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HR magazine would like to invite members of the London HR Connection to enter the HR Excellence Awards, announced 2 July.

The awards are the most sought after, the most prestigious and the longest running in HR. They recognise the organisations and individuals pushing the boundaries of people strategy, and are a really great chance to celebrate all your HR team has no doubt achieved over the last year and beyond.

There’s still plenty of time to get your entries in. The deadline for entering is 11 March, with judging held in April. Entering is simple. All you need to do is write a 2,000-word document outlining your entry according to the category criteria, and submit via the website.

Check out the categories and learn more about how to enter here: www.hrexcellenceawards.com. And please do get in touch (on Bianca.Banoo@markallengroup.com) with any questions.

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HR Magazine

, JANUARY 24, 2019

Gathering as much data as possible isn’t the key to understanding an organisation’s health, according to employee measurement and insights lead at BP Laura Hammett

Speaking at a London HR Connection event at the Cass Business School, Hammett said that collecting a mass of employee data can often create more questions than answers.

“Whenever we talk to our clients they tend to tell us that they want more data; but what does more data really mean?” she said. “It can often mean more questions, more variations, and more for employers to try to get their heads around. When you start asking for too much information you can move away from getting more insights – and just get more ‘stuff’.”

However, while a lot of data might be overwhelming, Hammett went on to explain that weekly surveys as well as yearly ones can help organisations make sense of trends. Sending out an employee survey every week might sound excessive but it can spot particular patterns. When we were going through modernisation there were definite changes among employees that you could spot through looking at the data,” she said.

These fluctuations can often prove how resilient organisations are. “Leaders will often fixate on whether employees are confident about the future of a business. But the thing to take from data is that the effects of big changes in organisations on employees are not permanent,” she said.

“Employee engagement might drop, for example, if a staff member reads about their company’s poor financial performance [in the press], but that can very quickly rise again a few days later. The difference is that while taking pulse surveys weekly might be helpful, you do not have to report on it weekly.”

Commenting on the ethics of employee data, James Tarbit, senior director at employee engagement agency Karian and Box, added that people will usually be willing to provide data if they can see the benefits. “Especially for the younger generation, they are willing to give up their data to an extent if they know they will benefit from it,” he said. “But employers need to be very clear about what they are asking and what they are offering.”

Ultimately data alone cannot provide the answers for employers without proper analysis, Hammett continued. “It’s really important to understand that data cannot give you all the answers. It does not matter how good the technology you are using is, if you do not have someone who is able to interpret it,” she said.

“It’s also really important not to spend an extortionate amount of money on technology if you are not sure exactly how it will work and what you’ll gain from it.”

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2018 is fast coming to an end but, before we all head home to hang up our stockings and overdose on turkey, I wanted to send you a quick greeting on behalf of the LHRC Board.

It’s been a great season so far, which started – after our highly successful joint summer party of course – which seems so long ago now! – with the personal branding event in September where Jennifer Holloway and Susannah Paxton from Bupa showed us all how to market ourselves more successfully.  In October, Andy Bindon, the Group HRD at Govia Thameslink Railway, provided some excellent insights into the challenges which GTR have been facing and the need for strong leadership in the introduction of driver only trains and the industrial unrest which ensued.  Our November event saw Matt Norbury, CEO of Each Person, chairing a panel discussion with senior professionals from both the public and private sector on the subject of Employee Recognition.  They shared their ideas and experiences on the ways in which recognition can be achieved to drive increased productivity.  And who could forget our final event of 2018.  Our Christmas party at Live Nation/Ticketmaster, hosted once again by Brian Newman, the company’s VP International HR, at their fun and funky Islington HQ – complete with slide and jukebox!

Charity donation

We are delighted to announce that we raised over £1,500 via the Christmas party proceeds and donations, all of which will be paid over to our chosen charity partner, Cancer Research UK. Many thanks to all of you who contributed to this great cause.

We also welcomed two new commercial sponsors to the LHRC this autumn – Each Person, the not for profit community interest company which focuses on employee recognition, and Karian & Box, the full service agency in the field of employee insight and engagement.

We are looking forward to getting 2019 off to a great start; our January and February events are now showing live on our newly redesigned website (www.londonhr.org). On January 22nd our speakers from BP and Karian & Box will share with us the secrets of how to really listen to the employee voice at BP. Then, on Feb 26th, we will hear from River Island and Saberr about the introduction of agile working and learning at River Island. Please sign up for either or both events via our website.

We are always happy to hear your suggestions about event topics, potential speakers, new members, venues and sponsors so don’t be shy; get in touch with me or any of my fellow Board members to let us know your thoughts.

In the meantime, on behalf of the LHRC Board, may I wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year 2019.

Best wishes,

Craig

Craig McCoy

Chair

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Catapult your workforce into 2030 Thursday, 14 June 2018

Meet London HR Connection
Visit us at Future of Work Summit 2018 to find out how we can help your business
#FUTUREOFWORK

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Opportunities and risks in a digital age

24 May 2018 – 09:30 to 18:00 | Chatham House, London
The third Chatham House Future of Work conference will focus on the developments in automation and AI, as well as how different economies can adapt their skills base to take advantage of the technology shift, with expert insight from:

  • Allen Blue, Co-Founder and VP Product Management, LinkedIn
  • Neil Lawrence, Director of Machine Learning, Amazon
  • Saadia Zahidi, Head of Education, Gender and Work, World Economic Forum
  • Naomi Climer, Commissioner, Independent Commission on the Future of Work

Book your place now to join the discussion.

