Key Priorities for HR During a Cost-of-Living Crisis - Reward, Restructuring, Retention & Resilience

Key Priorities for HR During a Cost-of-Living Crisis - Reward, Restructuring, Retention & Resilience

Many employees remember all too clearly how their employer responded during the Covid-19 pandemic and with inflation hitting a 40-year record high and the cost of food and energy rises, employers are once again challenged to consider how they can support their workforces. For many employers, large pay rises are not an option, but what else can be done to help ensure employee wellbeing, retention, engagement and productivity remain at a positive level during these challenging times? 

In this event, we will explore some creative ways in which employers can provide support for employees to ensure that they retain their most talented staff; attract new staff and ensure employee wellbeing is maintained.  Sessions include:

  • Which reward strategies work best in attracting and retaining staff during difficult economic times? 
  • How you can boost your employees and organisation’s financial resilience
  • The rewards from pausing relentless recruitment to focus on talent retention
  • Your people managers are key to workforce resilience – supporting your team through a crisis
  • Reflecting on restructuring – lessons Covid taught us
  • People Professionals – who is responsible for HR’s resilience during challenging times?

Who is this event for? 

This event is for employers, HR professionals, line managers and anyone who is concerned about the impact of the cost-of-living crises on their workforce.

When and Where?

The event will be held on Tuesday 28th February 2023 online via the Hopin Platform.


Standard Rate: €245
Early Bird Rate: €195 (deadline 5pm on Friday 24th Febuary)

Save €20 if you pay online when booking





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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

94% of UK employees admit to worrying about money and employers can lose staff through absence caused by money worries or to your competitors. But financial wellbeing is not about how well you remunerate your workers. Margaret McCloskey, NI Partnership Manager from Money & Pension Service offers guidance on simple steps your business can take to improve the financial wellbeing of your workforce, even on a small budget. Money and Pensions Service is a statutory body and their presentation and resources are free of charge.

In this session, we’ll look at:

  • the strong relationship between financial wellbeing indicators and mental health wellbeing
  • how employers can support their employees
  • employer resources and support

Followed by Q&A session


Supporting Teams Through a Crisis

The cost of living crisis is a worrying time for many people. 93,013 people living in poverty in Ireland are in employment - the “working poor”. 1 in 5 people in Northern Ireland are living in poverty.  In addition, those experiencing domestic abuse have a difficult choice about staying in an unsafe home or facing financial destitution or homelessness. 

People managers need to create a safe, open and supportive environment to have these sensitive conversations. Do your managers have the necessary skills?

Michelle Halloran, MD, Halloran HR Resolutions Ltd provides you with key takeaways to help you ensure your line managers have these vital skills during turbulent times.

Followed by Q&A session


Refreshment Break – Get a cup of something, take a break from the screen, catch up on emails, whatever… 


It’s Time to Wake Up and Smell the Coffee on Employee Engagement

With financial pressures weighing down even the most enthusiastic of employees, how is this impacting engagement levels? Are you watching what your competitors are doing closely?  Here’s a little secret – they have access to the exact same tools you’re using.  But, you have a unique resource that none of them do - your people. How can HR use employee engagement to boost the company coffers and improve customer service?

Craig Thompson, Founding Director Vibrant Talent tells us how employee engagement turned around fortunes of global companies. Learn how they did it and how you can too.


The Untapped Talent Pipeline Sitting Right in Front of Your Nose

Despite a likely economic downturn, employers are still recruiting and competing for talent. The focus has been on external recruitment to bolster your organisation’s competitive edge, but developing existing employees is a time-effective and cost-efficient way to gain talent.  The CIPD’s latest labour market survey found 41% of employers plan to upskill existing staff than raising wages. 

Padraig Berry, CEO at TTI Success Insights Ireland Limited looks at essential L&D strategy to help you formulate plans to develop your existing workforce and create your future top talent, before your competitors do.

