, according to the Association of the Unmanned Vehicle Systems, also known as AUVSI. Scientists are already using remote-controlled helicopters to detect diseases in farmers’ fields. Unmanned helicopters are also popular in Japan where more than 2,300 are used to spray rice fields and keep a close watch on the health of crops.“Agriculture is very technology-oriented,” West said. “We’re very advanced from the science standpoint, technology standpoint, even business standpoint. It’s going to be another tool that lets us reach further, make decisions better and then respond quicker.”One of the remote-controlled helicopters at the conference Thursday, the Aerobot 100, was designed to be used as an eye in the sky for the military, police or fire department. With a camera attached on its bottom, the Air Robot 100 allows its user to get a bird’s eye view of areas that are otherwise inaccessible. For example, it would provide another set of eyes for the fire department to see how many people are trapped in a burning building. Producers who farm large fields could use the machine to inspect crops for insect or disease damage. Using the Air Robot 100 could help farmers identify an emerging insect or disease problems before it’s spotted by crop scouts. “This is not specifically an agricultural UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) but it has a lot of potential. I think it’s representative of the class of UAVs that people who may come to this conference wouldn’t have known about,” said David Price, a senior research technologist with Georgia Tech. Price operated the Aerobot 100 with a remote control that also displayed video of what was being filmed.More and more universities around the country are studying unmanned aerial vehicle technology in agriculture. Highlighted by AUVSI, Virginia Tech uses unmanned aerial vehicles to locate microbes in the atmosphere that could lead to plant diseases. The research conducted will be used to create an early warning system for pathogens.As fewer people work on the farm, adopting these new technologies could play a key role in the success of farms everywhere.“It makes our farms more efficient. It makes them more sustainable and environmentally friendly,” West said. “Change is difficult. Adopting new technologies is difficult, especially if you’re older and haven’t been exposed to technology as much … “Adoption is more difficult. However, there’s one thing that makes adoption easy, and that’s if it makes money.”last_img read more

UK roundup: Hackney Pension Fund, Pensions Regulator, Willis Towers Watson

first_imgHe said: “There is also a threat to our pension fund in that investments in fossil fuel assets become stranded, which means that they’ll lose their value as a result of necessary world-wide action against climate change.”Hackney was the first London borough to set itself a clear risk reduction target within a realistic amount of time in order to make the necessary changes with the minimum of risk, he said.But Chapman cautioned that the council had to make sure any changes to how the pension fund was managed were made extremely carefully. “Our first responsibility is towards those whose pensions we manage as well as other stakeholders, which include local council taxpayers,” he said.In other news, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) reported that membership of defined contribution (DC) schemes had overtaken that of defined benefit (DB) schemes for the first time.In its latest annual DC Trust report, TPR said there were now around 14.8m memberships of DC schemes, compared to 11.7m DB arrangements.Andrew Warwick-Thompson, executive director for regulatory policy at TPR, said: “We have now passed a significant point in UK private sector pensions provision with 55% of all private sector pension scheme members and 85% of active members being participants in DC schemes.”This big change was directly due to the success of the automatic enrolment system (AE) introduced in the last few years, he said, which had seen more than 7m workers join a pension scheme for the first time.“Master trusts have played a major role in the success of AE and so the introduction of a mandatory authorisation and supervision regime via the Pension Schemes Bill is vital,” Warwick-Thompson said.The regulator now needed to make sure there there was “a level playing field” for the protection of consumers investing in contract-based and trust-based multi-employer pension plans, he said, adding that it was clear market forces alone would not have made this happen.Meanwhile, DB pension funds looking to offload liabilities to bulk annuity providers may find lower prices this year due to greater insurance capacity, according to a new report.But they face continued competition from insurance companies seeking to offload risk, Willis Towers Watson said in its 2017 de-risking sector report.Last year was relatively quiet compared to 2015 in terms of pension schemes passing longevity risk to insurers. However, several insurers passed on back books of annuity business to other insurers and reinsurers, such as Aegon’s sale of its £9bn annuity portfolio to Legal & General and Rothesay Life.Ian Aley, head of transactions at Willis Towers Watson, said: “It is not just pension schemes that are competing in the longevity risk market, and the market as a whole has been as busy as ever, if not busier in some cases.“Looking forward there may be continued competition from back-books, with rumours that Prudential has recently started the sales process for its £45 billion pension liabilities operation, including its annuity business.”However, one of the report’s authors, Sadie Scaife, said that the longevity risk market would give “well-prepared buyers” access to attractive pricing terms.Pension schemes offloading liabilities this year were now likely to find cheaper deals, she suggested, as much of the insurance sector’s risk reduction was complete.“The longevity hedging aspect of this activity was largely completed by the end of 2016 and we therefore expect pension schemes carrying out transactions in 2017 to benefit from an excess of supply and consequent lower costs,” she wrote in the report.But this trend was not sustainable in the long term, Scaife warned, because of the size of UK defined benefit (DB) pension liabilities and the rate at which they are maturing, she said.“A recent survey of our clients showed that 50% expect to reach their end-game target in the next ten years,” she said. “Regardless of whether this is in the form of self-sufficiency or buyout, longevity risk protection may well be needed.” The London borough of Hackney has committed its £1.1bn (€1.3bn) pension fund to becoming free of fossil-fuel investments in the long term.The move starts with a six-year plan to cut the fund’s exposure to the carbon-producing assets by 50%, the council announced today.The council said: “This radical move follows a review which looked at the financial risks posed to the pension fund’s fossil fuel investments in light of the Paris Agreement, a global action plan to help limit global warming.”The pensions committee chair, Councillor Robert Chapman, described climate change as “probably the greatest threat facing humankind”.last_img read more

