Jarath Dooley of Version 1, which won the CIPD 2017 Award for Employee Empowerment and Trust, talked about the centrality of Version 1’s core values and the strategic triangle of employees, customers and profitability. The company is maximising engagement opportunities into the future with a balanced, values-based approach that drives performance.
Additionally, delegates benefited from hearing thought leaders’ views on other topical issues that the profession is currently grappling with. With the gig economy moving centre stage, Melanie Crowley of Mason Hayes Curran shared her evaluation on how to manage independent workers into the future, and minimise the legal risks.
Liz Joyce of the Central Bank, talked about creating a sustainable future-fit culture. Joyce discussed the development of a role-based organisation, with dual career paths, and greater spans of control. The Bank is building new organisational capabilities and has launched a new future-fit working environment to facilitate behaviours such as collaboration.
On employee well-being, Dr Wolfgang Seidl of Mercer argued for increasing attention on maintaining the health of the majority of the workforce, not just those who are unwell, recognising that many people demonstrate unhealthy behaviours. He debated how to better measure the return on value, not just return on investment for well-being.
In the context of current high profile leadership crises, Elena Antonacopoulou of the University of Liverpool, talked about how to better connect the practice of learning and leadership. Antonacopoulou urged her audience to embrace the unknown and anticipate crises in order to pinpoint the capabilities and talents people will need to be able to respond effectively.
This thought-provoking conference gave delegates the unique opportunity to come together and contribute to the important discussions the profession needs to have around the core principles and behaviours needed to shape a more human future of work. To engage further with the debates raised at the conference on shaping the future of work, email CIPD in Ireland and join the discussion in the CIPD Community.
The conference was sponsored by Mercer, Mason Hayes and Curran, The Irish Times Executive Jobs and One4all rewards.