HR managers find themselves at the nodal point in the organisation where economic trends, productivity capability and human lives overlap. They stand at the intersect of the organisation's culture, structure and strategy, and deal with issues as they present from all angles. This book is not a 'how-to' guide written from a detached academic perspective. It aims to provide a set of 'real world' examples where organisations addressed a need generated by the rapid pace of change in Irish society, and rose to meet the challenge. It looks at 12 specific cases under the headings of culture, recruitment and retention, organisational learning, work/life balance, diversity and innovation. The cases included in "Best Practice HR in Ireland" - ranging from MNC subsidiaries, large Irish organisations, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations working in sectors as diverse as financial services, transport, technology and overseas development - have been identified as best practice because, in most cases, they have either been the recipient of, or have been shortlisted for, awards such as the CIPD/Watson Wyatt National Awards for Excellence in Human Resource Management.
They are representative of courageous efforts by HR managers and chief executives to make changes to the established way of doing things in their organisational settings.