COVID-19/Coronavirus

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.

Keep checking back on the website for updates. Sign-up to receive updates on the latest festival developments.

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

The Value of Learning & Development

Stream three | The Value of Learning & Development

Strong learning and development strategy and delivery initiatives are key in enabling people to succeed in their roles and grow within our organisations. An effective strategy will enable positive learning cultures within organisations where everyone is empowered to take ownership and self-direct their own development. When it comes to designing and delivering effective learning, focusing on experience, knowledge transfer and retention will enable our people to develop and thrive. So how can we create an L&D strategy that enables people and organisations to grow? What insights can we collect from science of learning that will enable us to design better experiences?

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

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
Peter Cheese
Peter Cheese
Chief Executive, CIPD

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
Online

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
Online

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

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Online

Developing resilient managers - seven essential mental strategies to turn the current crisis into a once in a lifetime opportunity

Jeremy Snape
Jeremy Snape
Founder and Managing Director, Sporting Edge

• Understanding three strategies to regain control in uncertainty.
• Applying the number one habit that will change your relationships with your team.
• Practising four key techniques to transform your mindset in the coming weeks.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online

Developing our leaders for the new normal

Emilia Madrigal
Senior Manager Learning and Development of People Culture, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Sean Penistone
Sean Penistone
Leadership, Learning and Talent Director, BT

• Understanding what behaviours, attributes, and competencies leaders will need in a post-pandemic world.
• Creating bespoke development programmes that enable leaders to transform businesses and reflect your company’s culture.
• Devising engaging and motivating learning programmes to enable senior leaders to fight unconscious bias, develop empathy and deliver a future-focused organisation.

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Online

Ensuring you have the right talent for your organisation's needs

Yetunde Olapido
Yetunde Oladipo
Recruitment Business Partner, DWP
Jane Graham
Jane Graham
Head of Resourcing at Taunton and Somerset, NHS Foundation
Jon Dawson
Jon Dawson
Director in Human Resources, The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London and One Hyde Park Residences

• Practising effective talent management by leveraging and developing current talent.
• How to innovatively create sustainable talent pipelines.
• Plugging skills gaps without relying on external candidate pools.

9:30 am - 10:15 am
Online

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

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.

From course to learning experience - applying experiential learning to deliver more impactful programmes

Barbara Thompson
Barbara Thompson
Learning Architect/Strategist, GP Strategies Limited
Andy Lancaster
Andy Lancaster
Head of Learning, CIPD
Danielle Grant
Danielle Grant
Author of “Leading Beyond the Ego, How to Become a Transpersonal Leader”
Benjamin Murray
Benjamin Murray
Business Partner Learning Technologies, NHS
Michaela Crawford
Instructional Designer and Learning Technologies Lead, Domino's Pizza

• Embedding experiential learning within your learning courses and programmes to deliver new knowledge as unforgettable experiences.
• Using budget-effective virtual reality tools and virtual environments to enable learning from job simulations and real-case scenarios.
• Developing your own L&D skills to work with new learning technology and facilitate learning in virtual environments.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Online

Leverage the moment - using cognitive neuroscience to develop excellent and effective virtual learning

David Rock
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, NeuroLeadership Institute

• Explore the latest psychological and cognitive neuroscientific research to dispel the common misconceptions about learning.
• Build a whole new strategy for human skills learning, that is cheaper, faster, and better, all in a virtual environment.
• Discover the deeper science of designing learning architecture that sticks, and how to design for the learning itself to form true sustained habits.

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

Rupert-McNeil
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
Online

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
Online

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.

Empowering remote learning - digitising your offer to provide learning at the point of need

Andy Lancaster
Andy Lancaster
Head of Learning, CIPD
Andy Gallagher
Digital Learning Lead, Appreciate Group
Sarah McGowan
Learning and Development Manager, eShopWorld
Dipesh Mistry
Dipesh Mistry
Learning and Development Manager - eLearning, myhomemove

• Developing bite-sized and accessible learning resources to upskill people and increase productivity in the digital era.
• Using remote facilitation methods effectively to enable learning from everywhere and maximise support to remote teams.
• Leveraging budget-friendly AI and supportive tools to make the most of digital learning and create a more impactful offering.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online

Agile methodologies to create responsive learning solutions

Carlo Beschi
Carlo Beschi
Enterprise Agile Coach, Treatwell

• Understanding the difference between agile development and scrum project management and how they can apply to learning design.
• Managing and prioritising complex people and organisatonal needs by breaking them into individual and easy-to-address tasks.
• Increasing the effectiveness of your learning teams by enabling delegation and collaboration during sprint working.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Online

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 pay cheques 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 for 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.