Previous Article Next Article This week’s news in brief: striking a balanceOn 21 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The Civil Service has worked withthe national work-life balance charity New Ways to Work to research how seniorstaff who work reduced hours balance having small children and a job.Flexi-Exec looks at the examples of 18 senior staff from tax inspectors to DTIdirectors. More details on 020-7930 0093. Employers’ helplineAnew advice line for employers with employment law queries has been launched.The advice line, set up by Professional Personnel Management Consultants, canbe contacted 24 hours a day for help on subjects ranging from employmenttribunals to absenteeism and legislation. The advice line number is 07044044602.GraduatedemandsThis year’s graduates are demandingmore from employers than they were three or four years ago as a result of asustained period of economic growth. A survey by specialist recruitmentconsultants Contacts warns employers than many new starters only expect to staya year unless the package of pay, fringe benefits, training and promotionalprospects is sufficiently attractive.www.media-contacts.co.ukSoftware savingsUse of self-service softwareaccessible via the Web from any location can increase productivity inprofessional service organisations by up to 12 per cent, a study has found. Theresearch, commissioned by Lawson Software, claims an “average” largemanagement consultancy can make annual cost savings of around £24m.£6m status boostAround 50,000 NHS and socialservices staff, including physiotherapists and paramedics, will benefit from a£6m strategy aimed at improving their status and opportunities. Announcing theinitiative, health minister Lord Philip Hunt said the money would be targetedat staff whose role is often undervalued.Political divideThe profession is divided overwhether the CIPD should become more political. Personneltoday. com’s on-linesurvey showed that 56 per cent of people voting thought that the CIPD shouldbecome more political; 44 per cent disagreed. Last week a survey of HRprofessionals revealed grassroots calls for the institute to adopt a higherprofile. Related posts:No related photos.