Schedule

 

DAY ONE: Wednesday 21 June 2017

8:30am

Registration opens

8:50am

Welcome & opening remarks from the Chairperson

 

Zrinka Lovrencic, Managing Director, Great Places to Work Australia

 

9:00am KEYNOTE: How the Department of Education is leveraging big data to make insightful HR business decisions
 

Innovative companies are harnessing data from a range of internal and external sources to make insightful business decisions.

  • What’s the difference between operational reporting and predictive analytics?
  • Dissecting data from performance management tools, talent reviews and executive succession planning and development tools
  • Using big data to assess  leadership pipelines and employee engagement
  • How to use external data
  • Balancing data-driven decision making with intuitive decision-making 

Cliff Gillam FCPHR, Executive Director, Workforce, Department of Education, Western Australia

 

9:45am

CASE STUDY: Leading a remote, mobile workforce
 

Innovative companies are harnessing data from a range of internal and external sources to make insightful business decisions.

  • What’s the difference between operational reporting and predictive analytics?
  • Dissecting data from performance management tools, talent reviews and executive succession planning and development tools
  • Using big data to assess leadership pipelines and employee engagement
  • How to use external data
  • Balancing data-driven decision making with intuitive decision-making 

Tracy Rainford, A/Director - Office of the CEO, WA Country Health Service - Department of Health

 

10:30am

Morning refreshment and networking break

 

 

11:00am LEGAL UPDATE: Best-practice guide to mental health in the disciplinary process
 

When dealing with workplace mental health issues, employers have legal obligations relating to discrimination, privacy, adverse action and health and safety. HR professionals should tread very carefully to avoid legal risks when mental health is a factor.

  • Overview of section 351(1) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
  • Impact of Salazar v John Holland Pty Ltd [2014] relating to mental health as a contributing factor in misconduct
  • To what degree should an employer take a psychiatric disorder (anxiety and depression) into account when considering the employee’s ability to communicate within the workplace?
  • At what point is it pragmatic to cease disciplinary processes and come to a settlement with an employee who suffers from mental illness?

Craig Boyle, Partner, MinterEllison

 

11:45am
The forces of global change (and how they affect HR directors)
 

Globalisation, digital disruption, large-scale demographic shifts and technological advances will continue to change the way we work over the coming years.  What will the workplaces and workforces of tomorrow look like?

  • What does digital disruption really mean long-term for workplace planning?
  • How will we meet the high expectations of millennials by creating a rewarding work experience, defined by constant learning and dynamic career progression?
  • What will future generations of workers expect from their employers?
  • Which elements of traditional management and leadership remain consistent throughout the years?

Stefanie Bradley, Partner in Charge, People & Change Authority, Management Consulting, KPMG

 

12:30pm  Networking Lunch
 

 

1:15pm PANEL: Professional perceptions: Why are we still battling a credibility crisis?
 

More than a decade after the publication of The HR Value Proposition, why is the HR profession in Australia still questioning its value, credibility and identity as respected leaders within our organisations?

  • Why are some HR professionals still struggling to be recognised in many organisations?
  • Why are we still preoccupied with the way that other professionals perceive us?
  • Is the HR department really viewed negatively by other professions? Or are we paranoid?
  • Are we succeeding in striking a balance between being an advocate of the people and representing the business?

Sarah Bagshawe, Executive Manager HR, Toxfree

Damir Kucan, Executive General Manager HR, Crown Perth

Elain Meighan, Group Manager HR, Silver Chain Group

Ron Pettit, Regional HR Director, Intertek

Moderator: Zrinka Lovrenzic, Managing Director, Great Places to Work Australia

2:45pm
Afternoon refreshment break
 

 

3:15pm

The key to authentic HR leadership in the executive team

 

Today's best HR directors are authentic leaders who earn the trust and confidence of their executive peers to guide them through strategic and ethical challenges.

