How to Spot a Hostile Work Environment

A hostile work environment is prohibited by law and is intimidating and/or offensive.  So how do you spot a hostile work environment? Unfortunately, it’s all down to company culture.

Some employees believe that a bad boss, an unpleasant work environment, a rude co-worker, or the lack of perks, privileges, benefits, and recognition can create a hostile work environment. But, the reality is that for a workplace to be hostile, certain legal criteria must be met. Additionally, the behaviour, actions or communication must be discriminatory in nature.

How to spot a hostile work environment

So, a co-worker who talks loudly, snaps her gum, and leans over your desk when she talks with you, is demonstrating inappropriate, rude, obnoxious behaviour, but it does not create a hostile work environment. On the other hand, a co-worker who tells sexually explicit jokes and sends around images of nude people, is guilty of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

A boss who verbally berates you about your age, your religion, your gender, or your race may be guilty of creating a hostile work environment. This is especially true if you asked the individual to stop and the behaviour continues.

You can read some of our tips for creating a positive working environment over here.  For anyone who may need help dealing with a difficult situation regarding behaviour in the workplace, visit reachout.com for advice.

Or… why not just change job? Take a look at some of our great new roles if you have become tired with your job: www.3qrecruitment.ie/home/Source: humanresources.about.com

Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships

Irish SMEs are set to Shine at the Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships.  The Ploughing Championships are attended by hundreds of thousands of people from across Europe each year so it’s a huge opportunity for Irish SME’s and their brands.

 Managed and funded by the Local Enterprise Office, who were on hand to help Three Q PERMS and TEMPS get set up back in 1999, this year’s Local Enterprise Village will have a new product launch and demonstration area, where visitors will be able to preview and sample new Irish brands. A new awards scheme, “The Local Enterprise Village Awards” is also being introduced for the first time, to highlight the best of new Irish brands and companies.

Irish SMEs at National Ploughing Championships

Irish start-up “Delish Melish” is one such business fronted by the talented Dervil Mellet, who creates award winning delicious gourmet marshmallows and meringues in a unique range of flavours such asPeanut Butter & Dark Chocolate and Lime, Rose & Pistachio.  Humble beginnings selling at farmers markets to supplying events, corporate clients, large markets and weddings, Dervil has upsized from her own kitchen to the professional kitchens in the Spade Enterprise Centre in Dublin 7.

This summer promises more excitement for “Delish Melish”, who will launch their new retail line in shops and on their website www.delishmelish.com. We truly wish Dervil, her team and all the other companies at the Local Enterprise Village the best of luck in the future.

The Local Enterprise Village will open from the 20th to the 22nd September at The National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore this year. See www.localenterprise.ie for more details.

Three Q volunteers set to take part in The Alzheimer Café Dublin once again.

Our Three Q volunteers are set to take part in The Alzheimer café once again, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme.  (You can read more about our CSR here). This worthwhile organisation was set up in 2011 to provide information in an environment in which there is openness about dementia. Unlike other support services, the emphasis is on the emotional and psychosocial than the medical aspects of dementia.

three q volunteers the alzheimer cafe corporate social responsibility

A meeting takes place every month.  This month’s Alzheimer Café meeting takes place on Thursday 9th and will feature a special guest who will tell us about her family’s experience of a move from the family home to residential care. Dementia directly impacts on the lives of tens of thousands of people in Ireland. An estimated 48,000 people are living with dementia and the number is set to double in the next 20 years.

Like any café, people come and go, sometimes sitting at tables for a chat over a cup of tea and some cake. There’s then a talk about some aspects of dementia, followed by discussion and more general chat. Hosted in the Avila Centre, Donnybrook, this event is free and welcomes all members of the public.

Thinking About Training to Become a Chef?

