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Flexible and Family Friendly Working: The Competitive Advantage

80% of people actively look for flexible working options in prospective employers. So why do so few employers enable and support flexible working despite the fact that the ‘right to request’ flexible working for all employees has been in place for over 2 years?

We’ll be sharing our latest research findings to shed light on the needs, wants and challenges from both sides of the employee/employer fence.

Leading employers will be joining us to share their experience and the challenges and benefits of embracing flexible working.
Recorded Nov 9 2016 61 mins
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James Marsh, HRR; Jennifer Liston-Smith, My Family Care; Ian Temple, Hydrogen; Carolanne Minashi, UBS; Richard Seville, P&G
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    In this lively and practical webinar, James Marsh will be discussing emerging global family-friendly trends and solutions with leading global employers and Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership at Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions. We’ll place particular emphasis on what the UK can learn from, and offer to, other global regions.

    Since Bright Horizons acquired My Family Care in February this year, the combined business serves around 1,500 client organisations globally, bringing deep insights into best practice on policy and on provision from workplace nurseries and backup care to coaching for parents and carers, training for line managers and online resources such as the Parental Leave Toolkit.
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    In this lively, future-gazing webinar, James Marsh will be discussing the trends, challenges and possible solutions with leading global employers and thought leaders. In amongst that panel, Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership at Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions brings her deep insight and experience of working with leading employers to shape programmes to engage and retain talented parents and carers.
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    Government consultations on transparency regarding flexible working and Parental Leave and pay close on 11th October and 29th November.

    In this timely webinar in partnership with My Family Care / Bright Horizons we’ll give you the inside track on the topics, how best to respond as well as how to communicate your position as an employer externally and internally while the consultation is ongoing. Crucially, what are the immediate and future implications for employers for attracting and retaining talent?

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    Joining the discussion and sharing some of their innovative work in this area will be Richard Doherty, Senior Director Product Marketing EMEA at Workday & Jeremy Lief, a partner at PwC, leading the HR Transformation & Technology practice in the UK.

    This webinar will examine and consider the impact of the following areas on the workplace:

    • Machine Learning
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    James Marsh,HRr; Jennifer Liston-Smith, MFC; Nikunj Upadhay, Barclays; Cassie Raine, PiPA; Yvonne Smyth, Hays
    In the competition to attract and retain talent across multiple generations, the best Employee Value Propositions include family-friendly benefits and policies. Inclusion of working parents and carers also plays a part in your overall consumer brand, corporate social responsibility perception as well as measures such as Gender Pay Gap reporting.

    • Nearly 61%* of women would take an organisation’s gender pay gap into consideration when looking for a new job.
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    With online comparison sites and social media further increasing transparency on employer culture, policies and benefits, prospective and existing employees have never been more aware or had more access to this level of information. And it matters to them!

    In this webinar hosted by James Marsh, we’re delighted to be joined by a strong panel of guests from Barclays, PiPA, Hays, recruiting experts worldwide, and My Family Care / Bright Horizons.

    Join us for a lively discussion, expert comment and some surprising insights into the value of family-friendly in your employer brand and talent attraction!

    *Survey of 2,515 UK employees by the Equality and Human Rights Commission
    ** My Family Care/Hydrogen Competitive advantage of flexible family friendly working report 2016
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    Register today!
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    As the war for digital talent continues to progress, assessing for technical skills and “soft skills” together become key to building an agile, digitally ready workforce.

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    - Top digital readiness trends and how to get your organisation ready for digital change

    We look forward to meeting you.
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    James Marsh, HRr; Jennifer Liston-Smith, MFC; Dr Sarah Forbes & Dr Holly Birkett, Birmingham Business School.
    Retaining employees through the transition to parenthood is now a mainstream tenet of most organisations’ talent retention strategy It’s been 5 years since Shared Parental Leave was introduced in the UK and Gender Pay Gap reporting has added further impetus to organisations’ efforts to retain women as well as men through the new parent transition.

    Many employers have reviewed, updated and introduced new programmes, policies and benefits.

    In this webinar we’ll be sharing the results and insights from My Family Care’s New Parent Transition Benchmark. It’s been designed to shed light on changes to benefits and policy in this area, high-lighting innovative practice and the impact that organisations have seen as a result.

