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910, 2020

Employers who fail to ‘protect vulnerable staff’ risk of legal backlash

October 9, 2020|Categories: All, Health and Safety|

As the rise in cases continues to increase amid the ‘second employers are faced with an obligation to protect their staff, particularly those vulnerable to Covid-19. Employers who fail to meet their legal obligations to protect staff could find themselves in breach of legislation and facing enforcement action, says a Safe Team Health and Safety Consultant. They said it is important that employers implement strategies to protect these workers – particularly those defined as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’. The consultant said: “Employers have a legal duty to protect workers from harm. They should make sure to consider the risk to workers [...]

3009, 2020

Lay-offs imminent as employers face new lockdowns

September 30, 2020|Categories: All|

In light of the fresh lockdowns imposed in Dublin and Donegal, and with many other counties on the verge of following suit, a leading HR adviser says many employers will be forced to make temporary lay-offs and even redundancies. HR Team Director, Breda Cullen, said: “Many businesses are now having to think on their feet to ensuring they survive through these ongoing turbulent times. “Employers are having to consider repeat lay-offs while others are facing the prospect of redundancies, particularly in the hospitality industry. In other sectors, businesses are returning to a working from home arrangement, which comes with its [...]

2107, 2020

Return to work protocols for Irish businesses

July 21, 2020|Categories: All|

As we approach the fourth and final phase of the lockdown many more businesses will be reopening. But how much responsibility do employers hold? For businesses that have already reopened, the new ‘normal’ is very different. New return to work protocols and practices such as regular cleaning, physical distancing and, if necessary, the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be implemented. What are the mandatory and recommended workplace measures? Face masks in the workplace The use and supply of face masks in the workplace is not a mandatory measure. However, it’s important to assess your own workplace with measures [...]

707, 2020

Why outsourcing HR is better for your business

July 7, 2020|Categories: All|

Ongoing HR support for employers removes the headache caused by staffing-related issues and provides peace of mind regarding employment law compliance.  Outsourcing HR is usually more cost effective than employing full-time, salaried employees. The national average in the UK for a HR manager salary is £43,000 and €51,459 per year in Ireland. Would you rather pay this or avail of HR Team’s fully-outsourced HR management service. There is no obligation to sign up to lengthy contracts – clients can choose a fixed monthly fee or a pay as you go option, allowing you to benefit from our knowledge and experience [...]

707, 2020

Alternatives to redundancy for employers

July 7, 2020|Categories: All|

As restrictions for businesses continue to ease, many business owners may be considering how feasible it is to maintain the number of staff they employed prior to the Covid-19 crisis. With restrictions still in place and losses to recoup – many businesses will find it difficult to take up where they left off before lockdown commenced. As economic activity is likely to recover slowly, organisations will have to carefully assess their cost of business. The number of people employed is likely to form a large part of that decision-making process. While redundancies are unfortunately likely to be made, there are [...]

2506, 2020

Returning to work safely after Covid-19 lockdown

June 25, 2020|Categories: All, Health and Safety|

As the Irish Government has outlined its roadmap to re-open the country, many employers are now looking towards the future needs of their business and how best they can plan for their eventual return to work.  The Irish government has listed the following essential control measures that should be implemented in every business. Social distancing (ideally 2 metres). Personal contact of less than 15 minutes. Good Hygiene (increased levels of cleaning surfaces and specifically hand hygiene). As you may be aware, the government has published a ‘Return to Work Protocol’. This document is a result of collaborative work by the [...]

2106, 2020

The six step process to providing constructive criticism   

June 21, 2020|Categories: All, Performance Management|

Managing employee performance can be the most challenging aspect of your job as a business owner or manager. A large part of successful performance management revolves around clear communication and the provision of regular feedback to employees - in fact these are vital to the continued efficiency and performance of your team(s) and your overall organisation. HR Team director, Martina McAuley, advises the best approach when addressing an employee’s underperformance:  “The best approach is referred to as a ‘positive sandwich’. Begin with positive feedback, feed in with addressing the negative issue at hand and finish with a positive statement. This [...]

2106, 2020

Managing an underperforming employee in the workplace

June 21, 2020|Categories: All|

Although the world has changed, the importance of performance management hasn’t. Your overall strategy and team goals need to be set and communicated, and performance progress still needs to be measured.  HR Team Director, Martina McAuley, says: “Good performance management is built on clearly setting expectations, ensuring employee accountability and providing regular feedback to staff. Communication is key – daily team briefings, regular management meetings and one to one meetings with employees should be implemented.  “Establishing an employee’s skill or will; the establishment of basic standards, expectations and targets (BET); adopting appropriate management style and clear communication are the four [...]

2805, 2020

Pride month reminder to employers on protected characteristics

May 28, 2020|Categories: All|

June is designated as ‘Pride Month’ and seems as good a time as any for employers to be reminded of their general obligations regarding protected characteristics and discrimination in the workplace. Pride Month is dedicated to raising awareness of the concerns facing the LGBTQ+ Community as well as encouraging inclusiveness and celebrating LGBTQ+ culture. This is the 20th anniversary of ‘Pride Month’ since the initiative was set in place by US President Bill Clinton in 1999. It is a month intended for celebration, as well as the promotion of tolerance regardless of one’s orientation. This global event highlights the importance [...]

2105, 2020

10 Methods To Effectively Manage and Motivate a Remote Workforce

May 21, 2020|Categories: All|

Keeping remote workers engaged through a period of permanent or temporary home working can be challenging but there are simple steps that can be taken by both employers and employees to overcome the challenges. In this article, HR Team co-director, Martina McAuley, provides her expert advice on optimising performance while working from home. Reasons identified by HR Team for lack of motivation or underperformance: Lack of clarity on employer expectations. Poor job design – non-flexible when moving to remote working. Employees not receiving effective training or induction into the workplace. Unsuitable reporting structure or lack of clarity surrounding reporting structure. [...]

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