HR label sends out all the wrong messages

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR label sends out all the wrong messagesOn 8 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Now the hype of the millennium is largely over we should perhaps use theadvent of the Year 2000 to reflect on our profession and its role in the future– although amid all the planning to avoid problems with the Y2K bug I couldn’thelp but wish that there might occur some small glitches which would strikedown only those PCs and telephones operated by line managers and personnelstaff. How refreshing it would have been to see the faces of all those peopleforced to leave their offices and work stations and go out and speak to people,face to face.But I return to my thoughts about the future and realise the sameconsiderations which motivate my secret wishes also direct my thinking aboutour profession. One issue which concerns me is what we call ourselves. Ofcourse what we do and how we do it is more important than what we callourselves, but the trend in the past few years to call ourselves the”human resources department” sends out signals about ourselves andour profession that I hope are not true.As a former “gunslinger” in the 1970s and 80s, I knew at the timethe confrontational system of industrial relations was hardly progressive letalone constructive, but perhaps like politics was an example of the art of thepossible in that particular era.In many personnel departments there grew a reputation for admin, welfare andother costly and reactionary services. In that context, I can understand whypeople might want to distance themselves from the organisation and language ofthose times. But in one step the Americans and academics set about “inventing”the human resources management culture. They dressed it up as”proactive” – another term I dislike. Furthermore they pretended,like road-to-Damascus visionaries, to be privy to some new philosophy whichrequired their followers to “add value”, be”customer-orientated” and clasp mission statements to their bosoms.I don’t know of any personnel director or manager who does not understandthe role of his department in these areas. We all know our organisations mustbe flexible, nimble and, above all, people-orientated. I believe crucially inthe individuality of people. I find myself, therefore, at odds with I guessabout two-thirds of our profession who, by their title, regard the people theywork with as “resources”, to be bracketed with equipment, capital orfacilities as simply another “resource”.Frankly I find the term “human resource” to be demeaning toworking people. The term sends all the wrong messages and I cannot believeemployees in whichever enterprise are happy to regard themselves as “resources”.I am no dinosaur but I am a personnel director. I do not think we need toadopt or invent new words or complex jargon describe our responsibilities forpeople. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Supreme Court: Consolidating Precincts Is Not Unconstitutional

first_imgSupreme Court: Consolidating Precincts Is Not UnconstitutionalScott Roberts for www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Supreme Court ruled an effort to consolidate small Lake County precincts to reduce election costs was not unconstitutional, finding it is neither an impermissible special law nor a violation of the separation of powers doctrine.The case, State of Indiana v. John Buncich, in his capacity as chairman of the Lake County Democratic Central Committee, et al., 45S00-1409-PL-587, came on direct appeal from the Lake Circuit Court under Indiana Appellate Rule 4(A)(1)(b). The court ruled 4-1 in the decision, with Justice Robert Rucker dissenting in a separate opinion.The Indiana General Assembly enacted Indiana Code 3-11-1.5-3.4, which aimed to reduce the cost of elections by consolidating small precincts, defined as those with 500 active voters or fewer. Of the county’s 525 precincts, 130 fell into the category at the time.A small precinct committee was formed in Lake County to identify the precincts, determine potential cost savings, and see who could be joined together. This would also mean some recently elected committeepersons would lose their jobs. The Lake County Democratic Central Committee and five Democratic precinct committeepersons sought declaratory judgment and an injunction, saying the statute was unconstitutional as special legislation under Article 4, Section 23 of the Indiana Constitution and violated the separation of powers doctrine recognized in Article 3, Section 1.The trial court granted LCDCC’s motion to consolidate a ruling on the merits, saying all Indiana counties have small precincts and have an interest in consolidating precincts, and there are no unique circumstances that justify the application of the statute to just Lake County. The court also ruled the statute violated Article 3, Section 1. The state appealed.Justice Mark Massa wrote the decision for the majority and said the LCDCC did not carry its burden of proof in the case. Because Lake County has more small precincts than the next seven counties combined, Massa said the legislation was justified. “Because the rest of the counties in the state have significantly fewer small precincts, we decline to second-guess the legislature’s decision not to set up a small precinct committee in counties that don’t need it,” Massa wrote.Massa said the statute also does not offend Indiana’s separation of powers doctrine. The precinct committeepersons do not perform a state government function, but are bound to their precinct, and the separation of powers clause only applies to those who perform a state government function.Rucker dissented, writing speculations on what the Legislature could have found should not substitute for actual findings. He said the state’s arguments that the reducing the number of small precincts likely leads to administrative efficiencies and the Lake County Board of Elections and Registration’s estimate it carried substantial financial burden does not mean it actually did, and the court should not make its decision on those claims without solid proof.Also Rucker, who grew up in Gary, is concerned about the effect the statute will have on voting strength. Many of the precincts that will be eliminated are in the Gary area, which will give that city less say in county elections. While it’s not required a city has so much sway, Rucker wrote, it does give disparate treatment the justices are trying to avoid and has many political implications.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Dealing with disability

