One Garda car patrolling Letterkenny on routine basis – GRA

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 It’s emerged that only one Garda car is patrolling the Letterkenny area on a routine basis.The revelation comes as the new Garda Commissioner faces criticism for comments made about adequate Garda personnel in Donegal and border areas.Speaking about the forces preparations for Brexit recently, Drew Harris said that the border region is appropriately staffed, with a further 180 new members due to graduate next month.However, Donegal GRA representative Brendan O’Connor says frontline Gardai in the county have seen over a fifth of their colleagues disappear in the last decade, and they could care to differ:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter By News Highland – October 31, 2018 One Garda car patrolling Letterkenny on routine basis – GRA Facebook Facebook Google+center_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Previous articleMinister disappointed after teachers reject pay offer for ‘new entrants’Next articleMinister urged to intervene over Donegal water meeting snub News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction last_img read more

Whittle donates prize money

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Employment outlook improves

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN IMPROVING employment opportunities for local people with all abilities is a reality after the official opening of…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Former Leafs Hikichi, Rupert make triumphant return to NDCC Arena as Chiefs pull out 4-3 overtime victory

first_imgFormer Leafs Dane Rupert and Braeden Hikichi each has two points to spark the visiting Kelowna Chiefs to a 4-3 overtime victory over Nelson in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The loss was the second straight at home for the Green and White as Phil Bamber ruined the night for the home side scoring at 1:08 of the second overtime period.Nelson owned the Chiefs through the first 40 minutes — out shooting Kelowna 28-15 — as the Okanagan squad struggled to get rid of their bus legs. But thanks to the outstanding play of Kelowna goalie Tyler O’Donnell the visitors rallied from a 1-0 first period deficit to grab consecutive one-goal leads in the second and third periods — the latter a 3-2 margin on a shorthanded goal by Dane Rupert five minutes into the final period.However, Cameron Dobransky’s power play goal with 1:32 remaining in the third period pulled the Leafs even to force overtime and give the home side the chance at gaining a single point.Hikichi, traded earlier this week to Kelowna from Fernie, finished the game with two goals.Jmaeff, Nik Newman and Dobransky replied for the Leafs, falling to 1-1-0-1. Kelowna improves to 2-1 on the season.Jmaeff, Dobransky and Brent Norman each finished the game with two points for Nelson.Nelson out shot the Chiefs 43-37 in the game as Kelowna turned the tables in the third period with a 22-15 advantage, making a winner out of goalie O’Donnell.Andrew Walton lost for the first time in two outings this season for Nelson.BLUELINES: Special teams practice this week by Nelson paid off on the ice as the Leafs scored all three goals on the power play. Kelowna also experienced special teams success scoring two power play markers and one short handed. . . .Phil Bamber had three points for Kelowna. . . . The two-point nights by Matti Jmaeff and Cameron Dobransky pulled the two players into a four-way tie for top spot in Nelson scoring with Patrick Martens and Colton Schell. Each has three points. . . .The Leafs head south of the 49th parallel tonight to meet the Spokane Braves in Murdoch Division battle. The teams play a return game Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena. Note the new Sunday afternoon puck drop of 2 p.m. The games in past years started at 1 [email protected]last_img read more

Future looks bright for local rugby players

first_imgThe future looks bright for a handful of local rugby players from Nelson after the contingent received invites to the BC Provincial tryouts this weekend at University of BC in Vancouver.Michael Caldecott, Ezra Harding, Rhelmu Wilson-Valdez, Rowan Megale, Adam Strautman and Jake Doss, all from the Heritage City, as well as Ashley van Rensburg of Castlegar were in Vancouver for the provincial event.“This speaks firstly to the high-level athletes in the Kootenays and for them to get the opportunity to make their mark at a BC rugby event, at the same time creates a name for the interior,” said local coach Nikolas Wood.“This speaking highly to personal potential of these athletes but also programs being offered for rugby here in the Kootenays.”Wilson-Valdez and Adam Strautman are vying for spots on the U15 squad while Doss and Harding are shooting for the U16 & U17 roster, respectfully.Megale, Caldecott and van Rensburg are among the U18 tryouts.“Extremely excited . . . grateful for the opportunity,” said the players. “Nervous . . . we couldn’t have done it without the coaching.”The players, who are all members of the L.V. Rogers Bombers Rugby side that finished second in the BC High School Rugby Tier II Championships in Abbotsford, earned the selections during the recent Provincial Regional Championship Scouting Tournament held June 30 to July 3 in Burnaby. Most of the players were part of the U18 & U16 Thompson Okanagan Regional Team.The players are now among 40 from across the province selected to the tryout camp.“We’ve been having extra skills sessions with the coaches,” the players said when asked about the upcoming challenge. “There have been not a lot of forward focus as we were training so hard for the next game in front of us.”The tryouts were held at UBC July 12-15 and July 22-24.