first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruFeisty mayor gives hacks the bird It is said that you should never work with children or animals. Guru has hadnumerous management seminars interrupted by little tykes, and can only agree.The kindergarten-speaking circuit just isn’t what it used to be. However, two stories prove that Dr Doolittle may have been on to something.Take, for example, the mayor of Ecuador’s biggest city, who has hired a parrotto speak on his behalf when he is asked ‘undesirable questions’. Jaime Nebot, mayor of Guayaquil, wheeled out the parrot to speak tojournalists. “Here is the parrot that will be in charge to answer all theundesirable questions that I have no time to answer,” he said. “Somepeople only approach me with nonsense talk, so the parrot will answer back inthe same way.” And would your staff show the dedication and coherence of the animals in thecharge of llama farmer, Graham Bailey? He fell in a rabbit hole on his farmnear Kettering, Northants, and was stranded for two hours before the emergencyservices were called. His four loyal llamas leapt to his aid and formed a cordon to prevent anyfurther harm coming to him. Unfortunately, Milo, Bertie, Horatio and Felix,refused to let the ambulance crews anywhere near him. Sleeping partner may be out on ear John D Bellenie, personnel manager at the State Bank of India (UK), admittedwhat many of us know to be true by e-mailing Guru about a survey regarding whatUK workers do when faced with a boring meeting: Dear Guru, I was alarmed at the lack of honesty among those responding to the ACTsurvey, particularly as we all know that personnel is renowned for its honesty!I can only assume that none of the respondents were from the function. Nowhere does it mention a percentage of those who take a nap. Perhaps Iam the only one who attends afternoon meetings, arranged by others to impressattendees with how brilliantly they are performing and to give them theopportunity to blame others for the fact they are not. My personal record todate is sleeping through 50 per cent of a meeting. Guru hopes that by printing this letter, Mr Bellenie’s meeting problems willbe over; as it is unlikely he will be invited to any more meetings (apart,per-haps, from the one to explain the details of a P45 to him). Love in the fast lane for hospital workers A Norwegian hospital is hoping to lift employees’ spirits by providingfacilities for a bit of R&R next to the A&E. St Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim has opened ‘kiss and drive’ lanes so staffcan say goodbye to loved ones without blocking ambulances. Managers hope thatproviding a place for a kiss goodbye will stop traffic impeding the kiss oflife in the emergency entrance. The special lanes on both sides of the road have pink hearts painted on thepavement and will serve the needs of the hospital’s 5,500 staff. “A kiss is a good way to start the day,” states a brochure thaturges staff not to “get in the way” while they are doing it. E-mail is the key to most office friction Alienating people at work is something Guru knows a little bit about.Whether it is refusing to let Guru smoke cigars at his desk or complaints aboutGuru’s hammock between the yucca plants, some people really know how to rubGuru up the wrong way. Just in time, recruitment consultancy Office Angels has released a study onhow not to alienate people at work. The top five pet hates are listed below: – 85 per cent hate being e-mailed by people who sit three feet away – 75 per cent are frustrated by people who listen to voicemails onspeakerphone – 71 per cent are irritated by colleagues who swear at their computer – 68 per cent are annoyed by people’s choice of radio station – 60 per cent are frustrated by colleagues who don’t share tea-makingduties. You have been warned. Comments are closed. GuruOn 4 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Assistant Director of Facilities

