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What’s Next in Work-Life Balance?

For employers and employees, Q2 means a series of tentative steps out of self-preservation and into new ways of working. Innovation is much discussed. Employers have taken turns to announce plans for their version of hybrid working with difference emphases on office, remote, hub-based or blended work patterns.

Meanwhile, as we experiment with new normals, the summer holidays loom large and working parents face the annual juggle. Employers have been much more involved in care provision and also in supporting wellbeing and mental health.
In this lively discussion, senior leaders from Bright Horizons share lived experience from working with over 300 of the UK’s leading employers to support work and family. Their client partnerships span top law firms and banks through to tech giants, NHS and fast-moving consumer goods.

Through their just-launched research and their day-to-day conversations they have granular insights into what works and what’s next. Join us to hear from these leading thinkers as we discuss the trends. Has work-life balance taken on a whole new meaning? Will employers continue to play a strong role in enabling ‘life’ through benefits, programmes and greater choice? Or will remote working deliver an always-on, work-first culture?
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    The backdrop to this surge of activity includes the long-term health and mental health impacts of covid and of the lockdowns. This is a critical moment for employers to get it right: practically, culturally and emotionally. How do we regenerate culture, refocus on business plans and also nurture mental health?

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    But why?

    In spring 2021, we spoke to HR and talent leaders across sectors to find out how they hire, the common challenges they face, what works in the hiring process – and what doesn’t.

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    - Talent as the ultimate competitive advantage
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    James Marsh, HRreview; Jennifer Liston-Smith, Bright Horizons; Denise Priest, Bright Horizons; Oliver Black, Bright Horizons
    For employers and employees, Q2 means a series of tentative steps out of self-preservation and into new ways of working. Innovation is much discussed. Employers have taken turns to announce plans for their version of hybrid working with difference emphases on office, remote, hub-based or blended work patterns.

    Meanwhile, as we experiment with new normals, the summer holidays loom large and working parents face the annual juggle. Employers have been much more involved in care provision and also in supporting wellbeing and mental health.
    In this lively discussion, senior leaders from Bright Horizons share lived experience from working with over 300 of the UK’s leading employers to support work and family. Their client partnerships span top law firms and banks through to tech giants, NHS and fast-moving consumer goods.

    Through their just-launched research and their day-to-day conversations they have granular insights into what works and what’s next. Join us to hear from these leading thinkers as we discuss the trends. Has work-life balance taken on a whole new meaning? Will employers continue to play a strong role in enabling ‘life’ through benefits, programmes and greater choice? Or will remote working deliver an always-on, work-first culture?
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    With the global workplace in a fractious state for the last 12 months, many companies transitioned employees to working from home. This created new challenges for HR leaders from providing clear guidance to reinforcing HR policies.

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    By integrating payroll with the entire people suite, including talent and workforce management, organisations have a single source of truth for seamless data sharing between departments. This enables greater insights and control over operations which leads to more accurate, efficient and agile ways of working.

    Without complications, HR can focus on strategic initiatives for the fluid workforce, such as embracing talent mobility and developing a strong company culture that embraces both permanent and contingent workers.

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    85% of CEOs whose organisations have a D&I strategy say it has enhanced business performance.
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    Workplace diversity is far more than just a moral issue. Organisations can harness the difference in people to help them become more successful, more innovative, more skilled and better able to cater to their diverse clients’ needs. However, putting the right steps in place to build a diverse workforce can be challenging. So, what can you do?

    Join Organisational Psychologist, Mollie Tatlow & Neal Verman, HR Director at Chestertons as they discuss the importance of having a D&I strategy in your recruitment and people processes, how to cultivate an inclusive workforce and the challenges you may come across.

    Key takeaways:
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    • Useful statistics on bias, diversity and inclusion
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    - How companies have found success with frequent feedback
    - How performance feedback can be used to motivate good performance and increase engagement
    - How continuous learning and development impacts employee engagement and retention
  • Reinventing HR: Built. For Transformation Recorded: Mar 18 2021 62 mins
    James Marsh, HRr; Bob Rehill, Bob Rehill and Associates; Georgina Hendley, SD Worx; Stephen Ousley, SD Worx
    The pandemic has created challenges that none of us anticipated. For many businesses, it has accelerated digital transformation projects and highlighted the need for more agile and fluid ways of working.

    The rise of digital transformation in HR makes fluid workforce management possible. Tools that unlock digital HR processes, boost efficiency, enhance collaboration, reduce workloads and facilitate accurate information flows are shaping workforces around the globe.

    Digital HR and an employee centred mindset are no longer optional if you wish to thrive in the ‘new normal’. Both domains are heavily intertwined: a workplace with lots of digital and mobile options is exactly what employees want. Yet this can create more challenges for HR and Payroll departments.

    This notion immediately raises some questions. Just how digitally mature are companies today? Are they satisfied with the way things are going or are they planning new projects?

    Join Bob Rehill, from Bob Rehill and Associates, and Georgina Hendley, Transformation Programme Manager from SD Worx, for this webinar, where you’ll discover:

    • How can you achieve high digital HR maturity and what are the benefits?
    • What type of digital transformation projects are businesses prioritising?
    • What impact does automation/integration of HR and payroll processes/systems have on employee experience?
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    Diversity is a proven investment in a company’s success. International research argues that diversity is an important driver of business performance and a key factor to boost employee engagement and satisfaction. How can organizations craft better inclusion & diversity strategies for a competitive edge?