“I feel their chances are high, very high,” said Wood, whose been asked to assist with the U15 BC Team coaching squad. “They have all worked very hard throughout the season and PRC summer season I’ve been incredibly impressed with their growth and skill development.”The BC U15 and U17 are slated to travel to Calgary for the Nationals August 4th while the U18 squad is preparing to tour Ireland, also in August.While most of the players are back in high school for another season with the LVR Bombers, both Megale, off to the University of Victoria, and Caldecott, slated to play for the Rowers club, will begin to play men’s club rugby.However, there’s a shot a playing for BC on the horizon that has all their attention.“This is an awesome opportunity to represent the province. The exposure to good, higher level coaching. Fortunate to have been scouted.”To assist with expenses fundraising plans are in the works.Anyone wanting to help these boys achieve their dream can contact Wood at [email protected]last_img read more

Galway Athletics Report

first_imgNaoise O Gibne of GCH winner Corrib AC 8k on right receiving first prize Pic: John O’ConnorCorrib Athletics Club held their annual Run like the Wind races on Saturday the 8th September last in the scenic setting of Galway Wind Park, in the Cloosh Valley, Oughterard. Naoise O’Gibne of Galway City Harriers took the honours in the 4k race, running a fast 14.18 on the up and down course, with clubmate Brian O’Connor second in 14.58, and Colm Conway of Conamara AC third.First lady home was the talented Niamh Hennelly of GCH in 16.18, who is gearing up for cross country season, with Eilis Ni Dhuill also of GCH not far behind in second in 16.35.Aodhan O Ceallaigh took an impressive victory in the testing 8k, winning in 30.22, with Donal Kelly second home in 30.52 and Frank King of Castlegar third home. First lady home was Geraldine Hynes of Corrib AC.First two ladies home, Niamh Hennelly (120) and Eilis Ni Dhuill (119) both GCH racing in the Corrib AC 4km Run like the Wind races Coaching WorkshopsAthletics Ireland Regional Development Officer Paul Byrne hosts a series of workshops at NUIG Athletics Track, Dangan, Co. Galway over the next three Thursdays, i.e. September 13th, 20th & 27th, from 6-8 pm each dayThe aim of the workshops is to upskill developmental coaches in a range of different events and to promote a multi event approach to their athletes in clubs, schools etc. In line with Long Term Athlete Development planning (LTAD) it is important for both athlete and coach to understand the benefits of coaching and participating in a number of different events before specializing.The workshops are delivered over the course of three consecutive weeks with two different events covered on each evening. Each event will be designated 1 hour.The workshops will cover the basics of each of the following event groups; Sprints, Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot, Javelin).Please contact [email protected] for any further questions. Coaches can register on the Athletics Ireland websiteprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email World Masters OutdoorsGalway’s Sean McDermott and Ian Egan who won Silver medals for Ireland at the World Masters Cross Country held in Spain last weekGalway’s top Masters athletes are currently competing in Malaga in Spain at the World Masters Outdoor championships.Ian Egan and Sean Mc Dermott of Castlegar AC claimed historic silver team medals in the World Masters Cross Country event at O40 level, held Wednesday last in blistering heat in Torremolinos. The Galway duo combined with Rathfarnham athlete Ronan Kearns to take second spot behind a very strong Spanish team. Egan placed 31st in the 10k individually and also goes in the Half Marathon, while McDermott will also run the 1500m later this weekTommy Farragher of Corofin placed a very good sixth in the Hammer throw at O65 level, while Justin Lane of Tuam was 12th at O45 level in his Long Jump section, and will also compete in High Jump, Pole Vault and Weight throw.last_img read more

Cydia Store Adds Facebook Connect and Google Login

first_imgsarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Over the weekend, the first unofficial iPhone App Store that allows for paid applications was launched. Called the “Cydia Store,” it’s actually a feature within the Cydia application itself. If you’re unaware, Cydia is an application installed during the process known as “jailbreaking” where iPhone owners run a software program that removes the restrictions that prevent the installation of unauthorized applications. In the new Cydia Store, developers are able to sell applications designed specifically for jailbroken phones. This “grey market” for iPhone apps, as some call it, could soon mean big business for developers who want to create software outside the guidelines of what Apple originally intended. About the Cydia StoreJay Freeman is the man behind both the Cydia application and the Cydia Store, too. Freeman, a 27-year-old computer science doctoral student in Santa Barbara, Calif., said he wanted there to be a way for developers like him to make money from their efforts. Already his software, Cydia, which permits the installation of non-approved applications on jailbroken iPhones has been installed on 1.7 million devices. (For more information on jailbreaking, including why you should do it, click here. Please note, however, Apple now considers this illegal). With the Cydia Store and its soon-to-be plentiful list of paid applications (at the moment, the sole paid application in the Cydia store is Freeman’s own contact manager enhancement, “Cyntact,” which sells for a dollar), developers with grand ideas will no longer need to worry about the stifling Apple approval process in which the company invokes strict rules about the types of applications which