Category: Equality

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  … and living in Ireland. I contributed to this article in the Irish Independent on the topic this week. Tooth-grinding stuff. Yes, we have come a long way since the caves, but neanderthals are still in our midst.  

There’s little love lost between ‘spoilt’ Celtic Tiger cubs and baby-boomer bosses, writes Gabrielle Monaghan … Bill Cullen, the businessman who starred in The Apprentice on TV3 described this generation as lazy and mollycoddled … … Rowan Manahan, the MD of Fortify Services, a human resources firm, comes across this supposition from older generations all […]

From the Irish Independent: THE CURSE OF MASCULINITY Masculinity is an ‘illness’ that can lead to isolation, loneliness and fear. Simply put, men wrongly always pursue short-term gains ahead of long-term interests. By Ailin Quinlan Photo credit: The wonderful Sandra Leidholdt A president begins an illicit affair with an intern at the White House. He […]

I suspect that provision of childcare facilities within workplaces is going to be a growth area for the next few years. Whether both partners want to have fulfilling careers or not, dual income families are going to be an economic necessity for the majority of families in perpetuity, so any employer who can offer the […]

The Irish Examiner on the challenges of finding balance once children come along. Extracts: Having a workplace creche like Cois Laoi at UCC means you spend more time with your children and it’s comforting to know they’re only minutes away. BRINGING THE BABY IN WITH THE BRIEFCASE Parents are struggling with the work/life balance. So […]

That is, discrimination on the basis of mass. Apparently, Dr Regina Benjamin, Barack Obama’s selection for Surgeon General, is coming under fire because of her weight. The logic, it seems, is that she won’t be a good role model – for anyone! – on the subject of health, because she is … generously proportioned. The […]

I spotted this on Techdirt … The city of Bozeman, Montana is getting serious about digging up potential dirt on its future employees. As part of the application form, you have to sign a waiver allowing city officials to probe into: “background, references, character, past employment, education, credit history, criminal or police records.” Okay, nothing […]

Doing what I do for a living, I hear the topic of maternity leave, and the policies and attitudes surrounding it, being discussed all the time. The BBC are currently running an excellent two-parter entitled The Trouble With Working Women which is looking at this in the wider context of being competitive in the workplace. […]

We passed the Employment Equality Act here in Ireland in 1973. 36 years later, we are still a long way away from a workforce that could in any way be described as equitable and the same holds true across many developed world countries. Why?Linda Babcock and Sarah Laschever have some very interesting ideas on this […]

Don’t be fooled by the title – Terry Prone has written the book about the modern workplace. For everyone. Everything you need to live, thrive and survive [thank you Elwood] as you wend your way through the office minefield is here.On this subject, Terry is an engaging, unequivocal and unapologetic writer. No sugar coating or […]