As the recruitment landscape changes and markets are more candidate-led than ever before, how do you optimise your recruitment practices and overcome day-to-day challenges to help you hire the best people? XREF held a panel talk in Dublin last night (21st November) to discuss this topic. The panel included Claire Kelly - Business Consultant at Sigmar Recruitment Michelle Fogarty - Co-Founder & COO at PepTalk Wellbeing Alan Murphy - Human Resources at Bimeda Owen Murray - Recruitment Lead at Tech Hubs at Zalando SE They spoke about the evolution and digitisation of recruitment, real-life challenges and ways to overcome these and how your organisation can move towards smarter hiring to an audience of 50. It was a very interesting event and we would lile to comend Claire Kelly on her performance and thank her for doing a fantastic job representing Sigmar Recruitment.
Last night, 15th October Sigmar Recruitment was awarded 'The Best Recruitment Company to Work for (£20m to £50m)' at the TALiNT International Annual Recruitment Awards (TIARAs) in London. On announcing our win, the judges commented, “Sigmar came out on top of a very competitive shortlist because it demonstrated excellence across the board, showing creativity and innovation in their engagement of employees and the wider community.” The @AccessGroupREC Best Recruitment Company to Work for (£20m to £50m) Award goes to @SigmarIrl with a competitive shortlist they demonstrated excellence across the board, showing creativity & innovation in their engagement of employees and wider community. #TIARA2019 #TIARAS pic.twitter.com/w4QEiKVRea — TALiNT International (formerly Recruitment INTL UK (@RecruitmentIntl) October 15, 2019 Commenting on the win Malwina King, Director of Sigmar Recruitment said, “Creating a great place to work is not just another company initiative for Sigmar; it’s embedded in everything we do. As we have grown to over 150 employees, we have maintained a focus on building a culture of trust and empowerment for our people and we are delighted to see this reflected in winning this award. This award is a testament to our people, the relationships they foster and the environment we create. It is Sigmar’s culture that I believe is truly unique, and sets us apart in the industry and on the wider business scene.” Sigmar were also highly commeded for the Client Service award category Highly commended for the @hinterviewing Client Service Award goes to @SigmarIrl #TIARA2019 #TIARAS pic.twitter.com/jV0fRE3ZzR — TALiNT International (formerly Recruitment INTL UK (@RecruitmentIntl) October 15, 2019 The TALiNT International Annual Recruitment Awards (TIARAs) celebrate the best of the UK & Ireland’s recruitment industry. Commenting on the standard of the shortlist this year, Jason Martin, Head of Strategy at Access Group, headline partner of the TIARAs said, “I’ve been a judge for several years now and the entries were of a really high standard this year for each of the Best Recruitment Company to Work For categories.” “What stood out was the investment in learning and development within the recruitment sector which has gone up a level this year. You can really see the link between growth and an investment in learning and employee benefits.”
For World Mental Health Day (10/10/19) this year, we opened the conversation up in Sigmar and asked our staff what they do to look after their own mental wellbeing and what advice they would give to others to look after themselves. We encourage all our staff to talk to one another and their managers regularly. We have an open-door policy for issues, ideas, thoughts, concerns – anything! So, we want to encourage the very same concept when it comes to mental health. On this very significant day we wanted to mark it with something and what better way to do so then to talk. Here is what some of our staff had to say… From smiling, to gratitude, to sleeping and having chats with your friend over tea, our staff really have some useful tips on mental wellbeing. It was great to talk to each other about our methods for looking after our mental health and we had a bit of fun doing it too.
We are delighted to announce that Frank Farrelly, COO of Sigmar Recruitment, and Jérôme Rieux, CEO of Groupe Adéquat (our parent company) have made the SIA Staffing 100 list. This is Frank's third time consecutive year on this list. The 2019 staffing list recognises the Top 100 2019 influencers in European staffing. This list, compiled by Staffing Industry Analysts, includes those who have helped to shape the €172 billion European market. Entrepreneurs, CEOs, reformers, lawyers, businesspeople — the Staffing 100 Europe honourees have a wide range of skills and accomplishments and hail from a multitude of staffing markets in the region. The list is not a ranking but a shout-out to those who have made a difference in the world of work. Congratulations Frank and Jérôme on this fantastic achievement! Frank Farrelly, CCO, Sigmar Recruitment Jérôme Rieux, CEO, Groupe Adequat
18 Sigmar consultants braved the Ring of Kerry, a daunting 175km cycle that is steeped in rich history and incredible scenery. Parts of the cycle are set along the Wild Atlantic Way offering breath taking views to those who dare. The day was packed full of hills, spills and thrills as even the most experienced of cyclists were challenged by the harsh wind. After an arduous ten to twelve hours, all 18 team members finished. It was an unforgettable day for all involved, some more than others. From puntures to bikes trying to escape the rack on the motorway. there was never a dull moment. The cycle was one of Sigmar's many charity events for our charity partner Cistic Fibrosis. A huge congratulations to all involved and we look forward to next year!
