Companies in the know…

first_imgCompanies in the know…On 28 May 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article According to a new study, if employers want to ensure that importantinformation and expertise stays within their organisation, it is up to the HRteams to take responsibility for shaping organisational knowledge management.Paul Nelson reports.KPMG has included the sharing of information in the company’s values andassesses staff in their annual appraisal on their ability to share knowledgeand coach fellow employees. John Bailey, senior HR manager and adviser on management development,believes the linking of knowledge management and career development has movedthe organisation away from the ‘knowledge is power’ mindset. It is now natural for KPMG staff to share knowledge and information becausethey will hinder their careers if they don’t. Bailey said: “If you are an expert in an area, passing knowledge on toothers in the organisation does not undermine your position but, in fact, helpsyou to do your role. “If staff do not share knowledge then, ultimately, they are notperforming as the organisation expects and, in return, they would expect thisto impact on their reward,” Bailey added. HR rather than IT departments must take the prime responsibility forknowledge management if employers want to ensure important information andexpertise remains within their organisation. This is the key finding of research by Roffey Park, released exclusively toPersonnel Today, which analyses how five organisations retain and manage theknowledge of their employees. The study, Developing and Retaining Organisational Knowledge, assesses howknowledge management is achieved by the BBC, KPMG, PPP Healthcare, EnglishNature and Lewisham Council. The report urges HR to take a strategic role in shaping organisationalknowledge management. Christina Evans, Roffey Park associate and report author, claims that HR’sincreased involvement in knowledge management is partly the result of a failureby IT departments to create a knowledge-sharing culture. She said: “Traditionally, HR has not been seen as championing knowledgemanagement. Though this is now shifting because organisations are realisingthat a technology focus is not working and bringing the right solutions. “Instead, knowledge management is being seen more as a part of HR’sstrategic role of developing and retaining knowledge with-in a company. It isHR’s role to help shape the culture of an organisation.” The report cites a recent Roffey Park survey which reveals that last year,half of the employers reported that knowledge management is a key businesspriority compared to only a third the previous year. The survey also revealsthe proportion of companies where HR is taking a lead role in knowledgemanagement has increased from 3 per cent to a fifth over the last 12 months. Evans thinks that when organisations talk about the retention of talent,they are really concerned with the retention of knowledge and expertise. She highlights the case of English Nature, which has introduced a knowledgemanagement initiative because of concerns that it will lose organisationalknow-how when key staff retire. The government agency is aiming to retain information and skills within theorganisation through the creation of a video and audio tape knowledgemanagement library. It is set to embark on an 18-month project to produce alibrary of cassettes, which will all be available on the organisation’sintranet. Videos will be produced for three types of knowledge; those held byindividuals, projects and communities. The move is in response to a successful knowledge management pilot thatincluded videos on lessons learned from an office move, a public inquiry andwhat is newsworthy. Ron Donaldson, information systems manager at English Nature, said: “Weare using organic storytelling knowledge management. The idea being that wetell stories as though we are in a pub or around a campfire, so sharingknowledge in an informal and accessible manner.” Through the pilot scheme, the organisation learned that 80 per cent of itinformation is in the heads of its 800 staff. Donaldson said: “A lot of our knowledge is tied up within the heads ofa few experts, some of whom will be retiring soon. This could create a big holein our knowledge, so the challenge is creating a culture where these people areprepared to give up their knowledge and help train and share it with the youngstaff.” The CIPD, responding to the report’s findings, believes that if employersare to manage knowledge effectively, HR must work closely with the IT team. Diane Sinclair, lead adviser on public policy, said: “HR is absolutelycentral to the future success of knowledge management initiatives, but it mustwork closely with its company’s IT department to ensure knowledge managementworks. “Know-how is as important as the ability to deliver. But thoseknowledge management projects that do not have an HR focus tend to concentrateon the latter, ignoring the critical people management issues.” The study uses the example of the BBC, which has found the right balancebetween HR and IT in its approach to knowledge management. Its system isdelivered via the intranet but managed by the HR department. The BBC’s innovation and learning team, which reports to the centraltraining and development group, has set up an intranet discussion forum forstaff to answer each other’s questions. The team used the forum to help buildconnections among staff across the organisation. The intranet is also used soemployees can share details of their particular areas of interests. The innovation group works closely with other teams throughout the durationof particular projects to learn how they develop and how to help overcomepotential difficulties. These ‘live and learn’ session are put on the intranetfor all staff to access. The Roffey Park report also finds that staff must be incentivised to give upknowledge if an organisation wants to create a successful information sharingculture. Evans said business professional services firm KPMG has achieved this bylinking the sharing of knowledge with career development. The report concludesthat knowledge management will remain critical to the future success ofbusiness and urges HR to ensure it is at the heart of initiatives to capturestaff expertise and information. “The scene is now being set for HR to move more centre stage and takemore of a lead role in the knowledge management arena. “There are two things steering HR in this direction – the HR functionin general is adopting a more strategic role, through the business partnerrole, and the growing consensus that what knowledge management is really aboutis learning and change, is something that maps directly on to HR’s corecompetence,” said Evans. Case study: sharing is a company valueKPMG has included the sharing of information in the company’s values andassesses staff in their annual appraisal on their ability to share knowledgeand coach fellow employees.John Bailey, senior HR manager and adviser on management development,believes the linking of knowledge management and career development has movedthe organisation away from the “knowledge is power” mindset.It is now natural for KPMG staff to share knowledge and information becausethey will hinder their careers if they don’t.Bailey said: “If you are an expert in an area, passing knowledge on toothers in the organisation does not undermine your position but, in fact, helpsyou to do your role.”If staff do not share knowledge then, ultimately, they are notperforming as the organisation expects and in return they would expect this to impacton their reward,” Bailey added. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

