INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY

INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY

“Helping Men & Boys”

International Men's Day

Today November 19th is International Men’s Day, a global holiday centered around the celebration of men, the value they bring to the world, and the positive gifts they bring to their communities and families, as well as the workplace. It is also a celebration of men and the issues they face in society.

The theme for International Men’s Day this year is “Helping Men and Boys”. All men have the responsibility to teach the next generation how to become the best men they can become. Everyone should have access to a positive male role model. Men must lead by example in order for young boys to gain knowledge on how to create a safe and fair society for all.

The day is also aimed at creating a safe space for men’s mental health issues to be spoken about, an important conversation topic that brings up ideas surrounding manhood and masculinity.

Since 1999, methods of celebrating International Men’s Day have included public seminars, forums, conferences, festivals, and fundraisers such as the Movember fundraisers.

WHY IS IT CELEBRATED?

There are many amazing reasons why we celebrate International Men’s Day. The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day are set out in ‘All The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day’.

Six Pillars of International Men’s Day

  • To promote positive male role models: not just movie stars and sportsmen but everyday men who are living decent, honest lives.
  • To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, childcare, and the environment.
  • To focus on men’s health and well-being: social, emotional, physical, and spiritual.
  • To highlight discrimination against men in areas of social services, social attitudes, expectations, and law.
  • To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
  • To create a safer, better world, where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.
International Men's Day

DID YOU KNOW?

  • More than 50% of men say their health isn’t something they like to talk about.
  • More than 40% of men only go to the doctor when they think they have a serious medical condition.
  • 3 out of 4 suicides globally are carried out by men.
  • Men make up 95% of those who die at work.

Mental Health and Men

It comes as no surprise that men are less inclined to talk about their feelings, it is something that has been a societal fact. However, in recent years there has been more awareness around this and efforts are being made to encourage boys and men to open up about their emotions.
Awareness and compassion are preventing the notion of toxic masculinity and old-fashioned ideas about how men should be men. With the suicide rate being so high for men in particular, it is important that they have a safe space to share which will prevent needless and preventative deaths. For more information about mental health, you can view our recent blog World Mental Health Day: Tips for Your Mental Health.

Men high-fiving

Men of Servisource Healthcare

It’s important to have gender equality within the workplace. They should be places where employees feel safe to voice their opinions and feel supported. A mixed-gender work environment is also beneficial for all. Here at Servisource, we are lucky to work side by side with men of exceptional talent as well as being kind-spirited and supportive. There are simply too many to list so let’s have a look at some of them and what their colleagues have to say about them on this special day.

How Can We Celebrate?

There are many ways to celebrate International Men’s Day. It is a day of celebration after all! You can do this alone by donating to a male charity or you can join in on the fun and organise a fundraiser yourself to spread the news. Here are just a few ways you can help out and show that you care.

  • Sharing is caring. Spreading the word is a great place to start, so tell your colleagues, friends and family about it.
  • Support the “Movember” campaign. Why not support this amazing cause that occurs throughout November which aims to “change the face of men’s health.” You can donate to the cause on the Movember website.
  • Say thank you to the men in your life. It’s important to let the men in your life know how important they are to you. Whether it’s your brother, son or father, why not tell them how much they mean to you on this special day.
  • Acknowledge the contribution of men. Be it someone famous, or someone close to your heart. There are numerous male leaders and contributors. It’s important to acknowledge what they have done for society.

Make sure to spend the day well, no matter who you are, and remember that we are all in this together in order to create a society equal for all. If you would like more information on International Men’s Day, you can visit their website.

International Men's Day

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WORLD KINDNESS DAY

WORLD KINDNESS DAY NOVEMBER 13th

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on November 13th. It all began in 1997 when World Kindness Week was launched after a group of associations from a number of different countries such as; England, Australia, Thailand and America, gathered together because of their determination to promote kindness around the world. The World Kindness Movement was created and has been an event built around raising awareness and compassion throughout society. The event has continued to grow in popularity every year with increasing numbers of individuals, schools, charities, institutions and businesses taking part.

world kindness day

There are many ways to be kind. When you do something kind, it can easily spread and has a knock-on effect. It is obvious there is power in kindness, it can help create a better world for us all to live in. When we are treated kindly, we tend to be kind towards others too. Now let’s have a look at how you can celebrate and spread some cheer this World Kindness Day.

