Holidaying with your Work Colleagues
Li Jinyuan, the billionaire chief executive of China's Tiens Group Company, made headlines this week after bringing 6,400 of his staff on an all-expenses-paid trip to France, costing a cool 14 million euro. Would you want to go on holiday with your workmates?
Colm Carey, Director of the Research Institute, isn't so sure it's a good idea, and our reporter, Aura McMemanin, has been asking people on the streets of Dublin whether or not they'd like to go on a company holiday...
The Department of Finance and the Pillar Banks
This week, the Department of Finance was attempting, yet again, to strongarm the banks into passing on ECB interest rate cuts to their customers, and to deal fairly with the mortgage arrears crisis. Have they any hope of getting the banks to toe the line? Pat McCloughan, MD of PMCA economic consultants - who worked as an adviser to the Banking Inquiry during its 'Context' phase - and Shane Ross, Independent TD and author of 'The Bankers - How the Banks Brought Ireland to its Knees', joined Richard in studio.
David Cameron may find himself the leader of a majority government today, but he still has some serious horse-trading and negotiating to look forward to in the near future. Finian Buckey, Prof. of Organisational Psychology in the DCU School of Business, has some advice on negotiating; also, our reporter, Aura McMenamin, travelled to a mart in Blessington to get some tips from some from farmers on how they negotiate effectively...
The Mid-Life Career Crisis
A recent study of their customers’ habits by the streaming audio service, Spotify, has discovered that at a certain age –
42 years old, to be exact – we have a tendency to abandon our existing taste in music and start to listen to artists like Taylor Swift whose typical demographic is one that is far younger.
They have gone so far as to say your choice of playlist can be one of the first signs of the dreaded mid-life crisis.
This is consistent with research from the University of Warwick in the UK, which indicates that the early forties is the most frequent age at which job satisfaction is at its lowest ebb, and you're most likely to drift into a mid-life crisis…
Louise Campbell, Managing Director of Robert Walters Recruitment, joined Richard to discuss.
Our Vinyl Offer
Staying with the music theme, it seems that vinyl is enjoying something of a renaissance… This week, for the first time, vinyl-only singles and albums charts for the UK made an appearance. Richard brought vinyl junkie and Deputy Editor of Hot Press, Stuart Clarke, into studio to get an appraisal of his mint condition, original pressing, 12-inch of New Order's 'Blue Monday'.
Fee Paying Schools
Fee-paying schools were back in the news this week, after Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan revealed that she has been lobbied to remove a proposed cap on the enrolment of children of past pupils in the new School Admissions Bill. At a time when lots of couples are struggling to pay mortgages, taxes and various other day-to-day living expenses, why do some parents still choose to fork out, when the school around the corner can arguably provide an education every bit as good?
Dympna Devine, Head of UCD's School of Education, and entrepreneur John Teeling, joined Richard in studio to discuss.
Following on from the interview with Guy Standing, Richard was joined in studio by Gerald Flynn, employment specialist with Align Management Solutions, and journalist and commentator, Eamon Delaney, to discuss the new world order of insecure employment, zero benefits, and short-term contracts...
An Irish-American Advertising Odyssey
Anyone who watches the TV show Mad Men - which returns this week for its final series - will be familiar with its atmosphere of liquor-soaked offices, clouds of cigarette smoke, sharp suits, and blatant sexism. Prof. Colum Kenny of DCU takes a trip back to some decades from the 1960s to the advertising world of the early 1900s, when Irish-American, James O'Shaughnessy, ruled the roost. Colum has just published 'An Irish-American Odyssey' about James and his family.
Managing the Office Ogre
In a much-publicised announcement this week, the BBC announced that they “would not be renewing” Jeremy Clarkson’s contract, after an investigation concluded that he had physically and verbally assaulted a co-worker, Irishman Oisín Tymon.
The whole episode raised quite a few questions about the management of difficult staff, particularly when they’re one of your star performers.
At what point do you have to kill the goose that lays the golden egg?
To kick this hornet’s nest, Julie O’Neill, Management Consultant with ‘Join the Dots’, and Paul Mooney of Tandem Consulting, joined Richard in studio.