Followed by Q&A session.


Lunch Break


Why HR Cannot Afford to Let EDI Slip Down the Agenda

With the cost-of-living crisis being a priority for HR, there is a risk of EDI falling down the agenda. We hear from award-winning organisations whose HR teams are determined to keep EDI at the heart of their activities because it makes a massive contribution to the bottom line. When you broaden your organisation’s diversity, you appeal to a broader customer base as well.

Our panel members, led by Conor Curran, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Staff Wellbeing at QUB, are from organisations recognised for their EDI initiatives and they’ll share how they established themes that worked/stages for bringing EDI to SMT/Board level.

Panel Members include:
• Jenny Moore, Employment Lawyer, Danske Bank
• Siobhan Sweeney, Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Leader
• David Johnston - Retired but continues to be a D&I Provocateur

Followed by Q&A session


HR Self-Care: It’s Not About Bubble Baths, Face Masks and Glasses of Wine

It’s critical HR professionals educate employees and their managers about self-care to foster healthy habits and coping mechanisms as they grapple with pressures brought about by the current financial climate. But who do HR professionals go to when they’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed or disconnected?

A Jobstreet survey found job satisfaction amongst HR leaders dropped from 87% to 54% in 2020, with many respondents saying being the bearer of bad news left them psychologically drained. 

In this session, Niamh Gaffney, Executive Coach & Facilitator, Kinch Lyons, looks at HR self-care and the increasing emotional demands on people professionals and how you can put effective resilience tactics in place.

Followed by Q&A session


Refreshment Break – Get a cup of something, take a break from the screen, catch up on emails, whatever… 


Reflective Restructuring to Avoid the other ‘R’ word

Restructuring an organisation is simple…said no HR professional, ever. But it’s worth exploring before the other ‘R’ word – redundancies, as threats of a recession loom. 

Gareth Walls, Partner, Employment & Incentives, A&L Goodbody provide guidance on practical alternatives and key considerations for contracts, communications and potential claims and how you can keep on the right side of the law.  





  • Padraig Berry
    Padraig Berry

    TTISII wants to help individuals, teams and organisations realise their potential and become all they can be - Hire and promote fully engaged people because they fit their roles and the culture; Build high performing leaders and teams through enhanced emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, communications, personal accountability, and self-management; Manage performance to drive results, through role specific key accountabilities and competency-based development plans. We do this by revealing and releasing that potential through the power of psychometric assessments and associated tools and interventions, through our network of accredited professionals.

  • Conor Curran
    Conor Curran Head of Diversity & Inclusion
    Queen's University Belfast

    Conor is a qualified employment lawyer and HR professional with over 15 years’ experience of embedding effective D&I strategies in large complex organisations, having previously worked in the policing, justice and health sectors. In his current role as Head of Diversity & Inclusion, he has helped Queen’s University Belfast develop a reputation as leader in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion best practice, both locally and nationally. A Russell Group University, with a workforce of 4,500 staff and 27,000 students from almost 100 different countries, Queen’s is also widely recognised as Northern Ireland’s top university and one of the country’s most diverse organisations.


  • Niamh Gaffney
    Niamh Gaffney Executive Coach & Facilitator

    Niamh is an award-winning organisational psychologist with KinchLyons – where psychology means business! She is passionate about helping people achieve sustainable, healthy high performance, supporting them through their challenges and empowering them to better navigate their changing landscapes.

     She is an experienced trainer, psychometrician and facilitator, as well as a licenced medical coach and certified Mental Health First Aider. Niamh holds a PCC level accreditation with the ICF and she is a member of CIPD, the PSI and the BPS. She is a recovering accountant with 15 years’ international senior leadership experience under her belt, and her commercial understanding allows her to connect with and empower clients across hierarchical and geographical lines.

  • Michelle Halloran
    Michelle Halloran Trainer
    Halloran HR Resolutions Ltd

    Michelle Halloran is an experienced Human Resource Management professional and an accredited workplace mediator 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 17 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.

