Overwhelmed in the Workplace! 5 Reasons for Employee Burnout

In today’s competitive business world, employee burnout is a growing occupational hazard. Characterized as exhaustion accompanied by a loss of interest in work-related activities, burnout is said to be primarily stress-related. While there are a number of factors that can contribute to burnout in the workplace, certain stressors have been identified that employers seeking to mitigate employee turnover should be aware of. The following is a short list of the five main reasons employees experience burnout.

Unrealistic Expectations and Employee Burnout

To stay competitive, companies often cut back on personnel and resources while expecting the same or better results. The result is that employees are faced with unrealistic expectations by management as to what they should be able to accomplish. This can lead to a stressful work environment where employees are unclear as to how to proceed and constantly worry that they do not have the time or resources needed to properly complete the task. Try as they may they will never feel successful in meeting management’s impossible expectations, putting them at higher risk of burnout. Managers need to be sure that employee work requirements are both realistic and that the means of achieving desired objectives are clearly understood.

Lack of Sufficient “Down Times”

Today, many employees are subject to high-stress “crunch times” that require them to put in long hours in order to handle more intense workloads. As long as these intense work periods are followed by adequate down times, employees can generally handle them. But when every day feels like “crunch time”, and the down times become few and far between, stress builds up as employees feel overworked and under appreciated. To avoid employee burnout from overwork it’s incumbent upon management to factor sufficient down times into the work schedule.

Lack of Empowerment

Employees thrive best in a work environment that gives them a sense that they belong, have a real purpose, and that the work they are doing really matters. They also do better with managers who ask for ideas and suggestions relative to the job at hand and allow them the opportunity to use their creativity and skills to solve problems without being micromanaged. Conversely, work environments where employees feel that they have no say or control over how the work gets done, and are constantly micromanaged, are at risk of creating burned-out workers.

Lack of Recognition

Working for a company that never shows appreciation and employee recognition for a job well done is no fun for anybody. Companies where management fails to recognize and reward both individuals and teams for their achievements run the risk of putting employees who feel under appreciated and taken for granted on a path that will lead to burnout. Implementing a program that recognizes and rewards employee achievements via awards, public praise, bonuses, and other means can go a long way in elevating morale and reducing burnout. The key is to avoid generic cookie-cutter awards and make sure that employees are recognized and rewarded in ways that are personal, meaningful and relevant to them.

Poor Communication

In every company there are barriers to communication that exist between employees and management. Failure to address and break down these barriers can lead to poor communication and eventual employee burnout. Good workplace communication is about managers engaging employees with real-time face-to-face conversations. It’s about sharing passions for the company and clearly explaining the company’s mission and objectives. It’s about being open and encouraging honest feedback to show employees that their ideas and opinions matter. Most importantly, it’s about staying positive and helping employees feel confident, inspired and empowered.

When employees stay motivated to light things up they are far less likely to ever burn out.

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Business Women Can & Jobcare

Business Women Can joined forces with Jobcare on Wednesday 11th February to run a joint event for a cohort of their Female delegates. The theme for the afternoon was ‘Inspiring Success’ and sub themes included motivation, attitude and aspiration.

The Positive Economist – Practical Steps Forward

Susan Hayes MD of Hayes Culleton, and otherwise known as the Positive Economist, was the key note speaker. She described very eloquently her own career journey and the road blocks she has encountered and detoured. She discussed the need to take charge of your own destiny and said how ‘every journey begins with one small step’. She talked about the power of networking and how it has been so invaluable in her own career to date. In doing so, she provided tips around relevant agencies and stakeholders also who would provide assistance and ideas to the group.

Susan is a real believer is making yourself different from the crowd and each of us needs to know our own USP. In addition she spoke of the importance to reach out to others and consider finding a Mentor to support, guide and drive in the right direction. Susan finished up by encouraging the Group ‘The only way you’ll fail is if you quit – never never never quit’ she concluded.

Susan is a powerful speaker and motivator. She brings spades of passion, colour and energy to her sessions, and further information can be found on her website www.thepositiveeconomist.com

Start your own business wokshop – the good the bad and the ugly!

Next on the agenda was a workshop from Ron Imink co founder of www.smallbusinesscan.com and Paul Neary of Ulster Bank, who addressed the group around the dos and don’ts of starting your own business. Ron didn’t cushion the fact that starting up in business is certainly not an easy road and ‘be prepared for hard work – the average entrepreneur works circa 70 hours per week’. Ron discussed the importance of ideation, technology and commercialisation among other headlines.

