POSTED: August 10 2016
CIPD 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition – inspiring HR professionals to shape the future of work

CIPD 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition – inspiring HR professionals to shape the future of work

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has announced the programme for its 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition, taking place at Manchester Central on 9-10 November 2016. As the major HR conference of the year, the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition attracts thousands of national and international attendees. The theme for this year is shaping the future of work, which will be explored across a range of seminars, masterclasses and workshops. Each will feature leading commentators, academics and practitioners together with speakers from a broad range of organisations who will be sharing their practical insights on innovation and new approaches to people management and learning & development practices.

Conference sessions will be geared around five key streams:

· Performance and Talent Management – understanding people and practices in 21st Century work and what organisations are doing to create sustainable, successful businesses
· Organisation Effectiveness and Change – a look at how organisations are implementing change successfully and developing individual and organisational change capability
· HR Essentials – how to expand the capability and value of your HR function, as well as insights into the most effective people management practices
· Science of Human Behaviour – understanding motivations and behaviours to increase employee performance and productivity
· Future of Work and Business Insights – how technological and business change is transforming the world of work and working lives

Dr Margaret Heffernan, award-winning author and TED speaker, will deliver the opening keynote exploring what makes modern organisations successful in the new world of work. Her talk will look at the defining characteristics of adaptive organisations, the value of social capital, the changing relationship between employer and employee and the implications for hiring and leadership development.

Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, will close the conference talking about leading and learning in the age of nomadic professionalism. The talk will explore the shift from corporate citizenship to nomadic professionalism, the crucial role of HR and L&D professionals in cultivating meaningful and trustworthy leadership, and the learning strategies and practices that foster its development.

Running alongside the conference is the CIPD Exhibition, in which more than 180 leading HR and L&D suppliers will be showcasing their latest innovations and solutions. The exhibition features a free programme of bite-sized learning sessions and insight from suppliers, synchronised with the key themes on the conference agenda. CIPD experts and conference speakers will also be sharing their knowledge and expertise on how to understand and approach current and future challenges in work and working lives.

Peter Cheese, CIPD Chief Executive, comments: “This year has been one of great change, but also one of opportunity for businesses, and especially for the HR profession. HR’s role in shaping the future of work, helping organisations assess the way they do things and make changes to be more agile and more ready to take on future contexts, is now more crucial than ever. And it’s not just the result of the recent EU referendum that has triggered this chance for the profession – new technologies, different ways of working and the growing needs of a multi-generational workforce are demanding new skills and practices. The CIPD is playing its part by questioning and assessing ingrained models and processes that are still used by HR professionals, but may not hold the same value any more. We’re also stripping HR right back to its roots, thinking carefully about the purpose, values and principles that govern the profession. What do we need to make better decisions? What lenses can we use to make those decisions at any time, in any context?

“This year’s event is all about helping HR prepare itself to shape the future of work by asking these questions. As a profession we should be leading by example and actually be the change we want to see in order to help the organisations we function in find new and exciting opportunities. We’re looking forward to bringing you inspiration from thought leaders, practitioners, and experts in HR, L&D and OD who’ve been testing new and different approaches in their organisations. And we’ll also be encouraging you to engage as much as you can, to really understand what some of that thinking might look like in practice and in your own organisational contexts.”

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