ISO 50001:2018 – Energy Management Systems

What is this standard about?

ISO 50001 helps organizations use energy more efficiently and integrate better energy management into business strategy.  It does this by outlining how to implement and maintain an energy management system (EnMS) that continually improves the organization’s energy performance and saves money.

Who is this standard for?

It’s for use by any organization, regardless of its type, size, complexity, geographical location, organizational culture or the products and services it provides. Specifically, the standard will be used by:

  • Any organization wanting to improve energy management to reduce costs and carbon emissions
  • Any organization wishing to implement an energy management system
  • Those who want to develop a deeper understanding of internationally recognized best practice for energy management
  • Users of ISO 14001 who would like to develop their energy management systems

Why should you use this standard?

Implementing an EnMS provides a systematic approach necessary to continually improve energy performance. Once in place, an EnMS enables an organization to set and achieve objectives and energy targets, take action to improve its energy performance and benefit from efficiency and costs savings as a result.

It will help organizations to reduce energy costs, grow more sustainably, become more resilient and comply with legislation.The standard:

  • Applies to activities affecting energy performance that are managed and controlled by the organization
  • Applies irrespective of the quantity, use, or types of energy consumed
  • Requires demonstration of continual energy performance improvement but does not define levels of energy performance improvement to be achieved
  • Can be used independently, or be aligned or integrated with other management systems

What’s changed since the last update?

This revision incorporates ISO’s new high-level structure (HLS) of terms, definitions and headings, thus bringing the 2018 standard into line with the other key management systems standards. It makes this version compatible and easier to integrate with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, which are now also in the ‘HLS’ format.

Other key changes and benefits include:

  • A stronger emphasis on the responsibility of leadership
  • Clarification of key concepts related to energy performance
  • Improved sections on data collection and normalization
  • Additional minor revisions reflecting seven years of using the standard in the real world

ISO 50001 Guide

This free guide is aimed at decision-makers and senior managers.  It outlines key aspects of the energy management standard and how it can benefit your organization and help transform how you manage energy. Get free download.

 

For more information contact the International Organization for Standardization.  If you are in Jamaica you may visit the Bureau of Standards Jamaica.  If you are in England, please contact the British Standards Institute.

Advertisements

6 Essentials To Adulting After High School

If you are about to leave high school or you’ve already graduated, you need to get these six essential items, as they are critical to ‘adulting’. This is the number one channel for tons of great life skills information and advice. Here you will find life hacks and tips that will get you ahead. If this is your first time, thanks for dropping by.

Craig McNally maybe contact via email @ thetalktank@gmail.com

Feeling Frustrated? How To Stand Up For What You Need At Work

When my client Margaret called me, she was in a state of total frustration.

She was a hard working, positive-minded, let’s-get-it-done kind of employee, and had never had performance issues in her career. But after long-term success in a job she loved, she’d just been assigned a new manager who was unlike any other: He gave her the silent treatment, iced her out of conversations, and, overall, was a bit of a bully.

As a result, Margaret, a positively positive and highly effective employee, had turned into a rattled bunch of nerves. She dreaded every interaction with this manager, fearing that in sheer frustration, she’d eventually blurt out “I quit!” without having any kind of backup plan. She wanted to make it work—it was a great job with a wonderful community of colleagues—but she had no idea how she could.

Perhaps, like Margaret, you’ve thought that if you put your nose to the grindstone, do good work, and have a can-do attitude, your career will be smooth sailing. The problem is, many other factors have an impact on your career, too—including the people around you and your relationships with them. And when those people turn into stonewall managers and abrasive colleagues, you’ll need more than a good work ethic and positive attitude to effectively deal with them.

Read More – Forbes

Work and Travel Programme Pt. 2 – How To Earn & Save Money – TalkTank

This is Part 2 of the vlog on the Work and Travel Programme. IN this episode I talk with Marvin Moulton about how to earn and save money while on the work and travel (or work and study) programme.

Here is a list of companies, approved to facilitate the summer work and travel/study programme:
http://www.mlss.gov.jm/download/Emplo

Contact at UTech Ja, University of Technology, Jamaica Career and Placement Unit:
https://www.utech.edu.jm/offices/Care
Contact at the UWI (University of the West Indies) Placement and Career Services:
http://www.mona.uwi.edu/placement/ove

The TalkTank is the number one vlog that provides tons of great advice and information to build life skills.

Each episode of TalkTank, hosted by Craig McNally, uploads great life skills information and advice. TalkTank is the number joint to find life hacks, little life cheats that will get you ahead. If this is your first time inside the TalkTank, hosted by Craig McNally, thanks for dropping by. For more great life skills information and advice, be sure you subscribe to TalkTank. And don’t forget to LIKE n SHARE TalkTank with your social network. TalkTank, hosted by Craig McNally, thanks you for your support!