first_imgEven though the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) has been in force for over a decade, employers, employees, lawyers and medics still grapple with this highly complex area of law, in order to address the needs of those who are disabled within the employment arena.The DDA has its own definition of disability, which does not necessarily correspond to the common use of the word. Section 1 of the DDA states that someone will be afforded protection if they have “a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial adverse impact on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities and which is long-term”.In reality, the Employment Tribunals tasked with interpreting the definition, break it down into its component parts:1. Is there a physical or mental impairment? Until recently, an employee would have to show that, if they had a mental impairment, it was clinically well-recognised. They no longer need to do so and either stress or depression can amount to a disability.2. Does the impairment have an impact on the employee’s ability to carry out day-to-day activities? Note that it is not work activities which are under scrutiny but everyday tasks.3. Is the impact substantial? In law this means if it is more than minor or trivial, then it will qualify.4. Is it long-term? The Tribunals will assess a condition as coming within the protection of the DDA if it has lasted or is likely to last for more than 12 months or the rest of the employee’s life.If someone is protected by the DDA, they have a right not to be treated less favourably on grounds of their disability. There is no defence available to an employer if direct discrimination is proven. Protected employees have a right not to suffer victimisation and there is a positive obligation on the employer to make reasonable adjustments to the working environment, so as to reduce the disadvantage to the disabled employee.Sickness v disabilityThere are many conditions that come within the scope of the Act and employers can be concerned about how to manage an employee who is unable to fulfil his or her contractual obligations. However, dismissal on grounds of capability is still a potentially fair reason for dismissal and it is possible to dismiss someone who is protected by the DDA. That is not to say that employers are not able to take action if their employees are sick. The Equal Treatment Directive, from which the DDA flows, does draw the distinction between sickness and disability and someone will not be protected unless the sickness results in a long-term or permanent functional limitation, such as amounts to a disability.excluded conditionsUntil recently, there were no conditions which automatically afforded an individual protection under the DDA. This position has changed. Multiple sclerosis, cancer, HIV, blindness or partial sightedness and severe disfigurements are all deemed as protected under the DDA. Excluded conditions are as follows: addictions to any substance (including alcohol); the tendency to steal; the tendency to physical or sexual abuse of other persons; hayfever; tattoos.Avoid assumptions about any disability or condition, as these may lead to inadvertent pitfalls. For example, an addiction to alcohol may, on the face of it, be excluded from the protection of the DDA, but what if the alcohol use/abuse is a symptom of depression or a cause of it? What if alcohol dependency/abuse has caused cirrhosis of the liver? Advice is needed, if alcohol is an issue and an independent medical opinion should be sought.The best advice for employers is to ensure that all their policies are designed to recognise disability issues. People with disabilities are protected when they apply for jobs, not just when they become employees, so employers need to have a comprehensive Equal Opportunities Policy. Advertisements should be free from discriminatory criteria and the application form should ask appropriate questions about health. Diversity monitoring forms should be used to capture information that is sensitive and it should be clear to applicants that this information will be kept confidential and not seen by anyone making a decision about who to recruit.The importance of training – for managers especially but all staff – cannot be overstated. If your managers are not comfortable about return-to-work interviews, how to treat disability-related absence and familiar with assessing reasonable adjustments, then problems and tensions can occur.It is advisable that employers reserve their right to request that an employee, who has been absent for some time, whether during one long period of absence or repeated shorter periods, attend an independent medical assessment. This will enable the employer to determine the extent of their legal obligations and help the employee clarify their needs. As long as the policy is applied consistently, it can only help both parties to agree a way forward and will ensure employers avoid less favourable treatment allegations from disabled employees.There is a positive obligation on the employer to make adjustments once they are aware that a disabled person is at a substantial disadvantage. The government scheme Access to Work provides a workplace assessment and funding for any adjustments which need to be made on the condition that the employee self-refers. nl The Darbys team advises more than 30 businesses throughout the bakery and food supply chain. Contact Rob Bryan on 01865 811767.—-=== Top tips ===1. Get it right from the start – make sure your advertising and recruitment policy is non-discriminatory.2. Are you asking the right questions at the right time on application forms and in interviews?3. Training for managers – is it current and comprehensive?4. Have you reserved the right to require a medical assessment if necessary? Check the contract and handbook.5. Don’t make assumptions about any medical condition – get specialist advice and consult the employee.6. Do you have a robust sickness absence policy?7. Be flexible – have you considered reasonable adjustments?8. Remember Access to Work, a government-funded scheme that provides workplace assessments and substantial funding for any changes required.9. Do carry out return-to-work interviews and be sensitive.10. Be consistent as this will leave no opportunity for anyone to claim less favourable treatment.last_img read more

