One Region, One Vision Event – What 2018 Holds for The West of Ireland

One Region, One Vision Event – What 2018 Holds for The West of IrelandOn Tuesday last, September 28th, the Salthill Hotel in Galway was host to a spectacular event on the prospects of 2018 for The West of Ireland. Organised by The North-West Regional Assembly, the event attracted a huge crowd and had to be moved to larger room in the venue in order to cater for all guests. Speaking along with myself were many talented entrepreneurs acting as role models for ambitious business people in The West of Ireland, namely Harry Hughes (Portwest), Adrian Weckler (Independent Newspapers), Dr. John Breslin (NUIG) and Mary Rodgers (Portershed), and each guest offered unique experiences, views and ideas. Reflecting on the afternoon and remembering what each speaker had to say I noted a number of key points that stuck with me. Here are my top takeaways from the event: The West is a very excellent showcase of wonderful entrepreneurs e.g. Harry Hughes, Pat McDonagh, Evelyn O’Toole, Barry O’Sullivan and many others – so there is so much to learn from the start-ups that have been successful in the region. Collaboration of all the support organisations is so important to encourage entrepreneurship in the regions – this was echoed by so many of the participants on the day. Our colleges are playing a major part in listening to what the companies need regarding skills and are devising courses to grow talent in these areas – much work done but more work is needed as the jobs of tomorrow are changing rapidly. The encouragement of entrepreneurship should be encouraged at an early age and nurtured during secondary schools so students are well versed about the possibility of starting their own company in the future. It is a very real opportunity for those who have the characteristics to make it happen. Ireland is still lagging behind in the EU when it comes to our start-up birth rate – we are now the 2nd lowest in the EU – that needs to change dramatically! ‘Out of adversity there is opportunity’ something Harry Hughes mentioned during his presentation – you need to be ready to take the necessary risks to move forward in order to capitalise on opportunity. Entrepreneurs should not be afraid to sell their vision in order to find top talent to join them and never underestimate the ‘candidate experience’ when they apply to your company for a job. That experience will be the deciding factor for the candidate when choosing their preferred employer. There is endless potential in The West and North West of Ireland. 2018 holds an opportunity for us all to reach that potential together as One Region – fully unified, sharing experiences, guiding those who need assistance to get off the ground successfully.   There is no doubt about the entrepreneurial spirit and talent here, now we must encourage confidence in that ability and collaborate to make our region go from great to awesome.           Michelle Murphy Director Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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How do I cope with the gaps left by staff going sick at short notice in my small team?

Question: I manage a small team in an accountancy firm. As you can imagine, this is a busy time of the year for us, but it is the time when people end up going off sick, with flu and other illnesses. It can be devastating to a small team, especially when someone phones in sick in the morning. Can you give me advice on getting cover at short notice and on how to plan for this in the future? Answer: Absence can be disruptive at work, particularly when a team is already stretched. It is important to consider both the solutions and the underlying causes in the short, medium and long term, from a tactical and strategic perspective. Analyse the data While it comes naturally to you to analyse data in your day-to-day role, perhaps you have not done the same regarding this issue. Based on the attendance data for last year, it may be possible to identify days when absences are most likely. For example, is there an increased level of absence on certain days of the week, or following particularly busy periods? Having access to this information may allow you to take a more strategic approach to your contingency worker solutions. Improve reporting At a tactical level, it may be useful to review the process by which employees notify you of an absence. The sooner you are aware of an issue, the better equipped you are to deal with the gap. Requesting employees to contact HR or their manager prior to the commencement of the working day is unlikely to have a negative impact upon the ill...

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Preparing Your Team to Cope While You Take Extended Paternity Leave

Question: I am a senior manager at an engineering firm heading a team of six. My wife is due to give birth to our first baby and I want to take time off when the baby comes. However, I’m worried about missing too much time at work and not being around to support my junior team members. How can I prepare them to work efficiently and confidently while I take extended paternity leave? Answer: Firstly, congratulations on the impending arrival of the new addition to your family – an exciting time for you. You do need to be able to have confidence that your team will continue to work effectively while you are away. Employees need guidance but also need to be empowered to make the decisions necessary to be productive, and carry out their duties, when their manager is not present. This is what you need to work on now. Managers will say they want to empower their employees, but few actually do. This can be the result of a lack of trust on behalf of the manager who may think that the employees will not perform equally as well when they are not there or fear that employees will become too independent. Some managers fear that if they let the power go, then they may not be required any longer. On the other hand, many employees are afraid to take on added responsibility and be held accountable for their decisions. Empowering employees requires a great deal of trust by a manager – they must be willing to hand over the decision-making process, and elements of a task or...

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Collins McNicholas Host Networking Event in Eindhoven

On the 7th of September 2017, Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group hosted a successful Irish networking event in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Over the past decade we have placed over 300 engineers in The Netherlands, so the purpose of the event was to bring the Irish community in Eindhoven and surrounding areas together to celebrate the success of all our placements in the region, to check their progress since moving out there and ultimately to encourage them to network with each other and strengthen the Irish community there. The event was held in the surreal setting of PSV Eindhoven’s Philips Stadium, where we had access to the dressing rooms, warm-up area and pitch-side. The dressing rooms presented an ideal atmosphere for everyone to get to know each other over some finger food and drinks on the house, and the feedback from those who attended was extremely positive. The evening began with introductions and complimentary snacks. The atmosphere was very casual and allowed us all to get to know each other, and the staff in the arena were exceptional. As the night moved on we raffled off two-tickets for the All-Ireland Football Final, which went down extremely well with our guests needless to say, before concluding with some words of thanks. It was refreshing to learn that all the people we have helped to place in The Netherlands have been treated brilliantly out there and settled in quickly. If you would be interested in a move to The Netherlands check out our webpage www.collinsmcnicholas.ie/netherlands or get in touch with us today.                ...

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