Thursday 03 March 2016
Registration, coffee and exhibition
Opening address: stepping up the skills vision for Scotland
Discussing the opportunity for the HR and people development profession to build productivity and prosperity within the Scottish economy and ensure a skilled future for Scotland. Opening comments will focus on:
- the crucial role of HR in boosting productivity
- the importance of performance, resilience, technology and innovation in organisational success
- how we can work together to build Scotland’s Skilled Future.
Learning from failure to increase individual and business performance
Failure is inevitable in a complex world. According to Matthew Syed, the key is to harness the lessons as part of a dynamic process of change and adaptation for future growth and increased performance. This session will explore:
- using the marginal gains approach to make incremental improvements with significant impact on the organisation
- the structure of innovation and creativity
- creating a resilient and adaptive culture within your organisation.
Government perspective on boosting skills and productivity in Scotland
Coffee and exhibition
A1 Delivering Change for Increased Organisational Effectiveness
The ability of organisations to remain agile and implement change on an ongoing basis is vital for long-term business growth. This session explores how organisations are delivering change for increased performance and how they are becoming more agile. We will consider:
- the role of technology in efficiency gains and organisational growth and agility
- talent mobilisation to become a performance-driven organisation
- identifying and developing employees' skills to enhance productivity and employee engagement.
A2 Developing Leadership for a Future-fit Business
In the current economic climate, it's more important than ever to develop your leaders to drive growth, achieve business success and prepare the organisation for the future. This session will draw on practical examples to explain how to:
- create a platform for business change and engagement through identifying key leadership behaviours
- bridge the talent gap by understanding your future capability requirements
- use a connected talent management strategy across the whole people lifecycle.
A3 Everyday Employee Engagement for Productivity Improvement
Helping your people be at their most effective is critical to business success. We want people to be creative, passionate, vocal, supportive and committed – the best way to achieve this is through a culture centred on enabling these behaviours to flourish. In this interactive session we will explore how to remove the barriers to great productivity and simple ways to make a difference to people’s performance every day in the office, including:
- supporting leadership teams to make a difference
- removing corporate jargon and focusing on conversations, not surveys
- understanding key lessons from psychology and behavioural economics.
Lunch and exhibition
B1 Developing a Skills Strategy for the Future World of Work
- developing agile skills and talent management plans aligned to the changing needs of the organisation
- growing capability in key areas such as digital, creativity and emotional intelligence to equip employees for current and future roles
- responding to the different behaviours and expectations of a multi-generational workforce.
B2 Cultivating a Culture of High Performance and Productivity
Investing in your people is key to maintaining and improving their performance for a more effective workforce. This session will explore this idea and show you how to:
- develop resilience within your people to sustain performance through periods of change
- motivate your employees to engage them with the organisational strategy
- measure and reward performance to sustain a performance-driven environment.
B3 Employment Law 2016 - what's new and what to expect
Employment law update covering all of the need-to-know developments for HR professionals. Attend this session to get advice on:
- key legislative developments for 2016 and beyond, including gender pay gap reporting and the Trade Union Bill
- recent case law update including the very latest on holiday pay claims
- employment tribunal claim trends.
C1 Contextual Leadership for High-Performing Teams
A reflection on military and civilian styles of leadership and management and how they might best be combined to match the needs of the moment. David will draw on 33 years of experience in the Armed Forces and his more recent experiences in civilian life to explore differing professional situations and test how leadership styles from each might be effectively combined in the workplace. The session will cover:
- different styles of leadership and management and their benefits and drawbacks
- the importance of a contextual approach to problem solving
- the critical skill of leaders being able to vary their style whilst remaining authentic and credible
- reflections on the unique importance of emotional intelligence in successful leadership.
C2 Becoming an Effective HR Business Partner
- equipping yourself with the key competencies of a truly effective HRBP
- identifying what business leaders need from an HRBP
- understanding how to inform key business decisions and impact on overall strategy
C3 Employment Law in Focus: the contract of employment in the modern workplace
Employment law imposes minimum requirements and constraints on the content of the employment contract. This session will cover:
- the changes in zero hours contracts legislation and the limitations that this will impose
- the pros and cons of using different types of contracts, including zero hours, casual, fixed term, annualised hours, self-employed and permanent contracts
- the importance of Living Wage, direct labour and Modern Slavery Act requirements imposed on those bidding for publicly procured work.
Coffee and exhibition
Reshaping and Refocusing a Business during Times of Significant Change
Since the financial crisis in 2008 RBS has been rebuilding. The HR function has been at the heart of restructuring the entire bank, divesting businesses and responding to significant regulation on top of the day-to-day running of one of the UK’s largest banks. In this session Elaine will share her journey in leading the HR function to reshape, rebuild and restore engagement across the organisation. The session will discuss:
- attracting, engaging and retaining great people during change
- rebuilding leadership capability
- changing the culture in the organisation and across the industry