Members of the two Hanuabada weightlifting clubs have come together demanding that the PNG Weightlifting Federation interim administration step down.The reason is that there has not been an annual general meeting for the past five years since the interim administration was set up, they say.They questioned why the current administration had been continuing for the past five years but had not held any AGMs since they took over as the interim committee.Weightlifting champion Dika Toua called on the interim administration to step down or there would not be any weightlifting in PNG.She said the two clubs that she and Steven Kari are members of have been used in the past years and have no representation in the PNGWF.“These are the only two clubs that have produced elite athletes representing PNG,” she said.Toua said that as the weightlifting national coach, it was not fair that the coaching staff had no say in the selection process.“As an athlete who had been appointed as a national coach, I’m disappointed that I’m not part of the selection process.“The coaching staff train the athletes and we do programs for them. We also have club coaches training the athletes but we don’t have inputs in the selections so we’ve had enough,” she said.She said they had been training elite athletes for many years without the support of the government and the federation when it came to facilities.Loop PNG is yet to get a response from the PNGWF.Meantime, the clubs thanked major sponsor Trukai Industries for their support throughout the years.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a list of the Top 50 companies who purchase the most green power today in the U.S. as part of the Green Power Partnership. These green power purchases help reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide. But what we wanted to find out is if there is any correlation between a green company and a satisfied workforce. We looked at how these top rated environmentally-friendly companies are rated by their employees. The table below lists the top 12 companies (with 20 or more company reviews) and their corresponding company and CEO approval ratings based on employee feedback. While there is a wide range of findings when looking at how these companies rate according to employees, what’s interesting to note is the fact that only four of these top 12 green companies (Intel, PepsiCo, Whole Foods and Cisco) have CEOs whose approval ratings are above 50%. Among the EPA’s list the US Air Force and Whole Foods receive the highest company ratings, 4.0 and 3.8 respectively. Another observation we caught is the newcomer to the EPA ‘s list, Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has made some significant strides throughout the past year to become more active with their environmental efforts and are now ranked at number 15. However we did note that despite the eco-conscious efforts made by the company, Wal-Mart’s CEO has a modest 34% approval rating and the company receives a neutral 3.4 rating. Walmart Rank 44% Company Rating 3 HSBC Kohl’s Department Store 17% 3.5 15 16 4.0 1 Cisco 3.5 Glassdoor Report: Top Companies using Green Power* Dell Whole Foods 63% 46% 75% Intel 34% Johnson & Johnson Kimberly Clark 43% US Air Force 71% 41% 2 9 7 2.9 Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc 35% 3.0 4 2.9 8 5 Pepsi Co 3.8 2.9 2.7 CEO Rating 66% 3.3 33% 3.5 12 2.9 6 *with 20 or more reviewsFrom the employee perspective, being green doesn’t always seem to make up for some of the issues employees express in regards to senior management. See what some employees of these companies suggest to help improve their satisfaction at the workplace:Listen to your employees. Encourage suggestions. Train, train, train. Do not expect the impossible of your team leaders and associates when they do not know what is expected of them. Too many really fine workers leave in frustration and tears because they are treated badly and pushed beyond normal endurance.- Department Specialist, Kohl’s Department Store Appreciate and value your employees much more than you do today. . Frustration toward executives and fear off layoffs are dramatically impacting productivity.- Project Manager, Dell Listen to your employees in the field and on the front lines. They know more than you think.- Sales Representative, Johnson & Johnson