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HR Technology 3.0

Driving Digital Futures

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29th June 2021
9:20am

Daniel Cave, Head of Content at HR Grapevine introduces the day and talks about the changes HR has undergone the past year and how the function can become tech-enabled and still be people-centric.

  • Daniel Cave
    Daniel Cave
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
9:30am

The monumental shift to remote working has brought about unprecedented business challenges as well as presenting new opportunities. These changes to how we work have prompted organisations to escape some of the confines of traditional employee development approaches. Transforming learning and performance doesn’t come without its hurdles, and it can be even tougher for complex organisations.

During this 45-minute session, you will hear how HR leaders from global organisation, Virgin Media, made bold steps in order to embrace technology and truly transform employee development, fast.

This session will cover:

  • The challenges faced by Virgin Media

  • The steps taken to transform learning, performance and employee engagement

  • Key learnings and plans for the future

  • Steve Rycroft
    Steve Rycroft
    Area Vice President, EMEA
    Cornerstone
  • Jennifer Veevers
    Jennifer Veevers
    Head of Employee Experience, Engagement & Inclusion
    Virgin Media
10:15am

Business and HR is at a moment of critical change. As the world tentatively reopens, patterns of doing things – that became quickly ingrained just over a year ago – will need reassessing and transforming for a very different landscape. Knowing what to aim for, how to lead and what talent you need alongside you will be crucial to fostering success on this new terrain.

Which is why it is a pleasure to welcome Olympian, former MP, and Chairman of London 2012 Olympics, Lord Sebastian Coe. In this session he will discuss the importance of leadership when thriving to achieve individual goals, leading change and challenging the status quo.

During the discussion, Lord Coe will reflect on:

  • What’s the importance of finding the right talent on your journey to success?

  • How can you manage change, whilst driving growth?

  • Who are the Invisible champions in your organisation?

Following on, together with HR Grapevine & ADP’s UK Service Director, this session will explore the importance of leadership both across sport and business.

  • Daniel Cave
    Daniel Cave
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
  • David Johnson
    David Johnson
    Service Director
    ADP
  • Rt Hon Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE
    Rt Hon Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE
    Politician & Olympian
11:00am

At the beginning of 2021, Bloom Diagnostics launched an extensive learn-at-work programme hosted by Bridge. This session, which takes place six months after the programme began, sees Bridge’s Rich Gladman check in with Bloom Diagnostics’ Maria Renz to recap the project, see how things are going, and chat about the future of ‘Bloom Academy’.

They'll cover topics including the benefits of an at-work learning platform, how to implement a new learning programme, and how to keep it aligned to businesses goals and personal needs.

  • Maria Renz
    Maria Renz
    HR Business Partner
    Bloom Diagnostics
  • Richard Gladman
    Richard Gladman
    Senior Regional Director
    Bridge
  • Daniel Cave
    Daniel Cave
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
11:15am

HR teams have gone through more changes in the last year than many had experienced in the last decade. 

And 65% of HR leaders say their teams have had a vital role to play in the pandemic, driving change, enabling remote working, and supporting wellbeing. 

To understand how recent events have impacted the role, expectations and perceptions of HR and People leaders around the world, we will be joined by a panel hosted by Jess Fuhl, Head of Content at Sage, including Gaynor Bailey, Head of Operations and Employee Engagement at Channel 4, Angela Gallagher, VP HR UKI for Sage, and Helen Armstrong, Co-Founder & Managing Director at Silver Cloud HR. 

The session will discuss: 

  • How employees’ views of HR are shifting  

  • The evolving relationship between HR and the C-suite  

  • HR’s increased focus on digital transformation and what’s needed to get ahead in the future 

  • Jess Fuhl
    Jess Fuhl
    Head of Content, Sage People & Author of 'HR in the moment: changing expectations of HR
    Sage
  • Gaynor Bailey
    Gaynor Bailey
    Head of Operations and Employee Engagement
    Channel Four
  • Angela Gallagher
    Angela Gallagher
    VP People UKI
    Sage
  • Helen Armstrong
    Helen Armstrong
    Co-founder and Managing Director
    Silver Cloud HR
Coffee break
12:00pm BST
12:15pm

The pandemic shifted perceptions of mental health and has made organisations reprioritise their strategic wellbeing roadmaps.