How Can You Celebrate World Kindness Day?

Helping someone with their bags

Help someone in need, if you see someone struggling with their groceries or luggage bags, offer to help.

Calling a loved one

Text or call a friend just to say hi. You never know what people are going through and a simple phone call for a quick chit chat could make someone’s day.

Checking on an elderly neighbour

Check on that elderly neighbour next door, have a cup of tea with them or ask them if they need help with something.

Love

Tell someone you love them, this could be a family member, spouse or your child. Why not let them know how much they mean to you.

Talking to a cashier

Ask a cashier or retail worker how they are. Everyday we come into contact with these workers but barely move beyond “Please” and “Thank you”, why not ask how they are, it could make their day and job that bit nicer.

Smiling at a passerby

A smile goes a long way, why not smile and say hi to that passerby. You never know, you could make a new friend!

Each of us has the power to brighten someone else’s day. And what could be better than that? We asked our team at Servisource about random acts of kindness they may have received or experienced, this is what they said:

Giving/recieving a parking ticket with time left on it so you/they dont have to purchase one, this is how legends are born!

It’s always so nice when a cashier asks me how I am while scanning my goods. It’s such a nice thing to do. We are all busy but sometimes it’s nice to just stop and chat for a bit.

I like to buy my co-workers their favourite snack when they are having a long/stressful day at work or at college (usually a cookie).

I always pay someone a compliment on their outfit, be it a stranger, friend or colleague. People put a lot of effort into their outfits and I know how much it brightens my day when it happens to me so I always like to pay it forward.

I love it when someone lets you jump in front of them in the line for the cash register because you only have a few items and they have a huge trolley full. Super kind!

I regularly call into my elderly neighbours to check-in on them and see if they need any help with grocery shopping. This was particularly important during the covid lockdown. It’s important to make sure they are doing OK. It’s one kind thing that always makes my day.

World Kindness Day/Kindness in Healthcare


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Every day our nurses and healthcare assistants work around the clock caring for the vulnerable and elderly. The staff at Myhomecare.ie, (a HSE recognised national supplier of homecare established in 2006 by Servisource Recruitment and part of the CPL Group), carry out a range of homecare services from domestic support to palliative care, among others. Working in healthcare is extremely rewarding and gives people a chance to do something positive for their community. If you’re interested in spreading kindness as a profession, then don’t hesitate to contact our team at the Myhomecare Care Academy, Myhomecare’s one-stop shop for aspiring Carers, offering training and career progression support and guidance. You never know, it could end up being your dream career.

World Kindness Day/ Healthcare Assistant

At Servisource, we encourage everybody to do their bit and spread a little kindness on November 13th. If you are unsure about how to be your kindest self, you can find a wide range of resources including ideas for random acts of kindness on the Kindness UK website www.kindnessuk.com. You can even be kind to yourself, treat yourself to that chocolate cake you’ve been eyeing up all week, or go have that lie-in you’ve been meaning to have. After all, it’s the little things that count at the end of the day.

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What can be done by senior management to implement change that will positively affect the culture of an organisation?

What can be done by senior management to implement change that will positively affect the culture of an organisation?


  1. Senior Management must identify the areas in which change is needed
  2. Senior Managers must be willing to make changes themselves
  3. Employees must be included in the decision-making process
  4. Communication is key – management must keep employees up to date on changes and why they are being made
  5. Change will not happen overnight, it will take time and patience

Introduction

Company culture is one of the most important aspects of any business. It can make or break a company. If the company culture is negative, it will be very difficult to achieve success. On the other hand, if the company culture is positive, employees will be more productive and happier. In this blog post, I will discuss what senior management can do to implement positive cultural change in their organisation.

The Problem

A negative company culture can have a number of negative effects on a business. It can lead to high staff turnover, low morale, and a lack of motivation. In addition, it can also impact the bottom line by causing customers to take their business elsewhere.