Pink Talking Fish To Cover “Stop Making Sense” With Special Guests At The Capitol Theatre

first_imgWe’ve seen a lot of great shows from Pink Talking Fish over the last few years, as the hybrid tribute fusion band continues to make a name for themselves by fusing the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish. The group has given us interpretations of Gamehendge, Dark Side Of The Moon, Animals and so much more, and their newest announcement is quite exciting!Today, the band announced that they would be headlining at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, for the first time, on February 3rd. Though PTF has played in Port Chester before, this headlining show certainly looks to be an exciting affair. The group will be playing a full tribute to the famed Talking Heads’ film Stop Making Sense, with the music of Pink Floyd and Phish integrated into the set.Furthermore, the band won’t be alone for this milestone performance! Leo Nocentelli of The Meters, The Turkuaz Horns, Shira Elias & Sammi Garett of Turkuaz, Jen Durkin of Deep Banana Blackout, Jon Braun of Start Making Sense and Adrian Tramontano of Kung Fu will all be joining Pink Talking Fish for the show, and Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven is on as support. You can hear more Electric Beethoven here.Bassist Eric Gould gets fans excited for this performance, saying “Pink Talking Fish has performed a handful of albums in our career but Stop Making Sense has been one that we have been waiting for just the right moment to release.  The album itself is a mammoth.  Adding Phish and Pink Floyd songs in the mix creates a 3 plus hour show that will challenge the musicians on a deep level.I played a nonstop 5 ½ hour show at Bonnaroo with Particle in 2003 and, to this day, the experience of that marathon performance remains treasured in my heart and soul.  I am so excited to make this event happen with Pink Talking Fish and create an extended live experience involving some of the most exciting songs in music as well as some of our favorite special guests to share the ride!”You can find more information about this event here. Check out the artwork below, created by John Warner.last_img read more

Jimmy Herring Forms New Band, The Invisible Whip

first_imgWith Widespread Panic taking a lull in their touring schedule this year, it seems guitarist Jimmy Herring will be heading out with a new ensemble called Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip. Announced this morning, Herring’s new band will feature a number of familiar friends getting together to put down some great music.The band is composed of Jeff Sipe on drums, Jason Crosby on Wurlitzer/Rhodes keyboards, Matt Slocum on the B3 organ, and Kevin Scott on the bass. Though the band has yet to announce any specific tour dates, they write, “Coming soon to a town near you in 2017 and beyond.”We can’t wait to see what the Invisible Whip has in store for us! Herring also has plans to tour with John McLaughlin at the end of this year, so perhaps that tour will feature Herring’s new group. You can see the band’s new poster, below.last_img read more

