Paul McGrath, “When the opportunity came up to take a job so close to home, I went for it.”

Paul McGrath, “When the opportunity came up to take a job so close to home, I went for it.”Paul McGrath was living in Dublin for four years when he packed his bags for the sunny south east and moved back home to be closer to family and friends. The best thing about relocating to Waterford is being closer to my family and friends; it’s great that I now get to see them more often than when I lived in Dublin. I’m originally from Cappoquin so when the opportunity came up to take a job so close to home, I went for it. I was living in Dublin for four years before moving back. Before, I would have seen my family at least once a month, but now I get to see them whenever I want. The great thing about living in Waterford is that it’s not too far from anywhere. It is only an hour and a half  to Dublin so it’s not too far to travel when I want to go back and visit friends, or my brother who’s living there. I started working in EirGen in February 2018 and the culture is really nice. Everyone is very friendly and they all work well with each other. My commute —from Cappoquin to Waterford Industrial Estate on Old Kilmeaden Road— now takes me about 40 minutes each way but traffic is less congested compared to Dublin, so the journey is much smoother, and I still get home pretty early. It’s great having more free time. Now I can hit the gym, head to the cinema or play six-aside football on AstroTurf whenever I feel like it.   See why other people are moving to the South East by visiting some of our guest blogs.  Download our South East Relocation Survey here.  Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group would like to thank Paul McGrath for writing this guest blog as part our South East Relocation blog series on living and working in Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary.  For job opportunities in the South East, contact our...

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My Relocation to Kilkenny – Ludovic Gavillet

Ludovic Gavillet, together with his wife and new born son, made the move from Switzerland to Kilkenny to work with Lighthouse Studios – and he hasn’t looked back since! I’m originally from Switzerland but moved to Kilkenny in mid-November of last year with my wife and new born son. Before the move, I was working in Paris where I became very interested in a project by Kilkenny animation company, Cartoon Saloon. It’s a feature film that I’ll actually be working on later this year but right now I am very excited to be involved in Lighthouse Studios’ first ever TV series. The move involved a lot of planning and took a year to come to fruition. My wife and I visited in April to check the city out and meet people from the Lighthouse Studios. Then my son was born in the summer, which definitely made the move a lot more tricky! It was the perfect decision for our family. Kilkenny is a lot smaller than Paris and more family-friendly. Like any move, it took a little while to settle in, but we love it here already. We love walking around the city and visiting the castle, as well as exploring more of what Ireland has to offer. One of the great things about living in Kilkenny is that we’re not that far from our families in France and Switzerland. It’s only a few hours on an airplane, which means they can come visit us or we can go see them. I was offered other jobs in Canada and the US, but Kilkenny was much more appealing to my...

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Guest Blog: Why I Love Limerick!

(Robbie Thackaberry, centre, with Jennifer O’Gorman, Recruitment Consultant from our Limerick office, and David Fitzgibbon, our Midwest Regional Manager) Robbie Thackaberry Logistics Project Management, Dell Limerick My girlfriend and I relocated to the Mid-West in 2016, and have recently bought a house in Limerick. Louise and I met when we were both doing a Masters course in Project Management in UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School from 2014 – 2015. It was a classmate who set the seed for a move to Limerick. She was already working in Dell Limerick and offered a great insight into both the company and lifestyle. Luckily, having been referred, we were both offered positions in the company, starting on the same day in February 2016. I have always lived in Clondalkin, Dublin, apart from one year in London, so the move to the Mid-West is a nice change of scenery. I originally studied my undergrad in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College from 2003 to 2007. Over the years, I have changed careers a few times from Engineering to Event Management and now Logistics Project Management. Having returned from London in 2010, I took what was intended to be a part-time role in an Event Management company in Dublin. This quickly turned into a full management position, which I held for four years. Over this time, I managed hundreds of projects and events across a portfolio of clients. While fast-paced and exciting, event management is very demanding. Working 60-plus hours a week is hard to sustain in the long term.  Also, it was a smaller company with a career ceiling. As I...

