HR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Free

first_imgRelatedHR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Free RelatedHR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Free FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government is putting systems in place to manage the human resource concerns that may arise as a result of the re-organisation of the public service.A team of senior public sector human resource (HR) practitioners, under the direction of the Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU), has developed a Change Management Plan, which sets out guidelines and procedures to effectively manage the transformation process.Human Resource Specialist at the PSTU, Ward Mills, tells JIS News that the plan addresses the concerns and fears “and helps to strengthen people in terms of coping with everything”.“It helps to reduce resistance and basically helps to make change as smooth as possible, and people as comfortable as they can with the changes that are going to happen around them,” he adds.Deputy Financial Secretary, Cheryl Watson, who was part of the 22-member Change Management Team, notes that the aim is to set out ways to make the transformation process as “pain free” as possible and develop a HR plan, which would be uniformed, equitable and consistent.“The idea really is to make sure that staff is treated in a sort of consistent, standardised and humane way. because we recognise that you have different levels of experience in the public sector in handling human resource issues in times of restructuring and transformation in particular,” she explains.The group, which comprises professionals from the Office of the Services Commission, the Public Sector Modernisation Division, the Public Sector Establishment Division and the various ministries, who were already au fait with the inner workings of the public service, developed several best practice templates to deal with all human resource issues that might arise.Among the areas addressed is training and how to identify persons in need of training and retraining.The team has also developed a template to address issues relating to redeployment, redundancy and mergers, however, Mr. Mills says there could be some revision, especially as it relates to mergers, based on the feedback from HR professionals, who were not a part of the core group.Mr. Mills adds that the group has also set out a plan for how the HR managers and the PSTU will relate to the trade unions during the process. “There are many trade unions and staff associations in the public sector and we have decided that we are going to work in partnership with the trade unions and we have met with them several times to talk about the transformation process,” he informs.A key part of the plan is communication, which Mr. Mills says is already being implemented along with the counselling aspect.Change Management Specialist at the Cabinet Office, Candace Smikle, who was also part of the team, which developed the guidelines, agrees that communication will be one of the critical pillars of the process as it is her view that people “prefer to hear negative information than no information at all”.She points out that business and psychosocial counselling are also very important. “People are affected by change in different ways and it’s very important that we talk to people and give them advice as to what’s the next step to take,” she explains.Mr. Mills agrees that the counselling aspect of the plan is also one which requires early implementation. He tells JIS News that the PSTU has already started therapy for the core HR team working with the unit and that this will be expanded to cover all HR managers across the public sector. He says the team has also worked out a plan for how the counselling will be delivered to the wider public sector.He tells JIS News that the recommendation is that all workers should receive group therapy ahead of any change, and then individual counselling can take place in the later stages based on individual requests.Mr. Mills also discloses that interdisciplinary transformation teams, comprised of workers from all levels, are to be set up within the various ministries, agencies and departments.“This would be the teams on the ground that we will relate to and help. They will (identify) what are the issues and the problems. They will be the ones communicating with the people. They will be the ones making suggestions about the issues that we need to iron out and solve before we can make the change, and they will help in the transition process,” Mr. Mills explains.He says the teams will also ensure that there is wide representation and informs that it has been recommended that a union representative be part of these teams.Mr. Mills tells JIS News that the HR managers have expressed their commitment to ensuring that the transition is as smooth as possible. He says they have also shown appreciation for the PSTU’s efforts to engage them in the process.For her part, Ms. Smikle says she is fully behind the project given the systematic approach that is being taken in comparison to some past restructuring exercises.“Hopefully, we’ll be able to look back and see what we have done wrong and use this instrument to approach it in a more effective way so that this time, we’ll get it right,” she says.The PSTU, headed by Patricia Sinclair-McCalla, was established in November last year, to devise a plan for streamlining the public service, making it more efficient and cost-effective.The unit’s Draft Master Rationalisation Plan is now being considered by Cabinet and the Change Management Plan will ensure its smooth implementation. RelatedHR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Freecenter_img HR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Free Office of the Prime MinisterMay 17, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

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Forecasters predict T-storms Thursday and Friday followed by damaging winds

