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Recaps from CIPD ME 2019 & Preparing for 2020 Conference

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By: Radha
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In 2019 CIPD launched its first international conference outside of the UK and Ireland, which took place in Dubai. This year the second round of the CIPD Middle East People Conference and Awards will take place on the 25-26 of March 2020 in Sofitel The Palm, Dubai.

To know more about this year’s conference please download the brochure from the following link: https://www.cipdconference.com/b-17-lightbox.html

CIPD Middle East Conference 2019 Recap:

The conference took place on April 10th and 11th 2019. It had senior HR professionals and business leaders flying in from all parts of the world including Australia and New Zealand. Future of the Human Resources profession was discussed and common good practices were shared. This conference paves the way to better the work and working lives in the region.

Ramy Bayyour, General Manager for the Middle East at CIPD started with the welcome note for the CIPD conference held on April 10 and 11, 2019 at Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He highlighted that this was the first time an all crew CIPD Middle Eastern conference was held. Ramy added that, HCT students while graduating from Bachelors in HR become CIPD members. At least a thousand students become charted members every year.

Some of 2019 Speech Insights:

Peter Cheese, the CEO of CIPD began his speech with the emphasis on redefining good work and putting human back in Human resources. Peter said that the changing context of work is contributed by many factors such as social, political, environmental and economic changes. Growing Technology is a major contributor. He further posted the question of educating people for future jobs which are yet to develop. Fourth industrial revolution is changing the nature of work to a great extent and being agile is very important. Learning and development should be reinvented to cope with the future. There is a need to empower employees where generational shift also plays a major role. Finally, Peter stressed on the importance of moving towards people and not just processes and standardisation where people are treated as individuals and not resources or assets. HR needs to develop knowledge base to connect more with the business to have enough data to make decisions.

Amy Crawford, the COO of Avado spoke about how organisations are failing to understand and support people and use it to competitive advantage. Technology is outpacing human capability and HR needs to find ways to help this. Building digital confidence, fostering collaboration and networking globally will enable to deploy flexibility and cost effectively. Finally, Amy stressed on the importance of creating high profile resume, ensuring line manager engagement, effective nomination process and amplifying impact with learners becoming mentors.

Michaela Alexis, the Millennial LinkedIn Master spoke about how Millennials are one fourth of world’s population. Recruiting the next Millennial stars is an area to be deeply looked at. She spoke about what Millennials want. Some of the top highlights were immediate feedback, where they are a “we” generation focused on connecting with people and to a purpose. Ways of attracting Millennials would involve a huge focus on reputation of an organisation. Being impolite or unprofessional when responding to reviews should be avoided. She added that focusing on flexibility and not just compensation is important. Being overly rigid with policies is not a great idea when it comes to attracting Millennials. Showcasing what the role can provide to the right candidate is very crucial and that includes an understanding of work space, culture and the work life balance. She advised not to make hiring an Olympic sport.

Emma Seymour, VP of worker welfare Expo 2020 spoke about mindfulness for life, work and leadership. She also spoke about how being aware of self with attention to body using breathing techniques make a difference. Importance of mental health in an organisation is often under looked. There was a panel discussion held about mental health and well being in workplace. Some highlights include getting insurance coverage for mental health. Derv Rao, Co-founder of duplay spoke about how team building activities which involve physical training like training for a marathon together creates a great bond. Depression, anxiety and stress are most common mental health issues in the Middle East. The panel discussion concluded with throwing light into aligning personal values with core values to be successful. Encouraging sports and bringing awareness of well being within the company bring in high engagement.

Christine Belanger, Senior Vice President at Mubadala presented a case study from her experience of merging two companies. Communication and support from leadership are the most important factors. Being transparent is very essential to avoid rumours getting spread. These were her major learning. She finally added that while merging, there has to be very minimal performance management. All employees worked very hard stretching themselves day and night for quite a few weeks and communication and support were the pillars that made it possible.

