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Prospect statement on Vodafone job cuts

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Prospect has reacted angrily to yesterday’s announcement of job cuts in Vodafone [registration required; limited viewing time; alternative source].

Steve Thomas, Prospect’s National Officer for Vodafone, has contacted the company to express serious concerns over the cuts themselves as well as the complete lack of consultation, Prospect having learned of the cuts via the media. We are also disturbed about reports that individuals are being asked to leave the business without notice.

You can read the full statement here.

Vodafone needs to learn that, whatever co-operation Prospect members are prepared to provide over resourcing decisions, the quid pro quo for that is decent treatment and respect for the contribution they have made during their lives in the company. Where that doesn’t occur, the price of that amongst those left behind is lower morale, lower productivity and lesser co-operation.

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Written by Calvin

10/03/2010 at 11:30 am

National Work From Home Day

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The fourth National Work From Home Day is tomorrow, 15 May as part of Work Wise Week. The aim of the day is to encourage people to work from home for the day rather than commuting into their usual place of work as part of a wider initiative to encourage people to adopt smarter working practices.

Technological advances and the shift in the nature of work to the knowledge economy means that homeworking opportunities are opening up to a wider number of people – and this blogger is a committed and long-term (six years plus) homeworker. Working from home on a permanent basis is not for everyone: you have to be disciplined at both ends of the working day; you do need to have careful regard to the ergonomic aspects of working from home – you should be in a properly equipped office, not on the settee with a laptop, and you should pay attention to the need for regular breaks from your desk; and you do need to maintain regular contact with office colleagues.

But, for those whose jobs can be done from home and for those who make suitable homeworkers, it does save the pain and the expense, and the environmental costs, of the daily commute: and you can usually get a bit more done, too.

So, in commemoration of National Work From Home Day, why not think about giving it a go?

Written by Calvin

14/05/2009 at 1:20 pm

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