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From Business ETC How to avoid HR landmines during the Christmas celebrations Insights And Opinion

How to avoid HR landmines during the Christmas celebrations

Wild office parties, risqué Secret Santa gifts and hazardous decorations can all spell trouble.

From Business ETC How a well-designed workspace will help you attract (and keep) valuable staff Insights And Opinion

How a well-designed workspace will help you attract (and keep) valuable staff

New research shows that a carefully planned work environment can have long-lasting effects.

From TheJournal.ie 'I think my blind optimism papered over the blatant risk. Now I think, that was ballsy' Food And Drink

'I think my blind optimism papered over the blatant risk. Now I think, that was ballsy'

Metalman’s Grainne Walsh talks about why not to open a brewery if you just want to make beer.

From Business ETC 'I think my blind optimism papered over the blatant risk. Now I think, that was ballsy' Food And Drink

'I think my blind optimism papered over the blatant risk. Now I think, that was ballsy'

Metalman’s Grainne Walsh talks about why not to open a brewery if you just want to make beer.

From Business ETC Poll: Do you believe anonymous online reviews for employers? Work This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you believe anonymous online reviews for employers?

For some, Glassdoor is a useful hiring platform. But others think it’s open to abuse.

From Business ETC The secret to running a smash hit Christmas ad campaign - in six steps Media And Marketing

The secret to running a smash hit Christmas ad campaign - in six steps

It’s time to think laterally, act local and keep on going until the party’s over.

From Business ETC Why we should encourage over 55s to choose contract work over retirement Work

Why we should encourage over 55s to choose contract work over retirement

Senior personnel can offer valuable experience and fill skills gaps.

From TheJournal.ie 'I wish I spoke more languages - I often feel stupid at meetings where everyone is multilingual' Startups And Tech

'I wish I spoke more languages - I often feel stupid at meetings where everyone is multilingual'

Diaceutics’ Peter Keeling talks healthcare challenges and how he recovered after his first business failed.

From TheJournal.ie 'Starting from scratch in your 30s and 40s isn't easy on any couple. It was such a dark period' Retail And Services

'Starting from scratch in your 30s and 40s isn't easy on any couple. It was such a dark period'

Gina Cassidy from Purcell & Woodcock says the key to working with your partner is not bringing it home.

From Business ETC 'I wish I spoke more languages - I often feel stupid at meetings where everyone is multilingual' Startups And Tech

'I wish I spoke more languages - I often feel stupid at meetings where everyone is multilingual'

Diaceutics’ Peter Keeling talks healthcare challenges and how he recovered after his first business failed.

From Business ETC Poll: Do you think a new airport for the midlands is a good idea? Tourism And Transport This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think a new airport for the midlands is a good idea?

Offaly council has made a pitch for State funding to get planning for the project off the ground.

From Business ETC 'If Dublin were a car, it'd be running on four bald tyres with no spare in the boot' Resource And Energy

'If Dublin were a car, it'd be running on four bald tyres with no spare in the boot'

We have to stop pressing the snooze button when it comes to our water supply crisis.

From Business ETC How chatbots can sooth stressed-out, angry customers during the busy shopping season Insights And Opinion

How chatbots can sooth stressed-out, angry customers during the busy shopping season

Retailers can build engagement during the Christmas period without increasing their workload.

From Business ETC 'Starting from scratch in your 30s and 40s isn't easy on any couple. It was such a dark period' Retail And Services

'Starting from scratch in your 30s and 40s isn't easy on any couple. It was such a dark period'

Gina Cassidy from Purcell & Woodcock says the key to working with your partner is not bringing it home.

From TheJournal.ie 'My father gave the best advice - be comfortable with failure, otherwise you'll never take risks' Retail And Services

'My father gave the best advice - be comfortable with failure, otherwise you'll never take risks'

Golden Discs’ Stephen Fitzgerald talks about the ups and downs of music retail and the ‘tragic’ rental crisis.

From TheJournal.ie 'A pat on the back is six inches from a kick in the arse. We're taking it one burger at a time' Insights And Opinion

'A pat on the back is six inches from a kick in the arse. We're taking it one burger at a time'

BuJo’s Michael Sheary spent years prepping the concept behind his first restaurant.

From Business ETC 'My father gave the best advice - be comfortable with failure, otherwise you'll never take risks' Retail And Services

'My father gave the best advice - be comfortable with failure, otherwise you'll never take risks'

Golden Discs’ Stephen Fitzgerald talks about the ups and downs of music retail and the ‘tragic’ rental crisis.

From Business ETC Poll: Do you think the government is wrong to favour fibre for the National Broadband Plan? Insights And Opinion This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think the government is wrong to favour fibre for the National Broadband Plan?

Some suggest wireless services would be a better option for rural internet users.

From Business ETC Here's how you can boost staff morale during the dark winter months Insights And Opinion

Here's how you can boost staff morale during the dark winter months

It’s vital that employers look after their workers’ mental and physical well-being.

From Business ETC This year's John Lewis Christmas ad didn't hit the spot. Here's why Media And Marketing

This year's John Lewis Christmas ad didn't hit the spot. Here's why

The highly anticipated campaign fell flat compared to previous efforts.

