Comments are closed. Flexible work practices benefit recruitment and retention in regional and national government organisations, a senior minister in the Irish government told delegates at Telework 2000.Noel Treacy, minister for science, technology and e-work, said the Irish civil service had enjoyed greater staff loyalty since teleworking schemes were first introduced 20 years ago.But it has only been in the past two years that the benefits of teleworking have been measured as part of the Irish government’s e-work awareness campaign, which encourages industry to lead by example and adopt telework practices.The Irish civil service’s workforce of about 3,000 are now involved in job-sharing schemes made possible by telework.It has also pioneered a term-time leave scheme for parents looking after children or dependent adults, which allows them 10-13 week breaks each year.Although initially unsuccessful, the scheme took off after salaries were paid on a pro-rata basis in equal amounts split over the course of the year.Treacy said, “Recruitment has benefited and our employees have greater control over their lives – it has also introduced more older women back into work.“If our government does not take the lead then we have lost the argument about teleworking.”The Irish government has introduced a code of practice to educate business leaders about introducing teleworking.“We want to become world leaders in teleworking,” said Treacy.Paul Cohen, founder of Surrey Workstyle, a Surrey County Council project aimed at using teleworking to free up office space, said mastering HR issues were crucial to the success of any teleworking project.“This is a hearts and minds issue,” he said. “If people are not able to use the technology and adapt to new working practices then customer service suffers.”Surrey’s project involves using four workstations for every five employees to cut back on office space. Surplus office space has been sold off to raise capital. Flexibility pledge pays off in IrelandOn 19 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Nearly 10 years have passed since images of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina first appeared in major news outlets, but for some Notre Dame students the memory of the hurricane is still as fresh as on the day Katrina made landfall, Aug. 29, 2005.“[The hurricane] is something that I will always remember,” Mari Tumminello, a junior from New Orleans, said. “I can’t even believe it was 10 years ago. It shocks me that it’s been that long.”Janice Chung | The Observer Tumminello was 10 years old when Katrina hit. She said she and her family evacuated their home after reports that the hurricane had become a Category 5 storm reached them. They drove in heavy traffic from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and then flew from there to Miami where her father, an airline pilot, was based.She said her family watched the coverage of the hurricane and its aftermath from their hotel in Miami, as reports that New Orleans had been spared the brunt of the storm grew increasingly dismal following the failure of the levee system and the subsequent flooding of the city.The uncertainty during that time was the worst part, Tumminello said.“They only reported the flooding, so we had no idea what happened to our house, what happened to anything,” she said.Flooding across the city caused billions of dollars in damage; according to a Dec. 2005 report by the National Climate Data Center, flood water covered over 80 percent of New Orleans, in some places up to 20 feet deep.“We were lucky in that my house didn’t flood where I was,” Tumminello said. “The levees by us stayed strong, which was great. But we had tons of wind damage, we had brick walls fall down, we had shingles. My neighbor, his house imploded, we had a tornado go down our street.”But although Tumminello’s house fared well in comparison to much of the city, she said her family was unable to stay in New Orleans. With limited flights leaving New Orleans in the weeks and months following the hurricane, Tumminello said her father had to move their family temporarily to Miami in order to keep his job at the airline.“Seeing it as a kid and not understanding everything about it — why we couldn’t go back, why we had to stay — made it so much more difficult,” she said. “In hindsight, it was a good experience for me in the end, moving away, experiencing something else, and that would have never happened had Katrina not happened.”In Pass Christian, Mississippi — which according to a 2008 report by the National Hurricane Center experienced the highest storm surge of the hurricane at 27.8 feet — Notre Dame senior John-Paul Drouilhet had a very different experience of the storm.Like Tumminello, Drouilhet’s family evacuated the area, but while Tumminello’s family temporarily relocated to Miami, Drouilhet’s returned home to find much of their city leveled.“The church and school were just gone,” he said. “There was nothing left to either of them.“Everything was just kind of destroyed.”Drouilhet said in the aftermath, volunteers helped construct temporary schools for children to attend until the city could locate resources for more permanent school buildings.“Shortly after the storm, they got enough volunteers to come back, and we actually built a school out of a skating rink in the same town,” he said. “Seventeen days and we opened the school. I mean it wasn’t perfect, it was a skating rink with walls built in it, but it was what we needed.”Drouilhet’s community was not the only one in need of school buildings. Coming in late August, Katrina left thousands of children without a school to attend at the beginning of a new school year.Senior Carter Boyd, of Shreveport, Louisiana recalled the hundreds of evacuees who escaped to his town, many of them school-aged children.While the hurricane itself did relatively little damage to Shreveport, which is in the northeastern part of the state, Boyd said the evacuees from coastal cities posed a major logistical problem.“I was in sixth grade, and I remember the schools just became flooded with students, because it was the beginning of the school year, so a lot of kids were joining the classes right about that time and it was just an overwhelming situation having not enough seats but so many kids,” he said.In order to respond to the influx of evacuees, Boyd said volunteers converted many school gyms into temporary shelters.“I remember going and volunteering with my family in one of these shelters and just seeing how many people they had crammed in there with limited supplies,” he said. “It became a logistical disaster.”Like Boyd, senior May Stewart said she remembers returning to school to see many new faces. Stewart lives in Vacherie, Louisiana, a small town about an hour west of New Orleans.“I think I noticed most of the damage when I went back to school,” she said. “I went to a Catholic school in a different town, but we got a ton of students from Catholic schools in New Orleans that were displaced because of the storm, and so it was weird to be in school with people who lost everything that they had.