Lotus HR signs up as a channel partner of Dinamiks, the cloud-based tool for managing employee performance and HR training

May 1st, 2015. Lotus HR, the Croydon-based specialist in HR consultancy and training, has been appointed a channel partner of Dinamiks, the cloud-based appraisal and employee performance management tool that also provides management of all training via its employee development planning [EDP] option.

“Lotus HR will offer Dinamiks as part of our commitment to optimise the skills and performance of our clients’ staff, while protecting and enhancing profitability, client side,” said Lotus HR Director Dr Yvonne Foster, who founded the company in 2011 and has seen business expand to include clients across London and the South East as well as a growing international portfolio.

The agreement with Dinamiks’ UK developer, Dinamiks Ltd, of Chichester, to become a channel partner enables Lotus HR to market Dinamiks as a proven, state-of-the-art solution for performance appraisals, performance management, talent management and EDP.

“Dinamiks is a good fit for our service offerings, especially our performance management, employee development and training options,” Dr Foster adds. “Likewise, it also fits our vision of how we can help our clients. And its cloud-based, online approach means that paper can be dispensed with when staff appraisals or other functions are being carried out.”

Said Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd, “Dinamiks has users on three continents and we place great value on working with channel partners like Lotus HR to ensure user requirements and expectations are met if not exceeded.  Channel partners bring more HR knowledge to the table than we could alone, and in return we provide them with the tools to help them perform their roles better.”

About Lotus HR

Lotus HR helps clients comply with employment legislation and HR best practice, and improve the performance of their people where required. Recognising that when it comes to HR, no one size fits all, Lotus HR tailors its services to maximise their affect and help ensure a client’s workforce becomes or remains its most valuable asset.

Boasting a client retention rate of 95% and backed by 25 years experience in HR of its people, Lotus HR provides a personal, pay-as-you-go or full HR package that offers a very wide range of services. More at www.lotushr.co.uk or enquiries@lotushr.co.uk

About Dinamiks

Dinamiks is used by SMEs around the world to carry out regular staff performance appraisals and record the progress of personal development plans against targets, and for the following further core activities: talent management; gaining IIP accreditation; identifying which staff are star performers [and why], and allowing poorer performers to be trained up; compliance; support of personal development plans; and ensuring staff pull in the same direction to the benefit of the business.

Available 24/7 via secure web access regardless of user location, Dinamiks reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns objectives with business goals; delivers appraisal analysis in real time; saves time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training/coaching/other development is required; assists with issues around employment law.

More at: www.dinamiks.com    shirley@dinamiks.com

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Cellhire plc announces 4G /3G Germany 10GB Data SIM offer [£39.99 for 30 days] with optional MiFi device

April 9th 2015. York, UK. Cellhire plc has announced a 4G/3G 10GB Germany data SIM offer of £39.99 for 30 days’ usage with optional MiFi device, available now. The SIM allows users to get email, browse the web, listen to music, watch video, upload photos and blogs and keep up with social media while travelling in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich or Dortmund – or wider afield in Germany with 3G – all with 24/7 support.
The optional 4G MiFi is £19 extra, a 3G version £10. All prices include VAT. The MiFi acts as a mobile wireless router, enabling laptops, tablets and smartphones/iPhones to get connected. It works over 3G and 4G and will revert to 3G where 4G is not available (and to 2G where 3G is not available).

Cellhire - Germany SIM + MiFi

Says James Hepton, Head of Online & Marketing, Cellhire plc [cellhire.co.uk], “Our SIMS come with no overage, meaning there’s no risk of running up a large data roaming bill. Users will be able to use the internet in Germany just as they would at home in the UK. The SIM is ideal for frequent travellers, people working in Germany, tourists and expats who want to stay connected without the risk of unexpected shock bills.”

The SIMs are roam barred to be Germany-specific and are currently available in the UK in standard, micro and nano sizes.

To order and for further information including typical data usage per email sent/received, web page visited, use of googlemaps, apps downloaded, music and video streaming etc, go to https://www.cellhire.co.uk/products/germany/data-sim-card

Features and benefits summary: 10 GB data bundle: 3G and 4G speeds [Subject to network coverage]; data SIM and optional MiFi; no “overage” – meaning there will be no bill shock; use the MiFi option to connect laptops, tablets, smartphones and iPhones; fully tested with 24 hour global support; arrives ready to go; prepaid return pack included.

