HR restructure at Audit Office

first_imgThe National Audit Office is to radically overhaul its HR department andintroduce e-HR to improve efficiency and cut costs. Starting this week, the NAO is scrapping its six regional HR offices andcentralising the function at its London headquarters, cutting the HR departmentby 25 per cent to 30 staff. HR staff left out of the centralised team are being trained and redeployedin other support functions at the Government auditors. John McCann, HR director at the NAO, believes the move will focus theservice delivery of HR, make it more cost effective and improve communication.”We shall still have a large HR team with a big investment needed to runthe graduate recruitment programme, secondments and payroll,” he said. “But there is now a clear remit for delivery. Communication will becentralised and improved as there have been inconsistencies between corporateand unit HR teams.” The second stage of the restructure is the implementation of e-HR includingan HR advice page for managers. Within the next two years the NAO’s 770 staff will be able to complete HRprocesses online, including the updating of personal details. Paper payslipswill eventually be scrapped and replaced by online versions. “The move will develop line managers’ understanding of HR issues andtrust them to rely on their own judgement,” said McCann. The NAO has also updated staff development to improve retention ofhigh-potential employees following an 18-month report into development andretention. As a result of the changes, more than 110 trainee auditors will be assessedand monitored regularly by their line manager, training manager and anindependent senior manager who will act as a mentor. By Paul Nelson Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. HR restructure at Audit OfficeOn 2 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

PL on Citi: Late Cenk Tosun equalizer earns Everton draw with Tottenham

first_imgBoth sets of players were distressed Everton substitutes Cenk Tosun’s equalizer seven minutes into stoppage time salvaged a 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham in a match overshadowed by a sickening injury to Andre Gomes.Dele Alli’s first Premier League away goal since January looked like giving the visitors their first win on the road in 10 months until the Turkey international’s late intervention. Source: Talk Sports The absence of an ill Harry Kane should have been a huge boost to the Toffees as the England striker had scored two goals in each of his last four appearances against them.However, Silva’s 4-1-4-1 set-up, with Fabian Delph as the defensive screen and Richarlison the lone frontman, looked like he was more concerned with not getting exposed, retreating 10 yards into their own half with nine and sometimes 10 outfield players behind the ball.Apart from a couple of Richarlison shots on the turn – one at Paulo Gazzaniga and one over, both after turning Davinson Sanchez – was all they had to show for their first-half efforts.Spurs were also below-par as they dominated possession but had half the number of shots as the Toffees.Neither side forced a corner until the 24th minute, but when Spurs did it almost produced a goal.The ball was recycled to right-back Aurier and his cross almost caught out Jordan Pickford, on his 100th Everton appearance, who clawed it away from under his crossbar. Andre Gomes was in serious pain Alli had put Tottenham in front It was a first-half devoid of chances and ambition, symptomatic of the poor form of the two teams.Pochettino was first to make a tactical tweak for the second half by trying to Son closer to a goal by moving him into the centre-forward role and switching Kane’s replacement Lucas Moura out to the right.The impact was almost immediate as the South Korea international went down under a challenge from Yerry Mina in which, after a long referral, VAR backed referee Atkinson’s decision not to award a penalty.On the hour Richarlison felt he should have a penalty for a challenge by Sanchez, with whom he had a match-long tussle and came off second-best, but subsequently picked himself up to test the diving Gazzaniga from Everton’s very next attack.The pressure was building with both teams anxious not to make an error and Alex Iwobi was the unfortunate culprit in the 63rd minute – his errant pass going straight to Son who slipped in Alli to beat Pickford.Then Alli was almost the villain when the ball appeared to hit his arm as he challenged Mina, who may have been deemed to have impeded the midfielder.Another inevitable lengthy VAR decision ruled there was no penalty to be awarded and Goodison Park howled its disapproval, with the Gwladys Street End producing a particularly offensive chant about the process.However, a somber silence descended on the ground in the wake of Gomes’ injury, with Son in tears as he walked off down the tunnel.A lengthy delay as Gomes was treated and stretchered from the pitch had an understandable deflating effect on proceedings until Tosun headed home. But the comeback was clouded by a terrible injury to Gomes in the second half which saw Son Heung-min initially yellow-carded before being shown a red by referee Martin Atkinson.The Portugal international was caught by a late challenge but it was the way he fell awkwardly, as Serge Aurier closed in, which did the damage with his right ankle seemingly at right angles to his shin.It only added to the sense that luck is deserting Everton as for the second successive week Marco Silva’s side seemed to fall foul of video assistant referee decisions.But that will be of little consolation as just one win in seven league matches still leaves them 17th, just three points above the bottom three, with Tottenham up to 11th. Tags: Cenk TosunDele AlliEvertonTottenham Hotspurslast_img read more

