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first_imgLettersOn 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. This week’s letters.Succinct insight to overseasrecruits The news story ‘Lack of topexecs forces firms to search overseas’ (News, 2 April) provided a succinctinsight into the trend towards overseas recruitment.Recent research among HR professionals, commissioned by Propeller inconjunction with the CIPD, supports the results of TMP Worldwide’s study, whichwas covered in the news story.Our survey shows that, in the wake of 11 September, confidence within theglobal business community is returning. The HR professionals surveyed confirmedthe need to recruit from overseas, because of the continued demand for topexecutives and a shortfall in suitable candidates in the UK.Our research also reveals that some international assignments are beingreplaced with shorter, more frequent business trips, e-mails and videoconferencing.However, the general consensus was that the need for companies to move staffacross borders will increase, but with a greater emphasis on safety forexpatriate staff. David Kneeshaw, chief executive , Propeller Harassment is a criminaloffenceI’m sure I am not the onlyperson to spot a contradiction in 23 April issue of Personnel Today. On the back page and in Paul Nelson’s article on page 9 (Analysis, 23 April),the CIPD’s Diane Sinclair is quoted as saying: “Harassment is not a criminaloffence, so if an employer receives an harassment complaint they are unable tocovertly monitor for it.”If you then take the time to read page 13 of the same issue (Legal, 23 April),it references the criminal offence of harassment as covered by the Protectionfrom Harassment Act 1997. This actually makes it a criminal offence.Ian Green, training controllerSurprise atAsda bingo recruitsI was really surprised to read‘Asda scours bingo halls for staff’ (News, 23 April).The news story claims that by seeking older employees Asda can reduce employeeturnover. But in Asda’s successful bid to become the best company to work for in TheSunday Times, it quotes its annual employee turn-over as 2 per cent – anincrease on last year from 1 per cent. Why waste time on employee recruitment when your company has the best employeeretention possible in the world of retail outlets? Could it be that its bestcompanies to work for submission was flawed?Bear in mind that a 2 per cent turnover equates to 2,400 leavers per year fromits 120,000-employee population – a remarkable figure. Tony Howell, CIPD elective student, Swindon CollegeE-mail policiesmust be reviewedThe Information Commissioner’scode of practice banning the blanket monitoring of e-mails should be seen as anindication for companies to review their e-mail policies.Everyone should be concerned about e-mail communication where security iscompromised, where a PR disaster is in the making or where costs are runningout of control.It is easy enough for companies to include e-mail audits as part of regularsecurity health checks. They are not a tool for spying on employees, but a wayto implement an effective e-mail policy, or if a policy already exists, tocheck that it works.Jocelyn Honeybunn, business development director, Failsafelast_img read more

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