HR must take the lead to stop e-mail abuse

first_imgHR must take the lead to stop e-mail abuseOn 29 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Research by an Internet security firm, Peapod, confirms the worst suspicionsof many employers about staff abuse of Internet systems. Data from an audit ofe-mails at 40 large companies shows that six out of 10 sent by employees arenot about company business. This finding suggests companies are spendingmillions paying for the private correspondence of staff, and on top of thatthere are big questions about employee productivity. The concern doesn’t end there, unfortunately. Despite widespread publicitysurrounding high-profile sackings of staff for sending pornographic material bye-mail, a significant percentage of staff are still doing this – and usingdubious means to avoid detection. There are also a worrying number of e-mailscontaining racially or sexually discriminatory material, and of messages thatdisclose confidential company business. If these findings are representative of employers as a whole, there areserious HR problems to address when it comes to e-mail. One of the causes isthat when organisations suspect they have a problem, they treat it as an ITissue and look for technological solutions without involving HR. This is a bigmistake as it is HR managers who have the knowledge about how employers couldbe breaching employment law. And it is often the HR specialist who is bestplaced to advise on the complex tangle of regulations surrounding data used onbusiness systems. Preventing e-mail abuse is not simply about the knee-jerk reaction ofmonitoring staff e-mails. In people management terms monitoring often amountsto locking the door after the horse has bolted. It is crucial HR plays a central part in combating e-mail abuse. HR shouldplay the leading part in drawing up an e-mail policy and ensuring this is communicatedeffectively to staff. HR should also lead in how to prevent abuse. By Noel O’Reilly Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Fruisana sugar can spice up bakers’ celebration cakes

first_imgForum Products (Redhill, Surrey) suggests using its Fruisana fruit sugar to make celebration cakes to cash in on the low-Glycaemic Index trend.Fruisana (made from fructose) is low-GI and is found naturally in most fruits and honey and is as stable as ordinary sugar. It is sweeter than normal cane sugar (sucrose) and so up to a third less can be used to achieve the same level of sweetness, says the company. The brand is also suitable for type II diabetics.By using Fruisana instead of conventional sugar, the flavours of the products are also enhanced, Forum says. Top chefs are using Fruisana in their desserts, according to the company. It “lifts” flavours – in particular fruits, chocolate, spices and patisserie. Fruisana Fruit Sugar is available in 25 kilogram sacks nationwide through Forum. It is also sold in 6 X 250g retail packs.last_img read more

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Check Out The NBA’s Prince-Inspired Minnesota Timberwolves “City Edition” Jerseys

first_imgSince Nike took over ahead of last year’s NBA season, they have gradually rolled out various uniform “editions” for each team, beyond the traditional home, away, and alternate iterations. One such edition, the “City Edition” aims to honor the fans “whose passions help define each respective team’s identity.”As last year’s announcement of Nike’s “City Edition” NBA jerseys notes, “The Nike NBA City Edition uniforms represent insights and emotion from the court to the upper deck to the cities’ streets, in pursuit of a unique way to capture each team and its city in a way that respects the past and present of the clubs while also positioning them for the future.”Even beyond the obvious connection between Prince and the state of Minnesota, the artist was also a noted basketball player and fan. He played basketball throughout his childhood, and was good enough to make his high school’s JV basketball team as a freshman. …And then there’s the infamous Prince basketball story from Chappelle’s Show as told by Charlie Murphy, in which Charlie, his brother, Eddie Murphy, and their crew went back to Prince’s place after going out partying and got schooled by Prince and The Revolution in a pickup game. Chappelle most definitely took some creative liberties with that story, but several people close to the story have commented about its overall veracity.As Micki Free noted in a 2017 interview about the infamous story following Murphy’s passing,Charlie Murphy wasn’t lying. Everything that happened in that [“True Hollywood Stories” sketch] was for real. We went back to Prince’s house after the club. It was 1985, and there was a bunch of girls with Eddie [Murphy], myself, Charlie—rest in peace—and some other guys. And out of nowhere Prince says, “Do you guys want to play basketball?” We played three-on-three. I don’t remember if we changed our clothes, but I know for certain that Prince did not change his. He didn’t gear up to play. If anything changed beyond the blouses, it was his heels. Prince changed into some tennis shoes. All I remember is when Prince made that first shot, it was all-net. I’m looking at him make shot after shot, like, “What the hell?” Then at the end they really did make us pancakes—blueberry pancakes. And they were good! Hanging out with Prince was magical. In case you’ve been living under a rock the last couple decades and haven’t seen the sketch or heard the many jokes it spawned, you can check it out below:Chappelle’s Show – “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” – Basketball With Prince[Video: Comedy Central]Well done on these special uniforms, Nike and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Game… Blouses.[H/T Complex] No single person evokes the image of Minnesota quite as clearly as Prince. The late rock icon was born and raised in Minneapolis. He lived and headquartered his musical operations from his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen for much of his career. He recorded his troves of music, both released and unreleased, from his Paisley Park studio, and lived there until he was found dead in an elevator on the grounds on April 21st, 2016.In the wake of his death, the state of Minnesota has shown its appreciation for its favorite son in a multitude of ways, from murals to statues to an honorary doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Now, the NBA‘s Minnesota Timberwolves are taking their turn at honoring the Purple One with their new Nike “City Edition” jerseys.The special edition uniforms, unveiled unofficially by Twitter user @TWolvesFRA, abandon the team’s usual blue and green color scheme for shades of purple and pink. They also use a typeface for the lettering that’s clearly reminiscent of the one used on the cover of Purple Rain. You can check out some leaked snaps of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ new Prince-inspired “City Edition” jerseys below:last_img read more

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Uniper keen on Wilhelmshaven LNG FSRU project

first_imgGerman utility Uniper is in talks with parties interested in building a liquefied natural gas import terminal in Wilhelmshaven. Speaking to Reuters, Uniper’s board member Keith Martin said the company is in discussions with potential partners for the construction of a floating import terminal at the site.A wide range of interested parties for the FSRU-based facility includes U.S. companies.The company would be the buyer and distributor of the liquefied natural gas delivered to the facility, however, it would not directly own a share in the project.Uniper could unveil further information about the project before the end of the quarter. The facility would be close to the company’s storage facilities at Etzel.Although details and the parties that Uniper has entered talks with have remained undisclosed, Martin told Reuters that the FSRU would have the capacity to handle 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually. This equates to 7.2 million tons per annum.The terminal would also be capable of accommodating Q-Max LNG tankers with 265,000-cbm cargo capacity. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

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Giggs named interim Man Utd manager

first_imgVeteran midfielder Ryan Giggs was on Tuesday appointed interim manager of Manchester United, shortly after the club announced the sacking of David Moyes.”Following the departure of David Moyes as manager, Manchester United has announced that Ryan Giggs, the club’s most decorated player, will assume responsibility for the first team until a permanent appointment can be made,” read a statement on the United website.”The club will make no further comment on this process until it is concluded.” More to Follow…………………..last_img

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