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Why Payroll Outsourcing is One of 2020’s Fastest-Growing HR Industries

Exploring the key drivers behind this year’s popularity boom in payrolls outsourcing National Payroll Week took place last week in the US against a backdrop of considerable growth in the payroll outsourcing industry. This wave of organisations moving towards support from external payroll providers has been boosted in part by reactions to the COVID pandemic. Outsourcing …

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10 motivational TED talks

Feeling unmotivated? Check the TED Talks by these amazing speakers to give you a boost! We know working from home can be a minefield when it comes to motivation. With no office to go to and colleagues to talk to, people around the world are finding their focus waning and productivity levels going down. Luckily, …

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Pricing through the pandemic

Building new pricing discipline, flexibility, and capabilities now can create long-term competitive advantages. In many industries, radical shifts in costs, demand, and supply availability have snarled previously predictable market pricing mechanisms. The most effective companies are adapting to their customers’ immediate and changing needs while they consider longer-term implications. Based on our research and experience from …

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What is Coaching and Mentoring?

Coaching and Mentoring are tools to help people move forward on their journeys to success. While both are useful, invaluable tools, they each work in different ways. In order to remove the confusion, here is a quick guide to highlight the typical differences between Coaching, Mentoring, Counselling, and Consulting. By Stephen McDonnell, David Kennedy, Mindi …

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How accelerated digital transformation has become the new normal

Andrew Macleod, director of strategic marketing and branding at Siemens Digital Industries Software, writes for Silicon Republic about accelerated digital transformation and how companies can adapt to it.  Siemens’ Andrew Macleod writes about the level of accelerated digital transformation currently taking place and what it means for companies. The rapid spread of Covid-19 forced almost …

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Ireland faces ‘deep downturn’ this year and may not rebound until 2024 if there is a second wave

The Central Bank of Ireland has warned it could take until 2024 for the Irish economy to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic if there is a second outbreak of Covid-19. This warning is based on the worst-case scenario laid out in the Central Bank’s latest quarterly analysis of the economy. This scenario assumes the strict lockdown period has …

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ReBound Initiative to support business owners implement Return to Work Safely protocol

Skillnet Ireland has today launched a new initiative aimed at helping Irish SME owners and managers across all sectors prepare and implement a return to work safely plan for the reopening of their business. The initiative known as ‘ReBound – Back to Business. Safely’ is being offered in conjunction with industry and Government partners including Ibec, Chambers …

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How to Present Like an Apple Executive

Recent by Apple shows us why nice and simple ideas are always the best choice for presentations. Use these design tips to preset successfully. This week’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference was notable for its format (virtual) and its announcements (hundreds of new features covering the entire product line). The Apple keynote also had something for anyone creating and delivering a …

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Relationship Building in Small Business

Our advisor Eva Acton analyses different business interactions and the importance of having a solid relationship with all your stakeholders. Eva has extensive sales and small business development experience.  Relationship Building is a facet of small business that cannot be underestimated. It over-arches every aspect of business interaction with: In this article I elaborate on …

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Google Meet starts rolling out in Gmail, continuing Google’s quest to unseat Zoom

Google Meet zooms into Gmail, starting a houseparty with its other messaging services Google has wasted no time integrating its Meet videoconferencing into Gmail, with some users already seeing a link to launch Meet in the left sidebar of the Gmail interface. Formerly available only to its enterprise and education customers via G Suite, the …

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Don’t Mute, Get a Better Headset

A good mic and earphone are essential tools for remote workers. Here we help you find the perfect headset.  One heterodox recommendation I have for audio and video calls when you’re working in a distributed fashion is not to mute, if you can help it. When you’re speaking to a muted room, it’s eerie and unnatural …

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