HR Can Change the World
Impact were proud to sponsor a table at this year's Executive
Grapevine conference 'HR can Change the World'. The event
focussed on how strategic and operational change impacts the future
of workforce planning and cultural and organisational
With key speakers including Valerie Huges D'aeth - HR Director
at the BBC, Emer Timmons, President, BT Global UK, Lesley Baxter,
HR Director at Warner Brothers and Richard Watson, Futurologist (to
name a few!) it was a fantastic line up….
In today's market, winning a competitive advantage is
increasingly driven by change - whether the focus is organisational
culture and values, optimising performance, technology or using
data metrics to stay ahead. The economic landscape moves at an
increasingly faster pace and organisations are faced with the
prospect of competing in a world where change is the only thing
that is certain. So how do you create a dynamic, forward thinking
culture that is fit for purpose and what impact will this have on
the HR Function?
We were inspired by Emer Timmons, who discussed how 'positive
disruption' enabled them to achieve transformation at BT and how
they increased employee engagement through professional communities
- creating a broader sense of belonging, and focusing on the
importance of each and every person contribution to achieve the
mission of the organisation.
Organisations are being challenged to reinvent the way they
operate and HR has a responsibility to partner leadership through
many of these changes … from structural changes, to finding the
right people and developing, rewarding and engaging them, people
are essential to businesses and for most organisations, they are
their biggest investment! Organisations that survive will
need their people to help them to achieve strategic goals and
remain agile and resilient to change. Strategy doesn't just happen;
it needs to be lived and acted on by employees. This is what
strategic workforce planning is all about - the ability to define
track and measure your investment in people and good HR will play a
pivotal part in shaping this.
Rob Jones (Head of Organisation Effectiveness, Cross Rail) was
incredibly engaging whilst talking us through their journey of
'Moving London Forward' and the importance of plumbing culture into
everything and ensuring success is based on and rewarded by
delivering against company values. It was reinforced how our
Leaders are magnates for talent acquisition.
So in addition to strategic workforce planning and utilising
analytics to assess and reinforce culture, HR need to embrace the
changing nature of the workplace to create a competitive edge. With
individuals working longer and organisations made up of people with
increasingly different life experiences and work expectations,
striking a cultural balance that embraces diversity will also be
high on the agenda for 2015 and 2016!