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Planning For & Overseeing The Return To The Office & The Increase In Hybrid & Flexible Working: Engage, Motivate & Manage Distributed & Hybrid Workforces
Maintain One Cohesive Company Culture, Drive Digital Transformation, Connect Functions, Optimise Comms & Performance, Support Mental Health & Drive Successful Recruitment, Onboarding & Learning & Development. Book Your Place Here.

A One-Day, Virtual Cross-Sector Conference & Networking Event, 13th September 2021 Group Discounts Available - Send 4 For 3! 

24 Leading HR, Communications & Transformation Directors Join Together To Share Lessons Learnt & Practical Advice For The Future World Of Work!

  1. Engage Employees Wherever They Are! Adaptable strategies to boost employee motivation and productivity whether office-based, home-based or a hybrid
  2. Reopening, Reintegration, Cohesion: With offices opening and part of your workforce at home, how do you maintain one cohesive culture?
  3. But Do You Keep The Office Space Moving Forward? Pros and cons of championing return to work vs. WFH vs. hybrid
  4. Drive Digital Transformation Through Tools, Channels & Tech: Drive efficiency and improve digital engagement
  5. Connect Your Workforce, Prevent Silos, Optimise Comms: Long-term hybrid comms plans to optimise cross-functional collaboration, productivity and engagement
  6. Managing Deskless, Hard-To-Reach & Hybrid Workforces: Spark motivation and productivity and accurately benchmark performance
  7. Supporting Employee Mental Health & Wellbeing: Steps to drive an open dialogue and support staff wherever they are based
  8. Recruitment, Talent, Ongoing L&D: Mastering hiring, onboarding and fuelling ongoing career development in a hybrid working world

How Does The Virtual Hybrid Workforce Conference - Engaged, Productive, Connected Work?

Inspiring Speakers - Listen to market-leading, brand-side speakers as they share their hard-won insights and experiences with hot topic presentations and panels

Connect & Network - Networking is easy with the use of our discussion board, direct messaging facility, meeting request buttons, live polling and social media feed. Have your say and meet the other attendees

Live Chat - Pose your own questions and comment via the live chat function and interact with other delegates and speakers in real time

Virtual Roundtables & Peer Discussions - There will be breakout discussions during the day to discuss specific areas of interest with like-minded attendees to tailor your experience

Virtual Exhibition - Explore the 'virtual exhibition stands' and speak directly to our carefully-chosen exhibitors to help you tackle your business challenges directly

Virtual Face-To-Face Meetings - Start a conversation with fellow delegates or exhibitors and discuss your individual needs and challenges one-to-one

It’s Easy! All you need is good internet access and a password which we will provide. Presentations and panels are live, and you can type in questions, take part in live polling and also comment on the social feed. For any breakout discussions, it’s just a normal zoom call. You can also direct message or request a meeting with attendees. Sessions will be recorded and will be available as on-demand content after the event.

PLUS! What's New At The Hybrid Workforce Conference - Engaged, Productive, Connected?

  • 24 Cross-Sector HR, Comms & Transformation Directors Speaking from Financial Services, Broadcast Media, Retail, Telecomms, Consumer Goods, Transport, Automobile, Pharmaceuticals, Real Estate, Not For Profit & More
  • Capture The Momentum Of 2021 To Embed Progress In 2022!
  • 3 Panel Discussions & Q&A: A) Connected Workforce Culture B) Mental Health & Wellbeing C) Remote L&D
  • Informal Breakout Discussions: A) Employee Expectations B) Rewards, Recognition, Benefits C) Legal Considerations D) Diversity & Inclusion
  • 96% Satisfaction Rating At Our Most Recent Virtual HR Conference
  • NEW! Informal Networking Lounge Discussions: More Interactivity, In-Depth Case Studies, Discussion & Debates

Now Is Your Chance To Get Involved In The Hybrid Workforce Conference - Engaged, Productive, Connected!
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Can You Help Organisations Engage, Manage & Motivate Hybrid Workforces? For more information on how to get involved, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email

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24 HR, Communications & Transformation Directors Tackle Your Toughest Hybrid Workforce Challenges In 1 Day: Employee Engagement & Motivation • Reopening, Reintegration & Cohesion • The Evolving Role Of The Office Space • Connected Workforce Culture • Tools, Channels, Tech • Managing Deskless, Hard-To-Reach & Distributed Workforces • Mental Health & Wellbeing • Recruitment & Talent • Remote L&D • Measuring The Impact Of Hybrid Working

