Posts Tagged ‘human resouces’

Are There Signs of Improvement for Employee Wellbeing and Engagement?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

The pandemic has had an extraordinarily impact on employee wellbeing with daily stress and daily worries presenting themselves in so many diverse ways.

Employee wellbeing has always been a core focus for HR, but it has become vividly important during the pandemic. Fostering employee wellbeing can help prevent stress and create positive working environments where individuals and organisations can thrive.

There are many impactful ways managers can support employee wellbeing and they don’t all need big budgets.


  1. Involve employees in dialogue and decision-making

When employees feel involved and well informed about what’s happening in the organisation, it increases motivation and helps individuals understand how their role fits into the bigger picture.


  1. Build social cohesion and support

Employers and managers should look for ways to build social cohesion and support – for example through team building and good leadership.

If you want to take positive actions to make the workplace a mutually supportive environment where good work relationships thrive:

  • promote positive behaviours to avoid conflict and ensure fairness
  • ensure policies on bullying and harassment are in place
  • encourage exercise and regular social events to boost staff health, team work and mental wellbeing


  1. A culture of openness

Speak regularly with team members to check how they’re doing and to reflect on what might be causing them stress. Don’t be afraid to show your human side and openness to speak about personal mental health and wellbeing.


  1. Pay attention to work-life balance

Working long hours can have a major influence on employees’ wellbeing, and in a digital age there is a real risk individuals feel they have to always be connected. Sustained pressure and a poor work-life balance can quickly lead to stress and burnout, reduced productivity, creativity and morale.

Employers must keep this in check to protect their employees’ mental health. Empower your employees and give them autonomy so that they control their work methods and schedule. Not only to encourage a culture of taking time out when you need it and disconnecting when their work is done, but nurture that practice also and make it an acceptable way of working.


  1. Better support for people working from home

Just under three-quarters of organisations (72%) are providing new or better support for people working from home (CIPD Ireland).

Employers must encourage more responsible use of digital technologies and acknowledge that regular movement breaks and time away from screens are essential for good health and wellbeing.


  1. Remind employees to take care of themselves

To grow your wellbeing though, you need to invest in yourself, which is something that many individuals do not feel they have time, space or perhaps permission to do.

Employers need to remind their employees that there are many different things that they can do to improve their wellbeing, as presented below.


Smart employers know that organisations perform better when staff are healthy, motivated and focused. By supporting employee wellbeing, they reap the benefits through enhanced productivity, profitability, morale, loyalty, commitment and innovation.

For more on this topic read our article Wellbeing From the Top Down. You can also join several events and fundraisers, such as Darkness Into Light from Pieta House, as they are great opportunities for companies to come together and raise awareness of various mental health issues.

Transition Back to the Workplace with Voltedge Management

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

Are you worried about how your employees are going to navigate the transition to the workplace? You are not alone.

Creating a plan to return to the workplace is essential for any business to transition and continue to succeed. Organisations need to ensure their employees feel safe and assured that their well-being will be considered and protected.

Our experts at Voltedge Management can support you to build a structured and phased approach to transition back to a flexible workplace. For further advice or guidance, please contact us at or ring our office at 01 525 2914.

Inspiration from Charlotte Barker, Chief Executive of the Institute of Designers in Ireland, to celebrate National Women’s Enterprise Day 2021

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

As we look forward, we want to help “Build the Future”. We asked Charlotte Barker, Chief Executive of the Institute of Designers in Ireland, to share with us some insights on her experiences and how she draws inspiration from the environment around her, role models she had during her career, and what is, in her opinion, the biggest opportunity and the biggest challenge for building the future.










Voltedge: What is your current role and how long you have held this position?

Charlotte: I am the Chief Executive of the Institute of Designers in Ireland, the professional membership organisation representing designers from all disciplines such as product design, digital design, strategic design and more. I was appointed in September 2021 and am the first Chief Executive to be appointed to lead the strategic vision of IDI’s board of Directors.  

Voltedge: Where do you draw inspiration from? 

Charlotte:  Everywhere! I am a sponge, finding inspiration and joy in the smallest of things on a daily basis. I do believe though that people are my biggest influence, I find human beings and human behaviour fascinating and a constant riddle that needs to be solved.

Voltedge: During the course of your career, was there a role model or mentor that stands out for you? 

Charlotte: I was fortunate enough to have a mentor who was the Group Managing Director of a leading retail design agency in London, at a pivotal time in my life when I felt I needed a guiding light through my career. Struggling to balance a young family and the pressures of career progression is certainly not easy, and all too often spells the end for incredible, talented women who don’t have the support through these times and can’t see an end to the exhaustion. Having my mentor, Ros, gave me a chance to talk through all the thoughts in my mind about my working day, validate my thinking and tip me in the right direction.

Voltedge: What do you think the biggest opportunity is right now for building the future?

Charlotte: I may be biased, but I would say that it’s design. We are seeing a huge surge in our industry as the demand for human-centred responses to the crisis we have been through has shown many just how powerful design can be. Focusing on human beings is a means to providing the best solution to products, to services, to the spaces we share and the planet we inhabit. Design-led responses allow us all to challenge the processes and norms that we have become accustomed to.

Voltedge: What do you think the biggest challenge is right now for building the future? 

Charlotte: Investment in people, planet, and profit equally. While we remain fixated on economic success, we deplete our natural resources and burn out our people. This has to be led from the top, and in the developed world we are slow to move.  

Voltedge: Can you share with us 2 or 3 positives in your personal life that you have discovered over the last 18 months? 

Charlotte: Getting away from the mad dash of life and having better quality time at home as a family has meant we’ve enjoyed each other’s company more! It’s not great to get together late every day when everyone is tired and it’s a treadmill of cajoling kids to do homework, have dinner, baths and bed. Now there is time to discuss the day, eat earlier, laugh more. I’ve also enjoyed having time to read more; I love the escapism of fiction and have really enjoyed some super books this year. Finally, the power of community has been incredibly strong, and I am fortunate enough to live beside neighbours that I now count very much as friends.

Voltedge: What is your favourite quote and why?

Charlotte: ‘It is what it is, we are where we are’ – Not a literary quote, but a former client of mine used to say it! It’s a way of not dwelling on the past, accepting the present, and realising you have the power to change the future. No use crying over spilled milk!

The Institute of Designers in Ireland is the largest and oldest association of Irish design professionals, and longest established creative forum in Ireland. IDI is committed to advancing the value and impact of design – inspiring, supporting and learning from one another along the way.