What does Avaya think of this man?

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. What does Avaya think of this man?On 19 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week Personnel Today puts Mike Young, HR director of Avaya, in the hotseat and asks four fellow directors what they think of his function.  Does HR play a strategic role in theboardroom at the global communications network provider? Or, does it justprovide back office, administrative support for its 21,000 staff?  Young is confident of his team’scontribution to the bottom line. But Roisin Woolnough finds out if the leadingplayers at the company agreeTanya Steele marketing director for Western Europe What value does HR bring to business?HR understands the totality of business and what every department is doing. Youcan have a detached discussion with HR about your actions because there issomeone who understands the overview of the organisation and has a non-alignedview. What does it bring to your own department and you as a manager?I need HR to look for the bestpossible practical solution to problems – if there are issues around the calibreof your team, for example. People often see these as soft issues but I believethey are crucial. HR needs to be proactive in providing you with feedback as amanager and on how you are running your department. What is its role in the boardroom?It has a strategic role to play atAvaya and is not a back office function. HR people need to be as savvy withbusiness results as the finance director. They have to be involved in thebusiness and have an opinion on it – not just chipping in about employee attritionrates. Have you encountered any problems with HR?I’ve consistently seen issues insales around the commission payments going through on time, plus standardhygiene factors such as paying correctly or getting offer letters to candidateson time. When there are tremendous daily pressures on you as a manager and youhave to intervene on something you view as an HR issue, you can form a negativeimage of the profession. How has HR changed in the past five years?It has moved away from admin. I miss the old-fashioned HR function as thereis more form-filling now which we all hate – but I would not give up theincreased strategic support received as a result. How does it need to change now and in the future?HR needs to do more internalmarketing of the function. It needs to attract new recruits who understand howthe function has changed. If you look at graduate programmes, they work inspecific business functions. Is HR involved in that? If not, it should be. What do you think of outsourcing HR?You need to look at the function andsee which bits can be sensibly outsourced. I would only outsource ‘engineroom-type activities’. On a strategic level, HR must be a part of the business,day to day. Steve Weeks chief operations officer for UK and IrelandWhat value does HR bring tobusiness?I need Mike to help me decide what type of people we need, what talent resourceis available and if need be, where we can afford to take people out of the organisationor retrain them. Its value is in terms of understanding people and where theygo in an organisation, particularly when the economy is suffering.What does it bring to your own department and you as amanager?I need an HR person I can talk throughwork and personal issues, as a confidante. It is good to have open discussions,such as planning your own career – including moving away from the company. Youcan then work together to identify your potential successors.What is its role in the boardroom?HR has to have a view of the whole business to work well on the board. Thefunction needs to be fully in line with where the business is positioned in themarket and the essential drivers. Have you encountered any problemswith HR?Sometimes HR will react on only one source of information, without havingthe full facts. We had a case where it looked like several individuals weresharing confidential company information over the internet. Mike and I wentthrough the case, found out the real situation and issued a warning to just oneperson.How hasHR changed in the past five years?HR used to be very disconnected from what a business was about. As afunction it shuffled paper. HR brought you in and took you out, but it is notlike that anymore: it gives assistance more in tune with the business on aday-to-day basis.How does it need to change now and in the future?HR needs to be accountable to the business. To be really effective on theboard, I would look at having compensation based on business results.Whatdo you think of outsourcing HR?The processing-type activity can always be outsourced – data, recordkeeping, and so on. Other parts, such as internal training and developmentcan’t, because they need to be in line with your business culture.Kirk Locke-Scobiefinance directorfor UK and IrelandWhat value does HR bring tobusiness?The HR function needs to provide a balance between the company view and theemployee view. I would say that balancing the morale of an organisation lies inthe HR court. There are core activities around training and ensuring thebusiness has the right people in the right place at the right time.What does it bring to your own department and you as amanager?One thing is challenging some of thedirectives we’ve been given – such as ‘lose all contractors immediately and nopay rises’. In these situations, board directors, like HR, need to make toughdecisions, but they also need to be able to fight their corner. HR can helpprovide local independence in global companies.What is its role in the boardroom?HR has to work with other boarddirectors in pre-empting what’s around the corner. It is important not toreact, but to predict. It can then provide advice about what the realisticoptions are in the current situation.Have you encountered any problemswith HR?In my last position before Avaya, thecompany was shrinking and I was asked to take a combined role. I agreed, butfor a trial period. HR said no to that and I told them that was the law.Lawyers got involved and HR backed down, but I ended up leaving. I rejected therole partly because of how HR and the company were treating me. Some people,even at senior level HR, obviously didn’t know the law.How has HR changed in the past five years?There is more focus on its cost effectiveness. This comes with separatingout the transactional from the more strategic work. Also, things are becomingmore web-based – requiring smaller HR teams.How does it need to change now andin the future?I have seen situations where HR doesnot have much of a voice, for example when a company is shrinking and it losespeople one minute and has to recruit for the same roles again the next month atgreater cost to the business. That’s very short term and shouldn’t happen. HRpeople should be stronger than to let that happen.What do you think of outsourcing HR?I find the familiarity that key HR people have with the business and peopleimportant when you’re dealing with specific situations and a specific history.I think the transactional stuff can be outsourced because it’s just a process,but not core HR competencies.Clive Sawkins vice-president inthe UK and IrelandWhat value does HR bring tobusiness?It’s about convincing managers that they have to take requests for flexible workingseriously and to accommodate people’s individual needs. By doing this, we getgreater commitment from individuals.Whatdoes it bring to your own department and you as a manager?I have a close management team that knows no boundaries. One of the mostimportant things in my business is my people and Mike acts as an interface withthem.Whatis its role in the boardroom?Mike has done some good work inshaping the organisation for the future, especially in areas of new markets ofacquisition. I also expect him to keep me and the team up-to-date with thelegal issues.Have you encountered any problemswith HR?In previous organisations, HRdictated what you could and couldn’t do, but in Avaya, it is about helping usgrow our business. In other companies HR’s function is more like one ofgatekeeper of the rules, with very little strategy or understanding of thevalue of the investment.How hasHR changed in the past five years?It often had very little strategy. HR is far more proactive now in coming upwith new policies and new ways of attracting and developing new staff. How doesit need to change now and in the future?As the work culture changes, the HRculture has to change too. It needs to be more flexible in terms of contractsfor employees and will need to ensure there are polices in place such aspart-time working and sabbaticals.What doyou think of outsourcing HR?I will always look at ways in which we can improve efficiency and theemployers’ experience, and if by outsourcing HR we could achieve that, then Iwould consider it.About AvayaAvaya designs, builds and managescommunications networks for more than one million businesses around the world,including 90 per cent of the Fortune 500. A world leader in Internet Protocoltelephony systems, communications software applications and services, Avaya isdriving the convergence of voice and data applications across IT networks. The company was formerly the enterprise networks division ofLucent, and was spun off from there in October 2000. Now completely separatefrom Lucent and listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Avaya is a company with21,000 employees around the world – 900 of whom work in the UK and Ireland.The Avaya HR director’s perspectiveMike Young, HR director for the UK, Ireland and Nordic regions”There has been a move away fromadmin and I am not responsible for HR operations [transactional] in Avaya –that area of HR is often outsourced now. I have more of an HR consultancy role,with a focus on performance management and improvement. I drive performance byworking with the executive team and line managers, sitting with the managementteam in all meetings. I am involved in the overall decision-making and am quitecertain I am seen as part of the collective executive team that will deliversuccess.”You have to understand how to apply HR to the businessplanning cycle, what the pressures are and examine market changes andbenchmarking data to ensure we’re competitive. It makes what you say morerelevant.”You need to know what elements of HR are required indifferent parts of the organisation, based on what is planned. Like any otherboard discipline, I think I am increasingly a business person first andfunctional specialist second.”I am really into the mechanics of how people manageothers, pushing hard to get good management skills in place. There has to be abelief in a company that managing people well adds to the bottom line. The HRperson is there to provide some of the tools and techniques to deliver that goodpeople management, I would say I’m an arbiter of HR and employment polices.”last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 1/15