Planning For & Overseeing The Return To The Office & The Increase In Hybrid & Flexible Working: Engage, Motivate & Manage Distributed & Hybrid Workforces
Maintain One Cohesive Company Culture, Drive Digital Transformation, Connect Functions, Optimise Comms & Performance, Support Mental Health & Drive Successful Recruitment, Onboarding & Learning & Development

A One-Day, Cross-Sector Conference & Networking Event, 13th September 2021, Virtually. Please See Below For The Hybrid Workforce Conference Programme Outline. For The Full Agenda, Click Here.

08.40 Registration, Informal Networking & GIC Opening Remarks

09.10 Morning Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks
Samantha Long, Head of People Services, Canada Life

Steve Scott, Global Head, Managing Director, Workforce Management & Analytics, Standard Chartered Bank


09.20 Robust Employee Engagement Tactics To Boost Motivation & Productivity – No Matter Where Employees Are Based

  • Full-time work, long-term furlough, salary reductions, job security concerns… the last 18 months have been relentless! How can we combat fear and fatigue to re-engage and revitalise our employees?
  • Employee expectations have shifted: just because offices are reopening doesn’t mean people want to return! How can organisations engage employees in the return to the office?
  • For those who remain remote and hybrid, how can traditional employee engagement methods be adapted to replace face-to-face?

Louise Sage, Head Of HR - Talent, StepChange Debt Charity



09.40 With Offices Opening & Part Of Your Workforce Remaining Remote, Plan Your Pathway To Phase Back To The “New

  • Offices can’t go back to “normal” overnight! How do we create long-term plans and pathways which work for our company, our culture and our colleagues?
  • Steps to achieve cohesion between desk-based, remote and dispersed workers with “workplace” camaraderie and the feeling of working towards a collective goal – whether in the office or not
  • Prevent an emergence of “us” and “them” as we settle into onsite and virtual teams by ensuring everyone feels valued
  • As more and more face-to-face interactions take place in the office, how do we ensure our remote colleagues are not overlooked and left out of important decision making? And that their working from home doesn’t impact their career progression?

Lauren Young, Culture & Communications, Director, The Very Group

10.00 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner

10.30 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


11.00 Is The Office Still The Centre Of Work? Explore The Pros & Cons Of Retaining Office Space & Championing The “Return To Work” Vs. “Work From Home” Vs. Hybrid Models

  • Better employee performance tracking and increased interaction versus surging rents and reduced costs of WFH: explore the pros and cons of keeping your office space
  • To what extent should your existing employee base be involved in the company decision making?
  • Will losing the office completely mean you lose out on potential talent? After 18 months of full or intermittent home working, are people itching for a fixed workplace?
  • What are the alternatives to the head office? Social spaces, meeting rooms, hotdesking and flexible shared workspaces…

11.00 Perspective One
Nadia Strone, Executive Director of Human Resources, Western Europe, Avon

11.20 Perspective Two
Sudhir Saseedharan, Director of Workplace Experience & Future Working, Tetra Pak


11.40 Keeping Dispersed & Hybrid Workforces Fully Connected: Long-Term Communications Channels & Strategies To Optimise Productivity & Engagement

  • When the pandemic first hit we all jumped onto Zoom and Teams meetings, but what is the long-term solution to keep employees connected, especially when face-to-face and hybrid meetings are running?
  • Embed lessons learnt from lockdowns into long-term internal communications plans to overcome siloed working and enable cross-functional collaboration
  • There is so much more to work than meetings! From onboarding and socialisation to company culture and driving innovation, how can businesses create embedded channels which replace face-to-face engagement for dispersed and remote workers?

Anne-Marie Kiernan, Head of Internal Communications, Kellogg Europe

Shalini Gupta, Leadership Communications Manager, BT

Jess Lonsdale, Internal Communications Director, Virgin Media

Jane Garnsey, People Operations Director, TalkTalk

Fiona Venton Harvey, Head of Organisational Development & Change, The Royal Mint


12.10 Drive Digital Transformation To Optimise Your Channels, Tools & Technologies, Drive Efficiency & Improve Digital Engagement

  • Digital channels and engagement are nothing new when it comes to engaging your teams, but how can we advance on the digital transformation journey to reach the next level of sophistication?
  • Most companies have found their groove by now with Zoom, Slack, Teams or the channel of their choice – but is really it the right channel for your business and how can you make it work better for you?
  • Tools and tech to monitor activity and performance are commonplace in contact centres… but what is their role in the world of home working?