About Cellhire plc

Cellhire’s global network coverage and range of travel phones, SIMs and data offerings provides the cheapest way to call back to the UK when abroad – and cost effective data roaming when abroad. More at https://www.cellhire.co.uk/products

Founded in the UK in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. Cellhire’s success is built on providing the very best wireless solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers and businesses during events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro finals and The Cannes Film Festival. Cellhire’s most recent major event as a supplier was the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where the company provided voice and data solutions across the country. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global.
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Dinamiks Ltd wins a Highly Commended award at the Apprenticeships 4 England Training Provider & Apprentice Employer Awards 2015

March 6th 2015. Chichester. Dinamiks Ltd won a Highly Commended award at this year’s Apprenticeships 4 England Training Provider & Apprentice Employer Awards, whose winners were announced at a 300-strong black tie gala dinner at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London, on Tuesday March 3rd.

The national awards recognise companies that have excelled in contributing to the development of apprenticeship programmes in England. Dinamiks Ltd Managing Director Simon Barnes, who was present to accept the award, said “It was gratifying to see the efforts we as a company have made, to help young people with training and apprenticeships – and the efforts they in turn have made with us – recognised this way.

“I would like to offer a special thanks to Chichester College and Highbury College, Cosham, which not only work with us on training and guiding our apprentices but also provided references for our awards application.”

Dinamiks Ltd is the developer of the cloud-based Dinamiks [dinamiks.com], an on-line solution for employee performance management, appraisals and employee development planning [EDP].

The company has run apprenticeship schemes for young adults for the past three years in the areas of computer programming, business administration, customer service and website design. “We adopt a very democratic approach through welcoming input from our apprentices,” said Shirley Barnes, co-founder of Dinamiks Ltd. “We listen to what they say and it is through them that we have taken, and continue to take, new looks at product development and marketing models, and have implemented some of their ideas.”

The awards ceremony was held during The 3rd Annual Voice of Apprenticeships Conference 2015, London, March 3-4th 2015.

About Dinamiks

Developed by Dinamiks Ltd, Dinamiks is used by SMEs around the world to carry out regular staff performance appraisals and record the progress of personal development plans against targets, and for the following further core activities: talent management; gaining IIP accreditation; identifying which staff are star performers [and why], and allowing poorer performers to be trained up; compliance; support of personal development plans; and ensuring staff pull in the same direction to the benefit of the business.

Available 24/7 via secure web access regardless of user location, Dinamiks reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns objectives with business goals; delivers appraisal analysis in real time; saves time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where

training/coaching/other development is required; assists with issues around employment law.

More at: www.dinamiks.com or email Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director shirley@dinamiks.com
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Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835 shirley@dinamiks.com

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Cellhire announces 4G [with 3G capability] Spanish 10GB Data SIM for £39.99 and optional MiFi device

February 27th 2015. New from Cellhire plc is a 4G/3G 10GB Spanish data SIM for £39.99 for 30 days’ usage allowing users to get email, browse the web, listen to music, watch video, upload photos and blogs and keep up with social media while travelling in Madrid, Barcelona, Palma or Malaga, or wider afield in Spain with 3G – all with 24/7 support.

An optional 4G MiFi is £27.99 extra, a 3G MiFi just £10. All prices include VAT. A MiFi acts as a mobile wireless router enabling laptops, tablets and smartphones/iPhones to get connected.

Cellhire - Spain SIM + optional MiFi

Cellhire plc’s 10gb Spanish SIM + optional MiFi

Says James Hepton, Head of Online & Marketing, Cellhire plc [cellhire.co.uk], “With no overage there’s no risk of running up a large data roaming bill, meaning users can use the internet just like they would at home. Our offering is ideal for expats, frequent travellers and holidaymakers who want to stay connected without the risk of unexpected shock bills.”

The SIMs are roam barred to be Spain-specific and are currently available in the UK in standard, micro and nano sizes.

To order and for further information including typical data usage per email sent/received, web page visited, use of googlemaps, apps downloaded, music and video streaming etc, go to https://www.cellhire.co.uk/products/spain/data-sim-card

Features and benefits summary: 10 GB data bundle; 3G and 4G speeds [Subject to network coverage]; Spain Data SIM and optional MiFi; no overage, no bill shock; use the MiFi option to connect laptops, tablets, smartphones and iPhones; fully tested with 24 hour global support; arrives ready to go; prepaid return pack included.

