How many hours should I work?

first_img Comments are closed. Although my company talks a good talk on work-life balance, there is clearlyan unspoken view by the board that the ‘serious’ managers are those that work50 or 60 hours a week. Personally I am quite happy to work long hours, but asan HR manager I feel I should set a good example. Any advice? Claire Coldwell, consultant, Chiumento As an HR manager, your role is to ensure the company operates legally andthat appropriate HR policies are devised and used. Most people who are enthused about their work are happy to work long hours,but no-one likes to be taken for granted, or see people being promoted simplyfor working unreasonable hours. In the long term, morale takes a dive andpeople leave. What is important is to be seen to work effectively. No-one is fooled byunproductive people staying late into the evening, and the board needs to bemade aware of that. Is the policy appropriate if it is being ignored at senior level?Investigate the reasons for this happening – are people unable to delegate? Arepeople inadequately skilled? Does the nature of your business mean that longhours are frequently necessary? Whether it is a training, recruitment orcultural issue, you, as HR manager, are accountable. It is not enough to simply provide a good example – your role is tochallenge if policy is not working in practice. Suzanne Taylor, HR consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes Your company is certainly not alone in its attitude to long hours, despitehaving the best intentions to encourage its employees to take a balancedapproach. As a recent article in Personnel Today pointed out, the UK tops thelist of the longest working hours in Europe. Working time legislation has sofar failed to significantly change attitudes to the long-hours culture and inreality this won’t happen until examples are set at the most senior levels ofbusiness. Having said this, there are times when it can be healthier to work longhours – avoiding the stress caused if tasks are rushed through or notcompleted. There are many who may be labelled as ‘workaholics’ but who do findimmense satisfaction from a long day’s work. You cannot take the weight of responsibility for your own company’s approachto long hours, and it is not your responsibility to make others change the paceof their work or decide whether or not they are happy to stay late. However, it is sensible and wise to set a good example. Perhaps you couldmake a point by leaving the office on time at least occasionally, or to take afull hour for lunch once in a while. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMSConsultancy There seems to be an issue here that goes deeper than just work-lifebalance. Your comments on what the board says and what they expect demonstratesa lack of clear direction from a people management viewpoint. Your role is toinfluence good people management policies, not support poor working practices. Working 50 to 60 hours per week has been shown to cause stress. Also, thereis research that clearly demonstrates long hours result in a drop inperformance. This message needs to be put across to the board. Look forevidence such as turnover figures, higher than average sickness and qualityissues to make your point. It might be interesting to question your own values– why are you happy to work such long hours? Previous Article Next Article How many hours should I work?On 23 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

WAB: Wind and hydrogen ideal partners, but German hydrogen strategy not ambitious

first_imgGerman wind industry association WAB has welcomed the Federal Government’s recognition of “green” hydrogen’s sustainability in the long term and the special role of offshore and onshore wind energy in its National Hydrogen Strategy, adopted on 10 June. However, WAB said the strategy is non-ambitious in the long term goals and focuses on hydrogen import. Recently, upon the government’s proposal of a new bill to amend the Offshore Wind Act (WindSeeG), WAB expressed its concerns over the proposed new tendering model, but welcomed the flexibility of the 2030 capacity target and the 40 GW target for 2040. “We welcome the fact that the federal government has agreed on a flexible target for the expansion of offshore wind by 2030 and expect the rapid planning and tendering of additional generation capacities on- and offshore to meet the rapidly growing demand for ‘green’ hydrogen”. Accompanying measures are necessary in addition to CO2 pricing so the energy and climate policy objectives of the Federal Government could be achieved, especially those for 2030, according to WAB. WAB advised that the government should focus more consistently on the potential of the domestic market for green hydrogen, supplemented by an import strategy, to better combine climate protection with jobs and value creation for the wind industry, the maritime economy and the growing hydrogen economy. The 20 GW goal for 2030 that may be exceeded would make it possible to eventually generate more green hydrogen from offshore wind and to better achieve Germany’s climate targets, WAB said commenting on the offshore wind bill. “The intention to build up an electrolysis capacity of 5 GW by 2030 and another 5 GW by 2040 at the latest must be accompanied by the necessary economic efficiency to enable a domestic market in the medium term”. center_img “It is a positive sign that after months of delay, the federal government has finally agreed on a national hydrogen strategy and long-term goals for the expansion of offshore wind energy”, said WAB CEO Irina Lucke. “In order to ensure that the ‘green’ hydrogen sector also has a sustainable future and a long-term perspective, we need a national hydrogen strategy in parallel to the ongoing legislative process for offshore wind before the parliamentary summer break”, WAB Managing Director Heike Winkler said on 29 May. However, WAB stated that, with a target of covering one seventh of the expected domestic demand by 2030 with green hydrogen,“the German government is not living up to this claim”. The organisation further added that the strategy is relying on hydrogen imports on a large scale without exploiting the potential of its own generation market. At the time, the organisation also pointed out the need for having the national hydrogen strategy in place before the summer break. “Wind and hydrogen are ideal partners, therefore the hydrogen strategy should focus on building a domestic market for ‘green’ hydrogen, with concrete electrolysis capacity expansion plans beyond 2030”.last_img read more

