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NHS staff offered Zumba to keep well - BBC News
Simon Stevens will outline his £5m solution for cutting the NHS bill for staff sickness, which currently stands at £2.4bn a year. He will say hospitals can help staff stay well by serving healthy food and running Zumba and yoga classes. He will add that GPs should be offered specialist support to avoid burnout. Creating healthy and supportive workplaces is no longer a "nice to have, it's a must do", he will tell the NHS Innovation Expo conference in Manchester. Organisations will be asked to provide staff access to physiotherapy, smoking cessation and weight management services, as well as sports or exercise classes. And they should offer health checks for mental health and musculoskeletal problems - the two biggest causes of sickness absence across the NHS. 'Demanding jobs' Mr Stevens will say: "NHS staff have some of the most critical but demanding jobs in the country.
benefits  perks  well  being  NHS  HR  human  resources 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
What to Make of Amazon's Work Practices? | Bothsides of the Table
It’s best encapsulated in a famous Jeff Bezos quote, “You can work long, hard or smart, but at Amazon.com you can’t choose two out of three,” [...] Try working at Goldman Sachs, [...] You think it’s different at any of the top consulting firms? [...] You see organizations like these thrive on large pools of some of the country’s best and brightest graduates that trade off 2-5 years of work experience under extreme pressure in exchange for skills, experiences & relationships that will last a lifetime. [Accelerated Learning] [...] Think its a cake walk working @ any of the countries top law firms? [...] Should we do an article on what it’s like to be a medical resident? How abt working in the US military? Chief of Staff for a major political figure? What abt a top athlete in the NFL or NBA or even part of the coaching staff. Think they dont have work/life balance challenges in a field theyve chosen to work in? [#Top 100 of X vs avg white- or blue-collar worker ] [what u optimize for?]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon's Culture: Toxic or Just Tough? by The Jay & Farhad Show
Hello! This week, Farhad Manjoo (New York Times) and Jay Yarow (Business Insider) are joined by special guest Jodi Kantor (New York Times) to discuss her polarizing article about Amazon's culture. // // how technology functions in the workplace - efficiency, quantified self << the feedback tool you can always use, what ever your state of emotion, gripe, stick, bias, prejudice, ... feudal Darwinism creeps into knowledge worker, white-collar and blue-collar workers, MBA's and PhD's. [...] contributes to gender inequality (women with the back on their wall, leave or get started and forget about family & kids, life.) [...] brutal years are NOT Tour of Duty - Reid Hoffman The Alliance. // PS: Reed Hastings (Netflix) Culture document transpires that it is expected to contribute, even if it doesn't spell it out. Netflix also had to fight and overcome as much as Amazon! Proves again that internal & external environment a company finds itself affects its values & culture inevitable [Thesis].
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
[ AMAZON's culture ] by USA TODAY Tech (podcast)
Amazon, Silicon Valley, Unicorns and Decacorns - go go go even for broke. making things happen. winning the category. // vs Google and Facebook are those that won sort of automatically and had not that much internal and external pressure growing up. had not to fight surviving dot.com crash. Facebook sort of became a self-runner despite of its many missteps. Amazon had to fight all the way, and still has to fight because now it faces antitrust on both sides of the Atlantic. That creates, inadvertently, a specific culture that has been cited by personal examples in the NYT piece.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Darwinism At Your Doorstep: Why You Only Care About Amazon Now | TechCrunch
“You either fit here or you don’t,” and that in Seattle the company has a widespread reputation for its toughness. For now, you have a choice whether to work for Amazon. For now, you have options. Amazon is the vanguard of a very scary movement in the tech sector but we’re not all there yet (though some techbros on Twitter seem happy at the thought of Amazon culture catching on). [...] Why do we care suddenly about working conditions when it turns out that white-collar employees are the ones getting shafted? The workers at Amazon fulfillment centers have much less choice and much less power than the marketers and engineers in the Times piece. [...] We’re acting shocked and horrified that Amazon applies what it calls “purposeful Darwinism” to people with MBAs and PhDs, // [ trend, conditions known in service sector job and manual labour sector swapping over into the cushy world of blue-/white-collar worker ] Capitalism regresses toward feudalism.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich: America is a nation of Amazons - Salon.com
