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Parliament unveils gallery honouring former Presidents

first_imgPresident David Granger and former Presidents Bharrat Jagdeo, Donald Ramotar and Samuel Hinds share a light moment at the unveiling ceremonyThe Parliament office on Wednesday unveiled a gallery of portraits honouring the present and past presidents of Guyana. The event was hosted in observance of Guyana’s 53rd Independence Anniversary celebration.Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland during his remarks at the unveiling ceremony said the creation of the gallery of presidents is a presentation of the people of Guyana in deep appreciation for the presidents’ dedicated and exceptional service to Guyana.According to Scotland, the idea of the gallery of presidents was birthed after discussions with himself and the other staff of the National Assembly. “Beyond the observance of our independence, our fellow Guyanese and those who visit would have much to contemplate through the reality of this gallery of presidents. It would add adornment and luster to the national assembly,” he said.The portraits unveiled were those of President David Granger and former Presidents Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, Donald Ramotar, Samuel Hinds, Dr Cheddi Jagan, Janet Jagan, Hugh Desmond Hoyte, Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham and Arthur Chung.Giving brief remarks at the unveiling ceremony, former President Samuel Hinds said that Guyana since its independence has not done too poorly given the challenges it faced as nation. He believes that one of these challenges was the challenges of our six peoples who all were from different backgrounds but had to come together. He added that Guyana should be proud that it did not falter even when it was called to partition from two different directions.Further, Hinds explained that Guyana has been underestimating two major challenges that it faces namely the challenges of coming together as one people and the other of developing the country materially. He expressed hope that Guyana joins the group of countries that managed to do well with fortunes that come its way. “My hope is that we would find ourselves in the better half of those countries that have had the fortune of finding oil,” he said.Also president at Wednesday’s unveiling ceremony were President Granger and former Presidents Bharrat Jagdeo and Ramotar along members of the diplomatic corps and staff of the National Assembly.last_img read more

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Today’s sitting of National Assembly “unconstitutional” – PPP Chief Whip to Speaker

first_imgNo-confidence resolution…says PPP will not participate in undermining Guyana’s ConstitutionThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has indicated that its members will be boycotting Parliament until a sitting is called to address the kicking off of the constitutionally mandated General and Regional Elections.PPP’s Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraAccording to the Party, Parliament should only reconvene to deal with the hosting of the elections and not continue as usual since the Government has been defeated by a no-confidence vote. However, Government is claiming that it is business as usual since the motion was not successfully passed as it required 34 votes instead of the customary 33.According to Article 106 (6) of the Constitution, “The Cabinet, including the President, shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members in the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” However, Article 106 (7) states that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandIn a letter sent to speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, PPP’s Chief Whip Gail Teixeira said it will not be participating in what it deems to be an unconstitutional sitting of the House. In the letter dated, December 31, 2018, Teixeira noted that in accordance with Article 106 (6) of the Constitution is clear as to the next course of action which is the resignation of the Government along with the calling of elections. Teixeira added that it is not competent for the Government to move or participate in a sitting of the National Assembly if it does not announce the date of impending elections.On the Order Paper for the January 3 sitting are the Value-Added Tax (Amendment Bill, the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, and the Property Tax (Amendment) Bill. “In this regard, the parliamentary Opposition is of the view that the business that is scheduled to be considered by the National Assembly on the 3rd January, 2019, is not in compliance with Article 106(7) of the Constitution. Therefore, any sitting of the National Assembly that is not in compliance with this article is a violation of the Constitution. Thus, the parliamentary Opposition will not participate in undermining the Constitution, and, further recommend that this sitting should not be held,” Teixeira wrote.Ever since the passage of the motion, there have been calls for Government to resign and pave the way forward for the election. However, Government is refusing to do so on the grounds it was not defeated. The Government have since submitted a legal brief to Speaker of House, asking him to revisit and possibly reverse his decision; a move that never happened in the history of Guyana’s Parliament.President David GrangerNo authorityHowever, the PPP has since written to Scotland informing him that he has no review powers over the motion.Teixeira in her letter noted that “The parliamentary Opposition is of the view that the No-confidence Motion having been conclusively dealt with, in, and, by the National Assembly on the 21st December, 2018, is not open to review. We have been advised, with no disrespect to you sir, that the Speaker has no review powers over the said motion, and, that the Speaker, the Clerk and the National Assembly are functus officio in respect of and in relation to the said motion. Furthermore, in our humble opinion, Standing Orders 26(e) precludes any effort to rescind a resolution on a question already decided on in the same Session.”She further informed that Standing Order 26(e), which states that “it (National Assembly) shall not receive discussion of a matter which has been discussed in the same Session”, is clear as to the way forward.Govt admitsAt a press conference earlier this week, Attorney General Basil Williams admitted that the Constitution of Guyana makes no distinction between an absolute majority and simple majority.When asked about the Government ‘switching its mouth’ after promising to respect the results of the no-confidence vote, Williams claimed that President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said what they had to say at that time to “keep the peace.”Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has since slammed the rhetoric by Government members and other coalition supporters that a 34:32 vote was needed as “majority” over the actuality of “33:32” votes, to have the “no-confidence” motion passed. According to Jagdeo, this interpretation of the Constitution is “utter stupidity”, noting that it shows the desperation of the Government.On December 21, 2018, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition against the Government succeeded when former Alliance For Change Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.President Granger has already committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition. Since the passage of the motion on December 21, 2018; however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified.The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman, who is also the husband of Government Minister Cathy Hughes. Since then, Government has held on to this explanation like a lifeline.last_img read more