    This webinar will provide a clear and practical understanding of what Diversity & Inclusion really means, why it matters and what you can do as a company to leverage its full potential within your hiring strategy.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    • The power of diversity as a catalyst for business-critical initiatives
    • Ways to embrace diversity and inclusion within your hiring so that your organization can attract, engage and hire the best talent to build a winning workforce
    • How you can leverage iCIMS D&I technology solutions for more inclusive talent practices
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    In the current COVID-19 world, where physical interactions are limited and the entire recruitment journey has moved online, only the most future-focussed organisations will hire the best quality talent. As recruiting leaders we need to think more broadly about how we assess, select and retain early career talent in our organisations.

    Join Aon, Schroders and Inside HR’s Virtual Forum that will cover:

    Case Study: How Schroders tackled diversity with their Early Careers Talent programme
    Hiring for skills: What skills does our workforce need today and in the future?
    How remote working and location strategy is impacting Early Careers Recruitment

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    As we embrace a new world of hybrid work styles, what do employers need to do, to ensure success? Paying practical attention to working parents and carers is one important piece of the puzzle.

    We have a greater awareness than ever of the challenges in balancing careers with home life as the pandemic quite literally revealed the backdrop to our employees’ lives.

    We’ve learned that employees can be trusted to deliver remotely and that there are work-life gains without a commute. On the other hand, people need people and some people’s homes are not ideal workspaces. Bright Horizons’ research with working parents and carers suggests most will favour a blend of workplace in the future – onsite and offsite – where their roles allow.

    What are the quick wins and the strategic moves in this area that support wellbeing, work-life balance and deliverables ongoing?

    Hear from leading thinkers and employers on what works in managing hybrid working in inclusive high-performance cultures. Gain practical insights to help you weave support for working parents and carers (whatever their gender) into your Gender Pay Gap action plan.


    Speaker details:

    - Siri Nomme, Head of Talent & Diversity, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
    - Fiona Daniel, Founder & CEO FD2i, Former UK Head of D&I at HSBC
    - Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership, Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions
  • How to refine your learning strategy during times of disruption Recorded: Dec 10 2020 61 mins
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    More pressure is on HR and L&D leaders to validate their current learning and training strategy during the current disruption.

    The spotlight is on removing the things that aren't working and clearly demonstrating the value of positive initiatives. To discover how HR and L&D leaders are pivoting join Go1's Oliver Browning, industry expert, Simon Gibson, Industry L&D Leader and City Fibre Learning Experience Specialist, Lucy Cornwall for this free live webinar on how to refine your learning strategy during times of uncertainty and disruption.

    The key discussion points will be;

    - What are the high performing HR/L&D teams doing vs low performing HR/L&D teams?
    - How are high performing companies maximising their learning budgets?
    - Real initiatives City Fibre use to drive learning engagement to over 700 employees
  • Empowering your workforce for 2021 and beyond Recorded: Dec 3 2020 61 mins
    James Marsh,HRr; John McLaughlin, Aon; Marius Grindemann, Aon
    Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, calls for greater diversity and inclusion, and unprecedented technology disruption, businesses can play a major role in addressing the challenges and opportunities our world faces.

    But how can you accelerate your workforce into the future?

    In this HR expert forum we will look at:

    - How to create workforces prepared to withstand future disruptions and stresses

    - How to use data intelligently whilst balancing people risk and optimising people spend.

    - How to empower workforce agility and resilience

    Please register to attend this free webinar, where you will also have the opportunity to ask questions to our panel of specialists.
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    Research conducted by Gallagher has highlighted that prioritising wellbeing is central to re-engaging employees as organisation’s emerge from COVID-19 disruptions.

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    Gallagher’s 2020 Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey report provides the benchmarking data and insights you need, helping your workplace work better so that you can face your future with confidence. Hear the analysis from Gallagher’s experts across the full spectrum of organisational wellbeing: financial, career, physical and emotional.
  • Insights for a resilient HR strategy in 2021 - latest survey results Recorded: Nov 19 2020 62 mins
    James Marsh, HRr; Fiona McKee, SD Worx; Simon Parsons, SD Worx; Lou Gray, EY Absolute
    New research by leading HR & Payroll provider, SD Worx, reveals that nearly half of European companies believe that COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their businesses, and that we will have to radically change the way they work.

    The research found that UK companies value wellbeing by a large margin; only payroll scores higher. In line with that observation, diversity and inclusion are top priorities. Surprisingly, wage costs have fallen to the bottom of the list since the pandemic started. 

    Join Fiona McKee, HR Director at SD Worx, Simon Parsons, Director of UK Compliance Strategies at SD Worx and Lou Gray, Head of Transitions & Operations at EY Absolute – we’ll to delve into the findings of the research in greater detail, and explore how you can use these insights to develop a more resilient HR strategy for 2021.  

    Below are some of the key issues arising from the research and the focal points of this webinar: 

    · Should digital transformation and automation be put on hold amid the crisis? 

    · How HR can deliver personalised employee experiences 

    · How HR leaders can increase digital maturity

    · Why Payroll is the top priority for HR leaders in the UK  

    · Why and how we should adapt to flexible working practices post-COVID-19 
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