Paul addressed the subject of business plans and their purpose when dealing with a Bank. He described how the plan is ‘your opportunity to sell yourself as the individual, knowledge of the sector and competitors and also the uniqueness or your product/service to the market’. In addition he described that the financial part of the plan needs to show realistic financial forecasts.

Getting Interview Ready – the importance of a positive state of mind

The final workshop of the day was delivered by Anna Danicka, the Job Interview Surgeon. Anna delved into the anxieties that are felt by many in the lead up to an interview. She offered suggestions around how to deal with such anxiety and reflected on the things that make individuals feel confident First impressions are really important so how we look and feel stepping into interview mode are critical. There was lots of discussion within the working groups on this topic and shared learnings.

 

Anna Dannicka, The Job Interview Surgeon, Hannah Gamble Jobcare, Emma Chapman Ulster Bank, Peter Johnson Jobcare, Susan Hayes The Positive Economist, Fiona Kingston Ulster Bank, Paul Neary Ulster Bank.

Anna Dannicka, The Job Interview Surgeon, Hannah Gamble Jobcare, Emma Chapman Ulster Bank, Peter Johnson Jobcare, Susan Hayes The Positive Economist, Fiona Kingston Ulster Bank, Paul Neary Ulster Bank.

 

Business Women Can Inspiring Success

Business Women Can Inspiring Success

 

Business Women Can Inspiring Success

Business Women Can Inspiring Success

 

Business Women Can Inspiring Success

Business Women Can Inspiring Success

 

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Terraclean Ireland

Every week we feature companies that have been successful in accessing funding from Microfinance Ireland.

Microfinance Ireland provides loans to small businesses and start ups in every sector up to 25,000 Euro. If you are interested in funding, check out the website www.microfinanceireland.ie

Terraclean Ireland

Terraclean is a unique decarbonising service which helps lower emissions, improves miles per gallon and restores engine performance. It is much better explained here:

Terraclean Ireland was set up by Cathy Kelly in 2012 and already has a network of 13 agents nationwide. Cathy applied for a loan to finance her expansion plans.

The market

There are 3.2 million vehicles in Ireland and Northern Ireland. People are keeping their cars longer, and need to spend more money on maintenance. Emmissions is now part of the NCT and MOT and can result in a “fail”. Apart from the private market, there is a business case for fleet owners and the motor trade and garages who are looking for more value add services for their clients.

The story, UK, Edd China and Ireland

TerraClean is the by-product of research being carried out by a group of environmentally conscious Canadian physicists in their attempts to create an ultra low emission internal combustion engine.

TerraClean launched into the UK professional automotive market at AutoSport International in early 2012. Edd China was attracted to the technology and the impact it claimed to have on engine performance, emissions and fuel consumption, he visited the stand and spent some time chatting to our engineers about the principles of the process.

Edd left the show interested in the product and later contacted Terraclean asking for help with a project car in a TV show he co-presents. Some of the Terraclean team travelled to Edd’s studio to provide a demonstration of its capabilities and for use in the show. Edd was extremely impressed with the results and decided it was perfect for use on the show’s project car.

After using the petrol machine Edd asked to have a personal demonstration of the diesel machine too. He operates his own vehicle workshop and invested in both machines for his own use.

Subsequent to the demonstrations and show use Edd has been using the machines himself and given the technology a firm thumbs up. He is now working with Terraclean to help promote the range of solutions and products which all help make; motorcycles, cars, vans, trucks & agricultural vehicles operate more efficient and environmentally friendly, restoring MPG and performance.

Since the product was featured on TV, enquiries from garage operators asking to become part of the distribution network, and from the public requesting details of where they can have there vehicle TerraCleaned, have increased massively.

In the UK there are now over three hundred agents and Cathy wants to expand in Ireland to about 30 agents.

Visit

The Terraclean service can be performed mobile and takes place approximately 1 hour to complete. Terraclean’s offices are located at Unit 15 Gorey Business Park, Ramstown, County Wexford.

You can visit their Facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/TerracleanIreland and their website here http://www.terracleanireland.ie/

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Happy Feet, Happy Customers

Happy Feet

Every week we feature companies that have been successful in accessing funding from Microfinance Ireland.

Microfinance Ireland gives loans to small businesses and start ups in every sector up to 25,000 Euro. If you are interested in funding, check out the website www.microfinanceireland.ie

It takes real courage to set up a retail business. Peter Foley did that with Happy Feet. He started in Bridgewater Centre in Wicklow, expanded to Whitewater in Kildare and applied for funding to Microfinance Ireland for his 3rd shop in Navan Town Centre.

Shoes

They are stockists of Men’s, Women’s and Children’s sizes.  Stockists of leading brands like UGG Australia, Converse, VANS, Dubarry, Fitflop, CROCS, Dr Martens amongst many others, this is a family one-stop-shop for all your family’s footwear needs!