About Cellhire plc

Cellhire’s global network coverage and range of travel phones, SIMs and data offerings provides the cheapest way to call back to the UK when abroad – and cost effective data roaming when abroad. More at https://www.cellhire.co.uk/products

Formed in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. Cellhire’s success is built on providing the very best wireless solutions available anywhere and they pride themselves on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers and businesses during events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro finals and The Cannes Film Festival. Cellhire’s most recent major event as a supplier was the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where the company provided voice and data solutions across the country. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 network partners in over 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global.

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w: https://www.cellhire.co.uk

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Dinamiks Ltd – a finalist in the Apprenticeships 4 England Training Provider & Apprentice Employer Awards 2015

February 12th 2015. Chichester-based Dinamiks Ltd has been announced a finalist in the Apprenticeships 4 England Training Provider & Apprentice Employer Awards 2015, which recognise companies that have excelled in contributing to the development of apprenticeship programmes in England.

The company is the developer of the cloud-based Dinamiks [dinamiks.com], an on-line solution for employee performance management, appraisals and employee development planning [EDP].

Winners of the awards will be announced at The 3rd Annual Voice of Apprenticeships Conference 2015 in London on March 3-4th 2015.

Dinamiks Ltd has run apprenticeship schemes for young adults for the past three years in the areas of computer programming, business administration, customer service and website design and was supported in its awards application by references from training providers Chichester College and Highbury College, Cosham.

Says Simon Barnes, Dinamiks Ltd Managing Director, “We would like to thank the awards organisers for shortlisting us as finalists. We strive to grow our apprentices to be able to operate professionally in the business world and at the same time make a valuable contribution to our business and product.

“As far as Dinamks Ltd is concerned, apprenticeships aren’t a one way street. We very much welcome the new ideas and ways of our young apprentices, because it is through their input that we can learn more ourselves and take a new look at product development as well as new marketing models.”

About Dinamiks

Developed by Dinamiks Ltd, Dinamiks is used by SMEs around the world to carry out regular staff performance appraisals and record the progress of personal development plans against targets, and for the following further core activities: talent management; gaining IIP accreditation; identifying which staff are star performers [and why], and allowing poorer performers to be trained up; compliance; support of personal development plans; and ensuring staff pull in the same direction to the benefit of the business.

Available 24/7 via secure web access regardless of user location, Dinamiks reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns objectives with business goals; delivers appraisal analysis in real time; saves time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training/coaching/other development is required; assists with issues around employment law.

More at: dinamiks.com or email Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director shirley@dinamiks.com

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Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd
Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835 shirley@dinamiks.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR
Tel (+44) (0)1403 711177 paul@western-pr.com

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News about Manufacturing & Engineering North East [MENE] – July 8th-9th 2015

Press release

New event to focus on Manufacturing & Engineering in the North East

Kent, UK.  January 29th 2015. Building on the success of its market-leading brands, including Works Management, Eureka, FAST, Machinery and New Electronics, Findlay Media has announced the launch of Manufacturing & Engineering North East (MENE) – a completely new type of event aimed at manufacturing and engineering professionals in the North East region. 

Taking place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on July 8th-9th 2015, Manufacturing & Engineering North East will showcase the region’s strengths and provide a platform for the local and national manufacturers, engineers and their suppliers to meet, learn, solve problems and develop business ideas.

The event will comprise three key elements covering the full range of design, production and manufacturing:

Keynote conference sessions from market-leading engineering and manufacturing businesses

Focused technical workshop sessions

An exhibition with access to market-leading suppliers

With keynotes from senior manufacturing and engineering professionals at leading brands across the aerospace, automotive, motorsport and electronics sectors, the Manufacturing & Engineering North East conference will provide delegates with powerful content spanning all areas of production, design and manufacturing management.

High quality practical workshops will also be taking place on both days within the two theatres on the show floor. The workshop sessions are free to attend and will provide best practice learning and insight into the latest engineering and manufacturing techniques. Subjects covered will range from metrology and rapid prototyping, to factory floor automation and test and measurement.

“Ultimately, the event’s most fundamental aim is to champion the manufacturing industry in the region and offer professionals in the sector a comprehensive event focusing on their needs and their needs alone. I’m very pleased to report that the response has been phenomenal, with the exhibition space now completely sold out, over five months before the event takes place,” says Findlay Media’s Executive Director, Ed Tranter.

A number of leading trade bodies and institutions have pledged their support for Manufacturing & Engineering North East, including the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), North East LEP, Gateshead & Newcastle Inward Investment and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).

