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08:00 - 14:30 390 mins
Workshop G - led by SHRM
Business Acumen for HR Professionals

Business Acumen is probably one of the most critical skills required by professionals in the 21st century. This is why SHRM itself has embedded it into its certification body of competencies and knowledge and why it is a skill HR professional look for while selecting ideal candidates but also focus on in training & development. This workshop is a practical workshop on understanding your business and how this helps add value. It assists HR related individuals as a strategic thinking process. It is extremely helpful in understanding how a business can be analysed; identify and know which steps are required and what kind of strategic tactics are required to effectively plan ahead in based on capabilities, KPI’s, market trends, environmental scanning and analysing any operation from an ‘outside – in’ perspective.

  • Constantine Kiritsis - SHRM-SCP, Managing Director, StudySmart, SHRM Partner
08:00 - 14:30 390 mins
Workshop H - led by ATD
Maximising Corporate Learning Impact on the Bottom-Line

We all say we want learning to impact the bottom line, but this is easier said than done. To make a genuine different in an organisation, talent development professionals need to understand what the ultimate business goal is for the organisation. This ATD program will introduce you to a simple scalable method that leads to meaningful human performance improvement. We will look at what impacts performance, how to move your client away from a wants-based to a-results based approach, distinguish accomplishments from behaviors, and articulate the three performance levels. After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Articulate meaningful business goals
  • Link goals to human performance
  • Distinguish between accomplishments and behaviors
  • Describe the three levels of performance
  • Elizabeth Hannah - Head of Education MENA, Association for Talent Development (ATD)
08:00 - 14:30 390 mins
Workshop I
Death of Performance Appraisals: Bye Bye to KPIs and Hello to MSCs

This intense one-day boot camp is suitable for all C&B, HR Generalists and HRBPs who get involved in managing performance and remuneration. It covers best practice and essential skills making it ideal for all levels from managerial to Director/VP level. Learning objectives:

  • The three essential components of Performance Management (OCD)
  • Best practices in Goal Settings (Objectives) and Managing Behaviours (Competencies) from monthly MSCs, annual KPIs, performance appraisal cycle and KRAs.
  • Managing performance ratings and performance distribution curves
  • Managing the annual merit-pay review process and linking pay reviews with business performance
  • Managing the annual short-term bonus process and linking bonuses with performance
  • Robert Mosley - Global Remuneration Expert and HR Consultant, Lemon Pip Consulting Limited
08:00 - 14:30 390 mins
Workshop J - led by SHRM
Change Management: Leading Successful Transformations

HR professionals involved in organizational initiatives know managing change has become an essential part of their jobs. In this seminar, learn the keys to guiding change in your organization from a facilitator that has led large, complex and global change initiatives across 9 countries. Learn why many change initiatives fail and what change practitioners can due to ensure the change initiative is successful. As part of this seminar, you will learn common barriers (such as resistance), useful techniques, and practice guidelines for facilitating change to enable business success.

  • Trent Burner - VP - Research, SHRM
08:00 - 14:00 360 mins
Workshop K - led by York University
Creating a Culture for Sustained Productivity By Engaging and Retaining the Right Talent

In an era of heightened corporate transparency, greater workforce mobility, and severe skills shortages, attracting, engaging, and retaining employees have emerged as the top issues for business leaders, these are not merely HR problems any more. Culture as the foundation for retention and engagement are the most critical issues companies face around the world. 87% of organisations cite culture and commitment as one of their top challenges, and 50% call the problem "very important." 

Every organisation has a culture whether they defined it or not. Organisations that have created a culture defined by a clear set of values and corresponding behaviours coupled with a purpose (vision) that provides meaningful work have realised they have strong positive employee engagement. These companies are outperforming their peers. These are the places that have higher levels of employee engagement resulting in retention and as a result will likely be the employer of choice, attracting top talent.

Given this new transparency, an organisation's culture can become a critical competitive advantage or not, with no place to hide. Culture and engagement are now hot topics that have entered into the C-Suite conversations.

Over the last two years, the issue of culture has surfaced as a challenge for leaders. CEOs are beginning to realise they can no longer abdicate the culture thing to the HR department; instead, they now are starting to understand they are the in the role that is solely accountable for the culture.  Leaders have mistakenly delegated to HR to do something about engagement and improve retention.

During this full day workshop, delegates will understand and take decisive action on their organisational culture by knowing their authentic and overt culture (values) versus their covert (underground) values. Delegates will learn how to draw upon the best of their organisation's past to engage and retain people. Learning objectives include but are not limited to:

  • Identify the factors that of engagement, retention and productivity for your organisations
  • Learn whether culture can change and if so what does it take and how long does it take
  • Understand the correlation between a strong company culture, engagement, retention a company success
  • Understand the best talent fit for your company culture and how to hire accordingly. How do you hire for fit into your culture?
  • Implement cohesive talent management processes in the areas of performance management, HiPo identification and succession to reinforce engagement through respect and trust and build a stable workforce

Delegates who complete this workshop will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Schulich School of Business - York University. 

  • Workshop Leader David Cohen - Professor & Founder, Schulich School of Busines / York University, DS Cohen & Associates
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