10 Sets To Catch At All Costs At Suwannee Hulaween 2017

first_imgHere Come The MummiesIt’s hard to say all that much about Here Come The Mummies–that’s sort of the whole point. The band is intentionally “shrouded” in mystery, both metaphorically and literally. Made up of various talented performers based out of Nashville, TN, the members of the band perform under pseudonyms and wrap themselves head-to-toe in mummy garb to obscure their true identities. Some say several of the band members are GRAMMY-winning musicians, and the mummy gag is a way for them to perform outside the constraints of contracts with various record labels. Other say it’s just a schtick, a way to stand out from the crowd. But there’s one thing that anyone who’s seen them play can agree on: their self-described “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave” makes for one hell of a show. Don’t miss your chance to get down with the undead party funk masters when they hit the stage at Hulaween.Watch the official music video for Here Come The Mummies’ “Chaperone” below:The String Cheese Incident’s Halloween SpectacleYou’re likely well aware that host band The String Cheese Incident will perform three sets over the course of the weekend. However, if this year’s Hulaween is your first time at one of Cheese’s festivals, this is vital information, so listen up: SCI’s Saturday performance is always especially spectacular, with over-the-top production, elaborate sensory flourishes, and other general musical badass-ery.String Cheese traditionally prepares a special theme for their infamous Halloween Incidents.Last year’s “Stringier Things” bash–a play on the wildly popular 80’s nostalgia-fueled Stranger Things. The year before, the band tackled the 70’s with help from the GZA for a “Ghoul Train” celebration. The year before that, in 2014, the band tackled a set of covers themed “The Afterlife,” including The Rolling Stones‘ “Sympathy For The Devil,” the Ghost Busters theme, Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven,” Paul McCartney‘s “Live and Let Die,” Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller,” and more. This year’s theme is “Night of the Loving Dead,” and it’s sure to be fantasticCheck out crowd-shot video from last year’s “Stringier Things” Incident at Hulaween via YouTube user Cameron Montgomery:The Whole Damn Pre-PartyOK, we know, this isn’t just one set. But the entire Suwannee Hulaween Pre-Party on Thursday, October 26th surely deserves mention as a truly can’t-miss portion of the festival’s lineup. While it may be billed as a “pre-party” separate from the fest proper, the magnitude of performances scheduled just for Hula’s Thursday puts most full festival lineups to shame: 2 sets of Umphrey’s McGee, 2 sets of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and an otherwise “jam”-packed roster of favorites like Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, Spafford, The Nth Power, Southern Avenue, Zach Deputy, Eoto & Friends, and more will all take the stage that night–and even when all of that is said and done, the festival won’t have even actually officially started yet. Hulaween is not a party you want to show up to fashionably late. Get in on Thursday, and spare yourself the inevitable regret of hearing your friends talk about how dope the pre-party was all weekend. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…Weekend passes for Suwannee Hulaween 2017 are SOLD OUT. For more information about the event, head to the Hulaween website.[Cover photo via Joshua Timmermans] Summer is now in the rearview and 2017 is slowly slipping into autumn, so the collective attention of live music fans has shifted toward Halloween plans. This year, there’s no “All Hallows” celebration more eagerly anticipated than Suwannee Hulaween. Hulaween’s organizers have once again assembled one of the year’s most stylistically diverse and eclectically hip festival lineups for their fifth go-around at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL next month.Of course, the String Cheese Incident-hosted affair will feature a generous sampling of jam scene favorites, many of whom we love and cover quite frequently. Powerhouse funk, rock, and jam bands like The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee, Mike Gordon, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Ween, Lettuce, Lotus, The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk, Aqueous, Tauk, Spafford, Perpetual Groove, and Jaden Carlsen are scheduled to perform, while electronic favorites like Bassnectar, Eoto & Friends, GRiZ, Claude Vonstroke, Tokimonsta, Future Rock, Keys N’ Krates, Michal Menert, and beyond will keep the masses moving late into the night.But while this lineup is stacked with some of our favorite bands, it’s the diversity of styles and the unusual and creative bookings that set the fan-favorite festival’s 2017 lineup apart. To help give you the inside track on crushing your Hulaween adventure, we’ve highlighted 10 sets that you should go out of your way to see, even if you hadn’t planned on seeing them until right now. Check out the list, check out these sets, and you can go ahead and thank us later….Benevento/Russo DuoKeyboardist/organist Marco Benevento and drummer Joe Russo originally met as middle school classmates, and have been playing music together for the better part of two decades. Most recently, they’ve taken the live music circuit by storm as 2/5 of “more-than-just-a” cover band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead–a project conceived as a one-off tribute that has blossomed into one of the most electrifying bands on the touring circuit (Note: they’re playing the festival too–more on that later).However, the two first made a name for themselves as the Benevento/Russo Duo. As we’ve seen with JRAD over the past couple years, The Duo started as something small (a weekly residency in a small sub-room at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory) and grew into something massive and exciting and uncharted. The Benevento/Russo released a string of