Explore the conference programme | day one
Seizing the opportunity: reinventing HR to create a responsible working world
Gain fresh perspectives on highly relevant topics such as hybrid working, holistic wellbeing, inclusion and diversity, and much more; giving you the confidence to shape the future of you, your people and organisation. Explore the three conference streams below, all deep-diving into the latest research, innovations, and case studies;
- The people profession as hybrid and flexible working pioneers: mastering new ways of managing people, business, and culture
- The people profession as inclusion and engagement promoters: prioritising inclusion, wellbeing, and employee experience
- The people profession as strategic planners: applying skills, transformation, data, and OD
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3 November 2021
08:45-09:20 | Refreshments and networking
10:00-10:50 | Opening keynote
“When designing flexible work arrangements, focus on individual human concerns, not just institutional ones”
– Embracing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reset work using the hybrid working model.
– How can organisations guarantee transparency and fairness?
– What might be the impact on productivity and how might the success of hybrid be measured?
– Safeguarding purpose and productivity in new working arrangements and striking the balance of place and time.
– What will be the medium term impact of hybrid on the way in which we work?
10:50-11:30 | Networking break
11:30-12:10 | Panel discussion
– Managing people’s new expectations and desires alongside your organisation’s needs.
– Defining hybrid working with regard to your specific business context.
– Effectively communicating your hybrid plan to the workforce and taking onboard employee feedback.
11:30-12:10 | Panel discussion
– Understanding responsibilities and needs of different demographic groups.
– How to best ensure that policy changes are sensitive to individual circumstances.
– Can we fully achieve a flexible and remote policy that meets the diverse needs of everyone?
Elaine Grell, Former Group People Director, The Collective
Amy Taylor, People Director, PKF-Francis Clark
Ravi Chand, Director, Places for Growth and Beyond Whitehall, Office of Government Property
Luqmahani Mustafa Kamal, Head, Remuneration, PETRONAS
Chair: Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser Resourcing and Inclusion, CIPD
11:30-12:10 | Case study
– Applying analytics to assess the skills gaps apparent in your workforce.
– Addressing what skills and knowledge are lacking among your people.
– Choosing the right training and reskilling solutions to effectively prep your employees.
12:20-13:00 | ACE talk
– Maintaining and safeguarding Responsible Business principles in your approach to hybrid working.
– Much more than a choice between home and office: understanding the opportunities available with hybrid working.
– Should the concept of the physical office as a core part of an organisation’s operating model change?
12:20-13:00 | Case study
– What sort of pandemic-related mental and physical health challenges have people in different industries faced?
– How have people functions had to change their approaches to supporting mental and physical health?
– What needs to be done to ensure our people feel comfortable returning to workplaces?
12:20-13:00 | Panel discussion
– Knowing what’s lawful and what’s not when it comes to monitoring your people.
– Examples of what good, beneficial data monitoring looks like and how we can put useful productivity measures in.
– Being transparent when communicating with your workforce what you’re monitoring and why.
Iyad Rahme, Head of Digital – HR, Chalhoub Group UAE
Alejandro Sotomayor, Lecturer in People Analytics, Management & Leadership, Tecnológico de Monterrey Mexico
Suzanne Marshall, Clinical Governance Officer, GoodShape
Chair: Dr. Wilson Wong, Head of Insight and Futures, CIPD
Session sponsored by GoodShape.
13:00-14:00 | Lunch
14:00-14:40 | ACE talk
– Reinventing your physical office spaces for the new era of work: where to start?
– Considering the importance of employee wellbeing, experience, purpose, and sustainability when designing your new work environments.
– Should we all be seriously considering flexible shared office solutions?
14:00-14:40 | Panel discussion
– Diverse employees struggled the most during the pandemic, what can we do to ensure more equal recruitment processes?
– Why inclusive workplaces will be the ones thriving the most in the new era of work and making sure inclusion doesn’t slip from the business priority list.
– Introducing policies that address specific challenges highlighted by diverse employees.
Emma Codd, Global Inclusion Leader, Deloitte
Nadia Younes, Global Head of Employee Experience, Diversity & Wellbeing, Zurich
Katherine Gansallo, Global Diversity and Inclusion Director, London Stock Exchange Group
Steven Atkins, Global Analytics Enablement Director, SplashHR
Chair: Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland
Session sponsored by SplashHR.
14:00-14:40 | Case study
– Job vacancies are still soaring but there are not enough workers to fill them: why is this all happening now?
– Applying strategic workforce planning to understand the skills your organisation needs
– Designing a learning and development programme to nurture existing talent
– Standing out in the market: how to effectively attract and/or upskill the talent that you require.
14:40-15:20 | Networking break
15:20-16:10 | Plenary panel discussion
– What does wellbeing mean now? Mental and emotional health, career development, financial planning, teambuilding, recognition, sustainability, and social impact.
– Where to start? Practical examples of companies and people teams who are getting their wellbeing initiatives right.
– The implications of your organisation not having a holistic wellbeing programme in place.
Aneela McKenna, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Scottish Parliament
Tolu Oke, EMEA Senior Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Business Partner, Amazon
Dr Wade Larson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Wagstaff US
Shalini Bhateja, HR Director – APAC, The Coca-Cola Company, Singapore
Chair: Prof Sir Cary Cooper, 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, ALLIANCE Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
16:10-17:00 | Closing keynote
– Sustainability has shifted from being a ‘nice to have’ to now being embedded in an organisation’s core, both strategically and operationally.
– Why is this an HR problem? If you’re not a sustainable business across your entire value chain, your reputation, customer service, employee engagement and supply chain are all at risk.
– Collaborating with other departments and rethinking business for leadership buy-in: what are the opportunities to make sustainability profitable and profitability sustainable?