  • Discovering your unique leadership style and building your leadership legacy
  • Leading with inclusiveness, empowerment and candor
  • Structuring and leading high-level discussions about concepts, ideas, strategy and execution

Muffy Churches, Executive Coach

 

4:00pm Managing change in your organisation
         

Today's best HR directors are authentic leaders who earn the trust and confidence of their executive peers to guide them through strategic and ethical challenges.

  • Discovering your unique leadership style and building your leadership legacy
  • Leading with inclusiveness, empowerment and candor
  • Structuring and leading high-level discussions about concepts, ideas, strategy and execution

Lori Grech, Managing Director, QL Management Consulting

 

4:45pm Day one concludes
   

DAY TWO: Thursday 22 June 2017

8:50am Opening remarks from the Chair
   
9:00am

CASE STUDY: Reinventing performance management - Career conversations that matter

 

Many organisations are replacing their bureaucratic, annual, formal performance management systems with systems of continual learning.

  • Problems with ratings and traditional performance methods
  • Streamlining processes of evaluations, consensus meetings and final ratings
  • Cultivating the art of meaningful conversations amongst your line managers
  • How to manage and monitor a system of informal, ongoing and open feedback conversations
  • Individualised forward-looking action plans that determine rewards

Veronica Holmes, Director of Human Capital, Deloitte

 

9:45am

CASE STUDY: Learning and development programs that engage millennials 

 

Technological advances and demographic shifts are disrupting the learning and development landscape. Organisations are increasingly trying to compress training into shorter, sharper interventions to engage young employees who have grown up in a digitally-saturated culture. What is the ideal blend for an L&D program?

  • How to incorporate massive open online courses (MOOCs) into a training program
  • M-learning and E-learning formats that keep learners engaged
  • Social learning and micro-learning - How quick is too quick when delivering training?
  • Engaging without sacrificing quality and depth of learning
  • Experiential training, including simulations, case studies, and flipped classrooms
  • Shifting from an internally focused, corporate-centric learning universe to a learner-centric one

 

10:30am
Morning refreshment break 
 

 

11:00am PANEL: How should HR leaders balance commercialism with empathy?
 

 As HR leaders increasingly focus on commercial priorities and business performance, are we neglecting long-term morale and ethical considerations? What is the right balance between hard-headed commercialism and empathising with employees?

  • Are we too focused on short-term business goals, to the detriment of long-term morale and engagement?
  • Are the so-called 'soft skills' sometimes lost in the quest to achieve budgets and objectives?
  • How to balance being able to demonstrate commercial acumen while also acting as a moral compass

Angela Edwards, HR Director Asia Pacific, CHC Helicopter Services

Kelly McKenzie, Group Manager of People & Performance, CBH Group

Andrea Thompson, HR Director of Health AsPac, Serco

Moderator: Claire Goodson, Director, Integritas Consulting

 

12:30pm Networking lunch
 

 

1:05pm

PRIZE DRAW

   
1:15pm
PANEL: People and technology today – What role should HR play?
 

Digital technology is disrupting business models and radically changing the way we work. With automation increasingly disrupting the workforce, what will this mean for the future role of HR departments?

  • The opportunities and challenges presented by mobile, cloud, big data and social technologies
  • How can we help employees shift to a ‘digital mindset’?
  • How will HR itself revolutionise its own systems and ways of delivering HR services?
  • Will technological advances give HR professionals more time to focus on high-value tasks?
  • What does the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ really mean for the HR profession?

Dr Jane Coffey, Senior Lecturer, HRM School of Managerment, Curtin Business School

Michelle Howells, Head of HR, ThyssenKrupp Elevator

Angie Young, General Manager People & Culture, Synergy Energy


2:15pm

WORKSHOP: Communication and influencing skills for HR

 

Influencing skills are critical for HR professionals at every level. The ability to influence means the difference between securing budget and support for an HR program or not.

 

3:00pm Conference concludes

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