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HR Search’s Guide to Remote Recruiting & Onboarding

By |2020-05-06T17:03:19+01:00May 5th, 2020|HR, Remote Working, Uncategorized|

  Everyone in the world is getting a crash course in working from home now but this is underpinned by a greater business challenge, that of Business Continuity. Initially, for most organisations, the Covid 19 pandemic triggered a hiring freeze and even hiring processes which were mid-way or close to closure were put on hold. However, here in HR Search we are working closely with our client partners and candidates to keep the recruitment assignments moving forward and together we are embarking on an interesting collaborative journey indeed. HR Search has gained real insights from our client partners on how they are making this remote interviewing and on-boarding happen and we wanted to share these with you to help show how it can work. If you would like a full copy of the case studies please get in touch with with us here. Hopefully it will help you navigate through the uncertainty of Covid-19. It may also be an opportunity to trial, what might become the new normal. We hope you find it useful!   Niamh & Jess | HR Search Case study findings The most surprising thing for me is the speed of the hiring process from shortlisting, interviewing and job offers! Some previous recruitment projects would have taken 6-8 weeks and beyond, but we have in recent hires, reduced that to 3 and 4 weeks. What systems are HR using to recruit & onboard? We also see our successful hires joining organisations remotely, getting an opportunity to understand the policies, structures and culture at the outset and [...]

Is your Company Ghosting Candidates?

By |2018-10-11T16:51:56+01:00October 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I work with both passive and active candidates on the market, at different levels and junctures of their careers. As part of my role on a weekly basis I must regret candidates when they have been unsuccessful after interview. These calls are never enjoyable; some people are pragmatic, some disappointed, but generally all are happy to close out on a process and get some feedback. Unfortunately, “candidate ghosting” is still a regular occurrence, and by this I mean candidates who have attended an interview and then hear nothing following their meeting from the employer or the recruiter. On a personal level, I think we can all sympathize with the frustration and bad-will that develops when an interviewer doesn’t follow through with any sort of feedback following a meeting. From having the birds eye perspective on the market, across many industries and companies, I get to hear and see the brand damage that this does to a company when it happens. I do understand that recruiters and hiring managers don’t do this on purpose, and there are many cogs in the wheel that delays or confuses processes, leading to an “ostrich in the sand” mentality of just doing nothing.   These challenges are most commonly: High volume of interviews Lack of systems or controls in place Company cultures that don’t properly value the time invested by candidates Chasing line/ hiring managers for feedback Changing internal structures or the job itself Other priority roles taking over Lack of decision at senior level   However, as a business if you can find [...]

How Disruptive is your HR Team?

By |2018-10-11T16:07:27+01:00October 9th, 2018|HR, Uncategorized|

I was lucky enough to attend the latest DisruptHR event last night, hosted by Arthur Cox in their fabulous Dublin offices. For those of you who are unfamiliar with DisruptHR, it is “an information exchange designed to energise, inform and empower leaders who are passionate about talent”, and last night certainly lived up to that, as I came away with a bucket full of golden nuggets. DisruptHR events have taken place in 86 cities so far, and was the second time it hit the Emerald Isle. As the title suggests, the aim is to be disruptive and challenge to status quo. Therefore, the format of the evening is somewhat disruptive, with 12 speakers each allowed 5 minutes to present on the topic of their choice. It is a fun and different way to keep the audience captivated and interested, compared to those drawn out talks we have all been to! All of the speakers have been recognised in their fields and it truly was a treat to hear them speak so passionately about HR and to be in the same room as such thought leaders. It would be hard (and boring for you) to comment on every speaker, but there were three speakers who’s topics resonated with me the most and who spoke about areas that every HR team/ professional should take on board. Firstly, Clint Clarkson, Founder & Managing Partner of eLearning Alchemy Ltd., presented on his topic titled; Training Guru Says…. During his five minutes, Clint spoke about how your training department can stop being seen as just [...]