first_img Written by January 15, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/15 Tags: Roundup FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 12RICHFIELD, Utah-Moroni Seely Roberts posted 33 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists on 11-16 from the field as the Grand Red Devils improved to 11-0 (1-0 in Region 12 play as this was their region opener) on the season by outlasting the Richfield Wildcats 77-75 in overtime Friday in Region 12 boys basketball action. Grand trailed 54-45 entering the 4th Quarter, only to outscore the Wildcats 22-13 in the last stanza of regulation.The Red Devils actually led for much of the 4th Quarter, and Richfield’s Jackson Archibald hit a 3-pointer to tie things at 67-67, forcing overtime.Max Robinson had 18 points on 12-14 at the foul line for the Wildcats while Dallin Stewart had 16 points on 6-9 from the field for Richfield, who fell to 6-6 and 1-1 in Region 12 play.Both of these squads have a swift turnaround as Richfield hosts San Juan Saturday and Grand visits nearby South Sevier Saturday in hopes of keeping their perfect season alive.MONROE, Utah-Jensen Grover posted 20 points on four 3-pointers as the San Juan Broncos stymied South Sevier 62-53 Friday in Region 12 boys basketball action. Ridge Tebbs had 14 points in the loss for the Rams.Region 14MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Landon Bowles amassed 24 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds as the North Sanpete Hawks routed Delta 87-72 in Region 14 boys basketball action Friday. Austin Topham’s 22 points paced the Rabbits in defeat.ROOSEVELT, Utah-Ty Allred stepped up with 21 points and the Juab Wasps blasted Union 58-37 Friday in Region 14 boys basketball action. Joey Sampson had 12 points for the Cougars in the loss.Region 16COALVILLE, Utah-Darian  Johnson netted 26 points and the North Sevier Wolves humbled North Summit 73-67 in Region 16 boys basketball action Friday. Treyson Pace led the Braves in defeat with 19 points.GUNNISON, Utah-Boston Freestone amassed 22 points and the Monticello Buckaroos edged Gunnison Valley 45-42 Friday in Region 16 boys basketball action. Jon Willden posted 13 points for the Bulldogs in the loss.Region 18BEAVER, Utah-Jake Eichorn led the way with 15 points as the Beaver Beavers smacked Kanab 58-43 Friday in Region 18 boys basketball action. Jordan Cornell had a game-high 22 points in the loss for the Cowboys.Girls BasketballRegion 12MOAB, Utah-Nicole Willardson netted 15 points and the Richfield Wildcats decimated Grand 71-24 in Region 12 girls basketball action Friday. Megan Zunich had 10 points in defeat for the Red Devils.Region 20TROPIC, Utah-Brooklyn Syrett stepped up with 14 points as the Bryce Valley Mustangs humbled Water Canyon 39-33 Friday in Region 20 girls basketball action. Melissa Jessop’s 18 points led the Wildcats in defeat.PANGUITCH, Utah-JaLeana Tsosie posted 14 points and the Milford Tigers got past Panguitch 43-33 in Region 20 girls basketball action Friday. Abbee Holman had 13 points to lead the Bobcats.ORDERVILLE, Utah-Hali Peterson led the way with 16 points and the Wayne Badgers waxed Valley 60-47 in Region 20 girls basketball action Friday. Jannie Hoyt stepped up in defeat for the Buffaloes with 16 points. Brad Jameslast_img read more


