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# insights and opinion

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How to avoid HR landmines during the Christmas celebrations
Wild office parties, risqué Secret Santa gifts and hazardous decorations can all spell trouble.
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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.
# 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.
# 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.
# Work
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.
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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.
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Why we should encourage over 55s to choose contract work over retirement
Senior personnel can offer valuable experience and fill skills gaps.
# 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.
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'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.
# 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.
# tourism and transport
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.
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'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.
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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.
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'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.
# 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.
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'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.
# 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.
# insights and opinion
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.
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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.
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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.
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'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.
# 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.
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'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.
# 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.
# insights and opinion
Poll: Would you support gender quotas for Ireland's company boards?
The government today unveiled a plan to increase the number of female professors.
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'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.
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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.
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'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.
# 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.
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'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.
# 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.
# insights and opinion
Poll: Would you get junior recruits to coach senior staff?
Some say ‘reverse mentoring’ builds ‘a more inclusive’ workforce. Others find it patronising.
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Takeover on the horizon? Here's how it will impact your staff
Employment law is fairly strict when it comes to mergers and acquisitions.
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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.
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'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.
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'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.
# 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.
# tourism and transport
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.
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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.
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'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.