Welcome to the 20 Minute Master Class Series

With a new generation of workers, rapidly evolving technology, skills shortages in key functions and increasingly dispersed workforces, just some of the forces changing the workforce and workplace, how can HR ensure that they are positioned to meet tomorrow’s challenges? HR needs to not only engage the workforce, but also the board to demonstrate the impact HR can have in driving business performance.

Join industry experts for the second series of 20 Minute Online Master Classes designed to share best practice, current statistics and trends. Speakers from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Advanced Performance Institute, SuccessFactors plus leading bloggers in the HR space, will discuss some of the key issues facing HR departments today. These short interactive sessions should leave you with ideas about how you stay ahead of the game, building a high performance workforce to meet future business demands.

Jon Ingham – Tue 22nd Oct, 12pm
People & Organisation Development Strategist, Strategic HCM

HR and Technology: A relationship that can’t be broken. Learn more>>

Linda Holbeche – Tue 10th Dec, 2pm
Co-Director, The Holbeche Partnership

Unleashing Your Organisation's Potential Through Employee Engagement
Learn more>>


Will Staney – Wed 5th Feb, 2pm
Director of Recruiting, SuccessFactors, an SAP Company

Top 5 Tips for finding the world’s best talent. Learn more>>

Bernard Marr – Thu 14th Nov, 12pm
Founder and CEO, Advanced Performance Institute

Maximise the effectiveness of HR data and make the CEO listen! Learn more>>

Vanessa Robinson – Wed 15th Jan, 12pm
Head of Research, CIPD

What value can social media really bring to your employees? Learn more>>

Master Class: Jon Ingham – Tue 22nd October
People & Organisation Development Strategist, Strategic HCM

HR and Technology: A relationship that can’t be broken

For many years HR and IT were ships that passed in the night. Today the bond between the two groups has grown stronger and forged an acceptance within the HR community that this relationship can’t be broken. Whilst HR is increasingly recognised as a strategic player within organisations, it’s technology that has enabled more effective delivery and execution of people strategies.

However, HR and IT departments move at different speeds, with different priorities, yet often share similar challenges. How then, do you ensure that HR and IT work together in harmony? Join Jon Ingham, acclaimed author and HR consultant, to understand the important role technology is playing in HR transformation and how people strategies are being delivered and supported by technology advancements. Jon will focus on a check-list of HR initiatives where technology is accelerating HR excellence, examples of success, and his thoughts on the HR technology roadmap for future navigation of this new world.

As the opening session of our second 20 Minute Master Class series this is a session not to be missed for the forward-thinking HR professional.




Master Class: Bernard Marr – Thu 14th November
Founder and CEO, Advanced Performance Institute

Maximise the effectiveness of HR data and make the CEO listen!

The talk around “Big Data” has shifted from hype to reality. The opportunity for businesses to really use the vast amounts of data they hold intelligently for key decisions has never been clearer. This is especially important within HR departments whose powerful employee and talent data is rising up the agenda and in many organisations now considered vital for driving business forward.

Today’s HR systems give business leaders incredibly rich data on their talent at their fingertips. But as Bernard Marr, best-selling business author and enterprise performance expert, will discuss, all too often strategic decisions based on employee data are still at a very low level.

Bernard will focus on sharing some of the strategic decisions he has seen HR making within their organisations. He will discuss what data companies are using today, in conjunction with HR teams, to make tactical and strategic business decisions, and how can HR management more effectively support the CEO, and the Board, with the data they have available.





Master Class: Linda Holbeche - Tue 10th Dec
Co-Director, The Holbeche Partnership

Unleashing Your Organisation's Potential Through Employee Engagement

When it comes to the topic of employee engagement, is it the duty of HR or line managers to ensure teams are running at full potential? For leaders who want to enhance performance, this master class on employee management offers real solutions, based on years of research, into how to make workers feel more engaged – with the ultimate goal of increased productivity and results.

Drawing on insight from her best-selling and critically acclaimed book of the same title, Linda Holbeche will identify the key benefits of employee engagement, what helps and hinders it, how to measure it and how to put theory into action when trying to create it.

For line managers and HR professionals alike this session is not to be missed.

Master Class: Vanessa Robinson – Wed 15th Jan
Head of Research, CIPD

What value can social media really bring to your employees?

In early November, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) will release headline findings from their research on the impact social media has on employees’ experiences at work. Vanessa Robinson, Head of Research at CIPD, will use this ‘hot-off-the-press’ research as a backdrop to discuss key areas where HR professionals should be promoting the considerable benefits social media can bring to drive internal business engagement.

Whilst the risks around governing social media within organsations are still being voiced, Vanessa will focus on the rewards which not only empower the employee, but also benefit the business, from suggestions schemes and knowledge share through to external business benefits including recruitment, branding, and a blended approach to eLearning and social collaboration.





Master Class: Will Staney – Wed 5th Feb
Director of Recruiting, SuccessFactors, an SAP Company

Top 5 Tips for finding the world’s best talent

Will Staney, Director of Recruiting at SuccessFactors, an SAP Company, was recently recognised in Workforce magazine as a 2013 Game Changer. Known for his social recruiting efforts, recruitment marketing tactics, Web strategy and employer branding initiative, in this 20 Minute Master Class Will’s focus will be to discuss and share his Top Five Tips for finding the world’s best talent for your business.

Hiring and retaining the best talent is as tough as it's ever been. But with Huffington Post recognising Will in July in their “Top 100 Most Social Human Resources Experts On Twitter”, we believe he is someone worth listening to and guaranteed to provide expert insight in this session, with some very important points to apply to your business.