HR NEWS

  • Jobs for the Future: 5 Jobs that AI will replace

    AI might sound like something that won’t take over in our lifetime, but in reality, it’s already filtering through into our lives.

  • ARE YOU RETAINING YOUR TOP TALENT?

    When you know you’ve found a great new member of staff to fill a vacant position, you can enjoy the positive boost that your team experiences, and appreciate the influx of new ideas and energy.

  • INTERVIEWING AN APPLICANT WHO ALREADY HAS A JOB

    If you’re looking to fill a position with your company, you’ll be ideally seeking someone who is already employed, since this assures you that you’ll be getting a motivated and experienced employee who is keen to take on this position.

  • Holidays from Work: How to Switch Off

    In order to have a stress-free break here are our top tips to get the best from your time off.

  • Millennials: Changing the face of the workplace

    The millennial generation is fast becoming the driving force in the business world, and many of the changes we are seeing are good news for everyone.

  • Data Security Breach Response Plan

    In the modern world, data security breaches are becoming more and more the norm rather than the exception and therefore more and more of a problem for businesses.

  • BYOD: an employer's perspective on "Bring Your Own Device"

    What is BYOD?BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device” and it relates to the practice of employees using personal mobile electronic devices for work purposes. Such devices include smartphones, tablets, laptops and data storage devices.

  • The future of work is to embrace technology, but the right technology

    To paraphrase Douglas Adams, any technology that was around when you were born is normal, any new technology up to the age of 35 is exciting and revolutionary, and anything post 40 is against the natural order of things.

  • Overcoming Workaholism

    Do you have difficult switching off from work? I know I do. I’m blessed in that I love my work, it is an expression of who I am, not just what I do.

  • The future of work is...to find a job you love

    “Do a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” ….is a quote many of us hear. However what it really means is you will work hard but, more than likely, you will really enjoy what you do.

  • The future of work is... to take breaks throughout your career

    Sounds good doesn’t it? Imagine deciding as opposed to being forced to take a 6 month break. Why, you ask?

  • The future of work is...to be proud of getting enough sleep

    The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more…. This is a quote I think many of us can relate to. However, while we may want 5 minutes more, many of us will never admit it.

  • The future of work is..to listen, reflect and pause before you act.

    There is a story of a woman who was sitting in an airport waiting for a flight in a busy lounge. She had a bag of cookies and put her hand in to take one. Almost immediately the man to her left put his hand into the bag and took one.

  • The future of work is...to listen to your brand

    In our recent employment monitor we found that 33% of employers do not review what is said about them online. This is a huge missed opportunity in terms of selling your company to jobseekers but also to your clients and customers. Listening to conversations about your brand is essential not only for idea generation and innovation but also for ensuring your brand remains competitive, strong and successful.

  • The future of work is..to have a rested worker

    A rested worker, surely not? Work is now busier than ever, it’s global not local, its 24/7, it’s moving faster than it has ever moved before. How does any of this connect with having a rested worker?

  • The future of work is....to let your employees be social, collaborative and make decisions.

    Ade McCormack has written a great book titled “Beyond Nine to Five”. One premise of the book is that the way we are working needs to change. He takes us back 12,000 years and highlights how we were highly mobile (chasing or being chased), highly social and connected in our groups and we made decisions all the time.

  • The future of work is.. to focus on a diverse workforce.

    You may know this riddle: A father and a son were out mountain climbing and they both fell and were badly injured, they were rushed to hospital and wheeled into surgery. They took the son in first and the surgeon looked down on the boy and said “oh my god, that’s my son! How is this possible? Have a think for a second before you read on.

  • The future of work is.... to focus on the irreplaceable skills as many technical skills will be replaced

    Predictions vary about how many jobs will be taken over by robots but it is hard to ignore the pace of change. For anyone not familiar with the futuristic Henn-na Hotel in Japan which opened its doors this year, you are greeted by robotic staff that run 90% of the hotel. The other 10% is handled by the hotel’s only 10 human employees. Inevitably anything that can be turned into a predictable, repeatable process will be able to be done by a machine or robot.

  • Implementing dress codes in the workplace

    “Much of our business is public facing and the corporate image we project in dealing with customers is very important. We want to introduce a dress code policy to ensure high standards are maintained – what issues should we look out for?”

  • The future of work is... to think more and to be less busy

    Have you asked someone recently how’s work, the answer you almost invariably get is “I’m busy”. Our brains are under siege from information overload. Think about the last 24 hours, how many times have you checked your Facebook page, searched online for something , watched a YouTube video, sent a text message? We are always ‘on’.