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Chelsea quadruple? Liverpool, Arsenal and Man United have all failed in the pursuit of a grand slam

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has played down his side’s chances of winning an unprecedented quadruple of trophies this season.The Blues remain on course, at the time of writing, to win the Capital One Cup, Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, but as he exclusively told talkSPORT, his players are focusing on their next match, a league encounter against Stoke.No English club has ever won a quadruple in one season, so Mourinho and co. will have to do better than these teams, who are among the closest English football has seen to all-conquering sides*…Chelsea – 2006/07Finished second in the Premier LeagueWon the FA Cup v Manchester UnitedWon the League Cup v ArsenalKnocked out of the Champions League in the semi-finals (on penalties) v LiverpoolWhat date did their quadruple hopes end? – 1 MayHow close did they get? – The Blues’ hopes of landing a quadruple looked on course heading into May, with Mourinho’s men within touching distance of league leaders Man United and having just recorded a 1-0 first leg victory against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final. That dream was ended in the return leg however, as a 1-0 victory for Liverpool saw the tie reach penalties, with Chelsea coming unstuck. This blow contributed to their league demise, with the Blues drawing their last five fixtures to finish six points behind United, who they beat in the Cup final to end their season on a winning note.Man United – 2008/09Won the Premier LeagueKnocked out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals (on penalties) v EvertonWon the League Cup v Tottenham HotspurLost the Champions League final v BarcelonaWhat date did their quadruple hopes end? – 19 AprilHow close did they get? – The Red Devils were well on track in mid-April for an historic haul which would have surpassed their 1999 treble, only for Everton to end it in agonising fashion. Sir Alex Ferguson fielded what was something of a second-string team for the clash, and they almost squeezed past the Toffees, taking them to a penalty shoot-out. United ultimately lost the Champions League final, too, but did pick up a Club World Cup the previous DecemberArsenal – 2003/04Won the Premier LeagueKnocked out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals v Man UnitedKnocked out of the League Cup in the semi-finals v MiddlesbroughKnocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals v ChelseaWhat date did their quadruple hopes end? – 3 FebruaryHow close did they get? – The 2003/04 campaign is best remembered as Arsenal’s ‘Invincible’ season, but in hindsight it is also a campaign in which the Gunners could have swept all before them. While they waltzed to league success, they could and probably should have ended the campaign with more silverware. Any hopes of a quadruple were ended in February at the hands of Middlesbrough, who inflicted a shock defeat in the League Cup. Perhaps the biggest disappointment came in Europe though, with a narrow defeat against a then inferior Chelsea in the Champions League, during a season in which the dearth of quality in the latter stages of the competition meant the Gunners blew a glorious opportunity to land the big one.Man United – 2002/03Won the Premier LeagueKnocked out of the FA Cup in the fifth round v ArsenalLost the League Cup final v LiverpoolKnocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-final v Real MadridWhat date did their quadruple hopes end? – 15 FebruaryHow close did they get? – The Red Devils’ charge looked strong at the turn of the year, with the league campaign unfurling nicely and their chances of getting out of the Champions League second group stage looking strong. It was old foes Arsenal who ended any possibility of a quadruple, during an explosive FA Cup fifth round tie. Despite resting a handful of stars, Arsenal dismantled United in style, with the game remembered for Ryan Giggs missing an open goal early on and David Beckham having a boot kicked in his face by Fergie. United’s misery was compounded a fortnight later as Liverpool beat them in the final of the League Cup and, at that point, they looked like finishing the season empty handed. In the end, Arsenal were overhauled in the Premier League, but Real Madrid proved too strong in Europe.Liverpool – 1983/84Won the First DivisionKnocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round v BrightonWon the League Cup v EvertonWon the European Cup v RomaWhat date did their quadruple hopes end? – 29 JanuaryHow close did they get? – Throughout the 1980s, Liverpool were the team to beat in English football and if anyone was going to pick up four major trophies it would be them. History will show they came close to doing so, but in truth their attempts at a clean sweep were ended in January. A shock 2-0 defeat to mid-table Division Two side Brighton ended Joe Fagan’s chances of picking up the FA Cup, despite the Liverpool boss fielding a full-strength line-up for the affair. The Redmen made up for that slip-up later in the season, picking up the League, League Cup and European Cup trophies.AND ONE TEAM FROM THE UK THAT HAS WON A QUADRUPLECeltic – 1966/67Won the Scottish LeagueWon the Scottish FA Cup v AberdeenWon the Scottish League Cup v RangersWon the European Cup v InternazionaleOnly one side from the UK has ever managed a quadruple of trophies in one season and that is the legendary Celtic side of 1966/67. Remembered as the Lisbon Lions for their European Cup heroics against Inter, in the Portuguese capital’s Estadio Nacional stadium, they brushed aside all challengers and even picked up the Glasgow Cup in November of that season to technically take their total to five trophies in a single season – a feat, as far as we are aware, that has yet to be matched by any top level European club**.*We have only included club seasons in which the team in question was in contention to win the Champions League/European Cup, Premier League/First Division, FA Cup and League Cup by the new year. For example, Manchester United’s 1998/99 treble winners have not been included because they were eliminated from the League Cup in December 1998.**If trophies won in one-off matches, such as a ‘Super Cup’, are excluded. 1 Chelsea are on course to win the quadruple last_img read more

