Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar The graduating Kim Fajardo won her second straight Best Setter award—her third, overall—while also being named as the season’s Best Server.La Salle’s dynamic libero Dawn Macandili earned her second straight Best Receiver award while University of the East’s Kath Arado was the Best Digger.Ateneo’s low-key freshman Jules Samonte was this season’s Rookie of the Year.In the men’s volleyball landscape, Ateneo’s Marck Espejo earned his fourth straight MVP award after leading the defending champions to an immaculate 14-0 card in the eliminations.READ: Championships worth more than MVP awards for EspejoADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Espejo also took the Best Spiker and Best Scorer plums while teammate Chumason Njigha was named as the Rookie of the Year.Ish Polvorosa also made history for Ateneo when his partnership with Espejo earned him his fourth straight Best Setter award.NU stalwarts Ricky Marcos and Bryan Bagunas were named as the season’s Best Digger and Best Server,respectively.FEU’s John Paul Bugaoan and Rikko Marketo were awarded the Best Blocker and Best Receiver trophies, respectively. IDL Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Lady Spikers take 1-0 lead Majoy Baron. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net (FILE)(Updated, 9:45 a.m.) Mary Joy Baron has long made a reputation of being one of the best defensive players in the UAAP after winning the Best Blocker award in Season 78.On Wednesday, La Salle’s imposing middle presence just made a case of being purely the best.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Baron edged out everyone and won the Season 79 MVP award, beating the likes of National University’s Jaja Santiago, Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons, and teammate Kim Kianna Dy.READ: DLSU’s Baron outplays NU in duel against SantiagoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLa Salle finished the season with an 11-3 record and Baron was essential in keeping the Lady Spikers’ aerial defense on check.Santiago, who’s long been a contender for the MVP, was named as Season 79’s Best Scorer, Best Spiker, and Best Blocker. LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos
Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working The KaTropa upended Barangay Ginebra in four games and will meet San Miguel on Wednesday in their sixth franchise appearance in the Commissioner’s Cup.Ginebra had a 106-103 lead in the fourth quarter but that proved to be the Gin Kings’ final moment of relevance as Castro spearheaded the KaTropa’s 19-3 game-closing run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundFor most of the game, TNT head coach Nash Racela held on to a piece of paper with his hand-written notes talking of praise and faithfulness to the Lord.“I know we we’re going to this game facing a Ginebra crowd and every possible favor in terms of numbers were on their favor but it’s the Lord’s favor that matters,” said Racela. “I know the Lord was with us.” PBA IMAGESTNT survived a tough contest against Ginebra, 122-109, to complete the Finals cast in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.Jayson Castro came through in the clutch to cap off his outstanding performance with 38 points, seven rebounds, and 11 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Justin Brownlee led Ginebra with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak LeBron goes bald, Green says Warriors made him do it Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet And with Ginebra looking to bring the series to a 2-2 deadlock, Racela said it was his team’s unrelenting composure that ended the series at 3-1.“It was our composure and focus that helped us today,” said Racela. “And I knew that as long as we did the right things during the game, good things will happen.”Before the game, TNT also faced uncertainty when Joshua Smith injured his foot in Game 3 of the series.Smith, however, suited up and put up 18 points and grabbed five rebounds.RR Garcia also had his moments for TnT and he filled up the stat sheets with 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists while Kelly Williams had 14 points and 12 boards.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
A draw in Thursday’s match in Recife would see Germany qualify as group winners with the United States finishing runners up – leaving Ghana and Portugal in limbo regardless of their result the same day.That scenario has brought back memories of the notorious 1982 group match in Gijon, Spain, between West Germany and Austria.Almost exactly 32 years ago to the day, both teams qualified at the expense of Algeria after a mutually beneficial 1-0 German victory in which both sides went through the motions.Current German head coach Joachim Loew was Klinsmann’s assistant when Germany finished third at the 2006 World Cup and journalists questioned whether the old friends had struck a deal.Germany’s assistant coach Hansi Flick and defender Mats Hummels strongly denied there would be any repeat of the 1982 fiasco after being repeatedly posed the question.“I can only say a concrete ‘no’, we’ve already said we want to win the game and that’s how we’ll play over 90 minutes,” insisted Flick in Monday’s press conference.And Hummels said the Germans had no interest in anything other than a victory.“It would be unsportsmanlike to do that and not fair, besides we want to win the game,” said the centre-back.“We’re not playing for any result other than a victory.”-‘That time is done’ –Klinsmann echoed his compatriots by insisting there is no chance of similar skulduggery from 1982 — dubbed the ‘Disgrace of Gijon’ — tarnishing Thursday’s match.“You’re talking about a game that is decades ago,” Klinsmann said.