first_imgRemote working wins loyaltyOn 10 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Mobile working practices can reduce costs and cut down on staff absenteeism,a new study has shown. The research by computer firm Compaq reveals that 38 per cent of businessmanagers believe that providing staff with the technology to work away fromtheir desks reduces overheads and almost a quarter of managers think it reducestime taken off sick. A third of managers surveyed would trust all their employees to workproductively while away from their normal workplace and a third would trustsome but not all of their employees to do so. A similar proportion of managers said they did not mind where their teamsworked as long as the work got done. Simon Nelson, head of wireless and mobile solutions at Compaq, said,”The message is clear – mobile working should not be viewed as a perk forthe privileged few but as a pivotal tool for business productivity. “UK businesses need to understand the benefits of investing in wirelesssolutions to create a more loyal and productive workforce.” The research was carried out by Mori and surveyed 300 office workers and 142managers. Comments are closed. last_img read more

26 Jan / 2021

Raising the bar

first_imgSince taking office April 1, student body president and vice president Alex Coccia and Nancy Joyce have checked off items left and right. Recent initiatives included supporting University admissions policies to welcome undocumented students to campus, a week of awareness for mental health issues facing students and a coffee cart installed in DeBartolo Hall, all of which were goals included in their campaign platform. Though they have made progress through the concrete to-do list, Joyce said they are most proud of their success in engaging students who were not typically involved in student government. “I’m really proud of the fact that we’ve gotten a lot of involvement from people, even outside of any sort of formalized committees,” Joyce said. “I think we’ve done a pretty good job of trying to involve people who have opinions but who aren’t necessarily interested in being involved with student government, and that’s really what we wanted to do from Day One.” Coccia said personal, one-on-one interaction with members of the Notre Dame community has been key to his administration’s policy-making. “Even at the very beginning, we focused on how we approach one-on-one meetings and making sure we’re doing a lot of those with students and administrators, to not only get initiatives going, but also to build important relationships,” he said. “We do that every week with both administrators and students, and that has just come in immensely handy and has just been a powerful, powerful method for really working with students to get change going and build trust.”  Setting a standard Engaging in social media and working to reach students where they are has been a crucial aspect of the administration’s leadership, Coccia said. Joyce said during their term, they have been trying to “raise the expectations of what student government should be on campus.” “I think we’ve made a very concerted effort to engage freshmen, which is really important because now, for the next four years, the expectation of that and of every successive class is for a student government that reaches out to them and gives personal invitations to various invitations, a group that is known to them,” she said. “On a more macro level of what student government is, we’ve really tried to make it something that people can expect a lot from, and that we deliver on it. “Hopefully going forward, that bar has been raised a little bit.” Juan Rangel, chief of staff for this year’s administration, said he has been “pleasantly surprised” by the level of student involvement and cooperation on campus. “Students are really engaged on campus, not necessarily in a formalized way, but even just in the ways that we can reach them, whether through social networks like Facebook and Twitter or in events that we host,” Rangel said. “Students are more aware that student government is active and that we’re actively trying to meet their needs in any way. I think that’s definitely something to be proud of.”  ‘Using the momentum’ Coccia said he attributes much of the group’s success in tackling the initiatives on the platform to the constant connection and interaction between members of the executive cabinet and with students outside the organization. “If someone sends us an idea, we’re typically going to follow up on that and try to get a better sense of what their thoughts are and how they see student government fitting into that,” he said. “I think the sexual assault [initiatives] are a great example of that. We definitely had that on our platform, but as something that we wanted to work on in whatever capacity we could.” Joyce said when examining ideas and reviewing priorities, at the end of the day, they “always go back to the platform.”  “But at the same time, I think there’s been a lot that’s come up since we’ve been in office that had been generated by people coming up to us and saying ‘Look, I have this idea’ or ‘I see this happening this way,’ and I think we need that,” she said. “We make that a priority.” The relationships built between administrators and student government have proven “really encouraging,” Coccia said.  “Ultimately, I think administrators are impressed by student ideas, and so when we bring something to them like the coffee cart idea, more often than not, they want to get it done,” he said. “Where student government comes in is just to be the best partner we can.” Rangel said their work often opens their eyes to the inner workings of the University, providing a unique view on the behind-the-scenes action. Coccia said he finds the activity across the strata exciting. “It’s certainly been encouraging for me to see on all levels of the University the number of moving parts on various initiatives,” he said. “It really does become kind of a team effort across the University, because as students, we’re all here to have a great learning experience and learning environment, and the administrators know that students are the reason they’re here as well.”  Reviewing the semester Although the group members are pleased with their work to date, Joyce said they will revisit and review their remaining agenda items to pick up after winter break. “When we started, we had this huge platform of things we wanted to get done, and we have gotten a lot done, but we certainly think that there are more things for us to accomplish,” she said. “Part of being efficient in the next three months will be picking some of those things and prioritizing some of them. “I think that we may not get every single thing checked off of our platform, so we want to make sure that we’re getting as much done as we can and doing the most things that students feel are important.”  Coccia said he hopes the recommendations made in the Oct. 17 report to the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees will help sustain some of the long-term projects beyond the one-year time frame in which they will hold office.  “Hopefully, this and the next board report in May will lay a blueprint of recommendations for future administrations,” he said. “Ultimately, what we’re trying to do is address the issues and bring the conversation up in a way that is going to prolong it and make sure it is sustained.” To increase the scope of projects, collaboration with groups outside student government has been a “huge success,” Joyce said.  “We’ve really tried to reach out to lots of different people, in the dorms, all the clubs and the administration,” she said. “I think it’s important to realize that student government can work with other people.”  ‘Above and beyond’ In addition to representing the student body, Coccia was a 2013 Truman scholar and a finalist for both the Rhodes and the Marshall scholarships. Joyce said his leadership so far has exemplified “setting the tone at the top.” “Alex would never say this because he’s too humble, but the leadership comes from the top, and his get-it-done attitude and his ability to really go out and figure out what it is that we can be doing is where the inspiration comes from for everybody else,” she said. “I doubt that there are very many people on campus who don’t recognize Alex, and I think that really says a lot. “He’s done such an incredible job of getting out and talking to people one-on-one and making people feel like their concerns are our concerns, because they are. I know as a team, there’s a lot that we’ve done, but it certainly would not be the same without him, so I hope people know that.” Coccia said the group is “enjoying every day” and is excited to return to campus in January to finish the term strong. “We’re loving it. We’re having a lot of fun,” he said. “There are certainly frustrating days, and I think we recognize that things sometimes take more time than what we want, but it’s been really fun.”  Grade: A The Coccia-Joyce administration has exceeded their goal of “raising the expectation of what student government should be on campus,” as Joyce said. Having enacted tangible changes, they have already left a unique legacy on Notre Dame and have set a new standard of excellence in the student government office. The accessible and energetic leadership style exemplified by Coccia, Joyce and their cabinet makes them effective leaders and connects them to their constituents’ needs. Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

