Reflections by one of our Talent Summit Speakers - Jeni Brown, Chief People Officer at TeamworkYesterday I was delighted to not only attend but to have been part of a panel session at this years #talentsummit. It has been two long years since we had in person events - and this didn’t disappoint. It was the largest HR / People Leader event in Ireland and indeed Europe in 2022. There was so much energy, a jammed pack agenda with exceptional thought leaders sharing their insights and learning, as we focused on the theme of ‘Work in Progress’, and with the venue #CCD made it a memorable day. It was a gift to meet friends and acquaintances that I haven’t met in person for several years and I truly loved sharing ideas, pain points and solutions with everyone there. What we have learned over the past two years is that where we work and when we work doesn’t really matter- it’s the experience of work that really matters. At Teamwork we believe that work is what you do, not where you sit. Our customers are global but so are our people. We have people in 21 different countries and we continue to grow and scale - focused on hiring the best talent, regardless of location.We joked that the Chief People Officers role should be renamed to Chief Uncertainty Officer. With uncertainty comes great innovation. We now have the power to set ourselves up for success. We want to be the driving force for change. What that looks like isn’t yet clear and most definitely will not be a “one size fits all model” but my team are committed to shaping the future of working for our people. In my session with Katy Ingle and Laura Flynn wonderfully moderated by Mike McDonagh we discussed what “Sustaining a Hybrid Culture” really means. We all agreed that we don’t have the silver bullet when it comes to success but we know what we need to do is equip and help out leaders in this new way of working, be accountable as a team and continuously learn from each other. At Teamwork we are introducing a new performance and engagement platform to enable our people and our leadership team drive success in a hybrid working model. The key value in this approach is ensuring a connected way of working, aligning what matters to what is done, encouraging more continuous conversations, feedback and empowering all our people to realise a rewarding career punctuated by growth and development. We are lucky to have a great product that supports this new way of working. We need to be mindful that when we are asking people back into the office it needs to be for moments that matter. They need to add value to the individual and the overall team: to create connection, encourage creativity and build collaboration.I am more convinced than ever that we need to plan for the world we live in NOW and to ask ourselves how we can be doing better and more importantly NEVER get comfortable and stay connected with our people. There is much to be done but with great people we can achieve anything.#talentsummit #life@teamwork #hybridworking
Sigmar Recruitment have won the Best Staffing Firm to Work For in Ireland for the second time in a row!The awards were held in Austin, Texas on March 2nd at the Staffing Industry Analysts executive forum.Well done to all the international winners and finalists.
Watch the replay of "Reigniting Irish US Relations in a Post Pandemic World", hosted by Ireland Gateway To Europe and the University of Notre Dame, and chaired by Sigmar CCO Robert MacGiolla Phadraig.This virtual event featured a lively panel discussion on bilateral transatlantic relations, from the business and political community in Ireland and the USA with special guest An Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Congressman Brendan Boyle and Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the United States.SpeakersAn Taoiseach Micheal MartinCongressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA 2nd District) PennsylvaniaAmbassador Dan Mulhall Ambassador of Ireland to the United StatesJerry Padian Chairman and Managing Director, Atlantic IP Services, LLCMaureen Pace President of World Trade Centre Dublin and WebPort GlobalPatrick Quinlan CEO & Co-Founder, Hippo Technologies, Inc.Aisling MacRunnels CMO, SynackKevin Whelan Director, Notre Dame Dublin Global GatewayRonan Quinlan Joint CEO, Taoglas
By Adam Maguire Business Journalist, RTE View Original Article on RTE Business group Ireland Gateway to Europe has announced plans for a post-Covid trade mission to the US next year. The mission is scheduled to take place in April 2022, focused mainly on Boston and Chicago. It will seek to encourage US firms to invest in Ireland, while also helping Irish companies that are looking to get a foothold in the American market. As travel options are currently limited, IGTE is also planning two further virtual events for later this year. However Adie McGennis, founder of IGTE and CEO of Sigmar Recruitment, said those online functions did not have the same draw as an in-person trade mission. "Obviously the Irish-US relationship has been really strong over the years so I think meeting in person certainly excites a number of our members over here, and importantly a lot of the people we'll be meeting over there too," he said. IGTE was established in 2012 and has hosted a number of trade missions already - mainly to US cities, but also some to London. Mr McGennis said that, over the years, they had developed particularly strong links in Chicago and Boston, which is why the mission will focus on those cities. "Particularly the relationships with Notre Dame and Boston College has been really strong, the access they give to politicians, to businesspeople, to the Irish community over there, has been immense," he said. "Chicago and Boston will form the core of it, though we may tag on one more city." Certain US cities are synonymous with specific sectors - for example San Francisco’s connection to tech and New York’s link to finance - however Mr McGennis said there was no particular type of company they were looking to connect with for the Boston/Chicago trip. He said there were some areas where the cities are having particular success, but that did not mean firms from other industries were not welcome. "We're pretty open," he said. "The east coast, particularly around the Boston area, is synonymous with medical devices and pharmaceuticals… but also tech around the Boston area and the east coast generally, has been huge for Ireland for the last couple of years. "Chicago has got quite a mix… so we’re pretty agnostic as to the nature of the business." Recently the Biden Administration has pushed forward with plans for a 21% corporation tax on US multinationals' foreign earnings - which some argue would undermine the attractiveness of Ireland’s 12.5% rate. Mr McGennis said it was not clear what impact that would have on companies’ interest in Ireland, but he was confident that there were a number of factors that made the country attractive to US firms. "The simple answer is that we don’t quite know how the 21% is going to pan out," he said. "If it does prove to be a challenge, and there have been challenges in the past, all the more reason to go over. "Our strong argument for years is that US companies have set up deep roots in Ireland and it definitely was not all about tax; the talent, the quality of life, the EU access right now post-Brexit - have become a lot more important issues." He also said that, while the Biden plan could be a challenge for Ireland, the new administration there was generally felt to be a positive for the country. "A lot of Joe Biden’s administration we hope to be participants in some of our events, because they’re certainly embracing the whole Irish-US relationship on various different fronts," he said.
