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Weathering the storm: A guide for Employers during adverse weather conditions

For the second time in six months, employers are faced with the possibility of weather related absenteeism of their staff. Even though October’s Storm Ophelia posed many questions about weather related absence, and whether employees should be paid, we’re entering another grey area this week as the ‘Beast from the East’ (or the much less cheesy Storm Emma) takes hold. One thing we have learned though, is that communication is key, and so the sooner employers can establish a plan…

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The year that was: HR review of 2017

Well, that went fast. Hard to believe another year nearly over. Considering the annus horribilis that was 2016, it was hoped that this year would be much better. Still dealing with the fallout of Brexit and Trump, 2017 was not without drama. And from a HR point of view, there was plenty to keep us occupied. So, while you are fluting around on Linkedin trying to look busy in your last few days at work (you’re fooling nobody), here’s something…

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By Hook or by crook: The importance of fair procedures in employee investigations

It is always interesting when those who deliver the news become the news, and this is the case with Broadcaster George Hook in recent weeks. Newstalk, Ireland’s commercial news radio station, announced on Friday that they have suspended their presenter George Hook while they continue a process in relation to comments he made on air regarding the personal responsibility of a rape victim. This piece is not about Hook’s comments and whether he was entitled to make them, but rather,…

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Does work make you sick?

Does your work make you sick? Sometimes, it probably does. Think about the typical routine of an office worker: dry eyed and hunched over a crumb-infested laptop in an air conditioned, sometimes windowless environment for more than 8 hours a day. This zen like state is briefly interrupted to consume copious cups of caffeinated poison and a processed, soggy, ham sandwich. So, it is no wonder that we suffer from all sorts of ailments from back and neck pain and…

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The BBC Gender Pay list: Wanna be startin’ something..

The BBC revealed the salaries of their highest earning stars last week and the report highlighted huge disparities between the males and females on the list. Chris Evans, at the top of the list earns £2.2million, while Claudia Winkleman, the BBC’s best paid female star, earns £450,000, which, while not to be sniffed at, is about a fifth of Evans’ pay. It is worth noting that the report also highlights an ethnicity pay gap- just 10 of the 96 people…

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Why you need a holiday.

I am back at work after my summer holidays. 12 fabulous days of glorious sunshine, lazy lunches, rest and relaxation. There were a few meltdowns over dropped ice cream cones and collapsing sandcastles, but my husband soon got over those… In any case, it is great to be back at work and I really feel the benefit of the time away. As a self-employed consultant, taking leave can be a challenge as one wants to be available for one’s clients…

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Why we can’t all be people leaders

The 2017 Deloitte report on Human Capital Trends illustrates the rapidly changing landscape for many organisations in relation to their leadership structures. The current reality of most companies with traditional organisational structures is that People Leadership comes through a combination of tenure, experience, and business performance. In fact, the acquisition of a team is often considered a rite of passage, because of promotion through the business. However, what is becoming increasingly apparent is that People Leadership requires, as Liam Neeson…

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When bad jobs happen to good people

Being a recruiter is great. We get to make lofty assumptions and judgements on a person’s whole career based on their lovingly crafted 2-page summary. Those with a standard career trajectory and long tenure in organisations generally fare well during this corporate equivalent of The Hunger Games, but anybody with a slightly unorthodox career path risks being discarded in favour of a safer option. We’ve come a long way towards accepting our differences, but we need to be more grown…

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Meaningful work: how to find it among our ‘bullshit jobs’

Laszlo Bock, the former SVP of Google’s People Operations this week told Bloomberg that most companies don’t know how to hold on to their best people and ultimately, there are only 2 reasons why an employee stays with their employer: 1.The quality of people they work with 2.The feeling that the work they do is meaningful This is such a simple message. So simple in fact that that only the SVP of People Operations in an organisation like Google could…

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Pepsi, Kendall, and how to overcome Organisational Groupthink

Oscar Wilde said that the only thing worse than being talked about, was not being talked about. That may be true, but there are still some red faces at Pepsi this week following their decision to pull their multimillion dollar, high profile advertisement featuring Kendall Jenner offering a refreshing beverage to a Policeman to the delight and rapturous applause of hundreds of protesters. This post isn’t about how Pepsi made a cheesy ad (they did) or how the tone of…

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