Sarah Burbedge, Head of Change, Content Production Workflows, BBC Design & Engineering

12.30 Lunch & Informal Networking For Speakers, Delegates & Partners

13.00 Informal Breakout Discussions

A) Employee Expectations
Rachel Wells, Communications Director - Culture & Trust: PSC, GlaxoSmithKline

B) Rewards, Recognition, Benefits

C) Legal Considerations

D) Diversity & Inclusion

13.30 Afternoon Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Nicholas Wardle, Head of Employee Engagement & Communications, One Housing


13.40 Tried & Tested Methods To Successfully Manage Deskless, Hard-To-Reach & Distributed Workforces & Spark Motivation & Productivity

  • Motivation, motivation, motivation: steps to keep the spark alive!
  • Walk the tightrope of maintaining trust but needing detail to successfully monitor employee activity and performance without resorting to micro-management
  • Upskill middle managers to effectively engage, support and manage their remote or hybrid teams
  • Ensure that remote, distributed or hybrid workers don’t miss out on vital training and development to further their career and that all-important relationship building

Speaker To Be Announced

14.00 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner


14.30 As The Pandemic Shines A Spotlight On Employee Mental Health & Wellbeing, How Can We Create An Open Dialogue To Support Staff Wherever They Are Based?

  • Better work/life balance and increased time at home are cited as reasons to remain working from home, but what can we do to prevent overworking and Burnout when the laptop is always a few steps away?
  • What can we do to replace those ‘watercooler chat’ moments with distributed and hybrid workforces and spot colleagues struggling to actively reach out for help?
  • How can we remove the stigma at work and create a culture of trust to empower staff to speak up, disclose their mental health needs and receive support?

James Makepeace, Transformation Executive, Bristol Future Programmes, Rolls-Royce

Alka Mathur, Head of HR for Food, Dairy, Infant Nutrition & Health Science, Nestlé UK

Rupal Chauhan, Operations Change Manager, Crossrail

15.00 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


15.30 Ready-For-Anything Recruitment Strategies To Successfully Hire & Onboard Top Talent In A Hybrid Working World

  • It is an employer’s market! But what is it that post-pandemic applicants are looking for when it comes to their next role? • We have all onboarded new staff remotely, but how can we make the experience as smooth as possible and swiftly integrate new starters into our hybrid teams?
  • Demonstrate how long-term career growth is possible, no matter where they start out and how they work

Richard Matthews, Head of Talent & Resourcing, The Co-operative Bank


15.50 Ensure Ongoing Learning & Development Is Centre Stage & Accessible To All 

  • How can you make learning and development accessible to all members in the organisation and ensure time is
    dedicated to it?
  • How can you replace those spontaneous coaching moments when training newer team members?
  • Personalise development and career paths: seek opportunities to expose dispersed colleagues to wider company thinking and training • Switch from classroom based learning to online learning

Kanika Bhatia, Global Head of Leadership & Talent Development, Vodafone

Gillian Mason, Head of Organisational Development, Yorkshire Water

Mary O'Callaghan, Director of Technology Engagement, British Heart Foundation

Geraldine Percival, Group Head of Talent & Development, Asahi Europe & International

Paul Sartain, Head of Organisational Development & Talent, Rethink Mental Illness


16.20 A Framework For Data, Insight & Analytics To Optimise The Value Of Hybrid Working – For Organisations & Employees

  • How do you know your strategies are achieving what you intended them to?
  • Drive real business and employee benefits through the transition to a new way of working and mitigate emerging risks by accurately measuring and making evidence-based, data driven decisions
  • Implement a robust measurement framework that looks at the relationship between colleague sentiment, behaviours and business outcomes to truly understand your workforce

Steve Scott, Global Head, Managing Director, Workforce Management & Analytics, Standard Chartered Bank

16.40 Afternoon Co-Chairs’ Closing Remarks

16.50 Official Close Of Conference

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