All the staff are trained fitters and will be happy to assist their younger customers in finding the most suitable shoe for their requirements, ensuring they leave the store with Happy Feet!

School savings club

Happy Feet proudly offer a school saving club to help you spread the cost of going back to school!

There is no purchase necessary – simply save as much or as little as you want between now and September giving you greater flexibility when it comes time to buy!

This fantastic service is available in all their stores. We wonder if a subscription model is on the cards next?

Payment Plan

Happy Feet also proudly offer a Payment Plan service enabling you to pick your favourite product, secure it with a deposit and pay in further installments over the course of two months before collection. This service is available to all products (excluding sale items) throughout the store.

A shoe shop with some very neat innovations and an obvious customer focus. We are expecting a 4th one soon.

Visit the shops

Whitewater S.c,  Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Tel: (045) 430027, Happyfeetnewbridge@gmail.com            

Bridgewater Centre, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Tel: (0402) 24100, Happyfeetnewbridge@gmail.com    

Navan Town Centre,  Navan, Co. Meath, Tel: (046) 9022209, Happyfeetnavan@gmail.com

Or visit their Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Happy-Feet-Shoes/158711134307738?fref=ts

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Cartier Women’s Initiative Award

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is looking for committed female entrepreneurs heading initiatives with the potential to grow significantly in the years to come. The selection of the finalists and laureates of the competition is done by an independent international Jury of entrepreneurs, investors, business executives and other profiles engaged in the support of female entrepreneurship.

Eligibility Criteria

The project to be considered for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards must be an original for-profit business creation in the initial phase (1-3 years old) led by a woman.

  • The “for-profit” requirement: the business submitted for the Award must be designed to generate revenues. We do not accept non-profit project proposals.
  • The “originality” requirement: we want your project to be a new concept, conceived and imagined by the founder and her team and not a copy or subsidiary of an existing business.
  • The “initial phase” requirement: the project you submit should be in the first stages of its development with one year of operations and sales to account for but no older than 3 years.
  • The main leadership position must be filled by a woman. A good command of English is required (both verbal and written) to take full advantage of the benefits the Award has to offer.
  • All entrants must be aged 18 or the age of legal majority in their respective countries or states of citizenship, whichever is older, on the day of the application deadline.

For more information on how to apply, go here.

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#BusinessWomenCan Discusses Health & Wellbeing in Galway

The snow in Galway did not deter approximately 100 guests of Ulster Bank’s Business Women Can Ambassadors at The G Hotel to hear three fantastic speakers on the subject of Health & Wellbeing – The Key to Inspiring Your Success. This latest Inspiring Your Success Event is part of the varied supports provided by Business Women Can to women in business, professions and workforce.

Addressing the Health of the Nation

Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, National Director for Health & Wellbeing for the HSE, shared the strategies employed by her team to address the health of the Nation. Dr O’Keeffe outlined the enormity of the task but also the importance to the person, the family, the community and the Country at large that we aim for improved health and wellbeing for all. She stressed that it required a whole of government but also a whole of society effort; the health of the Nation is impacted by poverty, education, housing, unemployment and all manner of other societal issues, requiring real joined up thinking from multiple Government Departments, Local Authorities and society to effect change. Dr O’Keeffe provided her audience with a hugely interesting macro view of the complex area of health. One of the most frightening statistic she shared was that 5,500 families are bereaved in Ireland each year due to smoking but reminded us that we each can be a positive role model for health in families, in the workplace and in the community and that great progress is being made and more is possible.

Candid account of one Man’s personal experience on Health & Wellbeing

Padraig O’Ceidigh’s contribution complimented Dr O’Keeffe’s macro view of Health by focusing on his own personal experience. He was starkly honest about his own journey growing a very successful business from nothing to a traumatic wakeup call in Coronary Care. His message was clear; people who are chronically stressed are in a bubble. They don’t know that they are in it but the people who care about them do and they would do well to listen. He would always have thought that there were two zones; the comfort zone and the stretch zone. What he failed to realise, and almost fatally, was that there is a third zone, the danger zone. He cautioned his listeners to recognise the signs when they are in the danger zone and make changes and critically to understand that the wealth of a business is not on the balance sheet, it’s in its people.

Coaching People to be the best they can

Jennifer Hughes, Head of Corporate Planning and Services Delivery for Ulster Bank drew on her experience managing teams within a large organisation and her role as Head Swim Coach to Team Ireland Special Olympics Team to address the importance of coaching for people to be the best they can be. She echoed Padraig’s words about stress and cautioned that stress can present as something completely different and a manager or a coach needs to be aware. Jennifer provided a fascinating insight into how to communicate with dignity and respect to ensure that messages are received and understood and that this holds true whether you are in the board room or the swimming pool.

