Last year we interviewed the blog squad on the themes from the CIPD Conference - in the video below Natalie Ellis talks abotui her experience.
The blog below the video is from Natalie on what changes she has seen in the last 12 months and what she hopes to get from this years conference 'Embracing the New World of Work'
How much progress do you feel the industry has made with being more collaborative as you suggested last year?
HR has had to effectively react to the considerable changes we’ve seen; especially within employment law with the recent removal of tribunal fees. The pace is noticeably quicker and with People Management recently reporting an increase in demand for HR services by 31% this is only going to evolve the profession further. I am certainly experiencing an increase in requests to enhance manager capability, this only indicates that HR should be working with organisations to equip managers with the right tools to effectively manage employees and most certainly in the right way.
What more can be done and how can HR achieve this?
There will always be more to do, that’s why we enjoy our jobs! But upon reflection of the points I highlighted at ACE16; there is still a requirement for more collaboration from organisations as I fear there is still a significant level of misunderstanding which could leave many left behind. I recently asked on social media; why should it only be HR partnering with the organisation? Surely there needs to be an emphasis upon more organisations engaging HR in the right way by removing that perception the hiring and firing department. We can only achieve this by delivering on strategies that truly make an impact such as mental health initiatives; preparing for the future by instilling the need for succession planning and investing in employees for the long term, not patching issues with quick fixes.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Embracing the New World of Work’ – What would you like to see and hear at the conference to support that?
With it being the 70th anniversary, I think the general expectations are high. I find CIPD ACE incredibly inspiring so I tend not to over prepare! I imagine that we will hear in more depth about the trends and changes the profession is currently experiencing and the best ways in which we can adapt and effectively respond. I am looking forward to hearing the final thoughts of David D’Souza as he sadly leaves the CIPD and Giles O’Halloran’s workshop around developing HR Business Partners as Change Activists is on my must-see list as it incorporates the need for HR to facilitate change in our organisations.