SFA E-zine – The Tuesday Edition
 

Dear Member, 

 

 

Welcome to this week's edition of our SFA e-zine. 

 

We have some excellent articles for you this week focusing on attracting and retaining staff and employee wellbeing, starting off with a recent Deloitte study which revealed some interesting facts about the rise of ‘social enterprise’, which includes communication tools, well-being programmes, collaboration and more. 

 

Ibec launched its newSmarter World, Smarter Workcampaign this week which focuses on the need for better education to create a more adaptable workforce. Ibec is also running a survey about student work placement requests and we would welcome your input. 

 

Check out our new GDPR and recruitment web page, which will provide you with all you need to know about processing candidate information. 

 

As part of SFA Affinity, each week we are highlighting some of the amazing offers available to members - this week we have the spotlight on Medmark Wellzone, an employee wellbeing programme. 

 

FSI CareerPlus is offering a Professional Diploma in SME Credit at 90% off which is now open to employees.  This is a great way for a business to upskill employees for a fraction of the cost of the course. 

 

As always, we’d love to hear from you about any queries you may have, issues you wish to have raised with Government or other stakeholders and your ideas on how we can improve the business environment for us all. Please contact me on tel: 01 605 1602 or e-mail: sven@sfa.ie or tweet: @SFA_Irl or visit: www.sfa.ie.

 


Kind regards, 

Sven Spollen-Behrens

SFA Director

 


SFA IN THE MEDIA
SFA budget 2019 submission
 
  • Budget 2019

Sven Spollen-Behrens was interviewed regarding the Budget 2019 submission and the tax structure for small business by The Times. Read the full article here. 

 

NEWS
Deloitte 2018 Irish Human Capital trends report - How to attract and retain talent
 

A Deloitte survey reveals how business and HR leaders perceive, and are responding to, profound forces that are reshaping our workplaces, workforce and work itself in the 21st century.


For their 2018 report on trends in human capital, Deloitte surveyed over 11,000 business and HR leaders across 140 countries, including 212 leaders from Ireland. The results reveal how business and HR leaders perceive, and are responding to, profound forces that are reshaping our workplaces, workforce and work itself in the 21st century.

 

Globally, the top trends this year include collaboration, people data, experience-based career models, new communication tools and platforms, and holistic well-being programmes — all of which contribute to the rise of what we call the ‘social enterprise’.

 

True social enterprises invest in their relationships with workers, customers, communities and society at large to maintain their reputation and relevance. Increasingly, the quality of these relationships is a critical success factor when competing for top talent.

 

While the trends identified by Irish respondents largely reflect the global findings, there are some differences in emphasis. The report focuses on what Irish organisations need to do to enhance their ability to attract and retain top talent while strengthening their reputation, customer loyalty and profitability.

 

You can download the report here.

Ibec launches new ‘Smarter World, Smarter Work’ campaign
 

Ireland needs to prepare for how technology will transform the labour market. 60% of children today will work on jobs that do not currently exist.


This week, Ibec launched a major new campaign – Smarter World, Smarter Work – calling for a range of reforms so that Ireland can be better prepared for the oncoming changes to the labour market. As technological advancements progress further and further, new jobs will be created, but inevitably some jobs will be left behind. It is not realistic to hang on to these out-of-date jobs, but instead Ibec suggests a better focus on training and education that allows for flexibility in the workforce.

 

To achieve this goal, Ibec calls for four key actions: investment in skills and employability, flexibility at all life stages, a dynamic labour market, and smoother career transitions.

“Rapid digitalisation, changing lifestyles, and demographic shifts mean jobs and careers are being transformed. This brings great opportunities, but also risks. A new era of quality job creation and improved living standards is possible. But we need to embrace technological and workplace changes in business and right across society.”

 

Facts:

  • Ireland’s lifelong learning rate is less than half the benchmark set by the EU and significantly below what is required by a knowledge-based economy.
  • Employers are generally satisfied with graduates’ range of skills, however less than 45% of employers are satisfied with graduates’ entrepreneurial and business acumen skills.
  • Over 75% of employers were confident of graduates having the academic knowledge, but less confident about graduates having the right attitude and aptitude towards work.
  • Estimates suggest that students currently in the education system will have held an average of 10-12 jobs by the time they reach the age of 38.
  • Over 60% of children today will work in jobs that currently do not exist.

Campaign asks:

  • Harness the collaborative approach of educators, employers and Government to develop employability skills that meet future workplace and society needs.
  • Give students, through their learning, the tools and language to communicate their value and experience in a business context.
  • Use the curriculum as a catalyst for innovation and a way of embedding employability skills into the teaching, learning and assessment of students.
  • Enable institutions to create and foster a culture of life-long learning through progressive education policy and strategic funding.
  • Champion the role of employers in supporting the development of relevant skills.

