Remote wellness – How to help employees feel valued

By |2022-08-31T17:28:14+01:00August 29th, 2022|HR, HR Tips, HR Trends, Leadership, Remote Working, Tips for employers|

In a world where hybrid or 100% remote working is become “The Norm” we all face times where it can affect our personal health and wellbeing. We are aware that social exclusion, loneliness, and poor mental health are strongly correlated. Employees who struggle to communicate effectively at work may feel excluded or alone. According to statistics pulled from numerous mental health surveys, only one in five employees stated that their employer has provided additional mental health services since the start of the pandemic, down from 35 percent 2019 (Pre-Covid). Stigma in the workplace continues to be a significant problem, and employees are having difficulty accessing mental health care. So, how can organisations support mental health?   Creating a positive workplace Consider the type of workplace culture you wish to establish. By embracing people from various backgrounds and valuing their differences, you can foster a positive, inclusive workplace atmosphere. Work becomes a positive experience rather than one that is anxious when leaders foster an environment of empathy, optimism, trust, and compassion.   Routine check-ins Leads and managers need to increase engagement and build a trusting and open environment where staff feel they can be open and honest about their issues and make them fee “heard”. People have the opportunity to be more open and it lessens stress. This can also give managers the ability to look for stress or deteriorating employee mental health. The manager and other team members' relationship is strengthened by these open chat sessions.   Health and wellbeing programmes HR should make sure that mental health therapies [...]

What to do when you’ve been counter offered

By |2022-07-26T17:43:55+01:00July 26th, 2022|HR, HR Tips|

Maybe you’ve been there before.. or maybe you came across this post because you are seeking clarity. You’ve been offered your new dream role, you’ve handed in your notice, and you are so excited for your new chapter. Except your current employer says we will match your new salary, or give you more. You’ve been counter offered! This is not uncommon, as in this market, employers want to keep hold of you as they are finding it hard to find the right skillsets and culture fit. Now you may be thinking ; I don’t enjoy conflict, so HOW do I handle this? Here’s a few things to consider about a counter offer.   P & R – Pause and Reflect It is proven that 80% of people leave within 6 months of accepting a counter offer. It is not uncommon for candidates to accept a counter offer and regret the decision. It is important you pause and reflect and think about why you decided to leave in the first place, why you applied for roles and why you went through interview processes.  If they think you are worth a bigger pay check now – why weren’t they paying you this earlier? Make sure you think through that a bigger salary won't make anything change internally. There are a few things to consider:   If its career progression that didn’t exist, is this going to appear? Will any issues you had in your role be resolved? Will your relationships within the organisation stay the same?   New Opportunities You may [...]

4 Tips to make it through a video interview!

By |2020-10-28T11:48:59+01:00October 28th, 2020|HR Tips|

In the era of Covid-19, video interviews have replaced face-to-face and in person interviews. Are they relatively the same or should you prepare differently for a video interview? Overall, interviews are interviews, and I would view all interviews in the same light. However, there are some key differences on how you should prepare for a virtual interview. Similarly to telephone interviews, video interviews require special considerations and adjustments due to the limited ability to read a candidates body language and facial expressions. Here are some tips that we would recommend taking in to consideration in order to ace your interview;   1.Test your Technology: Probably the most important thing to do prior to your video interview is to make sure your technology is working efficiently and effectively. Ideally this should be done the day before your interview. Make sure you have downloaded the correct app/ software, test your microphone, camera and internet connection. I would strongly recommend using a laptop to complete your interview and steer clear of using your phone, it’s unprofessional. I would also suggest asking a friend to do a practice run with you using the technology the client has requested. There is nothing worse than having technical issues that could have been avoided!   2.Environment is Everything: It is best to set yourself up in a quiet room within your house with no distractions. Likewise, the room should be clean and ideally you should sit in front of a blank wall so as not to distract your interviewer. You should let your family or roommates know [...]

Are competency-based interviews a thing of the past?

By |2020-10-28T11:24:53+01:00September 17th, 2020|HR, HR Tips, HR Trends|

  I recently assisted a client with hiring a HR Business Partner and when chatting through the interview process and format, they mentioned that they prefer to conduct conversational type interviews rather than competency based interviews. This got me thinking, are competency based interviews a thing of the past? And is it better to have a more conversational style interview? This was music to my ears, and the candidates’, as competency questions and answers can come across as rehearsed and unauthentic. Candidates and clients alike, like to get to know each other on a professional and personal level and by having a more conversational style interview can weed out any uncertainties and is a much more honest approach. Having carried out some research on this, I came across two more personal styles of interviews that I think could be more current and suitable for today’s environment.   Soft-Skill Assessments - Soft skills are the non-technical skills needed to do a job. Individuals with soft skills can work well with others, come up with new ideas, and thrive in their environment. Examples of soft skills include integrity, adaptability and communication. As recruiters, we have to find candidates who have both hard and soft skills, but soft skills can determine if the candidate will be a good fit for the position. In order to assess a candidates soft-skills, interviewers should ask behavioural interview questions, such as; Was there ever a time when you saw a co-worker do something wrong? What did you do? Hard skills are evident on a candidates CV but [...]

WFH meetings are becoming VIRTUALLY Impossible!

