HR Summit Expo & Workshops

  DAY ONE: Wednesday 14 March 2018
 9:30am - 10:15am FREE WORKSHOP From Millennials to Gen Z: Productivity in the new workplace

Generation Z will quickly become the backbone of your workforce. But what does Gen Z look for in an employer? What gets Gen Z engaged in the classroom and the workplace? How do you effectively support them entering the workplace to maintain productivity? 

Dr Justine Ferrer and Gavin Walker of Deakin University and BUPA will take you through the differences between Millennials and Gen Z and how to attract, engage and retain them in your organisation.

Dr Justine Ferrer, Lecturer, Deakin University
Gavin Walker, Manager, Graduate Recruitment Services, Deakin University

 10:15am - 11:00am FREE WORKSHOP Powering talent decisions across the employee lifecycle

Outstanding talent is one of the most important drivers of organisational success—if not the most important. But recent statistics indicate that 25% of critical roles remain unfilled after five months and 82% of HR executives aren’t sure they have the right people to execute on business strategy. Move beyond a rudimentary approach to identifying your best performers and find out how effective assessment can increase productivity, reduce cost, decrease attrition and support your HR and business strategy. Learn about:

  • Different objective assessment types
  • How to select and evaluate assessment methods
  • How to apply assessments to improve talent decisions

Samantha Hickey, Practice Director, Talent Solutions, CEB Talent Assessment

10:30am-11:00am EXPO FLOOR Maintaining a balanced diet for the busy professional

For people who are busy juggling work, personal and social schedules, Rebekah's presentation will show you how eating healthy can be easy. She will explain the importance of healthy eating when we are always on the go and provide simple and effective tips that make healthy eating and balanced nutrition a cinch. You will also receive plenty of balanced meal ideas to help get you started. 

She will give you tips on how to:

  • Improve your digestion and reduce bloating, reflux etc
  • Improve your energy and mood
  • Improve your sleep
  • Lose weight without diets or ever going hungry
  • Help balance hormones

Rebekah Barton, Naturopath and Nutrionist

11:00am - 2:30pm EXPO FLOOR Free professional profile photo opportunity 

This is your chance to capture your perfect LinkedIn or Corporate photo, with professional photographer Simon Kerslake. The photos will be emailed to you after the event for use on your personal or professional profile.

Simon Kerslake

 12:30pm - 1:15pm FREE WORKSHOP An integrated approach to health and wellbeing

Explore the ways an integrated approach to health and wellbeing in the workplace can create measurable behavioural change.

  • Defining the new concept of an integrated approach that is currently being researched, studied and recommended by universities, leading health organisations and government departments
  • Reducing overall risk, cost and absenteeism/presenteeism by combining Health and Wellbeing programs, OHS & HR functions to maximise engagement and participation
  • Improving the impact of health and wellbeing initiatives with a targeted multi-layered program responding to the needs of the business

Kristina Dagleish, Director, Health at Work

1:00pm - 1:30pm EXPO FLOOR Reduce sick leave and improve outputs in 10 minutes

Stress is the biggest expense to business in terms of time off work for sick leave, according to the ABS, and takes an enormous toll on our employees’ success in work and life.

However, simple practices starting with just 10 minutes a day can have a dramatic impact, improving focus and saving time otherwise spent worrying and procrastinating.

Sharon will explain how movement, breathing and relaxation practices work to rewire our brains and reduce stress. She will lead you through a 10-minute sequence that will leave you feeling calm, clear and focused; and discuss how these practices can be embedded for your whole team.

Sharon Wilks

 1:15pm - 2:00pm

FREE WORKSHOP How financial wellbeing can help drive engagement and performance in your organisation

Studies have shown that financial wellbeing topped the list of factors employees wishes their employers cared about. According to AMP’s 2016 Financial Wellbeing report, one in four Australians are experiencing financial stress, affecting performance and engagement at work, whilst costing employers $47.2 billion each year.

Despite these statistics, only 15.2% of businesses surveyed in 2016 by Coredata had implemented a financial wellness program. But out of these businesses, three in five saw an increase in the overall financial wellness of their employees over the past six months, equating to six times the rate of improvement of businesses without a financial wellness program.

Come to this insightful presentation, and find out how you can implement a successful financial wellbeing program that will positively affect both your employees and your company.

Joseph Chou, CEO and Founder, Ironfish

1:30pm - 2:00pm EXPO FLOOR Funergize your workplace: Tools to boost staff morale and improve performance

Staff morale in the doldrums? Employee engagement needing a lift? Not too sure where to start? 

Discover highly practical tools to boost staff morale, build positively engaged teams and improve performance.

Mike Symonds, the creator of Funergizers Employee Engagement Initiative, will present this highly practical and interactive session designed to help you create a workplace culture which people love being a part of - reducing turnover, making recruitment easier and developing stronger teams.

Mike Symonds, Funergizers

 2:15pm - 3:00pm

FREE WORKSHOP Recruitment and selection - the choice is yours

Research by Boston Consulting Group identified recruitment and selection as the number one contribution HR makes to organisational effectiveness -  ahead of leadership development. 

In the last few years we’ve seen budgets for L&D and leadership programs explode worldwide. But has this quest to retain and develop our talent meant that we’ve lost sight of the value of selecting the right talent to begin with? 