For a full breakdown of the Ibec campaign please read their full press release which can be found here.

Share your views – proposed platform for managing student work placement requests
 

Ibec is looking to get feedback from a range of businesses in relation to work placement requests from students, and to scope out a potential online platform for managing these applications. Please fill out this simple two-minute survey.


It won’t be long until the new school year starts and your businesses will, no doubt, receive your share of work place applications from students.

 

Ibec is looking to gauge interest levels from a range of businesses to see how that experience is for you, and to scope out a potential online platform for managing these applications.

 

For you, this would mean: 

  • A free, time saving, one-stop-shop for managing requests for work placements
  • An opportunity to back your community by helping young people
  • A chance to educate people about your company
  • A chance to see what young people want for their future careers

We would appreciate if you could take this quick two-minute survey to assist Ibec with scoping this project.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XHNYNRM

 

For more information or if you have any queries, please contact Claire McGee at claire.mcgee@ibec.ie.

GDPR and recruitment information sheet
 

We have put together an information sheet on the SFA website that covers all you need to know in relation to GDPR and recruitment…


We have included a new section on the SFA website which covers GDPR and recruitment. This information sheet details what businesses should factor in when they are processing personal and sensitive data on behalf of job applications.

 

The areas covered include:

  • What is personal and sensitive data and how it relates to potential employee data
  • The legal basis for processing potential employee data
  • The three most common types of legal basis when processing job applications
  • Data protection notices and what should be included in the job advertisement so that individuals are aware of how their personal data is processed when they apply to your business
  • Automated profiling and how it relates to e-recruitment
  • Data retention periods for successful, unsuccessful and on-spec job applications
  • Conducting background checks, what you should factor in
  • The use of third parties/recruitment agencies and the requirement for legally binding data processing contracts
  • What you need to know if you receive a data access request from a job candidate

 

You can read this in full here.

 

If you would like more information on GDPR or to discuss your requirements further, please contact Helen at SFA on 01 6051668 or at helen.quinn@sfa.ie, or visit our GDPR section on www.sfa.ie/advice

SFA Affinity Scheme spotlight on..........
 

Medmark are delighted to support small business with their excellent offer to SFA members.


20% off (€500) WellZone – a digital health and wellbeing portal for SME companies.

 

WellZone SME will provide your employees with access to a comprehensive wellbeing portal and allow them to manage their wellbeing. 

After registering on the portal staff can complete a short wellbeing assessment covering 10 lifestyle categories such as activity, weight, healthy eating, sleep, resilience / mental wellbeing and water. Employees get individual results and use them to select goals, activities, etc. within the portal which will help them achieve a more balanced and healthier lifestyle.

WellZone SME includes:
· Customisable dashboard: decide what you want to see when you log in
· Wellbeing assessment: score your wellbeing across 10 lifestyle categories
· Wellbeing resource library: contains the latest wellbeing and stress management resources
· Logbook: track activity, food, weight, waist, alcohol, smoking and more
· Exercise library: view classes, programmes and individual exercises or create your own
· Goals and gamification: set goals and win badges
· Wearables: all major wearables synchronise to associated logbooks
· Recipes: search database of delicious healthy foods

 

To avail of this offer click here

 

Keep us posted on how much you have saved by using #savedwithSFA on Twitter!

Want to save 90% off the course of a Professional Diploma course in SME Credit?
 

SFA are delighted to bring you information on a new level 8 diploma in SME Credit.  This course is brought to you by FSI CareerPlus and the Institute of Banking.


SFA are delighted to bring you information on a new level 8 diploma in SME Credit.  This course is brought to you by FSI CareerPlus and the Institute of Banking.

 

As this is a Springboard funded course there is a limited number of places for existing employees with 90% funding available and self-employed with 70% funding available.  This enables you offer staff development and learning for 10% of the cost of the course.

 

This programme is designed to provide students with core credit analytical skills while enabling them to specialise in trading and distressed credit.

 

The programme has been designed to enable participants to:

  • Evaluate the commercial viability and sustainability of the SME business plans and management’s ability to deliver the plan
  • Understand the different types of credit monitoring controls
  • Explain the data requirements, the importance of data accuracy and record keeping in supporting credit portfolio management, credit models and grading
  • Structure a lending proposal in a manner which meets the needs of the SME borrower and complies with credit policies
  • Assess the credit worthiness of SME borrowers (trading business and commercial property transactions)
  • Understand the capital, funding and liquidity costs for the bank in relation to lending
  • Identify the early signs of credit deterioration, evaluate their potential impact and consider courses of action

 

You can find out all the information about the course and how to apply here.

 

If you have any questions or queries please contact carol.kenna@ibec.ie

EVENTS
Embracing diversity webinar
 
  • 25 July, 12pm, Webinar

The Irish workforce has changed significantly in the last twenty years. It unveils a more diverse workforce that spans across gender, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, disability and age. We can see this diversity in small businesses up and down the country whereby people of all walks of life work together.