first_img87, of Bayonne, passed away on November 18 at the Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ, with her family by her side. Edith was born in Jersey City and has resided in Bayonne all her life. She was a housewife. She was a past member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Church Marion Group. Wife of the late Joseph Benedetto. Mother of Denise Benedetto, Joseph Benedetto and his Wife Phyllis, Marc Benedetto and his Wife Lisa, and Patrice Benedetto- Hernandez and her Husband Ernesto. Grandmother of Josh Benedetto, Marina Benedetto, Kristin Benedetto Shiels, Amanda Benedetto, Tara Benedetto DeJohn, Brianne Benedetto, Tyler Hernandez and Dylan Hernandez. Great-Grandmother of Giovanni DeJohn, Adrianna DeJohn, Mario Maniglia and Mila Maniglia. She is also survived by her cousin and best friend Barbara Gibbons. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

Jason Cotta new MD for Costa UK

first_imgHigh street coffee chain Costa Coffee has appointed a new managing director for the UK and Ireland in Jason Cotta.Jason Cotta has been with Costa since October 2010 – his previous roles with the company were operations director UK and managing director for Costa retail. The appointment takes place with immediate effect.Before joining the Whitbread-owned company, he worked for Travelodge, Care UK and TGI Fridays.Christopher Rogers, chief executive of Costa, said: “Jason will be looking to capitalise on UK opportunities for growth, building the brand and delivering for our customers.“Jason has delivered outstanding results in his previous roles at Costa and brings with him a wealth of relevant experience to support the UK business at this important stage in its development.”This week, Costa announced it would reduce the added sugar content in its beverage range by 25% by 2020.last_img read more

