Longer hours blamed for rise in levels of dissatisfaction at work

first_imgLonger hours blamed for rise in levels of dissatisfaction at workOn 7 May 2002 in Personnel Today Today’s employees are working longer hours and are less satisfied at workthan they were 10 years ago, according to research by the Economic and SocialResearch Council. The survey of 2,500 employees reveals that only 16 per cent of maleprofessionals and managers are very or completely happy with the hours theywork compared with 36 per cent who responded to a similar poll in 1992. Female staff are also dissatisfied at work, with just 29 per cent reportingthat they are content with their working hours compared with more than 50 percent in 1992. Nearly 50 per cent of men and 32 per cent of women surveyed regularly workadditional hours on top of their basic week, with most doing so to meetdeadlines and work pressures. The research findings mirror those of a major study by the Work Foundation,published last month, which concluded that staff morale has plunged across thecountry over the past decade. Dr Michael White, who helped produce the ESRC study, said the survey alsoreveals low take-up of flexible working, with the proportion of staff that canset their own working hours increasing from just 17 per cent in 1992 to 22 percent in 2000. White, senior fellow at the Policies Studies Institute, advised employersthat if they want to retain good staff they must address the issue of work-lifebalance more effectively. “Employers have not woken up to the change in staff attitudes. In theearly 1990s there was so much unemployment around that people were just happyto have a job. Now employees are more questionable and critical. People expectto spend time with their families,” said White. “There is a lot of good HR-based work happening in organisations but itis focused on employer issues such as training and development, which is nottop of employees’ agendas. If employers do not address this they will end uplosing top staff.” www.regard.ac.ukBy Paul Nelson Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

BYU Football Agrees To Play Houston On The Road; Jake Conover Joins Squad For 2020

first_img Written by Brad James September 5, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Football Agrees To Play Houston On The Road; Jake Conover Joins Squad For 2020 Tags: BYU Football/Houston Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHOUSTON-Friday, BYU football confirmed their game against the Houston Cougars, slated for October 16 at LaVell Edwards Stadium has instead become a road game.The BYU Cougars will face Houston on this same day but instead at TDECU Stadium on the University of Houston campus.This will be a 7:30 pm MDT kickoff.The BYU Cougars lead the Houston Cougars 2-0 all-time.Furthermore, per a Saturday morning announcement, BYU football announced that vaunted quarterback Jacob Conover will join the squad for the 2020 season.The native of Chandler, Ariz. was called home from his Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission in Mexico early because of covid-19.He was also recruited by Alabama, Arizona, Northwestern and Ole Miss prior to enrolling at BYU August 31.Other quarterbacks on the Cougars’ roster in 2020 as of Saturday include starter, junior Zach Wilson, redshirt sophomore Baylor Romney, redshirt sophomore Jaren Hall, freshman Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters and freshman Mason Fakahua.last_img read more

Breast cancer cure hopes

first_imgA vaccine for breast cancer could soon be available, according to an Oxford Epidemiologist.Valerie Beral of Green-Templeton College said, “treatment over a number of months could lead to lifelong protection.”Speaking during the National Cancer Research Institute Conference, she pointed to new research showing that childbirth and breast-feeding reduce the risk of the cancer.She said that new treatments could be developed to mimic this effect.Beral warned however that research into the area was underfunded, saying, “to my knowledge, it’s not happening very much”.last_img read more

Dr. Bucshon Comments on SCOTUS Delay of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

first_img  Eighth District Congressman and member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement after the Supreme Court issued a stay of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan:I’m happy to see the Supreme Court rule in favor of states like Indiana that depend on coal for low-cost energy and good-paying jobs. Let’s be clear: these regulations are not about the environment. They are about controlling our nation’s energy sector and transforming it to fit the ideological views of liberals in Washington, D.C., even at the expense of middle class families here in coal country.  “I’ve always maintained that our energy policies should strike the appropriate balance between the way we generate energy and protect our environment. I support an all-of-the-above strategy that incorporates renewables as well as fossil fuels. However, the way forward is through private sector innovation, not top down federal regulations that damage our economy and stymie research and development.”Last year, a coalition of states, including Indiana, filed a lawsuit challenging the legal standing of the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”. In December, the House passed a resolution disapproving the plan.Additionally, in June, the House passed the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042), a bill introduced by Congressman Ed Whitfield (KY-01), to protect families and businesses from significant electricity rate increases or reduced electric reliability that may result from EPA’s regulations. Following the vote, Bucshon said:FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Green Mustaches in Vogue at O.C. Primary School

