Work Talks is Ibec’s Employer Relations podcast series put together to share strategic thinking into all aspects of employer relations.

The series offers unique thought leadership on the employment landscape in Ireland – examining future trends, legislative and regulatory developments and insights into the practical applications of employment policy in workplaces.

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This episode of Work Talks reviews the developments of the past year and looks ahead to the changes and potential challenges 2022 will bring.

2021 certainly packed a punch in terms of employment legislation.  The evolution of flexible and blended working continued to gain further momentum this year with the introduction of the WRC Code of Practice on the Right to Disconnect and Government’s promise to legislate on a right to request remote working. Other notable developments include the Tanaiste’s convening of the LEEF high level group review group to examine collective bargaining and the milestone report of the pensions commission on retirement ages to name but a few.

Tune in now to listen to broadcaster Kieran Cuddihy in conversation with Ibec’s Director of Employer Relations Maeve McElwee for an overview of these developments and what’s in store for the year ahead.


This episode of Work Talks features contributions from international thought leaders Tsedal Neeley, Harvard Business School and Noah Askin of INSEAD ahead of their keynote presentations at the Ibec HR Leadership Summit taking place on 21 October.

The Ibec HR Leadership Summit is well established as one of the most significant thought leadership events in the corporate calendar.
Tsedal and Noah join Maeve McElwee, Ibec Director of Employer Relations, to discuss the theme of this year’s Summit; The evolving workplace – achieving a sustainable balance.

The themes of organisation design and culture have never been more important as companies reconstruct their operations in a post pandemic environment. The demands for remote and flexible models of working have accelerated tenfold. The challenge for every leader is to design and create a culture and work environment that is sustainable, so that their organisations can thrive and succeed.

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Women's Wellbeing and Career Development

How can businesses support and promote women’s wellbeing and career development? This pivotal issue is the focus of the latest episode of the Work Talks podcast series, presented by broadcaster Kieran Cuddihy. In particular, the discussion focuses on questions such as: 

  • How can we support and promote wellbeing in the workplace, particularly relating to issues like infertility, miscarriage and menopause?
  • How do we support women who, in the majority of cases, have the main care giving responsibilities in their households?
  • What more can business do to promote equality through Gender Pay Gap reporting and sufficient statutory leave entitlement?

You will hear expert insights on these issues from: Maeve McElwee, Director of Employer Relations, Ibec; Ronan Collier, Corporate Safety, Health and Welfare Coordinator, ESB; Loretta Dignam, Founder of the Menopause Hub.

Workplace dispute resolution – What you need to know

Dispute resolution is topic relevant to every employer in Ireland, and is the focus of this episode of Work Talks. It will explore questions such as:

  • How can employers maintain positive employment relationships in workplace?
  • What are the effective conflict resolution mechanisms that companies use?
  • Are we becoming more litigious as a society and how can we avoid this?

Tune in now to hear expert insights on the crucial issues from; Maeve McElwee, Director of Employer Relations, Ibec; Dr Desmond Ryan, Barrister-at-Law, who specialises in Employment Law; and Liam Kelly, Director General of the Workplace Relations Commission. The episode is presented by broadcaster Kieran Cuddihy. 

Diversity & Inclusion

Why is Diversity and Inclusion so important in workplaces and what role does it play in addressing societal issues?

In this episode of Work Talks, Maeve McElwee, Director of Employer Relations, Ibec, Oisín Ó’Gógáin, HR Director, Aon Ireland & Nordic Region, and Fiona Mullan, Chief People Officer, Ding, discuss the importance of a diverse workplace culture as a key driver of workplace satisfaction, performance and engagement.