Legendary Artists, World Leaders, And More Pay Their Respects To Chuck Berry

first_imgYesterday, the world said goodbye to Chuck Berry, the iconic singer, songwriter, and guitarist universally acknowledged as one of the forefathers rock and roll music. From the way he played the electric guitar, to the way he performed live, to the youth-oriented, rebellious attitude of both his work and his overall persona helped lay the groundwork for virtually every popular artist that followed him.Considering the immense scale of his influence on popular music, it comes without surprise that, in the 24 hours since news of his death broke, countless artists have spoken up to pay their respects and voice their appreciation of Berry’s towering talent and legacy. As we remember Chuck today, we’ve collected touching words and musical tributes from a diverse selection of musicians, scholars, and fans, all of whom had were affected by his greatness:The first, the best, a friend. Rest In Peace Chuck Berry. #tweet #chuckberry pic.twitter.com/5EkW8AWb0N— Gregg Allman (@GreggAllman) March 19, 2017 Rest In Peace Chuck Berry pic.twitter.com/mBIVYnOaCu— Tom Petty (@tompetty) March 19, 2017[Cover photo via PopWrapped] R.I.P. To the father of ROCK N ROLL the genius CHUCK BERRY ???Johnny be good— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) March 18, 2017last_img read more

Delving into data, study aims to improve and personalize massive online learning

first_img Read Full Story HarvardX-affiliated researchers have received a grant to study how massive open online courses (MOOCs) might be adapted and personalized based on the demographic data and usage patterns of students.The study, called “MOOCs Personalization for Various Learning Goals,” will be led by Sergiy Nesterko, a HarvardX research fellow, and Svetlana Dotsenko ’10, founder of the online educational platform Project Lever.“We are excited about the current scale of online learning,” said Nesterko, who earned a doctorate in statistics from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree in applied math from the University of Toronto. “The data from this study could help us to tailor learning experiences for individual students around the world.”The $21,450 award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) will help fund research for HarvardX, a University-wide effort to support faculty innovation in the use of technology in teaching and research. The Gates-funded MRI is part of a wider push to both explore the potential of MOOCs and expand access to new forms of credentialing through more personalized and lower cost educational avenues.Using aggregate data from HarvardX courses offered via the edX learning platform, Nesterko and Dotsenko aim to test whether there are substantive differences in learning outcomes (such as course completion and grades) and usage (time spent engaging with the course videos, assignments, and exams) between various student populations based upon self-reported information.last_img read more

Mothers bound by grief and forgiveness

first_imgIn 2001, Janet Connors’ son, Joel James Turner, was stabbed to death in his Dorchester apartment. While three of the men charged in the killing received prison sentences, a fourth — the one who Connors believes was mainly responsible — was released on reasonable doubt.The grieving mother felt she needed to create her own justice. She quickly realized her path forward would be rooted in forgiveness, rather than retribution. Five years after the murder, Connors became the first person in Massachusetts to hold a victim-offender dialogue, a meeting between a victim and offender, after the offender is incarcerated.“When it happened, my first thought was, ‘Who are these monsters?’” Connors said at a recent Radcliffe event. “But, if I hold them in their humanity, then I can hold them accountable.”Accountability is key to Connors’ idea of restorative justice, which she encourages as a “circle keeper” for the local nonprofit Our Restorative Justice. Circle keepers lead conversations that promote healing and forgiveness.To Connors, a circle is a sacred space; it’s a practice based on an indigenous peace-keeping ritual. Every circle also utilizes a talking piece, designed to limit reactive responses and ensure active listening.Documentarian Julie Mallozzi’s “Circle Up” highlights the use of circles as a means to spread restorative justice. Last month, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study screened a short version of the film, followed by a discussion with Mallozzi and film subjects Connors and Clarissa Turner, who struggled to let go of her anger after her son was murdered in 2011.“Homicide doesn’t come with a book of instructions,” Turner said. She now speaks with victims and offenders through her nonprofit organization Legacy Lives On. Through these circles, Turner’s perspective of prisoners has changed. “The reality is that they’re human beings. As they transform, we transform. As they heal, we heal.”Restorative justice requires this shift of perspective, the mothers said. Conversations need to focus less on placing blame and more on questioning what happened and who was harmed, Connors added.The event was one in a gallery series taking place in Radcliffe’s Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery. Speakers respond to the exhibition currently on view, “Willie Cole: Beauties,” full-scale prints made from crushed and hammered ironing boards. The series invites the community to react to the art and generate new ideas for discussion.For Turner and Connors, the event was another opportunity to spread their message and build community. Since the documentary first aired in 2017, they have spoken at schools, prisons, and to survivor groups.“Circles can be happy or sad — they simply build relationships,” Turner said. “Circles are beautiful. Powerful.”last_img read more

Students discuss diversity and ‘colorblindness’

