The CIPD Festival of Work goes digital. Update: 14 April 2020

The CIPD Festival of work is a chance to immerse yourself in a world of inspiration and discovery – developing you, your people and your business. Even in light of recent events due to Coronavirus, we want to bring that directly to you, so we are now planning to run the festival as a 3-day online event on 10-12 June 2020.

If you have already registered to attend for free or purchased a conference delegate ticket, you have been automatically registered for online attendance and will receive an email with more details on your booking and the virtual festival.

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Find out more about the CIPD Festival of Work going digital.

Supporting Our People Through Well-being and Technology

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Stream two | Supporting Our People Through Well-being and Technology

People are the most important asset of any business. An increased focus on positive people management, well-being, and engagement practices is necessary to nurture the talent that will enable our organisations to thrive. Second to people is technology. Now more than ever, we are relying on systems and solutions to keep our businesses moving forward. We need to understand and embrace new technology if we’re going to power through these testing times and develop into more agile businesses. So how can we practically enhance the well-being of our people and create truly inclusive environments while leveraging technology to benefit our people and organisations?

Day one
10th June 2020
Day two
11th June 2020
Day three
12th June 2020
9:30 am - 10:00 am

Navigating unprecedented global disruption - key learnings from a world impacted by COVID-19

Professor Andrew Scott
Professor Andrew Scott
Professor of Economics, London Business School

Covid has taught us the true meaning of the word disruption, accelerating trends around technology and an ageing society, and acting as a stress test revealing existing strengths and weaknesses. What does all this mean for business and what should you be doing during these difficult economic times? This session will explore:
• Understanding the current context - what is the global scale and impact of the pandemic?
• Where are we up to in the battle of defeating the virus?
• What can we learn from this time to grow and develop as leaders, businesses, and civilisations?

10:15 am - 11:00 am

Building good businesses – developing resilient workforces to thrive in uncertainty

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

In light of the current COVID-19 Pandemic, a global recession is quickly becoming a reality. But as the global economy shrinks and political chaos drives uncertainty for businesses and shareholders, there is a ray of hope for organisations determined to succeed while driving people and societal well-being. Are big multinationals destined to take over the market or is there a place for all organisations to thrive despite the increased socio-economic uncertainty? Can we bridge the productivity gap and upskill our people and organisations to create a better society while driving business growth? What have we learnt from the power shifts and political upheavals of the past decade that can help us sharpen our focus and fortify our strategies?

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 to build resilience and succeed.

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

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

Charlie Mayfield
Former Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
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

• 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

The power of prediction - leveraging people data for business success

Angela Ignam
Angela Ignam
Head of People Analytics and Insight, Aviva
Edward Houghton
Edward Houghton
Head of Research and Thought Leadership, CIPD
Jessica Hosking
Jessica Hosking
HR Data and Insights Specialist, Financial Times
Steve Scott
Managing Director, Global Head of Workforce Management and Analytics, Standard Chartered Bank

• Identifying data and people trends to predict the future needs of your organisation and plan effectively.
• Turning raw data into stories and insights to effectively communicate your findings and create a work strategy around them.
• Understanding and improving culture, performance and productivity through effective use of people data within your organisation.

Sponsored by: Workday

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

D&I during critical times - preserving the diversity agenda at times of crisis

Samantha West
Commercial Director, VINCI Facilities
Winston Ben Clements
Winston Ben Clements
Specialist and Advisor on Inclusion and Culture to global organisations

• Ensuring that D&I doesn't slip to the bottom of business priority list during disruptive times.
• The power of allies and their impact on building a diverse and inclusive culture.
• Why intersectionality is imperative when fostering inclusion, diversity and belonging.

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

The future after furlough - what will happen to jobs and recruitment now?

Jill Rubery
Professor Jill Rubery
Professor of Comparative Employment Systems, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
Dawn Moore
Dawn Moore
Group People Director, The Murphy Group

• How will the new jobs market affect how we recruit people?
• Can we prevent a contingent employment model becoming the new normal?
• What do we need to do to adapt and evolve our recruitment processes and strategies?

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Creating a culture of self-directed learning to drive adaptability and innovation

David D’Souza
Membership Director, CIPD
John Amaechi OBE
Organisational Psychologist, Director of the UK’s largest NHS Trust, and former NBA Player

People's ability to innovate, adapt to changing market demands and spot new opportunities for business growth is what makes the difference between a leading-edge organisation and one doomed to succumb to competition. It's the agility, adaptability and entrepreneurialism of their people that will enable businesses to predict future market trends, maintain a competitive advantage and diversify their products to adapt to fast-changing customer expectations.

Creating an agile learning culture in our organisation is the key to enable our people to embrace agility, adaptability and drive innovation. For our organisations to survive, we must empower a culture that encourages people to take ownership or their own learning and where learning becomes a fundamental part of our working lives. Only by ensuring that such a culture is deeply entrenched within our organisations, will we be able to equip our workforce with the agility, drive for innovation and entrepreneurial spirit needed to ensure the long-term growth of our business.

