Flexibility key to cutting absenteeism

first_img Previous Article Next Article Flexibility key to cutting absenteeismOn 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Flexible working reduces staff absenteeism, according to Industrial Societyresearch. Many of the 300 HR professionals surveyed in Managing Attendance claim thatthe reduction in staff absence is due to the introduction of flexible workinghours, annual leave and home-working practices. The rate of absence has fallen from eight days per employee, per year to 6.5days over the past 18 months. Fifty-five per cent of HR respondents claim more flexible working hours hassignificantly helped with the problem, and nearly half claim flexible annualleave has been important. Forty per cent also believe that home working hashelped. The survey shows that employers are improving their absence monitoring too,although they are not measuring its cost. Four out of 10 companies report all absences, and a third report nine out of10 of all time taken off work – an increase of 8 per cent in reporting since1999. Over 60 per cent of HR professionals cite motivation and return-to-workinterviews as the best way of managing attendance. Theo Blackwell, policy specialist at the Industrial Society, said, “Absenteeismhits productivity and morale in organisations. Firms should regularly examinethe cause of absence and take appropriate action. “This report provides even more evidence of the business case forflexible working. According to HR professionals, more flexibility seems toequal less time of sick and a healthier, happier and more loyalworkforce.” www.indsoc.co.uk Comments are closed. last_img read more

Golf-course views to entice buyers to Brookwater property

first_img10 Wattletree Ct, BrookwaterRay White Middle Park marketing agent Dylan Soich said the “stunning” master bedroom included a dressing-room-style walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite with twin basins, stone vanity top and spa bath, and sliding doors that opened to golf-course views over the 10th fairway.“This executive residence is designed with families in mind,” Mr Soich said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“The parents can retreat to their master suite and the children can enjoy their own space, with three built-in bedrooms and a bathroom complete with separate toilet.” 10 Wattletree Ct, BrookwaterThe smart-wired home also has a double remote garage, ducted airconditioning, ducted vacuum system and a security alarm system.The house is within walking distance to bus stops, St Augustine’s College and St Augustine’s Child Care Centre.It is also close to a local supermarket and shops, and is just a short drive to the new Orion shopping centre and the Orion Lagoon. 10 Wattletree Ct, BrookwaterThe open-plan living areas include a dining area, a lounge room and a kitchen.“The gorgeous kitchen features plenty of cabinetry, granite benchtops, glass splashback, stainless-steel freestanding oven and ducted canopy range hood,” Mr Soich said.“The very spacious, open-plan living and dining areas flow effortlessly to the large outdoor entertaining area for all to enjoy sensational golf-course views.”center_img 10 Wattletree Ct, BrookwaterThis modern, open-plan family home sits on the edge of a golf course designed by Greg Norman.The home at 10 Wattletree Court, Brookwater, has four bedrooms with built-in robes and two bathrooms.last_img read more

Buyers to enjoy new level of European residential sophistication

first_img How stylish is this bedroom at Le Bain Newstead, by Cavcorp. Photos: SuppliedThe location of Le Bain is very special, Mr Cavallucci said. “It sits adjacent to the historic ANFE Italian Club and on Wyandra St, the border of Newstead and Teneriffe,” he said.“The site is a rare double frontage on Wyatt and Wyandra streets, its created an opportunity to design apartments that are oversized and 20 per cent larger than your typical apartment in Brisbane.“Le Bain features a very European theme and design, and pays homage to the site location being next to the Italian Club, while also bringing the European summer to Newstead by creating a unique rooftop experience.’’Mr Cavallucci said for the first time the company had designed an exclusive collection of four-bedroom penthouses.“Le Bain’s Penthouse Collection will feature over 30 metres of floor to ceiling glazing with spectacular views and access to the Wellness Escape only an elevator ride away,” he said.“We’ve designed a larger floor plan which ranges between 220sq m to 244sq m as a response to our market demand.”The Penthouse Collection has four apartments per floor on levels 14 and 15. “We’ve added beautiful organic curves to the interior design and created master bedroom sanctuaries with incredibly generous dressing rooms and custom bespoke joinery,” he said. Le Bain Newstead, by Cavcorp. He said the private Wellness Escape would be spread over 1000sq m and designed to recharge each resident with state-of-the-art amenities including a heated pool, twin spa baths, therapeutic detox sauna, fitness centre, yoga and training lawn, private dining room, custom 24m sunbed, alfresco outdoor dining, charcoal grill barbecue and relaxation zones with sounds by Martin Audio.“We used the success of our award-winning building Lucent as a live case study, which was completed in December 2017 and recently won Australia’s Best Highrise Residential Building,” Mr Cavallucci said.“We’ve designed a larger rooftop fitness centre at 200sq m as our residents use this facility daily before and after work.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“We designed two heated spa baths instead of one, a larger outdoor green space to cater for rooftop yoga and fitness classes, and we increased the size of the detox sauna which is one of the most popular facilities being used all year round and has breathtaking city views from inside the glass sauna.’’ Le Bain Newstead, by Cavcorp. Photos: SuppliedA new development at Newstead is set to transform the Brisbane skyline with a world-class private rooftop, perfect for fitness enthusiasts, time-poor professionals, young families and downsizers.Inspired by the sophisticated beaches of southern France and iconic resort rooftops in Miami, Los Angeles and New York, Le Bain’s Wellness Escape will rival those of the best hotels and resorts in the world.Cavcorp developer Damien Cavallucci said Le Bain takes inspiration from the French icon Les Bains Paris, one of the oldest bathhouses in France which has transformed over decades into a five-star luxury boutique hotel. “The European curves, arches, brickwork and meticulous craftsmanship and details have been reborn into Newstead which will be a truly unique landmark in the Brisbane skyline,” Mr Cavallucci said.center_img Le Bain Newstead, by Cavcorp. Photos: Suppliedlast_img read more

