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Onboarding during COVID: New hires grapple with office politics from home

first_imgOne young trader hired by a major European bank as the British lockdown began said remote working had made corporate culture even tougher to navigate.”It’s not exactly easy for your new boss to explain the specifics of office politics to you without putting their foot in it,” she said, declining to be named due to company policy.”It does feel like it’s taking longer to feel loyalty to my new employer than it might have otherwise. I feel loyal to the team but not to the wider bank.”A new joiner at a different, London-based bank said his interviewers had appeared to study his bookshelves and photos while asking questions, and that he does not expect to meet his colleagues in person until next year, although he joined in May. For Sam Thompson, who joined money saving and investment app MoneyBox, a lack of face-to-face contact did make some early interactions with colleagues feel more transactional. But he appreciated the lengths the company has gone to to make it work.”We’ve been getting Deliveroo vouchers and we’ve been sitting around our computers while talking to one another and having lunch,” he said. “It’s probably the best induction into a company that I’ve ever had,” said the Quality Assurance Engineer, who has had several jobs in six years in the industry.Founded in 2016, MoneyBox has taken on 35 new hires during the lockdown to a total headcount of 135. It initially held off from filling roles requiring interaction with multiple teams, such as developers, Jack Johnstone, head of HR and talent, said, but overcame those fears.Its approach mirrors those of major banks including Standard Chartered, Citi and Deutsche Bank, which have all rapidly redesigned their interview and orientation process.Citi hired around 3,840 new staff in its Institutional Clients Group Operations & Technology between March and August.Once a new hire is appointed, MoneyBox and the banks send out a joining manual or welcoming video along with the required technology.Virtual face-to-face meetings are held much more regularly with managers, buddy partners are formed with existing staff and an array of tech platforms are used to maintain communication.Meetings with different teams and online social events are encouraged to help staff build broader networks and replicate the ‘chance meetings’ they may have had in canteens and lifts.Drinks anyone?Andy Halford, chief financial officer of Standard Chartered, told Reuters online drinks and other social events were vital.”Some people find it easier to talk and connect when they are not ‘at work’,” he said. “We want to humanize this situation for everyone.”Professor Nicholas Bloom at Stanford University said new hires unable to meet colleagues in person would struggle with unspoken rules – from how many hours people really work to when to take a break and what to wear.For graduates, who often work long hours when joining banks or big law firms, that poses another risk. “At home it generates a strong incentive for over-communication, so endlessly sending unnecessary emails and slack messages just to highlight the fact that you’re still there,” Bloom said.Still, McKinsey Partner Alexander DiLeonardo said new hires have to work harder to network. “When you aren’t sitting next to your new colleagues or outside your supervisor’s office, you have to be intentional about reaching out,” he said. Topics :center_img Joining a new company can be tough at the best of times, with bosses to impress, skills to learn and new colleagues to befriend.But that task becomes a whole lot harder when the “onboarding” is done during a pandemic that has forced millions to work from home, leaving new hires to judge colleagues on their taste in curtains and conduct on Zoom.The companies that get it right should have an expanded, grateful workforce, but get it wrong and new hires could find it hard to develop team spirit or a sense of belonging to the firm.last_img read more

Cricket News Not easy to face Jasprit Bumrah in death overs: Aaron Finch

first_img“I think on that wicket, it got lower and slower. When Bumrah has an over up his sleeve, it’s gonna be hard,” Finch admitted. Bumrah’s spell of 3/16 included 18 dot balls and he took 50 wickets in the process, becoming only the second bowler after Ravichandran Ashwin to achieve the feat but Australia got over the line on the last ball.This was the first time India had lost two consecutive T20Is since 2016 but skipper Virat Kohli was not too flustered about the loss, stating that the batting was not up to the mark on this wicket. “In the first innings, we were not up to scratch. The wicket was decent enough till the 15th over. We didn’t bat really well. A low scoring game is always on the cards in T20 cricket,” Kohli said.Kohli, who became the first player to hit 500 runs in Twenty20 Internationals against Australia, heaped praise on Bumrah and the bowlers. The right-hander also praised KL Rahul’s knock on his comeback and said the team wanted to give Rahul game time before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. “We want to give Rahul and Rishab more game-time. Rahul played a really good knock and we had a good partnership. Had we gone on, we could have got 150, which would have been a match-winning score on this pitch,” Kohli said.India take on Australia in the second and final Twenty20 International in Bengaluru on February 27. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Jasprit Bumrah became 2nd bowler after Ravichandran Ashwin to take 50 T20I wickets.Australia registered their second T20I win against India in India.Glenn Maxwell and KL Rahul hit fifties for their respective sides. New Delhi: The Vizag Twenty20 International between India and Australia was a roller-coaster journey. KL Rahul slammed 50 but Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up 3/26 as India managed just 46 runs in 10 overs to finish on 126/7. In response, Australia started badly but a brilliant stand of 84 between D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell got Australia back in the game. Maxwell struck a brilliant 56 off 43 balls but once he fell, the game swung in India’s balance. Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson held their nerve and Australia won the clash by three wickets off the last ball to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Speaking after the end of the match, Australia skipper Aaron Finch lauded the efforts of Maxwell.“Maxwell played a hell of an innings on a difficult pitch. The run-outs did not help,” Finch said. Maxwell countered the spinners well, launching Yuzvendra Chahal for a four and a six to get going and also hammered debutant Mayank Markande over long on for his second six. The right-hander negotiated Krunal Pandya but once he fell for 56, Bumrah pounced on the opening and bowled brilliantly in the death overs. In the 19th over, Bumrah took two wickets and conceded just two runs to finish with 3/16.last_img read more