can run on the iPhone. Instead, developers are free to pursue whatever ideas spark their fancy, and thanks to the Cydia Store, they will actually be able to profit from their work. Already, Cydia users have access to a plethora of useful iPhone applications including video recorders, zoomable cameras, GPS apps with turn-by-turn directions, themes, and much more. Although some Cydia apps were for sale before, they were generally offered for free but included “nag screens” which encouraged users to upgrade to the full-featured paid version. Now that developers can sell apps directly, however, they won’t need to offer these “lite” versions in order to drive sales. That means it’s entirely possible that we’ll see even more high quality applications appear in the near future. Cydia creator Freeman himself notes that a few large design houses wanted to do professional themes for the iPhone, for example, and the Cydia Store makes this possible.Facebook and Google Login OptionsAs for what’s in store for the new Cydia Store, Freeman tells us that many new features and packages are coming soon. At the moment, Amazon Payments is being used to send money to the application developers, but PayPal support will launch later this week. Freeman also hinted earlier on Twitter about Facebook Connect and Google login integration with the store, but when asked how that would work exactly, he had cryptically commented: “you will see how that works when I release it.” As it turns out, both login options are available today and both are as easy to use as they are on the web. You simply select either the Facebook option or the Google option, enter in your account information, and you’ll be taken to a screen where you can pay for your purchase. With Amazon Payments you can choose to either simply “pay now” or you can choose to “pay now” and keep your information on file for later purchases. When PayPal launches later this week, we expect it may offer similar options. Bring on the Apps!But what’s a store without some applications for sale? Freeman says more paid applications are arriving soon. In addition to the one app there now, he says two more packages will be added later this week with many more arriving the following week and in those that follow. Cydia’s store will feature some DRM-free applications but will also support the existing DRM in commercial applications like Snapture (the zoomable iPhone camera). We hope that the availability of a store will encourage more developers to list their applications and tweaks on Cydia instead of just posting them on various message board around the net. For example, we’ve found some of the best Winterboard themes on the MacThemes Forum, but often, they’re never added into Cydia.Cydia is Not for Pirated Apps, It’s for Better AppsIt’s important to realize that what Cydia offers is not pirated or cracked applications – it’s just an alternative iPhone app marketplace for the apps that Apple would never approve. And as far as jailbreaking being illegal? Well, that’s being hotly debated now. No matter Apple’s stand, it will be something that’s hard to enforce, especially when people see the forbidden fruit that awaits them just beyond Apple’s walled garden. Tags:#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Soft Skills Gap and Generation Z

first_imgIf you are like most managers with employees in their late teens and twenties, then you no doubt have first-hand experience with a very serious management challenge that has been growing especially fast in recent years: an ever-widening “soft skills gap” in the workforce, especially among the newest young workforce.I use the term “soft skills” because most people understand the term is used to encompass a wide range of non-technical skills ranging from self-awareness to people skills to problem solving to teamwork—in contrast to “hard skills,” which are technical.These skills may be less tangible and harder to define and measure than many of the hard skills, but they are absolutely critical to the success or failure of any individual in the workplace. The problem is that these old-fashioned basics—professionalism, critical thinking, and followership—are out of fashion, so they are too rarely spoken of nowadays. Today’s young talent is not being indoctrinated in these old-fashioned basics either at home or in school. Usually, by the time they get to the workplace, employers figure it is too late to focus on them. Certainly most managers figure it is neither their place, nor do they have the time or resources or knowhow to deal with the soft skills gap in their newest youngest employees. So the soft skills gap continues to grow, hiding in plain sight, despite the fact that it costs organizations a fortune every day.- Sponsor – I’ve asked tens of thousands of managers, “How much do these so-called ‘soft skills’ matter?” The answer is nearly universal: soft skills matter a lot. The cliché is that people get hired because of their hard skills but fired because of their soft skills.When employees have significant gaps in their soft skills, there are significant negative consequences. Potentially good hires are overlooked. Good hires go bad. Bad hires go worse. Misunderstandings abound. People get distracted. Productivity goes down. Mistakes are made. Customer service suffers. Workplace conflicts occur more frequently. Good people leave when they might have otherwise stayed longer.It robs so many young employees of greater success and causes so many managers so much aggravation and so many unnecessary costs. The soft skills gap is not a household term like the technical skill gap, but it should be because its impact is monumental.Like the technical skill gap, the soft skills gap in the workforce has been developing slowly for decades. But the soft skills gap runs across the entire workforce—among workers with technical skills that are in great demand every bit as much as workers without technical skills. What is more, the soft skills gap has gotten much worse in recent years.Are today’s young employees really so much worse when it comes to soft skills than those of previous generations?The Soft Skills Gap:
