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  • CRF: Bringing Down The Walls In Social Mobility
    Tuesday 31 March

    Location: Central London.

    Speakers: Prof. Arturo Bris, IMD Business School.

    Overview: IMD Professor of Finance Arturo Bris, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, will take us on a world tour of global competitiveness, surveying financial, economic, technological and social development. Looking at the issues as a series of walls – between generations, between rich and poor, between genders, between economic powers, between people and their leaders and between us and our planet – Bris will examine what it will take to break down the barriers that divide us.

    Professor Bris will argue that we need a greater sense of urgency to tackle the blocks to our progress. Some walls, such as gender and climate, can only be broken down by a shift in mindset. Others, like trade wars and immigration, require action. Progress will require collaboration: governments, companies and society working together to solve our urgent problems. Underpinning all of this is the need to put technology at the service of people.

    What’s the way forward? Bris will take a holistic view, with responsibility shared between individuals, governments, and corporate entities. We will have to move towards more inclusive prosperity, which ultimately is the backbone of competitiveness.

    CRF is a membership network with the purpose to enhance the knowledge, capabilities and effectiveness of the HR function in order to drive superior organisational performance. This event is part of the annual programme of events. If you would like to hear more information on CRF, membership, or would be interested to attend this event as a guest, please email harriet@strategic-dimensions.co.uk.

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    CRF: Effective Leadership Development – Practical Solutions To Essential Challenges
    Tuesday 21 April

    Location: Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Speakers: Prof. Jennifer Jordan, IMD Business School.

    Overview: Our 2019 research, Digital Disruption: Exploring the Implications for Leaders and Leadership Development, examined the leadership capabilities required for success in the digital age and the implications for leadership development. In this interactive and practical workshop, attendees will work collaboratively, prompted by the latest thinking in leadership development from IMD faculty, case studies and facilitated discussion among participants.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to:

    • Compare experiences around the critical leadership challenges faced by their organisations and share how they are tackling them
    • Gain deeper insights into the principles of effective leadership development and consider how these might be implemented within their organisations
    • Consider how to design leadership development programmes that deliver strategic business value
    • Discuss how to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of leadership development and how to apply these ideas in practice
    • Collaborate with peers in co-creating solutions to leadership challenges in their organisations.

    CRF is a membership network with the purpose to enhance the knowledge, capabilities and effectiveness of the HR function in order to drive superior organisational performance. This event is part of the annual programme of events. If you would like to hear more information on CRF, membership, or would be interested to attend this event as a guest, please email harriet@strategic-dimensions.co.uk.

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    PARC: Health And Financial Wellbeing Programmes – Are They An Essential Part Of The Employee Value Proposition?
    Thursday 23 April

    Location: Central London.

    Speakers: Jonathan Watts-Lay, Wealth at Work.

    Overview: What is the point of employee benefits? When the majority of people worked for a single employer for most of their working lives, it was natural to assume that their employer would undertake some responsibility for retirement income and protection against ill health. Nowadays, with far greater employee mobility, career changes, varied working patterns and forms of employment, some of the traditional employee benefits appear less relevant.

    So what is the nature of the ‘value proposition’ in the area of benefits that is more likely to attract and retain our employees in future?

    • Is it more likely to focus on ‘financial wellbeing’ throughout the working life – rather than just building a pension?
    • Is it more likely to focus on maintaining good health (and a healthy life-style) than on private healthcare to get employees back into work as quickly as possible?
    • With the greater focus on mental health, how far do employers’ responsibilities extend into this area?
    • What should employers do to make the working environment more conducive to productive work?
    • How should the employer respond to societal changes affecting, for example, child-birth, elderly care, and so on?
    • Are there any politically acceptable solutions which might address the challenge of raising UK productivity?

    With the benefit of a PARC Report, we will examine the practical implications (and costs) of taking a greater interest in the financial, health and mental wellbeing of our employees – and the extent to which this contributes to greater organisational performance and to a compelling benefits proposition to attract and retain critical talent. Critically, do such benefits contribute to a more or less agile reward structure?

    On the broader health side, we will address active interventions made by employers to improve mental and physical wellbeing, such as the use of mental health first aiders, coaching, EAPs, app-based interventions, and broader changes in culture and leadership.

    On the financial side, we will address areas such as employee debt, money management, savings and investment (both products and costs), and the role of nudge theory.

    PARC is a membership network for business leaders interested in organisational and individual performance and reward solutions. This event is part of the annual programme of member meetings. If you would like to hear more information on PARC, membership, or would be interested to attend this meeting as a guest, please email harriet@strategic-dimensions.co.uk.

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    CRF: Let’s Get (Beyond) Physical – Crafting A Holistic Approach To Employee Wellbeing
    Tuesday 19 May

    Location: Central London.