  • The future of work is...to be more productive, not just to work hard

    There is a story of a locksmith who would take hours to work on a project during his apprenticeship. His customers would see him pouring his heart and soul into opening a lock, many would tip him for his hard work. The locksmith loved his job and became exceptional at it and eventually was able to master any lock in under one minute.

  • The future of work is .....to stop worrying about sick days

    We hear all the time about the prevalence of sick days and how we all get so exercised about it but in reality we need to look elsewhere before we start worrying about the sick days.

  • The future of work is.... that women are your future

    Gender Diversity is a solution not a problemGender diversity is an answer to many of the problems currently facing organisations. Much of the debate on this topic centres on gender diversity as a problem to be fixed, but recently there has been increased discussion on the merits of gender diversity and what it can do for your business. It is vital that companies look at women in the workforce not as a gender issue, but as a business one.

  • The future of work.....are you ready?

    If one out of two people born in Europe today live to 100 years of age what does this mean for our working lives? How will your company adapt to the evolution of the 9-5 working day or having to hire freelance talent that you may never even see? With the ‘always on culture’ how can you keep your employees engaged and prevent burnout?

  • Staff working longer for no extra pay

    Up to 40% of professionals are working longer hours than they are contracted to with no extra pay — resulting in nearly €93m in lost wages.

  • Changes to Social Welfare waiting days

    Employers will be aware that the social welfare entitlements for sick leave is changing from 3 days to 6 days from January 2014

  • So you want to be a Career Coach?

    Demand for Career Coaching in Europe has never been higher. The recent economic downturn, far from making people see a Career Coach as an unaffordable luxury, has actually forced more and more people to look again at their own career direction.

  • People leave managers

    Top career and executive coach James Sweetman talks about 24 managerial behaviours that will encourage staff to resign

  • Five questions all managers should ask

    Effective managers don’t just manage people; they develop their staff by supporting and challenging team members to utilise their talents, enhance their skills and think for themselves.

  • The three things great communicators always do

    Effective communicators know that just because something is said doesn’t mean it is understood. Equally they know that just because something is emailed doesn’t mean it was read, let alone understood.

  • Procedures for Handling the Expiry of Fixed Term Contracts

    Inlaw, when a fixed-term contract expires and is not renewed, or is renewed as a further fixed-term contract, the employer must inform the employee in writing, on or before the date of renewal, of the objective reasons justifying the renewal and the reason that a permanent contract or contract of indefinite duration is not being offered.

  • Stop De Motivating Your Staff

    “Staff morale is low.” “Employees are not motivated.” These are phrases I frequently hear when I work with companies up and down the country. Poor staff morale and low levels of motivation are symptoms; the cause is always poor communication and a lack of people focus within the organisation.

  • How to dismiss during probation

    €30k award for dismissal during 6 month probationary period – How to dismiss during probation The former General Secretary of the Irish Postmasters Union was recently awarded €30,000 by a Rights Commissioner for unfair dismissal during his 6 months probationary period.

  • Helping Staff feel valued

    In today’s economically challenging times, financial rewards cannot be used as they were in the past to reward staff performance. If a bonus culture prevailed in the past, the absence of bonuses will negatively impact staff morale, particularly when staff feel they are working harder than ever.

  • 5 Interview Questions you should be asking

    James Sweetman has put together 5 key interview questions from the recruiter or employer perspective and why you would ask them.

  • How Much Is Sleep Deprivation Costing Your Business?

    Did you know that over 50% of the world’s population claim to be over-tired and the effects of poor sleep have a significant impact on our physical, mental and emotional health and in turn a negative impact on our work performance?

  • Management Responsibility

    To be effective, managers really need to be educators and not dictators in this challenging environment.

  • The Current Difficulties of Motivation

    There are so many layers of actions and reactions for humans as we respond to internal and external stimuli, each with its own potential to create a state of motivation or de-motivation.

  • Leadership during times of crisis

    A crisis demands particular leadership qualities. Some leaders come into their own when facing a crisis (think Rudi Giuliani.) Others seem out of their depth.Important at any time, these five qualities and behaviours are the benchmark against which we assess our leaders in challenging times.

  • Criminal Convictions ? What Can You Ask?

    The issue of previous convictions of an employee or potential employee is one that many organisations find troublesome.

  • Achieving Work Life Balance

    Put simply, Work/Life Balance is about having enough time to work AND to have outside interests AND to cater for your family & personal responsibilities.

  • From Resolutions to Results

    Did you make resolutions this year? Are you keeping them? I’ve never been a fan of resolutions, I prefer the word ‘results’, because just as firms will have results by the end of 2014, you will have results in terms of your finances, health, relationships, career etc. So rather than resolving something, why not give some thought to the ‘results’ you would like to achieve during 2014?