From Business ETC 'A pat on the back is six inches from a kick in the arse. We're taking it one burger at a time' Insights And Opinion

'A pat on the back is six inches from a kick in the arse. We're taking it one burger at a time'

BuJo’s Michael Sheary spent years prepping the concept behind his first restaurant.

From TheJournal.ie 'I always take on too much, and that's a big mistake. You can let people down' Startups And Tech

'I always take on too much, and that's a big mistake. You can let people down'

Arkphire’s Paschal Naylor talks business plans, Bill Gates and starting a tech firm during the recession.

From TheJournal.ie 'We thought it'd blow up into a billion-dollar app overnight. Sometimes you get carried away' Insights And Opinion

'We thought it'd blow up into a billion-dollar app overnight. Sometimes you get carried away'

Parkpnp’s Garrett Flower talks about how he refocused his business and hiring the best people for the job.

From Business ETC 'I'm more interested in starting up companies than shutting them down' Startups And Tech

'I'm more interested in starting up companies than shutting them down'

AccountsIQ’s Tony Connolly talks late-night emails, recruitment challenges and Richard Branson.

From Business ETC Poll: Would you support gender quotas for Ireland's company boards? Insights And Opinion This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you support gender quotas for Ireland's company boards?

The government today unveiled a plan to increase the number of female professors.

From Business ETC 'I'm blind and employed - but I'm the minority. Here's how employers can change that' Insights And Opinion

'I'm blind and employed - but I'm the minority. Here's how employers can change that'

It often doesn’t take a lot for companies to mine this largely untapped talent pool.

From Business ETC Here's all you need to know about uncovering - and reporting - gender pay gaps Insights And Opinion

Here's all you need to know about uncovering - and reporting - gender pay gaps

Now is the time for companies to get ready for incoming legislation.

From Business ETC 'We thought it'd blow up into a billion-dollar app overnight. Sometimes you get carried away' Insights And Opinion

'We thought it'd blow up into a billion-dollar app overnight. Sometimes you get carried away'

Parkpnp’s Garrett Flower talks about how he refocused his business and hiring the best people for the job.

From TheJournal.ie 'I always take on too much, and that's a big mistake. You can let people down' Startups And Tech

'I always take on too much, and that's a big mistake. You can let people down'

Arkphire’s Paschal Naylor talks business plans, Bill Gates and starting a tech firm during the recession.

From TheJournal.ie 'Selling my dad's practice was tough. It had put food on the table and clothes on our back' Insights And Opinion

'Selling my dad's practice was tough. It had put food on the table and clothes on our back'

Told there was no job for him in the family practice, vet Charles Cosgrave decided to reinvent his father’s firm.

From Business ETC 'I always take on too much, and that's a big mistake. You can let people down' Startups And Tech

'I always take on too much, and that's a big mistake. You can let people down'

Arkphire’s Paschal Naylor talks business plans, Bill Gates and starting a tech firm during the recession.

From Business ETC Poll: Would you get junior recruits to coach senior staff? Insights And Opinion This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you get junior recruits to coach senior staff?

Some say ‘reverse mentoring’ builds ‘a more inclusive’ workforce. Others find it patronising.

From Business ETC Takeover on the horizon? Here's how it will impact your staff Insights And Opinion

Takeover on the horizon? Here's how it will impact your staff

Employment law is fairly strict when it comes to mergers and acquisitions.

From Business ETC Here's why you should use younger recruits to coach senior staff Work

Here's why you should use younger recruits to coach senior staff

‘Reverse mentoring’ schemes send a clear message that learning is a life-long thing.

From Business ETC 'Selling my dad's practice was tough. It had put food on the table and clothes on our back' Insights And Opinion

'Selling my dad's practice was tough. It had put food on the table and clothes on our back'

Told there was no job for him in the family practice, vet Charles Cosgrave decided to reinvent his father’s firm.

From TheJournal.ie 'I was flying to London weekly to meet clients - it wasn't your typical final year in college' Insights And Opinion

'I was flying to London weekly to meet clients - it wasn't your typical final year in college'

During her final year in UL, Eimear McManus’s work placement ended up being much more.

From Business ETC 'Nothing's more challenging than dealing with tragedy - this job goes beyond dispensing drugs' Retail And Services

'Nothing's more challenging than dealing with tragedy - this job goes beyond dispensing drugs'

McGreals Pharmacy’s Kilian McGreal also talks about drawing the line under new business ideas.

From Business ETC Poll: Would you pay more for a taxi if it was easier to hail a cab at busy times? Tourism And Transport This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you pay more for a taxi if it was easier to hail a cab at busy times?

Industry figures say such a move could entice more people to work as drivers.

From Business ETC Here's a lesson in making staff redundant without causing extra stress at a tough time Insights And Opinion

Here's a lesson in making staff redundant without causing extra stress at a tough time

A shoe store managed to overturn an unfair dismissal claim in the Labour Court. Here’s how.

From Business ETC 'To keep attracting foreign investment, Ireland needs to get its act together on water' Insights And Opinion

'To keep attracting foreign investment, Ireland needs to get its act together on water'

We should use the resource as a calling card and follow the lead of forward-thinking countries.