Welcome and introduction from Chair
Kate Connor, Kate Connor Consultancy
HR in the Modern Workplace
The world is changing fast and HR is the driving force behind creating a responsive workforce to address the new challenges being presented. In this session, we will examine the current place of HR in Scotland’s evolving labour market. You will have the chance to shape the conversation, through open questions and debate, with your discussion topics forming the agenda for session three.
- Priorities and potential for HR within Scotland
- The current labour-market and workplace landscape
- Evolving challenges around recruiting, retaining and developing the right people
- How HR can lead the workplace
- Understanding your legal obligations: employment law and the responsibilities of HR
Wicked Challenges in the Workplace: The Challenge for People and Development in Scotland’s Public Sector
With everything from service centralisation to integration, constrained budgets, and pay suppression as well as the challenge of the apprentice levy, Public Sector organisations have not faced more challenge. With the coming future flood around automation and an ageing workforce, it’s about to get even more challenging. How can leaders lead their teams and influence their bosses to deliver value for people and organisations?
Dr John McGurk, Head of Regional Policy and Insights, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Fair Work, Labour-Market Challenges and Opportunities: A Government Perspective
Dominic Munro, Director for Fair Work, Employability and Skills, Scottish Government
Questions to speakers
Public sector thought leadership - The Future We Face
We know the experts in public sector HR are the people who work on the very frontline: you. In this session, we will be opening up debate to roundtable discussions to reflect on the insights of our speakers, discuss the issues that resonate with you and examine the challenges that shape your role. You will have materials provided for you to collate your thoughts, as well as a dedicated page on Sli.do for you to submit questions and opinions to the floor. These will be turned into the agenda for our knowledgeable panel in session three, ensuring you get answers to the issues that matter to you most.
Exhibition, Networking and Refreshments
11:30 Session 2: Breakout Sessions
Organisational culture, behaviours and wellbeing
In this session, delegates will choose from a range of interactive breakout options.
Breakout Option A:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Digital Transformation
Digital transformation has fundamentally changed the nature of work. Not only are industries in full disruption, but employee expectations are evolving too. In a competitive market, HR must be at the forefront of digital skills, innovation and knowledge to meet the heightened expectations of the smartest talent on the market and enable them to flourish. Are you ready to embrace the digital revolution? Do you have all the tools you need for a successful HR transformation?
Join CoreHR’s workshop and learn:
- Tools you need for a successful digital transformation
- Ensuring internal buy-in for your project
- Procurement methods: cost vs. time
- The heavy side of project implantation (resource planning)
- Engaging a digital-first workforce
- Moving away from traditional HR administration to mobile
- Real-time reporting anytime, anywhere
Niall O’Donaill, Direct of Public Service Project Delivery, CoreHR
Bruce Walcroft, Solution Consultant Team Lead, CoreHR
Breakout Option B:
The future is flexibility but automation will be key to your success
Public sector organisations recognise that attracting and retaining talent is one of the greatest challenges they face in successfully delivering public service for the future. Flexible working has been proven to assist with this challenge, with most public-sector organisations already offering their employees the opportunity to avail of flexitime. With such a demand for flexible working, along with the wealth of new flexible working options available, it has become increasingly difficult to monitor and manage using traditional methods such as sign in forms, spreadsheets and swipe systems.
Join us in this session as we focus on:
- How the latest in Workforce Management technology can assist you and your organisation to better manage employee flexitime.
- How Scottish public-sector organisations and councils, Irish government departments and Northern Ireland councils, are using Softworks Flexitime Solutions to manage their employees’ time and attendance and to generate real time management reports.
- How today’s flexitime solutions can assist you to reduce administration, manual processes, duplication and errors and significantly decrease the number of queries to HR and payroll allowing these departments to get on with more strategic initiatives.
Robert Doherty-Bigara, Public Sector Solutions Manager, Softworks
Breakout Option C:
Reward and Recognition: A Guide To Maximising Employee Engagement
A look at the challenges faced within the Public Sector when it comes to Employee Engagement and how Reward and Recognition can play a key part in increasing motivation amongst staff. Utilising Public Sector Frameworks, we look at how you could introduced a comprehensive benefits programme, tailored to your needs, without breaking the budget!
John Halifax, Public Sector Manager, Edenred
Exhibition, Lunch and Networking
14:00 Session 3:
Tackling the Big Challenges
A successful workplace goes beyond robust policies. We will be taking the key issues highlighted by you in session one and challenging our knowledgeable panel for solutions and new ways of thinking. We will scrutinise issues of diversity, wellbeing, and engagement amongst others to help you nurture a healthy workforce in every sense. It is essential to make the most of the people you have, ensuring they have the support, engagement and capacity to deliver optimum organisational benefit.
Topics will be led by you with our speakers bringing expertise from areas including:
- Mental Health in the workplace: nurturing, approaching and supporting your employees
- Ensuring equality throughout the workforce
- Effective handling and communication around issues of diversity
- The importance of motivation and engagement – helping your team make the most of themselves
- Key considerations around youth employment and intergenerational workplaces
- Creating adaptable, responsive and flexible work places to improve innovation and productivity
Confirmed Speakers include:
Anna Ritchie Allan, Executive Director, Close the Gap
Professor Rona Beattie, Professor of Human Resource Development, Glasgow Caledonian University
Stephen McAllister, Associate, Headtorch
Michael Hughes, Scottish Representative, Engage for Success
Cllr Lorna Binnie, Councillor for Falkirk South and Member, STUC Women's Committee
Exhibition, Networking and Refreshments
15:20 Session 4:
Implementing the Future of HR
The pace of change is relentless and offers opportunities for the industry to optimise on as well as innovate new solutions for the challenges being presented. In this session, we will look to the best of the private sector for fresh approaches in how you can meet the future demands of HR. We will examine issues from shifting priorities to the technology that can help us achieve improvement faster, more efficiently and more accurately than ever before.
Fugro Academy - A Foundation for Development
- Establishment of a corporate academy for strategic learning and development
- Developing next generation of leaders in challenging times for an uncertain future
Andrew McNeill, Global Talent Development Manager, Fugro
Looking to the future of HR and learning from the best of the private sector
Sandy Begbie, Global Integration Director, Standard Life Aberdeen
Questions and Discussion
Chair’s closing remarks
Kate Connor will bring together the day's learning - highlighting the key challenges, insights, and solutions we have shared along with provoking food for thought to take away with you.
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