HR Symposium 2020 - Acquiring & Retaining Top Talent
One of the few things we can definitely be certain about is that Brexit has brought uncertainty. There may be a recession, there may not, regardless of the outcome.
In a recession, you need to retain your best people to survive and, hopefully, thrive.
During the current times of almost full employment in Ireland, you need to acquire the best people in the face of stiff competition and a short supply of labour because there will be a higher turnover of staff.
That should come as no surprise - statistically speaking, the top 10% of your people will be approached by the competition during a recession and the top 60% will be approached during full employment.
This event on 25th March 2020 at the Red Cow Moran Hotel, held in association with Eversheds Sutherland, provides practical advice, examples and options for acquiring and retaining top talent, regardless of the economic outlook.
We’re currently finalising the programme but current sessions and takeaways include:
- In Brief: Legal-Island’s Annual Review of Employment Law Refresher Session: Takeaway: Comprehensive notes and key points on the big employment law developments you need to know.
- Talent Retention and Development: Takeaway: A checklist of practical flexible options and a list of organisations that can help you achieve a more flexible working environment that will help you attract and retain staff.
- How to Become (and Remain) a Trusted Employer: Takeaway: A checklist of recommended actions based on empirical evidence.
- Ready to Resume Programme: Takeaway: A template for consideration should you wish to create your own scheme to re-engage currently inactive knowledge workers.
- Top Performers: Performance Conversations and Motivation of Millennials: Takeaway: Template checklist of options, questions, suggestions and coaching techniques that equip managers with tools to motivate staff, particularly Millennials.
- Culture Change Takeaway: Case studies on transforming an organisation’s culture and improving performance
- Flexible Working: New Cross-sector Guidance and Toolkits: Takeaway: Detailed notes on the CIPD's guidance and toolkits and recommendations for creating a flexible and inclusive workplace.
- Mary Connaughton, CIPD Ireland Director
- Mary Lynch, Senior Consultant, OMT Global
- Edwin O’Hora, founder, OHORA Consulting
- Michelle Halloran, Director, Human Resource Management Services
- Jim Norris, Senior HRM Allstate NI
- Karen O’Reilly, founder, employmum.ie and employflex.ie
- Joanne Hyde, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Who should attend?
This event is for HR practitioners who wish to gain practical advice from experts on managing a wide range of complex and topical workplace issues in line with current employment legislation and best practice HR.
When and where?
9.15am – 4.30pm on Wednesday 25th March 2019
Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin
Early Bird Rate: €395 (deadline Friday 14th February)
Standard Rate: €495
In association with:
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"Speakers were engaging and topics fresh"
Ciara Carty, HR and Employee Relations Specialist, Nursing Homes Ireland
"All information relevant and well organised"
Lorraine Rossiter, HR Manager, Grassland Agro
"The speakers did not speak for too long, helped keep the crowd engaged all day"
Rose Hyde, HR Assistant, Munster Rugby
"Extremely well planned out and excellent topics. Really enjoyed Dr Gerry McMahon's session and he is someone I would feel very confident to reach out if needed in work matters for 3rd party advice. I felt the topics were of a very very high level."
Blathnaid Carolan, Head of HR, Liferay
"Found the event overall very informative Good choice of issues covered."
Moira Haslam, Admin Manager, Fórsa Trade Union
Super event really well run and excellent speakers. I'd highly recommend it."
Gráinne Gibbons, HR Specialist, The Anne Sullivan Centre
Edwin O'Hora Principal Consultant & Owner
As Owner and Principal Consultant, Edwin holds over 12 years’ top level experience in senior HR management and executive HR leadership roles spanning the Distribution, Pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors.
Mary Lynch Senior Consultant
Former HR Director with a large Medical Devices manufacturer, Mary is a highly skilled and dynamic organisational development consultant and business coach.
She has extensive experience working with Senior leaders in a wide variety of Corporate, SME, public, private and third sector organisations across Ireland, Europe and the US in the areas of:
• Diversity & Inclusion
• Culture diagnostic and road mapping
• Talent Management
• Facilitation of team dynamics: Top management teams
• HR Consultancy
• Large group facilitation
Joanne Hyde Partner
Joanne is a pragmatic and business-focused employment lawyer.
Her experience as an in-house employment lawyer for Intel Corporation, one of Ireland’s leading multi-national employers has given her a strong insight into the HR concerns and complexities facing clients. In addition, Joanne has many years’ experience advising both international and indigenous clients on a wide range of employment and industrial relations issues. Her comprehensive experience includes advising on employment law challenges arising from commercial transactions, employment disputes and litigation as well as providing strategic and proactive advice on HR issues.
Mary Connaughton Director
Mary is the Director of CIPD Ireland where she works on the growth, development and contribution of the HR profession in Ireland. With 6,000 members in Ireland, CIPD works on championing better work and working lives in a complex changing world. Mary represents the HR profession at the European Association of People Management and is on the Boards of the Public Appointments Service and the Retirement Planning Council.
Michelle Halloran Trainer
Human Resource Management Services
Michelle Halloran is an experienced Human Resource Management professional providing training and consultancy services to organisations nationwide, in the Public and Private sector. She has spent a long career originally in executive and general management roles, then specialising in Human Resources management in Ireland, the UK and Europe, across various sectors including investment banking, information technology, manufacturing and services plus some time in the public sector, before starting her own HR consultancy business 12 years ago. Her key areas of expertise are in workplace investigations, disciplinary and performance management and employee relations, and the practical application of employment law in a HR context.
Karen O'Reilly Founder
Karen is the founder of Employmum a flexible recruitment agency with offices in Cork and Limerick ( and soon Dublin). Employmum are experts in helping companies implement flexible work strategies and finding flexible work for our candidates. A qualified ACCA accountant Karen moved back to West Cork after 20 years living abroad and loving being at the forefront of the #flexiblework revolution. Karen has an extensive knowledge of business having previously owned property consultancy Bidsinfrance in the South of France and The French Tour Co.