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.

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

Jenny Roper
Editor, People Management
Dame 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 Cary Cooper
Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE
Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health
Lord Gus O'Donnell
Lord Gus O’Donnell
Chairman, Frontier Economics

• Embedding well-being within our organisational cultures to build more successful businesses and sustainable societies.
• Managing employee stress during times of disruption and maintaining productivity across a dispersed workforce.
• Tackling the root causes of poor physical and mental health at work to create more engaged and resilient workforces.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Managing mental health - overcoming struggles related to remote working and returning to the office

Gail Hatfield
Gail Hatfield
People and Resources Director, Energy Systems Catapult
Dr Will Ponsonby
President, Society of Occupational Medicine
Paul Farmer
Paul Farmer
CEO, Mind

• Empowering people to communicate their concerns about current work-related challenges.
• Establishing internal people support initiatives for mental-health first aid.
• Working with your people to proactively lower anxiety around returning to work.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The very real reality of AI and VR in learning - delivering immersive learning experiences in practice

Nik McKiernan
Learning Development Programme Manager, Severn Trent

• Real examples and applications of AI and VR in learning that will increase the effectiveness of your programmes.
• Leveraging AI and VR to create realistic simulations and train people with immersive learning.
• Exploring the use of immersive learning to develop team manager coaching capability.

Putting people at the centre of the recovery - takeaway lessons for the people profession

Rupert McNeil
Rupert McNeil, Government Chief People Officer and Director General Shared Services, UK Civil Service
Natasha Adams
Chief People Officer, Tesco
Sir Ian Cheshire
Chairman, Barclays
Peter Cheese
Peter Cheese
Chief Executive, CIPD

• Maximizing employee contribution by facilitating a supportive, motivating, and positive culture which is embedded in core values.
• Collaboration at all levels - having the confidence to allow people to have agency in giving constructive feedback aimed at driving your organisation forward.
• Learning from hardship to proactively raise the standards of our people practice moving forward.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

How do we take account of good people principles and practices as we navigate the local context in an international landscape?

Mary Connaughton
Mary Connaughton
Director, CIPD Ireland

Hear from leading HR experts in Ireland on their key take-aways from the CIPD Festival of Work and how they and their organisation can apply them.

9:30 am - 10:15 am

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

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

Throughout history, inventions and innovations have disrupted working life as we know it and have displaced many jobs in the process. We’re now being warned that rapid developments in artificial intelligence and machine-learning have the potential to destroy millions of jobs around the world. But will it really be this bleak? What if we adopted the viewpoint that AI will help us to work faster and smarter to boost productivity and create many - if not more - jobs than it displaces in the coming decades? The secret lies in our ability as humans. Afterall, AI can’t take over unless we let it. 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.

Enhancing job quality with technology - ensuring technology adds value to your people

Paul Rae
Paul Rae
CEO, Jigsaw Cloud
David D’Souza
Membership Director, CIPD
Anne Pearce
Anne Pearce
Vice President HR, Shell
Ilke Inceoglu
Professor Ilke Inceoglu
Professor of Organisational Behaviour and HR Management, University of Exeter Business School
Jo-Ann Moran
Diversity and Inclusion, Engagement and Comms Lead, Civil Service UK

• Exploring the impact technology has on workers and navigating its effects.
• What can HR and other functions do to ensure technology has a positive impact in the workplace and improve the quality of jobs.
• Applying technology strategically so it adds value to working lives.

Workforce planning in the age of automation - merging workforce and technology planning to increase productivity and business success

Justine Thompson
Head of Strategic Workforce Planning and Workforce Analytics, Lloyds Banking Group
Rebecca Caleria
Rebecca Caldeira De Almeida
Strategic Workforce Planning Lead, Lloyds Banking Group
David Shontz
David Shontz
Head of Workforce Analytics and Organisation Management, Nokia

• Understanding and aligning organisational priorities and objectives with your talent and technology resources.
• Ensuring long-term organisational success by robustly connecting strategic workforce planning to predictive workforce analytics.
• Identifying areas for technology take-over and redeployment of talent to restructure your workforce effectively.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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

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

As new generations enter the workforce, inclusion is no longer a 'nice-to-have'. Organisations must keep up with the evolving expectations of their employees which are no longer satisfied by paycheques alone. Instead, they want to work for companies committed to values of equality, fairness and inclusion.

Overcoming the barriers of a world largely built for and by men is necessary to stop systemic discrimination against women and diverse employees. But what are the hidden ways in which women and other diversity are forgotten? What is the impact on people's health and well-being and what can we do about it?

This keynote will explore how organisations can successfully re-design jobs and workplaces to welcome and better cater to all diversity - to create a clear and contagious organisational culture and ensure that we make the most of all our talent while building a better society.

Gain full festival access

Book your conference ticket and you’ll hear from 130+ conference speakers across the three-day conference programme. Alternatively, you can register for a free festival floor pass to access the exhibition only.