Employees who work in a negative company culture are also more likely to be absent from work or quit altogether. If you’ve ever worked in a negative company culture, you know how it can impact both your professional and personal life. It’s important to find ways to create a positive company culture in your workplace so that everyone can thrive.

What are some other negative effects of negative company culture? Have you ever worked in a negative company culture? How did it impact you? Share your experiences in the comments on this post.

The Solutions

It is no secret that company culture starts from the top. Senior management sets the tone for the entire organisation. They are the ones who decide what the company’s values are and what the company’s philosophy is. If senior management wants to change the company culture, they need to start by changing themselves. They need to lead by example and show their employees that they are committed to making positive changes.

Changing the company culture is not a quick or easy process. I repeat, It is important to remember that changing the company culture is not a quick or easy process. It takes time, effort, and commitment from everyone involved. But it is possible, and it can be done if senior management is willing to lead by example and make the necessary changes, only then will their employees follow suit.

Effectively Communicate

One of the most important things senior management can do to improve company culture is to communicate effectively with their employees. They need to let their employees know what they are doing and why they are doing it. Employees need to feel like they are a part of the company and that their opinion matters.

When senior management communicates effectively, it shows that they care about their employees and that they are willing to listen to them. Employees will have a lot of good ideas about how to improve the company. If senior management is open to listening to these ideas, they will be able to implement positive changes that will have a lasting impact on the company culture.

Effective communication is critical for any organization that wants to change their company culture. It takes time, effort, and commitment from everyone involved, but the benefits are worth it.

Effective communication is a two-way street: It requires both speaking and listening. And it’s not just about communicating what you want or need—it’s also about understanding what the other person is saying. When communication is effective, it’s clear, concise, and respectful. Effective communicators also make sure to listen more than they speak.

Some of the key benefits of effective communication include:

  • Improved team productivity
  • Reduced conflict
  • Greater clarity and understanding
  • Increased trust and respect between team members
  • Enhanced employee engagement

Effective communication doesn’t happen overnight—it’s a skill that takes time and practice to develop. But if you’re willing to put in the work, you can start seeing the benefits of better communication in your workplace almost immediately.

One of the best ways to improve your communication skills is to take a course, read a book on the subject and constantly practice. There are many great resources out there that can help you learn how to communicate more effectively.

Here are a few tips for improving communication in the workplace:

  1. Make sure to listen more than you speak. Effective communicators take the time to understand what the other person is saying before responding.
  2. Be clear and concise when you do speak. Effective communicators know how to get their point across without rambling or using too many words.
  3. Be respectful. Effective communicators show respect for their co-workers, even if they don’t agree with them.
  4. Focus on the positive. Effective communicators know that company culture starts from the top. They lead by example and focus on the positive aspects of their work and their workplace.

Breathe Positivity

Another important thing senior management can do to improve company culture is to focus on the positive. They need to encourage their employees to be positive and to take pride in their work. They also need to provide feedback that is constructive and positive. When senior management focuses on the positive, it creates a more positive company culture.

Encourage Positive Feedback

Encourage positive feedback from employees. Employees should feel like they can give honest feedback without fear of retribution. Senior management should create an environment where employees feel comfortable giving feedback, both negative and positive.

Allowing for negative feedback might seem counterintuitive, but it’s actually essential for improving company culture. If employees only give positive feedback, it will be difficult to identify areas that need improvement. On the other hand, if employees are encouraged to give both positive and negative feedback, senior management will be able to make the necessary changes to improve the company culture.

Strike a Positive Balance between Work and Personal Life

There should be focus on creating a positive work-life balance for employees. This means providing flexible working arrangements, adequate vacation time, and other benefits that make it easier for employees to manage their work and personal lives. When employees feel like they have a good work-life balance, they are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs and less likely to look for new opportunities.

Achieving a positive work-life balance is not easy, but it’s essential for improving company culture. Employees need to feel like they have time for their personal lives, or they will eventually become unhappy and start looking for new jobs.

Provide Professional Development Opportunities

Another way to improve company culture is to provide employees with training and development opportunities. Employees who feel like they are constantly learning and growing are more likely to be engaged and happy in their work. Senior management should create a culture of lifelong learning by investing in employee development.