first_imgBy Lesley GrahamIn honor of National Nutrition Month, AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children initiative came to the Ocean City Primary School on Friday to give the second graders green mustaches.The mustaches came courtesy of green smoothies that the children learned how to make as a healthy snack alternative.Laura Munyon, of AtlantiCare, spoke to the classes about the importance of eating healthy to grow big and strong. She provided examples of a balanced meal, including protein, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and dairy in every meal to keep a well-balanced approach to food. The kids were shown step by step instructions by Chef Nicole LaTorre, of EatCleanOrg, as well as given recipe cards to take home to their families so they could duplicate the recipe at home.LaTorre, who is a member of the AtlantiCare’s Growing Green Chef Council, owns EatCleanOrg, a meal prep service that provides healthy, gluten free and organic meal options throughout South Jersey.Chef Nicole LaTorre instructs the students on how to make a green smoothie using healthy ingredients.LaTorre, who has partnered with AtlantiCare for the past four years, stressed the importance of showing kids early that healthy snack options can taste delicious as well as be good for you.“Food can taste great and be great for you,” she told the children.After watching LaTorre turn the vegetables and fruits into a blended smoothie, it was time for the kids’ favorite part – tasting it. The room was filled with almost 90 second graders covering their upper lip with a green mustache, but more importantly, happily enjoying the healthy smoothie. The visit was one of many that AtlantiCare does to local schools throughout Cape May and Atlantic counties, providing important nutritional information and the importance of wellness, fitness and nutrition.Teachers of the second grade get in on the mustache action. Ocean City Primary School student Ava Clevenger proudly shows off her green mustache.last_img read more

Harvard microbe hunter wins Blavatnik Award

first_imgEmily Balskus is an unconventional hunter. She tracks down mysterious microbes that live in the human gut. This year, her dogged hunts earned her the largest unrestricted scientific prize offered to America’s most promising, early career researchers: the Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists.For the first time in history, the 2019 award honors three women. Every year, three scientific researchers age 42 and younger are selected from three distinct fields and earn $250,000 each. This year, the winners rose from a pool of 343 nominees, the largest ever received.Balskus, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology, earned Blavatnik’s chemistry prize for tracking never-before-seen chemistry to specific bacteria in the human gut. She not only identified several of these tiny chemists, she also determined how their manipulations impact human health and disease and even how to stop them.Tens of trillions of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes live on or inside our bodies. This so-called human microbiota contains neutral, helpful, and harmful agents. In the past decade, researchers have worked hard to map out what lives in the human gut and how individual species impact their host, but the majority remain unidentified and unstudied.Balskus started out manipulating molecules in high school when “an amazing teacher introduced me to chemistry,” she said. “As my scientific career progressed, I became fascinated by the chemistry occurring within living organisms.”Bacteria use specialized enzymes to break down food, drugs, and anything else traveling through the gut, into other substances. Sometimes, those microbial manipulations help us digest stubborn fiber. But sometimes, bacteria gobble up valuable drugs — like those used to treat heart failure or Parkinson’s disease — or nutrients humans need to maintain their health. Balskus realized she could use chemistry like a smoke trail: a way to track down which species within the horde are implicated in diseases like colon and pancreatic cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and even diabetes.After tracing chemical clues to a microbial source, Balskus has used her discoveries to design new treatment options. For example, recently she and her lab discovered which bacteria eat the common drug levodopa, used to treat Parkinson’s disease, and the enzyme the microbes use. Armed with this information, she and her team designed a compound to block that enzyme, preventing the microbial metabolism.In another recent advance, Balskus determined how an especially destructive bacterial product — colibactin — might contribute to colorectal cancer. She tracked the concerning chemistry to a certain strain of E. coli, one with the ability to make colibactin molecules that damage DNA.“She showed that a bacterial-derived toxin implicated in colon cancer forms a reactive intermediate that alkylates DNA,” Judith Klinman, professor of the Graduate School and Chancellor’s Professor at Berkeley College of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, and member of the 2019 Blavatnik National Awards Jury, wrote in a press release. “Her interfacial studies, bridging chemistry, biology and microbiology, are opening up new and unexpected avenues for improving human health through a deep understanding of the underlying mechanisms.”Despite her early success, Balskus has only started deciphering how microbial communities impact human health and disease. But her chemistry-based methods have changed the way others research the microbiome, accelerating work to hunt down more unusual chemistry in the human gut. “I’m drawn to microbes because of the huge gaps in our understanding of how they affect human health,” Balskus said, “and I hope that my lab’s research will someday lead to new therapeutics.”Heather J. Lynch of Stony Brook University took the life sciences win of the Blavatnik Award with her novel methods of analyzing penguin colonies to predict their population growth, collapse, and possible extinction due to the effects of climate change. In physical sciences and engineering, Ana Maria Rey of the University of Colorado Boulder, earned recognition for pioneering new theories on atomic collisions. Her work enabled the creation of the world’s most accurate atomic clock, the most precise tool the world has to measure time.On Sept. 23, Balskus, Lynch, and Rey will accept their Blavatnik Awards at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.last_img read more

