Our Industrial Relations and Employment Services Executive, Cheryl Treanor, disucsses the top seven ways to effectively manage absenteesim in the work place.

Needless to say, absenteeism in the workplace incurs costs on employers. Such costs are incurred for staff replacement, overtime, the effect on productivity and quality and the increased work pressure that is placed on colleagues.

Our Director General, Tom Parlon, discusses the critical role played by the construction sector in attracting FDI to Ireland.  However, our global competitiveness will be jeopardised if we do not invest in infrastructure urgently. 

The Irish construction industry is growing strongly and currently reshaping the Irish economy in two key ways:

1. Building the strategic infrastructure that drive economic growth
2. Attracting significant FDI in high tech sectors

Dermot Carey, Head of Health, Safety & Manpower, CIF

The single most important consideration for any construction company is the safety and well-being of their employees.

Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in reducing accidents and fatalities across the construction sector. The CIF and the Health and Safety Authority have worked hard to get the safety message out there, particularly to the vast number of micro-enterprises in the sector. Research shows that unfortunately the majority of serious incidents occur within companies with less than 5 employees.

Conor O' Connell - Secretary of the Mid West Branch of the CIF

This morning delivered another positive announcement for the Irish economy; a €200 million investment by JCD Developments in a Data Centre in Little Island, Cork. This is another demonstration of how the Irish construction industry is shaping Ireland's economic and social fabric by attracting foreign direct investment to these shores.

Paddy12Paddy Stapleton, Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon

There were some positive aspects of Budget 2016 for the potential continued recovery of the construction sector, however further details on the Government’s strategy for NAMA properties will need to be revealed before we will see the true value of Budget 2016 for the industry.