Community projects key to M&S recovery tactics

first_imgCommunity projects key to M&S recovery tacticsOn 6 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Community projects will be central to Marks & Spencer’saction plan to revive its ailing business and improve staff skill levels.The retailer aims to support initiatives to improve safety,health and education in the communities around stores, which will also boostits business.Ed Williams, head of corporate community involvement, toldthe Building a Skilled Workforce conference in London that community investmentplans were key to the company’s recovery.An external evaluation showed the store’s own community involvementprogramme, which takes up one day a week for three months, led to a 30 per centincrease in employees’ skill levels.Employees taking part in the Prince’s Trust scheme, who wereall aged under 25, showed a 50 per cent increase in skill levels.The results came from competency reports from both theemployees and their managers.Williams hopes healthy eating and education campaigns willlead to more people buying Marks & Spencer products.He said, “Employees between the ages of 16 and 25 willbenefit the most.”We will no longer just be signing big cheques, butinvesting in the communities and customers we serve.”Within the next year, Williams hopes each employee willspend at least 100 hours in the community on development programmes.Other schemes include the “Seeing is Believing”tour, which involves managers from Marks & Spencer looking at issuesincluding homelessness.Williams hopes this will lead to Marks & Spenceroffering work placements to homeless people.By Richard Staines Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Divorce in NZ – the 14-year itch

first_imgNo kids and in your 40s? Beware the 14-year itchNZ Herald 7 February 2016Most New Zealanders getting divorced are in their mid-40s and don’t have kids, and the “seven-year itch” is a myth.In fact, Statistics New Zealand figures show, couples are most likely to call it quits after about 14 years.Figures from 2014, the latest year reliable statistics are available, show that couples most commonly filed for divorce just before the 14-year mark. The average age of men breaking up was 47 and the women were 44.Experts say it’s an age when people start to reflect on where they are in life and what they want.And for those couples who have children it might be a time when they are about to fly the nest.At that point they find they no longer have anything in common and want to “do their own thing”, says divorce lawyer Jeremy Sutton.READ MORE: read more