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Base To Basecamp: Virtual Talent Summit Series

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We’ve invited some of Talent Summit’s most popular keynote speakers and special guests back to base camp to share their insights, expertise and thought leadership, as the working world experiences decades of transformation each passing week. This six-part series explored how HR leaders can positively effect business continuity in the short term, grow market share in the medium term and enhance the working lives of our people in the long term.


1. Reconnecting the Workforce (April 30th):

Now that the workforce has been dislocated, how do we plan to: (1) transition from a remote to a blended workforce (2) reconvene in the physical restricted workplace (3) re-connect, collaborate and compete for talent as markets recover? 

Guest Contributors: John Riordan, Director of Support, Shopify & Stephanie White, Global VP, People, eBay

 
 

 

2. Uncharted Leadership (May 19th): 

Navigating this Human Crisis. 

Guest Contributor: Margaret Heffernan, Entrepreneur, TED Speaker, Author & Former CEO

 

 


3. Organising Chaos for New Order (May 14th):

Business norms have changed fundamentally and forever. How can we lead through the chaos to unlock a more robust agile organisation? 

Guest Contributors: David Barrett, CCO, AON Assessment Solutions and Ian McClean, Founder, Flow Group

 


4. The Evolving Role of the CHRO (May 21st):

These recent weeks have asked big questions of HR leaders as the fundamentals of business and humanity collided. As the dust settles, how will the CHRO influence a faster more effective recovery?

Guest Contributors: Jane Datta, CHRO NASA; Mira Magecha, CPO, Just Eat and Fiona Mullan, CPO, Ding.com.

 

 


5. Pride in Purpose (May 28th):

The work-type and work-force we value has been turned upside down as its impact on society zooms sharply into focus. What lessons we can learn? 

Guest Contributor: Bob Gibbs, Associate Administrator, Mission Support, NASA; Rory Best, Former Irish Rugby Captain ​and Heath Slawner from Simon Sinek Inc.

 


 

6. Reworking Work (June 3rd):

Rebuilding human centred organisations for enduring agility. 

Guest Contributor: Patty McCord, Author, TED Speaker, Former Chief Talent Officer, Netflix

 

 

 
 

Posted by Julia Purcell on 27 April 2020

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Irish jobs market reaches 20-year high, as office re-entry drives unprecedented levels of recruitment activity

Irish jobs market reaches 20-year high, as office re-entry drives unprecedented levels of recruitment activity

Sigmar Recruitment today reports a record high number of job placements over April, May, and June 2021. The number of placements during this period is higher than any other quarter in the recruitment company’s 20-year history. Current figures are up 6% on the previous record set in 2019 before the pandemic. As one of the largest recruiters in Ireland, Sigmar has offices across the country and is present in all professional sectors. The first half of the year saw strong, consistent growth with job placements breaking all records in the month of May, with June accounting for the second-highest month ever. Commenting on the rebound of the labour market, Sigmar founding Director, Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig says: “The jobs market in Ireland has never been stronger or more buoyant than it currently is. We’re seeing several macro trends converge all at once, which is creating significant churn in the market. Remote working has literally opened up a world of new opportunities no longer bound by location. This is coupled with a rising tide of consumer confidence, as many professionals find themselves in a stronger financial position than before the pandemic. “The last 18 months has asked big questions of us all, and the humdrum of lockdown has created a desire for change which is now resulting in unprecedented numbers of people moving jobs. Employee loyalty is increasingly under question, with remote work being less enjoyable, many workers are now committed to the experience of work over the employer, adding further to the current levels of churn.” IT accounted for one-third of all job placements throughout the quarter, followed in order by Financial Services, Sales & Marketing, Accountancy, Life Science & Manufacturing, Office Support, Public Sector, Construction, Professional Services. Business confidence has also grown steadily over the course of the year, as vaccination gathered momentum. The “low-touch economy” is booming is sectors such as e-commerce, digital, and logistics. Says Mac Giolla Phádraig: “The resurgence of permanent recruitment is somewhat unique to how we’ve rebounded from previous downturns, where we typically saw flexible work return quicker.” Although the vast majority of job placement in Q2 were understandably remote, Sigmar reports that the tide is beginning to change with the majority of employers now committing to hybrid work over the coming three months. Mac Giolla Phádraig advises: “As we now choose our workplaces, at a time when the power dynamic has shifted to the employee, employers need to ensure adequate work practices to reconnect the workforce with the workplace equitably. There is an inherent risk that new workforce inequities may emerge, such as “proximity bias”, where those closest to the centre of influence get greater recognition and therefore promotion opportunities as opposed to remote workers. When it comes to individual contribution the opposite could be argued that remote workers get the benefit of having less in-office distractions and their output is therefore greater.” Mac Giolla Phádraig likens remote work to long-distance relationships, which in many cases don’t work out. “We’ve gone from “living” with our employees in an office environment to long-distance relationships, which often sees commitment recede over time. The context of location also opens up new experiences and possibilities, which are now being explored on a scale never before seen.” He adds, “if we thought the war for talent was tough, just wait for the battle of attrition. It’s now emerging as the number one challenge for businesses across the globe.”