    Elizabeth Kerry, Inclusion Partner, Hermes Investment Management and Gemma Dale, Policy and Engagement Manager, University of Manchester will be sharing their employer journeys in supporting the parental leave transition.
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    Last, but my no means least, Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director, Head of Thought Leadership, Coaching & Consultancy at My Family Care will be contributing her insights from long term working relationships with employers across a very diverse range of organisations.
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    James Marsh, HRreview; Charlotte Schaller, cut-e; Lauren Jepson, Vodafone; Dean Callaghan, cut-e.
    The world is changing: Brexit, industry convergence, digital transformation, increasing automation and the arrival of the information age.

    Is traditional recruitment keeping pace? It is time to rethink talent acquisition. Start talking the language of business and deliver tangible business value.

    Learn how Vodafone revolutionised finding future digital leaders with the award winning tool ‘the future jobs finder’.

    Join us on this one-hour webinar at which we will explore:
    - What trends impact the role of HR in 2019
    - Case Study: Vodafone – Digital transformation in early careers
    - The impact of technology, gamification and artificial intelligence on talent assessment
  • How AI is changing talent assessment Recorded: Feb 21 2019 63 mins
    James Marsh, HRreview; Oke Brandt, Product development, cut-e; Sarah Kenehan, Consultant, cut-e
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    If you want to get up to speed on how AI can be used in selection, understand the challenges it poses and how to manage these, then reserve your place now.

    During the webinar we’ll be:
    • Exploring Natural Language Processing and its uses in Talent Assessment
    • Learning about the acceptance of AI in recruitment processes
    • Explaining how to use Machine Learning that is compliant with regulations
    • Examining the role of automatic scoring in the future of video assessment
    • Outlining the ethical and legal challenges facing us as we move forward with AI

    The use of AI in recruitment and assessment is progressing quickly.

    Don’t get left behind. We look forward to meeting you.
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    James Marsh, HRr; Jennifer Liston-Smith, MFC; Deborah Richards, IBM; Sally McCann, Macfarlanes; Liz Kotze, Sky
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    In this webinar we will share the highlights of My Family Care’s Work+Family Snapshot – exploring the challenges faced by working parents and carers, and their priorities for keeping career on track alongside family.

    We’ll also be discussing the solutions, successes, and lessons learnt by leading employers including IBM as a case study.

    We’ll explore the culture, policies and benefits that contribute to making an organisation family-friendly and inclusive; the trends, benefits, and return on investment for the employer including:

    1.The key trends and innovative practices emerging in UK
    2.How clever employers use family-friendly practice to build their employer brand
    3.How family-friendly practices translate into employee engagement
    4.Measuring the business impact and ROI of these practices

    In this lively webinar, James Marsh will be joined by Panellists including Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director, Head of Coaching and Consultancy at My Family Care, and Deborah Richards, Diversity & Inclusion Leader at IBM.
  • Leading digital transformation in HR: Are you ready? Recorded: Jan 17 2019 62 mins
    James Marsh, HRreview; Suzanne Courtney, MD, cut-e; Lena Justenhoven, Senior Consultant, AON
    Yesterday’s way of working is obsolete. Today’s fast-paced, technology-fueled business environment means that the demands on employees, and the way in which they work, have changed.

    Are your employees and your organisation ready to cope with the digital future?

    On 17th January at 11.00am our digital readiness expert panel will be hosting a free live webinar to discuss:

    •Why digital transformation of the workforce is a priority for all organisations.
    •The core set of competencies that is needed to succeed in tomorrow's workplace.
    •How digital readiness can be measured and assessed.
    •How to approach digital transformation and take action right now.

    There will be the opportunity to interact live with our panel on the day by taking part in live polls and posting your questions, many of which will be answered during the webinar.
  • Recognition & Engagement: Get Set for Success in 2019 Recorded: Dec 13 2018 62 mins
    James Marsh, HRreview; Chase Dolomont, Achievers; Colin Watt, Chief People Officer, NCC Group
    Join Colin Watt, Chief People Officer, NCC Group and Chase Dolomont, Employee Engagement Strategist, Achievers, as they share practical advice on how to take your recognition and engagement programme to the next level for enhanced results in 2019.

    In this webinar, we will:
    •Share top tips on how to make your recognition and engagement programme a sustainable success
    •Talk you through case studies that show how other organisations have impacted business outcomes through leveraging engagement and recognition
    •Give you the opportunity to ask your questions to our experts and client advocates

    Who should attend?
    •Managers/HR leaders looking for ideas on how to improve employee engagement and performance, through joined up strategy and maximising untapped ecosystems around them
    •Executives who want to learn more about the top driver of employee engagement, employee recognition, and how to implement or improve a company-wide recognition programme
    •IT professionals looking for answers on how to maximise current technology and add engagement to the mix
  • Gender Pay Gap Reporting 2019: Business as usual? Recorded: Nov 29 2018 62 mins
    James Marsh, HRr; Jennifer Liston-Smith, MFC; Ruth Thomas, CURO; Carolanne Minashi, UBS;
    We have Gender Pay Gap data, so we have the beginnings of transparency. We have narratives exploring the drivers and action plans.

