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4 HR Technology talks at The Festival of Work you can’t afford to miss

5 June 2019 5 min read

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The 2019 CIPD Festival of Work takes place 12-13 June at Olympia London. Expect more than 160 speakers across more than nine stages, with over 300 exhibitors all demonstrating the innovations that will power your working future.

We’ll be there with our market-leading annual leave tracking 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.

HR technology is going to revolutionise the world of work. We’ve seen the difference our system makes to organisations. We’re looking forward to seeing many more exciting developments in HR technology at this year’s Festival of Work.

Here’s four of the most exciting HR technology talks at this year’s Festival of Work. We’ll be there, and we hope to see you too!


Finding the Right Technology Fit – How to Effectively Navigate the HR Technology Landscape


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When Is It?

12 June 2019, 11:40 – 12:30

Who’s Involved?

Warren Howlett (Chair) – Head of HR Content and Product, CIPD
Karen Myers – Group Human Resources Director, William Hill
John Bromilow – Chief Information Officer, Rendall & Rittner
Devyani Vaishampayan – Managing Partner, HR Tech Partnership

What to Expect

Basically, this interactive panel will act as a primer to the wider HR technology landscape. There are many tools available to automate almost any HR task. In theory, this should make our working lives easier. But with so many solutions available, many HR professionals find themselves overwhelmed. “When faced with a sea of potential products, services and providers, deciding which one to invest in has become a major challenge in itself.”

The panel promises to offer practical tips on how to best identify the most suitable solution for your business’s needs. You’ll learn how to effectively identify your team’s technology requirements, and to evaluate and decide on the software and technology that will help you meet your objectives. And crucially, you’ll learn how to ask the right questions of HR technology providers – which should come in handy when browsing the wares of the 300+ exhibitors at the Festival of Work!


Bringing Technology to Life – Implementing Your New Solutions Seamlessly


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When Is It?

12 June 2019, 16:10 – 17:00

Who’s Involved?

Jane Duncan – Vice President, Capgemini Invent
Dr Didier Bonnet – Author, Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation

What to Expect

So it’s one thing to invest in a new HR technology solution for your business. But once you’ve sold the idea to your decision makers and made a deal with the technology provider, what then? How are you going to put your new technology into action to guarantee a seamless transition from the old system to the new?

This practical session is designed to show you how to strategically plan for your HR technology implementation. The idea is to inspire confidence and ensure minimum disruption. You’ll learn how to develop a strategic plan for seamless implementation.

You’ll get tips on how to effectively communicate the benefits of your new investment to employees and stakeholders. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll learn how to integrate your new system with your existing technology to guarantee a smooth transition.


Wearables in the Workplace – The Implications of Collecting and Using Employee Health Data


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When Is It?

12 June 2019, 14:50 – 15:40

Who’s Involved?

Edward Houghton (Chair) – Head of Research, CIPD (Chair)
Alex Collinson – Policy and Campaigns Support Officer, TUC
Cheryl Allen – HR Director, Transformation, Atos
Angela Ignam – Head of People Analytics and Insight, People Function, Aviva

What to Expect

We recently explored some of the ways wellbeing technology could make your workplace healthier, happier, and more productive. But obviously there’s going to be some ethical implications of collecting and using your employee health data.

This interactive panel will debate the pros and cons of wearables and discuss some of the implications of collecting employee health data. The panel will explore the benefits that wearable tech could provide without ignoring the potential downfalls.

Do wearables cause more bad outcomes than good? Do all of the benefits come at the expense of employee privacy and trust? Expect a healthy debate!


Beating the Breach – Preventing and Fighting Cyber Violations in a Data-Driven Future


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When Is It?

13 June 2019, 10:50 – 11:40

Who’s Involved?

Rona Beattie – Professor of Human Resource Development, Glasgow Caledonian University
Kieran Nicolas – Cyber Security Specialist, Tallinn University of Technology

What to Expect

As HR becomes less about paper and more about cloud-based online systems, cybercrime is fast becoming one of the biggest threats to modern businesses. Hackers are getting harder to detect, and attacks are getting more sophisticated.

We must all be constantly vigilant if we’re to ensure that our critical business data never falls into the wrong hands. And there’s so much at stake – financial loss, legal sanctions, and irreparable damage to your business’s reputation and your customers’ trust.

This fast-track skill session is designed to show you the essentials of preventing breaches and protecting your people data. You’ll learn how to enhance your cybersecurity to minimise the risks of data breaches. You’ll find out how to minimise the risks of data leaks to avoid costly GDPR penalties. And you’ll get actionable tips on tackling breaches effectively and with minimal disruption.


See You There?


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We’re looking forward to talking about technology’s role in the future of work. If you drop by our stand, we’ll show you how our simple system can streamline 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.

Katrina Bennett People Director at edays
June 5, 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.