first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. So staff loyalty is “practically zero”, according to Malpas (24 October). People of my generation (left school in late 1970s) have been through two recessions, been told that we cannot expect “jobs for life” and must “get on our bikes” to find work.Employers demand a “flexible” workforce that is multi-skilled, experienced and prepared to do what it takes to make the company successful. Training is patchy, and the first thing to go in troubled times. Flat structures mean opportunities for promotion are limited, and progression means taking on more work, rather than improving the quality of the work. The comment that employees “want it all” could equally be levelled at employers.When companies shed staff it is “business conditions”, but when employees leave they “lack loyalty”. Loyalty is a two way thing, and employee loyalty reflects the level of loyalty they perceive they will receive from the company should business conditions change. Once business in general starts to look longer term at issues such as staff retention, career development and managing through difficult times, maybe staff “loyalty” will reflect a more positive approach from employers.Jim Johnston Staff training and development manager WimpeyBreaks should be an option for allI am in favour of fair treatment for all which is why I am disappointed in the letters in the 24 October edition. Wherever I have worked there has been an option for staff to take a 10 minute break from their desks in the morning and in the afternoon. Those who smoke, smoke. Non-smokers need not preclude themselves from taking a break simply because they lack the imagination to think of something else to do.Rebecca Blease PA to the directors of business systems and support services United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health VisitingSmokers pay tax for non-smokers It astounds me that someone so full of the rectitude of their own views is able to hold a “principal personnel officer” position (Letters, 3 October).There is no question that the points he raises in support of a complete workplace ban, and against restriction policies, are valid. My perception however, is that Bob feels that as his position is arrived at via a rational and logical flow of thought, it must therefore be correct, unarguable and impervious to any rejoinder. Unfortunately, issues involving people and their feelings can rarely be satisfactorily resolved by resorting to logic alone. Bob’s autocratic position is one that fits uncomfortably within the workplace environment that HR professionals are supposedly striving to develop.To ban smoking at work can have an effect on the lives of users outside working hours, a point at which Bob’s authority is somewhat diminished. His position is also at odds with the fact that we do live in a democracy of sorts, in which the views of all are to be considered. In an authoritarian world, I can well do without the treachery of those who consider individual rights and personal freedoms to have a lower priority than other issues. Once we start chipping away at any personal freedom, we’re on the increasingly steeper downward slope to a situation in which people in general become servants of the state and business, instead of, the reverse.To smoke is illogical, but approximately one-third of the working population does it. Some of us (yes, I am one) enjoy the habit. Also, the use of tobacco, moreover, is a lucrative source of revenue for HM Government. The logical position for any government, armed with the knowledge we have, would be to outlaw tobacco use. It won’t, due to the cost to the treasury. If it did, the £28 per week that each smoker contributes to the treasury would have to be shared out. So, Bob, at least, try to find ways we can work together or stop being hypocritical, campaign for the total outlawing of tobacco, and be prepared for the financial consequences.Kevin Twining Eastern Territory Management Trainer Royal Mail Letters of the week: loyalty works as a two-way thingOn 7 Nov 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Malthouse for PM! Housing minister joins race to become Tory leader previous nextMalthouse for PM! Housing minister joins race to become Tory leader52-year-old launches his campaign in The Sun claiming to have ‘fresh ideas’ and a track record of building homes for ‘young people’.Nigel Lewis29th May 20190694 Views Housing minister and MP Kit Malthouse is the 10th person to announce his bid to become Conservative leader following the announcement by Theresa May that she is to resign on June 7th.Malthouse, who is the government’s eighth housing minister since 2010 and has been in post since July last year, claims that Britain needs ‘new ideas’.In an article published in The Sun yesterday launching his bid, 52-year-old Malthouse says he is qualified to do the top job after two decades helping lead trade delegations, tackling knife crime and ‘building homes for young people’.“If the Conservative Party is the only thing that stands still, we will struggle for relevance,” he says.  “It’s time for a new generation to lead the charge into our future with boldness and vision.“As Housing Minister, it’s been my mission to build more high-quality homes as fast as we can, and numbers are looking good but there is much more work to do.”The MP for North West Hampshire is best known for his recent ‘Malthouse Compromise’ which was one of the few plans to unite Tory Brexiteers and Remainers. If implemented, it would see a renegotiation of the Northern Ireland ‘backstop’ plan and the use of an ‘electronic’ border with the Republic of Ireland.Malthouse gained praise for his ability to get both sides of the split Conservative party to unite behind the plan, if briefly, although in his Sun editorial he claims the initiative ‘still stands’.Malthouse is not the only MP competing to be the next Prime Minister with a housing background. Dominic Raab, who has the dubious distinction of being the UK’s shortest-serving housing minister in recent times at just seven months, and Housing Secretary Sajid Javid, are also in the frame.kit malthouse Sajid Javid dominic raab May 29, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more