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Returning to Work After Pregnancy LISA QUINN O'FLAHERTY Solicitor Fitzsimons Redmond There are a number of circumstances that may be in play when a worker returns to work after pregnancy. In some circumstances, the worker may have experienced miscarriage. There is no right to miscarriage leave in Irish law, but the worker may have taken sick leave to physically recover. Many employers offer miscarriage or bereavement leave to parents who experience this kind of loss. …

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Employee engagement

Employee Engagement JENNY COLLINS EHS Consultant EazySAFE It has been over a year since the Irish Government enforced social distancing measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Overnight, our lives had changed, we were forced to adapt, to create a new way of living to regain stability and cope with the demands of this novel situation fueled with uncertainty (Kelly et al., 2014). This included a work from home arrangement where employers had to manage…

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I am still learning

Learning for Wellbeing Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE The concept of lifelong learning is something that many of us have heard of but few have embraced. For a lot of people, the completion of formal education was a transition from a life phase of learning to one of career and work. Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash Although employees engage with Continuous Professional Development, many see it as an obligation rather than an opportunity to…

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open space

Planning Your Return to work JENNY COLLINS EHS Consultant EazySAFE The Irish Government have issued an easing of COVID-19 restrictions with a phased return to the office, emphasising flexibility from 20 September 2021. This brings a lot of consideration and yet more change for Organisations. COVID-19 forced a mandatory ‘work from home’ arrangement from March 2020. Overnight, employers and employees had to create new ways of working and engaging from a distance, to regain autonomy…

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electrical safety

Basic Electrical Safety in the Workplace  Gemma Doyle EHF Consultant EazySAFE We use electricity every day, all day! There are practically zero occupations in the world that do not expose employees to electricity. Sometimes we can forget how dangerous electricity can be if it is not respected and if it is not maintained correctly. You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it, can’t see it, which makes it deadly.  The workplace has a multitude of…

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Back to School with Wellbeing in Mind Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE Many of us are beginning to feel the inevitable end of summer anxiety, which brings with it the return to school for thousands of families all over the country. After what has been an extremely challenging time for many of us including our children, we return to school again this year with the same Covid restrictions as the last.  Although the additional health and safety…

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the 4 days week

The Four Days Week Phenomenon LISA QUINN O'FLAHERTY Solicitor Fitzsimons Redmond The Four Day Work Week is a revolutionary shift in how we look at our working lives. It alters the entire institution of work, and gives employees a day back each week. Studies have shown when workplaces move to a Four Day Work Week, that stress among employees decreases as satisfaction with work-life balance increases.(1) The principle behind the idea is that workers attend…

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psychological capital

Psychological Capital, an Opportunity to Enhance Employee Wellbeing.  Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE As we slowly return to the normality we used to know pre Covid, the news we are hearing is often ambiguous but sometimes hopeful. With this, many people will be returning to the office over the coming months. Although some will welcome this others will be reluctant for various reasons, however, for leaders it is an opportunity to review one of the most important factors in employee wellbeing…

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building landscape

Rebuilding the Workplace LISA QUINN O'FLAHERTY Solicitor Fitzsimons Redmond Never before have we had such a blank slate to shape our workplaces to suit the needs of all stakeholders. Office workers have kept businesses afloat over the last year and a half from their own homes. They have proven that the model where everybody works from a central office is both unnecessary and outdated. Workers have shown that targets can be met while working from…

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Employee Wellbeing and Retention Means 'Keeping It Simple'  Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE There are some simple things that all companies can do to help create a sense of wellbeing amongst their employees. Whether continuing to work from home or transitioning back to the workplace, many of us have had time to reflect and look at what we value in our professional lives. As the term “the great resignation”, gathers momentum, many organisations will begin…

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