According to the Sigmar/AON Pulse Report on the future of work post-Covid, just 34% of workers will be returning to the office on a full-time basis once Covid restrictions are permanently lifted. 22% of employees are expected to work full-time remotely with the remaining 44% to work hybrid between home and the office. Of this hybrid cohort, 92% will spend three days or less in the office. The Sigmar/AON survey polled 253 companies in Ireland to get insight into the future of work practices post-Covid. Commenting on the findings Talent Summit founder and Sigmar chief commercial officer Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig says: “Recent speculation about the future of work has seen a division in thought between commentators and experts regarding the role the office will play in working practices post-Covid. With this poll, we have real insight into how employers are planning for the world of work once restrictions are lifted. The reality is that two thirds of Ireland’s workforce will see permanent changes in their work practices. That is a massive shift that affects the majority of us.” Remote Working to Spark a Global War for Talent The Sigmar/ AON survey finds that 22% of employees will work full-time remotely. Says Mac Giolla Phádraig: “Remote work is the emerging front of a world war for talent, being fought virtually and our remote workers the spoils of this war. “Ireland is globally recognised as an epicentre of highly skilled and educated workers, making this cohort of employees an attractive proposition for employers from around the world. “There is now global competition for local talent, requiring an arsenal of new methods and systems to compete, as it’s more about hearts and minds than before. “International competition of this cohort of workers will be fierce, effectively opening up a whole world in which 22% of our workforce can work.” The Future is Hybrid 44% of Ireland’s workforce will work hybrid between office and home. 92% will work three or less days in the office. The reality is that many of us will work hybrid between the office and home. Last year we were challenged by the forced dislocation of the workforce from the workplace. This year, however, we will choose how, by whom and where work gets done, which requires deep consideration as we re-architect work over the coming months. This is a critical moment in time for the next generation of work. Says Mac Giolla Phádraig: “ “According to this survey the future is hybrid.”
Sigmar CCO Robert Mac Giolla Phadraig interviewed former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern as part of the "Boston College Ireland Business Council Global Leadership Symposium" which took place on Dec 3rd. This was followed by an interview with former Taoiseach John Bruton, by Dr.Robert Mauro from Global Leadership Institute at Boston College.Both former leaders shared their thoughts on their term in office as well on the current political and economic landscape on issues such as Brexit and the US elections. This exclusive event was attended virtually by over 200 CEOs from both sides of the Atlantic and was the first time the event was held virtually.Born from partnerships formed during Boston College's college football game in Dublin in 2016, the BCIBC has grown to become a key business artery between Ireland and the US. The BCIBC is seen as the EU chapter of Boston College’s CEO Club, the second largest CEO forum in the world, next to WEF in Davos. This is the 6th instalment in our Global Leadership series and to date, we have welcomed over 2000 global CEOs to our bi-annual symposia.Previous speakers have included former heads of state, Ministers, Congressmen; Dermot Desmond, Willie Walsh (CEO of IAG); Denis O'Brien; Mike Mahoney, CEO of Boston Scientific; Pat Ryan, Chairman of AON; Andy McKenna, Chairman of McDonalds, Siobhan Talbot, CEO of Glanbia and Paul Coulson, Chairman of the Ardagh Group.Find our more: www.bostoncollegeirelandbusinesscouncil.com
In an era of digitisation, shifting demographics and corporate citizenship, aligning what truly matters to all cohorts of workers, is critical to accelerating growth. Now, more than ever before, it is crucial for talent leaders to gather to debate and share strategies for how we can adapt, transform and lead to shape the workforce we truly aspire to have.With that, Sigmar Recruitment brough Talent Summit to Eurpoe for the second time this year. After the success of Talent Summit Stockholm, we hosted Talent Summit Berlin on Wednesday 20th November 2019 in the Hilton Berlin. Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, Founder, Talent Summit gave the opening adress to a delegation of 100 which was followed by a morning of 4 keynote's from speakers from different HR backgrounds.08.40 am Digital Readiness: How to Assess the Workforce of the Future Anna Wulf, Consultant, Aon Assessment Solutions09.10 am Targeting Top Talent in Hyper Competitive Market Shaun O'Shea, Head of European Recruitment, Sigmar IT International09.40 am Onboarding to Perform: Unlocking New Hire Potential Andreas Hoeber, Senior People Operations Specialist10.10 am Purpose Driven Change: Global Collaboration for the Benefit of Humankind Veronica Marshall, Director, Human Resources, NASAOverall the event was a huge excess. Thank you to all 100 attendees and everyone who was involved in making the event happen. This was our 5th Talent Summit to host this year and we just want to say thank you to everyone who attended, spoke, sponsored and helped to organise all 5 events. We were delighted to bring Talent Summit to Europe this year for the first time and we can't wait to see what 2020 has in store for Talent Summit
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!