More than 80 attendees heard from employment law specialist
Elaine Gray, business writer and communications expert Kevin
Murray, human resources entrepreneur and social media enthusiast
Perry Timms, and former stand-up comic and laughologist Stephanie
Davies, on the changes that are happening in the world of HR.
The day's theme, 'Be Bold. Be Different. Be Daring'
was interpreted differently by each speaker bringing new and varied
perspectives to each session.
Advocate Gray, of counsel at Carey Olsen, spoke on the
developments that she has encountered in her career and discussed
how changes in technology are radically affecting the legal
landscape. Social media harassment and defamation cases were cited
as some of the new challenges facing businesses, whether they are
active online or not. She also noted a number of new legal
challenges both domestically and from the EU and international
community which are likely to have an impact on working life in
Guernsey, including statutory maternity leave, whistleblowing
procedures, blacklisting and zero hours contracts.
Mr Murray, who interviewed over 100 business leaders from
companies as diverse as Emirates, the British Red Cross and Marks
&Spencer for his book, 'The Language of Leaders', spoke
about the traits that successful leaders seem to have in common. He
found that the key characteristic was an authentic passion which
was used to inspire teams towards a common goal.
Mr Timms examined the social constructs of work and showed how
businesses are changing from hierarchical systems with rigid
management structures to those where employees have responsibility
for their own work. This is accompanied by a move away from the
traditional nine-to-five role with workers choosing the times that
best suit them to complete their work. This model is already being
used by a number of businesses with great success; not only in the
tech sector where it might be expected but also in blue chip
Ms Davies demonstrated the benefits that increased happiness in
the workplace can bring and how humour can be used to break
negative thought patterns and help people to think positively. Her
company recently introduced laughology methods to a poorly
performing school and the change in positive thinking resulted in a
20% increase in Maths and English SAT scores and its first ever
'Good' rating from Ofsted.
CIPD Guernsey Chair, Janine Lane, said: "The local CIPD
branch may be one of the smallest but we are also one of the most
active with a broad range of events held throughout the year that
are well-attended by our members.
We had come across these speakers at CIPD events in the UK and
found their enthusiasm so infectious that we wanted to share it
with businesses in Guernsey. Naturally, CIPD members are keen to
promote happiness in the workplace and having the opportunity to
meet industry experts and keep up-to-date with the latest thinking
is invaluable in getting to that point."
The half day event, which took place at Les Cotils, was
organised by the local branch of the CIPD and hosted
representatives from the UK head office.
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