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For every season sale, sale, sale

first_imgNEW YORK – Knowing what to buy when can save you money. Most consumers know, for example, that retailers typically put their linens and cookware on sale in January, just as their post-holiday business starts to flag. But there are other seasonal shopping bargains to be had by careful consumers, such as spring fashion markdowns in April, back-to-school promotions in July and August, and pre-winter sales of coats, gloves and scarves in October. “There are a lot of advantages to consumers who buy items when they’re traditionally on sale,” said Ellie Kay, author of “Shop, Save and Share” and other financial self-help books. “For example, you typically save 15 percent to 50 percent by shopping a January ‘white sale.”‘ Kay suspects, however, that most consumers buy what they want when they want it, “which helps explain why there’s so much consumer debt.” But it’s also a good time to stock up on wedding gifts ahead of the summer marriage season. He said many stores repeat wedding gift promotions in late summer and early fall, ahead of the fall marriage season. “During those peak times, retailers bring in new products,” Butler said. “Some can be special purchases that make good gifts like bed trays, sets of four plates or sets of glasses.” Although many retailers might appear to have merchandise on sale year-round, the best discounts generally are in the end-of-season clearance sales, Butler said. Fall and winter merchandise tends to go on sale in January, spring and summer goods go into clearance in June and July. “Retailers want to clear out inventory to keep stores looking fresh and current,” he said. “If you don’t sell what you’ve got, the store will look stale.” C. Britt Beemer, chairman of America’s Research Group, a consumer research and business development firm in Charleston, S.C., said the main goal of sales is to keep consumers coming into the stores throughout the year. “Fifty or 60 years ago, merchants tried different things, like holiday sales, but there weren’t holidays in all 12 months. So what to do in March?” he said. “Retailers then adopted EOM sales – end of the month sales – in those months when there was no holiday. “Over time, different months became identified with different categories.” Take furniture. Families, he said, think about buying new chairs and sofas in the fall as they begin getting ready for the winter holidays, so “starting Labor Day weekend, furniture sales jump dramatically.” And to no one’s surprise, the sale of school clothes and supplies are strong in July and August. Consumers also can benefit from local traditions, Beemer added. “Some retailers have an anniversary sale every year, and consumers know that’s the best time to buy so they’ll wait for the anniversary sales,” Beemer said. Kay, the consumer shopping expert, said families that shop sales still need to watch what they’re doing. “An item marked as on sale is not necessarily a good deal,” she said. “Consumers need to do their homework – comparison shop, check the Web – to know if the price is right.” And, she added: “Buying an item on sale isn’t a good deal at all if you don’t need it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Her suggestion: “By modifying just a few shopping strategies, you can save your family a lot of money and reduce your debt load – and shopping seasonal sales is one way to do this.” Daniel Butler, vice president for merchandising and retail operations at the National Retail Federation trade group in Washington, D.C., said seasonal sales traditions evolved in part to accommodate consumer desires. Families tend to buy a lot of clothing and toys as holiday gifts. “So home merchandise sales became popular in January and February, when people turn their focus to their homes and living environment,” he said. Another trend, he said, is consumers’ desire to redecorate for the seasons, perhaps using different towels and bed linens in spring than in the fall and winter. So some stores schedule two white sales each year. The month of May traditionally has been associated with Mother’s Day and the promotion of items for women, Butler said. last_img read more