Unmind CEO and Co-Founder Nick Taylor is joined by Arti Kashyap-Aynsley (Ocado), Ashley Cope (WeWork) and Elaine Bremner (MediaCom) to discuss how proactive digital mental health platforms are instrumental in ensuring a mentally healthy workforce and empowering leaders to drive positive cultural change across their organisations.

This session will discuss:

  • Importance of a proactive mental health strategy to ensure long-term employee wellbeing
  • Ensuring that mental health support is scalable and accessible in a hybrid working model
  • How digital mental health platforms cater to the needs of your entire workforce, where ever they may be located
  • Dr. Nick Taylor
    Dr. Nick Taylor
    Clinical Psychologist & CEO
    Unmind
  • Ashley Cope
    Ashley Cope
    Head of People Partners EMEA
    WeWork
  • Arti Kashyap-Aynsley
    Arti Kashyap-Aynsley
    Global Head of Health and Wellbeing
    Ocado
  • Elaine Bremner
    Elaine Bremner
    Chief HR & Talent Officer
    MediaCom
1:00pm

Ensuring that employees are committed, passionate about their work, and invested in the company’s success is absolutely essential to HR’s remit.

To get this buy-in, especially on a difficult backdrop, will require HR to think outside the box when it comes to curating an employee experience that focuses on individual needs to boost wellbeing, engagement and customer outcomes.

This is why this virtual panel will look to explore how the pandemic has drastically altered working life and what kind of employee experience HR should be attempting to create as a result.

Key discussion points will include:

  • How HR can instil engagement in employees from the onboarding experience

  • The part that career development plays in keeping employees engaged

  • The essential role that communication plays in the engagement process and the new employee experience

  • How you can streamline the processes to ensure efficiency

  • Helen Seale
    Helen Seale
    DVP Enterprise , UKI
    Ceridian
  • Tongwen Zhao
    Tongwen Zhao
    Director of People and Planet
    Quorn
  • Edward Elliott
    Edward Elliott
    HR Director UK&I
    AkzoNobel
  • Milly Hutchinson
    Milly Hutchinson
    Head Of Communications
    AkzoNobel
  • Hayley Honeyman
    Hayley Honeyman
    Director
    Deloitte
1:45pm

Daniel Cave, Head of Content at HR Grapevine will be in conversation with Jenny Sawyer, Director of People, Culture & Change at Stonewater Housing to discuss leading remote teams whilst maintaining employee health, productivity and morale.

  • Daniel Cave
    Daniel Cave
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
  • Jenny Sawyer
    Jenny Sawyer
    Director of People, Culture & Change
    Stonewater Housing
  • Rebecca Kilkelly
    Rebecca Kilkelly
    Head of International Sales Development
    Personio
6th July 2021
9:20am

Daniel Cave, Head of Content at HR Grapevine introduces the day two of HR Technology 3.0 and explores how adopting technology can open up a whole host of opportunities.

  • Daniel Cave
    Daniel Cave
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
9:30am

Hybrid work is a hot topic as firms look to harness new technologies and listen to what their employees want from the future of work.

However, to be prepared for the hybrid models, the HR team needs to take some key steps and ask some essential questions. What part of the organisational strategy does hybrid support? How do we build the accessible tech stack to enable our workforce? Are there pitfalls to be avoided and opportunities that can be seized?

In this session a team of HR experts from multiple industries discuss the road map to successful hybrid working with the experts from MHR. This will include:

  • Setting the strategic goals and aligning those with the practicalities of everyday

  • Clearly defining the requirements and finding right technology to support the workforce at all levels

  • Analysing the resilience of your workforce and exploring how to strategically integrate hybrid working to address areas of weakness

  • Daniel Cave
    Daniel Cave
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
  • Jeanette Wheeler
    Jeanette Wheeler
    HR Director
    MHR International Ltd
  • Katherine Templar-Lewis
    Katherine Templar-Lewis
    Futurist and Creative scientist
10:15am

Even before last year’s disruption, many UK companies were already transforming the employee experience and evolving their businesses, but these programs had to be adapted and delivered with workforces experiencing a different working environment throughout 2020/21. In some cases, the challenges could not have been greater for business, as their employees adjusted to these new ways of working and their use of enabling technologies.

