Wednesday 04 November 2015
Opening Statement by Peter Cheese
[KN1] Mental Capital and Wellbeing at Work. Bridging the Productivity Gap
As governments and businesses across the world are highlighting and measuring wellbeing, the issue of human and mental capital has grown. A large portion of the productivity gap that we are increasingly hearing about is frequently attributed to an under than socially and interpersonally skilled managerial workforce. These issues will be explored to find bold HR solutions that enhance mental capital, including:
- the consequences of poor mental wellbeing and stress in the workplace
- exploring the differences between absenteeism and presenteeism
- the impact of the recession on employees and the culture within organisations
- the major causes of workplace stress and depleted mental wellbeing
- policies and interventions that attempt to enhance wellbeing and reduce ill health effects amongst our workforce.
[A1] Analytics and Data-Driven Decisions: adding real value to the business
HR Analytics has the potential to add significant, real and monetary value to the business. To embark well on the journey to unlocking this potential, HR first needs to change its data mind-set to really understand how it can best help your business. Only then can the right strategic projects be identified, structure set and software be bought. This masterclass will focus on the data journey that will help you raise your voice and support your organisation making better decisions. We’ll focus on:
- how to get started on the analytics journey and build a case for success
- insights into understanding, interpreting and presenting people data and analytics
- strategies to ensure effective implementation and optimisation of analytics
- transforming people data into information, and information into knowledge
- what a data mindset is and how to develop one
[A2] International Talent Management Strategies to Succeed in Changing Markets
HR practitioners in international organisations need to ensure that the right skills are available in multiple territories to achieve business goals. To achieve competitive advantage in new and expanding business markets it’s essential to develop local leadership capabilities. In this session you will hear practical examples of:
- adding value at the corporate and operational levels by utilising the best of local and global talent
- creating a global talent programme to develop future leaders in your organisation
- how to leverage the rapid rise of emerging markets in your global talent strategy
- using a global standard for leadership to encourage progression within your management teams
- understanding how developing global talent has transformed the traditional expat package.
[A3] Enabling Leaders to Develop and Maintain High Levels of Performance
Building agile leaders and organisations is key to long-term success. In this session will you hear practical examples on breaking down silos, creating networks and enabling skill transfer at executive level. Real case-study experiences on how to:
- develop and maintain leaders with the right skills to drive your business forward
- apply effective strategies to maintain a high level of leadership over decades
- break down silos and create a successful leadership culture around creativity and best practice
- enable knowledge sharing and cooperation across your leadership team
- create a culture of impactful leaders and long-lasting success for your organisation.
[A4] HR Business Partners Driving Change to Develop a Successful Culture
Developing a great culture is necessary for your business and HR department to succeed. In this session you will learn how to become a successful change agent to re-shape the future of your organisation. We will delve into:
- how HR and business partners can help develop an effective organisational culture
- the skills, behaviours and characteristics you need to be a successful agent of change
- practical actions that you can apply to enhance your HR structure and culture
- becoming a credible and trusted partner, both commercially and people focused
- working differently and driving change to adapt to future business needs.
[B1] DNA of a Champion – talent alone is not enough
Based on the notion that ’talent alone is not enough’ Clive has identified four criteria which he believes characterise champion individuals and teams in both business and sport. This session details each of these criteria, but also how they can be coached to create high performing teams and individuals. The masterclass will provide practical tips on:
- highlighting the ’winning moves’ that are crucial to success
- how teams can capture and share knowledge, and then apply it in practice
- creating a winning mindset that is crucial to success
- ensuring individuals and teams have the ability to think correctly under pressure
- tips to avoid losing that pool of captured knowledge when key people retire or move on.