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Runner to seek harsher penalty for drunk drivers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Some relatives wore T-shirts that said, “In Loving Memory of Natalie Nicole Ceja” with the dates of her birth and her death printed beneath her photograph. “We started on a bumpy road. We are getting through to somebody. We are trying to change things,” said Jessyka Ceja, a bank employee. “We feel like everything we are doing is not in vain. We will fight until it’s over, until we get what we want or until we feel it’s the right punishment for him.” “I’m pleased to see our case has touched so many people, especially in the Legislature. I just hope it’s going to make some changes,” said Manuel Ceja, who graduated in June from California State University, Northridge, with a degree in criminal justice and works at his family’s body shop in Van Nuys. Runner said she will propose legislation in January that will impose harsher penalties on drunk drivers who kill someone in their first drunk-driving arrest. She said people know that when they drink and drive they are likely to kill, yet the laws do not conform with this knowledge. “If there is someone killed in an accident, they should be punished as if it was their second accident,” Runner said. Assemblywoman Sharon Runner called Friday for a reform of drunk driving laws in response to a one-year jail sentence offered to a suspected drunk driver charged in a crash that killed a baby girl. Prompted by a Daily News report about the July 16 death of 7-month-old Natalie Nicole Ceja, Runner said she found it appalling that the driver might spend a “few mere months” in jail for taking a child’s life. “It’s time for our state to take back its roads and say drinking and driving will not be tolerated,” Runner, R-Lancaster, said at a news conference. “It is, to me, one of the most outrageous crimes that can be stopped. All you have to do is stop drinking and driving.” Natalie’s parents, Manuel and Jessyka Ceja, both 22 and from Sylmar, were present at the conference along with about 10 family members, including all the baby’s grandparents. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Lackey said legislation is needed to show that the state takes drunk driving crimes seriously. “It’s very sad that our state has not taken the position that being drunk is not in itself gross negligence,” Lackey said. Eric Boden, 27, of Palmdale, whose blood-alcohol level was later tested at .13 percent, was talking on a cell phone when his Ford Ranger pickup truck rear-ended the Cejas’ Honda Accord as the couple pulled over to let a fire engine pass on Pearblossom Highway. Natalie was strapped into a child-safety seat in the back seat when the crash occurred. Her parents had been taking her to see friends in the Antelope Valley and deliver an invitation to her baptism. Boden, who is free on $100,000 bail, has pleaded not guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence, causing injury. If he is convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors offered the one-year jail sentence and five years probation, citing Boden’s lack of a record, his blood-alcohol level, which was above California’s .08 legal limit, and the difficulty of proving Boden acted in a grossly negligent manner. Deputy District Attorney John Evans, who represented the District Attorney’s Office at the news conference, said he could not speak about specific facts of the case, but talked generally about drunk driving laws. “In any kind of case like this, when someone is inebriated and kills someone, the laws are written that with no prior (conviction) or anything you could point to about their prior knowledge, the law presumes that these people are ignorant of the fact that if you drive under the influence, you could kill someone,” Evans said. “The tragedy of all this is that the laws don’t change to reflect reality of life until a child is killed. That is pathetic,” Evans said. Evans added that prosecutors can craft a case settlement to ensure a defendant serves the entire year in jail and will not be released early because of jail crowding. Jessyka Ceja said the family was expecting Boden to at least get the minimum sentence of four years in prison. She said they are not asking for life in prison or the death penalty, but for the defendant “to feel something, feel some remorse.” She said Natalie was a happy baby who slept through the night and awakened her parents by scratching her mattress or kicking her legs. “She loved people. She enjoyed being around people. She hardly ever cried. To me, she was the perfect baby,” Jessyka Ceja said. Natalie was the first granddaughter on Manuel’s side of the family, and the first grandchild on Jessyka’s side. Mothers Against Drunk Driving records show that that California lost more than 1,600 lives to alcohol-related crashes in 2004, and alcohol-related crashes account for 40 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state, Runner said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DISRUPTION AS MAJOR WATER MAIN BURSTS