Guinness for a Monday – thanks to ConsenSys Ireland

By |2018-07-02T13:58:08+01:00June 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

So I have of course heard all the buzz words – crypto currency, bitcoin, blockchain etc., however yesterday was an education in itself to attend the launch of ConsenSys Ireland with Kerri & Adrian, and to hear Joe Lubin, Lory Kehoe, Kean Gilbert, Sydney Lai and the rest of the team speak about the company and their work. If I was to attempt a brief explanation; ConsenSys is part of the Ethereum family blockchain with the aim to be “the new internet”. Ethereum is the base – a type of opensource blockchain ecosystem that can easily plug into an area of relevance and unlock value through creative thinking. Fantastically exciting stuff. ConsenSys was founded by Joseph Lubin, who also co-founded the Swiss-based Ethereum cryptocurrency, was fantastic to listen to – my favourite part being when he mentioned that Satoshi (anonymous creator of Bitcoin) is in fact a woman! It was as surely an evening of learning, (as well as Guinness) and the energy and excitement in the room was palpable –a sense of looking at what very well may be the future. If things work out in some form of what was described, blockchain will become part of our everyday and we won’t imagine a world without it (similar to pre-internet or pre mobile phone)! Minister Paschal Donohoe spoke about how this is fully government backed and highlighted how proud we should be that Dublin has been chosen as a growth hub, progressive and developed in terms of tech talent. The turnout of some three hundred people was a glowing indication of the the interest people hold in this [...]

HR does not have to be your friend to be effective.

By |2018-07-02T13:57:01+01:00May 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

“HR does not have to be your friend to be effective,” explained David Ulrich who was speaking at the CIPD conference held in Croke Park last week. A very interesting and topical quote that seems to resonate throughout the HR market. Read more here. During his talk, Ulrich pointed out that there are two things that HR should focus on: commitment to employee well-being and organisational success. It isn’t just about having one or the other, as without both the company will likely collapse. Without employee happiness, they don’t have dedication and without success within the business there would be no place to work. Having recently joined HR Search, I have viewed the HR industry with fresh eyes. Before starting, I, like many, would have believed the certain (somewhat negative) connotations associated with HR. People might think that HR only has the company and management’s interests in mind or that there is too much politics associated with HR. However, having met with a number of professionals who work within HR over the last couple of months, one thing that has echoed throughout each meeting is the complete dedication they have to their employee’s well-being. Yes, I have met with a number of different personalities, from the more softer and endearing to a more straight talking type of HR professional. This is a mere observation as to why HR may be viewed as “the big bad wolf” but what is essential is that all types of HR professionals essentially have placed your well-being at the top of their list. Long gone are [...]

Compensation and Benefits – All about the Carrot, not the Stick!

By |2018-07-02T14:30:12+01:00April 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

To understand the whole area of Compensation and Benefits (C&B) you really need to understand the evolution of administrative and passive “Personnel Management department” to a more dynamic and specialised “Human Resource Management” team. With increased free market competition at global level, the proliferation of technology and knowledge-based industries, Human Resource Management has become a critical function of most large organisations.The Human Resources team has evolved one stage further - If you review larger companies you will find that they are typically divided into three sub-divisions: HR business partners (HRBPs), HR centers of excellence, and HR shared services.C&B is one such center of excellence and is being given an increasing amount of attention and with good reason! And what exactly is C&B? As a sub division of HR, C&B it is focused on employee compensation and benefits policy-making. While compensation and benefits are tangible, there are intangible rewards such as recognition, work-life and development. Combined, these are referred to as total rewards. Employee compensation and benefits are divided into four basic categories: Guaranteed pay – a fixed monetary reward paid by an employer to an employee. The most common form of guaranteed pay is base salary. Guaranteed pay also includes cash allowances (housing allowance, transport allowance, etc.), differentials (shift differentials, holiday differentials) and premiums (overtime, night shift, etc.) Variable pay – a non-fixed monetary reward paid by an employer to an employee that is contingent on discretion, performance, or results achieved. The most common forms of variable pay are bonuses and incentives Benefits – programs an employer uses to supplement employees’ compensation, such as paid time-off, [...]

