The HSE employed the Chalfont Project which describes its consultants as "organisation architects". The company's promotional messages say that "we don't do misery. Pain is sometimes inevitable but misery is always a choice". The HSE has a contract with the company which will expire in 2020 with the option to renew for a year, the 'Medical Independent' reported. 'Values in Action' involves the appointment of champions among employees who voluntarily promote behaviours including to "challenge toxic behaviours and attitudes". Other prompts include: "Keep people informed - explain the now and the next." The HSE states that Values in Action is about "delivering better experiences to those who use our services, and creating better workplaces for our staff. "As one Values in Action champion puts it, it's for ourselves and it's for our patients. "Every day thousands of health service staff across Ireland live our values of care, compassion, trust and learning. Sometimes this is very … [Read more...] about HSE spends €650,000 in bid to change workforce culture
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It was announced earlier this week that female TDs and senators can now breastfeed inside the Dáil and Seanad chambers. Various arrangements had now been put in place, or were soon being implemented, to help support women Oireachtas members who were new mothers, including maternity leave support, an on-campus crèche and adoptive leave. Dáil chairman Seán Ó Fearghaíl noted that every effort must be made to encourage greater involvement by women in Irish politics. It's a heartening encouragement, certainly, but the Government has a little running to do before they catch up with some of Ireland's most parent-friendly workplaces. It's long been a given that the tech giants have blazed a trail in terms of creating staff-friendly offices. Google's nap pods, Twitter's baristas, Airbnb's Irish pub and Microsoft's nail bars are already the stuff of legend. Yet it's often their sweeteners for parents, and indeed for anyone looking to redress their work-life … [Read more...] about How baby-friendly is your workplace?
Many assume that video games and board games are just a form of entertainment. But what if you could use the psychology behind these games to motivate people? This process is called gamification, and it’s the driving force behind a new industry, with applications ranging from improving health to helping employees adopt a new corporate culture. Its usage in business is growing, from recruitment to retention and onboarding – though this is just the tip of the iceberg. To show how gamification could improve your company, let’s imagine a video game version of your business from the point of view of a prospective employee, who we’ll call Joe. Gamify your job interview Joe applies to your company, and he’s everything that you’re looking for. You call him in for an interview but – to Joe’s relief – you don’t give him a psychometric test to complete, unlike dozens of your competitors. No, you go one better: you ask Joe to play a game … [Read more...] about Level up your staff by using games and gamification in the workplace
The advent of newer, faster and better technologies, digitalisation and globalisation means that workplaces as we know them are undergoing rapid change, and as a result, also the required human capabilities. In their first breakfast workshop of the year, the British Chamber of Commerce for Luxembourg’s People and Leadership Group examined what impact these changes will have on individuals at work, the leaders and organisations managing the change, as well as society as a whole. Futurist and strategy advisor Ross Dawson’s framework “Humans in the Future of Work” served as a starting point for lively and thoughtful roundtable discussions facilitated by the people and leadership group members. Participants from a wide range of backgrounds ranging from established and startup businesses to students at St. Georges International School exchanged their views on the future of work. Dawson notes that the traditional ways of working are being increasingly disrupted as … [Read more...] about The workplace of the future: What’s next
Our top columnist Geoffrey Shryhane looks back at time when washing was done in tin baths in front of a roaring fire... Every town has its cross to bear. We in Wigan still live with Orwell, and the good folks of Bolton perhaps wish a fellow called Humphrey Spender has given the town a miss.So just for a change, let’s go to Bolton.Mr Spender arrived in the town in 1936 – the same year that Orwell came to Wigan – to take part in a Government mass observation programme, collecting first-hand information on all aspects of life.Bolton became known as “worktown” and in addition to taking the historic photos, he also interviewed the people. Bolton was a truly working-class town and was filled with mills and heavy industry.The magnificent town hall was the only thing of beauty, looming out of the grime and mists.The photographs show how kids made their own entertainments on cobbled streets, how women hung out their washing, and how babies were washed in tin baths … [Read more...] about Amazing pre-war pictures show our cultural heritage, warts and all!