We could all tell some horror stories about people we have worked with and this Halloween we thought we'd share 7 types of employees that will give you nightmares, as well as some tips to help those of you who find these spooky profiles a little too familiar…
This type of employee just never seems to be at their desk. When you call them you always reach their voicemail and you could be waiting hours for a response from them. They really make getting things done very difficult. It’s not that they are neglecting their responsibilities and not doing their job, they just have a habit of scheduling too many back to back meetings giving them very little time to catch up when they get back to their desks.
If this is you and you always find yourself away from your desk and bombarded with emails and missed calls when you return, why not try to spread out your meetings throughout the day or save travel time but having your meetings over the phone or by Skype? This way, if an urgent email appears, you can be aware of it when it happens and you won't always find yourself chasing your tail.
The zombie has usually been out the night before (bit of a socialite). They enjoy an all-night party session, which isn’t a problem, until they show up to work hungover. They lack concentration and enthusiasm and make you feel tired just by looking at them. They have also been known to call in sick because of a hangover on a few occasions.
We have all been there at some point but being hungover constantly in work is not a good idea and missing work for a hangover is a huge no no! Always try and keep your nights out for the weekends and if you do have to go out midweek make sure you don’t skip dinner and stop drinking after a reasonable time. Your colleagues thank you for it, not to mention your boss.
Calm and collected one minute, aggressive the next. This type of worker is changeable, like a werewolf during a full moon. Everything is going fine but then they can lose their temper over something in an instant.
Keeping a level head in work is very important, no matter how frustrating something may seem, it’s not worth getting angry and upsetting your co-workers. Step outside for some fresh air if you’re feeling a little hot headed and if that doesn’t help you should always talk to your manager if you feel you are too stressed in work.
Personal hygiene is so important, but this employee doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo. They don’t wear suitable work clothing and forget to properly wash and groom themselves. They’re basically a bit of a slob and resemble a sasquatch.
Everyone needs to keep on top of this. Keep chewing gum in your pocket or bring a toothbrush to work, make sure your clothes are clean and fresh and if you have any concerns you could ask someone in your work who you trust if they have noticed a problem with your hygiene. Better to be safe than sorry.
This person worked hard to receive their qualification but has never spent any more time upskilling. They have years of work experience but haven’t put any effort into professional development. Just like a mummy they are preserved from ancient times and now their qualifications are outdated.
It’s always important to up-skill in your profession. If you haven’t done any workshops or courses since your degree don’t worry, there are plenty of different professional development courses you could sign up to today. Pick a part of your job that you really enjoy or that you’d like to learn more about and sign yourself up to do a workshop or course or attend an event/conference about it. It's also a great way to become enthusiastic about your job again and feel inspired to try new things in your role.
The Headless Horseman
This employee is completely scatter brained. They change their mind constantly, forget things and leave their colleagues feeling very confused. A lot of the time people in work will avoid involving this person in projects or asking them to help because they know they will only cause hassle.
Post-its, reminders and a diary is what this employee needs. As frustrating as it is to work with a Headless Horseman, imagine being one? They just need to spend some extra time in their day organising themselves and their priorities.
The Freddy Krueger
Named after the famous character from “A Nightmare on Elm Street“ film series, this person is a combination of some or all of the scary employees above - making them a thing of nightmares! They are difficult to communicate with, they don’t have much interest in professional development, they have anger issues and problems with personal hygiene. Much to say this worker is the worst of all 7. The Freddy Krueger employee is a thing of nightmares!
If you think you could be this person follow the tips in the blog. All of the issues are easily fixed, if you are passionate about your job you will have no problem turning things around.