first_imgUniversity Job FamilyFacilities Management University Code17911 University TitleAdministrator 1, Facilities Management For more information on ORP, visit:Retirement Plans Working TitleAssistant Director of Facilities Quick Link Job CategoryTrades/ Housekeeping and Operations DepartmentUniversity Housing Application Process/Additional Information Job Open Date08/04/2020 ORP EligibleYes Normal Work Days/HoursMonday-Friday FLSA IndicatorExempt Sensitive PositionNo •Experience working in a diverse collegiate setting.•Experience working in a residence hall setting.•Master’s Degree Preferred. At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Recruitment TypeMulti Title Position Number571470 Posting will close on or before Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities Hours/Week40 Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Anticipated Hiring Range$55,000 Position Information Scope of SearchNational Required Licenses/ Certifications Posting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResumeOptional Documents • Provides day-to-day management of resident halls including, butnot limited to: serving as the main contact for all facilities andhousekeeping issues, fire/safety drills and checks, and student andparent concerns.•Provides leadership and supervision for Facilities Coordinatorsregarding daily as well as long- term operations.•Oversees daily administration of housing vendor contracts, managedby the Facility Coordinators.• Works daily with Facilities Management and contractors to provideefficient and effective Maintenance and Custodial services in theresidence halls. Is this a restricted position?No Organizational Overview Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Job StatusFull-Time • Demonstrated ability in the integrated logistical planning offacilities-related projects.•Skills in planning and coordination of complex assignments andprojects across multiple organizational units.• Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of constituentsboth orally and in writing, including the delivery ofpresentations.•Proficiency in Office software to include Microsoft Word, Excel,PowerPoint, and the Internet.•Strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to analyze andsolve problems.• Ability to supervise and work effectively with professional andnon-professional personnel.• Bachelor’s degree in business management, hotel/restaurantmanagement, or related field .• Demonstrated experiences in fostering a diverse and inclusiveenvironment and an expressed commitment to do so while at VCU. Open Until FilledYes Resource CriticalYes CampusMonroe Park Campus Minimum Hiring Standards Is this position eligible to participate in alternative workarrangements?Yes Preferred Hiring Standards Employee GroupUniversity Employee Position TypeStafflast_img read more

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The biggest pay day lending surprise

first_imgThe biggest surprise in the CFPB’s pay day lending proposal is not what it says, but what it doesn’t say. The omission underscores yet again why Congress pushed the Constitution‘s tolerance of administrative powers to the breaking point by delegating massive de facto legislative power to an unelected independent agency.One of the things  geeks like me do when reviewing  proposed regulations is go to the section of the preamble explaining  where an agency gets the power to do what it is proposing.  Remember, the Constitution says nothing about administrative agencies; regulations are sanctioned because of the increasingly questionable premise that they are authorized by specific laws.Congress gave the CFPB regulatory authority over almost every important consumer lending regulation ranging from Regulation B to the Truth in Lending Act’s Regulation Z.  So, I was perplexed when the CFPB made no mention of the Regulation Z or the Truth in Lending Act when it proposed its payday lending restrictions.  Instead it relied on its power to regulate Unfair Deceptive and Abusive Practices  (12 USCA 5531 )What gives?  I suspect that when the CFPB was deciding how it could define and regulate payday loans it was unsure of its authority to do so under the Truth In Lending Act, which, for all its complexity, is primarily designed to insure that consumers have accurate information about a loan’s credit costs.  Rather than  restrict the use of  specific lending products,In contrast, the CFPB’s UDAP powers, which are modeled after state laws, have been defined as broad and vague.  For example, to find that a practice it is seeking to regulate is unfair, it has to have a reasonable basis to conclude that its potential risks are not outweighed by countervailing benefits to consumers or to competition.  Another set of criteria can lead to a finding that a practice is abusive.  Either way, the Bureau’s UDAP powers are broad enough to invalidate almost any practice the Bureau doesn’t like.Why does this matter?  It’s one thing for Congress to mandate, as it did in Dodd Frank, that the Bureau take specific steps to regulate mortgage lending and servicing practices, or to authorize caps on loans to military personnel under the Military Lending Act.  It’s quite another to authorize the CFPB to amend any regulation it doesn’t think goes  far enough to protect consumersTILA was passed in 1968.  Although the CARD Act imposed substantive restraints on credit card  lenders, its primary goal has always been to strengthen the informed use of credit by making consumers aware of its costs.  But now Who needs Congress?  What UDAP allows the Bureau   to do is effectively amend laws by promulgating  regulations that it might not otherwise  be authorized to make.For the record, I’m at best ambivalent about payday loans, but there are bigger issues at stake here.  It’s time for the courts and Congress to look at the whole forest and not just the individual trees. Supporters of the CFPB are often thought of as wide-eyed idealists out to protect the little guy from big business. But it’s not idealistic to so  disdain the legislative process that you create an entity designed to circumvent it. And that is exactly what Congress has done.    By creating the CFPB and giving it UDAP powers in addition to jurisdiction over most consumer regulations, Congress delegated a broad swath of its legislative powers and responsibilities to unelected bureaucrats.  I for one believe that this  wholesale abdication of Congressional responsibility is undemocratic and ultimately unconstitutional. 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Henry Meier As General Counsel for the New York Credit Union Association, Henry is actively involved in all legislative, regulatory and legal issues impacting New York credit unions. Whether he’s joining … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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Shareholder pressure fails to promote sustainable practices – survey