    Speakers: Dr Adrian Massey, Faculty of Occupational Medicine; Dr Wolfgang Seidl, Mercer; Dr Carmen von Rohr, CRF.

    Overview: Employee health and wellbeing is not a new concern. However, while physical wellbeing has received a great deal of attention and effort, much less attention has been paid to employees’ mental wellbeing. Given that poor mental health in the UK alone is estimated to cost employers at least £33 billion per annum, there is potentially a strong business case for making mental wellbeing a priority. Furthermore, we are beginning to understand the impact of financial wellbeing on mental health – surveys show nearly half the workforce reports money matters as their number one source of stress.

    This timely re-evaluation of employee wellbeing will explore in-depth its mental and financial dimensions, and the new imperative for organisations to craft a holistic approach to wellbeing. The masterclass and accompanying report will address the following questions:

    • What do we mean by mental and financial wellness, and what relevance do they have to business performance? What do good mental and financial health look like, and how should organisations be intervening to promote them?
    • What is the relationship between financial, mental, and physical health? How do they interact and what impact does this have on individuals and their performance? Can a health and wellbeing strategy that fails to adequately address all dimensions of wellness be effective?
    • What are the components of an integrated, effective and comprehensive wellbeing strategy? How can we measure its impact?

    CRF is a membership network with the purpose to enhance the knowledge, capabilities and effectiveness of the HR function in order to drive superior organisational performance. This event is part of the annual programme of events. If you would like to hear more information on CRF, membership, or would be interested to attend this event as a guest, please email harriet@strategic-dimensions.co.uk.

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    PARC: Why Organisations Fail – Do We Know The Signs And Can We Read Them?
    Wednesday 3 June

    Location: Central London.

    Speakers: Stephen Carver, Cranfield University; Diane Gilhooley, Eversheds Sutherland; Margaret Heffernan, Author and Broadcaster; Tim Steer, Author and Commentator; Prof. David Tuckett, University College London.

    Overview: Why do companies fail? What is it that makes a successful business go from hero to zero in such a short space of time? Of course, businesses disappear – as their business models become no longer relevant. It’s part of the natural process of renewal and innovation. Yet what still surprises us is the speed at which some outwardly successful businesses suddenly collapse. A quarter of a century’s corporate governance reform seems to have made little difference. The shock of corporate catastrophes like Thomas Cook, Patisserie Valerie and Carillion still make headlines.

    As we go into what The FT described as a period of synchronised stagnation, trading conditions for many businesses will become more difficult. More companies will come under pressure and more will be at risk of failure. There are some factors about which we can do nothing, and others over which we have greater control, yet very often we don’t manage these as well as we might. The reasons are many and varied, ranging from dishonesty, incompetence and managerial hubris to lack of basic strategic and operational expertise or straightforward financial control. Whilst we might think ‘it could never happen to us’, all too often it does!

    PARC is a membership network for business leaders interested in organisational and individual performance and reward solutions. This event is part of the annual programme of member meetings. If you would like to hear more information on PARC, membership, or would be interested to attend this meeting as a guest, please email harriet@strategic-dimensions.co.uk.

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    PARC: Strategic Reward Skills Masterclass
    Wednesday 10 - Thursday 11 June

    Location: Windsor.

    Speakers: Drew Matthews, BT; Phil Wills, PARC.

    Overview: Following the success and popularity of previous PARC Strategic Reward Skills Masterclasses, we are including a further, two-day programme in our 2020 schedule. This will be our 5th annual masterclass and each year we evolve the content and format to ensure continued relevance and value for those attending.

    This Masterclass is aimed both at prime succession candidates to current Heads of Reward in major listed companies, and also at aspiring or newly-promoted corporate HR directors, who need to develop a more strategically focused set of reward skills. Attendees particularly value our simulated RemCo session, focused on the interface role with the Remuneration Committee and Main Board.

    The content of the Masterclass is founded on those areas most frequently reported by RemCo Chairs as essential to effective performance as the Group HR Director or Head of Reward in major companies.

    Our proprietary content encompasses:

    • The ability to develop a ‘grounded’ reward strategy – aligned with business strategy.
    • The ability to review / assess and contribute to RemCo effectiveness.
    • The ability to review / assess the effectiveness of longer-term incentive arrangements – and develop clear alignment to sustainable, long-term performance.
    • The ability to design / conduct a risk audit of reward.

    PARC is a membership network for business leaders interested in organisational and individual performance and reward solutions. This masterclass is available to one nominee from each PARC member as part of the annual subscription. Extra places may become available at a cost of £1,500 per person. If you would like to hear more information on PARC or membership, please email harriet@strategic-dimensions.co.uk.

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