“One of the girls that I became really close with, she only had one picture that she was able to bring with her from her house. I couldn’t imagine that.”Stewart said she thinks part of the reason the hurricane was so devastating was that its intensity took people by surprise.“No one really thought it was really going to be as bad as it was going to be,” Stewart said. “And then, by the time we realized that it was, it was kind of too late to make plans.”Tumminello, Drouilhet, Boyd and Stewart all said Katrina left a lasting impression on them, even 10 years after it hit land.Stewart said since witnessing Hurricane Katrina, any news of impending disasters makes her anxious.“I’m always looking and seeing what storms are coming up and where they are going, and it sounds horrible, but praying that it doesn’t happen in Louisiana because I know what would happen to my town,” Stewart said.But despite the tragedy of the storm, Tumminello said some good came out of Hurricane Katrina.“It was definitely a terrible time in my life, but it’s something that’s shaped who I am today and I wouldn’t be the person I am today had it not happened.”Tags: 10 years later, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans
This year’s Days of Croatian Tourism, which are held on Mali Lošinj this year, bring together more than 1.300 participants, mostly tourism workers and workers from related industries who participate in a series of thematic lectures, workshops and round tables.Certainly the gathering that aroused the greatest interest on the second day of this tourist event was the one on the development of Croatian tourism, which brought together representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and tourist workers. Conceived as an interactive discussion between government representatives and tourism workers, this meeting answered a number of questions, including the most current ones; where there are a number of record seasons, what is the limit of sustainability and the limit of tourists that can receive certain parts of our coast, how to get closer to elite tourism and with an equal number of arrivals to generate higher revenues, how to extend the three months of the season to the whole year to be interested in the interior of the country, where to find a skilled workforce and how to activate Croatian capital.The round table was moderated by TV and radio host Mislav Togonal, and in addition to Minister Cappelli, the round table was attended by Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Gabrijela Žalac, State Secretary at the Ministry of State Property Tomislav Boban, State Secretary at the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and infrastructure Maja Markovčić Kostelac, State Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Pension System Katarina Ivanković Knežević and Deputy Director of the Tax Administration Marijana Vuraić Kudeljan. The meeting emphasized the importance of the joint connection of the mentioned ministries and announced some joint projects that will be followed by changes in the accompanying legal frameworks related to the law on tourist land, the law on providing services in tourism and the law on concessions. The main challenges facing tourism today are the lack of adequate workforce, the need to strengthen continental and health tourism, expansion throughout the year and unresolved ownership of existing brownfield facilities. As channels for solving these challenges, legal changes have been announced, the establishment of regional centers of competence aimed at educating the workforce and new Job Days to be organized early next year with the aim of connecting the workforce.The work program of the second day of the Croatian Tourism Day also gave rise to guidelines for the implementation of Croatian tourism, which according to experts gathered at this tourist event must be based on sustainable development and management and building a strong brand identity and its promotion on the market. Croatia is one of the recognizable tourist destinations in the world, and how much space there is for improvement and even better promotion on the global market was discussed at the round table “Tourist destinations – management, marketing and branding”. How close it is or how far the Croatian tourist brand stands out from neighboring Slovenia or the tourist superpower of Great Britain was discussed by the participants of this round table; Director for Strategies and Communications of the British National Tourism Organization Visit Britain Patricia Yates, Director for Strategic Projects and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Great Britain Campaign Representative Daniel Walpole, Director of the National Tourism Organization of Slovenia, Maja Pak Director of the Austrian Tourism Office Lech-Zürs, Hermann Fercher and the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić.Thus, Patricia Yates emphasized the importance of understanding the needs of tourists, ie their demand, and on the basis of which it is necessary to create a tourist offer and quality promotion of the same. Maja Pak presented a new strategy for the development of Slovenian tourism, within which, in terms of marketing, four macro regions and 34 top destinations have been defined, while the importance of the brand’s strength was especially emphasized by Hermann Fercher. Director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić announced a new package of laws that will provide the system of tourist boards with new frameworks of action with emphasis on activities related to strengthening the national tourist brand, but also on the activities of destination management organizations. At the end of the discussion, the presentation was given by Daniel Walpole, who introduced the audience to the Great Britain campaign, which he said has the main goal of generally increasing the prosperity of the United Kingdom and which will be implemented in 144 markets in the coming years.Sustainable tourism is necessary for the sustainable development of the destination. That is why the lecture on sustainable tourism from the Hrvoje Carić Institute for Tourism attracted the interest of representatives of the tourism industry. The record tourist results that have been following Croatian tourism since the beginning of the year, in addition to increasing the number of arrivals and overnight stays of visitors and higher incomes, also bring challenges that are important to deal with according to the principles of sustainable development.The impact of tourism on the natural heritage, the ratio of the number of inhabitants in tourist destinations and the extremely large number of tourists who visit the destination, especially during the summer months, are challenges faced by many tourist destinations around the world. destination management was highlighted in the lecture. Related news:TOURIST AWARDS AWARDED FOR THE TEN BEST AT THE DAYS OF CROATIAN TOURISMTOURIST AWARDS AWARDED WITHIN THE CROATIAN TOURISM DAY