 Growing Steadily from Gen X to Gen Y to Gen ZSince 1993, I’ve been tracking generational change in the workplace and its impact on organizations, especially the impact on supervisory relationships. I started out as a frustrated young lawyer seeking to understand why the older, more experienced lawyers were so annoyed by those of my generation, Generation X (born 1965–77). I quickly realized that it wasn’t just the older, more experienced people at my firm who were annoyed with Gen Xers. It was nearly everybody older and more experienced in workplaces of all shapes and sizes.That’s when I started conducting in-depth interviews with young people and their managers, the original research that led to my first book Managing Generation X. I formed a company to continue that research, and we’ve been conducting that interview research for decades now, ever tracking the ever-emerging ever-“newer” new young workforce. By the late 1990s, we started tracking the first wave of the great Millennial cohort, what we refer to as Generation Y (born 1978–89). At this point, we’ve been tracking the second-wave Millennials, whom we call Generation Z (born 1990–99), for nearly a decade now, since they first entered the workforce as teenagers in part-time jobs. Gen Zers are the newest “new dogs” arriving in your workplace, part of the global youth tide rising now and for the foreseeable future.Since the mid-1990s, I’ve had a front-row seat, on the front lines, and behind the scenes in organizations of all shapes and sizes. I’ve interviewed tens of thousands of young workers, and they’re in just about every industry—health care, professional services, restaurants, retail, research, finance, aerospace, software, manufacturing, the public sector, and even nonprofits. You name it. Based on two decades of research, I can report that the overwhelming data points to a steady diminution in the soft skills of young people in the workplace from Gen X to Gen Y to Gen Z. Today’s young workers are increasingly likely to have significant notable weaknesses in one or several key soft skills.Why is that?Something Much Larger Is Going on Here: 
The Post-Boomer Generational ShiftOf course, the older, more experienced people are always more or less annoyed by the attitudes and behavior of each successive new young generation. New young employees are, by definition, always younger and less experienced and, therefore, lacking in the corresponding maturity and patience. As they step into the adult world with youthful energy and enthusiasm, young workers often clash with their older colleagues. That’s always part of the story. But there is something much bigger going on here.On a macro level, Generation Z represents a tipping point in the post-Boomer generational shift transforming the workforce. With older (first-wave) Boomers now retiring in droves, they are taking with them the last vestiges of the old-fashioned work ethic. By 2020, more than 80 percent of the workforce will be post-Boomer dominated in numbers, norms, and values by Generations X, Y, and Z. Generation Z will be greater than 20 percent of the North American and European workforce (and a much greater percentage in younger parts of the world, especially South Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, and South America).Much of why Generation Z seems like a new species from another planet is really just an accident of history. They just happen to be the generation to come of age in the 2010s, during an era of profound change and uncertainty driven by a confluence of epic historical forces.Globalization. Generation Z will be the first truly global generation—connecting and traveling to work across borders in every direction and combination. Unlike any other generation in history, Gen Z can look forward to a lifetime of interdependency and competition with a rising global youth-tide from every corner of this ever-flattening world.Technology. The pace of technological advance today is unprecedented. Information. Computing. Communication. Transportation. Commerce. Entertainment. Food. Medicine. War. In every aspect of life, anything can become obsolete any time—possibilities appear and disappear swiftly, radically, and often without warning.Institutional Insecurity. Gen Zers were small children on 9/11 and young teenagers when the economy collapsed in 2008. Theirs is a world threatened by terrorism and environmental cataclysm in which the economy fluctuates wildly from boom to bust, governments sometimes shut down or run out of money, and great companies conquer or fail or merge or continually downsize, restructure, and re-engineer. Institutions in every domain have been forced into a constant state of flux just in order to survive and succeed in this constantly changing world. Gen Zers know enough to know that they can’t rely on institutions to be the anchors of their success and security.The Information Environment. Gen Zers are the first true “digital natives.” They learned how to think, learn, and communicate in a never-ending ocean of information. Theirs is an information environment defined by wireless Internet ubiquity, wholesale technology integration, infinite content, and immediacy. From a dangerously young age, their infinite access to information and ideas and perspectives—unlimited words, images, and sounds—is completely without precedent.Human Diversity. In every dimension, the world is becoming more diverse and more integrated. Generation Z will be the most diverse workforce in history, by