Reggae Boyz captain Je-vaughn Watson says the new look Jamaica team set to take on Honduras today in an international friendly at BBVA Compass stadium in Texas, USA, at 8:30 p.m. Jamaica time, is on the right path and he expects an improved performance and a win. Watson, who was appointed captain when Theodore Whitmore started as interim coach back in September, told The Gleaner the players are united and enthusiastic and are all willing to ‘fight’ for a win. “It’s (team) on the right path, even though it’s a young team, the chemistry is good and when you have good chemistry you can do lots of good things. If guys are not gelling it’s not going to work. Everyone is born Jamaican, they are willing to fight to make sure we win,” he said from the team’s hotel during a telephone interview yesterday. “Every game, we try to win so we will try to win because the last game we lost and losing is a habit. So we have to try to win this game and step up the ranking,” Watson added. In the team’s last outing against USA, the Boyz spent most of the match defending. But Watson defended his troops’ performance and promised an improve display for tonight’s contest. “The last game, we put out a young team against a strong USA team, and the weather we played in, a lot of the guys weren’t use to it. But it was a good result and although we wanted to win, we came up short. But we are still rebuilding and we only lost 1-0, but we created a lot of chances and did not capitalise, so we are hoping when we go out tomorrow (today), we can capitalise and score some goals,” he commented. RIGHT PATH
It’s written all over their faces. Boredom, exhaustion, and a general attitude that screams “I’m over it!” Sure, the office mood often fluctuates, but something is different these days—perhaps because the morale has been low for weeks. Before your team members start putting time on your calendar to “talk, and just discuss the future of my role here at the company,” you must turn the ship around.“Executives set the tone and example for the behaviors and the values. When employees see values and expected behaviors being modeled in positive and visible ways, it sends a strong message,” said Kirsten Davidson, Head of Employer Brand at Glassdoor.New research from Glassdoor’s Dr. Andrew Chamberlain reveals that employees are willing to sacrifice their work-life balance for a leader they believe in. So while you may hear whispers at the watercooler, know that they will rally behind a visionary leader.Therefore, you’ve got to take action quick. Here are 7 simple ways to increase employee morale and performance without giving a raise:1. Show them you care.Instead of sneaking into your corner office or running meetings as usual, address the elephant in the room. Call out the less-than-ideal circumstances at the company and prove to your team that you’re not oblivious to their concerns. Directly address issues whether they be compensation, poor reviews, sliding performance, stressful culture or a loss of quality of life. This will earn you major points and allow you to begin the rebuilding process.2. Give them something to believe in and work towards.Most office environments are goal oriented, so give them something positive to inspire them. While you may not be able to give everyone a raise, incentivize their work with additional days off, gift cards or even benefits. Remember, you can’t diminish the importance of recognition and appreciation as integral components of a winning reward strategy.[Related: See Why Orbitz Is One of the Top Companies for Work/Life Balance]3. Ask for their input.Get feedback on how the culture could be improved or put out a call for suggestions on how to nip monotony in the bud. Here at Glassdoor and other successful companies, we do regular, all-company surveys to take the pulse. Try a 10-questions SurveyMonkey poll of employees, which will allow for anonymous and thoughtful feedback.4. Celebrate work anniversaries.At Facebook, the staff celebrates Face-versaries which are the anniversaries of employees, complete with a numerical, mylar balloon and a card from the leadership team. Take inspiration from this and jot down your employees’ start dates. Be sure to acknowledge them with a morning meeting shout-out or even flowers. Company loyalty should always be recognized.[Related: 7 Companies as Cool as Facebook – And Hiring Now!]5. Give your team the afternoon off “just because.”If you’ve checked the calendar and notice that there are no more important meetings for the day and it’s 1pm, just tell everyone to go home. This random act of kindness will endear the team to you and undoubtedly give them the temporary boost that they need.6. Be transparent.“Time and time again, I’ve found that the best teams are built by leaders who encourage and embrace feedback and transparency,” said Robert Hohman, CEO of Glassdoor. “Honest and open communication is key to making sure you operate as a team, and that everyone feels their opinions and ideas are heard and valued. Transparency should be in your DNA, both as a business and as an employer.”[Related: Top 5 Takeaways From Glassdoor’s Pay Equality Roundtable Featuring Hillary Clinton]7. Organize an inexpensive activity.Few things boost morale quite like a team happy hour or trip to the local bowling alley. Break out of the confines of the office in order to relax and recalibrate with your team. Teams at PayPal go out for quarterly happy hours and MSLGROUP public relations agency organized for the staff to go to San Francisco Giants games. Whatever you do, just make it fun. Davidson adds, “When employees are on teams where they feels supported and allowed to authentically show up and contribute, you see higher levels of performance.”DISCOVER: What Makes A Great CEO?
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 27, 2013May 19, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In malaria endemic regions around the world, malaria in pregnancy continues to contribute significantly to maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. Intermittent preventive treatment using sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) is one of three critical interventions for addressing malaria in pregnancy. WHO’s three-pronged approach also includes the use of insecticide-treated nets and prompt and effective case management. However, in recent years, there has been a slowing of efforts in several countries in Africa to scale-up the implementation of IPTp-SP. The limited scale-up has been partially attributed to confusion among health workers around the specific recommendations for how to implement this intervention.Three departments at WHO – the Global Malaria Programme, the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, and the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health – recently teamed up to issue a policy brief with detailed recommendations for implementing IPTp-SP. The updated policy brief provides clarity for national health authorities on how to administer IPTp-SP. The brief also shares critical information for overcoming various operational challenges—including scale up; management of side-effects; issues surrounding quality, efficacy, and resistance; and co-administration of other medication.Our colleagues at the World Health Organization encourage national health authorities to disseminate this update widely and to help ensure the correct administration of IPTp-SP.From the policy brief:All possible efforts should be made to increase access to IPTp-SP in all areas with moderate to high malaria transmission in Africa, as part of antenatal care services. WHO recommends a schedule of at least four antenatal care visits during pregnancy.1. Starting as early as possible in the second trimester, IPTp-SP is recommended for all pregnant women at each scheduled antenatal care (ANC) visit until the time of delivery, provided that the doses are given at least one month apart. SP should not be given during the first trimester of pregnancy; however, the last dose of IPTp-SP can be administered up to the time of delivery without safety concerns.– IPTp-SP should ideally be administered as directly observed therapy (DOT) of three tablets sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine (each tablet containing 500mg/25mg SP) giving the total required dosage of 1500mg/75mg SP.– SP can be given either on an empty stomach or with food.– SP should not be administered to women receiving co-trimoxazole prophylaxis due to a higher risk of adverse events.– WHO recommends the administration of folic acid at a dose of 0.4mg daily; this dose may be safely used in conjunction with SP. Folic acid at a daily dose equal or above 5mg should not be given together with SP as this counteracts its efficacy as an antimalarial.2. In some countries of sub-Saharan Africa, transmission of malaria has been reduced substantially due to the successful implementation of malaria control efforts. In the absence of data to help determine when to stop IPTp-SP, WHO recommends that countries continue to provide IPTp-SP until data to guide this decision making is available.3. There is currently insufficient evidence to support a general recommendation for the use of IPTp-SP outside Africa.Access the full policy brief.Learn more about malaria in pregnancy:Read a recent post on the MHTF Blog with highlights from the Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group’s annual meeting.Visit the MHTF’s malaria in pregnancy topic page.Follow the MHTF’s malaria in pregnancy list on Twitter.Take a look at the MHTF’s on-going blog series on malaria in pregnancy.Interested in contributing a guest blog post to the series on malaria in pregnancy? Please contact Kate Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this: