HR Technology 2023
27th June 2023
9:25am - 9:30am
Technology & People

Kieran Howells, Head of Content introduces the first day of HR Tech 2023 and talks about the challenges HR has faced over the past year, and how we are going to explore solutions to these people problems to create business success.

  • Kieran Howells
    Kieran Howells
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
9:30am - 10:15am
Session 1 Talent Management

As organisations increasingly compete for top talent, it's crucial to adopt effective strategies for attracting and retaining the best employees. Good compensation, flexibility, and opportunities for growth are critical but they aren’t enough to retain people long-term.

If you want to combat this issue for the long-term, you need to start rethinking the traditional career experience and re-evaluate how you approach internal recruitment and career pathing to align with your employees’ changed views of work.

This virtual, interactive session, featuring expert speakers will provide insights into the latest trends and innovative approaches for finding and keeping the best talent.

We will explore:

  • Key areas employers should focus on today for long-term employee retention

  • How to embed value everywhere in your employee experience and use technology to help along the way

  • How to cultivate a leadership culture that inspires and motivates employees

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  • Kieran Howells
    Kieran Howells
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
  • Helen Seale
    Helen Seale
    Vice President Sales, Major Markets EMEA
  • Victoria Bombas
    Victoria Bombas
    Director People & Culture
  • Stuart Privett
    Stuart Privett
    HR Systems & Data Manager
10:15am - 11:00am
Session 2 Employee Experience

Keeping employees engaged and productive has never been more important. Whether they are in the workplace or remote, engaging experiences helps keep your employees loyal, motivated and serve your customers better.

However, modern business can’t rely on a single HR system and employees often must wrestle with multiple to achieve their goals, impacting both productivity and happiness. What’s needed is a digital experience layer bringing everything together in a single platform, that optimises current tech investments and simplifies how work gets done.

Join this interactive, virtual session to hear from experts and leading organisations as they share insights and learnings on unifying their digital employee experience.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The business need to unify your digital experience

  • How this can be made possible

  • The tangible outcomes that can be achieved

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  • Daniel Clapham
    Daniel Clapham
    Product Owner
    Manchester Airports Group
  • Justine Zimmerman
    Justine Zimmerman
    Senior Manager
  • Kate Holcroft
    Kate Holcroft
    People Director EMEA
11:00am - 11:15am
Organisational Development & Design

360 feedback has long been a popular tool for employee development, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that it has some significant limitations. From the need for a facilitator to the anonymity of feedback, there are many reasons why 360 feedback is starting to feel outdated.

But what if there was a better way to gather feedback and support employee development? Clear Review’s new feature, Feedback Circles, is revolutionising the market by empowering employees to take control of their own development.

In this session we’ll explore the limitations of 360 feedback and how Feedback Circles is helping further support the culture of continuous feedback.

Whether you’re an HR professional looking to move to continuous performance management, or a manager interested in creating a culture of feedback and growth, this session is for you!

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  • Liam Soutar
    Liam Soutar
    Online Editor
    HR Grapevine
  • Hamzah Hafesji
    Hamzah Hafesji
    Group Product Manager
11:15am - 12:00pm
Session 3 Resourcing

ChatGPT has already proven its ability to ace the bar exam and an MBA exam in less than three months – what does this mean for your interview and hiring process?

With today’s candidates applying for roles with ChatGPT-tailored resumes and CVs, hiring teams don’t have the data they need to identify the best-fit hires against AI-generated cover letters.

Modern Hire – a HireVue Company, will lead a virtual panel to discuss ChatGPT’s true impact on candidate cheating, talent assessments and interviews, and hiring outcomes, such as:

  • How – and to what extent – candidates could use ChatGPT in a typical interview process
  • The reward and risks of leveraging AI in a modern, data-driven hiring process
  • What companies can do today to create an effective, future-focused hiring process with generative AI and beyond

From pre-screening to answering common interview questions, Matt and Tom will put ChatGPT to the test to see if it could get hired.

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  • Matt Chaplin
    Matt Chaplin
    Director of Client Sales EMEA
    Modern Hire – a HireVue Company
  • Tom Cornell
    Tom Cornell
    Senior Occupational Psychologist
12:00pm - 12:45pm
Session 4 Wellbeing

People are far more likely to trust a workmate than company messaging. Done right, peer-to-peer wellbeing programmes bolster your top-down strategies. A wellbeing champion is someone who is passionate about mental health – and who cares about supporting themselves and others. Every organisation has them. Most aren’t using them.

Join Unmind and a panel of leading People practitioners as we explore the largely untapped value of these transformative networks, giving you practical tips on how to recruit, mobilise, and train them to maximise their impact.

  • Learn the compounding value of wellbeing champions networks

  • Get actionable tips for creating a more mentally healthy organisation through champions

  • Hear from leaders who have been there and done it, and are ready to show you the way

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  • Kieran Howells
    Kieran Howells
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
  • Daisy Abbott
    Daisy Abbott
    Global Solutions Director
  • Claire Walsh
    Claire Walsh
    Health, Wellbeing & Injury Prevention Manager, UK & RoW
    BAE Systems
  • Joshua Oyange
    Joshua Oyange
    Regional Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Africa & Middle East
    Standard Chartered Bank
4th July 2023
9:25am - 9:30am
Technology & People

Kieran Howells, Head of Content introduces day two of HR Tech 2023 and explores how HR can adopt digital solutions to help put people at the centre of technology-driven change.