critically acclaimed albums, toured the nation as a duo, and even added various talented musicians to the equation for extended stretches–including, for a time, both Mike Gordon and Trey Anastasio of Phish, together known as G.R.A.B. The Duo launched the careers of both Joe and Marco into the stratosphere, and their music still defies expectations of just how much sound can come from just these two guys. The two still dabble in The Duo’s material during JRAD shows on occasion, but aside from a surprise set at a minuscule Brooklyn brewhouse late last year, a highly-touted slot on January’s Jam Cruise, and a single club date at Brooklyn Bowl in February, The Duo hasn’t played as “The Duo” in more than 8 years. Hulaween’s rare Benevento/Russo Duo set should be a no-brainer pick everyone’s must-see list this year.Watch The Benevento/Russo Duo’s full February 25, 2017 “Freak’s Ball” performance at Brooklyn Bowl  below (courtesy of YouTube user wakeup2findout): Andy Frasco & The U.N.Andy Frasco and his ragtag band of musicians from all around the world (hence “the U.N.”) may not have the biggest set of the weekend, but you can bet your ass they’re going to party the hardest. A music industry stalwart since his early teen years as an artist manager and business-side specialist, Frasco is a self-proclaimed “fake-it-til-you-make-it” success story, touring endlessly for years and amassing a worldwide fan base along the way. Frasco and company’s mix of unhinged rock and roll energy, hilariously catchy songs like “Mature As Fuck” and “Happy Bastards,” and infamous stage antics–like chugging a beer while crowd-surfing–make Andy Frasco & The U.N. a perennial dark-horse highlight on any festival lineup. “Basically, we’re trying to freak people out,” explains Frasco, “I want people to be spiritually uplifted and happy–and also make them think a little bit.”Watch the official music video for Andy Frasco and the U.N.’s “Mature As Fuck,” featuring wild footage from their recent tour:Tank & The BangasPrior to this past year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest, not many people outside the Crescent City knew about Tank & The Bangas. But after the R&B/soul/spoken word poetry crew were selected as the contest winners out of thousands of entries, the secret spread like wildfire.INTERVIEW: Tank of Tank and the Bangas Contemplates Inspiration, Poetry, And ConfidenceTarriona “Tank” Ball is captivating in her role as singer, preacher, and emotional shaman, and their live performances have been known to bring audiences to tears of both joy and heartbreak. As contest judge Trey Anastasio raved, Tank is “a psychedelic joy rap explosion. Like a female Sly Stone teleporting into 2017 and landing in New Orleans.” Now that Tank & The Bangas have gotten some more large-scale shows under their belt, we can’t wait to hear what they bring the the Spirit of Suwannee.Watch Tank & The Banga’s captivating Tiny Desk Concert below, via NPR:Run The JewelsSince El-P and Killer Mike linked up as Run The Jewels for their fantastic self-titled 2013 debut, they’ve been a driving force in the ever-growing indie hip-hop scene. The duo has since released two more equally stellar albums–2014’s Run The Jewels 2 and 2017’s Run The Jewels 3–and garnered well-earned clout in the hip hop community and beyond. They’ve played several mainstream festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, and even opened for Jack White at Madison Square Garden, but they’ve remained a rarity at jam and electronic-oriented festivals. A grade-A pick to beef up the lineup’s hip hop appeal, Run The Jewels’ set is surely not to be missed.Watch the official video for “Legend Has It” of Run The Jewels 3:The Nth Power: “Wake Up & Live” Bob Marley TributeFor their appearance at Suwannee Hulaween, Brooklyn soul/funk mavens The Nth Power have some very special “jamming” planned. After debuting the concept at an after-hours blowout in New Orleans during Jazz Fest 2017, the band once again breaking out their Bob Marley tribute, “Wake Up & Live.” Don’t miss the positive Rastaman vibrations when The Nth Power hits The Spirit of Suwannee.Watch The Nth Power perform Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans on 7/29/17 below:Damian “Jr. Gong” MarleySpeaking of Marleys, Bob’s youngest son and reputable hip hop/reggae superstar in his own right Damian Marley will also appear at Hulaween. Jr. Gong just released Stony Hill, his first new solo album since his 2005 breakout, Welcome To Jamrock and his first non-anthology release since Distant Relatives, his collaborative 2010 album with hip hop legend Nas. The new project exudes a poignant mix of positive energy and brutal realism, with tracks that seem to hold a mirror up to both the beauty and the flaws of humanity while always seeking hope and truth. A powerful performer with a powerful pedigree and a quality batch of new material, Marley is sure to wow the Suwannee faithful with his set at Hulaween.Watch the official music video for “medicinal” ganja advocacy anthem “Medication” from Marley’s new album featuring big brother Stephen Marley below:FKJFKJ–short for French Kiwi Juice–is a multi-talented one-man band whose output is consistently riveting. The Tours, France native utilizes the most potent elements of a vast spectrum of styles to craft his “expanding grooves.” He released his first official album, French Kiwi Juice, earlier this year.FKJ is a wonder to watch. He creates all the moving parts–the soulful vocals, the smooth guitar licks, the synths, the sax, the jazz-blues bass lines–and sets them loose as hip-hop beat loops, juggling the mounting melodies with effortless flow. And with so many outstanding musicians on hand at Hula across innumerable genres, a surprise guest or two during his set wouldn’t be all that surprising. FKJ is ready and waiting to entrance an unsuspecting Hulaween. Make sure to be there when he does.Watch FKJ collaborate with Masego live at Red Bull Studios Paris as well as the official music video for “Skyline” below, via FKJ’s YouTube:last_img read more

