“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|

How to Handle Underperformers

Regularly I get asked to assist with handling underperformers. Very often it has been ignored for too long and now suddenly something has to happen. The manager is annoyed about the employee's recent behaviour, a solution has to be found immediately and if possible a dismissal would be most welcome.Handling underperformers is not a quick [...]

By | May 13th, 2014|News|

Unions Back in Actions

6500 Electricians to strike in two weeks over pay rates – February ‘14 SIPTU to set a picket at UCC’s Tyndall Institute over pay issues – February ‘14 SIPTU 350 members at Shannon Aerospace are to ballot for industrial action at the end of this week – February ‘14 Labour Court Proposal rejected by SIPTU [...]

By | March 4th, 2014|News|

Personal Development Plan

As part of any good Performance Management System for a company there should be included Personal Development Plans for the employees. From a HR perspective you can only develop a company through its employees. Employees who stop developing will eventually become a burden to the company. At the start of the year when performance objectives [...]

By | February 5th, 2014|News|

Personal Engagement

An "engaged employee" is one who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work and so takes positive action to further the organization’s reputation and interests. Last week our local CIPD Midwest committee and the University of Limerick organised a seminar on Employee Engagement which was a big success as 92 people attended this [...]

By | January 24th, 2014|News|

Changes which might affect you in 2014

I attended the annual CIPD Employment Law Update last w eek. It is always one of the better attended meetings of the CIPD Midwest, the HR practitioners’ organisation. This year the presentation was give by Sinead Mullins of IBEC Midwest she stood in for a sick colleague from IBEC HQ. Sinead gave a very informative [...]

By | December 10th, 2013|News|

What has happened?

I had a discussion with a manager recently which might be of interest to you. “In the last couple of months I noticed something happening with my staff”; he said. “The mood is sombre. Absenteeism has gone up and in the past we didn’t have any problems with people staying at home sick. There is [...]

By | November 11th, 2013|News|

Benefits of Human Resource Management

Regularly I am asked the same question, ‘Why should I use human resources for my company?’ It is a simple and yet astonishing question. It has been asked by many managers in various companies. In this day and age of the most serious recession since ‘30s one cannot but take human resource management seriously. It [...]

By | October 14th, 2013|News|
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