WORK WISE WEEK 2007
Work Wise Week announced. Work Wise Week (16 May to 22
consist of a number of themed days and events including National
Work from Home Day on Friday 18 May 2007:-
Wednesday 16 ay will feature the Work Wise Summit at the
QEII Conference Centre in London. The summit will cover most of the
elements of smarter working through a series of keynote speeches and
panel discussions, including organisations such as TUC, CBI, BT and
Transport for London. The emphasis will be upon making the UK more
competitive in the face of growing economies in Asia, enabling a
second industrial revolution to make the UK the most progressive
economy in the world.
Thursday 17 May will focus upon Stern Report, published late
last year. The day will look at the significant positive impact of
smarter working on the environment both in terms of the reduced need
to travel and also a longer term reduction in resources and
infrastructure to support a smarter working workforce.
Friday 18 May will be National Work from Home Day. Employers
and staff around the country are being encouraged to work from home
on this day, so that everyone can experience the benefits. This is
not giving a day off for those participating, but an opportunity to
demonstrate that without the stress induced by the workplace
environment and the long commute most have to endure, people can be
more productive occasionally working from home.
Weekend 19/20 May will be Wise Work Weekend, a
consumer-focused initiative to provide guidance and help to those
people who would like to work smarter.
Monday 21 May will look at the transport impacts of smarter
working. The Eddington Report has recommended road charging as a
solution to congestion – this day will focus upon smarter working as
a significant part of that solution. A fall in the need to travel,
and the staggered time of travel, resulting from smarter working
will significantly help in solving the problem of traffic congestion
and overcrowding of public transport.
Tuesday 22 May will focus upon employee benefits and social
impacts of smarter working in terms of improving work-life balance,
leisure and family benefits, and the knock-on effects on health and
relationships. Various organisations with interests in these aspects
will be involved in the day, both nationally and in the host
region(s). The emphasis will be upon promoting a better work-life
balance – working smarter, living better.
Work Wise UK is a national not-for-profit initiative to promote
working’ practices such as flexible, remote and mobile working,
and working from home. It is supported by a number of leading
organisations including the CBI, TUC, British Chambers of Commerce,
BT and Transport for London. The objective is for half the working
population, some 14 million workers, to have had the opportunity to
work smarter by 2011.
For more information visit:-
Rendezvous message – Born again ? Train again
FOR years now,
many riders who first tasted the freedom of the open road on a moped
or scooter have been returning to motorcycle riding in there
thirties and forties. Astride a new and much more powerful bike,
they rejoin this increasingly popular leisure pursuit and become a
part of one of the highest "at risk" groups for motorcycle
casualties. But as Shelby Williams – Road Safety Adviser for
Lancashire Police - explains, this needn’t by so;- "Born-again
bikers will often buy a bigger motorcycle for pleasure or to get to
work and yet don’t immediately think of taking instruction on how to
ride again safely. Our roads are busier than they have ever been and
the performance capabilities of road bikes increases constantly.
Every biker would benefit from additional training to ensure that
they are competent, confident and able to enjoy there riding".
Training courses, education and information form the main theme of
the up coming RideSafe Rendezvous at Fairhaven Lake, Lytham St Annes
on Sunday 15 April. The free, 1-day show, organised by the RideSafe
BackSafe initiative will give riders of all ages and experience an
opportunity to talk to organisations such as the Institute of
Advanced Motoring, the Motorcycle Action Group and the British
Motorcyclists Federation, as well as Police motorcyclists.
Shelby continues;- "Bikers and those thinking of joining the
fold will all enjoy the show. Entertainment will include stunt
performances by Dave Coates, the Xtreme Trials Display Team and the
MPC Ural Motorcycles and TT racer Maria Costello will add a little
glamour. But we also want visitors to take the time to talk with the
experts about improving their riding skills. It is possible to buy a
powerful bike without knowing techniques such as defensive riding,
progressive braking and how to filter safely through traffic and yet
such skills would enhance a rider’s knowledge and enjoyment. The
RideSafe Rendezvous is our way of helping bikers to help
More than 50 trade and dealer stands will satisfy any urges to shop
for new and used bikes, clothing and accessories, whilst the Classic
Bikes Display will recall a time when relaxed riding on deserted
roads was the norm. The RideSafe Rendevous takes place from
11.00am until 4.00pm and is free to all visitors.
More information can be viewed at