To celebrate such a successful H1 of 2019, Sigmar held its annual Summer BBQ in Nolita Dublin. All regional offices from around the nation came together to catch up on the last six successful months. The day was full of terrible shirts and bright smiles as highly achieving consultants were given the fruits of their labour. Overall 13 consultants were promoted for outstanding work with 12 consultants being rewarded for their ongoing succesful contribution to the business. A well deserved day out for the company to celebrate H1 and kick off H2!
Taken from Silicon Republic Leaders’ Insights, Sigmar’s Adrian McGennis discusses building a brand overseas and why a ‘land and expand’ model isn’t always the best option. Adrian McGennis is CEO and co-founder at Irish recruitment company Sigmar. Prior to Sigmar, McGennis was managing director with Marlborough and he has been involved in two successful IPOs. He holds a degree in engineering from University College Dublin and has garnered several postgraduate management awards. Founded in 2002, Sigmar has been named as a Best Managed Company by Deloitte for the past three years. Last August it opened a new European talent hub in Co Kerry as it announced plans to create 50 roles. Describe your role and what you do. As part of a team to grow a meaningful, profitable, worthy business and enjoy the experience – this involves developing people in a positive, learning, achieving culture. As well as building great relationships with clients and candidates, we are passionate about contributing to community. How do you prioritise and organise your working life? At all levels we have really great teams at Sigmar, so we get a strong buy-in to the company goals. This will be the basis of prioritisation. Maintaining the culture is the basis for values and growth, so spend a lot of time with colleagues and customers. Thankfully, our partnership with Groupe Adéquat has been very positive and they are like-minded in values, so prioritisation and organisation haven’t changed much. What are the biggest challenges facing your sector and how are you tackling them? Having enjoyed 10 years of strong growth, the potential for economic uncertainty could present a challenge. We are talking with clients more and have the scale and agility to provide flexible solutions for them. Thankfully, we have been innovative in using technology, but we need to be constantly aware of optimising our offering utilising better communication, AI, analytics etc. What are the key sector opportunities you’re capitalising on? We are very positive on the sector, but the rate of change is increasing. We see, therefore, new opportunities in managed services, new sectors, onsite staffing, statement of work etc. Our new model based in Tralee, servicing the IT market in Germany, is working and scaling really well and forms the basis of expanding into new European and US markets. Talent solutions really is an exciting place to be right now. What set you on the road to where you are now? When we completed our MBO in 2009, many of the team were involved. We had ambitions to develop a commercially strong business (which has been successful), but also to build a great Irish business which would be recognised internationally. Innovations like the Talent Summit, Ireland Gateway to Europe and National Employment Week have helped position ourselves to achieve both these goals. What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it? We did underestimate the importance of brand when expanding overseas in 2005/2006. Some of our overseas operations did create impact, but with limited resources it was a challenge to develop deep routes through a ‘land and expand’ model. Now, we are successfully servicing clients and developing relationships in overseas locations before opening a significant office. How do you get the best out of your team? The quality and commitment of the team is high so, really, allow them to do their job! We encourage risk and learn from any failures. We do have strong respect and equally celebrate success. From day one we all agreed to our culture/values, so anyone joining Sigmar is clear on where we are going and, hopefully, how to get there. What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it? We did underestimate the importance of brand when expanding overseas in 2005/2006. Some of our overseas operations did create impact, but with limited resources it was a challenge to develop deep routes through a ‘land and expand’ model. Now, we are successfully servicing clients and developing relationships in overseas locations before opening a significant office. How do you get the best out of your team? The quality and commitment of the team is high so, really, allow them to do their job! We encourage risk and learn from any failures. We do have strong respect and equally celebrate success. From day one we all agreed to our culture/values, so anyone joining Sigmar is clear on where we are going and, hopefully, how to get there. STEM sectors receive a lot of criticism for a lack of diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and other demographics. Have you noticed a diversity problem in your sector? What are your thoughts on this