VIP Conference Day 1

08:45

Chairpersons opening remarks

FUTURE OF WORK

Lucky Mandlazi
09:00

Redefining the future of work NOW

  •     What will the workforce of 2030 look like?
  •     The employee experience is the future – a social, mobile and consumer-style experience
  •     Humans and machines
  •     Fostering a culture of learning, productivity and well-being
  •     Reacting to the gig economy 
  •     The drivers – change, innovation, transformation and demographics  
Brady Pyle
09:20

Building a Culture of Innovation: It’s Not Rocket Science! NASA Johnson Space Center’s Journey to #1 for Innovation in U.S. Government

  •     NASA’s human exploration plans for a Journey to Mars
  •     NASA’s three key measures for the Culture of Innovation
  •     What drives the Culture of Innovation
  •     Keys to NASA’s success, including specific Senior Leadership challenges and new recognition programs
  •     It’s not just a leadership responsibility: what you need from employees
  •     Six practices every front-line leader can execute to drive innovation 
Simon Rey
09:40

Minding the generation gap – driving a multigenerational workforce in this new world of work

  •     Adapting to demographic disruption 
  •     Understanding the expectations and desires of a diverse workforce 
  •     Back to basics: Building the trust between employers and employees
  •     Offering constant and accessible L&D opportunities - transforming the way people work
  •     A new kind of leader: Fostering a culture of flexibility to prioritise happiness 
  •     Continuing and furthering employee engagement and ROI 
Jayshree Naidoo
10:00

Shaping the future of work, workspaces and people

  •     Creating an experiential working environment 
  •     Realising the connection between people and workspaces 
  •     The design element 
  •     Accommodating and supporting technology in contemporary workplace 
  •     Assessing spaces and facilities and having the ability to adapt with evolving workforces 
  •     High performance workspaces and their value  
10:20

Speed Networking

10:40

Morning Tea

THE WORKFORCE IN A GIG ECONOMY

LEADERSHIP

Track 1
11:20

The millennial workforce: how to engage this generation

  •     Understanding their behaviour and characteristics 
  •     Catering towards instant gratification 
  •     How to manage millennials 
  •     The importance of reviews and instant feedback 
  •     Appreciating the tech-savvy traits  
Track 2
11:20

People potential: Identifying and developing exceptional leaders

  •     Considering culture and investment as a priority 
  •     Integrating collaboration and empowerment from the start 
  •     Developing an inclusive leadership culture 
  •     Nurturing millennial leaders – tailoring development programmes 
  •     Using data evidence to identify leaders  
Track 1
11:40

A mobile workforce: shifting to the gig economy mind set

  •     Examining the evolving trends in company culture and dynamics 
  •     Digital collaborative innovation 
  •     Maximising productivity and efficiency through technology 
  •     Considering the social trends 
  •     Prioritising workforce engagement
  •     Using mobile to retain talent 
Track 2
11:40

Personalised and practical leadership initiatives

  •     Identifying, developing and exposing potential talent
  •     Exploring the individuals innovative and creative approach to working 
  •     Personalised development as a retention tool 
  •     Finding the optimum L&D programme to suite individual needs  
Track 1
12:00

The flexible workforce: The shift from the office to home

  •     Embracing flex-time, telework, and reduced work-hours programs
  •     Empowering your workforce to create their own working styles 
  •     Is the next step a virtual workplace?
  •     Digital devices blur the lines between work and home
  •     Fair and flexible remote-working policies
Track 2
12:00

Transforming and refocussing leadership

  •     Leadership strategies that remain relevant and attractive in a competitive world 
  •     Recognising the need for new skills
  •     Distinguishing succession qualities and developing them 
  •     The employer/employee interaction 
  •     Returns and risks  

ROUNDTABLES

12:20

Benefits and rewards: Where do you draw the line?

