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How To: Successfully Manage Cutbacks In The Pandemic

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 27/04/2020 The Future As the saying goes: ‘predictions are hazardous, especially about the future’. And it is certainly true that predictions about the duration of and the fall-out from the perilous COVID-19 pandemic are proving problematic. However, on the optimistic basis that the virus can be contained by ...
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How To: Ensure Waiver, Compromise, Severance and Settlement Agreements Work

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 03/04/2020 The COVID-19 coronavirus crisis raises yet again the subject of the status or legality of workplace ‘waiver’ or ‘compromise’ agreements. In the face of so much economic uncertainty, many employers are looking at the scope for shedding staff via such an arrangement. Coincidentally, the Workplace Rel...
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How To: Handle H.R. During The Pandemic

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 30/03/2020 The corona crisis is currently causing considerable consternation around the world. It is also apparent that the fallout therefrom is likely to be both long and painful. Courtesy of this crisis, many HR practitioners are now grappling with a changing context, one that places them centre-stage in th...
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Health and Safety Policies and Procedures Coronavirus/Covid-19
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How To: Determine Pay And Do A Job Evaluation Exercise

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 05/02/2020 Pay is at the heart of all employment relationships. It is often the key reason that people join organisations. It can also be the key reason that people leave organisations. And it is often the key reason determining whether staff feel valued and give of their best or feel undervalued and give as ...
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Pay and Conditions of Employment HR Matters NI
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How To: Be Assertive At Work

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 22/01/2020 Assertiveness is essential to success and wellness at work. Too often, being overly passive or aggressive is the key ingredient in failure. This failure can manifest itself in losing an important contract, an invaluable idea, a key player or even ending up at a hearing before a third party. Hence, ...
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HR Matters NI
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How To: Have a Difficult Conversation at Work

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 17/12/2019 Difficult conversations are those exchanges that you don’t want to have. They normally entail the potential for conflicting views, damaged relationships and uncertain outcomes. And all this is alongside a corrosive anxiety over what and how to make your points. Like people, these conversations come...
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How to... Investigate Workplace Bullying and Harassment Complaints

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 11/11/2019 Earlier this year the Central Statistics Office revealed that almost 1 in 3 members of the national workforce claim to have experienced bullying or harassment at work. The failure to properly investigate such claims – regardless of their merit and the different tests applied thereto – frequently co...
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Discrimination and Equality Policies and Procedures
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How to... Reinvent and Redesign Your Performance Management System

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 15/10/2019 In this months ‘How to…’ Dr Gerry McMahon considers how employers might reinvent and redesign their Performance Management Systems. Performance management and appraisal systems have been the subject of criticism for many years. For example, as far back as 1957 the motivation guru Douglas McGregor c...
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Policies and Procedures HR Matters ROI
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Dr Gerry’s Top 5 How to…. Guides

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 17/09/2019 Dr Gerry McMahon is acknowledged as a national expert in the area of People Management and Employee Relations. He has over 30 years’ experience working as a presenter cum lecturer in the area, across a host of reputable public and private sector, 3rd level educational and academic institutions. H...
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How to... Play the Rating Game

Posted in: How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 14/05/2019 In this months ‘How to…’ Dr Gerry McMahon considers using ratings as part of Performance Management Systems – is their use rising or declining? Dr Gerry references several research reports and their findings and summarises the advantages and disadvantages of using ratings. He also discusses how we ...
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Policies and Procedures HR Matters ROI