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power is gearing up to safely respond to any outages, after forecasters predict possible powerful thunderstorms and potentially damaging wind gusts which could take down trees and power lines Thursday and Friday. GMP has lined up external crews to add to GMP’s own field force. Forecasters say possible strong thunderstorms will hit mainly Windham and Bennington Counties late today, and there is a potential for damaging wind gusts if any of these thunderstorms become severe. Forecasters say another round of thunderstorms Friday afternoon could have more widespread impacts across Vermont.Adding to the potential for outages is a high wind event that is predicted to hit Vermont Friday night after thunderstorms move out of the area. Forecasters say wind gusts could be 40 to 50 MPH along the slopes of the Green Mountains with some above 60 MPH over the summits Green Mountains.“The wind gusts predicted have us preparing for possible outages. We are following the forecast closely and preparing to respond as quickly and safely as possible,” said Mike Burke, Chief of GMP Field Operations. The storms are also predicted to affect most of the Northeast, not just Vermont.GMP is reminding customers to be prepared for outages and to stay safe by staying away from downed trees and any downed lines. For storm safety tips go to: http://www.greenmountainpower.com/community/safety/be-safe-in-a-storm/(link is external)To get the latest information on outages and restoration times, customers can sign up for text service alerts, by texting REG to 46788 or GMPVT, or signing up online at greenmountainpower.com/textalerts(link is external). Customers can also sign up for GMP’s app to report outages with a touch of a finger at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search for GMP. Customers may also report outages by calling 1-888-835-4672, or visiting GMP’s Outage Center page at www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)Severe storms to blast central US for 3rd consecutive day, slice into northeastern US warmthsAccuWeather Global Weather Center — May 3, 2018 — AccuWeather reports for the third consecutive day, severe weather will take aim at the central United States into Thursday night as violent storms also slice into the warmth in the Northeast. Residents across the Plains will not have much time to clean up from the severe weather that spawned tornadoes and produced dozens of reports of wind and hail damage Tuesday into Wednesday.A complex weather situation is expected across the central U.S. with two separate areas of concern.Thursday started with a line of violent thunderstorms crossing central Texas and Oklahoma. Strong thunderstorm winds downed trees and power lines, including around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This line of severe thunderstorms will continue to march eastward into Arkansas to close out Thursday. Downpours and locally damaging winds can lead to delays for the evening commute in Little Rock. While clouds and lingering rain are expected to spare St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, from severe weather, there may be enough breaks in the sun to fuel violent thunderstorms between the I-70 and I-80 corridors.”Areas from around northern Missouri, including Kansas City, and southern Iowa have seen strong to severe storms move through each day since Tuesday and will face another threat into Thursday evening,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said.Residents of Kansas City, Missouri; Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa; and Chicago should closely monitor weather alerts and be ready to seek shelter.All modes of severe weather are expected into Thursday evening with damaging winds, large hail, flooding downpours and tornadoes.The violent thunderstorms will also endanger motorists planning to travel on stretches of interstates 29, 35, 39, 70, 74 and 80. Ground stops may affect airline travelers.North of the severe weather, heavy rain is anticipated to unfold and slow travelers from northern Iowa to northern Michigan into Thursday night.Another round of severe thunderstorms and flooding may target central Texas later Thursday night into Friday as the rest of the central U.S. finally quiets down.Severe weather to slice into warmth in the NortheastUnlike the past couple of days, severe weather on Thursday will not be limited to the central U.S. Strong thunderstorms will also erupt from around Lake Erie to southern New England.”As heat and humidity continue to build into the Northeast, a front will serve as the focus for thunderstorms with gusty winds and hail,” Sojda said.The winds can be strong enough to cause localized damage in and around Williamsport, Pennsylvania; Syracuse, Binghamton and Albany, New York; and eastward to Boston. The strongest thunderstorms may rattle the far northern and western suburbs of New York City.Anyone enjoying the warmth outdoors ahead of the storms should seek shelter as soon as thunder is heard to avoid being struck by lightning.”Even in these areas, a brief tornado or two cannot be ruled out,” Sojda said.Overnight, the danger for damaging winds and hail is expected to wane in the Northeast. However, Sojda is concerned for the flooding risk to increase.”Thunderstorms may then ‘train’ (repeat) along the front overnight in the Northeast, elevating the threat for flash flooding,” he said.The risk for damaging winds will not end as the sun rises on Friday.”The eastern Ohio Valley through the Northeast will have a repeat risk for thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts on Friday as a cold front pushes through,” Sojda said.Downpours will also be produced and can lead to flooding in areas that receive heavy rain into Thursday night.The areas at greatest risk will lie across the eastern Great Lakes and the northern Appalachians. This includes Cleveland, Ohio, as well as Erie, Pennsylvania, and Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany, New York.Wind damage may not be confined to thunderstorms. Especially downwind of the eastern Great Lakes, non-thunderstorm winds can reach 50 mph on Friday. Residents in Buffalo and Watertown, New York, will face an increased threat for power outages and tree damage.The severity of the thunderstorms is expected to lessen prior to reaching the I-95 corridor. However, outdoor plans can still be impacted due to lightning concerns and downpours from Boston to New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.The front will work to trim the warmth out of all of the Northeast by the start of the weekend, but there will still be opportunities for rain and thunderstorms to spoil outside plans across parts of the region Saturday into Sunday.Green Mountain Power GMP serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with customers to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external). Connect with GMP on Facebook(link is external) and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower.(link is external)Source: COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power. AccuWeather 5.3.2018last_img read more

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DAPD Essay Competition Winners Announced

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Winner of Essay competition in Secondary school category Len Adis FaganThe Dominica Association of Persons living with Disabilities (DAPD) Tuesday announced the winners of its essay competition which was held as part of their thirtieth anniversary celebrations Tuesday afternoon at their office in Goodwill.This was announced by DAPD administrative assistant Ann Marie Nanthan at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.Sixty-two primary schools and fifteen primary schools were invited to participate in the competition by writing on the topic; ‘My role in creating an all-inclusive society for persons with disabilities in Dominica’.Ms Nathan indicated that they were disappointed that only three secondary schools and six primary schools submitted entries.The Pierre Charles Secondary, Dominica Community High School and the Dominica Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School participated.Cinta Charles of the Convent Preparatory placed third in Primary School DAPD essay competitionLen Adis Fagan of the Dominica Community High School while Sharize Louis of the Dominica Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School won the second prize and Charika Bramble of the Pierre Charles Secondary School placed third.Six entries she said came from the Newtown Primary, Laudat Primary and the Convent Preparatory schools on the topic ‘What can I do to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in my community?’Lorraine Bedminister of the Newtown Primary School won the first prize, the second prize went to Shanisse Rolle of the Laudat Primary School while Cinta Charles of the Convent Preparatory placed third.The prizes will be presented to the students in December.Dominica Vibes News 61 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary DAPD Essay Competition Winners Announced by: – October 1, 2013 Sharelast_img read more

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