  • Kieran Howells
    Kieran Howells
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
9:30am - 10:15am
Session 1 Technology & People

What are your top HR priorities right now?

From DEI to health and wellbeing, to sustainability and productivity, over 1000 HR leaders told us exactly where they’re prioritising their efforts today.

We also found out from the C-suite the top metrics they want HR to use against these priorities.

Join Sage for a live, virtual session revealing findings from our latest research on HR’s top priorities today, and the key metrics you need to track to drive success in each area.


  • The priorities of HR and the C-suite

  • The metrics to track for each priority

  • The view from HR and the C-suite on where they are today with tracking these metrics – and next steps

By the end of the session, you will come away with an understanding of HR leader’s top priorities, and how to get ahead with theirs using key metrics for clear actionable insights that drive success.

Discover how to use People analytics to drive your HR team and company forward in 2023.

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  • Serena Haththotuwa
    Serena Haththotuwa
    Business Features Editor
    HR Grapevine
  • Ceara Metcalf
    Ceara Metcalf
    Director in Payroll & HR Strategy
  • Kaustubh Sevak
    Kaustubh Sevak
    Principal Solution Consultant
10:15am - 11:00am
Session 2 Technology & People

The sense that workers want – and need – a lot from their job is stronger than ever. They require remuneration that keeps pace with rising living costs as well as making them feel valued for their efforts. They need work to satisfy them personally and professionally, giving them the flexibility that so many people have come to expect in recent years. And they want a supportive company culture that strives for fairness and inclusivity.

During this virtual session, Kieran Howells, Head of Content at HR Grapevine will be joined by ADP’s Senior HR Director, Annabel Jones to discuss the findings from the recent People at Work 2023 study and explore the following two key areas:

The importance and impact of flexibility:
60% of workers with ‘hybrid’ working arrangements are the most satisfied with the flexibility they have and 50% of employees working solely on-premises are least happy.

  • How can organisations overcome the challenges of meeting the flexibility needs of workers who have no choice but to come into the office?

A caring workplace culture:
68% of workers feel they can be open about their physical health and 64% about their mental health at work, and 64% agree they’re supported by their managers.

  • What kind of initiatives can organisations promote when it comes to supporting positive mental and physical health?
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  • Kieran Howells
    Kieran Howells
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
  • Annabel Jones
    Annabel Jones
    Senior HR Director
11:00am - 11:15am
Technology & People

As businesses embrace digital transformation, the migration of HR and payroll functions to the cloud has become increasingly prevalent.

Moving HR and payroll to the cloud offers organisations a host of benefits, ranging from increased scalability and cost savings to improved accessibility and data security. By leveraging cloud technology, businesses can streamline processes, automate tasks, and gain valuable insights from their HR and payroll data. 

During this fireside chat, Dominic Berner of Jigsaw Cloud explores the reality of moving SMBs’ HR and Payroll to the cloud and removing the stigma around the assumptions that it is only large organisations that are able to do this.

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  • Dominic Berner
    Dominic Berner
    Chief Customer Officer
    Jigsaw Cloud
11:15am - 12:00pm
Session 3 Employee Experience

A new baseline of employee expectations has emerged. But what exactly are the employees of 2023 looking for?

The results are in.

Using survey data from 370 business leaders and employees, Zendesk’s newly released Employee Experience Trends Report 2023 reveals key trends employers should focus on this year and beyond:

  • Digital transformation is top of mind

  • Workplace technology is a pain point for employees

  • AI bots can help control costs and increase productivity

  • Organisations will need to transform workplace technology to better support hybrid work, increase employee productivity, and control costs

Join Zendesk experts as the report is brought to life to give you all the need-to-knows for shaping your digital transformation strategy—to build an employee experience that retains your best people and protects your bottom line.

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  • Owen McConnell
    Owen McConnell
    RVP Commercial UK&I
  • April Thomaschaske
    April Thomaschaske
    Global Director, People Partnering
  • Dani Doroff
    Dani Doroff
    Senior Manager, Global Employee Services Operations
12:00pm - 12:45pm
Session 4 Technology & People

A recognition solution that’s highly integrated into an organisation’s culture dramatically helps people feel valued and included in a workplace community.

In short, employee recognition leaves a deep impression, and its positive impact on increasing retention, enhancing great work and reducing burnout are just some of the benefits identified in O.C. Tanner’s latest Global Culture Report.

In this session, we’ll hear from O.C. Tanner’s Client Strategist, Stuart Cheesman, and SIG’s Group Head of Reward, Michelle Ellsworth, as they dig into what the return on investment looks like when recognition is at the heart of your company culture. Robert Ordever, O.C. Tanner’s Managing Director for Europe, will host as we combine scientific research with real life experiences to give you some great insights and practical takeaways.

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  • Robert Ordever
    Robert Ordever
    Managing Director
    O.C. Tanner
  • Stuart Cheesman
    Stuart Cheesman
    Client Strategist
    O.C. Tanner
  • Michelle Ellsworth
    Michelle Ellsworth
    Group Head of Reward