Jamestown Manufacturers Now Making PPE Gear, Selling Equipment Online

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Submitted image.JAMESTOWN – Two Jamestown manufacturers are now producing reusable personal protective equipment to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.Submitted image.The Resource Center and Support Enterprises, Inc. are now sewing gowns and cloth masks at their Jamestown manufacturing facilities.“Both organizations, which have been sewing items for the federal government for more than 20 years, are essential businesses, and as such they have remained operating during the COVID-19 crisis,” a press release from The Resource Center said. “Upon learning of the shortages of personal protective equipment being experienced across the country and particularly in New York State, both manufacturers adjusted their operations to be able to produce reusable PPE.”To meet the new production schedule, The Resource Center is hiring additional workers to sew masks and gowns. Officials say the number of people to be hired will be determined by the level of demand for the equipment. Submitted image.Those interested in ordering masks can buy them online at Support Enterprises’s website: tankbagsusa.com, and, those interested in ordering gowns or masks can visit resourcecenter.org/shop.last_img read more

Polish court ruling may halt planned 1GW Ostroleka C coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Climate Home News:Poland’s “last coal-fired plant” may never go ahead, after a district court struck down the company resolution authorising construction on Thursday. The ruling dealt a blow to the 1GW Ostrołęka C project, a joint venture between utilities Enea and Energa backed by the government.It is a major win for Client Earth. The environmental law firm had bought shares in Enea and filed a lawsuit against the project on the grounds it posed an “unacceptable” financial risk to investors.Revived in 2016, the €1.2 billion project was part of the government’s plan to ensure the country’s energy security. It was presented as a necessary supplement for renewable energies that will partly replace a number of old coal power plants due to be taken offline by 2020.With a controlling stake in Enea, the Polish government pushed through company approval despite concerns raised about the project’s economic viability. In September 2018, 22% of non-government shareholders voted against starting construction and 58% abstained. At project partner Energa, with 37% opposed the project.Client Earth claimed its case against Enea was a world first, in the way it forced the company to reckon with climate risk. As carbon-cutting regulations kick in and clean energy sources become competitive on price, it argued, coal generation is an increasingly bad bet.“Pursuing this project puts an unnecessary burden on the state and taxpayers and is in no way necessary for national energy security,” said Marcin Stoczkiewicz, head of Client Earth Poland. “Enea and Energa need to look at what the future of energy is in Poland. There is vast employment potential in cheaper, domestic renewables.”More: Court blocks Polish coal plant, in win for climate campaigners Polish court ruling may halt planned 1GW Ostroleka C coal plantlast_img read more

Passing of the Gavel

first_img June 1, 2002 Regular News T he Justices of the Supreme Court of Florida Are Pleased to Announce the Passing of the Gavel From Chief Justice Charles T. Wells To Justice Harry Lee Anstead As He is Installed as the Fiftieth Chief Justice of Florida.Two O’Clock, Tuesday, July the Second, Two Thousand and Two, In the City of Tallahassee.The Ceremony Will be Broadcast Live Via the Internet at www.wfsu.org/gavel2gavel/ And Over Some Local Cable Stations.Details at www.wfsu.org/Florida_Channel/legcarriage.htm Passing of the Gavellast_img read more

The five most important threats to your financial life

first_imgWhen an individual makes a plan for their future, they know there is a possibility that something might go wrong. Some obstacles are obvious while others are undetectable. Whatever the case, the result is the same: the failure to meet the goal. In this article, we will reveal the five most important financial risks and explain what you can do to reduce them.Before we get into the specifics, we should have a common understanding of a couple terms. The terms are uncertainty and risk. Uncertainty is defined as, “Something unknown may happen, good or bad.” Risk is defined as, “The possibility of an undesirable outcome.” In addition, the five risks we will discuss may not apply to every person; however, they will apply to a majority. Therefore, it is important to understand each and create a strategy to avoid them. Here are the five risks:#1) Live Too LongThe issue here is evident. Will you have enough money to support your desired standard of living for the remainder of your life? I have heard that the best plan is to write your last check on the day you die and have it bounce. In other words, you would have spent your last dime. However, if you do this before you expire; your remaining years may not be very enjoyable. Therefore, in planning with clients, unless there are reasons to the contrary, it is best to assume you will live to age 100. Why 100? If your nest egg will support you to age 100, you can make it to 90 or 80, etc. In short, it is better to have too much capital than too little. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more