24 Sep / 2020

Barbara Rice

first_imgBarbara Rice, 85, of Aurora, IN passed away April 23, 2018. She was born August 27, 1932 in Lawrenceburg, IN daughter of the late George “Happy” and Lora Nehls.Barbara graduated from Lawrenceburg High School, class of 1950. She was a faithful lifelong parishioner of Emanuel Lutheran Church attending the original downtown Lawrenceburg location and continuing to the new location in Greendale.She loved to reminisce about her journeys, travels and adventures as the wife of a Marine Corps officer (RET). The friends she made during each of her husband’s new assignments remained cherished lifelong friends. Barbara was a consummate volunteer including 20 years as a “Pink Lady” at Highpoint Health, substitute teacher and poll worker to name a few. Her group of girlfriends from high school were so near and dear to her and she looked forward to their monthly luncheons. She and her husband, Luther, were very active members of the Dearborn Adult Center and delighted in their bus trips. Barbara and Luther continued their traveling after Luther’s retirement especially enjoying their river boat cruises stateside. She dearly loved her family and always provided a solid shoulder to lean on. Her welcoming smile and wit will be profoundly missed, but cherished in our memories.Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Luther E. Rice (USMC RET) in April 2015, sisters Nancy Lacey and Gwen Ohler. Barbara and Luther were married for 61 years.She is survived by her devoted children, Nancy (Ken) Ray of Aurora, IN, Roxanne (John) Denton, Miamisburg, Ohio and Luther (Janice) Rice of Zionsville, IN. Loving grandchildren, Megan (Aaron) Knoop of Mason, Ohio, Malia Ray M.D. (Scott Kelley, M.D.) of Rochester, MN, Justin (Amy) Ray of Carmel, IN, Austin Denton of Miamisburg, Ohio , Sarah Denton of Miamisburg, Ohio and Luther Rice, Zionsville, IN. Great grandchildren Braydon Denton, Evan Knoop and Claire Knoop.Friends will be received at Emanuel Luther Church, Greendale, IN, 570 Sheldon Street, Greendale, Indiana, from 10 am to noon on Friday April 27 with the funeral service at noon. Interment will be at River View Cemetery, Aurora, IN. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to River View Cemetery Association, Inc.visit:www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory LOS ANGELES — To be an NBA player in L.A. means hearing the same old jokes – but with some extra pizzazz, if they’re delivered by celebrities.Ivica Zubac – who has played the entirety of his three-plus-year NBA career in L.A., starting with the Lakers, who traded him to the Clippers in February – said he enjoys the opportunity to meet famous folks such as actor/comedian Adam Sandler, who sauntered in the Clippers’ locker room (on rapper/actor LL Cool J’s heels) after Tuesday’s victory over Phoenix to say hello.“He asked me about my (wrapped) shoulder, he was like, ‘Did you hurt your shoulder tonight?’” Zubac said. “And I’m like, ‘Nah.’ And he said, ‘You had a couple of nice dunks, good game.’ So it was cool.“And then I asked him for a picture.” Related Articlescenter_img He can put that in his collection alongside those with boxer Evander Holyfield and actor Denzel Washington, the latter of whom was among the guests invited to the “Lakers Genius Talks” while Zubac was with them.“He came to the Lakers facility to talk to us, and after that he was out there shooting jumpers a little bit on the court – and then I waited until he was done to take a picture with him,” said Zubac, who also met rapper Kendrick Lamar, actor Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk through his former team’s motivational speaker series.“We went to SpaceX to talk to Elon Musk, that was cool,” Zubac said. “He gave us the tour. We couldn’t film it or anything. There were rockets, it was impressive. It was a lot of cool stuff. And at the end, we got in a conference room with him and he talked to us about how he struggled at the beginning; when he got out of college, he had a lot of unsuccessful projects. And he’s the guy who invented PayPal – I didn’t know that – but he sold that and he spent all that money for SpaceX and Tesla.“He was just telling us, ‘Never give up, always chase your dreams.’”Those messages, delivered by super-successful stars in other fields, resonate with professional basketball players like Zubac. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “We go through the same stuff,” the 22-year-old Croatian center said. “For sure. They got their own fans, we got our own, and there are a lot of them who have a crazy story.“I like it a lot. I wish it happens more often. Just it’s cool, watching all those guys acting or listening to their songs growing up, it’s really cool to meet them and see they’re normal and cool.”Stars even tell jokes like regular people.When the 7-foot center was introduced to Sylvester Stallone at Gunnar Gym in Beverley Hills, the Clippers’ center recalls that the actor joked with trainer Gunnar Peterson about the size of Zubac’s feet: “I didn’t know you let people with skis in here.”“I mean, I heard it before,” he said. “But I can let that slide from him.”RIVERS HONOREDBefore Thursday’s game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was awarded a plaque commemorating his being honored with the 2018-19 Rudy Tomjanovich Award. The award, which initially was announced on June 13, is in recognition of his cooperation with the media and fans, as well as his excellence on the court.“Rivers is generous with his time with the working press and is thoughtful with his answers to reporters’ questions,” the Professional Basketball Writers Association stated in a release announcing the award, which Rivers also won in 2011-12 as coach of the Boston Celtics.“Thank you, guys,” Rivers said Thursday, joking that the award came at a price, considering the amount the NBA has fined him recently for statements that went against NBA guidelines.“This award has cost me probably $150,000 in the last six months. Every time I talk the league fines me. Would you guys like me to keep talking or just shut up?”When his audience of reporters responded in favor of the former, Rivers said: “Well, let’s go for it then.”last_img read more