Manufacturing & Engineering North East was created on the back of independent research and interviews with over 200 manufacturing and engineering decision makers from the North East. Registration for the event is free for all qualifying professionals and opens on 9 February at: www.menortheast.co.uk/register

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About Manufacturing & Engineering North East

Independent market research and interviews with over 200 manufacturing and engineering decision makers from the North East confirms a demand for a new type of manufacturing and engineering event. Manufacturing & Engineering North East has been created and is supported by Findlay Media’s market-leading brands Works Management, Eureka, FAST, Machinery and New Electronics to meet that demand and to champion manufacturing industry in the region.

Manufacturing & Engineering North East will showcase the North East’s strengths and provide a platform for the local and national manufacturers, engineers and their suppliers to meet, learn, solve problems and develop business. For more information, please go to: www.menortheast.co.uk

About Findlay Media

For more than 35 years, the name Findlay has been synonymous with high quality brands and values that make it the UK’s number one media business in the manufacturing and design communities. Its long established core products are targeted at design, production technology and management readers across every discipline and manufacturing sector.

Findlay Media is part of the Mark Allen Group. The Mark Allen Group is a progressive media business, which delivers high-quality content through market-leading journals, magazines, books, events and websites.

For Manufacturing & Engineering North East press enquiries, contact:

Surika Biring
Events Marketing Executive

Findlay Media

Hawley Mill
Hawley Road

Dartford DA2 7TJ

Tel: +44 (0)1322 221144
email: sbiring@findlay.co.uk

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TIYGA Health presents self-report mobile health apps at Health 2.0 Europe 2014

November 17th 2014.

Katrina Delargy, founder of TIYGA Health, developer of self-report mobile health [mHealth] apps, presented its patient-centric software at Health 2.0 Europe 2014, Europe’s leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies that transform health and healthcare, in London on Tuesday, November 11th.

The presentation included a demonstration of the software to hundreds of healthcare professionals by Katrina, in the session “Improving Quality: Tools for Hospitals and Health Professionals,” and sparked numerous comments by delegates on twitter [ref @tiygahealth #health2eu or #health2con].

TIYGA Health apps allow patients to self-report directly to their doctor or clinical team via their smartphone or tablet. “The ethos behind our apps,” Katrina says, “is to provide more person-centred care while also releasing time from paperwork to help more patients – and engaging patients as partners in their own care.”

A key point, she adds, “Is that the apps allow healthcare professionals to have better self-report evidence to view during or between consultations, whether face-to-face or by phone or video conference. That is because the apps can generate in higher quality patient data, which is reported by patients when convenient for them wherever they may be, with less vulnerability to recall error.

“Our approach is designed around the concept that better quality evidence direct from the patient can enable more timely interventions and a better audit trail,” she says.

During the demonstration she explained, “Our apps enable the doctor or nurse to review a patient’s timeline, activity maps and comments. Information like that can help with symptom control and improved adherence to medication regimes as well as facilitating rehabilitation and lifestyle changes if required.”

One of the areas that could benefit most from TIYGA Health technology is chronic pain, Katrina pointed out. Her views on giving a priority to chronic pain relief treatment have received encouraging feedback from members of the Northern Ireland Pain Society – and, during the conference, from delegates.

About TIYGA Health

TIYGA Health is a company of TIYGA (NI) Ltd and derives its name from the concept that Time Is Your Greatest Asset. TIYGA Health software is all about making best use of both patients’ and professionals’ time – as well as enabling more timely interventions.

Focusing on connected health, TIYGA Health operates from the MedTech Centre, Manchester Science Park and Antrim. With innovation at its core, the company strives to bring patient and healthcare professionals together through consumer mobile and cloud technology, making it easier and quicker for patients to self report while producing efficiencies that have potential to result in lower cost care without compromising the patient-professional relationship.

The company was founded by Katrina Delargy, who qualified in the physical sciences before specialising in R&D and problem-solving in oil and IT services, translating this multi-disciplinary expertise to health. She continues to research aspects of patient-clinician interactions and how they can be better enabled by mobile and web technologies, and is an occasional speaker at health conferences.

Web:  http://www.tiygahealth.eu    Twitter:  @tiygahealth

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Katrina Delargy, TIYGA Health,Em: kd@tiyga.com T: 07968 786420

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Verax International announces new research findings which will be incorporated into its highly advanced organisational change and effectiveness diagnostics too, “Organisational Transitions” (OTI)

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October 9th 2014. Odiham, Hants. Verax International Ltd, as part of its on going research into organisational effectiveness, has, following research, isolated factors involving maturity of an organisation that can apply to organisations of any size and any market sector. The factors are responsible for organisational ineffectiveness in terms of hindering the achievement of corporate goals, customer satisfaction, ability to change and grow, staff retention etc.

