Agenda


09:25 - 09:30 : Welcome Remarks & Explanation of Key Features of the Digital Platform from Management Today

Chaired by:

Kate Magee, Editor, Management Today

To begin opening remarks from the chairperson and an explanation of the key features of the Digital Platform from Management Today

09:30 -10:00 : Navigating the New Norm - How flexibility in workforce planning can bolster talent and business growth

SYNOPSIS:

In March 2020, when the first COVID lockdown was announced the work from home order sent reverberations through all industries, businesses of all shapes and sizes had to adapt and create strategies around a remote, hybrid and flexible workforce. Fast forward to today, and more and more businesses are using a hybrid model as their approach to the working week, some choosing to go fully remote. As with any change, the new working model poses challenges for UK businesses, particularly in relation to cohesion, communication and effective people management. But this new working norm can also create opportunities - businesses creating more flexibility in their jobs can also widen the talent pool. This presentation will set out to address exactly how businesses can continue to grow through their workforce planning, by setting out clear strategies which promote a cohesive system of work which allows for flexibility, change and promotes growth.

Key topics for discussion:

  • Flexibility is the key - how can flexibility in your workforce planning promote growth in your business?
  • How can businesses redesign their strategy so their workforce are happier, and perform at their best?
  • How you can plan long-term changes to your workforce and ensure the potential of employees is maximised within a hybrid/remote model
  • How can you keep your employees motivated and interested in their role and the business culture?

Speakers:
Melissa Jamieson, CEO, Timewise
Amy Butterworth, Consultancy Director, Timewise

10:05 - 10:35 : Why happy people are the key to business success

SYNOPSIS:

The pandemic has brought wellbeing to the forefront of people’s minds, and this has not stopped at their personal lives, more and more people are wanting more from their working life, and a greater support system from the business they work for. Positive employee experience of their job is vital not only for retaining and acquiring talent in the workforce, but also when thinking about business growth. Employees are likely to work more efficiently and productively if they are happy in their role which in turn creates a greater scope for growth in the business. This session will discuss and set out how your business can implement better workforce approach strategies which promote employees’ positive experience in the workplace and what this can do for your business growth potential.

Key topics for discussion:

  • Why happiness is key to promoting productivity and efficiency in the workplace.
  • What are the results of a happier workplace?
  • How can you go about making your workforce feel happier at work?
  • How do you measure this happiness in the workplace?

10:40- 11:15 : One Workspace for All - how to make your space more inclusive and diverse

SYNOPSIS:

It has long been concluded a more diverse and inclusive workforce both attracts and promotes talent and opportunity, and in turn business growth. It is key for businesses’ to reflect our diverse society, and it is vital that businesses set out clear strategies in order to do so. With this in mind, this panel will discuss exactly how businesses can take the steps towards creating a culture which is welcoming for all and therefore resolve the challenge when it comes to attracting and retaining diverse talent. To do so, this panel session will look at diversity and inclusion through the lens of disability, neurodiversity, gender and race, with a specific focus on how senior leadership can work towards diversity.

Key topics for discussion:

  • From the Top down - What can the very top of the business do to make their workplace more inclusive and diverse?
  • How can we make both the senior boards and the workforce more diverse and inclusive?
  • How can businesses create a culture which promotes diversity and inclusion as its core message?
  • How can businesses break down barriers and create a community which speaks for all groups and works collaboratively?
  • How can a diverse work culture widen the talent pool?

Chaired by:

Kate Magee, Editor, Management Today

Speaker:

Carol Rosati OBE, UK Inclusion and Diversity Lead, GSK

11:15 - 11:45 : Coffee Break/ Virtual Networking

11:45 -12:25 pm: The D-Suite: Your Untapped Leadership Resource

This presentation will discuss:

  • Breakthrough insights into the leadership which happens just outside/below your C-suite
  • Releasing your organisation’s handbrake, instead of pressing harder on the accelerator
  • Implications for ‘glass ceilings’ and your own career
  • The questions your organisation should be asking itself.

Speakers:

Dr Douglas Board, Founder of Maslow’s Attic
Jo Hill, Board member, he Gambling Commission and Isle of Man Financial Services Authority
Kate Magee, Editor, Management Today

Sponsor: Maslow’s Attic

12:30 - 13:15 : Panel Discussion: Thinking outside of the salary - how you can motivate your workforce in new ways

Businesses from all industries are suffering a crisis when it comes to their retention and acquisition of talent. People - your workforce, have not only faced innumerable changes and long-periods of uncertainty outside of work, but also months of being out of the office. This has left people feeling demotivated and burnt out, with many leaving their current roles in search of a break. This session will provide delegates with a new perspective on how to motivate people, moving away from the outdated promises of larger salaries, company cars and perks. Instead, providing new solutions which give employees a support system which works for individuals rather than ‘an all-size fits all’. This approach is key to retaining and acquiring talent and through this promoting the growth of your business.

Key topics for discussion:

  • How has The Great Resignation forced businesses to consider more than salary?
  • What are businesses doing to invigorate their workforce development strategies?
  • What career development plans can your business put into place to ensure your workforce feels they have a clear direction and future?
  • Bridging the gap in your workforce - how can you find a workforce approach strategy which benefits and supports all?

Speakers:

Zannah Ryabchuk, Managing Director, Breakthrough Global
Marianna Alfa, Managing Director and Executive Coach, Blossom Hospitality
Victoria Short, CEO, Randstad UK

13:20 - 14:05 : AI and the workforce - From Vision to Execution

SYNOPSIS:

AI and technology have grown in their importance and place in the workspace over a number of years. This has brought forward a debate amongst UK businesses about the place of AI and new technology in the workplace and their impact, some see only the positives - with AI and technology streamlining processes and boosting the efficiency and cohesion of a team, others hold a more reluctant view - to them the human approach to HR and recruitment processes are lost once AI is introduced, fearing technology will replace people. With this in mind, this session will work as a debate on the uses of AI and technology in the workforce, using this time to dispel some of the misconceptions surrounding their use, revealing the reality. The session will look at exactly how and what AI is being used for by companies in the workplace, with a case study focus on its impact on the people of the business and business growth.

Key topics for discussion:

  • Dispelling misconceptions about AI and technology in the workplace - what is the reality?
  • How to maximise the productivity of your workforce with AI and new technology
  • How are both being used, what are they being used for?
  • How are AI and new technology being used well in the workplace?
  • What are the concerns for implementation of AI in the future?
  • Are robots the future of your workforce?

Speaker:

Joni Rautavuori, Group CEO, Tharsus Group

14:05 - 14:10 : CLOSING REMARKS

Chairperson's closing comments :

Kate Magee, Editor, Management Today

A closing address from the conference chairperson, briefing on all the outcomes from the day, and digesting tangible takeaways for the audience


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