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Can Encouraging People to Take Initiative Actually be Harmful?

As organizations face uncertainty and rapid change, taking initiative or being proactive is increasingly encouraged. In the main, being proactive is beneficial for both individual employee performance as well as for organisational performance. There is one circumstance when taking initiative has a negative effect on well-being for employees – when employees are motivated by a sense of pressure and coercion at work (termed controlled motivation) without any sense of interest or identification with their work (termed autonomous motivation). This was demonstrated in a recent article by Karoline Strauss (ESSEC, France), Sharon Parker (UWA, Australia) and Deirdre O’Shea (UL, Ireland), published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior. Proactivity at work involves self-initiating change or ‘making things happen’. It requires effort and thus drains employees energy, one of the reasons why it is associated with impaired well-being.  This research demonstrated that proactive work behaviour was positively related to job strain when controlled motivation was high and autonomous motivation was also low. Under all other conditions, there was no effect of proactive behaviour on job strain. Thus, proactive behaviour has costs for employee well-being when employees experience a sense of pressure and obligation in their work in the absence of any compensating interest or identification with their work. Under these circumstances, engaging in proactive behaviour is unlikely to be sustainable in the long-term, and it could result in more extreme forms of well-being impairments such as burnout, sickness absence and turnover. There is increasing pressure on individuals to engage in proactive behaviour in order to meet the expectations of the organization. It would be wise for organisational leaders and managers to take...

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Disciplinary Procedures & Employer Liability

For the purpose of today’s article, I will briefly focus on disciplinary procedures as this is an area in which employers most often come into difficulty and furthermore is the area where there is the greatest potential liability from an employer’s perspective. Also, this is a topic in which some serious considerations were raised for employers following the Judgement in Lyons v Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board [2017] IEHC 272. The background to the abovementioned case is that an external investigator was appointed by Mr Lyons employer to investigate a bullying complaint which had been made against him. The High Court noted that the process implemented during the investigation (separate meetings and the taking of statements without cross examination) is one which is routinely adopted by many companies but went on to state that “the exclusion of solicitors and counsel, and the refusal to allow cross examination … is a breach of the Constitutional right to fair procedures.” This represented a departure from previous case law in that it apparently extended the right to legal representation to investigation meetings and further it extended rights to cross examine witnesses. In essence, on the face of it the Decision in Lyons means that once an employer engaged in an investigation of a serious matter that could ultimately lead to a dismissal, then every employee involved would be entitled to bring a lawyer to each investigation meeting and, not only that, the lawyer must have the opportunity to cross-examine each witness who is saying something about his/her client. As alluded to above, the decision in the Lyons Case represented a departure...

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My Two Week Work Experience with Collins McNicholas

I walked out of my final college exam with a gleaming smile on my face. No more exams or lectures, I was ready to join the real world. Earn my keep and begin my career path. However, not only was I an excited graduate, but a confused graduate, with an interest in HR and Marketing. Having returned from my J1, I set about sending out my CV. I submitted my CV to Collins McNicholas. The following day I received a call from Director Michelle Murphy, she spoke to me about my CV and offered me the position to cover one week’s holiday leave at reception in the Galway Office. I jumped at the opportunity and started the following week as I knew this would be an invaluable experience. Everyone on the Collins McNicholas team was extremely welcoming and were happy to help when I had any questions for them. Aside from my duties at reception, the Collins McNicholas team invited me to help at a recruitment fair they were holding and also to sit in on the interview process, as they knew I held an interest in HR. As my week at Collins McNicholas came to a close, I was invited to return the following week, spending one day in the Galway office to see how the assessment centres were run, and to spend the rest of the week in the Sligo office with the Marketing Department. On Monday I observed an assessment centre run by HR Manager Caroline Ward and HR Consultant Emma Woods. They spoke with me about the different methods used to test various capabilities that...

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