By |2020-08-20T20:06:48+01:00August 20th, 2020|HR Tips, Remote Working|

  While a lot of the strangeness of working remotely starts to become more familiar, the shaping of the new normal is a real focus point for us. We are sharing our thoughts now on what is working for us and what is not and what we want to bring forward and what we want to discard forever. Crisis has always been a catalyst for change and the Covid 19 pandemic has accelerated change at a significant level on how we are working together, not least of all in our meetings.   The virtual team meeting is up for a lot of discussion and the word on the web is that it has become a forum of frustration for lot of home workers. From my discussions with clients it seems that Video Team Meetings in the shape of Team meets, Zoom or Google Hangouts are set to recur at least weekly in everyone’s calendars and they rarely have an agenda. They might have a title like ‘Team Check In’ or ‘Update’ but other than that there is no real sense of their purpose.   Managing meetings is a skill, most of the meeting leaders already have this skill and have proven their prowess in the office meeting room for years. Why then in their transition to the web meeting have they lost their know-how along the way ? Yes there are few additional technical points to consider and you might need to upskill yourself on screen sharing, polling the group, breakouts and the valuable skill of muting participants but [...]

HR Manager & HR Business Partner – What’s the difference?

By |2018-04-09T09:36:23+01:00May 30th, 2017|HR, HR Tips|

HR typically started as a business function by having its roots in administration, filing, personnel and compliance. HR is an ever evolving value add area of a company, and presently has more impact than ever before for a core business. With this change over the past decade, has changed the nature and structure of HR teams, the titles, skills and attributes of those working in this dynamic field. Today, I was discussing the many differences between a HR Manager Role and a HR Business Partner role with a HR professional who has held both positions within companies. After what was a very interesting conversation, I decided to attempt to outline and simplify the fundamental differences between the two titles/roles. HR Business Partner Human resource business partners have clients within the organization that they support. They provide resources and build relationships with focusing on the missions and objectives set forth by the organization. With the main bulk of administration being centralised, there is much less focus on compliance and administration. In addition, HRBP’s tend to be supported by Centres of Excellence eg Compensations and Benefits, Learning and Development etc. This person is seen as more of a strategic resource for the region or area that they support. Business Partners work to develop a HR agenda that closely supports the overall aims of an organisation. This process of alignment is known as HR Business Partnering, a concept that was popularised in the mid 90’s by David Ulrich. HR Manager HR managers are likely to be responsible for HR within a department [...]

7 Ways To Foster Your Emotional Intelligence

By |2018-04-09T09:44:40+01:00May 17th, 2017|HR, HR Tips, Leadership, Tips for employers|

According to Emotional Intelligence (EI) expert and author Harvey Deutschendorf, “the realization that E.I. has become an important predictor of job success, even surpassing technical ability, has been growing over the past number of years". Companies are placing a high value on E.I. in new hires for many important reasons. People with high E.I. understand and cooperate with others, they are exceptional listeners, open to feedback, have more empathy, and make thoughtful and thorough decisions. In work, we all regret a time when we have all reacted too quickly to a situation or person and not given ourselves enough time to breathe, think and work out the best possible response. The good news is that we can all work on our level of EI – we can all become more emotionally intelligent and less volatile in the workplace (and in life generally) Here are a few simple tricks to help you on your way 1.   Pause. Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings. Clear your mind. After pausing and acknowledging your emotions, your mind will already feel much clearer. Nehad Tadros 2.   Breathe Set aside two minutes - relax and breathe deeply. Then write down a couple of potential solutions to your problem. 3.   Focus on what you can change When you hit a setback, separate the parts of the situation you can control or influence from the parts you cannot. Focus on what you can influence, and notice how much more confident you feel about overcoming the setback. Dawn Cook 4.   Be Friendly and open and smile Chat to people, smile, ask them how [...]

What’s your mindset?

By |2018-04-09T10:26:37+01:00October 21st, 2016|HR, HR Tips|

Recently I attended a really thought provoking event hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce which was on the topic of the role of Life Long Learning & Business Growth. The speakers on the day were of equal measure witty & informative which kept the audience refreshingly alert and engaged. All of the topics and findings from this day have stuck with me still, but it was Philip Matthew’s talk on the Mindset for growth that I find myself coming back to and resisting the urge to speak about at every given chance … clearly my willpower hasn’t held up on this occasion!  In keeping with the day’s theme of lifelong learning, Philip’s speech focused mainly on the research and workings of Carol Dweck a highly respected and published psychologist who lectures in Stanford University. Dweck proposes that people’s learning style/mindset can be categorised into two, a fixed mindset and a growth mindset which in summary can be described as follows: A fixed mindset are those who believe that their talents and achievements in their career and indeed their personal life are innate in them and that they are essentially born with their strengths and talents. Those with a growth mindset are “individuals who believe their talents can be developed through hard work, good strategies and input from others.” The see failure not as evidence of unintelligence but rather as a foundation and springboard to learn and grow from. People with this mindset not discouraged by failure, but they don’t actually see themselves as failing in those situations — [...]

Human Resources Top Tips series

By |2018-06-28T13:24:55+01:00October 5th, 2015|HR, HR Tips|

You would be right in thinking that Human Resources in Ireland over the past few years has seen the arrival of many new job titles and corresponding buzz words. Coinciding with Ireland’s return to growth and renewed focus on the importance of employee attraction and retention has seen the emergence of new specialist titles across the following areas Employee Communication, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Organisational Development, Organisational  Effectiveness, People and Change, HR Transformation, HR Planning & Forecasting, Early Career Talent Management, Graduate Talent Management, HR Operations Management, HR project Management, HR Analytics and HR Information Systems. So we, at HR Search and Selection, are going to attempt to demystify some of the above by writing a “Top Tips” series.  In this series we will talk to the experts in the above areas and explore their insight as to how to be the “best in class” in their areas of expertise. And the first that I will look at is the role of the Employee Communications Manager which is defined as “ facilitating strategic connections and conversations within your company” If done properly it should ensure that your people are committed to achieving ground breaking business results by helping to improve collaboration, productivity and performance.   Top Tips from a highly respected Employee Communications Manager   All companies need to start by understanding their audience, stakeholders and business objectives All companies, no matter what their size, should have a clearly defined internal and external brand purpose and value statement and these should be clearly communicated to all internal and external [...]

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