Latest storm causing hail across the county snow in mountains

first_img February 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:27 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego area’s notably wet and frigid winter continued unabated today as the latest in a lengthy series of blustery storms soaked and frosted the region with rain and mountain snow for a second straight day.Due to the freezing-cold conditions gripping the East County highlands, the county Office of Education closed campuses for the day in Julian Union School District, Julian Union High School District, Mountain Empire Unified School District, Spencer Valley School District and Warner Springs School District.The south-moving storm was expected to continue soaking and freezing the county through late tonight, forecasters advised.By late afternoon, the two-day spate of showers had delivered moisture totals of up to several inches in some areas along with more than a foot of snow on some local peaks, according to the National Weather Service.Tonight, the snow levels may drop as low as the 2,000-foot level, the weather service advised. Due to continuing travel and environmental-exposure hazards, a winter-storm warning issued by the weather service will remain in effect for the county’s mountains until 1 a.m. Friday.The precipitation is expected to dwindle away overnight, forecasters predicted. Thereafter, dry skies and warming temperatures should prevail through the middle of next week, with another local storm possibly arriving at the beginning of March, the weather service reported. Posted: February 21, 2019center_img Latest storm causing hail across the county, snow in mountains KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Physicists create carbon magnetism by removing atoms from graphite

first_imgUsing a homemade low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope, the scientists could identify the presence of a sharp resonance peak on top of individual vacancies. The resonance peaked around the Fermi level, which has been predicted in many theoretical studies but has never been experimentally observed before now.As the scientists explain, the resonance at a vacancy can be associated with a magnetic moment. The vacancies cause nearby electron spins to align due to repulsive electron-electron interactions, which leads to the formation of the magnetic moments. In addition, vacancies at different sites induce different kinds of magnetic moments, which can interact with each other. This interaction points to the possibility of inducing a macroscopic ferromagnetic state in the entire graphite material simply by removing random individual carbon atoms.“In a pristine carbon system, one would never expect to find magnetism because of the tendency of its electrons to couple in pairs by forming covalent bonds,” Brihuega explained. “The association of electrons in pairs runs against the existence of a net magnetic moment, since the total spin of the electronic bond will be zero. By removing one carbon atom from the graphite surface, what we do precisely is to break these covalent bonds and as a result we create a localized state with a single unpaired electron that will generate a magnetic moment.”Overall, the results not only confirm the accuracy of theoretical models, but also have further implications. For example, the observed resonances may enhance graphene’s chemical reactivity. In terms of applications, the results could lead to innovative magnets.“To create a magnet from a pure carbon system is a tantalizing possibility since this would be a metal-free magnet and thus optimal for applications in biomedicine,” Brihuega said. “In addition, it should be much cheaper to produce than conventional magnets since, to give some numbers, a ton of carbon costs around a thousand times less than a ton of nickel ($16 vs. $16,000), a commonly used material in actual magnets. In the case of graphene systems, one would also have flexibility and lightness as additional advantages; but to date, the total magnetization reported for these systems is very low when compared with the strongest existing magnets. “In my opinion,” he added, “the brightest future in terms of applications stems in the emerging field of spintronics, i.e. in trying to exploit the ‘spin’ of the unpaired electron for creating new spin-based devices.” (PhysOrg.com) — Physicists have found that, by removing individual atoms from a graphite surface, they can create local magnetic moments in the graphite. The discovery could lead to techniques to artificially create magnets that are nonmetallic and biocompatible, as well as cheaper and lighter than current magnets. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. How Perfect Can Graphene Be? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Prez receives first copies of two books on Rabindranath Tagore

first_imgPranab Mukherjee, the President of India, inaugurated the event and received the first copy of the books ‘Tagore’s Vision of the Contemporary World’ and ‘Tagore and Russia’. The books have been edited by Prof Indra Nath Choudhuri and Dr Reba Som respectively.President Pranab Mukherjee, expressed gratitude for the gracious patronage, guidance and support. The President said that Tagore’s idea of global harmony, co-existence and co-operation of individuals and civilizations is best expressed in his own words. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ He added, “Considering Tagore’s special contact with Russia, I thank ICCR for organising the International Seminar to unfold and reassess his perception of Communist Russia.” The first book, ‘Tagore’s Vision of the Contemporary World’ focuses on the world view Tagore had, where ‘knowledge is free’ and ‘where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way in the dreary desert sand of dead habit’ and also to discover, as Tagore had said, ‘the most profound unity, the spiritual unity between the races’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix They had celebrated the anniversary of Tagore with events around the world and seven major conferences in Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Russia, Vietnam, Hungary and India.The second book ‘Tagore and Russia’ is about Tagore’s special love for the said country and Russia’s influence on his writings and poems. The purpose behind publishing the book ‘Tagore and Russia’, which is a compilation of the seminar papers is to give impetus to those aspects of Tagore’s study, which throws light on India’s relation with Russia and perception about other civilizations of the world.”last_img read more