Out of office: Your essential round-up of the latest business news
The construction industry finished 2020 in expansion mode on the back of strong levels of housebuilding, the latest Ulster Bank's Construction Purchasing Managers Index shows. The Ulster Bank construction PMI posted a reading of 52.3 in December, down from 53.5 in November but above the 50 no-change mark for the second month in a row to signal a further rise in activity. Index readings above 50 signal an increase in activity on the previous month...
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Lucinda Creighton: Forget the exercise bike, the ‘perk’ your staff need is quality of life
Workers at prestigious companies are receiving expensive gifts in thanks for 100-hour work weeks when what they really need is for more staff to be hired
Competition watchdog seeks powers to smash cartels
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has said it has ‘real case experiences’ of knowing where cartel members are conducting their business, but is unable to gather evidence due to current restrictions on its powers.
Fibre-based drinks firm to make 20 more products as demand rises
Donegal-based Circle of Light has secured private investment of €1.8 million and has its products stocked in 400 Irish shops
How to manage: Boomerang candidates cost more, but have unique value
While rehired workers don’t usually perform any better than those who never left, they are more likely to be committed to the business, research shows