Lawsuit seeks end of Iowa’s voluntary nutrient management strategy

first_imgDES MOINES — Two groups that support a moratorium on construction of new livestock confinements are filing a lawsuit against the State of Iowa — accusing state officials of failing to protect the Raccoon River from contaminants like farm chemicals and manure.“Our children deserve the freedom to play carefree, as we did, in water that is clean,” said Kimberly Stevens of Nevada, a member of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, one of the groups that’s filed the lawsuit.Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement activist Brenda Brink of Huxley joined Stevens and others for a news conference on the statehouse steps to discuss the lawsuit. Brink said the Raccoon River needs attention because it’s the source of drinking water for half a million Iowans.“This issue becomes more urgent every year,” Brink said. “The legislature refuses to address it.”The lawsuit seeks limits on when and how much liquid manure and farm chemicals may be applied on farm fields.“We are clearly saying that voluntary compliance, the current policy in our state, does not work when the system is controlled by corporate ag,” Brink said. “…We are calling for meaningful and mandatory compliance.”Emma Schmidt of Rockwell City is with Food and Water Watch, the other group that’s party to the lawsuit and she called the lawsuit a “momentous step” to force action.“We’ve tried everything, yet our legislators and our governor are continuing to ignore the fact that industrial agriculture is polluting our water, destroying our rural communities and driving independent family farmers out of the business,” she said.The lawsuit accuses state officials of abdicating control of the state’s waterways to “private interests.” A Des Moines Water Works lawsuit challenging how three northwest Iowa counties managed ag drainage into the Raccoon River was dismissed by a federal judge in 2017. This lawsuit is filed in state court. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig said he cannot comment directly on the lawsuit because his agency hasn’t gotten a copy of it yet. Naig said he remains focused on making “measurable progress on soil conservation and water quality” through the voluntary efforts of Iowa farmers.last_img read more

Cricket: Deciphering South Africa’s woes with spin in India

first_imgImage Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleAdvertisement 7csNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsaw6qWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecni8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 10ka4Would you ever consider trying this?😱cdeuCan your students do this? 🌚8jzussRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India have been on a roll having won 11 consecutive series at home, essentially making it a fortress. The Men In Blue have often exploited the opposition’s inability to tackle spin which the subcontinent boasts of, with South Africa bearing the brunt of it.Advertisement South Africa and India have engaged in several memorable battles in the peninsula with the hosts possessing the X-factor in the form of spin bowling. Right from Sunil Joshi and Anil Kumble in the 90s to the fearsome Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin during the recent times, spin has always been the factor to which the Proteas failed to procure an antidote to.South Africa’s dubious record against spin reached its speak during their last tour where a famed line-up comprising of greats such as Hashim Amla and Ab de Villiers were hapless against spin. The third test in Nagpur was the lowest point with the side only managing to score 264 runs across both the innings.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleThe Proteas’ core issue against the Indian pitches is often their lack of instant adaptation. After being used to play on fiery, bouncy surfaces of the Bullring, the predicament of switching to the dry surfaces of India can be quite a task. Such a change in surfaces requires a lot of application which the 2015 World Cup semi-finalists have immensely lacked as the side takes quite a while to settle into Indian rank turners.Another factor apart from the technical aspect is the concept of fear that the side have imparted upon themselves. Playing spin with a mind plagued with fear can often cause a lapse in judgement which can prove to be costly.Advertisement Moreover, a further pressing concern is the lack of quality spinners that The Proteas possess in their domestic setup. The lack of spinners in the setup affects the preparation which ultimately shows in the result. Nicky Boje, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir and now Keshav Maharaj are only the prominent spinners to have emerged out of the team in recent times.There is however hope for the Proteas with the side eventually getting used to the conditions. The prime example being their latest tour in 2015, where despite getting mangled for 78 in Nagpur, the side stuck in for a gruelling 143 overs on a fifth-day snakepit with spinners bowling 100 overs of those. Although the result was not optimum, the approach and temperament was on point.With the Proteas having dealt with spin in Vizag in a satisfactory manner despite a seven-fer by Ashwin, their true test lies in Pune, a venue where India last tasted a home defeat.Read Also:Rohit Sharma hoping to do greater things after getting a second life in test cricketAshwin scripts history; ties Muttiah Muralitharan’s record with 350 test wickets Advertisementlast_img read more