Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Equalpay or, more specifically, the lack of it, is an issue that continues togenerate headlines – and not just in the HR press.Whilethe glass ceiling appears to be cracking for women as they gain a bigger shareof well-paid managerial jobs (see page 1), the HRprofession is lagging behind.Thebittersweet irony for HR people, at all levels, is that they should be seen asthe drivers of equality within an organisation. But now, far from casting theirgaze across the organisation, HR needs to look a little bit closer to home. Itmust be hard to take for female managers out there, who are working hard toensure equal opportunities and pay for staff throughout their organisations,when they are experiencing this disparity first hand.Researchby the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows less than a thirdof organisations undertook an equal pay audit last year, and other surveys showthat female HR directors in the private sector earn up to a third less than men.Predictably,the unions are arguing for compulsory audits as pay discrimination – eventhough the situation appears to be improving – is still commonplace. Theemployers’ stance, as trumpeted by the CBI, is one of opposition to mandatoryaudits because of the extra burden it will create.Commonsense, backed up by a raft of recent research, points to the fact thatpotential employees are influenced in their choice of employer by its record onequal pay. By the same token, it will influence whether an individual stayswithin that same organisation.Perhapsthe simplistic answer is that there are so many equal opportunities issues foremployers to deal with that pay and reward often gets swept under the carpet.But this is not an excuse – HR should be setting a good example.Unlessthis situation improves, the HR profession may soon be experiencing the braindrain from its own ranks, it strives so hard to prevent elsewhere. It’s still a man’s world when it comes to payOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article
The addition of the Centennial Garden will celebrate the history of the University of Georgia Tifton campus while breathing new life into the heart of the campus, according to Joe West, assistant dean of the campus.The 2-acre garden, which is under construction behind the Tift Building at the center of campus, is a recreation of a garden that existed in an earlier era, when the campus was known as the Coastal Plain Experiment Station. The new garden is slated for completion by May 3, when it will be dedicated as the community celebrates UGA–Tifton’s centennial.“It just seemed very appropriate to recreate the garden at this time. It’s part of our history and will continue to be as we move forward with the campus’ next 100 years,” West said. “I think our faculty, staff and students are very excited to see what the garden will look like when it is completed.”The original garden was very symmetrical with beautiful plant materials, however, as the automotive age kicked into gear, the garden took a backseat.“There’s an old song (‘Big Yellow Taxi’) that says, ‘They paved paradise and put up a parking lot,’ which is exactly what happened,” West said.West stumbled onto records of the original garden and thought, “It would be really cool if we recreated that.” The project was quickly approved and construction ensued.The completed formal garden will contain 100 percent UGA-generated genetic plant releases. ‘October Glory’ maple, ‘Pink Damsel’ serviceberry, ‘Sweet Frost’ tangerine and ‘Green Shadow’ magnolia trees will be planted within the garden, with oaks and magnolias framing the garden’s outer areas and flowers and fruits comprising the garden’s interior.“We are dedicated to research here, so for the Centennial Garden to be filled with plant materials developed by UGA scientists is exciting,” West said.UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Sam Pardue, West and members of the Tift family will attend the dedication ceremony on May 3. Captain H.H. Tift helped Tifton win the bid for the then-Coastal Plain Experiment Station when it opened in 1919.For more information about the UGA-Tifton centennial events, see http://tifton.caes.uga.edu/about/campus-overview/history/centennial-celebration.html.