In this how-to session we’ll put the purpose back into recruitment and selection, looking at the latest in the science of selection and the practical implications. What kind of experience do candidates really expect? Are they being over or under-assessed? Are we getting diversity right? Are we getting a competitive advantage? What is the best way for us to engage with hiring managers?

Make the choice to join us for this thought-provoking session! 

Scott Ruhfus, Managing Director, Saville Assessment

Amanda Krulis, Senior Consultant, Saville Assessment

 3:00pm - 3:45pm

FREE WORKSHOP - Surviving the new skills economy

The fourth industrial revolution is rapidly approaching and creating massive change across all industries and traditional roles are being replaced by new jobs and new expectations.

Survival depends on developing skills.

Join Dean and Vanessa as they talk through Cornerstone’s perspective on how to navigate through the fourth industrial revolution and this new skills economy. They will help you navigate through the unknown of the new skills economy, including a discussion on how to develop talent as a differentiator, drive innovation, and transform your business through a people-focused approach.

Dean Maher, Regional Vice President Sales, Australia & New Zealand, Cornerstone OnDemand

Vanessa Hamilton, Director of Sales – SMB, Asia, Pacific & Japan, Cornerstone OnDemand

3:15pm - 3:45pm EXPO FLOOR Brain break: Pause & reset with Smiling Mind

A short introduction to mindfulness and meditation. Michael Hines will explain how the practice of mindfulness and meditation helps to reduce stress, improve productivity and provide a sense of calm, clarity and connection. The session will also include a guided meditation and some ideas about how to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life.

Michael Hines, Lead Facilitator, Smiling Mind

 DAY TWO: Thursday 15 March 2018
9:30am - 10:15am

FREE WORKSHOP How FISH! will transform your corporate culture

Does your organisation need a culture change or motivation boost? Would you like to learn how to make a difference in this area? This workshop led by team culture and training specialist Dwain Richardson will introduce you to a culture philosophy called FISH! which is acclaimed for transforming team cultures around the globe. FISH! is based on four key principles which can be applied by anyone. And when these principles are applied, the results are amazing and inspiring. Dwain will show you how training with FISH! will improve team engagement and morale; customer service; teamwork and trust; and, recruitment and retention.

Dwain Richardson, Managing Director, Corporate Challenge Events

10:15am - 11:00am FREE WORKSHOP Embracing technology to create a humanistic employee experience

Big data and predictive analytics seem almost old news as we’re asked to assess how IoT, HR bots, wearables, virtual reality, robotics, and machine learning can be incorporated into our people strategies. How can we harness technology to both accelerate business performance, and engage our employees in a meaningful way? In this interactive session go behind the buzzwords to explore how emerging technologies can help organisations better understand employees’ needs and improve individual journeys. Explore:

  • How HR leaders have successfully implemented digital programs to improve employee experience and drive business results
  • How organisations have successfully (or not) leveraged emerging technology

Annie Mitchell, Digital HR Adviser, Synchrony Global

10:45am - 11:15pm EXPO FLOOR Smiling Mind in the workplace

It is estimated that untreated mental health conditions cost businesses approximately $11 billion every year. Research shows that every dollar spent on identifying, supporting and case-managing workers with mental health issues yields close to a 230% return in improved productivity and reduced leave time. Mindful awareness is an extremely important business skill. It creates a solid foundation for all other human resources and learning and development initiatives, from sales training to leadership development.

Hear from Smiling Mind as it explains its tailored Workplace Program, that provides a pre-emptive strategy to manage staff wellbeing. The session will explain how the program can be implemented in business to create a positive work environment, increase staff engagement and reduce stress claims.

Lara Bisley, Workplace Program Manager, Smiling Mind

12:00pm - 12:45pm

FREE WORKSHOP Physical meets digital – why you need both as an HR practitioner

In this presentation Dr Clara Budd will outline the current trend to providing digital health, safety and wellbeing services to Australian employees - a trend that allows for greater reach and greater employee personalisation.  However, Clara will challenge the thinking that your employees will be more engaged and have greater productivity through digital services alone.  How can you deliver effective wellbeing services digitally, whilst ensuring people are interacting with people?  Learn strategies to ensure that your health, safety and wellbeing investment will provide a robust and tangible return for your organisation in 2018.

Clara Budd, PhD, Vitality Works

12:45pm - 1:30pm

FREE WORKSHOP - The new business imperative: workplace financial wellness

Most people still view money as a private matter. In general, we’re reluctant to talk about how much we make, how much we spend, or how much we have. Employers often say their employees’ financial affairs are a personal matter. However, one in three Australian workers suffers financial stress affecting performance in the workplace. So, in that context, does an employer have a role to play in the financial wellness of their employees?

Learn how employers can support their employees’ financial wellbeing without sacrificing privacy and improve the business bottom-line at the same time.

Tony Hanly, Director, Your Financial Wellness

1:00pm - 2:00pm EXPO FLOOR Speed styling: Look absolutely fabulous in 10 minutes

Limited spots are available for some 1:1 time with a personal stylist in the expo hall.

You will have 10 minutes with an experienced stylist who'll be able to identify your colour palette, body shape and answer any styling questions you may have. You’ll also get to take home a personalised style guide with tips on what will work for you, what to avoid and a colour chart.

There are 12 places available, and your space must be secured by obtaining a ticket at the registration desk from one of the Key Media staff. 

Laura King, Ruby Slippers Styling

Rachel Worden, Ruby Slippers Styling

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