and what’s needed to be more inclusive? When I did engineering (a long time ago!), in a class of 250 there were maybe 10 girls, so we’ve improved a bit since then. I do think ongoing positive discussions have helped and will continue to redress the gender balance. We have hosted a few events on diversity and specifically gender balance, and I believe an honest dialogue is required to actually make real change. I believe most people agree where we want to get to, but healthy, honest conversations and listening are required to get us there. As it goes, the recruitment sector has been very inclusive and probably really embraces diversity better than most, maybe because it is a relatively new sector or it’s a meritocracy. Who is your role model and why? If I had to choose a role model right now, it would honestly be Joe Schmidt. I’ve heard a few current and ex-players speaking recently and they are 100pc clear on the objectives and plans. He also seems to instil authenticity, and even humility, into high performance. The analytics, data recording/management, team building, results focus are all very impressive, but the simple imparting a message to ‘do your job’ really works and seemed to be enjoyed. What books have you read that you would recommend? I liked Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. Didn’t necessarily agree with all his theories, but does make one think. I was recommended Legacy by James Kerr, and I have to say it does simply articulate the collective belief in high standards exhibited by the All Blacks. I am now recommending it to some of our teams to read/review/implement. What are the essential tools and resources that get you through the working week? Phones, a computer and coffee are all good – oh, and a pint on Friday evening. We do use various tools to gather regular data across the company which is important, but I feel equally important is to speak with people about what we need to do as a result of the data.y to Europe and National Employment Week have helped position ourselves to achieve both these goals.
Almost two weeks have passed since Talent Summit, yet the excitement from the event is still very much alive. I met with Talent Summit Founder, Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig to ask him to share some of his key takeaways and highlights from Talent Summit 2019. Kate Costello – “Have the Heart of a Lion Even When You Feel Like a Mouse” After being asked for his top five takeaways, without even a moment to reflect, Robert started with “Kate Costello’s speech was a particularly significant take away”. Kate, who is only 16, spoke at Talent Summit to present the Dermot Costello Outstanding Leadership Award in honour of her father to the Irish women’s hockey team who reached the World Cup finals for the first time ever last summer. In her speech Kate told the story of a mouse who wanted to look bigger and stronger than those he feared so they would fear him. He asked a wizard to change him from a mouse to a cat, then a cat to a dog and then a dog to a lion. After some time, the wizard said, “with the heart of a mouse there is nothing I can do for you”. It’s a powerful statement to those in leadership. Being a leader means being brave in your actions to lead and guide others. You need to be courageousness to lead beyond the odds, have the heart of a lion even if sometimes we feel like a mouse. Robert reflected on the parallel message in Kate’s story of how we can leave a lasting impression on those close to us, shaping and activating change beyond what we expect and, in many cases, never even knowing we’ve impacted on a person. “The fact that Kate stood on the stage, eloquently recounting a story her father once told her, shows the personal impact we can have on those around us, can be truly transformative, beyond what we intend it to be. The irony here is that Kate not only showed the “heart of a lion” as she presented the award to her own heroes, but she herself was demonstrating outstanding leadership through her actions. My takeaway from this is that we inspire and activate those around us, every day in most cases without even realising it.” “Last year, I recalled how spending time with Dermot, was often like a life lesson, as you would come away with a different twist on whatever topic we discussed. It’s clear that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree… Thanks for that lesson Kate!” Robert Gibbs, Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA – The Power of Positive Intent The NASA transformation story shows very clearly how purpose is our defining competitive advantage. Robert reflected on Robert Gibbs keynote which explained how NASA’s raison d'être boils down to the flourishment of human kind which allows them to operate on the fringe of what is commercially viable, giving them the ultimate competitive advantage. “Robert Gibbs also reminded us that change is a ‘contact sport’, it’s personal, constant and unpredictable, requiring continuous communication and feedback”. When Robert later spoke on a panel with Niamh O’Beirne, Partner, EY and Barry Rudden, Director, Sigmar Recruitment, what surfaced in the conversation was the power of presuming positive