Previous Article Next Article Oil giant flies the flag for keeping HR skills in-houseOn 26 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Top companies are embracing the idea of shared services as an alternative to outsourcing HR administration. The approach allows organisations to keep HR in-house by setting up resources in one unit that can be accessed by sites in different countries, often using Internet technology. In the last six months, oil giant Shell has rejected the option of outsourcing its HR function and set up an HR shared services business in Europe, which includes both HR expertise and transactional processes such as payroll services and employs 300 people. Sandra Law, manager of Shell’s European employee service centre, told Personnel Today that the company has no intention of following BP Amoco and Unisys down the route of outsourcing all of its HR function. Speaking at a conference on e-enabled HR organised by IIR in London last week, Law said, “The next stage will look at using the web technology, but we are not looking to outsource all HR services. “In the future we may outsource parts, but we think the service as a whole should be kept within the organisation. This then keeps a professional HR network.”Shell People Services employs 550 people globally, including 300 in Europe, comprised of staff with strategic HR expertise, diversity specialists and transactional processes such as payroll.Another company, Citigroup Business Services, set up three shared services in Europe, the Philippines and the US three years ago to manage HR in the 92 countries in which it operates, with HR as a key component.“After 12 months the cost base was reduced by 30 per cent with no loss of services or control,” Leo Bartle, European head, told delegates. The shared services approach was praised by Steve Tree, senior manager of Arthur Anderson’s human capital group. He told delegates that businesses that used shared HR services made budget savings estimated at between 20 to 30 per cent. By Catriona Marchant
Widespread Panic marked their return to the Wanee Music Festival with a pair of lengthy headlining sets that were packed with massive jams, special guests, and fierce energy. After back to back opening sets from the legendary Phil Lesh, Widespread Panic laid out their case for Wanee MVPs with two days of firework laden shows that saw near hour-long unbroken jams, welcoming guests like Luther Dickinson, Marcus King, and Jason Crosby. Panic’s love of the picturesque Spirit Of Suwannee Park has inspired historical performances in the past and it looks like the inspirational energy of the venue is still in full effect.Check out some of our favorite highlights below, also available on our YouTube channel.“Chilly Water” “Good People-Love Tractor”“I’m Not Alone-Big Wooly Mammoth-Radio Child”“Rebirtha-Blackout Blues-Second Skin”“Holden Oversoul-Who Do You Belong To”“1 X 1-Cotton Was King” Setlist: Widespread Panic | Wanee Music Festival | Live Oak, FL | 4/20/18Set: Tail Dragger, Chilly Water, One Arm Steve, Holden Oversoul, Who Do You Belong To?, Shut Up and Drive, 1 x 1, Cotton Was King, Driving Song > Disco > Porch Song > Drums > Jam > Greta > Space Wrangler > Driving Song > Blight, North, Action ManEncore: Smokestack Lightning*, Climb To Safety* – w/ Luther Dickinson on guitarSetlist: Widespread Panic | Wanee Music Festival | Live Oak, FL | 4/21/18Set: Pigeons, Good People, Love Tractor, I’m Not Alone, Big Wooly Mammoth, Radio Child, Rebirtha > Blackout Blues > Second Skin*, Pilgrims, Bowlegged Woman**, One Kind Favor**, Fishwater***, Lake of Fire*, Ain’t Life Grand*Encore: Expiration Day, Papa’s Home, Mr. Soul* Jason Crosby on fiddle** Marcus King on guitar*** Jason Crosby on keysIf you haven’t already, check out our highlight videos from Phil Lesh and Marcus King, Dumpstaphunk’s Red Hot Chili Peppers set, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Roosevelt Collier. More to come!