12:20

Creating spaces where everyone can work and be productive

12:20

Innovative on-boarding and how this impacts retention

12:20

Old vs. new learning methods – upskilling a multigenerational workforce

12:20

Planning innovative workspaces that work for you

12:20

Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work

13:00

Lunch

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Track 1
14:20

Driving, managing and measuring employee engagement

  •     A cross-organisational approach: creating a sense of passion and purpose
  •     Empowering employees to connect with the purpose of the organisation 
  •     Reflecting the needs of the workforce in tracking rewards 
  •     Performance feedback tool 
Track 2
14:20

Evolution of learning – mastering tomorrow’s learning platforms

  •     Understanding how a new generation of workers learn
  •     Considering where the benefits lie and how it impacts the bottom line 
  •     Platforms that provide an instant sense of achievement 
  •     Digital methodologies and how they are transforming how learners engage with L&D 
  •     Aligning the learning function with business goals  
Track 1
14:40

The goal: worker loyalty and longevity

  •     Focussing on improving the employee experience overall  
  •     Attracting and retaining talent: this is the base of engagement 
  •     Understanding what drives and motivated the workforce 
  •     Driving these initiatives with a global focus  
Track 2
14:40

Gamification – work and learning in action

  •     How to use gamification to deliver an exceptional learning experience 
  •     The impact on L&D strategies 
  •     Keeping the experience positive – rewards and instant feedback 
  •     Filling the learning needs of the company 
  •     Applying gamification concepts to non-gaming environments  
     
Track 1
15:00

The Neuroscience of Employee Engagement

  •     The same brain in a rapidly changing workplace
  •     Key neuroscience insights made simple 
  •     The daily ‘derailers’ of optimum engagement at work  
  •     Latest findings on the core issue: gaining and maintaining attention 
  •     Engagement with the brain in mind – prerequisites for performance 
Track 2
15:00

How to invest in experiential learning without breaking the bank

  •     Using a bitesize strategy 
  •     Using online tools and internal platforms to distribute communication 
  •     Virtual learning – controlling the experience for the corporate learner 
  •     Utilising live online learning and interactivity 
  •     Humanising professional development – peer to peer collaboration  

ORGANISATIONAL DESIGN

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Track 1
15:20

Re-designing your organizational structure to meet the demands of the workforce and business climate today

  •     Starting with the fundamental building blocks 
  •     Building and developing the strategy first – designing your corporate DNA
  •     Fixing the structure last, not first 
  •     Making the most of top talent
  •     Promoting development and accountability 
  •     Promoting the informal  
Track 2
15:20

Diversity and inclusion: The reality gap

  •     How to integrate a comprehensive strategy into every aspect of the talent life-cycle 
  •     Highlighting the skills gap and how to build it up 
  •     Building skills for different generations 
  •     Open dialogue and inclusive working styles
  •     Frustrations, challenges and opportunities – championing similarities  
Track 1
15:40

A new organisation: The rise of teams

  •     It’s all about a network of teams 
  •     Adapting to collaboration, new behaviours and new job descriptions 
  •     Co-ordinating and aligning global team 
  •     Rethinking almost everything – careers, internal mobility, goals and rewards  
  •     Skills and learning as a key part of performance 
  •     The changing role of leaders  
Track 2
15:40

Diversity & Inclusion: The Currency of the Future. Can you afford to operate without it?

  •     Transformation as MORE than just a legal imperative
  •     How and why to integrate multicultural and gender diverse workforce
  •     Discussing what it means to lead a diverse team
  •     Leveraging ways to encourage and promote diversity and inclusion within the workplace 
Track 1
16:00

How things were, how they are, but how they should be – redesigning how we work

  •     The changing composition of the workforce 
  •     The changing nature of work itself 
  •     The need for innovation and creativity to drive the economy and 
  •     Advances in technology that affect where and how we work  
Track 2
16:00

Diversifying leadership for the multinational company

  •     Understanding the complexities of the workforce 
  •     Developing leadership skills and attributes in all employees spread across the globe 
  •     Adjusting organisational strategies to suit the adoption of diverse and collaborative workforces 
  •     Communicating and reaching out to employees from multicultural backgrounds  
     
16:20

Afternoon Tea

WELLNESS, WELL-BEING

Niki Seberini
17:00

Workplace wellness grows up – a culture of wellness that’s fresh, inviting and worthwhile

  •     Expanding the definition of “Total well-being” at work – what’s the next big thing?
  •     The importance of the human infrastructure
  •     How the mind works
  •     Stress management = Mind management
  •      Mindfulness - the new way of being
Dr Scott Frasard
17:20

Actively involve your stakeholders in evaluating training impact

  •     Introduce an overarching evaluation strategy.
  •     Evaluate training with the end in mind - "What do you want to learn?"
  •     How to effectively involve stakeholders to gain evaluation support.
  •     Incorporating lessons learned to improve training practice. 
17:40

Chair's closing remarks and close of conference

last published: 18/Aug/17 11:45 GMT