CIPD HR Awards 2018

CIPD HR Awards 2018Collins McNicholas were honoured to attend the CIPD HR Awards in the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge on Friday 16th February last as these awards celebrate and reward outstanding achievements in people management and development, honouring the valuable contribution that HR and L&D make to the success of every organisation.  What a wonderful lunch event it was too giving us an opportunity to meet industry leaders, network with other finalists and the judging panel, meet the lovely Kathryn Thomas who was MC for the event and enjoy a tasty lunch and musical entertainment in a top class setting.  The overall event was kindly sponsored by Sanderson and Irish Times Executive Jobs.   It was evident from the submissions and coverage on the day that all finalists are demonstrating the highest standards of HR and L&D across Ireland.  Collins McNicholas were a finalist in the ‘Embedding a Culture of Workplace Wellbeing’ category which was sponsored by Health Ireland, Department of Health.  This award recognises organisations which place employee well-being centre stage and have embedded a strong culture of workplace well-being ensuring that leadership, culture and people management capability and practices are supportive of employees’ physical and mental well-being at work.  Many organisations have seen such benefit from improved practices including an overall positive impact in the areas of engagement, motivation, team work and performance.  We were delighted to be listed as a finalist in this category along with the other category finalists including Central Bank of Ireland, Lidl Ireland/Lidl Northern Ireland, Musgrave operating Partners Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, Ulster Bank and WALK – congratulations to WALK on being the overall category winner.   Well done to all the companies who entered the CIPD HR Awards from the outset – it is truly refreshing to know that there are so many wonderful HR initiatives coming through from energetic and engaged employees within progressive organisations all over this country which is a testament to the leaders within those organisations who really want to make positive change happen so they cultivate great places for their employees to work.   View all winners on https://www.cipd.ie/events-networks/awards/awards-winners-2018 and well done to Mary Connaughton (Director of CIPD Ireland), Lindy, Deirdre and all of the organising team at CIPD HQ in Dublin.           Michelle Murphy Director Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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Data Protection – The General Data Protection Regulation

The long awaited General Data Protection Regulation is now set to be implemented on the 25th May 2018 across the European Union. The GDPR shall replace the existing Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC which has been in place since 1995 and will have a significant impact for all organisations doing business in Ireland and the EU. The aim of the aforementioned Regulation is to harmonise data protection across Europe and to make businesses more accountable for data privacy compliance. The GDPR will apply to both data controllers and data processors. The implementation of the GDPR introduces new elements and significant enhancements to European Data Protection law which will require detailed consideration by all organisations involved in processing personal data as there will be significant financial penalties for non-compliance. Some of the key changes introduced are as follows:- Consent There will be much stronger rules on consent. The GDPR will require a data subject’s consent to the processing of their personal data to be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous. Reliance on silence, inactivity, or pre-ticked boxes will no longer be sufficient to constitute consent. It is also the case that data subjects will be permitted to withdraw their consent at any time.   Broader Definition of Personal Data The definition of ‘personal data’ is now broadened to include online identifiers, location data, and IP addresses. Also, the term ‘sensitive personal data’ has been broadened to include genetic and biometric data.   Reporting of Data Breaches The GDPR will bring in mandatory breach notifications. All breaches must be reported to the local data protection authority unless the breach is unlikely to...

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How to Get the Most out of Psychometrics in HR

Last Wednesday morning Collins McNicholas in conjunction with the CIPD had the pleasure of co-hosting an event focused on the topical area of Psychometrics in HR. A large crowd gathered at the splendid Maryborough Hotel for a very informative presentation. CIPD Chairperson Margaret Collins began proceedings before introducing Rory Walsh, Regional Manager of CollinsMcNicholas Recruitment & HR Services. Rory gave a brief overview of the organisation and proudly announced that Collins McNicholas had recently been awarded Recruitment Company of the Year by The Cork Business Awards for 2016. Caroline Ward (HR Services Manager) then presented on why companies use psychometrics and how they can be altered to the specific needs of the company, be it within a recruitment process or the development of employees. Caroline also gave an insightful overview of some the most commonly used assessments and how to get the most from psychometrics. The guest speaker on the morning was Ronan Emmett, Head of Learning & Talent Acquisition in Boston Scientific. Ronan gave an interesting insight on how Boston have recently revamped their recruitment process and how psychometrics have played a key part in this journey. Ronan was keen to point out that psychometrics were not solely used with the recruitment process but are also used to identify high potential and assisting with the personal development of their employees. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the event and the CIPD for giving us the opportunity to discuss the growing importance of Psychometrics in HR. Please find the link below with podcast and presentation slides on the CIPD website. http://www.cipd.co.uk/global/europe/ireland/about/southern-psychometrics-2016-slides.aspx If you have any...