intent. Belief goes a long way and sometimes to get the best out of people you need to believe in them. Margaret Heffernan – Leading Change Is Human During Margaret Heffernan’s keynote she emphasized how building social capital takes time, focus and energy and if the ingredients are right, can bind human capital to achieve beyond measure. The strength of the social capital creates the foundation for companies to succeed, the components of which are uniquely human; kindness, helpfulness, warmth and candour. Robert went on to say “The thing that struck me is how the ubiquity of loyalty, friendship and comradery in the workplace create a shared commitment to success, something we may struggle to replicate in the gig economy. In short being trusting and trustworthy is the basis of creating a just culture”. Ian McClean – Every Conversation Matters Given that Talent Summit is a humanic conference, Ian argued that conversation is where the rubber hits the road in expressing our humanity. It reminds us that how we make people feel in our presence is the true measure of our engagement. Robert added “every conversation can either create a gap or close a gap in our daily connectivity and we need to be mindful of the residue that every conversation leaves”. Monica Lewinsky - The Importance of Being an Upstander Robert quoted a Mexican proverb when introducing Monica, which in mays ways captured the spirit of her story; “they tried to bury us, but they didn’t realise we were seeds”. Monica Lewinsky’s story, in many ways reflects this juxtaposition of humanity and technology. As the internet catapulted her into the limelight bringing the uninvited attention of the world upon her, it was the compassion of those around her, coupled with personal resilience that brought her back from the brink. Reflecting the theme of this year’s Talent Summit, it’s the human element that has enabled Monica to lead change through her social activism and create a global anti-cyberbullying revolution. “Monica has turned personal trauma into grace and raised a profusion of lessons we can apply in our personal lives, working worlds and within our family units. My main takeaway from spending time with Monica is that each of us can make a difference by showing compassion through our actions, by being an "up-stander". Monica spoke about this in the context of societal change, but the glaringly obvious parallel in our working world, is that as some resist change and others passively act as bystanders, we truly need to firmly stand “for” the purpose behind the change we hope to achieve.” Mirroring Margaret’s Heffernan’s comment on workplace loneliness and Kate’s story of the need for the heart of a lion, when we sometimes feel like a mouse, Monica harpooned the message of individual impact home when she said, “there is power in small numbers when there is consistency over time.” We need to create a narrative steeped in empathy to be truly compassionate in all aspects of our lives. “Our purpose at Talent Summit is to create better working lives as the world of work augments and being more compassionate is really what it all boils down to! "Tanx" for sharing such a powerful message Monica.” …..and tanx to all who supported, spoke, attended and participated at Talent Summit 2019. See you next year!
With Talent Summit just one week away, we couldn’t be more excited to announce our Talent Summit Magazine published in the Irish Times today. You can view each of the magazine articles here: Younger employees expect workplaces to stand for more than profit alone Monica Lewinsky: ‘We are all so much stronger than we can ever imagine’ Companies with engaged employees reap proven benefits How we use universities to bridge companies’ digital skills gap How Irish companies can stay competitive whatever happens with Brexit It’s still all about people in these increasingly digitised workplaces ‘Technology makes the human part of work more important than ever’ Reskilling in real time saves on future costs and disruption The Talent Revolution: Making the future of work succeed Speaker Q&A Employers need to be flexible to retain employees Our Headlining Keynotes Are: Monica Lewinsky: Who will talk about her personal story of empathy and resilience in the digital age Margaret Heffernan: "Leading Change is Human" Bob Gibbs, Chief Human Capital Officer NASA Space Agency: Who will talk about how the growth of private sector space exploration (SpaceX) and how NASA has had to transform while staying true to their purpose “The Talent Summit theme ‘The Talent Revolution: Leading Change’ is about people; as people are the future of work and the driving force behind activating that change. The conference will explore the augmentation of the working world, through traits that are uniquely human on one hand and the technological on the other. We will unlock the latest thinking on the evolving talent supply chain, sustaining performance through engagement, leading beyond the odds, leading organisational transformation and the future of learning and development” – Robert MacGiolla Phadraig, CCO, Sigmar Recruitment You can view our full programme here: Tickets are on sale on the Talent Summit website www.talentsummit.ie