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    5 Must-Visit Exhibitors at the 2019 Festival of Work

    23 May 2019 5 min read

    2019 Festival of Work hall

    The 2019 CIPD Festival of Work takes place 12-13 June at Olympia London. We’ll be there, and we can’t wait to join the revolution in the world of work!

    With more than 300 exhibitors promised, you might be having some trouble deciding just what’s worth your time.

    That’s why we put this shortlist together of five must-visit exhibitors. These guys will give you crucial insights into what makes for genuinely healthy company culture while offering inspiration on how to bring the best out of your people. These are the exhibitors who’ll make your trip to the CIPD Festival of Work truly worth your while.





    Cornerstone aim “to help the world’s leading organisations realise the potential of their people.” With one unified cloud platform, you can streamline your recruitment, training, and management processes.

    Cornerstone Recruiting allows you to find the talent you need with integrated social tools, custom career sites, and fun interactive application experience for candidates. Cornerstone Learning lets you implement self-guided, ongoing learning to boost employee performance and support your organisational goals. Finally, Cornerstone Performance provides a platform for your managers to inspire greatness, motivate employees and deliver results with powerful goals and competency management tools.

    As the chosen Absence Management partner of Cornerstone’s CoreHR offering, our very own absence management system is built directly into CoreHR. This means organisations get a complete HR technology package – recruitment, training, management and best in class absence management, all rolled into one powerful, secure and streamlined system. Not bad ey!

    Oh… and they have a cocktail hour… ?

    Where to Find Them – Stand D50.

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    The Perkbox mission is to help your employees’ paycheques go further. This means hundreds of exclusive perks, discounts, and freebies from big-name brands. Expect everything from discounted dishes from local restaurants, to reduced cinema tickets, to more vital things like technology, childcare, and cars.

    Whatever your employees are into, there’ll be perks and discounts to surprise and delight them. If you want to make your employees feel valued, and make them feel like you truly have their best interests at heart, you need to talk to Perkbox.

    It’s even possible to link your Perkbox account to your Edays system, so your employees can access everything they need to with single sign-on access.



    Where to Find Them – Stand F82

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    Glassdoor for Employers



    These guys are always worth visiting at conferences. Their stands are loads of fun, and you can usually expect to find free drinks, sweets, and other assorted swag!

    But there’s more to conferences than freebies. And a visit to the Glassdoor exhibit is a chance to gain insights into how to improve your employee engagement, satisfaction, and retention. The Glassdoor for Employers system is designed to make recruitment easier. You’ll fill jobs faster, and with people who stay for longer. Glassdoor candidates have a 30% higher retention rate.

    But if Glassdoor is known for anything, it’s for reviews. Sign up to their employer service to get key insights into just what your employees are saying about your organisation and your workplace culture. And once you know what your employers think, you’ll have a good idea of the steps to take to make things even better.

    Where to Find Them – Stand D130

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    Jeans for Genes



    Wear Jeans, Change Lives! This initiative invites organisations to make any day between Monday 16 and Friday 20 September a Jeans for Genes Day, to raise money and awareness for children with life-altering genetic disorders.

    Drop by their stand for a chat and a fundraising pack. They’re full of ideas for making the most of your Jeans for Genes Day, including blue cake sales, end-of-day cocktails, to “guess the number of blue sweets in a jar” competition. Every penny donated could fund projects that provide nursing care, equipment, activity weekends, online support and counseling.

    Where to Find Them – Stand B76

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    Nespresso Professional



    If these guys are offering free samples at the Festival of Work, expect to find a huge crowd around their stand at all times!

    The Nespresso Professional service allows you to offer barista-quality coffee in the workplace. Say goodbye to joyless jars of stale and tasteless instant. Say hello to the heady aroma of freshly-ground beans, and that energising wave of wellbeing that only comes from truly quality coffee.

    Whether they drink coffee or not, a Nespresso machine in the workplace will show your employees that you care. No half-measures – you want the best from them, so you’re giving the best to them. And if you place one in your boardroom, it might be just the thing to help your sales team get that ambitious sale over the line.

    Where to Find Them – Stand B30

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    And Don’t Forget to Visit Our Stand!



    We’ll be at this year’s Festival of Work with our market-leading absence management and holiday tracker software. Our paperless online system is used by more than 1,500 brands and 250,000 people across the world. Through streamlining numerous crucial HR processes, we typically save organisations £289 per employee, per year.

    If you drop by our stand, we’ll show you how our system can simplify your processes and reduce cases of absenteeism in your organisation.

    Find us on stand B80.

    Need to convince the boss to let you attend the Festival of Work? The CIPD has put together a helpful guide to making your case to join the conference.

    You can sign up for a free ‘Expo Only’ ticket HERE

    Katrina Bennett People Director at edays
    May 23, 2019

    Katrina is edays' own People Director with significant UK and international experience in delivering people strategy and value-adding HR solutions across a range of organisations and sectors (including Arriva, Boots, Rolls Royce, the utility and charity sectors). Katrina has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and is CIPD qualified.