Main Conference Agenda

HR SUMMIT MELBOURNE | 14-15 JULY 2021

14-15 July 2021, Crown Melbourne

9:00 am

PANEL: The future of work in 2022 and beyond

The pandemic has accelerated our path to the future of work. After a year of constant change, what’s in store for the workforce in the next few years? Where do we want to go?  And how will we get there?

  • Practical HR lessons from the COVID-era
  • The future of flexibility, HR technology and virtual employee engagement
  • How are corporates, SMEs and not-for-profits planning workspaces for the future?
  • Current trends in HR technology and virtual working
  • What skills will be most important as our workforce continue to evolve?

Panellists:

Anoop Chaudhuri

Vice President, Human Resources, Ford Australia

Fiona Lund

Chief People Experience Officer, flybuys

Mari Ruiz-Matthyssen

Chief People Experience & Marketing Officer, Melbourne Airport

10:00 am

CASE STUDY: Evidence-based employee mental health strategies

The stresses of the pandemic have given new importance to workplace mental health and wellness. Here is how one company is helping their employees with their wellbeing.

  • How to consult with staff and leaders about mental health
  • Navigating employee anxiety, stress and burnout
  • Delivering mental health programs in a virtual and hybrid format
  • Overcoming the stigma and challenges of workplace mental health
  • What is a realistic, achievable mental health action plan and target?
  • How to measure ROI on mental health programs and practices
Jacob Bonk

Human Relations Director, Australia & New Zealand, L’Oréal Group

11:00 am

Successfully managing virtual teams

How can managers motivate and inspire employees when they can’t be with them all the time? And how can they promote connection and creativity within their teams? Join us for a deep dive into managing and motivating remote teams.

  • How to cultivate a strong and cohesive team culture in a virtual setting
  • Building trust and accountability among remote team members
  • Tips for improving communication and collaboration
  • Gamification mechanisms to keep employees engaged virtually
  • Promoting team spirit and collaboration with virtual strategies
Marcus Waterreus

Chief People and Culture Officer, OpenPay

12:10 pm

Innovative ways technology can drive employee engagement

This is HR’s moment to lead organisations in navigating the future of technology for a positive employee impact. In this session, Kellie will share innovative and best practice ways technology can motivate and manage your workforce.

  • Current trends in HR tech and virtual employee engagement
  • Share case studies from Atlassian, Marketplacer and other start-ups
  • Brainstorming technologies that facilitate innovation
  • Identifying trends using people analytics
Kellie Egan

Chief People Officer, Marketplacer

12:50 pm
2:20 pm
3:30 pm

PANEL: Hybrid work arrangements: best of both worlds?

Workplaces are becoming more mobile and transient, tailored to the demands of hybrid working and ‘drop-in’ workers. How can HR teams build a strong and cohesive sense of belonging, equality and purpose in a hybrid environment?

  • Overcoming challenges endemic to hybrid work arrangements
  • Ensuring equity between remote and office-based workers
  • How to provide a stimulating and inspiring space that is designed intentionally
  • Providing equal training and networking opportunities for remote and office workers in a hybrid context
  • How to run hybrid meetings to ensure equality between remote and office-based workers

Panellists:

Joanne Chin

Chief People Officer, Kraft Heinz

Tristram Gray

Chief People and Capability Officer, Kmart Australia

Rebecca Quinn

Director – People and Culture, Parks Victoria

4:30 pm
8:50 am
9:00 am

PANEL: Building a strong employee experience and culture virtually

One of the biggest challenges of remote working is fostering culture, social cohesion and trust. How can HR teams help people to feel emotionally connected with their organisation's vision in a virtual setting?

  • Cultivating cultural and social cohesion with a remote and digital workforce
  • Risk management: How to ensure that employees are acting ethically when they are at home
  • Practical strategies to help employees to feel connected to your brand
  • Helping virtual employees to share information with each other virtually
  • Virtual events and virtual team building – what works and what doesn’t work?

Katy Halliwell

‎Human Resources Director, Mars

Richard Swyny

VP, People & Culture, Mobility & Convenience, Asia Pacific, BP

10:00 am

Leading people in a world of perpetual change

How can HR leaders cultivate a sense of stability and certainty in their workforces, while the world is still shaped by factors we can’t predict or control?

  • HR-led change management strategies for an uncertain world
  • How to set targets and measure output in the new post-pandemic era
  • Negotiating the tension between wellbeing and productivity
Craig Taylor

Senior Director Human Resources, Australia, New Zealand & Japan, Mondelez

11:00 am

PANEL: Creative non-monetary benefits that drive employee engagement

While pay raises and bonuses may be off the cards for now, our panellists [insert company names] are maintaining employee engagement through a creative total rewards strategy that includes flexibility, training, benefits, wellbeing and time off. Here is how they do it.

  • Finding the right mix between monetary and non-monetary rewards
  • How to assess your current approach to rewards, remuneration and performance
  • Who should receive your rewards, and what should they be rewarded for?
  • How to structure and communicate flexible work arrangements
  • Work life balance benefits: flexible schedules and job sharing schemes
  • Creative and innovative rewards and benefits employees love

Panellists:

Peggy North

Chief People and Culture Officer, Monash IVF Group

12:00 pm

CASE STUDY: Driving diversity and inclusion initiatives

Diversity and inclusion must be integrated into HR policies, managerial capability and the employee experience. This organisation is leading the way when it comes to diversity - here is how they did it.

  • Developing gender-balanced teams to improve performance and engagement
  • Promoting accountability within leadership for hiring, promotion, and retention
  • Using data and industry benchmarks to measure diversity metrics and monitor progress
12:40 pm
1:40 pm

Beyond the talking head: Engaging virtual learning strategies

Gone are the days of lunchroom chat and overhearing colleague's phone calls. But some employers have found new ways to imitate the unconscious learning that occurs in a natural, organic, sometimes indirect way in an office.

  • How do you stop people missing out on information communication and knowledge transfer?
  • Peer-to-peer learning in an era of remote work
  • What are the alternatives to traditional “talking head” training?
  • How to facilitate organic knowledge transfer and knowledge sharing?
  • Quick-hit and bite-sized microlearning delivery
  • Prompting employees to engage with, absorb and retain learning content
Anne Le Blanc

General Manager, Learning Capability Development, Telstra

2:20 pm

PANEL: Performance management and target-setting for the ‘new normal’

The performance review process has been discussed and debated at HR conferences for years. In a post-pandemic world, how should we approach goal-setting, performance reviews and assessment?

  • Successful programs for assessing and measuring remote workforce
  • Recalibrating KPIs to reflect a world that is more flexible
  • How can we make performance goals fair and meaningful in this chaotic, ever-changing, uncertain environment?
  • Ongoing coaching conversations that establish a rhythm of collaboration
  • Bonus, commission and incentives that drive performance in this 'new normal'

Panellists:

James Bell

Head of People and Performance, Peters Ice Cream

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