Monthly Archives: July 2011

Dinamiks Ltd announces new Job Roles module for its online employee performance management tool

July 25th 2011.  Dinamiks Ltd has announced that the new Job Roles module for its online employee performance management tool, Dinamiks, went live on July 7th. Job Roles allows the Dinamiks administrator to add specific competencies to a job role, which helps with talent management and compliance requirements.

“Specifically, Job Roles allows for all employees to have all mandatory competencies within their appraisal, and non-mandatory competencies in individuals’ appraisals for their specific job role,” says Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director,Dinamiks Limited.

Administrators can identify the competency or competencies required for a specific role and then develop the person who is in that job role. “In many cases, the job role will represent what the employer organisation wants the employee to develop into,” says Barnes.

Customer Customisation

The new Customer Customisation feature enables the Dinamiks administrator to schedule reminders either weekly or monthly, customise the login page with the user company’s own logo, and customise the automated emails with his or here own support contact details.

Dinamiks at a glance

Available 24/7 via secure web access, Dinamiks reduces costs and inefficiencies, develops and motivates staff, aligns employees with business goals, helps deliver up to the minute appraisals, improves HR processes, shows where training or coaching is required – and helps with compliance and employment law across sectors.

More about Dinamiks at http://www.ikdevelopments.com

Email shirley.barnes@ikdevelopments.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.barnes@ikdevelopments.com

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

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The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD] announces training for the new ISO 14006 eco design standard

July 22nd 2011  The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD] in Farnham, Surrey [UK] has announced it is to provide training for ISO 14006, a new guidance standard designed to facilitate eco design. ISO 14006 was published on July 8th 2011, some two months ahead of schedule, and is expected by CfSD to be used by corporates and SMEs alike.

CfSD director Martin Charter, who was global convener of the ISO working group responsible for the standard and intimately involved with forming its content, says it will “provide practical guidance on how to manage eco design within existing management systems, speeding up opportunities to design, develop and produce profitable products with lower environmental impact.”

He adds, “With ISO 14006, manufacturers carrying out eco design can realise benefits in cost reduction, improved stakeholder and supply chain relationships, and improve image, employee motivation and innovation while maintaining the integrity of their EMS.

“But these benefits arise from changes in critical strategic planning and operational activities and can only be realised if they are anticipated, recognised and recorded as part of the overall corporate goals, objectives and targets.”

It is in these areas that CfSD will provide training, effective immediately.

Says Charter, “The standard is intimately linked to ISO 14001 and will help organisations establish a systematic and structured approach to the incorporation and implementation of eco design activities within an environmental management system such as ISO 14001:2004.

“ISO 14006 is a guidance standard, not a certification standard. It is intended to be applicable to all organisations, regardless of type, size and product provided, but is aimed primarily at those that have an environmental management system, such as ISO 14001:2004, in place.

“It will also be useful if combined with a quality management system in line with ISO 9001, and may be useful for those organisations that have no formalised environmental or quality management system but which are interested in reducing the adverse environmental impacts of their products.”

Charter adds that a guidance standard was needed “because no existing standard specifically covers and relates to the differing areas of knowledge and competencies required for the management of eco design within organisations.”

Enquiries about ISO 14006 training at CfSD should be directed to mcharter@ucreative.ac.uk More information at: http://www.cfsd.org.uk/training

About CfSD

The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) was established in 1995 at University for the Creative Arts http://www.ucreative.ac.uk The centre provides a range of services focused on “product sustainability” and “sustainable innovation” issues: research, training, consultancy and events. CfSD organises the “Sustainable Innovation” series of international conferences, now in its 16th year – see:

http://www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd16

More information about The Centre for Sustainable Design:

http://www.cfsd.org.uk

CfSD

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Note to the press: for further information please contact:

Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University
for the Creative Arts T: +44 (0)1252-892772 E: mcharter@ucreative.ac.uk

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR, T: +44 (0)1403 711177
http://www.western-pr.com E: paul@western-pr.com

Hollywood to Hull: renowned retail trainer Nicky Pattinson to speak in Hull

July 12th 2011   Renowned retail sales specialist Nicky Pattinson is back in the UK after her whirlwind two month speaking tour of the USA including New York, Colorado, Hollywood and other parts of California – and is lined up to speak in Hull in October.

Nicky – and special guests – will speak at her “From Hollywood to Hull” event on October 20th at the Hull Truck Theatre, an experience that will change the way retailers sell and put more £s in their tills. Tickets are £62 from www.hiyaitsnicky.com and the event will excite all those who want to change the way they are selling their products or services.

