first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. … in briefOn 6 May 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This week’s news in briefFree reader tickets Organisers of the e-learning London conference and exhibition are offeringPersonnel Today readers free places at one of the seminars on 5 June. To claimyour free ticket to the workshop – Meeting learner needs by personalisinge-learning – call the hotline on 020 8394 5131 quoting PT e-learning offer.Tickets are subject to availability. The event takes place at the BusinessDesign Centre, London, 4-5 June.  www.e-learningevent.comCall-up continues The Ministry of Defence is mobilising more part-time soldiers, despite theend to the war in Iraq. Defence secretary Geoff Hoon said a further 1,200reservists would be called up to help secure post-war Iraq in addition to the5,000 already in service. Hoon said that even more personnel could be called upto bolster the UK contingent.  www.mod.ukNet abuse escalates The average employee spends more than an hour each day browsing the internetfor leisure and sending around 18 personal e-mails from work. A survey of 1,687employers shows that 36 per cent of all e-mail is personal, costing firms 43per cent of the total amount invested in running the system. Seventy-four percent have caught employees downloading illegal software.  http://peninsula-uk.hostinguk.comRMT halts strikes The RMT union has called off strikes by train guards after making‘substantial progress’ in settling its dispute with train operating companies.The union has been arguing about the safety role of guards. RMT staff havealready held strike action three times over the issue. Strikes had been plannedfor 6-7 May and 27-28 May.  www.rmt.org.ukCostly intranets Poorly-designed and inefficient company intranet systems are costingemployers thousands of pounds per employee and hampering internalcommunication. Company intranets are also increasingly being used as‘information dumping grounds’ that waste time and money, according to researchby Mercer. The researchers calculated that wasted time costs around £1,000 peremployee, totalling more than £1m for every 1,000 staff.  www.mercer.comlast_img

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