Increasing use of the Internet and e-mail is forcing employees to worklonger hours and disrupting their work-life balance, a leading expert claimed. Michel Syrett, work-life balance consultant and academic, claimed that theInternet commits staff to working longer hours because it makes themcontactable beyond their contracted hours. He said, “The Internet and e-mail revolution is extending presenteeisminto the home. People are having to work beyond their contracted hours by beingcontactable.” In the past, e-mail and the Internet have been seen as useful tools forfacilitating flexible working but Syrett said it will work against a healthywork-life balance. Employers will pay a high price for the resultingabsenteeism due to sickness and stress, he warned. Commenting on the issue, Liz Rayner, HR director of Shell Gas and Power, said,”The downside of high-speed communication is that people can access youwhenever they want to. And because an e-mail arrives instantly in your mailbox,there’s the pressure to instantly respond. So it’s much more difficult toswitch off when you want to.” Comments are closed. E-revolution is extending staff hoursOn 15 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
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Former Scotland striker Brian McClair is leaving Manchester United to become the Scottish Football Association’s performance director. McClair will take on responsibility for implementing the SFA’s performance strategy, which is designed to improve the development of elite players. The governing body wants most of the Scotland team to have emerged from its performance programme by 2020. However Wotte, who quit in October 2014 just over three years into the long-term project, recently warned that Scottish football risked going backwards unless more youth coaches focused on developing individuals rather than winning. The Dutchman encountered some opposition to his methods and approach but McClair arrives with a strong reputation in Scotland. The former Motherwell and Celtic striker, who won 30 international caps, has worked for United for the last 13 years after rejoining the club in a coaching role. McClair, who will assume control of seven regional performance schools, said: “I am extremely proud to have been given the responsibility to help Scottish football move forward as performance director of the Scottish FA. “I am sure my experiences can be of benefit to Scottish football and having spent the majority of the last 30 years in England with Manchester United I am looking forward to coming home, working with the coaching team at the Scottish FA and the clubs, and sharing the knowledge I have built up in that time to take on this new, exciting challenge.” Regan added: “The process of identifying a new performance director was thorough and hugely uplifting when we considered the quality of candidates. “Brian very quickly became a stand-out with his blend of experiences not just from his trophy-laden career as a player at Manchester United, and his international contribution, but the depth of his coaching experiences with one of the biggest and most successful teams in the world. Press Association “He has been at the cutting edge of coaching evolution, analysis and performance management at Manchester United and the recruitment panel were convinced he was the ideal person to lead the performance strategy into an exciting new era, enhancing the current provision while demonstrating the benefits of the investment so far to the future of Scottish football. “I would like to thank Gordon, Walter and Andy for their invaluable input.” Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, paid tribute to a player who was an instant hit at Old Trafford after becoming the first United player in 20 years to hit 20 league goals in a season. He said: “Brian’s association with Manchester United started in 1987 and, regardless of where he is located, he will always be part of the family. “As a proud Scotsman, this is a wonderful opportunity for him and he goes with our blessing and our good wishes for the future. “In his time as academy manager, he has maintained and enhanced its reputation around the world and made a valuable contribution to the club’s success.” The 51-year-old will succeed Mark Wotte from June 1 after ending a 25-year spell at Old Trafford that culminated in his current role as director of the youth academy. An SFA statement read: “He was identified unanimously as preferred candidate during a recruitment process which involved the current Scotland national coach, Gordon Strachan, previous national coaches Walter Smith and Andy Roxburgh, as well as the Scottish FA’s chief executive, Stewart Regan.”
Sydney: Ross Taylor has become New Zealand’s leading Test run-scorer, surpassing Stephen Fleming to be touted as the most prolific batsman for the Black Caps in red-ball cricket. Taylor achieved the feat on the fourth day of the third and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground when he hit Nathan Lyon over mid-on for three.The 35-year-old has 7,174 runs from 99 Tests and 174 innings. He has scored these runs at an average of 46.28, including 19 centuries and 33 fifties. Fleming had scored 7,172 runs in 111 Test matches he played for the Black Caps between 1994 and 2008.Taylor struggled in the three-match series. He could have brought up the milestone in Melbourne but compiled only six runs. However, he is still New Zealand’s second-top run-scorer on the wretched tour with scores of 80, 22, 4, 2, 22 and 22 in the six innings he played this tour Down Under.In February, Taylor had also moved past Fleming for the most ODI runs by a New Zealand batsman, and has the most runs in all international formats for the Black Caps, passing 17,250 international runs in this innings, which includes 39 centuries and 88 half-centuries.Taylor will become the fourth New Zealand cricketer after Fleming, Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum to play 100 Tests when they take on India in Wellington on February 21. IANSAlso Read: Ross Taylor becomes second New Zealand batsman to score 7K Test runs Also Watch: Torch Relay of 3rd Khelo India Youth Games received by District Administration in Kokrajhar