JULY 30,16 “READERS FORUM”

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?“IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming MONDAY.Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that Councilman Dan McGinn has done a creditable job as Finance Chairman of City Council?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

A virtual museum of industrial heritage of Ivanić-Grad is opening

first_imgThe industrial heritage of Ivanić-Grad in the context of wider Moslavina industrial development in Sisak and Kutina has predispositions for inclusion on European routes of industrial heritage (European routes of Industrial Heritage) so that its development and features can be observed in the European context. Find out more details about the virtual museum of industrial heritage of Ivanić-Grad HERE The project also wants to sensitize the local population to this topic in order to raise awareness of the importance of valorization of industrial heritage. Furthermore, this research opens space for reflection on models of interpretation of industrial heritage, education, promotion, sustainable management, and use in cultural tourism programs. Ivanić-Grad joins other Croatian cities (Sisak, Rijeka, Karlovac, Zagreb, Labin…) that research and present industrial heritage. “The research of the industrial heritage of Ivanić-Grad is of exceptional importance for the local community because for the first time we want to systematically research the development of industry in this area from the end of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century. ” stand out from the Friends of Heritage Association. Photo: Friends of Heritage Association The goal of the project is digitalization and modern interpretation of the rich industrial heritage of the city and inclusion on the European route of industrial heritage, point out the Association of Friends of Heritage, which implements the project “Industrial Heritage Ivanić-Grad” which opens the Virtual Museum of Industrial Heritage Ivanić-Grad. The Friends of Heritage Association announces that next year they plan to continue researching industrial materials and the possibility of interpreting industrial heritage, creating thematic tours for visitors to the city, interactive workshops for children and other modern educational content. Namely, a virtual museum of industrial heritage of Ivanić-Grad will open in Ivanić-Grad on Monday. last_img read more

TWO GARDAI INJURED AFTER PATROL CAR IS RAMMED

first_imgTwo Gardai were treated for injuries after their patrol car was rammed during an incident in Inishowen last night.The incident happened in Carndonagh but only after it had been pursued through Moville and Redcastle.The car was eventually stopped in Carndonagh after it struck a patrol car. A young man, believed to be a juvenile was arrested at the scene.He was released later and a file on the incident is being sent to the DPP.A local Garda spokesman revealed that the two officers are lucky their injuries were not more serious.  TWO GARDAI INJURED AFTER PATROL CAR IS RAMMED was last modified: October 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestCarndonaghdonegalGardaInishowenpatrol carrammedlast_img read more

Virat Kohli smashes AB de Villiers’ record, becomes to fastest 8000 ODI runs

first_imgVirat Kohli on Thursday became the fastest to 8000 one-day international runs, breaking the record held by South African skipper AB de Villiers for nearly two years.The Indian captain was in sublime form as his team went about decimating Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final at Edgbaston.Both men play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL and are great friends on and off the field. While the cricket world is split on their opinion about who the greatest batsman is, Kohli feels it’s AB, while de Villiers reckons the mantle firmly belongs to Virat.The record had long been held by two giants of Indian cricket. Sachin Tendulkar had reached the milestone off 210 innings in 1999 before Sourav Ganguly got there off 200 innings three years later.De Villiers, one of the most destructive batsmen in modern-day cricket, reached the feat in 182 innings during a match against New Zealand in Durban on August 26, 2015. Kohli bettered that by a significant margin, taking only 175 innings.Incidentally, de Villiers had a poor run in the Champions Trophy and managed only 20 runs from three innings including a duck against Pakistan. Under his leadership, South Africa lost two of their three league games and bowed out despite starting the tournament as one of the favourites.Kohli, on the other hand, has been in sublime form since the start of 2016. He scored consistently across all formats before a bit of a lean patch in the IPL.However, the 28-year-old has been on top of his game in the Champions Trophy, hammering 81 not out vs Pakistan and 76 not out against South Africa. Kohli’s only failure came against Sri Lanka, when he failed to get off the mark.advertisementOn Thursday, in the big stage, Kohli came out all guns blazing to add an unbeaten 178 off 25.3 overs with Rohit Sharma and remained unbeaten on 96 off 78 balls.last_img read more