Exploring the Competencies, Skills and Behaviours of Effective Workplace Mediators

Two reports named Shaping the Agenda 1 and 2 were officially launched on Monday 10th October 2016 in Maynooth University Ireland. The research team is from the Kennedy Institute Workplace Mediation Research Group (KIWMRG), with this particular research project led by Dr Deirdre Curran (NUIG) and commissioned by the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII), the professional association for mediators in Ireland. The research identified the competencies, skills and behaviours of workplace mediators through an extensive literature review (and reported in the report entitled: Shaping the Agenda 1: Exploring the Competencies, Skills and Behaviours of Effective Workplace Mediators), and highlighted the implications for the development of workplace mediation in Ireland (published in the report: Shaping Continue reading here [...]

Gender equality in the workplace: The need to walk the talk

John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco, the multinational networking organisation, has admitted that while he has always considered himself sensitive to gender issues in the workplace, he hasn't 'walked the talk' with regards to taking leadership in ensuring gender equality, development and promotion in the organisation. To improve this going forward, he has asked his top managers to develop and implement women-focused initiatives. Only one quarter of the organisation's employees and top executives are women, which has led Chambers to confess that Cisco's existing gender equality and development policies and practices haven't worked. He suggests that, subconsciously, without realising it, we go about our day to day work with gender stereotypes and biases, which we don't even realise are placing Continue reading here [...]

Workplace Culture and Employee Engagement

How you feel in your work environment matters! To you and to your organisation! There are positive correlations between a positive work culture and good business results, and a 2012 Deloitte report supports this - http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/About/Leadership/1fe8be4ad25e7310VgnVCM1000001956f00aRCRD.htm. It makes sense: if you have a positive work culture, employees feel more comfortable, more creative, more valued. This results in a lower employee turnover rate which cuts the costs associated with recruitment, selection and onboarding. All this ultimately leads to organisations reporting stronger business results... However, there are discrepancies between the perception of company culture from senior management and those lower down the hierarchy, with more senior organisational Continue reading here [...]

Spirituality, Work & Sustainability

We spend most of our adult lives preparing for, seeking out and ‘doing’ work.  Work has become the primary way in which individuals attain the material benefits and economic rewards that enable them to live successfully in contemporary capitalist society, but also a sense of meaningfulness in their existence.  The existential and ethical aspects of the work  we do (or would like to do) has far reaching implications for the individual in the workplace, as Weber so clearly demonstrated, but understanding their aspects can also tell us much about organisations, business and society in general. Many theorists of religion have pointed out how society’s relationship with faith has undergone a number of fundamental changes which have far reaching implications for how we think about themsleves Continue reading here [...]