Marching to the beat of her own Dromone
William Egenton, managing director of Dromone Engineering which employs 96 people in Oldcastle, Co. Meath, appointed Mary Magee as a part-time human resources manager over three years ago.
"The company hadn't had a dedicated HR manager up to then and I didn't want to hire somebody on a full-time basis," he says.
"It worked out really well. I also employed a financial manager, also on a part-time basis, six years ago. Both happen to be women who were hired on the basis of their capabilities as individuals and the result has been excellent.
"For a company of a particular size it can be of more benefit to have somebody with a great skill for three days than somebody else for five days.
"There are many confident, capable professionals who have a lot to offer and want to manage a family as well. I'm delighted as they have added a tremendous amount to the company."
As HR manager at Dromone, Mary Magee sees how part-time work benefits both herself and the company.
"I have two boys aged six and two, and it's great to have the extra time to be with them," she says, "and from the company's point of view, especially in the economic times we live in today, a part-time job helps to control costs, so it works both ways."