far. That’s true in terms of geographical point of origin, ethnic heritage, ability/disability, age, language, lifestyle preference, sexual orientation, color, size, and every other way of categorizing people. For one thing, the Generation Z workforce will include a global mix like never before. Equally important, Gen Zers look at every single individual—with his/her own combination of background, traits, and characteristics—in his or her own unique diversity story. They value difference, uniqueness, and customization, most of all their own.At the same time, Generation Z has been also been shaped by two very important micro trends.Helicopter Parenting on Steroids. By the late 1990s, the Boomer-esque self-esteem based “everyone gets a trophy” style parenting was morphing anew. The parents of these second-wave Millennials are mostly Gen Xers who have had fewer children and typically have children at a later age than Boomers did. Xer parents have taken helicopter parenting to a whole new level. As one Gen Xer parent told me, “I don’t want to make my kid just feel like a winner no matter what happens; I want to do everything I can to set him up with every possible advantage to make sure he has a big head start in the real world, so he can win for real.” Parents (and contingent authority figures) are so engaged in supervising and supporting the child’s every move, validating their differences, excusing (or medicating) their weaknesses, and setting them up with every material advantage possible. In China, where there are so many only-children due to the longstanding “single child policy,” a similar trend in child-rearing has yielded a phenomenon referred to by many as “Little Emperor Syndrome.”Gen Zers grew up spending most of their time ensconced in their own highly customized safety zones—the private comfort of protection and resources provided by responsible adults who are always supposed to be looking out for them. Gen Zers have been insulated and scheduled and supervised and supported to a degree that no children or young adults have ever been before. It’s been decades since children were told to “go outside and play.” Even school no longer functions (as it used to) as a robust quasi-public sphere for children to “scrimmage” real-life social interaction. More Gen Zers per capita, by far, have been home-schooled than any generation since the rise of public schooling. Meanwhile, parental involvement in the classroom is more pervasive than ever before.Gen Zers have grown accustomed to being treated almost as customers or users of services and products provided by authority figures in institutions, both in schools and in extracurricular activities, not to mention in their not-infrequent experiences as actual customers.As a result of all of this, relationship boundaries with authority figures are rather blurry for Gen Zers. They expect authority figures to be always in their corner, to set them up for success, and to be of service. They are often startled when authority figures see it otherwise.Virtual Reality. It’s not just that they are always looking down at their hand-held devices. Gen Zers are always totally plugged in to an endless stream of content and in continuous dialogue—through social-media based chatting and sharing and gaming—with peers (and practical strangers) however far away (or near) they might be. They are forever mixing and matching and manipulating from an infinite array of sources to create and then project back out into the world their own ever-changing personal montage of information, knowledge, meaning, and selfhood.They try on personas, virtually. Social media makes it easy to experiment with extreme versions of one persona or another more or less (or much more) crass means of expression.Gen Zers are perfectly accustomed to feeling worldly and ambitious and successful by engaging virtually in an incredibly malleable reality where the stakes can seem all-important one moment, until the game is lost and reset with the push of a button.In a nutshell, Generation Z might be seen as a rising global youth-tide of “Little Emperors” who have been told their whole lives “all styles are equally valid” and try to “fit in” with each other, in a never-ending digital dance, by projecting their uniquely diverse persona(s) in their own highly customized virtual peer ecosystems.Trying to make the adjustment to “fitting in” in the very real, truly high stakes, mostly adult world of the workplace is a whole new game for them. And it’s not really their kind of game. They are less inclined to try to “fit in” at work and more inclined to try to make this “whole work thing” fit in with them.Gen Zers: The Ultimate 
Non-conformists in an Age of Non-conformismIf you think about it, soft skills are mostly about “fitting in”—making an effort to conform one’s attitude and behavior to established standards of conduct—in order to engage and work together effectively with others in a shared enterprise. Here’s the thing: Gen Zers are the ultimate non-conformists in an age of non-conformism.For some time now, the pendulum of the zeitgeist has been swinging (more or less) away from conformism. Non-conformism is the belief that it is better for individuals to be unique and emphasize their individual differences from the group; conformism is the belief that it is better for individuals to subordinate their individual differences and adopt the normative/dominant attitudes and behaviors accepted by the group in order to “fit in.” Of course, in any era there are conformists and outliers, regardless of the zeitgeist. But the pendulum does swing one way or the other. Think of the relative conformism of the 1950s when so many were trying to assimilate and come together after the global upheaval of World War II and its aftermath. The revolutionary non-conformity of the 1960s