This webinar will give you a brief overview of what is diversity, what does it look like and how it can be strengthened within your business.

Then we will look at two areas of diversity that is increasing and how your business can create a more integrated workforce in relation to:

  • Understanding and integrating transgender employees
  • Creating a collaborative culture amongst different nationalities

We will share practical tips on how businesses can encourage a diverse workplace that recognises everyone is different and how to navigate those differences in a respectful and dignified manner for everyone.

The webinar will take place on 25 July at 12noon and will last about thirty minutes. If you would like to join us for this session please click here.

For all queries on the event, please call the event organiser:
Gillian O'Keefe, Tel: +353 1 605 1664

SFA Employment Law Conference Cork- September 26, 2018
 
  • 26 September 2018,  Rochestown Park Hotel

Event details

SFA Employment Law Conference Cork- September 26, 2018

Date: 26th September 2018
Time: 09:00 - 16:00
Duration: 1 Day
Venue: Rochestown Park Hotel
Address: Rochestown Rd,
Douglas,
Co. Cork

Welcome address and WRC update

  • A year on – what impact has it had
  • Key changes
  • Challenges

Contracts

  • Best practice
  • Future of casual contracts & proposed banded hours
  • Legislation and contracts for service / gig economy

Probation and performance

  • The importance of managing the performance of new employees
  • Holding regular review meetings
  • Case law

All about absence

  • Why measurement is important
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Job solutions
  • The cost of absence to the employer
  • The role of the line manager
  • Mental illness and absence
  • Returning to work after a period of absence
  • Understand the current laws and case law in the area of absence management

5,4,3,2,1 – Top issues for 2018:

Using case law and legal developments for

  • A case study on a sexual harassment issue
  • GDPR and the human element – a case of a rogue employee
  • The do’s and don’ts of managing workplace stress
  • Intoxicants in the workplace - a tale of two cases
  • Do you need an extreme weather policy?

Discipline and dismissal – an interactive session

  • Discipline – the process
  • The conversation – what to say and how to say it
  • Legislation in this area

The pros and cons of 4 ways to manage mandatory retirement

For all queries on the event, please call the event organiser:
Quelba Lima, Tel: +353 1 605 1619

SFA Employment Law Conference Dublin - October 10, 2018
 
  • 10 October 2018, Herbert Park Hotel

Event details

SFA Employment Law Conference Dublin - October 10, 2018

Welcome address and WRC update

  • A year on – what impact has it had
  • Key changes
  • Challenges

Contracts

  • Best practice
  • Future of casual contracts & proposed banded hours
  • Legislation and contracts for service / gig economy

Probation and performance

  • The importance of managing the performance of new employees
  • Holding regular review meetings
  • Case law

All about absence

  • Why measurement is important
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Job solutions
  • The cost of absence to the employer
  • The role of the line manager
  • Mental illness and absence
  • Returning to work after a period of absence
  • Understand the current laws and case law in the area of absence management

5,4,3,2,1 – Top issues for 2018:

Using case law and legal developments for

  • A case study on a sexual harassment issue
  • GDPR and the human element – a case of a rogue employee
  • The do’s and don’ts of managing workplace stress
  • Intoxicants in the workplace - a tale of two cases
  • Do you need an extreme weather policy?

Discipline and dismissal – an interactive session

  • Discipline – the process
  • The conversation – what to say and how to say it
  • Legislation in this area

The pros and cons of 4 ways to manage mandatory retirement

For all queries on the event, please call the event organiser:
Quelba Lima, Tel: +353 1 605 1619

TRAINING PROGRAMMES
Online GDPR Training
 

Enrol your staff and managers on our newly designed online GDPR programme to ensure your staff are informed of their obligations under the Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 and GDPR.


Committed to protecting the data of our staff and customers

Enrol your staff and managers on our newly designed online GDPR programme to ensure your staff are informed of their obligations under the Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 and GDPR.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a ground breaking piece of data protection legislation, which came into force on 25 May 2018, has a significant impact on all organisations, as it enhances the data protection rights of employees, imposes specific obligations on employers and introduces severe financial penalties for non-compliance.

Benefits of online training:

  • Accessible
  • Cost effective
  • Scalable

This course will provide participants with the knowledge to:

  • Describe personal information and data subject rights
  • Define consent
  • Explain the role of the Data Protection Commission, Data Controller, Data Processor, and Data Protection Officer
  • Determine accountability
  • Conduct breach management and outline our role in the prevention of breaches
  • Outline data subject access requests
  • Understand the issue of privacy and its implications

Cost: €70 per license            

Key features:

  • 30 minute duration   
  • Interactive exercises   
  • Short assessment   
  • Certificate of completion

For further information or to book a place, please contact raquel.delapena@ibec.ie or 01 605 1667