The lively Q&A Session was ably managed by Joanne Murphy of TriTalking Sport as MC for the night, herself a dedicated triathlete.

Jennifer Hughes (Ulster Bank, Head of Corporate Planning & Service Delivery).Olwyn Long (Head of Region Midlands & West and Region South - Markets, Ulster Bank), Padraig O'Ceidigh (Founder of Aer Arainn), Caroline Miney (Senior Manager, Ulster Bank), Dr Stephanie O'Keeffe (National Director for Health & Wellbeing, HSE), Brendan McDermott (Regional Director, Ulster Bank), Moyra McMahon (Ulster Bank)

Jennifer Hughes (Ulster Bank, Head of Corporate Planning & Service Delivery).Olwyn Long (Head of Region Midlands & West and Region South – Markets, Ulster Bank), Padraig O’Ceidigh (Founder of Aer Arainn), Caroline Miney (Senior Manager, Ulster Bank), Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe (National Director for Health & Wellbeing, HSE), Brendan McDermott (Regional Director, Ulster Bank), Moyra McMahon (Ulster Bank)

 

Joanne Murphy,( TriTalking Sport), Caroline Miney, (Senior Manager, Ulster Bank), Moyra McMahon, (Ulster Bank), Olwyn Long (Ulster Bank)

Joanne Murphy,( TriTalking Sport), Caroline Miney, (Senior Manager, Ulster Bank), Moyra McMahon, (Ulster Bank), Olwyn Long (Ulster Bank)

 

Audience

Audience

 

Dr Stephanie O'Keeffe, National Director for Health & Wellbeing HSE

Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, National Director for Health & Wellbeing HSE

 

Speakers at the BWC event - Padraig O'Ceidigh (Founder of Aer Arainn), Jennifer Hughes (Ulster Bank, Head of Corporate Planning & Service Delivery).Dr Stephanie O'Keeffe (National Director for Health & Wellbeing, HSE)

Speakers at the BWC event – Padraig O’Ceidigh (Founder of Aer Arainn), Jennifer Hughes (Ulster Bank, Head of Corporate Planning & Service Delivery).Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe (National Director for Health & Wellbeing, HSE)

 

Faith Fahy (Financial Consultant and Insurance Broker), Lorraine Scully (Sherry Fitzgerald), Elsie Farragher (Ulster Bank), Laura Canavan (Ulster Bank), Noreen McKenzie (Sherry Fitzgerald)

Faith Fahy (Financial Consultant and Insurance Broker), Lorraine Scully (Sherry Fitzgerald), Elsie Farragher (Ulster Bank), Laura Canavan (Ulster Bank), Noreen McKenzie (Sherry Fitzgerald)

 

Amy Gill (Roche Pharmacuticals), Maria Dooley (Forever Living),  Maria McHale (Slainte Magazine), Joan O'Rourke (Ulster Bank)

Amy Gill (Roche Pharmacuticals), Maria Dooley (Forever Living), Maria McHale (Slainte Magazine), Joan O’Rourke (Ulster Bank)

 

 

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5 Areas Where Every Business Should Consider Investing

No business can run and grow without a marketing budget. The more your marketing budget will be, the maximum number of people you can reach, and the better will be the growth of your brand. This is one of the reasons why many startups didn’t manage to stay in the market for a longer period of time.

Low budget is not a problem but investing that marketing budget at the right place is very important. This is where most businesses make mistakes. In this article I will discuss how startups can manage to stay online and grow within that limited budget.

Here are few of the areas where you have to invest at an initial stage. This investment is usually worthy because without it, growth is almost nearer to impossible.

Domain Name

No serious business (not even a blog) can live on a free domain. So, you have to go with an initial investment of buying a domain name for your business. Although it’s a $9.99 of an investment but how to choose a domain name for your business is the key.

It is a common misconception that having a keyword in the domain name will help you with SEO but Google and other search engines either do not consider it as a ranking signal or the weight is very low. Before buying a domain name, here are the 12 rules of buying a right domain name that will help you with purchase.

A Good Looking Website

The concept of an online business is incomplete without an elegant looking website. Once you have your desired domain name in hand, it’s time to design a website that features your products and services online.

Planning to develop a website, you have several options available that includes hiring a website developer or to go with CMS systems available online with several hints from powerful HTML tools. Here we are talking about a tight budget so in this case my advice is to go with WordPress as this is most cost effective and don’t require much technical skills.

