The CIPD Festival of Work - updated 27 March 2020

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Stream two | People Management, Engagement and Reward

People are the most important asset of any business. An increased focus on positive people management and engagement practices is necessary for growth and to retain the talent that will enable our organisations to thrive. How can we practically enhance the well-being of our people, create truly inclusive environments, reward people fairly and provide a support and benefit offer that will increase morale and the quality of people’s working lives?

Day One | Stream Two
10th June 2020
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Olympia London

Building good businesses – developing resilient workforces to thrive in uncertainty

Peter Cheese
Chief Executive, CIPD
Professor Simon Anholt
Founder, The Good Country Index and Independent Policy Advisor

The opening keynote will explore the most recent global macroeconomic and macro-political trends, their implications for businesses and how focusing on good work will enable organisations and their employees build resilience and succeed.

Leading good work in practice – translating the theory to proactively drive business growth

Peter Cheese
Chief Executive, CIPD
Andy Briggs
Andy Briggs
Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Group
Helena Morrissey
Dame Helena Morrissey
CEO of Newton Investment Management, a founder of the 30% Club
Professor Simon Anholt
Founder, The Good Country Index and Independent Policy Advisor

• Identifying what good work and good people practices look like and the skills we need to develop to embed it within our organisations
• Focusing on job quality, fairness and long-term skills development to drive business growth and societal well-being
• Increasing organisational productivity and output while driving brand reputation, employee and customer loyalty

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Explore the festival floor

Championing well-being and happiness at work to reap the business and societal benefits

Jenny Roper
Editor, People Management
Carol Black
Professor Dame Carol Black
Chair, British Library and Centre for Ageing Better
David Halpern
Dr David Halpern
Chief Executive, Behavioural Insights Team
Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE
Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health
Lord Gus O’Donnell
Chairman, Frontier Economics

• Embedding well-being within our organisational cultures to build more successful businesses and sustainable societies
• Understanding what a truly healthy workplace looks like and how we can balance happiness with the need for productivity
• Tacking the root causes of poor physical and mental health at work to create more engaged and resilient workforces

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Olympia London


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Olympia London

Reversing the diversity bias – tackling prejudice at work to build more inclusive and effective teams

Helen Starkey
Helen Starkey
Head of Strategic HR, Crown Prosecution Service (Winner at the CIPD People Management Awards)
Winston Ben Clements
Specialist and Advisor on Inclusion and Culture to global organisations

• Designing effective interventions to address D&I holistically and create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all
• The power of allies and their impact on building a diverse and inclusive culture
• Why intersectionality is imperative when fostering inclusion, diversity and belonging

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Olympia London

Explore the festival floor

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Olympia London

Rewarding to engage – ensuring fair pay and a sound benefit offer to motivate and retain

Emre K
Emre Kucukkayikci
Global Head of Reward, The Body Shop
Ian Hodson
Ian Hodson
Head of Rewards and Benefits, University of Lincoln

• Engaging different generations by tailoring your reward and benefit offer to the different needs of an increasingly diverse workforce
• Identifying the specific needs of different demographics while focusing on both
monetary and non-monetary reward to keep people engaged
• Ensuring fairness of pay – tackling the gender, ethnicity and executive pay gap while ensuring you invest in the right talent for the business

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Olympia London

The learning organisation – creating a culture of self-directed learning to drive adaptability and innovation

John Amaechi OBE
Organisational Psychologist, Director of the UK’s largest NHS Trust, and former NBA Player

Taking inspiration from the good and bad lessons learnt from real organisations, this keynote will focus on why an agile learning culture is essential for business survival and how we can facilitate a culture of learning that will create an effective knowledge-transfer ecosystem, inspire people to take ownership of their own learning and become more agile and creative.

Day Two | Stream Two
11th June 2020
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Olympia London

Humans versus automation? Upskilling people to succeed in an AI driven world

Peter Cheese
Chief Executive, CIPD
Hannah Fry
Dr Hannah Fry
Associate Professor Mathematics of Cities, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

So how do we embrace AI and automation as an opportunity? How do we empower and upskill people to recognise its benefits? This keynote will explore the practical impact of automation on the world of work, and how we can harmoniously integrate people and technology in the workplace.

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Explore the festival floor

Developing more resilient workforces – addressing the root causes of stress and poor mental health to increase engagement and productivity

Rachel Suff
Senior Policy Adviser Employment Relations, CIPD
Susannah Clements
Group HR Director, Anglian Water Group
Nick Davison
Head of Health Services, Leisure Benefits and Hotels, John Lewis Partnership
Dr Shaun Davis
Global Director Compliance and Sustainability, Royal Mail Group
Louise Aston
Well-being Director, Business in the Community

• Designing effective initiatives to reduce stress, anxiety and boost people’s resilience while reducing absenteeism
• Supporting people through uncertainty and job insecurity to increase productivity during change
• Encouraging managers to plan workloads effectively and break the silence around mental health

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Olympia London


The flexi-work revolution – enabling a culture of high-performing flexible and remote working

Daphene Doody-Green
Head of Northern England, CIPD
Francisca Burtenshaw
Senior Director HR Western Europe and Nordic Region, Prahs
Stephen Bevan
Head of HR Research and Development, Institute for Employment Studies
Camilla Bellamy
Deputy Director of HR, Public Health England

• Understanding the pros and cons of different
flexible working arrangements to identify what
works best for your organisation
• Finding a balance between flexibility and
productivity – increasing the performance of
remote and digital teams
• Enabling effective people management for
remote or dispersed teams – ensuring motivation,
engagement and retention

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Olympia London

Explore the festival floor

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Olympia London

Designing the future workspace – creating agile work environments to enable innovation, productivity and collaboration

Chris Moriarty
Senior Learning Consultant at Opel Vauxhall Finance
Laggi Diamandi
Laggi Diamandi
Head of L&D, Foster and Partners
Kerry Smith
Kerry Smith
Executive Director of People and Organisational Development, British Heart Foundation

• Changing the physical work environment to create new space for creativity, innovation and more agile ways of working
• Supporting digital working and digital work environments to enable people to work and contribute from everywhere
• Understanding the pros and cons of open offices, hot desking and virtual working spaces and their
impact on productivity

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Olympia London

Closing Keynote

Mary Connaughton
Director, CIPD Ireland
Caroline Criado-Perez
Caroline Criado-Perez OBE
British Feminist, Activist and Journalist

The power of inclusion - overcoming the barriers of a world designed for men