The latest report from Gallup states that just 1 in 10 UK and EU workers are actively engaged and with UK productivity seeing further falls during 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics – it is no surprise that the UK Government recognizes that the country has an employee productivity problem. The UK’s newly announced Industrial Strategy is based on “Five Foundations of Productivity”, one of these Foundations being ‘People’. As an organization that lives and breathes employee engagement and sees the business benefits first-hand of the power of putting people at the heart of the strategy, this is welcome news.
The impact of employee engagement on key business objectives is staggering. According to Gallup, highly engaged business units see:
- a 17 percent increase in productivity
- 24 percent less employee turnover
- a 41 percent reduction in absenteeism
The importance of employee engagement on key business performance metrics cannot be ignored. On February 6-7, the Achievers team will be heading to the ICC, Birmingham, UK, for the 16th HR Directors Summit. This year’s pertinent theme is ‘Curators of the New Business Landscape – Guiding Strategic Growth’.
The UK HR Directors Summit is one of the largest gatherings of senior HR Executives from across the globe and welcomes 800+ of the highest level of industry experts, strategic thinkers, innovators, and HR leaders.
It is a leading forum that connects the best in business leadership and promises to arm leaders of all people-focused functions with the tools necessary to transform themselves not only into more functionally-confident business leaders, but to fortify the HR position as a value-generating machine necessary to ensure future prosperity, profitability, wellbeing, and financial success.
The 2018 UK HR Directors Summit will host 150+ speakers in 8 content streams, 70+ Exhibitors, 250+ Match Meetings and 11+ hours of networking spread across 2 days. And with an amazing line-up of keynote speakers, it is a must-attend event for any senior HR professional looking to get inspired and motivated for the year ahead.
Denise Willett, Achievers’ EMEA Senior Director, will be taking the stage on day two at 12:00 PM to discuss ‘Using Recognition to Drive Engagement and Business Results’. She will she share how leading organizations are leveraging HR technology to complete the loop from measure to action, increasing employee engagement and driving business performance.
In addition, some of this year’s line-up of keynote speakers include:
- Josh Bersin – Principal and Founder
- Nilofer Merchant – 50 Thinker, Best Selling Business Author
- McDonalds – Paula Coughlan, Chief People Strategy Officer
- ABB – Jean-Christophe Deslarzes, CHRO
- Nokia – Joel Casse, Global Head of Leadership Development
- Avon – Dr Melissa K. Hungerford, VP Global Talent Management & Inclusion
- Bosch – Rosa Lee, Senior VP
- BT – Candice Cross, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusive Culture
- Countrywide – Kate Brown, Group People Director
And this is just a taste of some of the amazing speakers this year.
Don’t forget to join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #HRD18 and by following @Achievers on Twitter.