“That is only a part of Germany’s history and not part of the United States’ history. I think if you look at the past of the US team, we always try to make things happen.“We have that fighting spirit, and we give everything in every game,” added Klinsmann.“We will go to Recife and we will give everything to beat Germany. That is our goal.”Klinsmann said even though he remains good friends with Loew, there would be no question of the two men reaching a gentleman’s agreement before kick-off.“Jogi is doing his job. We are good friends, and I am doing my job. My job is to get everything done to get us into the round of 16, and that is what I’m going to do. There is no time now to have friendship calls. That time is done.“Both teams go into this game and they want to win the group. So we go into this game and try to beat Germany. To put ourselves in the driver seat for the last-16, that is our goal.”The Americans were denied a place in the second round on Sunday after Silvestre Varela equalised for Portugal just seconds from the final whistle in Manaus.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SANTO ANDRÉ, June 23- Both the German camp and USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann have insisted they will only be playing to win when the Stars and Stripes face Germany in Thursday’s World Cup clash.The United States’ thrilling 2-2 draw with Portugal in Group G on Sunday has left Klinsmann’s side level on four points with Germany heading into their final game.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOf course, while there is anger in the book – justifiable anger, one might argue – there is also tenderness, vulnerability, brutal honesty and overflowing gratitude. None of the major reactions to the book seem to have noticed those things. There is also unswerving intellectual integrity. A small example among many: In law school, Justice Thomas relates, “I was uncomfortably aware that blacks failed to pass the bar exams at a much higher rate than whites, and that the NAACP Legal Defense Fund had filed lawsuits alleging that the exams they took were racially discriminatory. ? At first I assumed that the disproportionate black failure rate was conclusive evidence of racial discrimination, but the more closely I looked at the facts the more apparent it became that I was wrong. At that time each question on the bar exam was graded separately by a difference scorer and each completed exam identified solely by number, thus making it impossible for the graders to tell which examinees, if any, were black.” Thomas concluded that the poor education many blacks received was the culprit, but by differing from the conventional wisdom he was already on the road to heresy. Justice Thomas has continued that apostasy on the Supreme Court, courageously and brilliantly arguing his philosophy in one magnificent opinion after another. Jan Crawford Greenburg, longtime Supreme Court reporter for the Chicago Tribune, now with ABC, dismisses in her recent book the claim that Thomas is some sort of cipher on the court (a view held only by the abysmally ignorant). “An extensive documentary record shows,” she writes, “that Justice Thomas has been a significant force in shaping the direction and decisions of the court for the past 15 years.” No one who has read his opinions could fail to appreciate that. Finally, no one who has had the pleasure of meeting Clarence Thomas would recognize him from the public descriptions that have greeted this book. His legendary laugh is sonorous and infectious. His manner is dignified yet approachable. Those who know him are aware of his passionate efforts to help other blacks – and of his equally passionate refusal to advertise this. The Anita Hill business is a tiny part of this man’s story – a story that makes for very rewarding reading. Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Her e-mail address is email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! National Public Radio was one of the first out of the box greeting Clarence Thomas’s memoir, My Grandfather’s Son. Nina Totenberg acknowledged that it was, “in some ways a beautifully written book” but went on to declare it “a book of complete bitterness and rage.” The Washington Post’s front page announced that Thomas had “settled scores” in his “angry” book. And Washington Post columnist (as well as Charen pal) Ruth Marcus writes of Thomas’ “blast furnace” anger. Imagine that. He hasn’t gotten over it. Totenberg, for those who may have forgotten, was the journalist who first reported that Anita Hill had made allegations against Thomas (though at the time, Hill had not agreed to go public). And she was a prominent Hill enthusiast during the contretemps. Totenberg affects surprise that Thomas is angry? It would require a masochist not to be angry. Imagine that your spotless reputation had been thoroughly trashed before a worldwide audience. Imagine further that everything you had attempted to accomplish in your career was undermined in two weeks by ideological opponents ready to do anything to keep someone with your heterodox views down. It is my experience that people often become enraged when they read even small inaccuracies about themselves in the newspapers. Contemplate enduring a campaign of vilification. How many years is it supposed to take to get over something like that? Is Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky thing? Actually, speaking of President Clinton, the brouhaha over Thomas and what he did or did not say to Hill now seems almost quaint in retrospect. Even if we assume (and I do not) that the worst of Hill’s allegations were true, they do not stack up to the kind of brutish behavior attributed to Bill Clinton by Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick. But the very same people who adjudged Thomas one of the lowest creatures on Earth, found Clinton’s behavior a private matter of no consequence with no public implications.