Posted by Clare Reynolds on 31 October 2018
3 Reasons Counter Offers Are A Bad Idea
3 Reasons Counter Offers Are A Bad Idea
On my commute home from work, I overheard a woman say to her friend “I don’t want to leave my job, so I plan to get a job offer and that will make my current boss offer me more money”. I know I shouldn’t be eavesdropping, but surely people shouldn’t be applying for jobs with intention of using an offer to leverage more money in their current role? This really caught me by surprise. Do people really go through the rigmarole of job seeking just to use the offer to stay in their current job? I decided to investigate this further to see if it really is a feasible plan. What I discovered was 3 reasons why you definitely shouldn’t follow in that lady’s footsteps. 1. Wrong Attitude – Bad Start From the get go the idea of applying for jobs with the aim of using a job offer to leverage your current pay is just poor judgement at best. If you want more money, you should have an honest conversation with your superior and if the conversation doesn’t go the way you hoped, you should apply for jobs that will offer you the pay you desire (with the intention to accept the job and leave your current role). 2. Burning Bridges Receiving a job offer is significant. The company who offered you the role clearly like you. They’ve taken the time to meet you and learn about your abilities and skills. They want you (over everyone else they interviewed) to join their company and because you have been eager through the recruitment process, they assume you want to join their team as well. This is until you suddenly come back to tell them you have accepted a counter offer. Now they know that you were never interested in their company, you only cared about money. You’ve essentially burned your bridges with this company, which could be damaging later in your career. You never know when your paths may cross again, and it could cause all sorts of friction to your work, not to mention awkward tension. 3. Ending Up In The Wrong Job (Regardless Of Which Offer You Accept) There are two outcomes to this scenario, you accept the counter offer or you don’t get a counter offer, and you must accept the job you’ve been offered. Either way, both are the wrong job for you. Let’s start with the counter offer, your boss is now acutely aware of your interest to jump ship and work somewhere else. Your counter offer may have been your boss’s reaction to the shock of losing you and premeditating the stress of finding a replacement. Once this shock subsides however, your boss will only remember the fact you tried to leave and this could affect you in a number of ways. After realising you might leave, your boss will now focus more attention on developing junior staff, this way if you leave he/she will be more confident in your subordinates. Then when the next promotion comes up you won’t be considered and when there are cut backs, it’ll be you that will feel the brunt of it. The second scenario is that you don’t get a counter offer. After all the effort you made to get your job offer to approach your boss and negotiate more pay, your boss shakes your hand and wishes you the best of luck. I imagine this would be quite devastating, but what’s more devastating is starting a job you never really wanted in the first place. You were job hunting for all the wrong reasons and now you have to start a job that really doesn’t suit you. Essentially, it’s not wise to job hunt to seek a counter offer. It’ll make you look disloyal and money hungry to both your current boss and to the company you applied to. If you want more money from your employer, ask for a pay raise and if you are denied, consider searching for a new job, with the aim to accept an offer and leave. Your goal should never be to receive a counter offer. I just hope the woman I overheard on the train didn’t go through with her plan. It looks to me like this can only go badly. I’m sure it is possible however for a counter offer to work out but to apply for jobs to seek out a counter offer, is not the right approach for climbing your career ladder. Let us know if you have ever accepted a counter offer. Do you think it’s a good approach?
Insurance Jobs - Market Overview 2019
Insurance Jobs - Market Overview 2019
Thoughts on the Market Change is a Good Thing The insurance sector is historically recognised by its formal, some say old-fashioned look, but the industry is changing. Smaller companies are competing with the long-established heavy hitters for a bigger share of the market and some of the most recognised brands in the industry are merging to counter the ever-shifting landscape. Consolidation Means Expansion 2018 saw consolidation within the insurance sector with several headlines marking mergers and acquisitions. This type of news is regularly followed by news of job cuts or redundancies, but that has not been the case. If anything, the opposite seems to be happening in Ireland. In an ironic turn of events, this consolidation seems to be breeding expansion! And expansion in the Irish market doesn’t look like it’s slowing down in 2019. Several companies have already committed to setting up or expanding Irish offices post-Brexit, with people already onboard in a number of these. 2019 should see further announcements along these lines, particularly, as at the time of writing, the UK Brexit agreement is still up in the air. Challenges & Opportunities With Brexit, GDPR, diversity and InsureTech grabbing headlines on a regular basis we are seeing insurance companies moving in directions many never anticipated. As Ireland’s insurance sector focused on Brexit and GDPR in 2018, and they still require plenty of focus in 2019, we should see a greater focus now on how they approach diversity and InsureTech in 2019. Ireland is already once of the most diverse countries in the EU and will need to be even more so as employers look to Europe and beyond to fill any talent shortages. 