The Crucible Pushes Back First Preview So Saoirse Ronan Can Attend Oscars

first_imgSaoirse Ronan in ‘The Crucible’ Saoirse Ronan Saoirse Ronan shall go to the ball! The upcoming production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible has pushed back its first Broadway preview date so that the actress can attend the Oscars; she has been nominated for her performance in the film Brooklyn. The Crucible, also starring Ben Whishaw and Tony winner Sophie Okonedo, will now begin performances on March 1; it had previously been set to start on February 29. Directed by Ivo van Hove, the show has additionally moved its opening night date to March 31 (from April 7).Miller wrote The Crucible to parallel the McCarthyism of the 1950s. Set during the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, the play tells tales of morality, deceit and ignorance. The drama focuses on Abigail Williams (Ronan), a young woman so obsessed with John Proctor (Whishaw) that she is determined to have his wife (Okonedo) burned at the stake.In addition to Whishaw, Okonedo and Ronan, The Crucible will star Ciarán Hinds, Bill Camp, Jim Norton, Tavi Gevinson and Jason Butler Harner. The production will also feature Tina Benko, Teagle Bougere, Michael Braun, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut, Jenny Jules, Thomas Jay Ryan, Elizabeth Teeter, Ray Anthony Thomas, Brenda Wehle and Erin Wilhelmi.The Crucible will play a strictly limited 20-week engagement through July 17 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.Broadway.com customers with tickets to the canceled performance will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. View Comments Related Showscenter_img Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 17, 2016 Star Fileslast_img read more

Hollywood & Broadway Star Debbie Reynolds Dead at 84,

first_imgDebbie Reynolds (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, who starred on Broadway in the musicals Irene and Woman of the Year, has died on December 28 at the age of 84. According to the Associated Press, Reynolds’ son Todd confirmed her death, which tragically occurred just one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher.Born on April 1, 1932 in El Paso, Texas, Reynolds broke out as a teenager in the 1950 film Three Little Words, earning a Golden Globe Award nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Two years later, she found fame in the iconic movie musical Singin’ in the Rain, playing leading lady Kathy Selden. Her other notable Hollywood roles in a career that spanned eight decades included her Oscar-nominated turn in the movie musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, The Catered Affair, Tammy and the Bachelor, How the West Was Won, The Singing Nun. Divorce American Style, Mother and In & Out. Reynolds was honored at the Academy Awards in 2016 with its special Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.In 1973, Reynolds debuted on Broadway in a revival of the musical Irene, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. In 1976, she brought her revue Debbie to the Minskoff Theatre and was also seen in 1982 in the title role of the musical Woman of the Year, replacing Lauren Bacall.Reynolds is survived by her son, Todd Fisher, and her granddaughter (Carrie Fisher’s daughter), Billie Lourd. View Commentslast_img read more

