European connections

8-10 November 2016

EAPM Meetings

Mary Connaughton (far right) engaging with 30 other HR associations across EuropeIn November 2016, Mary Connaughton represented CIPD Ireland at the European Association of People Management (EAPM) meetings in Manchester.

The Association brings together all the HR professional associations from across Europe to address common issues of concern.

The Association agreed to set up a number of sub-committees to work on key themes.

Mary has taken on the Chair of the International Relations committee, which will explore how the EAPM can best connect into other pan-European organisations including the EU.


Manchester was also host to the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition in the UK, the largest HR event in the UK with close to 5,000 people attending.

Peter Cheese, CIPD’s Chief Executive, opened the conference by speaking passionately about the need to bring the 'human' back into the workplace.

Following this, Margaret Heffernan, entrepreneur and business author, argued that the real act of leadership is to have the humility to admit our mistakes, and to milk these mistakes for every last milligram of learning. She extolled the value of helpfulness as a key organisational virtue, recalling Lego's mantra that only two things aren't acceptable at Lego - not to ask for help when you need it, and not to give help when needed.

Recorded before the conference, watch this CIPD video of Margaret Heffernan making the compelling case for everyone to be involved in the making the future of work human.

The pervading theme of the conference was that the future workplace needs to be intrinsically human - we are people and not resources, and it's HR's role to ensure employees are valued in a world of increased automation and volatility. This was addressed from a range of perspectives, with lots of though-provoking ideas and stimulating debates with academics, thought leaders, HR and L&D professionals and industry experts. Find out more about the conference here.