“Nicky is a genius – like magic dust” – John Thornton, store manager, Tefal.

“Drop everything and turn up” – Peter Eissenem, The Mann Group, New York.

Nicky Pattinson

As Nick Dean, a partner in Hull law firm Gosschalks, who has employed Nicky’s services, says, “Nicky simply turns things upside down and inside out. She’s not what you would expect and is all the better for it.”

John Buttrick, Manager, Hull Children’s University, another client of Nicky’s, says “I can simply sum her up as ‘a woman of Steel with a heart of gold’. I’ve observed the impact which she’s had on both business folk and my students here at the University of Hull. A truly inspirational lady who reaches the very core of one’s soul, resulting in bringing one’s esteem, confidence and self belief to the forefront of one’s thinking and actions.”

Hull is one of Nicky’s favourite places and that’s reflected in the fact that she has worked there intensively with staff and management from local companies and organisations, including 543 Dental Centre Ltd, Gosschalks, Hull Children’s University – and The Sewell Group.

Sewell Group is a Times Top 100, multi-industry company that has been in existence for 135 years and whose managing director, Paul Sewell, was awarded an OBE this year. Also in 2011, Sewell Group was ranked seventh best company to work for in the UK by the Sunday Times. It is the third year running the firm has made the top 100 – the only company in Hull to
do so.

Ah, the hype! Nicky lives up to it and then some – “Genius”.

David Shimwell, Franchise Director, Pitman Group, says, “Nicky is one of the few people I have ever met who actually lives up to the hype.”

Nicky – motto “Show Business Selling” – is lauded by Tim Davey, Chairman of Yorkshire’s Northside Mercedes, who describes her as a “sales and motivation genius”.

“You don’t get plaudits like these for nothing,” says Holmfirth-based Nicky. “its hard graft, what I say and how I do things that brings them in. And now that I’ve wowed the Americans, I’m back in Hull to do the business and help people in these difficult economic times.

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Note to the press: there’s more about Nicky at hiyaitsnicky.com
www.bluesprout.co.uk is organising the event.

If you want to interview Nicky, or need more information or a photo, contact Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR  paul@western-pr.com
01403-711177

TerraQuest purchases licence for Dinamiks, the online employee performance management solution

Jul 08, 2011 – TerraQuest, the business and property solutions provider, has purchased a licence to use Dinamiks’ online employee performance management solution. It will be used by TerraQuest for staff appraisals, target and goal attainment and to identify where staff training is required.

With more than 100 staff in offices located in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast and London, TerraQuest is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mears Group plc, which is also the UK’s leading provider of social housing repairs and maintenance and domiciliary care. TerraQuest provides innovative property and asset management and business process solutions to central, local and devolved government – and many blue chip clients in the private sector.

Robin Platts, TerraQuest Operations Director, says the key driver for the purchase was to radically overhaul the appraisals approach and process. “We had a paper based approach to appraisals, which was very cumbersome and time consuming to complete,” he says.

“There were issues around managing the process so that appraisals were carried out and recorded promptly, with a clear visibility of the status. In addition, the existing paper based system lacked interaction and prompting. This meant that targets and goals were not measured for completeness against time, and training needs were not being fully addressed.

“We looked for an easy to administer and use system that was cost effective for an SME like TerraQuest,” says Platts. “We chose Dinamiks, which we see as enabling us to invest in, and manage the needs of, our colleagues, and ensure that appraisals are meaningful and not just given lip service to. All staff will use it from our MD, Carol Summers down and across all levels.”

About Dinamiks

Developed by Dinamiks Ltd and used by SMEs nationally in the UK and globally across continents, Dinamiks reduces costs and inefficiencies, develops and motivates staff, aligns employees with business goals – and helps with compliance and employment law across sectors. It is targeted at key decision makers including managing directors, financial directors, heads of HR and business performance improvement specialists.

Modules include Competencies and Values, and, starting in July 2011, Job Roles.

More about Dinamiks at http://www.ikdevelopments.com

More about TerraQuest at http://www.terraquest.co.uk

More about Mears Group at http://www.mearsgroup.co.uk

TerraQuest

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Note to the press –  for further information please contact:

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd
T: 01243 538835 E: shirley.barnes@ikdevelopments.com
http://www.ikdevelopments.com

Robin Platts, Operations Director, TerraQuest.
T: 0121 234 1300 M: 0791 746 2013 E: robin.platts@terraquest.co.uk
http://www.terraquest.co.uk

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,
T : 01403 711177 E : paul@western-pr.com