Thanks for watching TalkTank! ❤

My contact email: thetalktank@gmail.com

*The views expressed in this vlog are strictly my own, and in no way reflect the views of my employer.

Work and Travel Programme Pt. 1 – Not Cheap, BUT Worth Every Penny! – TalkTank

Work & Travel Programme – Not Cheap, BUT Worth Every Penny!

In this week’s TalkTank vlog, I talk with Marvin Moulton about the various costs involved in going on the work and travel (or work and study) programme. The Among the cost involved include the J1 Visa fee, police report, insurance, airline ticket as well as rent, food and transportation costs.

Here is a list of companies, approved to facilitate the summer work and travel/study programme:
http://www.mlss.gov.jm/download/Emplo…

Contact at UTech Ja, University of Technology, Jamaica Career and Placement Unit:
https://www.utech.edu.jm/offices/Care…
Contact at the UWI (University of the West Indies) Placement and Career Services:
http://www.mona.uwi.edu/placement/ove…

The TalkTank is the number one vlog that provides tons of great advice and information to build life skills.

Each week TalkTank, hosted by Craig McNally, uploads great life skills information and advice. TalkTank is the number joint to find life hacks, little life cheats that will get you ahead. If this is your first time inside the TalkTank, hosted by Craig McNally, thanks for dropping by. For more great life skills information and advice, be sure you subscribe to TalkTank. And don’t forget to LIKE n SHARE TalkTank with your social network. TalkTank, hosted by Craig McNally, thanks you for your support!

Thanks for watching TalkTank! ❤

My contact email: thetalktank@gmail.com

*The views expressed in this vlog are strictly my own, and in no way reflect the views of my employer.

How I Manage Going Back to School and Being A Full Time Worker

 | Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella Technology Transformations

Despite all of my current responsibilities, I recently made the decision to go back to school. I wanted to strengthen my knowledge of sales and marketing and so I have been attended night classes at Ryerson University in Toronto.  It’s not easy going back to school and having a full time job, here are some tips on how I have managed to have a full time job and attend school.

Time Management Is Key!

I cannot stress this enough.  This is probably the most important tip I can think of.  If you are working and going to school at the same time you must make sure to manage your time.  Unlike the days when you were a full time student with no job or a full time worker no longer in school, juggling both at the same time can be daunting but doable.  The most important thing to keep in mind is that you have responsibilities to the people at work and at school and that you uphold those responsibilities.

One of the things that I have found the most helpful is create a monthly schedule.  By planning out all of the tasks and activities to be done for work and school, I can se what needs to get done when.  That way I manage to keep up with my responsibilities and be reliable without falling behind.  While sometimes staying on schedule can be difficult, let’s face it, sometimes unexpected things come up, by trying to effectively manage your time you will be able to get a lot more done.

Do Not Take On Too Much

While some might think that trying to go to school and work at the same time means the ship has sailed in terms of taking on too much, well I guess it’s a matter of opinion.  What I mean when I say “Don’t Take On Too Much” is you have to be aware what you can handle and what you cannot.  You do not want the stress of school and work to burn you out where you will be no good at either.  Before deciding to re-enter school- while working a full time job it is important to take a step back and see if you are able to handle all the excess work that will come your way.

When I decided to re-enter school I decided it would be through Continuing Education.  By choosing this route the classes are a bit more accommodating to full time workers and the workload isn’t too bad.  I also decided to take only one course a semester.  Unlike my previous undergraduate experience a few years ago, I knew that school could not take up as much space in my life as it once did. By taking one class a semester it helped balance the workload between my job.

Study A Subject That Interests You

If you are going to make the decision to go back to school, make sure you choose a subject that interests you.  Whether or not it is to update your knowledge of your current job field or to prepare for a transition into a new field, it is important to enroll in classes that interest you.  School does not go down so well if the student dislikes the topics or fields of study.  Being able to balance school and work is a little easier if you enjoy them.

Case in point, I decided to enroll in some marketing and sales courses in order to strengthen my knowledge of the field.  I am hoping that this knowledge will allow me to perform better at my job and obtain a greater understanding of the important of sales and marketing in my company.  So far, I am thoroughly enjoying learning more about sales and marketing as it has been a field that I have enjoyed for quite some time.  Also, while holding a marketing and sales position in the workforce it has allowed me to see the real-world applications of the theories and studies discussed in the classroom much better.

Juggling school and work is a lot.  It takes hard work and dedication in order to succeed at both.  My decision to take on school again was fuelled by my desire to improve and advance myself in my job,  This mutually beneficial relationship allows me to learn more about sales and marketing while also bettering my job performance.  So for those of you thinking about stepping foot in a classroom again while working a full time job, make sure you manage your time, take on what you can handle, and study what you love.

Source (LinkedIn)

I wish you luck!