Craig Austin, Head of Talent Management and Learning and Development, RAK bank demonstrated a change management case study where they L&D clinics were launched. Talking to everyone to find out how they are and what their state of work will help identify the level of motivation. Training should be as agile as workforce. The team was motivated to leave behind legacy when they leave.

In Summary, the CIPD Middle East Conference 2019 enabled HR professionals and senior leaders to network and exchange best practices in the industry. The UAE has a growing HR hub and this helps HR professionals in the region to stay advanced and build the necessary capabilities for today’s workforce.

To know more about options attending the 2020 CIPD ME Conference kindle refer to the following link: https://cipd-me.myshopify.com/

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Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021 – where balance, resilience and authenticity break the Mental Health Stigma

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Written by: Cinzia Nitti

Globally, 2020 has been a year like no other. Coronavirus pandemic caused a massive business disruption; transformation has been key in supporting employees and catalyzing workplace changes. There was a rush to adapt and reinvent Business Models. Organizations had to rethink and reconsider how they deliver services and strengthen their Organizations through a forward-thinking Digital strategy. To be more agile and responsive in such uncertain times, we need to respond to challenges and adapt quickly to new scenarios by moving from rigid hierarchies to leaner and more flexible structures.

But what about Mental Health at Work, and why is it essential?

What’s the Office of the Future?

Within the Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021, HR Leaders tried to normalize the conversation about Mental Health by putting the topic first, enabling self-care and professional support, raising awareness, and building knowledge around its related issues. Nowadays, personal and work life are more intertwined than ever, so it becomes vital to create balance: the more employees feel free to talk about Mental Health, the more they can prevent struggle and breakout at the Workplace. HR leaders play a crucial role in making an IMPACT by pushing new solutions, promoting work-life balance, redesign workloads, and supporting their Teams.

In this general frame, Irada Aghamaliyeva (MENA Diversity, Inclusiveness & Wellbeing Leader at EY) affirmed: “Workplaces that are inclusive foster enhanced employee wellbeing; employees with high levels of wellbeing are more inclusive”. How can Organizations increase employees’ resilience and embed sustainable Leadership behaviors in the post-covid reality?

Dr. Irada Aghamaliyeva introduced the Mindfulness practice in the Workplace and highlighted its benefits on a large scale: improved wellbeing and resilience on a physical level; positive emotions, self-regulation, empathy and awareness of social dynamics; learning and innovation thanks to the implementation of flexible thinking, intuition and problem-solving processes. So breaking the stigma is possible, starting from personal wellbeing to sustain positive energy and fuel resilience.

About the Power of Empathetic and Authentic Leadership, Dr. Rima Ghose Chowdhury (EVP & Chief Human Resources Officers at Datamatics Global Services) stresses the importance of Leadership roles today. The virtual environment employees are working in, makes them more vulnerable due to a lack of balance between emotional and authenticity traits. Authenticity is the primary factor in effective leadership, regardless of the leadership style. Putting employees first as a strategic priority and hearing their voices to guide strategy; embracing agility to work more effectively in tumultuous time; including a multigenerational work-force: these are the key concepts within Dr. Rima’s motto “Empowering is to enable”. Through motivation and filling emotional support needs, the Empowering Teams Process leads to employees’ safety, esteem, and self-actualization. 

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. To know more about the FOW Future of Work Insights platform around the world, click here: https://fowinsights.com/

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The Wellbeing @ Work virtual Summit Middle East returns for its 5th annual event on 22-24 February 2021

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The summit provides an innovative and experiential virtual learning opportunity for our audience of CEOs, benefit and reward business leaders and senior HR professionals. The information and knowledge gained from attending this event allow the opportunity to make strategic wellbeing and mental health decisions within an organization, supporting our mission to create more flourishing and thriving workplaces. Never before has the mental health and wellbeing of your employees been so important. The Wellbeing @ Work Summit includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and fireside chats alongside unrivaled networking with leaders across the Middle East using our AI-enabled matchmaking platform. This is far more than a webinar! An engaging 3-day event providing you invaluable insight and tools to create thriving workplaces.