[B2] Profession for the Future – adapting HR to the changing world of work
The world of work is continually evolving. What will the role of HR be in championing better work and working lives? This panel discussion will explore what the future of HR is and what professionalism in people management will look like. You will take away:
- an overview of the current challenges of HR professionals around the world
- the new capabilities that HR needs to build to adapt to the changing context
- the principles that will guide the decision making of HR professionals in the future
- how HR needs to change its operating models to be fit for the future
- an understanding of the dangers of a ’best practice’ approach to HR.
[B3] Performance Motivation: a strengths-based approach for a more productive workforce
Classic performance management doesn’t work for many organisations; it can become a tick-box exercise doing more harm than good. This seminar will focus on a new strengths-based approach to performance management. Hear practical examples of:
- creating regular and transparent dialogue, focused on strengths for individuals to grow
- empowering your managers to develop individuals through a clear focus on outcomes
- supporting teams to apply their strengths and succeed through collaboration
- developing a flexible culture through a viral learn and adapt approach
- enabling new ways of working through structural and strategic change.
[B4] Innovative Approaches to Transformational Change to Sustain Business Performance
Change remains a constant in organisations, and the complexities of delivering change means that failure rates are high. In this session you will hear practical examples of how to take a different approach to transformational change in your organisation. It will provide case-study experiences of:
- applying alternative approaches to change in order to transform your business more effectively
- practical examples of delivering transformational change successfully
- the skills required by OD and L&D practitioners for transformational change projects
- how organisations close the gap between theory and practice on change management
- how the latest thinking in change management can help achieve transformational change.
[W1] HR Analytics in a Digital Age
Sponsored by Oracle
In this digital age, competition is rife and standing still is not an option. Progress requires decisions to be based on good quality information. With performance, engagement and productivity levels under increasing scrutiny, the role of HR analytics has never been more important. How do you compare? This interactive workshop will help you to understand:
- the steps to take in developing a first-class analytics capability
- how to leverage people data for improved business performance
- the role of advanced analytics, including prediction and big data
- how to build analytical maturity and drive enhanced decision making
- the potholes on the journey and how to avoid them.
[W2] Developing Effective Employee Engagement Strategies for Business Success
Successful employee engagement strategies are versatile and dynamic. People management and communication skills are essential, as is the ability to engage with a diverse workforce. In this interactive workshop you will learn:
- how to identify potential improvements in your current employee engagement strategy
- examples of using technology and social media as part of your engagement strategy
- what’s next for employee engagement
- maintaining communication with your employees during growth and change
- overcoming the barriers to achieving employee engagement.
[W3] Redefining the HR Business Partner Role to Respond to Your Organisation’s Needs
The HRBP profession has grown into very diverse roles within different organisations and, for the function to be successful, we need to understand what kind of business partners our organisation truly needs. In this interactive workshop you will learn:
- how to build credibility, presence and trust to gain the confidence of the business
- examples of where HR can make the greatest difference to the organisation
- tips to be more insight-led and develop the ‘next generation HR’
- how perception informs the way we influence teams and stakeholders
- getting the message right to create impactful communication.
[W4] Aligning Your Performance Management System to Your People and Business Needs
The value of the performance management process hugely relies on its alignment to the organisation and the way it is delivered. It will only be successful if it delivers on key business objectives while keeping people motivated. This interactive workshop will show you how to:
- adapt performance management to your organisation’s strategy, culture and values
- link it to your talent management, L&D and reward strategies
- create a culture of honesty and openness to enable better performance
- enable your managers to conduct more effective feedback conversations
- optimise the contribution of your HR department, leaders, managers and reviewees.
[C1] Neuroscience for Leadership: harnessing the brain-gain advantage
An introduction to key concepts from neuroscience that can inform your leadership and unleash high performance in teams and organisations. This masterclass will look at systems in the brain, neuroplasticity, mindsets and the science of mindfulness. Get practical tips on:
- enhancing your and your leaders’ state of mind and resilience
- creating the conditions for success by leveraging diversity of thinking
- applications of neuroscience to creating sustainable behaviour change
- the physiological factors that underpin mental agility and high performance
- innovating into the future to achieve organisational success.