    Michelle originally graduated in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin and spent the early part of her career developing software for the investment banking sector from which she was promoted into a series of senior executive and management positions in the financial services sector.

    She then worked in HR Management for high profile multi-nationals such as Abbott Laboratories, American Power Conversion and Thermo King, as well as assisting start-up companies to develop the “human” component of their businesses.

    Michelle holds a Masters degree in management, and she is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, whose objective is to promote best practice in management training and development here and in the UK. Michelle was also awarded with top marks the NUIG Foundation Diploma in Training and Education, which is the nationally recognised qualification for business training providers.

  • David Johnston
    David Johnston Passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    A Human Resources professional for over 24 years, and interested in equality and diversity matters, most of his career has seen him working in complex and high profile public service organisations, including: Inland Revenue, Police Ombudsman’s office, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 

  • Margaret McCloskey
    Margaret McCloskey Partnership Manager NI
    Money & Pensions Service

    Margaret’s role is to build relationships with a wide range of private, public and third-party stakeholders, to help with the successful delivery of MAPS engagement strategy and business plan.  Margaret’s initial work will include introducing and delivering propositions to Employers to help improve the way Employees manage their money, debt and pensions.   Her role also includes planning and delivering forums, events and communications which help to deliver the business plan by bringing together cross sector groups to improve customer access to help and support.

    Throughout her career she developed and executed a number of strategic business plans that involved proficiency skill.  She gained recognition across the newspaper, magazine and retail industry for her directional ability to drive business and as a result built substantive collaborative relationships with national and international companies.   Before joining MAPS she spent 15 months working for Business in the Community as their North West Director – during this time she completed three successful and sustainable projects.

  • Siobhan Sweeney
    Siobhan Sweeney Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Leader

    Siobhan is a dynamic and experienced professional with over 15 years in the Financial Service Industry. Operating as a trusted leader, Siobhan led Diversity & Inclusion for AIB, developing its Diversity & Inclusion strategy to further evolve mindsets into breaking down unconscious biases, raising awareness, and delivering supportive initiatives across AIB.

  • Craig Thompson
    Craig Thompson Founding Director
    Vibrant Talent

    Craig is the Founding Director of employee engagement consultancy Vibrant Talent and creator of the Vibrant Workplace Forum, Vibrant Workplace Podcast and Vibrant Workplace Collective - an exclusive community of employers of choice granted access only after successful completion of the 12-week culture audit - the Vibrant Workplace Challenge. 

    Following a number of years in which he was responsible for the training and recruitment functions of the audience contact department of a major media organisation, receiving industry recognition in this time from the CCA and CIPD, he set Vibrant up to change the way the world works. He's since worked with clients with between tens and tens of thousands of employees across the Tech, Manufacturing, Hospitality & Catering, Utilities, Recruitment, Media, Advertising, Insurance, Internet and Telecommunications industries amongst others.

    Craig's life's mission is to drive a movement toward a better working world for both employers and employees as he fundamentally believes a better experience of work for employees creates a better performing business for employers.

  • Gareth Walls
    Gareth Walls Partner & Head of Employment and Incentives Group
    A&L Goodbody LLP

    Gareth Walls is partner and Head of the A&L Goodbody's Employment and Incentives group in Belfast. Gareth represents a number of local, national and international brands in business support, strategic workforce planning and high profile tribunal matters. He also has significant experience in corporate immigration, redundancy, re-structuring and TUPE issues. Gareth is an accomplished commercial litigator with particular emphasis on procurement challenges and injunctive relief in the Employment context, as well as being a sought after speaker on Employment issues in Northern Ireland.

Event details


1 Full Day


28 February 2023


Online - Hopin


Standard Rate: €245
Early Bird Rate: €195 (deadline is 5pm on Friday 24th Febuary 2023)

Save €20 if you pay online when booking