Key Reasons to Attend:

  • An engaging AI-enabled matchmaking platform to make invaluable connections & host virtual meetings up to 2 weeks before the three-day festival
  • Learn how multinational organizations are creating workplaces where employees thrive in the new world
  • Campfire panel discussions informing workplace change & mental health solutions
  • Middle East-based employer case studies providing the secrets to employee wellbeing success
  • International experts bringing best-practice from across the globe
  • Invaluable networking with business leaders from across the Middle East

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. The design and implementation of a holistic wellbeing and mental health programme that delivers healthy outcomes and a more productive organization is paramount right now. 

In addition, the results of the extensive Middle East region-wide survey on wellbeing and mental fitness in organizations across the region made in partnership with Cognomie will be presented during the event.

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Today’s challenges are tomorrow’s trends and opportunities

Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

www.decodinghrevent.com

The world in 2020 has changed to a ‘new normality’ but what’s that ‘new normality’ everybody talks about? Is it here to stay? How is it affecting us in our daily lives in the different versions of ourselves? As a customer, an entrepreneur, a parent, a friend…a worker…

Our job is a key part of our lives and we are indeed living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and ‘thinking machines’ are replacing human tasks and jobs, and changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. These momentous changes raise huge organisational, talent and other HR challenges. It has become clear that few organisations are likely to revert to pre-pandemic practices even after a vaccine is found.

Decoding Future HR 2021 is bringing you the ideology of how today’s challenges are becoming tomorrow’s trends and opportunities resulting in HR excellence.

Why you should attend:

  • Learn about the trends and best practices shaping future HR
  • Get valuable insights from expert speakers
  • Share ideas and research to help your organisation reach its goals
  • Understand what do employees want in ‘New Normal’
  • Develop new vision for HRBP and Centre of Expertise
  • Identify, integrate and understand stakeholders to create an intentional employee experience
  • Approaches and elements to leadership development.

Some of our confirmed speakers:

  • Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi , Human Resources Director, The HEINEKEN Company
  • Sarah Tabet, Global HR Director/ D&I Leader | Author for “Inclusion Starts with U”, Schneider Electric
  • Wadah Al Turki, Country Talent Manager KSA and Bahrain, IKEA
  • Lesha Chakraborti, Head of HR – EMEA, Travelex
  • Shaban Butt, Director HR & Administration, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Sajjad Parmar, Head of Rewards – APAC, eBay
  • Katey Howard, VP, Talent Management AMESA, Pepsico
  • Chen Fong Tuan, HR & General Affairs Director, Samsung Electronics
  • Prerna Ajmera, Senior Director, HR Experiences and Solutions, Microsoft
  • Václav Koranda, Vice President Human Resources / Member of the Board of Directors, T-System
  • Amy MacGregor, VP Employee Experience, Global HR, Manulife
  • Adwait Kashalkar, People Analytics and Programme Management Leader, APAC, Mastercard

Click here to view all speakers: www.decodinghrevent.com/speakers

At Wisdom we remain positive that ‘normality’ will soon return and that we will be able to physically meet together once again as speakers, delegates and sponsors at our beautiful venues around the world. But meanwhile, life continues and we need to keep in touch and learn from each other. This 24-hour virtual event will be of great benefit and value to your businesses and its continued development during these challenging times. While this virtual event comes at a lesser cost, it provides for now a wider reach into an international audience, with flexibility of access to content as well as allowing you to have the same opportunity as at a face-to-face session for one-to-one business meetings. We look forward to welcoming you in January.

Date and time: 19-20 January 2021Where: Virtual engaging platform
  Further information and bookings: www.decodinghrevent.com        Contact:
marketing@wisdom.events   #WSDM_BI
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