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2016 CIPD National Conference in Croke Park, Dublin

Members of the Collins McNicholas team had the pleasure of attending the CIPD National Conference in Croke Park, Dublin last week. We had the opportunity to hear about best practice, research and case studies in the area of Wellbeing and Neuroscience, as well as network with HR professionals from around Ireland. Speakers included Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Julian Yarr of A&L Goodbody and representatives of Bord Gais and Mercer. Top 5 pointers regarding wellbeing and engagement to take back to the office: Focus on quality, rather than quantity of time spent at work – “presenteeism” is as worrying an issue as absenteeism. Expectations are changing – employees now expect flexibility, understanding and openness from their organisation – and it is vital that organisations change to meet these expectations. Emotional Intelligence or empathy is set to be the most sought after qualities in leaders. Wellness initiatives are accessible for all organisations – often changes can be introduced for little or no cost. Fitness of mind is closely connected to physical health and fitness – stay hydrated, exercise for 20 minutes every day, get 7-8 hours’ sleep per night and try to avoid stress. Caroline Ward HR Services Manager Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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How to Get the Most Out of Psychometrics in HR – CIPD Mid West Event Recap

The Mid West CIPD recently held a business seminar, which was attended by a large number of HR professionals across the Mid West, in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick. This event focused on the topic, “How to Get the Most Out of Psychometrics in HR.” Chairperson Caroline Holmes introduced the event by acknowledging the value psychometrics bring to various areas of HR, including both recruitment and selection processes, and learning and development. This event was sponsored by Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Group. The guest speaker was Caroline Ward, HR Services Manager for Collins McNicholas, who is responsible for designing and providing Assessment Centres, Development Centres and Recruitment Process Outsourcing Services for a wide range of clients with Collins McNicholas. Caroline’s informative presentation, which was further enhanced with a case study analysis, discussed: How psychometric assessment adds value to the HR function. Which psychometric assessments are suitable for use in particular circumstances. What factors you should consider when choosing a psychometric tool. If you  are interested in learning more about psychometric assessments please follow the link: https://www.collinsmcnicholas.ie/types-of-assessment/ You can contact Caroline Ward via:...

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CIPD Western Region launch their Programme of Events for 2015/2016

CIPD Western Region’s programme launch and first event of their 24th year in operation was coincidently held on the 24th of September 2015, in the Clayton Hotel Galway and was very proudly sponsored by Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group. As always attendees were greeted warmly by committee members, with 13 volunteers comprising the hard working backbone of the organisation for the year with Goda Faherty filling the post of CIPD Western Region Honorary Chair. There was an abundance of people in attendance both new and old faces, with great attendance and interaction from students hoping to pursue a successful career in HR. After light refreshments and some networking we got down to the main event (after getting some extra chairs!): How to get the most out of Psychometrics in HR. Two very insightful and experienced speakers, namely Dr Teresa O’Hara from Athlone Institute of Technology and Caroline Ward from Collins McNicholas gave a seamless presentation looking at both practice and research within the area of Psychometric testing. They educated us in the areas of psychometrics for Training and Development, and Recruitment and Selection respectively. Dr. O’Hara showed how psychometrics can be a great tool to encourage conversation about an employee’s strengths and identify areas which may need some development; how it can be a great instrument to show team dynamics – highlighting which roles an individual takes in a group, what will make them work successfully and what could be their drawbacks. Caroline Ward showed us some interesting case studies on assessment centres where candidates had to partake in a series of tasks such as verbal ability...

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