The last incident was Dec.2 inside El Monte High School when student Cruz Lopez, 15, found a marker in the boys’ restroom, and it exploded leaving him with cuts on his hands. Rocha was arrested Dec. 7 after authorities received an anonymous tip and served a search warrant at his Rosemead home. Detectives testified during the preliminary hearing they found several boxes of wooden kitchen matches and a copy of “The Anarchist Cookbook” inside Rocha’s bedroom. Rocha, who was 17 at the time of his arrest, was ordered by a judge in January to be tried as an adult. Staff writer Jennifer McLain contributed to this story. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – A Rosemead man accused of rigging pens to explode on and around local high school campuses last year pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine felony counts, officials said. Brian Rocha, 18, appeared in Pomona Superior Court and entered his plea to three counts of explosion of a destructive device causing bodily injury and two counts of possession of a destructive device near a school. He also pleaded guilty to single counts of sale or transportation of a destructive device; assembling, maintaining or placing a booby-trap device; assault with a deadly weapon; and possession of the ingredients to make a destructive device. The District Attorney’s Office said Rocha, who investigators said rigged the pens to explode as revenge for being expelled from Rosemead High School, faces up to 40 years and eight months in state prison. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsHe is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 20. Last year’s string of exploding pen incidents happened over a four month period at Rosmead and El Monte high schools and left one student and two adults with minor injuries, police said. All three victims testified during Rocha’s preliminary hearing on March 23 about the day they found the pens. “On Aug. 24 I was at Rosemead High delivering a load of concrete and I went to get a soda from the vending machine and I saw the pen on the floor,” said Luis Gonzalez, 40, at the hearing. “I tried to remove the cap from the pen, and as I pulled it apart it blew up in my hands. It shook me up. I was confused and dazed.” Josefa Rosenburg, 49, said she was injured Sept. 17 when she picked up a pen that was laying on the sidewalk near Rosemead High School, and it blew up in her hands. She suffered cuts on her hands and face.
Ross County have appointed Development Squad coach Stuart Kettlewell as the club’s new manager.Kettlewell, a former County player, takes charge until the end of the season following the departure of Owen Coyle on Thursday. He will be assisted by Steven Ferguson.The 33-year-old will now work to lift the team out of relegation trouble with the Staggies currently three points behind Partick Thistle at the bottom of the Premiership table. He will have to wait to take charge of the team for the first time after Saturday’s match against Thistle was postponed because of the severe weather. The new manager’s first game in the dugout will be away to Kilmarnock on March 10. Kettlewell played for County between 2009 and 2014 and was part of the squad that won the Challenge Cup in 2011 and the First Division a year later.After two years with Brora Rangers he returned to County as manager of the under-20s team and had an immediate impact, leading the side to the Development League title last season.
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Stephen Bantu Biko, dead 33 yearsin 2010.(Image: ZAR.co.za) A statue of Biko stands outside the EastLondon city hall.(Image: Steve Biko Foundation)MEDIA CONTACTS • Obenewa Amponsah – SBF director,fundraising and international partnerships+27 11 403 0310 or +27 74 102 4466Janine ErasmusStephen Bantu Biko died in police detention on 12 September 1977, but the principles that he stood for live on today through a series of programmes run by the Steve Biko Foundation.Based in Johannesburg, with an office in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape, the foundation exists to carry on the work and ideals espoused by the late African leader, especially that of community development, which is a key element of the restoration of dignity and a sense of worth and identity to people.“We investigated other organisations that walked the path of preserving the legacies of people like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela,” said CEO Nkosinathi Biko, “before we established our own organisation.”The foundation focuses on a three-part strategy. Firstly, it promotes dialogue and advocacy around issues of significance to the public. This mainly takes the form of two high-profile lectures: the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture and the Robert Sobukwe Memorial Lecture in honour of the late Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) founder. There is also the Matthew Goniwe Leadership Conference.The Sobukwe lecture promotes the Pan Africanist dream of the man whom it honours, and focuses on issues of interest and relevance to the continent as a whole. Previous speakers include former Burundian president Pierre Buyoya, Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane, who stepped down as Archbishop of Cape Town in 2007, and activist/scholar Professor Es’kia Mphahlele, who passed away in 2008.The Biko lecture has been delivered by Professors Zakes Mda and Chinua Achebe; Dr Mamphela Ramphele, who knew Biko intimately; former South African presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki; and former finance minister Trevor Manuel, among others.On 9 September 2010, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will step to the dais for the annual lecture – only the second time, after Ramphele, that the honour falls to a woman.These three initiatives are supported by seminars and workshops, and the Frank Talk forum, named after the pseudonym used by Biko while he was banned. Frank Talk is designed as a dialogue and networking opportunity for young people, giving them a platform to talk about relevant issues.Building community leadersThe foundation’s second thrust is to promote leadership development in South Africa. Public leaders should know more than just handy techniques such as time management – they must be citizens above all else, and be in touch with the needs of the people, in order to effectively bring about change.The third focus is that of a research and policy unit, that will delve into aspects of development such as education, housing and poverty alleviation, as well as the intangible aspects of culture and history. Working with communities, who in many cases hold and pass on priceless indigenous knowledge, the unit will help to make that knowledge more widely available, resulting in upliftment and increased productivity.Besides the research and policy-making, the unit will support studies by Fellows, who will be appointed on a number of levels ranging from Executive Fellows to Junior Fellows. This will ultimately spawn an international network of academics and leaders who will continue to work with the foundation.