yanked the pendulum in the other direction, and it’s been swinging that way ever since. There have been ebbs in the swing, notably in the middle 1980s and the years immediately following 9/11. Still, the pendulum has kept swinging away from conformism and toward a broad cultural relativism for many good reasons.It is unfortunate that cultural relativism has been widely misunderstood and is often misappropriated (in a classic case of reductio ad absurdum) by those who wish to argue that no expectations of conformity to any norms of conduct are legitimate. This is the kind of thinking that leads to the wishful notion that “all styles are equally valid.”It is easy to see why cultural relativism is so important to understand: it provides much of the intellectual underpinning behind some very important long-term cultural and social trends away from oppressively hierarchical systems and one-size-fits-all rules. Strict hierarchy and one-size-fits-all rules are extremely limiting: by design, they prescribe and proscribe the behavior of those who wish to belong. They constrain individual expression, creativity, and innovation. They exclude those outside the norm or unwilling to conform. Sometimes they exclude people for very bad reasons, sometimes even with malice, as in “no Irish need apply,” a sign common in US workplaces in the middle- to late-nineteenth century. Cultural relativism teaches us that differences in norms and values are not an indication of moral failure. There may be many different ways to think about or do things that are equally legitimate, on some fundamental level, even if they might be more or less appropriate in one culture versus another. Plus, being open to people with differing norms and values can open valuable new opportunities and possibilities. Still, none of this means that “all styles are equally valid.”What it really means is that a style that may be appropriate in one time and place may not be appropriate in another. Any cultural anthropologist will tell you that the way to get along in a different culture is to adjust your attitude and behavior to what is appropriate in that place and time. That doesn’t mean you have to compromise your values or integrity or abandon your “true self.” It just means, if you want to develop good relationships with others and be effective, you need to be adaptable.Dress codes offer a simple example: I often say, “If you don’t want to wear a uniform, you shouldn’t become a police officer, a firefighter, or a soldier.” Uniforms function to help police, firefighters, and soldiers identify each other in a crowd; signal to outsiders the special role of those in uniform; provide important information such as name and rank; and have built-in equipment for doing the job. Uniforms can make a lot of sense in some jobs. So where do you draw the line? What about suits and ties for men? Skirts and jackets for women? When I was a young associate at a Wall Street law firm in the early 1990s, there was a serious brouhaha among the young associates over women lawyers being required to wear skirts instead of pants. In the 1990s! The Gen X lawyers had a mini-revolt in favor of women being able to wear pantsuits. What rebels!Some standards of conduct are more burdensome than others. Some are arbitrary, exclusionary, constraining, and worth resisting. Others are necessary, efficacious, and worth some inconvenience. How does one tell the difference? This question holds the key to bridging the soft skills gap with today’s young talent.The Bottom Line:
Managing Gen ZersThe bottom line is this: you simply cannot have a functional workplace where everybody makes his own rules of conduct. Imagine an organization where some employees support the mission, but others support the opposite mission. Where nobody agrees about who is in charge. Where people come and go whenever they feel like it. Where some people wear pantsuits, and others wear bathing suits. Where people only work on the tasks and responsibilities they enjoy, insist on doing everything their own way, and only work with the people they like. Where meetings are held with no particular agenda, and people are encouraged to blurt out whatever pops into their heads. Where people may or may not return each other’s calls and emails. And so on.Sometimes conforming makes a lot of sense. Consider the essential soft skills such as the elements of professionalism, critical thinking, and followership. These are old-fashioned basics for a reason: they are time-tested best practices. They work.Nobody needs Gen Zers to give up their uniqueness as individuals, their overall non-conformism, or adopt too many arbitrary, exclusionary, or overly constraining standards. But most managers would very much like Gen Zers to make some reasonable adaptations—to adjust at least some of their attitudes and behaviors to the realities of the adult workplace.The problem is that Gen Zers are neither accustomed nor inclined to conform their attitudes and behavior for an institution or an authority figure (especially a non-parental authority figure).Yes, they apply for the job. They accept the job. They might be excited about the job. They might want your approval. They usually are very keen to succeed. They definitely want the paycheck. Nonetheless, they usually do not realize just how much “just doing their own thing” makes their attitudes and behavior maladaptive in the real world of the workplace. Most of them have no concept of the incredible power of the old-fashioned soft skills.If you want your employees to really focus on high-priority soft skill behaviors, then you need to:Set clear goals for specific behaviors.Monitor and measure each employee’s actual performance on those specific behaviors in relation to those goals.Provide candid feedback, direction, and guidance on those behaviors.