How not to conduct an Interview!

By |2018-07-02T14:30:22+01:00April 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

One morning last week, I sat drinking a coffee in a well-known County Dublin hotel preparing for a client meeting that I was attending around the corner. It was early, and the place was relatively empty, and I worked away on my preparation. Shortly after, two tables of two people arrived. I quickly worked out that one was an interview and the other was two colleagues from a nearby company having an early morning chat. Whilst you might think that voices do not travel – they most certainly do! Both conversations were fully audible! The first table of 2 was conducting a first round interview and I heard significant background and details of both parties and their employers. The second table was discussing an employee in detail – how inappropriately they dress coming into work every day and what should be done about it. As someone who regularly interviews off-site, I walked away that morning making a commitment to myself as follows: I would encourage people to come into our lovely, private offices as much as possible I would book a room for meetings if interviewing off-site, particularly if more than one meeting I would find an appropriate venue for off-site interviews and ask hotel staff to point me to a quiet, tucked away area where I cannot be overheard Keep my voice down and be cognizant of the fact that a lot of sensitive, private information is about to be discussed This all seems very basic, but as someone who has been interviewing for a long time, it [...]

What to expect when you’re not expecting? A young professionals take on preparing for Mat Leave.

By |2018-07-02T13:59:24+01:00March 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

As you may have seen over the last week, HR Search were very proud to have partnered with and sponsored an event in conjunction with the DCU Leadership & Talent Institute. The aim of the event was to showcase the incredible research carried out by DCU on the topic of Women Returning to Work after Maternity Leave, very topical as you may know.     The research uncovered both the positive and negative stories people have encountered, throughout the numerous interviews and surveys DCU conducted with the participants of the research. Two very positive stories that were revealed on the day were that of Ita Langton and Bernie O’Connor. Ita herself spoke about her personal journey and how she was promoted to Partner with Deloitte while on Maternity leave (I still find this amazing). The second story came from the employers point of view, and Bernie discussed the incredible programme ESB has in place for women preparing for and currently on maternity leave. She discussed the importance of such programmes, particularly in ESB who have a 76% male workforce.   From a young professionals point of view, this got me thinking. While I am currently not at that stage in my life, it definitely struck a chord with me. It made me realise the importance of truly understanding the policies and culture in place in organisations regarding maternity leave, from a personal and candidates point of view. By understanding an employers stance on maternity leave and the programmes and initiatives in place for women, could potentially impact positively or negatively on [...]

How to make it work post Mat Leave..

By |2018-07-02T13:59:50+01:00March 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

  HR Search sponsored and collaborated with the DCU Leadership and Talent Institute who undertook a large qualitative study focused on the barriers and enablers that impact re-integration into the work place post Mat leave. This research was led by Yseult Freeney, David Collings and Lisa van der Werff who started by surveying over 300 women and who interviewed over 90 people across 30 industry leading organisations – a huge undertaking! We launched the findings last week in the Shelbourne hotel, whereby over 150 HR professionals gathered to hear from the researchers and a panel conversation.     Why did this topic gain such huge interest from our network? The big picture… The talent agenda is one of the most pressing challenges for organisations and HR leaders globally. With so much time and money invested into TA and Talent Development to attract and retain strong people, based on this research, companies are missing a beat when it comes to positively communicating pre,during and post mat leave to retain engaged and positive employees. When a woman comes to this career juncture of having a family – Is this just a brief interlude in a 30-40 year career? Yes (is the right answer!). However, this study showed that often this a time whereby a woman’s career may be derailed and talent is lost as a result of unconscious bias, professional relationship challenges, or a lack of open communication around expectations. Ultimately firms should not allow their top talent to become “corporate refugees” and to allow them to walk out the door for various reasons. [...]

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