Previous Article Next Article Thisweek’s letters…Developmentis in your interest tooHRprofessionals are taught and aim to achieve best practice, which can bedifficult when the agendas are long and daily activity is demanding.However,all the demands often mean that employees in HR are lacking career developmentplans ñ ironic, really. I am not alone in my quest to obtain development incertain areas, several of my colleagues feel the same. There is often areasonable gap between an HR support role and that of HR manager. I activelyseek opportunities to develop my skills, however more senior staff do not havethe time to accommodate my needs.Itwould appear we are all in a Catch-22 situation, managers without time toassist in staff development and support staff being unable to gain themuch-needed opportunities to develop.Thesituation is slightly ridiculous when you consider that if time was set asidesupport staff could aid managers to a higher degree, so reducing workloads.Howmany more people are in the same type of situation?Timeset aside to develop staff will pay rewards, they will feel recognised andmotivated and can reduce those workloads. Remember that without thedevelopment, people will look for other opportunities and leave. How much timewill then have to be put aside to recruit and train a new employee ñ and so theworkloads increase further?Sothe answer is develop or recruit.PamMoore, SolihullDatacode authors are out of touchItis absolutely vital in a democracy that the rights and privacy of individualsare properly protected, but once again the people charged with dealing withthese issues have got the balance wrong. Rightswill only truly be protected if obligations are accepted in equal measure. A generoussick pay scheme, for instance, cannot be sustained if it is abused. Keepingrecords helps us to remind people about their obligations.Thisdraft code of practice has done the whole process of Data Protection a seriousdisservice as it portrays its authors to be academic and out of touch with thereal world. Whatdo you do if someone withholds their permission for the records to be kept? Doyou hold records for some employees and not others?Weintroduced random testing for drugs and alcohol 18 months ago with tremendousbenefits for everyone in the company (including potential abusers). Now theData Protection Commissioner tells us testing is likely to breach regulations. Perhapsshe is able to tell us who will benefit if we stop the testing ñ certainly notthe potential accident victims or those inclined towards alcoholism.AllanPrice, via e-mail Aren’trecords an employers’ right?Mypersonal view on the data protection code (News, 16 January) is that it willnot be in the best interest of the employer if they have to get employees’consent to record absence. Surely it is an employer’s right to do so.RolandStainton-Williamson, via e-mailFeaturebuilt on our false imageConstructionis often a backdrop for anecdotal accounts of conflict management, such as thatespoused by the pluralist perspective. Iwas therefore encouraged to happen upon a copy of your 5 December 2000 issue,anticipating a balanced view of current management practices.WhilstI welcome any feature highlighting moves to tackle poor people managementwithin the construction industry, I was disappointed that the opportunity wastaken to churn out gross generalisations of site culture.Yourportrayal of an all male, poorly educated, sexist, racist, slovenly and loutishworkforce only reinforces the stereotypical image. Does the chief executive ofa multinational company fit your description of a typical construction workeror are the parameters of “Construction Neanderthal Man” only confinedto those who get their hands dirty?Constructiondoes still have its problems, but what you fail to identify are the plethora ofinitiatives both local and national that are designed to improve the image ofconstruction to enable it to attract a more cross-representative group fromsociety. InMerseyside we have a construction event attended by 3,500 youngsters each year,specifically aimed at raising the profile and image of construction, andnationally there is Construction Week, Combating Cowboys, consideratecontractors schemes, etc.Yourarticle, while having merits as a basis for stimulating debate, will do nothingto shatter the outdated image of construction as an industry for low achieversin hard hats.SteveRotheram, chairman, Merseyside Construction Event LettersOn 6 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.