Category Archives: Our People
To smoke or not to smoke, that is the question…
Japanese company Piala Inc is giving non-smoking employees up to six extra annual leave days to make up for the extra work they do while smoking employees take cigarette breaks. Piala introduced this scheme after it appeared that smokers in the company took an extra fifteen minutes for each cigarette break. Piala’s CEO was quoted as saying that he did not want to penalise staff for smoking but rather incentive them. (Irish Independent, 2017)
It is hard to believe I am working almost one year at Elm – the time has absolutely flown. So much has happened since I joined. I have played a key role in the development of two great software applications at Elm and have lead the implementation and achievement of ISO 27001:2013 Certification for the company.
My software development skills have evolved a huge amount, I simply do not think it would have been possible to do such a full range of development at a larger company. At Elm I am involved in true ‘full-stack’ development. The lessons come thick and fast, and so does the learning. Not to mention a healthy dose of head-scratching and puzzle solving – all part of a day in the life of a software developer!
So here I am, the first and hopefully not the last, Elm employee to make it over the 1 year line! Today marks a year to the day that I walked into the office on Foley Street to a somewhat empty room. There was only one small bank of desks and only 3 office chairs but oh how we’ve grown since then.
It’s definitely not easy to pack up one’s life after 28 years and move halfway across the world. I mean, just moving out of your parents’ house for the first time is scary.
Some say I was crazy and impulsive, but what they don’t know is that this was actually a well calculated gamble.
Where do I even begin?
As an aspiring marketer, when I work on any project, I generally look for an end product and build towards that. I may as well keep up the same routine for this blog post.
This week at Elm we are beginning a marketing campaign titled ‘#GrowWithUs’. This campaign is what I have been working towards for the last 10 weeks, since I started at Elm Solutions, as the first ever marketing intern. The #GrowWithUs campaign will focus on raising the profile of Elm Solutions and will also focus on making people aware of the job opportunities we currently have available. We want to make individuals aware of how they can #GrowWithUs by becoming part of the Elm team.
In the last week there has been an incredible global reaction to the commercial hunting and death of Cecil the Lion, Zimbabwe’s most famous lion. It has been astounding how one animal’s death has caused such a media frenzy. With regards to the hunting of Africa’s enigmatic mammals, there has been a steady rise in the numbers of elephants, rhino’s and other large mammals poached and commercially hunted each year for the past couple of decades.