What you must disclose when selling

first_img REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella “In Queensland, as in all states, it’s crucial for vendors to provide all of the necessary disclosures to ensure their sale goes ahead without a hitch,” Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella said. “Failing to disclose particular items can result in the buyer pulling out of the sale or claiming compensation.“While Queensland sellers have fewer required disclosures than those in other states, there are several that do need to be made, so it’s vital that vendors familiarise themselves with these, prior to listing their property on the market.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50Everything from swimming pool safety certificates to neighbourhood disputes must be disclosed to potential buyers when selling a property, and a failure to do so could land a vendor in hot water.Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella explains what sellers must inform potential buyers before anyone signs on the dotted line. MORE NEWS: Ray White boss lists own home If there has been an application to or an order made by QCAT in relation to a fence or tree dispute with a neighbour, you must disclose this and provide a copy prior to a contract of sale being signed. Contaminated land The riverfront mansion that set a new Brisbane auction record “If owner builder work has been registered in the seven years prior to your sale, you must provide the relevant notice to the buyer before they sign a contract,” Ms Mercorella said. “The notice should include the details of the work done, along with the name of the permit holder, a statement confirming the work was done under an owner builder permit and a prescribed warning.” Units and apartments “All encumbrances, such as easements and covenants must be disclosed, regardless of whether or not they are registered on the property,” Ms Mercorella said.“Easements refer to the right of another person or authority to access part of the property, such as a shared driveway, while a covenant refers to terms and conditions regarding the property. “Building covenants, for example, are common within new estates, which might require homes be rendered or gardens to be landscaped. Swimming pool safety certificates Ms Mercorella said that any property sold with a pool must meet disclosure requirements.“If your property includes a pool, you’ll need to disclose whether or not you have a pool safety certificate prior to any signed contracts,” she said. “You’ll need to supply that certificate to the buyer prior to settlement. “If you don’t have one, you can supply the buyer with a notice of no pool safety certificate, prior to contract, which may be conditional upon a certificate being issued.” Don’t pop the bubbly until you have disclosed everything to the buyer, including whether the pool has a valid safety certificate Smoke alarms and safety switches Vendors must disclose whether or not there are compliant smoke alarms installed and safety switches installed in the property. Tenancies “If you have a tenant in your property, you must disclose this prior to the contract of sale being signed. If you don’t, the buyer is entitled to a vacant property at settlement,” Ms Mercorella said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago Neighbourhood disputes Encumbrances On the off chance that your land has been listed on the contaminated land register because of agricultural or industrial use, you must disclose this to any potential buyer prior to sale. Vendors must also disclose whether or not a property has compliant smoke alarms installed Owner builder notice Ms Mercorella said that if a unit or apartment is being sold, there are a number of disclosures that need to be made pertaining to the body corporate, so it’s important for vendors to be aware of those specific requirements.The REIQ recommends that buyers engage a solicitor to manage the conveyancing process which will involve a series of recommended searches relevant to the property. 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Van Oord Adds ALL NRG to Deutsche Bucht Team

first_imgThe Denmark-based ALL NRG has secured work with Van Oord on the 269MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project.ALL NRG said that its team of technicians from the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm has been called upon for Deutsche Bucht in the German North Sea.According to the company, the team will be assisting Van Oord in preparing the 31 monopile foundations for installation of the 8.4MW MHI Vestas turbines.Later this season, ALL NRG will also support MHI Vestas in the offshore installation and completion of the units.Deutsche Bucht will comprise a total of 33 turbines installed on 31 monopile foundations and two mono bucket foundations and expected to be commissioned by the end of the year.Heavy lift vessel Seaway Strashnov recently installed the substation jacket foundation and topside at the project site some 95km offshore the island of Borkum.last_img read more