before we celebrate the dawn of a new era, keep two basic truths in mind. First, these new policies apply only to a tiny group considered “talent” – highly educated and in high demand. They’re getting whatever perks firms can throw at them in order to recruit and keep them. “Netflix’s continued success hinges on us competing for and keeping the most talented individuals in their field,” writes Tawni Cranz, Netflix’s chief talent officer. [...] the vast majority of American workers – considered easily replaceable. Employers treat replaceable workers as costs to be cut, not as assets to be developed. Replaceable workers almost never get paid family leave, they get a few paid sick days, and barely any vacation time. [ three tier economy, those that are replacable, those who are somewhat not, and those who you can't easily replace - the 1% - reflective of CEO pay in parts ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Bürodesign: Office Snapshots zeigt Arbeitsplätze weltweit - SPIEGEL ONLINE
bit.ly/1MHRiQT officesnapshots.com // designed by designers VS designed & input by employees (see Joel Spolsky comment abt what office programmers & every employee would like (input and accommodating their needs! the individual(s) & the team(s) & the companies) // &! Google Startup Lab workshop: Workspace design youtu.be/j0wM_NIXUYY // &! Robert Grudin youtu.be/9XInkz_XcEo Design & Truth "Good design is the material image of mental health. Design can reintegrate our character & fulfill our awareness. We follow good design to discover what is good in ourselves." // &! Design Rules - Interior Planning youtu.be/kdh08cVW8Os // &! Frank Wilczek "A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design" youtu.be/q_1ApbLzJAg // << inspo: melting the company, the people, and the outside (city) into a somewhat identifiable always re-refreshing concept, identity, recognizable, regionally sourced! & adding value 2 local economy: make space 2 provide ~15% subsidized freelance/smb office space.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Audit Scotland raises concerns over three Scottish NHS boards
[no competitive pay ie Aberdeen with its high living cost and dreary city] [and Remoteish locations, and maybe even not 100% qualified people on the steering wheel ... symptoms of public service jobs ...] This was mainly due to overspend and weaknesses in financial management at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. Other factors were increased spending on agency and locum staff, and meeting national waiting time targets. Ms Gardner said poor financial management at NHS Orkney had led to it receiving £1m brokerage from the Scottish government. This was mainly required to hire locum doctors to cover vacant medical posts. There was a reliance on non-recurring savings by both health boards, which is not sustainable in the long-term, the report said. And it said there were concerns about the capacity of the finance team at NHS Orkney to cope with further pressures.
NHS  Public  Services  service  management  people  management  Perks  HR  human  resources  competitiveness  competitive 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work? Usually Not | Hacker News
"Just give me decent office space, flextime, and a sensible allowance for vacation, (self-directed) training and sabbaticals -- and, if you don't mind, a solid health insurance that doesn't deduct from my salary base in order to cover beyond the bare minimum -- please. That's all I need for "wellness." [...] this article seems to confirm my pet theory that most programs promoting "wellness" are rarely effective because it doesn't involve true intrinsic motivation (it talks about extrinsic carrots and sticks). +++ There needs a cut off time from Work. Work Perks that keep you on campus (meals, laundry, daycare, barbers, etc etc) are anti-work life balance.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
With High-End Meal Perks, Facebook Keeps Up Valley Tradition - NYTimes.com
The philosophy, part of a broader cultivation of employee loyalty and respect called the H.P. Way, inspired legions of technology companies, like I.B.M. and Apple, t0 believe that happier employees were more productive. Such now-common perks as casual Fridays and employee stock options eventually emerged from this movement

Over time, as certain perks became common, companies looked for ways to separate themselves from the crowd, said Leslie Berlin, project historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., set a new standard in 1999, when it hired its own chef and opened a cafe that provided three high-quality meals a day to its workers. Within a few years, Google’s work force had ballooned, and its cooks were serving 18,000 meals a day in 18 cafes.

Now Facebook, which competes fiercely with Google for talent and has many former Google employees in its ranks, may have become the new standard-bearer for corporate-sponsored dining.
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december 2009 by asterisk2a

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