Great Places to Work Event 2018

Great Places to Work Event 2018  What a night at the Great Places to Work Event! Over 900 attendees this year which is a record and The Clayton Hotel Burlington Road deserve great credit for running a smooth operation ensuring everyone was well looked after as always. The brilliant Camembert Quartet, house band of the Late Late Show, entertained us for the night and kept the proceedings moving along while John Ryan, CEO of GPTW, was excellent once again as the MC for the evening. There were guest appearances from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar whose speech was very entertaining – perhaps we will see The Dáil entering GPTW next year! And Mark McCabe had everyone on their feet singing and dancing along to Maniac 2000! We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as a Great Place to Work for the fourth year in a row. Achieving fourth Best Small Workplace in Ireland – up from ninth the previous year – is something we are very proud of. We had a great night of celebrations with colleagues from each of our six offices nationwide  – all of whom are members of our Culture Team. The Culture team have been instrumental in planning and rolling out various health and wellbeing initiatives throughout the year and 2018 has already seen our culture team develop our calendar of events and initiatives for the year and choosing our new charity partner ‘Jigsaw’. Well done to all the companies who achieved the status of Great Place to Work in 2018 in particular to Abbvie on the fantastic achievement of number one Best Large Company in Ireland.           If you would like to join the Collins McNicholas team, visit our website today and see our current vacancies. We have offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Athlone and are always interested in accepting applications for new team members!           Antoinette O’Flaherty Director Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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CIPD HR Awards 2018

Collins 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....

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How can I earn respect from older staff members in my first job as a senior manager?

  Question  I have just taken on my first senior management role, after moving to another engineering firm. I am really enjoying the role. However, I’m in my 30s and a lot of the staff that I manage are older and have been with the company for longer than I have. Some of these staff members don’t always follow my instructions. What is the best way to earn the respect of these more seasoned workers? Answer  This is an all-too-frequent issue that can arise when you join a new team where the members are older than the manager. But it also commonly occurs where a team member is promoted within their team to team leader. The key to becoming a successful leader is gaining trust and ensuring that you develop a leadership style that matches both you and your team. But the reality is that no one size fits all in these cases. The most common mistake someone can make when taking on a leadership role is trying to make too large an impact in too short a space of time. While this can bear some immediate results, these can be short-term gains and result in longer-term pain of disengaged employees and in turn reduced productivity. While there is no magic solution to change things overnight, there are some steps, below, which you can take to gain trust and buy-in from your team. But, don’t forget that it is important you start with your end goal in mind. You need to be clear and concise as to what you want your team to achieve, implement processes to facilitate this...

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Collins McNicholas Galway Team Welcomes New Team Leaders!

  Collins McNicholas Galway welcomes the appointment of Eoghan Curtin and promotion of Christopher O’Toole to Team Leaders! Eoghan is a highly experienced Account Manager with 12 years recruitment experience across all industry sectors with multiple agencies in Ireland, Canada & Switzerland. A native of Bushypark, Galway, Eoghan holds a Masters of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from NUIG and is currently completing a degree in Data Science and studying French and German to a professional level. Christopher O’Toole has received a promotion to Principal Consultant Team Leader to manage the Technical Engineering Division within the Galway office. Christopher is an experienced Account Manager having grown within Collins McNicholas from Junior Recruitment Consultant to Principal Team Lead within 5 years. During that time, he has had ample success, particularly in recruiting for specialist Engineering and Scientific roles for a range of clients. Prior to joining Collins McNicholas, Christopher spent a number of years working in the recruitment industry in Dublin.  A native of Oughterard Co. Galway, Christopher is a graduate of NUIG having obtained an honours degree in 2011.           Michelle Murphy Director Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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Our Pieta House Partnership

Collins McNicholas were honoured to make a donation to Pieta House last week at our annual Company Planning & Development Day, held this year in The Johnstown Estate, Enfield. We have partnered with Pieta House for the last 5 years as part of our CSR strategy, and each year we have made efforts throughout each of our offices to raise funds for their important work. Tom McEvoy joined us to accept the cheque on behalf of Pieta house, which was founded by Senator Joan Freeman in 2006, and it has been truly fulfilling to support their work and we encourage others to do the same. This year’s donation was made up from funds collected at coffee mornings held, quiz nights hosted and staff donations. Over the years, we have held numerous events and challenges in aid of Pieta House, such as our 250km run in 2015. Pieta House provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress & those who engage in self-harm. They now have 15 offices located nationwide and their contact details can be found here.           Niall Murray Managing Director Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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Guest Blog: Why I Love Limerick!

(Robbie Thackaberry, centre, with Jennifer O’Gorman, Recruitment Consultant from our Limerick office, and David Fitzgibbon, our Midwest Regional Manager) Robbie Thackaberry Logistics Project Management, Dell Limerick My girlfriend and I relocated to the Mid-West in 2016, and have recently bought a house in Limerick. Louise and I met when we were both doing a Masters course in Project Management in UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School from 2014 – 2015. It was a classmate who set the seed for a move to Limerick. She was already working in Dell Limerick and offered a great insight into both the company and lifestyle. Luckily, having been referred, we were both offered positions in the company, starting on the same day in February 2016. I have always lived in Clondalkin, Dublin, apart from one year in London, so the move to the Mid-West is a nice change of scenery. I originally studied my undergrad in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College from 2003 to 2007. Over the years, I have changed careers a few times from Engineering to Event Management and now Logistics Project Management. Having returned from London in 2010, I took what was intended to be a part-time role in an Event Management company in Dublin. This quickly turned into a full management position, which I held for four years. Over this time, I managed hundreds of projects and events across a portfolio of clients. While fast-paced and exciting, event management is very demanding. Working 60-plus hours a week is hard to sustain in the long term.  Also, it was a smaller company with a career ceiling. As I...

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