For more information or help with your registration, please contact Georgia Dalton on +44 (0)20 7314 2785 or at gdalton@chathamhouse.org

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Dominic Alldis used this analogy to show how the arts can be used as part of organisational development at a recent London HR Connection event – where he and a jazz band demonstrated different ways of performing and working together.

Full article here http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/article-details/organisations-should-mimic-jazz-bands-as-well-as-orchestras

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The Global Recruiter UK Summit 2018 will be held at 30 Euston Square on March 8th. Taking the title: Demanding Talent: Recruitment excellence in a candidate-driven marketplace, the summit brings together recruitment experts, practitioners and thought leaders for a day in which visitors can learn more about the current talent market and ensure their practices will succeed and deliver for clients and candidates. This year the summit will hear from Ian Brinkley, Interim Chief Economist at the CIPD and Annemarie Muntz, President of the World Employment Confederation. There will also be a session from ‘Google’ Dave Hazlehurst, partner at Ph.Creative, on the best use of emerging online technologies for recruitment.

While aimed primarily at agency recruiters, the summit has great potential and information for high level HR and talent acquisition managers and directors. Consequently, we can offer twenty free tickets to the event. Find out more here: http://www.theglobalrecruiter.com/events/the-global-recruiter-uk-summit-2018/programme and get in touch with simon@theglobalrecruiter.com if you’d like to attend.

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Dear all,

As we enter 2018, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year on behalf of the Board of the London HR Connection (LHRC). I hope you had a great Christmas and are looking forward to exciting prospects for 2018.

Our 2017/18 season got off to a great start for the LHRC, culminating in our Christmas Special event which was a fantastic fun-filled evening hosted by our friends at Live Nation/Ticketmaster at their funky offices in Islington. Who can forget the slide (which many of used to make our dramatic entrance), and the jukebox which plays every hit since 1952! We were delighted that the event raised nearly £1,000 for our chosen charities, Cancer Research UK & Crisis at Christmas. Thank you to everyone for your kind donations.

Our highlights of the autumn season included a fascinating panel discussion in September on the topic of diversity, exploring the subtleties and complexities of this deeply sensitive topic, with guest contributors from companies including Harper Collins and Aviva. Then in October, we heard the case for strategic talent acquisition, with contributors including Shawbrook Bank, hosted by one of our lead sponsors, Cielo. In November we were delighted to welcome Julio Bruno, the CEO of Time Out, who had many engaging observations on the subject of leadership in the digital age. All in all a great line-up of speakers and hopefully something for everyone to learn and enjoy.

We welcomed two new LHRC Board members in 2017 – both of whom are highly experienced senior HR practitioners. Firstly, Nicky Costa, whose roles have included HR Director positions at Expedia, CBS Outdoor (Exterion Media), PhotoBox and Time Out.  And secondly Sue Turner, former HR Director for Simply Health, Bank of Ireland, The Body Shop and Barclays Bank. We also said farewell to Guy Pink, a former Chair and Secretary of the LHRC, who has decided to retire from the LHRC after many years’ service as a Board member. On behalf of all of my fellow Board members, I would like to personally thank Guy for the outstanding contribution which he has made to the LHRC over the years and I hope he will keep in touch with us and be a regular attendee at our future events. And as always, the LHRC would not be a success without the tireless efforts of our Membership & Events Director, Denise Jones, and our PR Director, Fraser Butters.

Thanks go also to our commercial sponsors who in 2017 included Bird & Bird, Cielo, Network HR, Intoo and London Business Forum. We also welcomed a new sponsor, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPD), and we are delighted to have the active support of our professional HR body. Our academic sponsors are Kings College London and Cass Business School and we are very grateful for their support in providing us with great venues and facilities for our events.

I hope you will join us at our first event of 2018 (evening of Jan 18th) which features the transformation story of Gate Gourmet, with our guest speakers Richard Wells (CHRO) and Catherine Nugent (Global Director of Comms). For full details see our website

We welcome ideas and suggestions from our members for future guest speakers and, as a not for profit organisation, we are always delighted if anyone can provide venue facilities or would be happy to host one of our events.

Thanks to all our members and guests for supporting us in 2017 and we hope you will join us for our forthcoming series of events in the year ahead.

As always, happy networking!

Craig McCoy

Chair

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Catapult your workforce into 2030 Thursday, 14 June 2018

Meet London HR Connection
Visit us at Future of Work Summit 2018 to find out how we can help your business
#FUTUREOFWORK

Download agenda

Book Now

LHRC Linked In Competition = Win a Free Ticket

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Opportunities and risks in a digital age

24 May 2018 – 09:30 to 18:00 | Chatham House, London
The third Chatham House Future of Work conference will focus on the developments in automation and AI, as well as how different economies can adapt their skills base to take advantage of the technology shift, with expert insight from:

  • Allen Blue, Co-Founder and VP Product Management, LinkedIn
  • Neil Lawrence, Director of Machine Learning, Amazon
  • Saadia Zahidi, Head of Education, Gender and Work, World Economic Forum
  • Naomi Climer, Commissioner, Independent Commission on the Future of Work

Book your place now to join the discussion.

For more information or help with your registration, please contact Georgia Dalton on +44 (0)20 7314 2785 or at gdalton@chathamhouse.org

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