The Essence of Human Resources

Jack Welsh, the former GE Chief Executive, stated recently that Human Resources should be every company’s ‘killer app’. What could possibly be more important than who gets hired, developed, promoted or moved out the door? After all business is a game, and as with all games, the team who puts the best people on the [...]

By | April 20th, 2015|News|

Why Human Resource Management?

In the current economic climate we need to improve our performance as individuals, organisations and as a country. Whoever we are, we need to take stock and assess how and what we could do to improve our performance. As individuals we have to be realistic and see what actions we need to develop in order [...]

By | March 25th, 2015|News|

Business Is A Performance Sport

Business is a performance sport. That was a slogan I read while buying new shoes. I can’t see the relationship between this slogan and shoes, but I do agree with this statement. If business is a performance sport then only the organisations with the best performance will survive. We have seen many non performing organisations [...]

By | February 24th, 2015|News|

Observations on Industrial Relations

As you may know I am a Dutchman who is living and working in Ireland for the last 20 years. I have also worked in HR in the Netherlands for 12 years. Recently an Irish company was having difficulties in the Netherlands with some employment regulations and they asked me for advice. In their industry [...]

By | November 11th, 2014|News|

Irish Water Bonus

Irish Water paid bonuses to their employees even if they had a ’Needs Improvement’ rating on their performance Review. You might ask what is so unusual about paying bonuses in a company, don’t all companies do this and isn’t this the way to stimulate performance in a company and from what we have seen of [...]

By | October 28th, 2014|News|

The question of a living wage?

There is a lot of talk about raising the minimum wage in Ireland and bringing it up to a living wage of €11.45. Currently the minimum wage in Ireland is €8.65 and this is the fourth highest minimum wage in the European Union only lower than Luxemburg, France and Belgium and at a higher rate [...]

By | October 13th, 2014|News|

How to Turn Strategy into Great Performance

You have devised a great strategy for your company and all the indicators show that you should get a big return on investment. Yet when the year comes to end the results have brought not what the strategy suggested. What has happened? You spent so much time in getting the strategy right and now there [...]

By | September 23rd, 2014|News|


“Could you come in now direct to see us?” That is a question which I am frequently asked by managers, who are not sure what to do in the case of a dismissal and are wise enough to ask for assistance. The legislation regarding a dismissal can be tricky and difficult enough for any individual [...]

By | August 26th, 2014|News|

How to become a High Performance Organisation

Did you ever wonder why certain companies do well where as others are just surviving and keeping their heads above water? So what are the secrets of a high performance organisation? What do these organisations accomplish what others fail to achieve? There can be many reasons why companies succeed and others don’t. However, I am [...]

By | July 9th, 2014|News|

How to Avoid Problems with Recruiting

Knowing your legal obligation in the recruitment and selection process is important. Many of Ireland’s reputable employers have found in themselves in difficulties for the manner in which they handled their recruitment and selection procedures. They include Ryanair, Iarnrod Eireann, Superquinn, Revenue Commissioners, Trinity College, University College Dublin, etc. etc. Under the Equality Act, 1998 [...]

By | May 27th, 2014|News|
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