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How to manage an employee on long-term sick leave

Absenteeism is still a big problem for Irish businesses. In fact, it has been reported that absent employees are costing the Irish economy more than a billion euros every year. This is a staggering expense that could be reduced through proactive and ...

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5 Five top tips when welcoming new employees

After reading The HR Dept’s A-Z of recruitment you have found the ideal candidate to join your team. By now you have offered them the position, they have happily accepted, and you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the job of filling the job...

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Keeping up with the millennials. Are you doing enough?

Millennials have spoken, and with a growing distrust in public figures and world leaders, they are looking for more from their employers. Results from the 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey show that respondents felt 71% of political leaders made a nega...

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Tough Interviews

Interviews. The word itself is enough to stress some of us out. They are the Marmite of recruitment - some people love them and others can’t stand them! It’s probably because everyone’s had, at one point, the interview where everything went ...

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Tips for encouraging good mental health in your business

With several recent high profile celebrity deaths, male suicide has been brought to our national attention. It might have been easy to dismiss as only applicable to rock-star type lives, if it was not for the alarming statistic that suicide is amo...

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HR myth busting!

HR has more than its fair share of myths and misinformation! Could it be the ever-changing legislation and case law, the conflicting pressures that many SME business owners face or simply the fact that we are in the business of people problems? It’...

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Ramadan: What employers need to know

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is based on lunar cycles. It is a sacred period for Muslims during which they abstain from pleasures (including food), pray and come together as families to celebrate. The impact of Ramadan...

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How to manage an employee selected for jury service

Jury service is a trying time. And not always just for the accused. A juror may find it an unusual and difficult situation. And if they’re employed, what about the knock-on effects on their boss and the business? Some people will come up with al...

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Culture clashes at work and how to avoid them

A French employee at a restaurant in Canada filed a complaint with British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal against his former employer. He claimed the dismissal was due to his French culture being perceived as ‘rude and aggressive’. What ca...

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Paws for thought

The benefits of allowing staff to bring their pets to work is well documented and proven. As long as no one is allergic to them and the pets (usually dogs, but not always) are safe and well behaved, everyone gains. It could even be a deciding factor ...

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