The 9 Worst Mistakes You Can Ever Make at Work

Travis Bradberry
Contributor
Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart

We’ve all heard of (or seen firsthand) people doing some pretty crazy things at work.

Truth is, you don’t have to throw a chair through a window or quit in the middle of a presentation to cause irreparable damage to your career.

No matter how talented you are or what you’ve accomplished, there are certain behaviors that instantly change the way people see you and forever cast you in a negative light.

The following list contains nine of the most notorious behaviors that you should avoid at all costs.

  1. Backstabbing

The name says it all. Stabbing your colleagues in the back, intentionally or otherwise, is a huge source of strife in the workplace. One of the most frequent forms of backstabbing is going over someone’s head to solve a problem. People typically do this in an attempt to avoid conflict, but they end up creating even more conflict as soon as the victim feels the blade. Anytime you make someone look bad in the eyes of their colleagues, it feels like a stab in the back, regardless of your intentions.

  1. Gossiping

People make themselves look terrible when they get carried away with gossiping about other people. Wallowing in talk of other people’s misdeeds or misfortunes may end up hurting their feelings if the gossip finds its way to them, but gossiping will make you look negative and spiteful every time, guaranteed.

  1. Taking Credit for Someone Else’s Work

We’ve all experienced that stomach-dropping feeling that happens when you discover that someone has stolen your idea. Taking credit for someone else’s work—no matter how small—creates the impression that you haven’t accomplished anything significant on your own. Stealing credit also shows that you have zero regard for your team and your working relationships.

  1. Having an Emotional Hijacking

My company provides 360° feedback and executive coaching, and we come across far too many instances of people throwing things, screaming, making people cry, and other telltale signs of an emotional hijacking.

An emotional hijacking demonstrates low emotional intelligence, and it’s an easy way to get fired. As soon as you show that level of instability, people will question whether or not you’re trustworthy and capable of keeping it together when it counts.

Exploding at anyone, regardless of how much they might “deserve it,” turns a huge amount of negative attention your way. You’ll be labeled as unstable, unapproachable, and intimidating. Controlling your emotions keeps you in the driver’s seat. When you are able to control your emotions around someone who wrongs you, they end up looking bad instead of you.

  1. Announcing That You Hate Your Job

The last thing anyone wants to hear at work is someone complaining about how much they hate their job. Doing so labels you as a negative person and brings down the morale of the group. Bosses are quick to catch on to naysayers who drag down morale, and they know that there are always enthusiastic replacements waiting just around the corner.

  1. Bragging

When someone hits a home run and starts gloating as they run the bases, it’s safe to assume that they haven’t hit very many home runs. On the other hand, if they hit a home run and simply run the bases, it conveys a business-as-usual mentality, which is far more intimidating to the other team.

Accomplishing great things without bragging about them demonstrates the same strong mentality—it shows people that succeeding isn’t unusual to you.

  1. Telling Lies

So many lies begin with good intentions—people want to protect themselves or someone else—but lies have a tendency to grow and spread until they’re discovered, and once everyone knows that you’ve lied, there’s no taking it back.

Getting caught up in a lie, no matter how small, is exhausting and hard on your self-esteem. You have to be authentic if you want to be happy with who you are.

  1. Eating Smelly Food

Unless you happen to work on a ship, your colleagues are going to mind if you make the entire place smell like day-old fish. The general rule of thumb when it comes to food at work is, anything with an odor that might waft beyond the kitchen door should be left at home.

It might seem like a minor thing, but smelly food is inconsiderate and distracting—and so easily avoidable. When something that creates discomfort for other people is so easily avoided, it tends to build resentment quickly. Your pungent lunch tells everyone that you just don’t care about them, even when you do.

  1. Burning Bridges

So much of work revolves around the people you meet and the connections you make. Dropping an atomic bomb on any professional relationship is a major mistake.

One of TalentSmart’s clients is a large chain of coffee shops. They have a relatively high turnover, so when a barista quits, it isn’t usually taken personally. One barista, however, managed to burn every single bridge she had in a single day. The surprising thing is that she didn’t yell or do anything extreme; all she did was leave.

Without warning, she showed up to her Monday shift, told the store manager she was quitting (she had found a better-paying job somewhere else), and walked out. The result, of course, was that every shift that she was scheduled to work for the next two weeks had to be done with one less person, as she provided no time to find a replacement.

She most likely saw her actions as being offensive only to the manager (whom she didn’t like), but in reality, she created two miserable weeks for everyone who worked at the shop. She ruined her otherwise positive connections, with every single one of her colleagues.

Bringing It All Together

These behaviors sound extreme and highly inconsiderate, but they have a tendency to sneak up on you. A gentle reminder is a great way to avoid them completely.

A version of this article first appeared on TalentSmart.com.

Source: (Entrepreneur)