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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Working

Last year
2022
# callout
'To hear a child say they feel listened to is powerful': What it's like being a Childline volunteer
The service, run by the ISPCC, is looking for new volunteers.
# Retiring
Lidl to remove mandatory retirement age of 65 for its employees
The company said this will allow it to “attract more mature and life-experienced talent”.
# tgip-podcast
The Good Information Podcast: What will the new working week look like?
Covid transformed Ireland’s working culture. The Good Information Podcast can tell you what that means for you.
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# Coronavirus
Govt expects NPHET to formally advise work-from-home ‘where possible'
Political sources indicate health officials will be sending out a strong message to keep the rate of infection lower.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you ready to go back to working in an office next month?
Will you be returning to an office when guidance changes?
# Your Say
Poll: Would you support a four-day work week?
67% of employers surveyed said they support the idea.
# Penalised
'There is no agenda here': Taoiseach open to a review of PUP cases that were cut off due to travel
A number of concerns about how welfare payments were cut if citizens travelled abroad have been raised.
# Your Say
Poll: Should a four-day work week become the norm?
The government has been asked to conduct research into the issue.
# Coronavirus
What the new Covid-19 government measures mean for workers
People are being advised to work from home if possible from 6pm today.
# College Fees
Rise in college students skipping lectures to go to work because of financial struggles
The survey finds that 55% of students say they are missing their lectures in favour of paid work.
# work life balance
Government to examine if 'right to disconnect' from emails out of hours would work in Ireland
The law would give workers the right to avoid emails out of hours.
Voices
'When you or I sit down in a restaurant, we need to know our tips are going directly to staff'
When a customer provides a tip after satisfactory service, they should know exactly where that money goes, writes Minister Regina Doherty.
# compensation
Fast food worker awarded €2k after boss 'walked around shop with raw sausage hanging from trousers'
Although successful in her claim of sexual harassment, the WRC found the woman wasn’t discriminated against.
# doctors and nurses
'No one would choose to work on Christmas Day, but we're all in it together'
Doctors, nurses, midwives and others will be working across the country today and throughout the week.
# Out of office
Social Protection Department gives older age of workers as reason why it's near top of sick leave list
The secretary general of the department said 3,000 staff members are over 55.
# future of work
'A four-day work week could lead to greater productivity and wealth'
Fewer working hours could benefit both individuals and the economy, Kevin Callinan writes.
# standing desks
Workers who stand as well as sit 'perform better and are happier'
Some offices have introduced sit-stand desks.
# jobs.ie
'I can't see past spelling mistakes on CVs - it's a simple way to cost yourself a job'
Jobs.ie general manager Chris Paye also talks about the dangers of duvet days.
# standing up
Standing at work may not be as beneficial as some say
The change “does not have an effect on mental alertness”.
# beyond 65
Explainer: Retirement at age 70 - what do the new rules mean?
Under current rules, those working in the public service must retire from their job at age 65.
# direct provision
Asylum seekers may only be allowed to work in certain jobs
In May, the Supreme Court said the ban on asylum seekers working was unconstitutional.
Voices
'When my dad was let go, I remember thinking I never want to be in that situation'
Seeing his father lose his job inspired Keith Moran to one day set up his own business.
# helping hand
Five times more children sign up to childcare schemes aimed at less well-off families
The highest sign-up rate for childcare services was in Roscommon, Donegal, Sligo, Kerry, Galway, Carlow and Leitrim.
# Census
There are 79 unemployment blackspots in Ireland, with Limerick worst affected
Meanwhile, the number of women looking after the home or family has continued to decline.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the retirement age be abolished?
A new Sinn Féin bill aims to abolish the mandatory age.
# do you have a clubcard
12 things only people who've worked in Tesco will understand
Let’s get ready to rumble!
# Working Music
Here's why your boss should let you listen to music at work
But happy music.
15 things only people who've worked in HMV will understand
Empire Records it is not.
# Thanks Penneys
14 things only people who've worked in Penneys will understand
One word: Saturdays. *scream emoji*
# bring the pain
Robots are now being taught how to feel pain
“Why? Why was I programmed to feel pain?”
Voices
'I'm angry, depressed and very, very broke. This is my life on zero hours'
It’s election-time and all I have to my name is my vote, writes an anonymous contributor.
# TechKnowHow
This is how you can control your desktop remotely
Or just help solve someone else’s PC/Mac problem without having to leave your own.
# Office space
Here's how working in an office can be bad for you
It can be a jungle in there.
Voices
Looking for a job when you're disabled can be difficult, but it shouldn't be impossible
I accept that I’ll never work a 9-5 job like most people, but I should be able to make my contribution to society without barriers being placed in my way.
# Buyers' Guide
What you should consider when purchasing a laptop?
Laptops are still the bread and butter of productivity so it’s worth taking the time to buy the right one.
# Jobs
Looking for a job this Christmas? These places are hiring
Need some extra cash this Christmas? A few places are hiring.
# working 9 to 5
13 truths everyone who works in an office can relate to
The printer is your ENEMY.
# polish blood
Poles give blood rather than strike in the UK
“They don’t want to be second-class citizens.”
# rite of passage
Donald Trump wants to scrap the J-1 programme
As part of a range of immigration policies the Republican wants to introduce measures that could impact on the Irish in America.
# not what you'd think
Incredible pictures give unexpected perspective into how the most wealthy live
The highest paid CEOs in the United States make around 350 times what the average worker does.