Mother and child die in fiery crash involving a dump truck

first_imgAuthorities in West Palm Beach are reporting that a mother and her one-month-old baby have died after their vehicle struck a dump truck.The incident was reported, Monday at 3:30pm on State Road 80 and Hatton Highway.According to the report, the victim identified as 26-year-old Antoinette Johnson was traveling westbound on State Road 80 approaching Hatton Highway when she struck the backend of a dump truck that was turning left onto Hatton Highway. The victim’s 2008 Chevy Impala immediately became engulfed in flames as it spun out of control before coming to a stop in a southeasterly direction at the intersection.Johnson and her 1-month-old daughter Alina Johnson were pronounced dead at the scene while, the driver of the dump truck was left uninjured in the crash.Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident.last_img read more

Local police arrest man who attacked officer while attempting to flee a car accident

first_imgThe Fort Lauderdale Police department has arrested a 29-year-old man who attacked a female officer while attempting to flee the scene of a car accident. The incident occurred Thursday afternoon at 2225 NW 19th St. Authorities say they were called to the area due to a vehicle accident where one of those involved was attempting to flee the scene.When the officer arrived, she spoke to those involved and attempted to detain Marcelas Jones who was said to have tried to leave. As the officer attempted to get Jones out of the road, Jones suddenly begins attacking her. Video taken by a witness at the scene shows Jones pushing the officer up against a fence, choking her, and punching her with both of his fists. Two security guards then rush to help the officer as more police officers also rushed to the scene.Jones was finally arrested and taken into custody.  He appeared in court Friday where he charged with leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest with violence, and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer. He is currently being held on a $25,200 bond and has been ordered not to have any contact with the officer. The officer was said to have suffered minor injuries from the assault but is expected to be OK.last_img read more

CDC says to avoid all ‘nonessential’ trips to China amid coronavirus outbreak

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised travelers to avoid all non-essential trips to China amid a coronavirus outbreak that has sickened thousands, and killed hundreds.The CDC has issued a Level 3 travel advisory to all of China.Authorities say the coronavirus was first discovered last month in Wuhan, China. It has since spread at a rapid rate to nearly three dozen other countries, including the United States, where health officials have confirmed five cases of the viral infection.last_img read more

Martin County authorities investigating suspicious death

first_imgAuthorities are currently investigating the death of a man in his late 20’s who was found on the bank of a lake Saturday.The victim was found sometime in the afternoon on the bank of the Okeechobee waterway in Port Mayaca by a group of people who were visiting the lake.Officials say that though the victim was discovered on Saturday, medical examiners believe the victim may have actually died on Monday.Not much is known about the incident at this time but authorities did report that they find the circumstances surrounding the death suspicious.This is a developing story and will be updated once more information becomes available.last_img read more

International field heads to Gerrards Cross

first_img Golfers from thirteen countries around the world will be competing in the English Girls’ Under 16 and Under 14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championships at Gerrards Cross Golf Club in Buckinghamshire on the 6th to 8th of August.The draw features players from Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Wales as well as from the host nation.Last year at Lyme Regis both titles went to golfers from the Continent of Europe.The Under 16 competition, which in the past has been won by 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall and her fellow LET members Florentyna Parker and Felicity Johnson, went to 15-year-old Finnish player Kerttu Hiltunen who swept to an 11-shot victory over England’s Ellie Gower, Rafiah Banday and Jess Baker. Banday, from Royal Mid-Surrey, returns for another tilt at the title this year.The Under 14 championship was won by 13-year-old Italian Francesca Fiorellini who succeeded compatriot Charlotte Cattaneo as champion and has since gone on to capture the R&A Girls’ Under 16 Open and represent the Continent of Europe in the Junior Vagliano Trophy.One of last year’s runners-up Anna Neumayer from Austria moves up to the Under 16 competition this year.Hall is also a former winner of the Under 14 title as are Parker, new European Ladies’ champion Alice Hewson and current English women internationals Lily May Humphreys and Samantha Fuller.The Under 16 championship is played over 72 holes with the full field playing 18 holes on each of the first two days before the leading 40% of players progress to play 36 holes on the third day. The Under 14 event is staged over 54 holes with 18 holes played on each of the three days. The leading 40% of competitors make the cut after two rounds. 31 Jul 2019 International field heads to Gerrards Cross Tags: English U14 girls’, English U16 girls’last_img read more

Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest…

first_imgFacebook20Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Forest Service  Pacific Northwest Region Olympic National ForestOlympic National Park, Olympic National Forest and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest are experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions. Temperature and precipitation outlooks continue to indicate warm, dry conditions extending through the summer season. This had led to above normal potential for significant fire activity.Federal land managers are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared for an active fire season. There has been close communication and coordination with federal, state, and local resources to ensure prompt response to any reported fires.If conditions continue to worsen, some level of fire restrictions will most likely be implemented. The purpose is to reduce the ignition potential during periods of high fire danger. These restrictions are coordinated amongst land managers to ensure clear communication to park and forest visitors.The public is urged to be aware of the increasing fire danger and take precautions to ensure fire safety. Visitors to national parks and forests should always use caution to prevent human-caused wildfires. To reduce the risk, please consider the following:Fireworks are prohibited on federal public lands.Before going camping, learn of any fire restrictions in place and never leave a campfire unattended. Ensure campfires are completely out before leaving the camping area.If smoking, always dispose of cigarette debris in some type of an ashtray.To report a fire dial 911. Updated fire danger and fire information will be posted on the park and forest websites.How to Extinguish a Campfire: smokeybear.com/Active Fire Information- Incident Information System: inciweb.nwcg.gov/Olympic National Park information: www.nps.gov/olym/Olympic National Forest information: www.fs.usda.gov/olympicMount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest information: www.fs.usda.gov/mbsState and county area burn bans: www.waburnbans.netlast_img read more