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When an employee goes AWOL to attend a protest

Are you so passionate about climate change that you would be willing to let employees take time off to protest? Well, this Friday may test your views. It has been marked as a significant day for climate strike action around the world. Earlier in ...

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Should you be paying your interns?

Summer’s here, and along with the sunshine will come summer interns for many businesses around Ireland. But how should you pay them? Do you need to pay them at all? In order to know whether you need to be paying interns, you first need to establ...

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Managing maternity leave

You’ve signed the card and waved an employee off into parenthood. But what happens next? Perhaps you hadn’t thought that far ahead yet, especially if the employee is taking the statutory maternity leave (SML) which is 26 weeks regardless of how l...

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How to manage an employee under the influence of alcohol

Did you know that Ireland’s consumption of spirits has risen by 21.48% in the past five years? Perhaps you are not too surprised by this statistic as going for a drink is known to be a popular Irish pastime. With that in mind, you may expect tha...

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What to do when an employee asks for a pay rise

Just when everything seems to be ticking along nicely, you get a request from an employee asking for a pay rise. Sigh. It could be right on time, perhaps you have been reviewing wages. Or, it’s caught you off guard and you’re left feeling stun...

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Seven tips to protect your business from employee sabotage

Finding out that you and your business have fallen victim to sabotage is awful. Uncovering that the damage was done from the inside and it was an employee who caused it can be even harder to swallow. After dealing with the initial shock and disappoin...

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What is the key to effective internal communication?

One employee missing your important email and asking questions could be brushed off as an honest mistake. But when the second, third or fourth person does the same thing, you may find yourself exhaling sharply and exclaiming “just read my email!”...

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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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