… in brief

This week’s news … in brief

Office politics woe

UK business leaders are battling against office politics and loneliness,
according to a new survey, Leaders in London, from the International Leadership
Summit. The survey asked almost 1,000 chief executives, company directors and
senior managers about the worst elements of business leadership. In all, 43 per
cent of respondents said politics, while 31 per cent cited loneliness as the
most unpleasant aspect of the job.  www.leadersinlondon.com

Global CSR move

Multinational companies have been invited to sign a voluntary commitment to
uphold a set of nine core principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The so-called ‘Global Compact’ draws on UN conventions on the environment and
human rights, together with International Labour Organisation standards for
workers’ rights.

Board reform ignored

Half the organisations in the charity and not-for-profit sector spend a
minimum of 52 days each year keeping abreast of and complying with employment
legislation, according to new research. The survey by recruitment consultants
The Principle Partnership, found one in five charities were unprepared for this
October’s new grievance and disciplinary rules.  www.tpp.co.uk

New NHS paymaster

Health Secretary John Reid has launched the NHS Employers’ Organisation, an
independent body that will have responsibility for a number of workforce issues
including the pay and conditions of all NHS staff.  The government said the new body would act as the voice of the NHS
on employment and HR. The organisation will be run by the independent NHS
Confederation.  www.personneltoday.com/goto/24371

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