The factors will be incorporated into Verax’s organisational change and effectiveness diagnostics tool, Organisational Transitions (OTI) effective from October 8th 2014.

“It is essential for organisations to identify and deal with systemic factors, or organisational de-railers, because they can have up to three times the impact of any positive effectiveness factor,” says Keith Bedingham, Chairman, Verax International.

“They may exist in strategy implementation, leadership, performance management and or in organisation structure, systems, processes and procedures. It’s important to get to the root cause of the reasons they exist and address it.”

Verax’s research revolved around identifying the source of organisational de-railers. Incorporating them into OTI will enable the tool to deliver yet more sophisticated results.

Says Bedingham, “The source is typically an organisation’s maturity level. The level has nothing to do with how long the organisation has been established but more with how the organisation is managed and how it, or its senior managers, responds to external events.

“As organisations become more mature, the de-railers diminish. Organisations have to be managed in order to achieve different levels of maturity. The journey is not necessarily linear and organisations can and do shift from more to less mature levels as well as from less to more.”

Keith Bedingham, Chairman, Verax International

Keith Bedingham, Chairman, Verax International

And Bedingham warns, “With the economic upheavals of the last five years or so, many organisations will have shifted to a less mature state than they might have been enjoyed earlier.”

About the levels of maturity

Low maturity organisations are likely to be focused on “efficiencies”, cost savings, monthly revenues, and compliance. Risk management tends to be ad hoc. Punishment and blame when things go wrong are the reward systems.

Selection is likely to be based on “technical” skills and behavioural fit and based on immediate need. Training and development is incidental, on the job and “technical”. 360 degree tools don’t work due to low levels of trust.

Organisation structure is likely to be hierarchical and siloed.

Decision making is likely to be based on information provided by management and based on limited criteria. Senior managers appear to be more interested in their own self importance with little attention paid to other stakeholders’ interests.

The above attributes mean that immature organisations have difficulty breaking through various plateaux e.g. revenue levels, growth etc. Growth typically occurs through major external investment, mergers/acquisitions or unexpected larger sales. Organisations may not be at the same level on all factors at one time.

Medium Maturity Organisations

Here managers are thinking about at least a five year plan, new market innovations or a new business model.

Management tends to be aligned to longer term objectives. Executive evaluation is part of the culture. Stakeholders and other external influences contribute to decision making. There is common risk assessment based on understanding the causes of risk.

Learning and development becomes more sophisticated including professional use of 360 degree tools, coaching and performance management. Selection is done with an eye to the future.

High Maturity Organisations

Here the concern is to translate business value into societal value. Managers and staff are motivated to serve the needs and objectives of the Company which is being re-shaped for the next 20 years.

Diverse perspectives are sought and used. There are likely to be heavy hitting non execs on the board. Risk is embedded in daily activities, prioritised, evaluated and responded to accordingly.

Organisation structures are likely to be more complex e.g. matrix, partnerships etc. Learning is likely to be based on future organisational needs, involving a mix of approaches including 360 degree tools and coaching, directly aligned to the business aimed at creating appropriate business leaders.

Selection considers potential contribution, especially to growth, change, achievement and sustainability.

Many senior executives believe their organisation to be more mature than it is in reality. This results in frustration, poor management of change and disappointing business results.

For more information please contact Keith Bedingham on telephone +44 (0) 1256 395050 or email info@verax.co.uk

Verax – OTI link http://www.verax.co.uk/organisational-bullets.html#oti-rt

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New training module for Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool, helps gain IIP accreditation

September 19th 2014, Chichester. Dinamiks Ltd has announced an optional training module for Dinamiks, its online employee performance management,tool, to help user organisations gain Investors in People [IIP] accreditation by providing evidence that supports their submission.

Proven at a user that requested help in how to best meet IIP accreditation requirements, the module is available immediately.

The module lists every step that is required to gain IIP accreditation and produces an audit trail per employee of the outcome of each step taken. It is this audit trail that IIP accepts as proof of meeting its standards.

“The record of the audit trail is kept within Dinamiks on a secure server and is independent of a user’s own in-house data and analysis system, which helps to ensure that every aspect of the IIP accreditation process meets industry best practice standards,” says Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd.

