Archives for July 2017 | Collins McNicholas

Company Day Out in Limerick

Company Day Out in LimerickCollins McNicholas recently had its annual company day in Limerick city. Every year the entire company gets together to have some fun, meet the newest members of our team and catch up on what is happening in the company. We choose a different location each summer, last year it was Killaloe, and everyone was delighted to find out we would be going to Limerick this year. Limerick has tonnes of interesting things to see and do, great accommodation options and the people are terrific. Our day started bright and early when we took part in the launch of the Mid-West Relocation Survey, along with our partners in the Limerick Chamber of Commerce, Limerick City & County Council and IDA Ireland. The survey was a remarkable success. It highlights the vibrancy of the local communities, not just in Limerick but throughout the Mid-West region. Lots of people are relocating to take advantage of the many job opportunities that have appeared because of the regions rapid growth in the last few years. IDA Ireland sited it as the fastest growing region for FDI in the country. Multinational companies are recognising the many advantages of setting up a facility in Limerick, with its large pool of graduates from the University of Limerick, and the overall cost-competitiveness of the region. Recent investments include Regeneron, Element Six, Northern Trust, and Uber, to name a few. That afternoon, following the success of the survey launch, we had a beautiful lunch at the Strand Hotel, where we also stayed that night, before proceeding to the Milk Market for a series of games organised by Get West. The highlight of the afternoon was tag archery. For anyone that hasn’t played, you are divided into teams and your team gets points for every opposing player you hit with an arrow and for every arrow of theirs that you catch. Needless to say, it got quite competitive by the time it was over. After that we went on a Treasure Hunt around Limerick city. This was again organised by Get West and it involved downloading an app that guided you to clues around the city that you then had to solve. It takes about an hour and is a really great way to get to know the city. We finished at the Curragower bar for a delicious, and well-earned, BBQ. Limerick is definitely a city on the rise. From an economic standpoint, it has seen lots of investment over the last few years and everyone from the local Chamber of Commerce to Limerick City & County Council, not to mention Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, have put in a tremendous amount of work to make Limerick the attractive destination it has become. Whether you are a business looking to invest, or a family thinking about relocating, the Mid-West region has much to offer.             Niall Murray Managing Director Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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How to Change Culture, Deliver an ‘Out of Office’ Message and Reclaim Time For Yourself

Question: I am a manager in a high-paced media company. While I enjoy my job, the pressure is relentless. There are just not enough hours in the day to get all the work done and even when I get home, there is the pressure to be ‘always on’ and answer emails right up to bedtime. There is never a chance to recharge the batteries and I am in danger of burning out. How can I carve out some ‘me time’ without coming across to my bosses as being unavailable?   Answer: We will spend a third of our life working and that does not include the extra hours we clock up between overtime, skipped lunches and answering emails after hours. Many employees feel compelled to put in that extra time to impress their employers, while others feel their company culture encourages working outside of office hours so the pressure is there to be ‘switched on’ constantly. In this fast-living environment many feel there are just not enough hours in the day for ‘me time’. It is very easy for the needs of the business to spill over into your personal time and you end up prioritising work over other parts of your life. Many organisations may overload employees, contacting them outside of business hours and making last-minute requests. Often the employees and managers feel the need to put in the extra hours to deal with these demands – arrive early, stay late, come in at the weekends and have the mobile and laptop ready to respond 24/7. But the reality is you cannot be available 24/7 and you should...

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Half-Way Point Shows Positive Employment Trends for 2017

Collins McNicholas has seen a 6% growth in registered job vacancies in the first half of 2017 compared with the first half of 2016. The number of candidates registered with Collins McNicholas is up by 24% in the same period. The growth in jobs shows a buoyant job market with candidates willing to switch jobs to take advantage of more promising opportunities. Collins McNicholas opened its Limerick office in February this year and that has partly contributed to the increase in candidates. However, candidates have more confidence in the job market now and they are seeing lots of opportunities out there. The unemployment rate for June 2017 was 6.3%, down from 6.7% in January 2017 and down from 8.3% in June 2016. The government expects the unemployment rate to fall below 5% next year. Brexit offers both a challenge and an opportunity with more companies in the UK considering relocating to Ireland. Foreign investment has continued to grow and IDA Ireland has reported a comparable financial investment from FDI as in 2016 but with a greater number of jobs being created. Job announcements from FDI approvals have risen from 9,000 in the first half of 2016 to 11,000 in 2017. Announcements from Microsoft of 600 jobs, and Zendesk of 500, show the demand for technology professionals is still growing strong. Financial services and life sciences continue to perform well – Northern trust announced 400 jobs for its Limerick office and MSD announced 330 jobs for its Carlow and Cork sites. Niall Murray, Managing Director of Collins McNicholas, commented on the labour market by saying, ‘it has been a very...

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I Need a Plan of Action to Help Boost Morale and Enthusiasm Among My Flagging Team

  Question: I am a manager in a software company and feel that the team is lacking in morale and general enthusiasm. I want to motivate them and am thinking I need to spend more time planning career development options for the team. Do you have any tips for me that I can put in place in order to focus on career plans for the team and rebuild the morale?   Answer: Motivation is a constant juggling act for managers and company leaders – your team may have the expertise you need but if they are not motivated, you are not going to get the best from them. When the team is motivated, there is a flow in the work process, there is positivity in the air and people look forward to coming into work. Motivated people are highly adaptable, open to change and always project a positive attitude at work. They speak highly of the organisation, which builds the brand and reputation, have less absenteeism, work with a sense of urgency and really want to increase their performance to ensure the organisation reaches their objectives. There is a difference between extrinsic motivation (salary, bonuses, time off) and intrinsic motivation (personal desire to achieve, career development, promotion opportunities, challenging projects, etc.) Sometimes companies feel the extrinsic motivators are the key drivers when more often than not intrinsic motivators are more important. Every team member will be different so it is important to get to know your people. Your team needs to know you are investing in their careers so a review of company policy on career development is imperative....

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Career opportunities, a better quality of life and lower cost of living is attracting top talent to the Mid-West

              Half of all professionals move to Mid-West for career opportunities – new survey shows 93% of respondents happy with their relocation Seven out of ten have a quicker commute  – with almost two-thirds under 20 minutes A better quality of life, career opportunities, shorter commutes, less traffic, and lower property prices and living costs – these are the main reasons why highly-skilled professionals say they have made the move to the Mid-West. The Mid-West Relocation Survey, which is being launched in Limerick this morning, reveals that the Mid-West is fast becoming a destination of choice for top talent. The survey was carried out by National Recruitment & HR Services Group Collins McNicholas, in conjunction with Limerick Chamber. Collins McNicholas opened a Limerick office to service the Mid-West region in February of this year. More than 93% of those surveyed said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their relocation.  Almost three-quarters (72%) say they now have a better balance between their working and home lives. Some 70% now have a quicker commute to work since relocating to the Mid-West – with nine out of ten people having a commute that is less than 40 minutes. Some 61% now have a commute of less than 20 minutes. Interestingly while 45% of those who moved back were originally from the Mid-West region, some 42% relocated from outside of Ireland. When asked about the factors which influenced their move to the Mid-West, 88% cited a better quality of life while two-thirds referenced a reduced cost of living. The other main reasons given were: lower property...

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