Are you thinking About Training to Become a Chef?  Find out what it’s really like working in the Catering Industry in Ireland.

thinking about training to become a chef

1.       Constant heat and noise can be stressful and make people short-tempered. Someone working in a kitchen for the first time can feel a mix of anything from nervousness to downright terror for their work colleagues during the initial learning spell. Don’t worry, this passes and soon you’ll forget you ever felt this way –that is until one day you catch the glance of fear the new Commis chef gives you.

2.       Working in a Michelin-starred restaurant will default as your career goal. Working in those rare kitchens which produce small numbers at high prices is always fantastic, but you’ll come to realise that gaining knowledge in the art of translating complexity and quality to a good level of volume and profit will nearly always make you a more valuable professional.

3.       You will have cuts, burns and open wounds on your hands and arms mostly all of the time. You’ll go from being slightly embarrassed about it to feeling like a total badass.

4.       Speaking of burns, hot showers will be painful.

5.       Don’t expect time off for birthdays, weddings or anniversaries. Your kitchen team will come to need you more than your family do. In some cases you might even start to think of them AS your family.

6.       You’ll either become chubby or lose a heap of weight.

7.       It will become incredibly difficult to watch friends or love ones cook.

8.       Whether it be coffee, Red Bull or jellybabies, you will develop an addiction of some kind.

9.       People will think that you must banquet like a king, but honestly you willnever prepare nice meals for yourself – you’ll be too tired and fed up of being in the kitchen. In fact, you will consume most of your food out of the bottom of a saucepan hunched over a bin.

10.   You will develop a macabre obsession with knives. Or spoons, if you’re a Pastry Chef.

11.   Good quality produce will make you feel genuine love for the planet.

12.   Calling in sick for work is a moral lapse as clear and embarrassing as stealing from charity. It’s a matter of pride for chefs. At some point in your career you’ll see your Head Chef work the passe for ten hours so woozy they can barely stand. Unless you’re deathly bedridden, you’re expected to be there.

13.   You will spend all of your money on cookbooks and speciality tools.

14.   Your Mam will apologise every time she cooks for you.

15.   Types of people you’d even never imagined talking to will become your closest friends.

16.   You’ll develop KILLER leg muscles from standing 12 hours a day.

17.   Crazy endorphin highs will hit you after Saturday night service that will leave you unable to sleep for hours.

18.   Your friends will joke that you’re a member of MI5 as you’ve burned off most of your fingerprints

19.   If you are the right person, you’ll never ever dream of doing anything else.

Tips on Dealing With Job Rejection

Dealing with job rejection is never easy, and when you’ve been sending out job application after application only to receive rejection letters back, it’s very easy to get discouraged. But don’t lose hope, we’ve put together some tips on dealing with job rejection. As hard as it can be to take, rejection is a normal part of the job-hunting process and will help you to learn and grow. Learn from your mistakes and make every rejection lead you one step closer to a job offer.

Tips on Dealing With Job Rejection

  1. Don’t take it personally – there are usually a variety of factors that play into a hiring manager’s decision-making process.
  2. Focus on your strengths – it’s all about finding the right fit.
  3. Do other things that make you feel good – Like walking, swimming etc.
  4. Treat job-hunting as a job – give yourself a schedule and stick to it, and give yourself breaks.
  5. Keep the faith – Keep reminding yourself that rejection is a natural part of the process, everyone experiences it and landing a job is really just a numbers game. Some luck is required.

Find your new job right here:

www.3qrecruitment.ie/current-jobs/

Source www.careerfaqs.com.au

You might also like to learn about some free job seeker courses.

The Digital Job Search – Part 2- using LinkedIn for job seekers

The digital job search continues from our first article.  This time we are looking using the social networking for professionals platform, LinkedIn for job seekers.
 the digital job search using linkedin for job seekers

How does social networking fit into your regular networking – and how is it different?

These questions have been asked of industry experts who draw the line between your personal and public digital footprint. Your LinkedIn professional profile should eliminate personal information and concentrate mainly on your career experience, your community service, and your professional accomplishments.