Credit union social media done right with personality and purpose

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Olivier Raoust Olivier Raoust is the founder and creative force behind Raoust+Partners, a brand consultancy that has worked with almost 40 credit unions over the past 20 years. Passionate about credit … Web: www.meetyourstorytellers.com Details ‘Credit Unions need to get on social media, especially YouTube, because that’s where the action is.’ Great advice as far as it goes. But without a purpose, social media presence doesn’t expand a brand.Some argue that the Facebook ship has sailed—younger people certainly have moved on to other channels. If a credit union is on Facebook, the page should reflect the credit union’s unique personality not serve as a dump for generic copy that could be about any business.Found on Facebook: “Keep your face towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” Thank you Walt Whitman, but how does that promote a brand or attract new credit union members?Raoust+Partners helps credit unions determine if their culture is a good fit for social media. If so, Raoust+Partners helps create content specifically for those channels aimed at getting results. Credit unions use social media channels effectively and smartly not by pushing product but by creating content that’s an extension of their brand story.YouTube, which has replaced television for many younger people, can be an ideal medium for telling a credit union’s story. At least until the next big thing comes along.Just being on YouTube isn’t enough. What works? Copy developed specifically for YouTube – not rebroadcasts of TV commercials. YouTube gives a credit union time to expand its message beyond a 10-, 15- or 30-second TV spot. Take advantage of it.Keep in mind, though, that people tune in to YouTube to be entertained.No one wants to watch a credit union’s annual meeting on YouTube. Correction: a spot check of three credit union annual meetings showed 14 views, 84 views and 177 views.Not many people really want to watch Blizzard the Penguin visit a credit union either—102 views.Sadly, not many people even want to hear how a credit union helped a college student with her overwhelming debt. In 10 months, 15 views.If the message isn’t entertaining, they’ll tune out. They certainly won’t share it with their friends.True to its name, Innovations Federal Credit Union in Panama City, Fla., a Raoust+Partners client, has mastered the art of telling its story on YouTube in a way that engages viewers and clearly communicates the credit union’s offbeat brand. The well-produced videos give viewers insight into Innovations’ culture.Innovations’ videos are produced solely for YouTube—not TV commercials rebroadcast. CEO David Southall sketched out the credit union’s first YouTube video, Jingle Bells Lip Dub, on a napkin in 2009. He still has the napkin.The video stars not actors, but rather employees who are clearly engaged and having fun. The mimosas may have helped.“Around here, for local Christmas commercials all the employees get together, wave at the camera and say ‘Merry Christmas,’” Southall says. “It’s kind of boring and overdone. We decided we didn’t want to do that.”Raoust+Partners helped take the concept from a napkin to a professional production.“They have some creative minds at Raoust,” Southall says “They made it look professional—rather than something we did homemade. If something is interesting and eye-catching, you want to share it with your friends and family.”So far, 17,383 people have enjoyed the catchy beat and fun vibe of that first video. That engagement, that culture can’t be faked. If that unique exuberance isn’t in a credit union’s DNA, best to avoid the attempt. For Innovations, it worked because the video showcased the credit union’s personality.“That first video said to our community ‘Hey we’re different,’” says Southall, who appears in the videos. “We don’t want to be traditional in anything. Our lobby design is different. The way we hire employees is different. The way we train employees is different.”The Financial Brand ranked Innovations 21 out of the top 100 credit unions on YouTube. More important, as Innovations continued to make more videos, friends and family of employees, credit union members and then others in the community asked to participate. You can’t put a price on that kind of engagement and awareness.A flash mob to open a new branch generated more than 5,000 views. A video entitled Bad Bank Romance has captured 4,219 views.YouTube isn’t the best place to constantly push products but those who know what they’re doing—read Innovations–can bend the rule. Innovations’ 30-second video about an Obstacle-Free Auto Loans collected 53,151 views.The goal of these videos is to reach younger members and potential members. While the average age of credit union members nationwide is about 48, Innovations’ average age is 40 or 41.“Those are the members we want to attract—the kind of members who like the social media piece,” Southall says. “Our older board members—they probably haven’t seen them. Maybe their children or grandchildren saw them.”Saw them and decided Granddad’s credit union wasn’t so fuddy duddy after all.The (off) beat goes on.last_img read more