Problem solve and troubleshoot when course correction is necessary.
Identify opportunities to improve on those specific behaviors.
Recognize and reward success on those specific behaviors.Identify high performers for key assignments, opportunities, and promotions based on success in those specific behaviors.Your young employees need to know exactly what is expected and required of them every step of the way when it comes to high-priority soft skill behaviors. They also need to know that their performance will be measured and that the score will have real consequences for failure and real rewards for success. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Better Search UX Through Microcopy

first_img Posted on 28th June 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share (Image source: Macy’s) (Large preview)Handling ResultsThere are a two pieces of copy that I’d consider required when displaying search results:The query itself.If the search bar is highly visible, it can be displayed here. You can also create an H1 that states “Results for {{terms}}.”The number of results.If the results are paginated, you might also include the number of pages. Better Search UX Through Microcopy Better Search UX Through Microcopy Andrew Millen 2019-06-28T12:30:59+02:00 2019-06-28T12:36:30+00:00It’s hard to overstate the importance of web search. Searching is as old as the Internet itself, and by some measures, even older. A well-designed search benefits both you and your users; it increases conversions, reduces bounce rates, and improves the user experience.Search is especially important on large scale sites and e-commerce experiences, where the majority of revenue comes from search-driven sessions. Studies show that up to 50% of users go straight to the internal search bar of a website, and that 15% outright prefer using the search function to browsing the hierarchical menu. This means that for all the love and care that goes into determining the information architecture of a site, just as much has to go into designing the search experience.Complicating the problem is the fact that users’ search skills are flimsy at best, and incompetent at worst. Getting good results from a search engine often requires multiple attempts and reformulations, which users rarely do. And as search technology improves over time, users are increasingly likely to accept the results of a search as the answer to their question, even if their query was flawed. Users who favor searches tend to move quickly, scanning the page for that familiar-looking rectangle, and bouncing quickly when they don’t find what they’re looking for.Communicating with those users “at speed” is a tricky job that requires a specialized tool: microcopy. The name ‘microcopy’ belies its own importance. It may be small, but big successes often hinge on it. It’s a place where voice can shine through, where good impressions are made, and where utility and branding intersect. With that in mind, let’s dive into the many ways that microcopy and contextualization can vastly improve a search experience.Placing And Labeling Your SearchIn accordance with Jakob’s Law, your first instinct when designing a search bar should be to put a rectangular box in the upper right or upper left corner. You should add a label or A11y-friendly placeholder text, and include a submit button that says “Search.”Hiding the search bar behind a link, forgoing placeholder text, or opting for magnifying glass icon CTA instead of plain text are all valid design decisions in the right context. Just make sure you’re not abstracting the function of the search bar unnecessarily because searching already has a higher interaction cost than browsing.Every barrier, however inconsequential you may find it as a designer, risks negatively affecting the UX and your bottom line. If there’s a risk your users may confuse the magnifying glass icon for a “zoom” button, you should mitigate that.Placeholder TextPlaceholder text is a great place to enhance the experience. It can be informational, it can be a place for brand expression, and it can nudge wavering users in the right direction. Anytime I see a search bar that just says “Search,” I see a missed opportunity.So what’s a better approach? It varies from site to site. First, familiarize yourself with your business goals, your brand, and your users’ existing habits. Then, consider how you can be the most helpful.Nudge The UserA suggestive approach can reduce the user’s anxiety. Clue your users into the fact that they can search in multiple ways, especially if they may not be familiar with your full range of products or services. ASOS suggests searching for inspiration in addition to products and brands: (Image source: ASOS) (Large preview)Be InformativeTell the user exactly what they’ll be getting when they hit submit. On Shutterstock, a site wholly devoted to the search of a massive photo archive, this placeholder text cleverly doubles as a tagline when paired with the logo: (Image source: Shutterstock) (Large preview)Reinforce The BrandHome Depot’s search bar doesn’t lead the user, but instead presents a helpful, personal tone which I’m sure is in line with their brand voice guidelines. This is probably the best approach considering the size of their product catalog: HomeWeb DesignBetter Search UX Through Microcopy (Image source: Chewy) (Large preview)Often these don’t require additional context or copy at all, but can just be listed below the search bar as the user types, as shown in the example above.Related SearchesShowing related searches on the results page is another way to help guide users without getting in the way. A common pattern is providing a few clickable keywords related to the original query above the results. A little copy that states “Other users searched for” is a good way to incorporate