HR Masterclass – 23rd April 2019

The April meeting of Network Waterford was held in the beautiful surroundings of The Parlour on O’ Connell street on Tuesday last.  Guest speaker was Gemma Hayes of Hayes Recruitment.   The focus of her HR Masterclass, “Recruiting and Retaining Talent in Small Business”

The evening kicked off however with the first Soapbox event of this year.

Natalie Garland Cooke of Cooke Consulting took the opportunity, to explain to the meeting, in just under 2 minutes! what her company has to offer to potential clients. Natalie shared her passion about growing and developing businesses.  She was full of no-nonsense practical advice for start up’s to larger companies. She spoke about the importance of putting strong structures and processing in place in order to help your company grow seamlessly.

In growing your company, you need good staff and that’s where Gemma Hayes comes in. With over 20 years in the business she had excellent advice for small companies trying to attract staff. She spoke of how SME’s can compete with big business. In this candidate driven market she said smaller businesses need to play to their strengths. While they may not be able to offer health cover, pensions, etc what many can offer is a chance for a better work life balance and flexibility.

She also spoke about the importance of “the management team “and its role in nurturing staff and fostering open communication.

It was a lively informative evening with lots of interaction and plenty of questions from the floor.

Gemma finished how she started, quoting businessman Richard Branson, “employees, not clients come first, they are the ones who will take care of your business.”

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