Having a website is not enough. You have to do something to pull audience to your website and convert them in to leads and business.

Technical Lookup tool

Today having a website is not enough but you should have a website that is appropriate for the targeted audience as well as for search engines. A tool that gives you a quick lookup of all the technical details and what you should do in the website to make it better for the web and a user is important.

There are multiple tools that can help you with that, which includes Moz.com, Raven Tools and a few more. Out of all the tools I believe Search Enabler is the most cost effective tool and do exactly what one needs.

Keyword Research Tool

This, I believe is the most important investment to make when you are in an online world. If you find the right keywords from which audience are finding businesses of your kind, WIN!

Previously there was a Google Adword tool that helps with that but now there are no free tools I know that does the same. So somehow one has to invest on SEMRush. It is a little higher on cost side but will give you an exact idea of how you should go with content marketing and link building.

Once you are done with technical fixes in the website and you also have the targeted keywords in hand the next thing you should be doing is to create content for your website and promote it to the right places that gives you traffic and links.

Link building Tool

Write this phrase in Google and you will literally find tons of tools that can help you with this. But I have to find a tool that can do most of the jobs for you in a limited amount of money.

After going through dozens of tools, I believe the link prospector of Citation lab is the tool that is a perfect fit for any size of business. Tool is cost effective ($2 per credit) and helps you collect all the possible areas where you can get a link i.e Guest Blogging, Directories, Donations and more.

There can be tons of other areas and loads of other tools that can help you with different stuff but, above are the 5 areas where I believe a business of any size should invest and make the most out of all the online channels.

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Small Business Can Partner with Smart Business Show

We are delighted to announce that Small Business Can are partnering with the Smart Business Show to provide readers with exclusive discounts to attend the show and to exhibit. There will also be a Small Business Can dedicated event for readers within the show which we will update you on in due course.

The Smart Business Show is a two day Business to Business exhibition taking place on 22 & 23 April in the RDS, Dublin that will provide you with the opportunity to explore the latest innovative technologies and to engage, connect and do business with exhibitors and thousands of attendees. Visitors will also be able to hear from a rich mix of industry leading speakers and participate in dedicated workshops on a variety of themes.
The two-day event follows the very successful Smart Business Show in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, in 2014, which attracted more than 3,000 attendees, the majority at MD / CEO / director level.

This partnership will provide Small Business Can readers with exclusive discounts to attend the show and also to exhibit.

Small Business Can Reader Discounts

As a Small Business Can reader you can avail of the following special rates to attend the show:

Special Partner Ticket – €15.00 (normally €30.00)

This option allows you entrance to the show, a place at the SBC workshop on SMEs and public tendering which is open to all attendees.

Show-Only Partner Ticket – €10.00

This option allows you to attend the show, but not the SBC workshop.

Click here to book your place

Discounts for Exhibitors

SBC readers can also avail of a 10% discount on exhibition rates, for those interested in exhibiting at the show.

For further information, please click here

 

www.smartbusinessshow.com

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#hackmakethebank:A Serious Commercial Opportunity

We are very excited!

Co-creation and engagement

Just before Xmas we asked you for feedback on the Ulster Bank website as part of getting more businesses involved in helping the bank become the best they can be and create an environment of co-creation and engagement. That was a big success.

Hackathon explained

Now Ulster Bank has now gone even further with the organisation of a hackathon. Liam Moran explains what that means:

Serious commercial opportunity

The magic is about 50 seconds into the video. The intent is to commercialise the ideas from the hackathon that are interesting enough. With Ulster Bank as the first customer.  With the winner getting embedded within Ulster Bank, with access to the Ulster Bank ecosystem, expertise, connections and senior staff. That is an opportunity this is not the be sniffed at.

Other prices

You can also win other prices (drones, cameras, headphones, etc.), but the real prize is the business opportunity.

Sign up

If you are interested, sign up here for Dubin and here for Belfast.

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Want to create a new App or idea that could form the ‘next big service’ for banking?

A ‘hackathon’ is a creative marathon of brainstorming and software creation in which the prototypes of mobile and web applications are quickly ‘hacked’ together by small teams of software engineers, designers and other innovators.

Ulster Bank together with the Open Bank Project invites you to the 8th edition of Hack (Make!) The Bank which will be held from January 30th to February 1st at the NDRC in Dublin and 13 t0 15 February in The Mac in Belfast

Hack (Make!) the Bank is a global series of Fin Tech Hackathons which are dedicated to realising tomorrow’s banking and financial solutions. This hackathon will bring together programmers, designers and members of the financial services industry to debate, design, code and pitch ideas on themes related to the challenges set below.

Sign up here for Dubin and here for Belfast

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