The module allows the user company to load all its training courses into Dinamiks. Any number of courses can then be linked to an employee’s performance appraisal form and associated with objectives that have to be met in order for accreditation to be attained.

In addition, the module complements Dinamiks’ existing employee performance planning [EDP] capability, which tracks all training, coaching and mentoring given to staff and links it to a performance objective, a competency or a value of the employer organisation.

Enhancements to wizards also announced

Dinamiks Ltd has also announced enhancements to selected wizards in Dinamiks to improve the user experience of the tool. The enhancements come into immediate effect and include workflow improvements and improvements to the end of year archive process.

About Dinamiks

Developed by Dinamiks Ltd, Dinamiks is used by SMEs around the world to carry out regular staff performance appraisals and record the progress of personal development plans against targets, and for the following further core activities: talent management; gaining IIP accreditation; identifying which staff are star performers [and why], and allowing poorer performers to be trained up; compliance; support of personal development plans; and ensuring staff pull in the same direction to the benefit of the business.

Available 24/7 via secure web access regardless of user location, Dinamiks reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns objectives with business goals; delivers appraisal analysis in real time; saves time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training/coaching/other development is required; assists with issues around employment law.

More at: http://www.dinamiks.com    shirley@dinamiks.com

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Note to the press. For further information please contact:

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd
Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835 shirley@dinamiks.com

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“Aligning Talent with Business Strategy” – summary of Verax-led seminar

June 10th, 2014, Odiham, Hants. Verax International’s seminar in London last month, entitled “Aligning Talent with Business Strategy”, discussed issues arising from major skills gaps in organisations and how to close those gaps most effectively.

Some of the major talent gaps identified during open discussion were

• Relationship and people skills
• Performance management
• Adaptability/change/innovation

Keith Bedingham, Chairman, Verax International, comments, “As a result of the discussion, I believe we can define talent as ‘the ability to deliver the results the business needs.’”

The seminar agreed that the way people behave in organisations determines how successfully an organisation can implement and achieve its strategy. However, obstacles to progress included organisational culture, typically defined as “the way things are done around here”.

Delegates were reminded that “Culture can eat strategy for breakfast” (Peter Drucker), and that “there needs to be an appropriate culture directly in tune with the business strategy. This in turn means that staff need to know how they can behave appropriately in order to deliver, which includes what is expected of them,” says Bedingham.

“Verax research shows what kind of behaviour directly impacts the various aspects of business performance and the precise nature of the relationship between what people do and the results that the organisation achieves.”

Martin Bushell, Head of Tata Consulting Service’s Business School, demonstrated that focusing development on business needs pays off and results in increasing business. One route was using Verax’s Personal Effectiveness Profile [PEP] and developing appropriate adaptability in team members; that way, he had been able to change the effectiveness of team members, and the “team climate”, to the extent that “it impressed TCS clients, increased business through winning additional contracts and gained requests from clients to do the same for them.”

Kris Wadia, formerly with Accenture and now head of Humanized Leadership, highlighted the challenges of working in a “virtual world” and how lack of human contact – not being able to experience the behaviour of others – “can seriously damage trust between individuals and hence business performance.”

He proposed some novel development ideas that would help overcome the potential barriers created by operating in a “virtual world”. And both he and Martin Bushell reinforced the value of “developing people in an environment that closely mimics the real environment in which they will work.”

The seminar discussed ways of demonstrating the value of talent development to the business and ways of calculating a financial ROI on any development, change, or coaching intervention. An example was how an organisation’s strategic priorities affect the value of the development outcomes, including which are the most important in terms of achieving the strategic objectives.

“We saw that organisations often create barriers to achieving a greater ROI, transfer of learning, and personal productivity, through the way that procedures, processes and structures are designed and implemented,” says Bedingham.

“In summary, appropriate adaptability needs to be recruited and developed if we are to see employees demonstrating the talent that an organisation needs in order to achieve its goals.”

Included in Adaptability are:

• Self-confidence – Self belief that you can handle what is thrown at you
• Fearlessness – Coolness under pressure
• Mental toughness – Empathy, Trust, Respect
• Focus

What organisations don’t want is:

• Unthinking ruthlessness
• Impulsivity

… “because they are likely to lead to mistakes,” says Bedingham.

“Learn from the past, live in the moment, don’t get anxious about the future,” he adds.

Web: verax.co.uk

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