25 November 2016

  |  CBI Northern Ireland

Event, Update

HR concerned they're not developing leaders fast enough to meet demands of business

More than 80 senior HR leaders gathered at Riddel Hall Belfast recently to discuss the key opportunities and challenges affecting their businesses.

HR concerned they're not developing leaders fast enough to meet demands of business

The CBI HR Leadership Conference was themed around ‘improve productivity & fuel growth’. Derek Baker, Deputy Director for the Department of the Economy opened the conference, while the nine sessions that followed were chaired by Mike Mullan, Chair of the CBI Employment & Skills Committee / HR & Organisation Development Director Europe.

Commenting on the conference's success, Angela McGowan, CBI Director said:

“The CBI recognises that across Northern Ireland employees are the true backbone of our economy.  Employees can give companies a competitive edge, they determine levels of productivity and it is they who drive up innovation levels.  

"The high turnout at that this event demonstrates that CBI member organisations are committed to employee development, strong staff engagement and retention of talent.  This event allowed firms to share ideas around best practice and encourage human resource departments to scan the horizon for both opportunities and challenges."

A number of interesting findings came out of the half day conference. Of all delegates polled, we found that:

  • The majority (63%), said they didn’t feel confident that they were developing leaders fast enough to meet the demands of their business.
  • 50% of delegates felt that the inflationary effect of the National Living Wage on their company was up to 2.5%, while 50% of delegates polled felt it was above that.
  • 68% confirmed that their organisation has a Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, and
  • 94% of delegates said that it was likely or very likely that automation will have a major impact on their hiring practices over the next 10 years.

The event, sponsored by Diamond Recruitment and William J Clinton Leadership Institute, provided delegates with the opportunity to explore a number of trends through participation in six breakout sessions:

  1. Succession Planning -  Anne Phillipson, Leadership Institute at Queens University
  2. Human Capital Analytics – Wayne Carstensen, Deloitte
  3. Employee Engagement - Sam Davidson, Henderson Group & Jim Norris, Allstate
  4. Recruiting for Tomorrow’s World of Work - Tina McKenzie, Diamond Recruitment
  5. Building High Performance Teams - Kate Marshall, Vistage.
  6. Migration / Brexit – Angela McGowan, CBI

Caption: Mike Mullan, Moy Park; Tina McKenzie, Diamond Recruitment (sponsor); Anne Phillipson, Leadership Institute at Queen University (sponsor); Kate Marshall, Sam Davidson, Henderson Group; Angela McGowan, CBI; Wayne Carstensen, Deloitte; Jim Norris, Allstate; Matthew Percival, CBI.

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Anthea Savage, Regional Events & Marketing Manager, CBI Northern Ireland.
DL: 028 9010 1117; anthea.savage@cbi.org.uk

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