On LinkedIn, you can search for people you know (or want to connect with) but you can also use it to research companies. What social media sites do that can’t be done in person is show you how everyone in your company or city is connected. This could not possibly be done in a once off meeting face to face with someone but after, when you have connected with them on LinkedIn, it will expose those connections in a few clicks.  If you want to get to know someone inside a company, social media is the way to go.

Come visit our site for the latest available positions: www.3qrecruitment.ie/home/

The Digital Job Search for job seekers – Job Boards

The Digital Job Search for job seekers – Part 1 – Jobs Boards

There is no denying the Internet has rapidly become one of the most important tools for job seekers, as more and more digital job search resources have become available and even mobile-optimised. If you are not using online resources during your search, you are part of a minority. Just like any other career endeavour, job seekers need to be equipped with a set of skills to help you succeed in your job search:

The Digital Job Search for job seekers - Job Boards

1)      Organising Your Digital Job Search – Maintaining an ordered search will reduce the amount of time you spend trawling the internet.

2)      Knowing Your Toolkit – Look at the tools you have at your disposal, and identify the best and worst uses for each one.

3)      Using Your Social Media Accounts – Your job seeker online presence has more of an impact than you think during your digital job search. The activity on your accounts should be an extension of your professional side. Do not post images that may be compromising as these are easily traceable now.

4)      Finding Your Calling – So your vague searches are yielding way too many postings with little substance. What to do? Be specific. Be discerning. Be confident. Have a look at our post about finding the right job path for you.  You can read part two of this article by clicking here.

Why not check out our current jobs on our site: www.3qrecruitment.ie/home/

Source: https://careershift.com

Enable Ireland – The Impact their Work has on the Lives of Families

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, we help as many organisations as we can.  Today we are shining a light on Enable Ireland and the impact their work has on the lives of families they are involved with.
 Enable Ireland the impact their work has on the lives of families

Enable Ireland provides free services to children and adults with disabilities and their families from 40 locations in 14 counties. Covering childhood to adulthood their expert teams work with the individual and their family on a plan for each life stage. They play an essential role in the lives of many families. Here is just one account of the impact their work can have:

Lorcán and Marie Brennan live in Dublin with their three children Fia (aged 5), Thea (3) and Cillian (7 months).

“When Thea was born in 2012 she was critically ill. She was stillborn. The doctors

worked for 8 hours to stabilise her. But she made a good recovery and was doing

well. At six months we were referred to Enable Ireland and weren’t even sure that they would take Thea. We couldn’t see any difference between her and any other six month old babies. We were really shocked when the physio looked at her and, from the way he held her in his hand, said that she would have a significant physical disability for the rest of her life. The initial prognosis was that she would most likely need a wheelchair.

Being told that your child has a disability can be a very lonely experience. Unless you have been told that your child is going to develop differently to other children, you can’t know what that feels like. Worrying about the future is a huge thing. You have to experience it to understand it.

At that point, we made a decision that I would take two years off work and that we would engage fully with Enable Ireland and that whatever they told us to do – we would do it. We really have availed of all the services Enable Ireland has offered, including having a Link Worker for the first year.

I remember my first appointment when Thea was six months old, a tiny baby still in her carry cot. I looked at all these children going in with their parents and another mother asked me if I was ok. I said No. I’m not ok. This is not where I thought I’d be, bringing my baby into a service like this.

Little by little we saw the progress that Thea was making. She moved to a walker. She was delighted with herself, with the freedom it gave her. She started to walk the day after her second birthday. Now she is running around the house. There is no better feeling than that – it’s incredible!

Right now, we are focused on Thea’s communication. We’ve recently finished a course in Lámh (a sign system for children) and we’ve attended the Parenting Plus course run by the Social Work team in Sandymount. For us, the Enable Ireland service has really been a family intervention – it is not just about Thea’s needs – it’s about all our needs.”

Marie Brennan