“Fellows don’t have to be recognised leaders or well-read academics,” said Biko, “but our tiered system means that they can simply be people with the right experience – community leaders or developmental specialists.”Another facet of the unit involves the publishing of information developed in the course of its work. This will take the form of books, a monthly perspective, occasional papers, and an annual journal.Through these various activities, the Biko Foundation aims to empower people and communities to claim their rightful place in society, and strive for positive change in their personal lives and throughout the nation.Living monumentThe foundation is in the process of developing the Steve Biko Centre, which is expected to open towards the end of 2011. This living monument and national legacy project, endorsed by Cabinet, is taking shape near Ginsberg Township in the Eastern Cape, where Biko lived. The centre will be the anchor site for the Steve Biko Heritage Trail.“We want it to not only host relevant content for schools and local and international visitors,” said Obenewa Amponsah, the foundation’s director of fundraising and international partnerships, “but through the creation of jobs and the cultural tourism that will follow the centre’s opening, we hope it will become an important developmental resource, both intellectually and economically, for the region.”While under construction, the centre will provide about 7 000 jobs, drawn from the local labour pool. Once completed, 53 people will find permanent employment there in its library, archive, museum, retail outlets and other facilities. More work will come in through related services, such as tourism. The centre also aims to promote cultural industries and entrepreneurship.The Biko Heritage Trail will link a number of Biko-related sites in the Eastern Cape, all of which are national heritage sites and some of which are on Unesco’s tentative World Heritage list. These include the statue of Biko and the Biko Bridge in East London, Zanempilo Clinic in Zinyoka, Biko’s home in Ginsberg, his office in King Williams Town, and his grave in the Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance, also in King Williams Town.Freedom fighterSteve Biko was born in 1946 in Tylden in the Eastern Cape province, about 120km inland from the port city of East London. His parents believed in the value of an education, and made sure all their children received schooling.Although his school career was outstanding, Biko’s political ambitions were threatening to overtake it. He was expelled from the missionary school Lovedale House just three months after he started there, on suspicion that he was a member of the PAC. He completed his education at the liberal Catholic boarding school St Francis, near Durban, and then enrolled for a medical degree at the University of Natal.Here he began to devote more and more energy to his political career. He joined the multi-racial National Union of South African Students (Nusas), but was unable to progress through its leadership ranks because power was held by students attending white universities. Frustrated, Biko founded the South African Students’ Organisation (Saso) in 1968, which was only for black students.The main aim of this new organisation was to educate and convince black people that they were not inferior to white people, as they had been repeatedly told and had come to believe. This was the seed of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM). According to Biko, it was only by breaking away from this negative mindset that black people could rise above their desperate situations and “break the chains of oppression”.The apartheid government had been monitoring Biko’s political activities, and eventually banned him in 1973. This meant that he could not talk to more than one person at a time, was not allowed to leave King Williams Town, had to report to the police station once a week and was prohibited from writing anything about the BCM.But Biko’s commitment to the cause was so strong that for the next few years he defied the banning order by speaking at meetings and covertly distributing his Frank Talk publication. Through the BCM he also held educational classes in health, dressmaking and general literacy.The BCM’s influence was felt in the Soweto riots of 1976, when black pupils protested against being forced to take lessons in Afrikaans. The protests spilled over into violence and left many dead. The event is now commemorated annually on 16 June, Youth Day.Biko’s defiance culminated in his arrest, detention and interrogation in 1977 under Section Six of the Terrorism Act. He was held for 24 days and died, at the age of 30, from head injuries sustained during his incarceration – although the police claimed he had died as a result of a hunger strike.He was the 41st South African to die in police custody. Only two decades later, during testimony before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, did members of the police force admit that they were responsible for his death.“How deeply indebted we are to Steve, acknowledged as the father of the Black Consciousness Movement,” wrote Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in the foreword of I Write What I like, a collection of Biko’s writings.“Reconciliation needed Black Consciousness to happen, because reconciliation is a deeply personal thing happening between those who acknowledge their unique personhood, and who have it acknowledged by others.”