When employees feel like they are stuck in a rut, they will start to look for new opportunities. By providing employees with training and development opportunities, senior management can keep them engaged and prevent them from looking for new jobs.

Lead by Example

As I mentioned before, senior management needs to lead by example if they want to change the company culture. They need to show their employees that they are committed to making positive changes. One of the best ways to do this is by setting the tone for the entire organisation.

If senior management is negative, their employees will be negative. If senior management is positive, their employees will be positive. It’s that simple. Senior management needs to set the tone for the organisation and show their employees that they are committed to making positive changes.

Senior management has a lot of power when it comes to company culture. By taking the time to improve their own communication skills, invest in employee development, and create a positive work-life balance, senior management can effect real change that will improve company culture overall. If you are a senior manager and you want to make positive changes in your company, don’t hesitate to start making those changes today. Your employees will appreciate it and your company will be better for it in the long run.

In conclusion, company culture starts from the top.

Thanks for reading! I hope this blog post has been helpful in giving you some insight into what senior management can do to effect positive change within their organisation.

What other methods do you think could be used by senior management in order effect change within their company? Let me know in the comments!

Keywords: company culture, positive cultural change, senior management Communication, listening to employees, setting an example.

Author: Declan Murphy

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A bit about Dementia. Myhomecare sponsoring The National Dementia Care Conference Wednesday 15th February.

Dementia Care Conference 15th February

Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 

Sponsored by Myhomecare.ie 

THE CONFERENCE

The annual conference, which is now running three years, is taking place this Wednesday, February 15th in The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. Organised by The Commercial Media Group, the conference will focus on future vision for Dementia care in Ireland and will enable and equip delegates to critically review their approaches to the care of patients with dementia. Representing the myhomecare.ie team and attending the conference are Homecare Assessors Jonathan O’Donnell and Susanne Kelly.

Susanne, who has experience nursing dementia patients in the past, said that this is her first time attending the conference and she is looking forward to it. Susanne hopes to improve dementia care and incorporate new guidelines into existing myhomecare plans. On the day, Johnathan and Susanne will be promoting myhomecare by providing information about the brand, distributing materials and products and building relationships with other similar services. They will be speaking to clients and answering the questions of potential clients.

Dementia in Ireland

It is estimated that 42,000 people in Ireland have dementia.

But, what is Dementia? Dementia is not one single disease. It is a collective term used to describe a group of symptoms which cause damage to the brain and impair memory or thinking such as forgetfulness.

What can cause Dementia? Dementia can occur after a stroke, brain tumor or head injury. Age is the most significant risk factor in developing dementia and it affects 1 in 70 people in Ireland aged 65-70 and affects a staggering 1 in 5 people over the age of 80. Genetics is another risk factor that can play a part in the role of developing dementia. Although we cannot control our age or our genes, we can control our lifestyle and evidence shows that our lifestyle habits can increase the risk of developing dementia.

How to prevent Dementia – Lifestyle habits – Diet/Nutrition – high fat contributes to heart disease, high blood pressure and bad cholesterol which are all associated with dementia. Smoking – damages the heart, lungs and vascular system. People who are heavy smokers in their mid-life, double their risk of developing dementia. Alcohol – due to its antioxidants, research shows that drinking a moderate amount of red wine might actually reduce the risk of forming dementia. However, drinking alcohol excessively can increase a person’s risk of developing a form of dementia called Korsakoff’s Syndrome. Exercising – lack of physical activity can cause heart problems and can increase the risk of developing vascular dementia.

Recognizing The Signs

Not everyone with dementia will experience the same signs and symptoms.

Recent memory loss – repeating themselves.

Difficulty completing familiar tasks – cooking a meal.

Difficulty in communicating – forgetting simple words.

Disorientation – getting lost.

Misplacing things.

Changes in mood.

Changes in personality – acting fearful.

Inability to control emotion.

Loss if initiative – no interest in going out.

Fore more information about the Dementia Care Conference visit: http://cmgevents.ie/events/the-national-dementia-care-conference/

For information on myhomecare and dementia plans visit www.myhomecare.ie