VDU Assessment - Are You Sitting Comfortably? GEMMA COLLINS DOYLE EHS Consultant EazySAFE   One of my favourite parts of my job, as a health and safety consultant, is carrying out VDU assessments for people. Why? Because a difference can be made almost immediately! Such simple changes can help people sit more comfortably, ease any pain they are experiencing and create a better working environment. What are the legal requirements? Many employees or even employers…

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Safe, Seen and Supported. Highlighting Mental Health in the Workplace.  Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE On World Mental Health day, it is important that we stop and reflect on the significance of such a day. A day when what was once a hidden and stigmatised topic are encouraged to be discussed in all walks of life. It is fantastic that such a day exists and that the conversation is becoming normalised. However mental health awareness…

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Hybrid Work Model GEMMA COLLINS DOYLE EHS Consultant EazySAFE In 2020 the world changed, in so many ways. While there were many negatives to what we have all had to deal with in the last two years, there is definitely some positives too. One of those positives (for most employees) was the ability to work from home.   As workplaces start to reopen, companies are finding that their employees are not eager to give up working…

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Company Culture in Hybrid Workplace ? Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE As we finally begin to return to normality and regain most of our personal freedoms, its also time for many people to begin the return to the office. For some this will be a welcome development, others will feel stressed and anxious about returning to the workplace. After such a prolonged period away from colleagues, it will be challenging for many to return to…

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Respect in the Workplace LISA QUINN O'FLAHERTY Solicitor Fitzsimons Redmond It is tempting for employers to draft a Bullying and Harassment Policy for their workplace, and then sit back in the hope that everyone will play nicely and get along. Unfortunately, human relationships are complex, and conflict is likely to arise in every workplace. It is the job of the employer to create a working environment where conflict is well managed, and a culture of…

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Starting the New Year with a Positive Mindset Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE As we begin a new year, yet again in difficult circumstances, it can be difficult to regain focus on our lives and the positive changes we would like to make. As Covid fatigue reaches new highs, a lot of people might be struggling to regain their motivation to make positive changes in their lives as well as remaining fully engaged in both…

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Hope and Productivity   Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE There are many times in our lives when we feel overwhelmed by negative emotions such as fear, stress, or anxiety. Experiencing these negative emotions without taking action to alleviate the impact they can have on our lives can lead us to become frustrated and unable to progress in our personal and professional lives. Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash Hope and optimism are two key traits we can…

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Hidden Anxiety, Knowing When to Take Notice   Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE Amidst the many changes taking place in society at the moment, many of us are feeling relieved and excited to begin to get back to some form of normal living again. Heading back to the office meeting colleagues face to face again, socialising somewhat normally or even travelling abroad.   Being able to do the simple things in life will make a big difference to all of our lives, so…

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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 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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