    But what are the specific building blocks of change for leading employers?
    How do you actually attract, retain and progress gender diverse talent and close the gap? .

    Our Autumn event aims to think big but also focus on practical actions employers can take as we move towards the next GPG reporting deadline in March/April 2019

    In this lively webinar, James Marsh will be exploring the issues and learning since the first reporting in April this year. He's joined by:

    Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director, Head of Coaching and Consultancy at My Family Care, and a recognised innovator in the Parental Leave Coaching field.

    Ruth Thomas, Senior Consultant at Curo Compensation, summarising the learning from this year’s Gender Pay Gap reporting and its implications for your next year’s report.

    Carolanne Minashi, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, UBS, sharing the factors that really enable women to progress and reach the top at work.

    Andrea Callender, Director, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Arup UKMEA
    On Arup’s journey in EDI including the promotion of Shared Parental Leave.

    The thought leadership shared will help you benchmark your current practice and gain practical ideas you can put to use
  • The Graduate conundrum – boosting graduate confidence in the workplace Recorded: Nov 22 2018 64 mins
    James Marsh, HRreview; Georgina Brazier, Milkround; Lucy Warren, Milkround
    Earlier this year, Milkround investigated the minds of over 5,700 students and graduates, to find out how they feel about taking their first steps into the world of work.

    The research found out much about what graduates expect in from their early careers, with interesting insight into predicted salary expectations and the disparities between males and female graduates. Other points reveal the uncertainty around internships and the pressure respondents feel against those who have more work experience or are less in need of a high salary.

    Milkround will also present further interesting research around retaining employee’s and what graduates expect in the workplace, with practical advice and tips on how to introduce methods such as reverse mentoring into graduate training programmes.

    The webinar will present an opportunity for you to address your own thoughts and challenges around hiring and retaining graduates to discourage job-hopping and ensuring you are developing and shaping graduates in the workplace, and our expert panel will offer recommendations around these themes.
  • Managing parental leave in the global digital age Recorded: Oct 10 2018 63 mins
    James Marsh, HRreview; Jennifer Liston-Smith, My Family Care; Xanic Jones, Citi; Dr Julie Humphreys, AIG
    In the competition for talent, doing something to smooth your peoples' transition to parenthood has become almost a hygiene factor. And legislative, economic and cultural factors keep gender diversity at the top of most organisations' agendas.
    Employers benchmarking against their sector find that maternity coaching, or - more inclusively - a parental leave programme, is now an expected provision in sectors such as banking, legal and professional services firms, and increasingly tech, insurance, media, fast-moving consumer goods and retail sectors.
    Many now provide blended (online and real world) programmes, whilst others have moved to purely digital solutions.
    Maternity coaching was first introduced on a wide scale in the early 2000s. Two decades on, the world and the way we work has changed enormously.
    In this lively webinar, James Marsh will be discussing the latest trends and developments and the drivers behind them, with Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director, Head of Coaching and Consultancy at My Family Care, and a recognised innovator in the Parental Leave Coaching field. We will also be joined by Diversity and inclusion specialists form leading employers, Citi and AIG. They'll be sharing their insights and experiences of the changing parental leave challenges in their organisations.
  • Financial wellbeing in the workplace: A way forward Recorded: Sep 27 2018 61 mins
    James Marsh, HRreview; Heidi Allan, Neyber; Maggie Williams, Freelance Journalist
    The link between financial security and physical and mental wellbeing has long since been established.

    Employees have to deal with busy lives and the complexities of major financial decisions, as well as key life events such as bereavement, buying a home or nearing retirement. It is not straightforward.

    With nearly half of the UK showing one or more signs of financial vulnerability and 46% of UK adults saying that their knowledge of financial matters is low, it is more important than ever for employees to manage and keep on top of their daily finances.

    50% of UK employees say that they feel their employers care about their financial wellbeing. But is there more UK employers can be doing to help and educate their employees on financial matters?

    In this webinar our expert panel will look at the importance of teaching employees good financial habits, budgeting and creating a 'savings buffer' to help them cope with the pressures of personal finance and economic uncertainty.
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