In this session, Alight's Marcus Beaver will be joined by three HR leaders who will share how have continued with their HR transformation programs, despite challenges, in order to enable their businesses to adapt and their employees to collaborate and thrive.

The discussion will cover:

  • How existing transformation initiatives were accelerated by disruption

  • The new and unexpected approaches to employee experience being adopted

  • What the next set of tech-enabled changes might look like for businesses and their people

  • Liam Powell
    Liam Powell
    Group HR Director
    Marstons
  • Marcus Beaver
    Marcus Beaver
    UKI Country Leader
    Alight Solutions
11:00am

Daniel Cave, Head of Content at HR Grapevine will be in conversation with Shelley Hammond, Senior HR Business Partner and Patrick Law, Employee Experience Solutions Consultant at ServiceNow UK to discuss returning to the workplace and how digital workflows can ensure an effective employee experience.

  • Daniel Cave
    Daniel Cave
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
  • Shelley Hammond
    Shelley Hammond
    Senior HR Business Partner
    ServiceNow UK
  • Patrick Law
    Patrick Law
    Employee Experience Solutions Consultant
    ServiceNow UK
11:15am

There is so much out there right now about the hybrid working situation and what this means for managers and employees, this session aims to ‘cut through the noise’ and suggest that if those who lead people focus on 3 core facets they will be well ahead of most.

First we’re going to talk about managing yourself, because a leader who isn’t managing themselves well cannot hope to move onto the second core facet; leading with empathy; and finally once you’re there; you’re ready to set the direction and trust your people to determine the route to achieving success against the goals you set together.

  • Daniel Cave
    Daniel Cave
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
  • Jessica Brannigan
    Jessica Brannigan
    Lead People Scientist
    Culture Amp
  • Ben RainforthGott
    Ben RainforthGott
    Group HR Director
    Clarion Housing
  • Richard Roberts
    Richard Roberts
    People Director
    Pure Planet
Coffee break
12:00pm BST
12:15pm

The last year has re-prioritised what businesses need in order for them to navigate to short-term disruption but also long-term challenges. And as the world of business continues to change, organisations that come out on top will know what skills they need, if they already have them and what they still need to get.

This is why Oracle will lead a virtual panel in discussing:

  • Matching people and skills to business plan effectively – understanding where there are skills gaps and mismatches and how to comprehend the skills in your workforce

  • Learning how to remove the friction of connecting people, jobs, and resources to drive optimal performance

  • Aligning your people to your business needs, by managing the skills for your business and culture

  • Claire Tunley
    Claire Tunley
    Chief Executive
    Financial Skills Commission
  • Yazad Dalal
    Yazad Dalal
    Head of Strategy, HCM Cloud Applications, Europe, Middle East & Africa
    Oracle
1:00pm

New challenges, rapid adoption of new technology and new structures of working means that the role of leaders has never been more important - and the stakes never higher.

Now, effective leaders must galvanise a workforce that is more diverse than ever not just in age, and background but also in how they now experience work itself. The leader of today needs to fuse technology with culture and the employee experience in a new way, understanding all of the opportunities, and challenges this presents.

This session will feature a discussion of how HR and business leaders should approach today’s tech-culture challenges. The panel explore how great leaders are using technology to build thriving, inclusive cultures where people can engage, do great work and deliver business results.

Join us to:

  • Discover when organisations are culturally ready to adopt new technology

  • Understand key drivers for technology burnout and how to champion digital wellbeing

  • Learn best practices for building thriving, inclusive cultures one memorable moment at a time

  • Meghan Stettler
    Meghan Stettler
    Director
    OC Tanner
  • Sinead Allchurch
    Sinead Allchurch
    HR Director
    LADbible
1:45pm

It’s no surprise that employees who feel connected to their company stay longer, are more productive, and higher-performing. They’re also your best advocates and any organisation’s prized asset. How can you improve your employee experience through culture and engagement, especially in a hybrid work world?

This session will cover tips for translating your company culture from in-office to remote and hybrid work, how to use people data for better engagement, and what kind of HR tech you can leverage to keep your people connected and communicating.

  • Daniel Cave
    Daniel Cave
    Head of Content
    HR Grapevine
  • Dessie Nedyalkova
    Dessie Nedyalkova
    Project & Change Manager
    Hibob