first_imgA burst water main is causing disruption today across several villages in Northeast Donegal.The major burst occurred in Fahan village at approx 6.45am.Fahan, Inch, Burnfoot, Bridgend, Muff, Burt, Newtown, Carrigans, St. Johnston, and Manorcunningham have all been affected. There is widespread traffic disruption as the council try to repair the damage.Plans are in place to feed water from Northern Ireland into the affected areas.The council has stated on their website that they hope to return normal water supplies by 4pm. They have apologised for any inconvenience caused.DISRUPTION AS MAJOR WATER MAIN BURSTS was last modified: September 18th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal County Councilwater mainlast_img read more

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The wait is over: St. Bernard’s, Fortuna in playoff action on Saturday

first_imgMuch has been made over what assures to be a messy end to the North Coast Section football championships. Divisions I-V as well as the 8-person division will play out their quarterfinal rounds on Saturday, two weeks after they were originally scheduled due to unsafe air quality resulting from active wildfires. The unforeseen postponement of a majority of playoff games has put the NCS, and its schools, far behind the rest of the state.With three rounds yet to be played in Divisions I-V and only …last_img read more

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Takeaways: Amid Sharks’ win streak, a new power trio emerges

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks juggled their forward lines and defense pairs earlier this month when some injured players returned to the lineup. But just as important to their recent success has been another adjustment.To turn around their season, the Sharks had to change their attitude toward defending.“We were not playing our system. We were freelancing, doing our own thing,” Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. “It’s funny. When we stick to what we do best, the results follow.“Whoever’s …last_img read more

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Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 7, 2011

first_img SharePrint Related4 Legendary Trackables Every Geocacher Should FindFebruary 10, 2015In “Community”Five reminders about trackablesAugust 28, 2018In “News”The Lackey Geocoin: An Unexpected 26,000-mile, 5-Year JourneyJanuary 21, 2015In “Community” Track Your TravelsOver the last 11 years, the geocaching community has walked millions of miles in pursuit of geocaches. You travel up hills, down hills, around hills and sometimes to that little park down the street all to find these hidden containers. And now on Shop Geocaching, we have something that you can lean on (literally) during your geocaching journeys. The new Trackable Traveler’s Stick (TM) from Brazos Walking Sticks is handcrafted and travel-friendly. It unscrews into three parts and is only 19 inches long when disassembled, so you can store it in your backpack when it’s not in use. It is also easy to pack into a suitcase when flying.This version of the Traveler’s Stick is made especially for geocachers. The Geocaching.com logo and a unique Trackable code are carved into the wood of each stick. You can activate the Trackable and “dip” the stick into each cache that you find to track your travels! Learn more about Trackables.Check out the “What’s New?” section of Shop Geocaching to see more fun items, like the “Log my Dog” Trackable collar and the Event Cache Trackable name tag.Click here for a list of International Retailers.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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4 Best Practices for Tech Firms Managing a Contingent Workforce