18 February 2014Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile has encouraged South Africans, especially those who were close to or were part of the liberation struggle, to write more books about the political history of the country.Mashatile said this would help preserve the country’s heritage by imparting the story of the political struggle to generations to come.Speaking at the launch of The Future We Chose: Emerging Perspectives on The Centenary of the ANC in Cape Town on Friday, Mashatile said his department would support book projects that contributed to preserving South Africa’s arts and heritage.“The Department of Arts and Culture, among many of its responsibilities, encourages the writing of books – especially in indigenous languages – as well as the reading of books [that] tell the true story of who we are as South African people. I encourage us all to write books,” Mashatile said.He added that while there were books by people who were very critical about South Africa, “we should write more about ourselves so that there is proper discourse out there”.‘Tell a good story’“All those who have got the energy to write, please let us get together. Let’s write more and more books so that we can impart good heritage to the young generation. We must be able to tell a good story of this great nation,” he said.The Future We Chose was edited by commentator and writer Busani Ngcaweni, who approached ANC leaders and stalwarts to contribute chapters on their perspectives of the liberation movement’s centenary celebrations and history.The book explores the events and narratives that define South Africa’s oldest political organisation.Among the senior politicians who contributed to the 19-chapter book is Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who attended the launch. Planning Minister Trevor Manuel was also there.Source: SAnews.gov
Step Six: Make Changes. If HR is not adding to the business success, take a hard look at the people in the HR function. If you just can’t see the value, consider outsourcing the function. There are options, but one of them should not be complacency with a department that is draining resources and not adding value. Great human resource team members will make a direct impact to your bottom line – get one today! Step Five: Set an expectation for Human Resources to be a business partner that will impact corporate goals. Invite HR to critical meetings so they can understand the equipment required for future production, new markets you are entering etc. It is only with the business knowledge that HR can create programs that will add to the attainment of corporate goals. There must be proper alignment between CEO, HR leader and the rest of your organization. Ultimately, you need an HR function that is going to be a trusted member of your team. The CEO and HR leadership should agree on what is needed from the HR function. We do not suggest you make these decisions in a vacuum, rather have the conversation with HR and determine if you are both headed to the same goal. Originally published on HR Topics blog. Step Four: Consider the team. Selecting or evaluating the person responsible for HR should be very strategic. In smaller organizations, we see HR reporting to finance or operations. In others, HR is handled by an office manager or other administrative person. Human Resources is best served when it reports directly to the CEO, only then can the focus be solely on the overall operation. The field of Human Resources is evolving and being embraced in even the smallest of organizations today. With the onslaught of legal issues facing the employment relationship, all enterprises need to be sure they have an understanding of human resources. The new overtime ruling is only the beginning of the changes we see on the landscape of employee management. Step Three: Separate the basics of HR from your strategic needs. A vast majority of the HR function is administrative. These are actions that are easily outsourced, or conducted through enhanced technology. Be sure that your HR function is embracing technology, and spending their valuable time on initiatives that will drive the business results you are looking for. Setting goals for human resources operations will help determine the fit in your organization. Step One: Evaluate what does HR look like today? HR started as an administrative function that grew out of the studies of management in the 1950’s. We know that employees are more productive when their manager is paying attention to them. Today HR should exist to impact and grow your business with a focus on positive employee interactions. Business executives must understand what their entity needs, what compliance is necessary, and how that can be best embraced within their operation. Through presentations and HR speaking with a variety of business leaders, I have developed six steps to evaluate your HR function and move forward with a human resource function that supports the overall operation. Step Two: Gather data. Who in your organization is responsible for budget items that impact employees. Ask for feedback from vendors that interact with your team such as your payroll provider, benefits consultant etc. Talk to employees, who is their go-to person for information?