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Justice Education program hosted a panel of students who discussed the importance of recognizing diversity in our everyday lives and the media as part of the Justice Friday series. The conversation was led by seniors Taylr Davis and Courtney Lamar, junior Caylin McCallick and sophomore Alex Shambery. Lamar explained there are a lot of aspects that makeup the concept of diversity. “Diversity includes all aspects [of a person] whether that’s race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual preference, et cetera.” When asked about the validity of the term “colorblind,” Davis said that concept can be misconstrued to promote hatred.“I truly believe that if you teach people that seeing others is not about the color of your skin then yes, people can use the idea of being ‘colorblind,’” Davis said. “However, many people use it as a crutch … They use it to say, ‘Oh, I don’t see color’ but then they go off and do something racist so I feel like it doesn’t have an equal proponent.”Lamar said in order to progress as a community, the recognition of diversity is a necessity. “You have to acknowledge that someone is different than you to move forward. To get all the best perspectives, you have to acknowledge diversity and that you come from different backgrounds and have different experiences.” Shambery noted how important it is to see people as who they are, rather than labeling them by the color of their skin.“Yes, I‘m black, but just because I’m black no one should assume they know me, what I stand for or what I’ve been through just by looking at my skin tone,” She said. “I think that’s something that’s very important to think about when we talk about whether or not we believe in the idea of being colorblind.” Shambery explained how valuable having a diverse group of friends can be.“It’s amazing; it’s one of the best things in the world having best friends who are [different than] me,” she said. “I can’t imagine having only friends who are exactly like me, who come from the exact same background as me and like the exact same things that I do. That would be extremely boring and how can you grow when people are exactly like you?” McCallick said people benefit from both their personal and professional lives by engaging with diverse groups of people.“Groups that are diverse [explore] more avenues because people are coming from all these different intersections in their lives and are seeing things from different perspectives, which allows a group to solve more problems and think more creatively.”The panel also focused on the influence media has in perpetuating white culture as the norm. “I don’t watch TV often, but when I do I’m constantly appalled by the abundance of all white commercials,” Shambery said.“ I rarely see people of color. I rarely see interracial couples. I rarely see queer couples. I rarely see Muslims or Jews or disabled people. I rarely see commercials of poor black kids in America. I rarely see reports of Hispanic, of Black kids going missing.”Lamar also commented on how important it is to normalize diversity in the media“Seeing underrepresented people in the media shouldn’t be shocking … movies shouldn’t focus on stereotypical struggles of [black people], that creates a stigma about it.”Lamar said there is hope for the future and she has already seen some positive examples of diversity in modern media.“I see good influences with the Buzzfeed and Facebook videos and their incorporation of different types of people into their videos,” she said. “These videos relate to our generation, are very popular and can influence our generation into becoming more diverse and open.” The Justice Friday series takes place every Friday from 12:10-12:50 p.m. in the Student Center.Tags: colorblind, Diversity, Justice Fridaylast_img read more

Binghamton man sentenced to 9 years for bus station stabbing

first_imgBroome County District Attorney Michael A. Korchak says there is no place for violence in Broome County. The Broome County District Attorney’s Office says 24-year-old Saquawon D. Linton will serve nine years in prison and five years parole for the stabbing of a homeless man at the Greater Binghamton Transportation Center. “The District Attorney’s Office will continue to protect our community from dangerous individuals, who engage in senseless violence,” he says. (WBNG) — A Binghamton man will face nearly a decade behind bars for a stabbing that left one homeless man injured in June 2019.center_img Linton was indicted for assault in the first degree, a class B felony, in August 2019. The office says Linton’s guilty plea says Linton intended to cause serious physical injury with the knife.last_img read more

PREMIUMCollaboration makes recycling possible

first_imgMore and more food and beverage companies in Indonesia are pursuing recycling initiatives with the goal of reducing the amount of plastic waste produced from their products.Indonesia produces around 64 million tons of waste annually, according Environment and Forestry Ministry data from February last year. Of the total amount, about 15 percent is plastic waste, much of which is food and beverage packaging and plastic bags.In December last year, The Jakarta Post had the chance to see how bottled water company Danone-AQUA makes its recycled bottles in Bandung, West Java. Danone Indonesia senior sustainable packaging manager Ratih Anggraeni said the recycling process required collaboration among multiple players, ranging from scavengers and waste collection centers to recycled plastic manufacturers.Waste collectionWorkers check the quality of plastic flakes before … Linkedin Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? Google Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here recyclable-plastics recycle danone Aqua West-Java collection bottled-waterlast_img read more