[C2] Value-Based Recruitment to Attract, Select and Retain the Right Talent Fit
Ensuring our employees are aligned to our culture and values is essential to build a reliable and productive workforce. But how can we make sure we attract, select and retain those who thrive in our teams and environment? The case-study presentations in this session will focus on:
- enhancing your brand and value proposition to attract the right cultural fit
- designing a value-based recruitment process to select candidates that will succeed
- establishing yourself as an ‘employer of choice’ to increase talent pools and reduce turnover
- developing brand and value champions to support line managers when recruiting
- upholding your values to on-board and retain your talent successfully.
[C3] Agile Organisation Development Strategies to Respond to Your Business Needs
In the constantly changing business context, a flexible approach to organisation development is essential. This session will focus on how to implement successful transformation programmes which are focused on your business priorities, with practical examples of:
- creating an effective organisational culture to engage a newly combined workforce
- building your talent pool to meet rapidly changing business needs
- maintaining organisational performance in a shifting external market
- how to align HR activity during change with the key priorities in the business
- creating effective OD approaches which underpin a successful organisational culture.
[C4] Flexible and Agile HR Strategies to Accelerate Business Growth
Growing businesses are shaped by the talented individuals and teams who are responsible for their expansion. Hear these practical case study examples of managing and developing people during rapid growth, and innovative people practices during change to fit your culture. Learn how to:
- create ambition and energy in a growing business around your purpose and values
- use an experiential approach to leadership development
- interconnect different elements of your people strategy to aid growth
- embed a readiness for change and expansion in your culture
- create synergy around the competing demands on a HR professional in a growing business.
[D1] The Serious Business of Happiness to Increase Productivity and Retain Your Talent
Happiness in the workplace has a huge impact on productivity, employee engagement and motivation. This masterclass will equip you with the skills and strategies you need to create a happier and more resilient workforce. You will take away:
- the five skill-sets to increase resilience and reduce turnover in your organisation
- the ability to recognise opportunities where you can boost motivation and satisfaction
- bottom-up and top-down strategies to create happier teams and retain your employees
- practical tips to increase communication skills, problem-solving and team-building
- case study from an international organisation embedding happiness in their people strategy.
[D2] How HR can Drive Data Security to Protect Organisations and Individuals
In an increasingly digital and data-driven world, what’s the role of HR in enabling data security for organisations and employees? This session will feature the latest findings and practical tools for you to develop an effective approach towards cyber and physical data security. Speakers will cover:
- assessing your current situation to develop a holistic approach to data security
- how to protect sensitive information to mitigate risks of data leaks and reputational loss
- practical examples of video-enhanced exercises to raise awareness in your organisation
- ensuring security of your people processes and employee information
- integrating HR into the corporate risk strategy of your organisation.
[D3] Latest Developments in Employment Law and Legislation for HR Professionals
With the new entry of a majority government and many changes within employment labour legislation, this session will give you real case study examples and provide you with a legal update on the last twelve months. You will take away:
- the long-term implications of the newly elected majority government
- understanding of employment legislation surrounding holiday pay and zero-hour contracts
- significant case law from the previous twelve months which affects HR professionals
- an appreciation of changes and their impact on union regulations
- an overview of the modifications to the Employment Bill.
[D4] Hierarchical Structures versus Organisational Freedom – what’s best for you?
With more and more organisations shifting towards non-hierarchical organisational structures, the world of work is still divided into advocates and critics of ‘holacracy’. Do flat organisational structures work better than hierarchical ones? Attend this highly energetic ignite debate to:
- hear diverging views on hierarchical versus non-hierarchical structures
- participate in the interactive discussion on what system works best for what kind of business
- identify the right balance of structure and freedom that is best for your organisation
- get examples of where freedom structures have worked and where they have failed
- understand the pros and cons of retaining or revolutionising your current structures.