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Future of HR Industry Event hosted by NCI and CIPD

Posted by Emma Henderson on 25 November 2015


This week, CIPD Ireland and National College of Ireland jointly hosted a HR Leadership event to address the future of HR in Ireland, after dramatic changes in recent years.

Speaking at NCI’s IFSC campus, Mary Connaughton, director of CIPD Ireland and Dr Phillip Matthews, President of National College of Ireland, addressed almost 200 leading professionals in the Irish HR industry about the challenges faced by the profession and the need “to do the right thing”, rather than simply doing things right.

CIPD, the professional institute for HR and people development, and NCI as CIPD’s largest provider of accredited programmes in Ireland, called for the industry to take stock as it is currently at a significant point of change.

Mary Connaughton, director of CIPD Ireland, said: “We are seeing growing interest in the development of the HR profession in Ireland. CIPD believes that HR now needs to take stock and evaluate if it is fit for purpose.  The world of work is changing and so too must the role of HR.”

The event also called for a more principled approach to decision making in business, including a broader, longer term interpretation of commercial success, and greater consideration for all of a business’s stakeholders when making decisions.

Dr. Phillip Matthews, President of National College of Ireland, said: “If an organisation wants to establish a more emotionally intelligent leadership culture, then surely HR itself must continually operate from a higher level of emotional intelligence than the culture it is trying to support”.

The college, which is based in Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre, has been a leading provider of HR graduates throughout its 60+ year history and is currently enrolling for a number of courses commencing in January 2016. These include the part-time CIPD Certificate in HRM and the CIPD Certificate in Employment Law and Employee Relations. Come to an upcoming open evening to find out more! 

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Topics: HRM