first_imgContingent workers have long played a vital role in the success of tech companies, but reports of poor treatment of contract workers have recently been highlighted in the news. Here are the four best practices for tech firms managing a contingent workforce.In February, Bloomberg News reported that contract workers for Apple faced some less-than-ideal working conditions. Workers hired for contracts that lasted 12-15 months said they felt like they were often under threat of termination, in addition to other complaints.Google has come under fire from its contract workers, as many of them have complained about being excluded from important meetings. Following these disclosures were the recent walkouts and the April 2018 shooting at the headquarters at YouTube — a subsidiary of Google. Those exclusions occurred even though those contractors outnumber “regular” Google employees.Contingent Workforce ManagementLooking at these issues with two tech giants shows that the industry’s contingent workforce strategies need some work. With the continued need for skilled contingent labor in the tech industry, workers can be selective in their job choices.Now is the time for firms to look more closely at their contingent workforce management guidelines.If you’re ready to reshape or make a few improvements in your company’s relationship with contract workers, here are four contingent workforce management best practices you can implement:1. Dress their desks for success.Research confirms the importance of suitable working environments in our ability to effectively do our jobs. The state of an employee’s workspace can dramatically impact his or her productivity, emotional state, and perception of co-workers.Most managers are aware that the office environment and working spaces have vital importance for well being when it comes to their regular employees. Many companies forget this fact when in contact with their contingent workforce. If you want all of your workers to be productive and feel at home, don’t let their desks or other workspaces seem like an afterthought.Make gig-workers, freelancer (your contingent workers) feel like they’re a part of your team. Provide an organized work area that’s stocked with the tools they need. Perhaps throw in some supplies with the company’s logo. Contingency workers want free logo t-shirts too. Show these workers their importance by setting them up for success.2. Help with quick connections.You’ve likely experienced the anxiety of meeting everyone during the first week at a new job. A manager or HR member probably eased that anxiety by introducing you to your new team so you’d feel comfortable.Imagine if you didn’t have that help. You don’t want contingent workers feeling like they don’t belong. Failure to establish supportive relationships can slow the process of contingent workers getting to work quickly and ramping up productivity right away.Make those connections for your contingent workers. Have someone in their department or HR introduce them to their team members. If you have remote workers, use video conferencing to help them get to know the team. You probably already have onboarding protocols for your employees that could easily be applied to contract labor. The more quickly you help them connect, the more ready they will be to contribute to the company.3. Invite them to meetings.It might seem inefficient to include your contract workers in office meetings. You may feel that inclusion in the meetings takes them away from the job you hired them to do. But consider the value of meetings for the rest of your team and the contingent worker.In meetings, contingent workers can see how their projects and contributions connect to those of the rest of the team. They learn how their work ties into the project they’re working on, and they get a chance to provide input. Being included as part of the regular office interactions in meetings fosters understanding and cohesiveness across the entire organization.4. Increase their involvement.The same logic applies beyond in-house meetings. Consider opportunities to include your temp hires in networking events, charitable causes, and conferences.These events can prove to be mutually beneficial for the contractor and your company. At a local networking event, we brought along a short-term hire to provide some sales support. Because this person was looking for full-time work in HR, the worker was happy to go along and network.And it paid off for both of us. That contingent worker connected us to a prospect that is now worth $1 million in revenue, and the worker landed a full-time job. To top it off, the company this person works for might be using our services in the future.So start including your contract workers in meetings, lunches, and other outings. You might be pleasantly surprised by the results.Gig workers are vital to the success of many companies.Though your freelancers, gig-workers and contingency workers account for only 16% of the workers in these companies — there are firmly established policies for managing these workers. Let these workers interact with your team and on your Slack — or similar channels. Remember their birthdays and holidays, just as you do with your regular team members.Conclusion:A little planning for these contingent workers can go a long way. By helping them feel welcome and incorporating them into the team, you can improve their well-being and help them assimilate more quickly. Providing for the mental well-being of these workers helps them be more productive and contribute to your organization more quickly. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#contingent workforce#contingent workforce management#contingent workforce strategies#freelancer#Gig Economy Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Kara Hertzog is Chief Operating Officer of Innovative Employee Solutions (IES), a leading nationwide provider of contingent workforce solutions, specializing in Payrolling and Independent Contractor Compliance services. Founded in 1974 in San Diego, IES has grown into one of the city’s largest women-owned businesses and has been named one of the city’s “Best Places to Work” for more than 10 years in a row. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Kara HertzogChief Operating Officer of Innovative Employee Solutions (IES)last_img read more

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