Staff kept in touch all the way in Balfour’s changes

first_imgAchange in HR strategy at Balfour Beatty Rail Renewals helped prevent itsclosure in 1999 and has significantly contributed to the company’s turnaroundin profitability.Thecompany’s HR director explained that it was within six months of closure in February1999 when it cut 170 jobs, and developed a new strategy to train and motivatestaff.Speakingat a performance management conference in London this month, Terry O’Briensaid, “Internal research showed a need for a more profitable relationshipwith Railtrack, improved management skills and increased staff identity withBalfour Beatty as a distinct company.”Itprompted the board – of which O’Brien is a member – to draw up a clear visionof how the company should operate. TheHR team then communicated this vision to staff through an HR roadshow thatvisited Balfour Beatty tearooms and garages across the UK. O’Briensaid, “Communication was the key to helping people get on board withchange.” Theresearch also revealed that staff had the average reading age ofseven-year-olds, so a skills training programme was developed that used keypadresponse rather than exhaustive written work. O’Briensaid, “We put our investment in training to keep people on board. It was amajor success with no disputes and not a single claim.”Arecent survey showed that 72 per cent of staff understand the overall goals ofthe business.O’Briensaid the company has gone from a loss in 1998 to exceeding its targets in 2000. Staff kept in touch all the way in Balfour’s changesOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Dell Precision 3240 Compact: An Ultra-Small But Powerful Workstation For All

first_img“Many of our resellers are reporting interest in high-powered systems with a small footprint. We’re seeing this even more as customers explore the provision of remote working opportunities or carefully spaced office layouts,” explains James Baulch, Dell Business Development Manager, PC Systems, Tech Data.  “Many customers in the industrial design and creative industries have been seeking to provide employees with access to small device with high graphics performance at home, so this could be a great solution, especially as it could be easily paired with existing displays and peripherals. The cost, size and specs are impressive – it seems small enough to ship out easily, but also powerful enough to run programs like Adobe Creative Cloud.”All this performance is packed into an ultra-small form factor with flexible mounting options, such as behind the monitor or the underside of the desktop, making it ideal for tight workspaces. Optional WiFi capabilities and a range of accessible ports, including front access USB 3.2, keep you connected to everything you need, while protective dust and cable covers make it great for space-constrained and challenging operating conditions often found in edge computing environments.The Dell Precision 3240 Compact is available now, globally, starting at $599 USD. For more information, click here. With some planning to return to the office over the coming months, many businesses and institutions are looking to reshape office layouts, striking a delicate balance that promotes both worker safety and productivity. Open office space will be a commodity, and those who continue to work remotely may also be seeking smaller devices that can be tucked away easily. Against this backdrop, today Dell introduced a new ultra-small form factor (USFF) workstation, the Dell Precision 3240 Compact.Small yet powerful, this system may only have the footprint of that hardback novel you were planning to read over the summer, but still delivers the power and performance to drive enterprise applications and up to seven 4k (60Hz) displays. It also provides the ability to run VR and AI simulations. The minimum footprint and affordable price of the Precision 3240 Compact is perfect for a wide range of users who seek to maximize space while maintaining power and performance in any setting – whether in a commercial studio, a university lab or even a home office.VR-Ready Workhorse with Space-Saving DesignDespite weighing less than 5lbs, the Dell Precision 3240 Compact is a powerful ISV-certified workstation and will be ready for VR, AR and AI, with an NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 3000 professional graphics option available from October.Intensive computer tasks are easily handled thanks to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ or Xeon® processors and accelerated memory speeds of up to 2933MHz with capacities to expand up to 64GB (ECC memory is optional). And don’t worry about running out of storage for your projects as the Precision 3240 offers up to 4TB HDD/SDD (RAID optional). As with all Dell workstations, it also features Dell Optimizer for Precision, the only AI-based optimization software in the industry that automatically tunes your workstation performance using machine learning. The accessible price makes this a great, timely solution for students and teachers in graphic intensive fields engaging in self-directed and distant learning. Customers will also appreciate the versatility, performance and reliability of the Dell Precision 3240 Compact.Example customer use cases and workloads include:Engineers, designers and architects who require scalable machines for demanding workloads for creating intricate simulations and 2D/3D modeling on lightly threaded applicationsCreators rendering high-resolution graphics, editing high-resolution video or developing 3D animation for games, TV programs and AR/VR simulationsScientists and researchers working with large-scale simulations and complicated analysisFinancial analysts and traders iterating complex financial models and running multi-screen trading floors with computational analysisDoctors and healthcare providers who are running VR training, surgery planning or simulation content creation utilizing AR/VR headsetsRetail store and restaurant workers where digital signage is key in communicating graphics to multiple screens; security personnel may also use the device to power closed circuit TV (CCTV) operationsArtists and technicians in museums, galleries and educational spaces exhibiting VR/AR content or art to multiple platformslast_img read more

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Matthew Morrison Discusses Stamina Required for Finding Neverland

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Matthew Morrison stopped by Live with Kelly & Michael on April 14 to discuss just what it takes to lead Finding Neverland eight times a week on Broadway. The secret? Finding a way to get your heart rate down instantly while on stage—and in between show-stopping numbers. Morrison explains that while it’s a story from the early 1900s, the show “feels so contemporary and so current” with a modern pop score. Later on, Kelly ever-so-subtly applies to be Morrison’s new dresser/towel drier. Can you blame her? Take a look at the clip below, and catch Morrison and company in Finding Neverland at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. View Comments Finding Neverlandlast_img read more

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