2018 saw the trend for attracting overseas talent continue and it will not slow down in 2019. InsureTech is the other exciting development within the insurance sector that will only get more relevant over the next couple of years. Artificial intelligence and data analytics are at the forefront on insurance innovation and more and more jobs will open in these areas in 2019 and beyond. Driverless cars are already raising more questions than answers for insurers and automakers and this is one discussion that will be particularly interesting to see play out. Salaries in 2019 Retention was the focus for most employers in the sector throughout 2018. As a result, salaries have been increasing around 10-15% in several areas. Surprisingly, salaries have not been the predominant factor when it came to people moving jobs lasy year. “What are the benefits” is usually the first question asked when a candidate is considering a change. Pension, healthcare and bonuses continue to be at the top of people’s lists of required benefits, however flexible working hours is becoming almost as important for a lot of people. Achieving the highly valued work-life balance seems to be a key selling point and employers offering basic salary packages with little or no benefits or flexibility are finding it very difficult to attract/retain talent. Top Tip For 2019 Get qualified. The CIP, QFA and ACOI (compliance) are the industry standards and it’s becoming more difficult for candidates to find rewarding jobs without having one of the above. Most employers offer educational assistance if you are not already qualified but unless you have very good experience, you will find it difficult without the qualification. Hot Jobs Experienced Claims Handler Compliance Officer/Executive Pension Administrator Actuary Project/Change Management Top Skills Project management/Prince2 or PMP Compliance and regulatory experience QFA/CIP DB and DC pension experience Product development Check out the latest insurance jobs here
Supply Chain Jobs - Market Overview 2019
Supply Chain Jobs - Market Overview 2019
Thoughts on the Market As Brexit approaches the supply chain and logistics market industry in Ireland has undergone significant self-assessment. Traditional methods and practices have had to be examined, and from a creative thinking point of view this is advantageous. Companies have had to examine why they do things and not just accept “the way we have always done it”. As a result, companies have already made changes regarding sourcing, costing and transportation that will benefit them even if the status quo remains. In addition, companies are looking to become more cost effective and have invested heavily in many supply chain management (SCM) solutions and warehouse management solutions (WMS) to further increase efficiencies. Ultimately there is still a lot of uncertainty in the sector given the various ramifications of possible Brexit outcomes. What is certain however is that the practices of previous years will be gone by the end of 2019 and that new creative ways of business will prevail. Salaries In 2019 While there was no significant rise in salaries in 2018, it remains to be seen how Brexit will affect salaires across the sector in 2019. Top Tip for 2019 Think creatively! 2019 will be a watershed in the supply chain and logistics sector. Previously successful methodologies will no longer be guaranteed to work; upskill, think creatively and learn continuously. Looking for a supply chain job? Check out our latest jobs here
Science & Pharma Jobs - Market Overview 2019
Science & Pharma Jobs - Market Overview 2019
“Ireland currently has its lowest level of unemployment in 10 years at 5.6% and the youngest population in the EU with 33% under the age of 25. This coupled with an increasing amount of people choosing STEM subjects has rendered the market fiercely competitive. The War on Talent is approaching!” Professor Mark Ferguson – SFI Director Thoughts on the Market Ireland has a long tradition of attracting manufacturing facilities from major life sciences companies and the life sciences sector in Ireland has continued to grow strongly in the last decade. There are now over 60,000 people employed in the industry, either directly or indirectly. This trend looks set to continue into 2018 with major expansions of many of the big pharma players across the country. The IDA reports the biopharmaceutical industry has made a capital investment of approximately €8 billion in new facilities in Ireland, predominantly in the last 10 years. This represents one of the largest investments in new biotech facilities anywhere in the world. Out of the world’s twenty-five largest independent, public biotech and pharma companies, Ireland is home to twenty-four of them. However recent figures put the number of pharmaceutical companies operating here at approximately seventy-five. While many of the large companies are major sources of employment here, new smaller start-up companies are also seeking out Ireland as a new home which is exciting in terms of R&D. The growth of the biologics and biopharma industry in Ireland reflects current global trends. According to The Irish Times, sales of biologics products look set to grow by 10% in the next eight years. Given anticipated expansion and growth of new sites here in Ireland, it is estimated that there will be almost 8,500 potential job openings arising within the biopharma industry in Ireland over the next five years. These investments promise the life sciences sector in Ireland will continue to thrive, with strong pharmaceutical hubs based in Dublin and Cork, and rapidly developing areas in Sligo, Waterford and Mayo. The future career opportunities for the scientific workforce is looking very strong for 2018 and beyond. Salaries As further investment continues within Ireland the salaries and remuneration packages are going to increase. With the candidate market so strong and increasing demand for even junior positions, this is driving up already inflationary wage rates across the country as companies try to keep staff. Companies are also implementing various initiatives including flexible work hours, remote working and more to improve their employer brand and ensure they stay ahead of the competition. Top Tip for 2019 Make the most of your network and get involved with as many work-related projects possible to improve your skill set. Contract or short-term placements, in the fields you’d like to work in, can be a great way to break into the relevant sector e.g. move from QC to QA. Looking for a science job? Check out our latest jobs here