national employment week 2016

National Employment Week 2016

national employment week 2016

An Tánaiste Joan Burton launched National Employment Week 2016, which took place from February 29th to March 4th 2016.

Now in its seventh year National Employment Week (NEW) has become the largest series of HR conferences in Ireland. Founded by Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig CCO Sigmar Recruitment, NEW is a not-for-profit initiative to help stimulate employment in Ireland where recently we have seen unemployment rates fall from 15.1% to 8.6%.


Says founder Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig: “As the war for talent intensifies, the National Talent Summit each year, looks at the central pillars required to attract and retain talent through a central theme of creating a Culture with Purpose.


“We believe that the question of why people do what they do transcends generations at work and different ways of working, and is emerging as the fundamental competitive advantage to attract and retain the best.”


“With an international focus on best practice, we had a line up of over 40 contributors with 12 international speakers from the US, Canada, UK and across Europe. It was great to share global Irish innovation and international thought leadership on the above themes and to shine a light on some lesser represented cohorts of talent.”


Topics that were covered during employment week included diversity – aligning individual values with company vision; the voice of the employee – the employer brand of 2016; recruiting for the future world of work; values cased leadership – creating a culture of leadership; engagement in action, retention strategies and mental health & employment.


Keynote Speaker:

Patty McCord was the headline speaker at the Talent Summit 2016. Patty served as Chief Talent Officer of Netflix for 12 years and co-authored the Netflix Culture Deck, a presentation that has been viewed more than five million times. According to Harvard Business Review it “reinvented HR” and Sheryl Sandberg has said it “may be the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley.”


Posted by Julia Purcell, Marketing & Communications Manager on 7 December 2017

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