England Golf looking forward to staging Home Internationals at Ganton

first_img30 Apr 2013 England Golf looking forward to staging Home Internationals at Ganton Healthy rivalry is the cornerstone of the Home Internationals and this will be the case once again when England host the annual three-day event at Ganton Golf Club in north Yorkshire this summer. “It’s a massive event and all about national pride and rivalry,” said England international Neil Raymond when England Golf held a Media Day at Ganton (image copyright Tom Ward) as a prelude to the matches with Ireland, Scotland and Wales on 14th – 16th August. “Players from the four home countries play alongside each other in individual events week-in, week-out, during the year. But we play against each other in the Home Internationals and then it’s all about bragging rights,” added Raymond. “It’s a great honour to play for your country and, domestically, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Home Internationals. Scotland did us a favour two years ago by beating Ireland, which saw us win the title but they got their own back last year when we beat Ireland which gave them the title. We are determined to get it back this year.” Although the teams will not be selected until nearer the date, England coach Graham Walker said: “Selection for the England team is not down to any particular format. You just select the best team to win the event. The England squad gets together several times during the year so it’s more about informed judgement. “You have to take match play results into account but at the end of the day it’s all about opinions.” Double Brabazon Trophy winner Raymond was joined at Ganton by fellow England caps Garrick Porteous, Jamie Rutherford and Nick Marsh while Fraser McKenna and Graeme Robertson, members of the Scottish Performance Squad, journeyed south to support the day and to get a taste of the prestigious course. All six players then joined members of the press, sponsors and dignitaries on the course for an 18-hole Stableford competition in perfect weather. With the two best scores on each hole to count, it was the foursomes of Mei Tierney and Paul McGlynn, both from PowaKaddy, Myles Waud of Professional Sports Group, and Jim Law from Chester Golf Centre who came out on top with 78 points, two more than Nick Marsh’s team of Danny Lockwood (Yorkshire Golfer), Alan Hedley (Northern Golfer) and Yorkshire County Secretary Keith Dowswell. Marsh also left his mark on the play with a hole-in-one with a six iron at the 168-yard tenth hole. England Golf is hoping for a bumper crowd for the Home Internationals. Lynne Fraser, Marketing and PR Manager for England Golf, said: “We are hoping for a good turnout for the event. It is being played during the school holidays and Ganton is only a few miles from Scarborough so it could be a good day out for fans.”last_img read more

Residents in Nisqually Delta Urged to Evacuate due to Flooding

first_imgFacebook269Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Thurston County Board of County CommissionersThurston County Emergency Management is urging residents – especially those living east of Durgin Road, Kuhlman Road, and Nisqually Cut-Off Road – to evacuate the area by 4:00 p.m. today due to expected flooding caused by an increase in the amount of water released from the LaGrande Dam. The peak height of the river is expected between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. today. The evacuation advisory could last until Saturday, February 8.A shelter has been established by the American Red Cross at the Gwinwood Camp and Conference Center (6015 30th Ave. SE Lacey, WA 98503) for those effected by the evacuation advisory. The shelter will open today at about 4 p.m. and is pet friendly and accessible for individuals with disabilities. Pets coming into the shelter must be crated and pet owners are encouraged to bring supplies such as food and water to care for them.The impacts of this incident include possible road closures and structure flooding. Currently, 6th Ave SE & Riverside Dr. SE are closed due to water over the roadway. The Mckenna Bridge in Yelm is still open and there is no plan to close the bridge at this time. Information on road closures in the county are available at: North Thurston School District has informed parents and guardians that they will not be dropping off students in the affected areas. Parents with students in the North Thurston School District who live in the affected areas must pick up their students from school.This incident is fluid and additional information will be shared through the county’s social media channels as it becomes available. Residents are encouraged to follow Thurston County Emergency Management social media channels for regular updates:Facebook: County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently in the area going door-to-door to inform people of the evacuation advisory. Riverside residents of the Nisqually Pines are urged to keep a watchful eye on the river and be prepared to evacuate on short notice, but are not under an evacuation advisory at this time. Residents can monitor river levels at: residents were notified of the evacuation advisory today at around 9:30 a.m. through the Thurston County Alert System. The notification stated that Tacoma Power will begin releasing 17,000 cubic ft. of water per second by 1:00 p.m. today from the LaGrande Dam to manage water levels due to significant water flow.To receive critical countywide TCALERT messages like this, residents can sign-up at: more information on preparedness and having a grab and go kit, visit: Don’t forget to prepare to take your household pets with you.last_img read more