social proof into the search experience.Recent SearchesIf your technology allows it, saving and resurfacing recent searches is another way to helpfully reduce the memory load on the user. Make sure you add context with copy, but it can be as straightforward as this: (Image source: The Home Depot) (Large preview)Using Search Logs To Your AdvantageIf you’re not sure the best way to optimize your placeholder text, a good place to start is your search log database. Learning how to break down these results can be incredibly valuable when formulating helpful content design. You’ll be able to see first-hand the vocabulary people use to search your site, and more importantly, the gaps between what you offer and what your users are looking for.Suggested, Related, And Recent SearchesDuring the search process, your copy should offer as much help along the way as possible without being overbearing. That includes everything from an obvious “Cancel” or “Clear” button to logging each user’s recent searches for surfacing later. When choosing the right microcopy to accompany these features, add a dash of brown sauce.AutosuggestionsUsers who use the search bar are doing so because they’re looking for something specific, which makes autosuggestions a valuable (and increasingly expected) tool. Specificity, in this case, may be as focused as “Women’s gray shoe size 9M” or as open-ended as “Sandwich shops near me.”Autosuggestions also reduce the risk of returning bad results, alleviate the mental effort on the user, and present an opportunity to surface your most popular products. Better Search UX Through MicrocopyYou are here: (Image source: REI Co-op) (Large preview)No ResultsWhether through their own error not, users will inevitably encounter a “no results” page at some point. Luckily, there are ways to handle this gracefully; in fact, with the right approach, this dead end can actually be a great opportunity for content discovery.First of all, don’t expect your users to refine their search if they get no results — at least not without a UI that encourages it. Users are reluctant to reformulate their query and have trouble when trying to. They’re more likely to engage with whatever information they’re presented with and take it from there, or abandon the task entirely. (When was the last time you clicked through to the second page of Google search results?)That said, it’s easy to see how a little copywriting and contextualization can improve the experience. Nielsen Norman Group has a comprehensive guide on how to handle No Results SERPs, with the gist being:Make it obvious there are no results.It’s easy to get cute and accidentally bury the lede. It’s also tempting to intentionally hide the “no results” messaging to obfuscate the error entirely. Either way, don’t trick the user.Offer paths forward.Suggest ways to refine the search query (such as checking your spelling), and also provide links to popular content or products that have the highest likelihood of connecting with the user.Strike the right tone.Use your brand voice, but don’t run the risk of exacerbating the situation with humor that might be ill-received by a frustrated user.Also, bear in mind that empty SERPs may arise because a user mistakenly submitted without entering any query at all. You should have a content plan for this scenario as well rather than returning all items in the database, for example.Wrapping UpWriting a good search experience comes down to thoughtfulness. As designers, we’ve probably used and created hundreds of different web search experiences, so we breeze through the process. But when we consider every small step of the process (every microinteraction and every edge case), the minor changes we make can have a major impact on the experience. 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F2 skipper Cruz: We wanted to show we can come back

first_imgAfter 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads “When we were given the chance to take the fourth set, we knew that we wanted to claim the game and that we can comeback from a deficit,” said Cruz in Filipino Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.READ: F2 forces rubber match for PSL Grand Prix title, survives PetronFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingF2 was down two sets to one in the fourth set and immediately looked at a 0-9 deficit at the start of the period, but the Cargo Movers mounted a 13-4 run that tied the scores at 13-13.Maria Perez then capped off another one of F2’s run, a 9-3 spurt, to give the Cargo Movers a 22-18 lead. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims F2 captain Cha Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen F2 Logistics needed a heroine in Game 2 of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix Finals, skipper Cha Cruz took the majestic route and willed the Cargo Movers in an inspired clutch performance.Cruz, who finished with 10 points, said it all started with their mentality that they can, and will, send the championship round to a third game after their comeback Game 2 victory, 25-20, 24-26, 14-25, 25-19, 15-4, against Petron.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 It was in the fifth set that Cruz finally showed off her chops when she punished Petron setter Rhea Dimaculangan with an off-the-block kill that gave F2 a 10-3 lead.Cruz then delivered the Cargo Movers to match point territory with a service ace, 14-4, before Perez ended the match with a booming kill.“Deep in my heart, I know I have the spirit that I really want to play, I want to contribute for the team,” said Cruz. “And I think it was just perfect timing that I was in the game and I was able to deliver.”ADVERTISEMENT SBP starts hosting preps by observing in 2019 Fiba World Cup in China Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more