first_imgBarely one in 10 companies feel compelled to improve their sustainability record, despite pressure from institutional investors, a study by the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has found.The study, which saw the PRI work with Accenture on its annual CEO survey on sustainability, also found that fewer than one-quarter of responding firms saw large shareholders as key to guiding their approach on the matter.“In the context of a rising focus on sustainability as an essential part of core business, and a driver of future success, the continued absence of the investor as an influential stakeholder is a surprise,” the report said.“The lack of movement in the influence of investors could be best described as ‘the dog that didn’t bark’.” However, the report noted that longer-term, more concentrated investment mandates could be one way of improving their ability to be heard.Fiona Reynolds, managing director at the PRI, told IPE such an approach would allow for “deeper engagement”.“Rather than trying to have a broad engagement with hundreds and hundreds of companies, you can have very meaningful dialogue with fewer companies and really get into the issues,” she said.She added that the PRI would be putting out its discussion paper on such mandates in the coming months, but said the organisation had been looking at the role of long-term mandates not only in improving engagement but also in driving long-term behaviour for managers, pension funds “and ultimately companies, as well”.The report argued that, with 80% of chief executives considering sustainable practices as a key competitive advantage, it should be viewed as a cause for concern that the issue is not yet part of analyst calls and engagement with investors.However, despite 80% of chief executives viewing sustainability as key to the competitive advantage, only 14% of investors questioned by the PRI said they viewed investee companies as being boosted by said advantage.Respondents to the survey included the UK’s Pension Protection Fund, Dutch pension manager PGGM, Allianz Global Investors, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and several large Australian superannuation funds, including AustralianSuper.Neither did shareholders and chief executives agree on the importance of sustainability to various sectors, such as banking, mining, utilities and infrastructure and transportation.While only 57% investors thought sustainability was an important issue for the chemicals industry, 97% of company executives saw it has important.Only three-quarters of investors, meanwhile, saw sustainability of infrastructure and transport as key, compared with 98% of chief executives.In fact, across the 11 sectors chief executives were questioned on, only in one – electronics and high tech – did fewer than 90% agree that sustainability was vital, compared with seven areas that saw 90% or more of investors agree.Reynolds suggested the relative lack of concern for sustainability in the chemicals sector stemmed from its highly regulated nature, such as the safety framework required when moving chemicals.“That’s not to say people don’t want to engage with those companies,” she said. “But, by the nature of the work, it does have to be highly regulated.”The survey also found that investors often only approached sustainability through the prism of risk mitigation.It quoted the PPF’s CIO, Barry Kenneth, as arguing that sustainability was “one of a number of risks” examined by the fund.“If a company falls south on sustainability, there can be an impact on value and investment,” he said.For more from Fiona Reynolds on the PRI and its impending governance restructure, see the current issue of IPE,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainabilitylast_img read more

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