Public sector staff most stressed

first_img Previous Article Next Article Public sector staff most stressedOn 11 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Public sector workers suffer more stress than their private sectorcounterparts, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment. Almost 40 per cent of NHS staff and 30 per cent of local government workersfind their work stressful. Yet, according to the poll of 1,000 public andprivate sector staff, only 25 per cent of all staff claim they are stressed. The report Pressure at Work and the Psychological Contract cites the longhours and heavy workloads in the public sector as the biggest reason forstress, followed by a decline in work satisfaction. The report claims the psychological contract – the mutual expectations ofemployers and staff – is under most pressure in the public sector. Only 7 per cent of central government employees believe strongly that theorganisation cares about their opinions, while only 20 per cent feel fairlytreated by their manager. Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the CIPD, believes the publicsector must focus on HR if it is to reduce stress levels and improve staffsatisfaction and services. “The NHS has relatively few HR professionals, while national and localgovernment needs to pay more attention to the way people management policiesare implemented,” he said. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Walden victorious in Chengdu

first_img It was the Chester player’s third ranking title, all in China after winning the 2008 Shanghai Masters and 2012 Wuxi Classic. It capped a fine week for Walden, who hammered Robert Milkins 9-2 in his semi-final after previous wins over Lyu Chenwei, David Morris, Zhou Yuelong and giant-killers Joe Swail and Jamie Burnett, who had beaten Neil Robertson and Judd Trump respectively. Press Association Breaks of 59 and 64 helped him into a 3-1 lead at the interval in the first session but Allen levelled after a 113 break in frame six. The next four were shared, Allen with a 52 in frame nine, and though Walden moved two clear with the help of an 85 break in frame 12 Allen responded with 68 and 74 to leave the match poised at 7-7. The Englishman found another gear, though, with an 85 in frame 15 followed by a 103 to move within one frame of victory. And he clinched the frame in two visits, a 54 putting him on top before a 62 saw him capture the £125,000 first prize. Runner-up Allen collected £65,000 towards his world ranking. Walden said: “I couldn’t be happier. It was a tough first session today, and then I got better in the second session. “It’s a dream come true to win this event. All three of my titles have come in China and I love playing here.” He told “I’ve not thought about the money. It was just so important for me to get my hands on the trophy. The money is just a bonus. My wife will find a good place for it.” For Allen, who overcame Mark Williams 9-8 in a thrilling semi-final, it was a third defeat in four ranking finals this season. He won the Paul Hunter Classic in Furth but was beaten at the Riga Open and Shanghai Masters. He said: “I didn’t come here to finish second. I’ll probably look back in a few months’ time and think I’ve had a great start to the season but I’ve lost three out of four finals and that’s not good enough. It’s something I have to work on. “I need to go back to the practice table and keep working. I’m obviously doing the right things as I have got to four finals. I just need to turn them into victories.” center_img Ricky Walden continued his love affair with China as he won the International Championship in Chengdu, beating Mark Allen 10-7 in the final.last_img read more

Bucksport girls beat Searsport; boys lose close game

first_imgBUCKSPORT — It was a tale of two different games between the Bucksport and Searsport boys’ and girls’ basketball teams Friday.In front of a packed house at Ralph Jewett Gymnasium, Bucksport had to settle for a split on the season’s opening night. The girls’ team used a strong defensive performance to top Searsport 48-25, but the boys’ team saw a late lead slip away in a 38-37 loss.Girls’ team strong on defense in victoryDon Allen will be the first to say his team prides itself on defense, and the Bucksport girls showed it in the team’s season-opening win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSearsport kept the game close in the first half, but that didn’t hold true for long. Just as Bucksport did in its preseason win over Ellsworth earlier this month, the Golden Bucks turned a slight halftime advantage into an even bigger lead in the third quarter by keeping the visiting Vikings away from the basket.“I always say to them, ‘If you play good defense, you’re going to be able to compete in any game against anybody,’” said Allen, the team’s head coach. “We were a little jittery and nervous on that end to start the game, but after I got them to calm down a bit, we played very well.”The Vikings, which trailed 21-16 at the half, scored just seven points in third quarter and two points in the fourth. Bucksport (1-0) only allowed one Searsport player to make more than two field goals.Bucksport senior Bree Coombs’ performance in the second half was essential to the team’s win. Coombs scored 12 points in the third quarter to help the Golden Bucks pull away and also forced Searsport into committing several turnovers.“She’s going to be key for us this year,” Allen said. “We play her everywhere, and she’s a natural leader who can get in there and play well at all five positions.”Coombs led Bucksport with 19 points overall and was the only player for either team to make a 3-pointer, which she did three times. Zoe Erickson added 12 points for the Golden Bucks, and Cassie Coombs scored nine.Bucksport’s home game against Sumner, which was scheduled for Monday, was postponed because of weather conditions. No makeup date has been announced yet. The team’s next game will be on the road against the John Bapst Crusaders (2-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.Boys come up just short in tight gameA late turn of events gave Searsport a close victory over the Bucksport boys in the doubleheader’s closing game.The game was close the entire way and was tied at 30 going into the fourth quarter. After a basket that appeared to have put Bucksport in excellent position to win with time winding down was waved off, Searsport scored the final four points of the game to beat the Golden Bucks 38-37.With 44.7 seconds left to play, the Golden Bucks sent the crowd wild when the team made a layup that would have put the team up five points. Yet the referee waved off the basket because of a travel and also called a technical foul on a Bucksport player who complained about the call.Searsport was awarded two free throws and the ball as a result of the technical, and the Vikings took full advantage. After Barrett Grant made both free throws to cut the lead to two points, the visitors drove to the hoop for another basket to take the lead. Bucksport was unable to score on the ensuing possession, and Searsport came away with an unlikely win to open the 2016-17 season.Tanner Stegner led Bucksport with 11 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter. Chase Carmichael scored eight points, Jakob Donnell added six and Tyson Gray had five. Searsport got 12 points each from Liam MacMillan and Barrett Grant.Bucksport (1-1) also beat Sumner 59-52 on Tuesday. The team’s next game will be on the road against John Bapst (1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Latest Postscenter_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more