On 1st March, 2017 we hosted ‘Embracing Change and Innovation in HR’ event at Chandos House in London.

It was an informative day, exploring the latest trends in HR and the potential impact of change on the modern workforce. Industry experts delved into what this could mean for organisations and how the HR professional can capitalise on disruption and change.

Highlighting topics including Brexit, Digital Transformation and new Gender Pay reporting legislation.

The day kicked off with Claremont’s Julian Ford who presented:

Women know your place!

The full-time gender pay gap is currently 13.9% and Deloitte suggest that it’s still 50 years until we reach parity. This is a matter that can no longer be ignored.

Julian discussed the opportunity for meaningful insight and change through gender pay reporting, reporting requirements and the necessity of a tool that enables confident analysis. You can read more about his presentation in his most recent blog.

Launching the Barnardo’s presentation, their IT Director, Bob Darby shared the emotive Barnardo’s promotional video which set the scene for why he gets out of bed everyday. He discussed the importance of a forward thinking IT department which in Barnardo’s case, has enabled the organisation to support so many young people in the UK.  Bob then went onto discuss Barnado’s history with Oracle HCM, before giving the context behind their most recent project to add BI and self-service functionalty.

Michele Barritt, I.S Department Principal, went on to offer detail around the projects.  Focusing on how implementing Applaud solutions front-end transformed the user experience of Oracle E-Business.

Next up was Tony Hatton, Customer Success Manager from Oracle, who outlined his ‘Top Tips to ensure Customer Success in the Cloud’. He discussed next generation best practice processes, a path to adapting an organisation and how to best deliver real business value through Cloud adoption.

He discussed the path to implementing Oracle HCM for organisations and the benefits that can be experienced in doing so.

The last talk of the day was from was Rachel Suff, Public Policy Adviser from the CIPD.  Her talk was focused around how Brexit would affect HR departments in the UK.

So, what does the future hold for the UK workplace?

Through the research that Rachel and her colleagues have done at the CIPD, they emphasised resourcing as a potential challenge in a post Brexit world.  Their research has shown that, over half (56%) of the 2.26 million non-UK EU nationals work in industries like manufacturing, hospitality and construction.  These employers are expecting to experience a significant labour shortfall.  In addition, 27% of employers that employ EU nationals say they do not know how many they employ, so reporting and management of resources is going to become a real challenge.

Rachel’s key take aways for HR professionals around resourcing were:

  • Hiring EEA migrant workers is set to get harder and more costly; there is potential for labour shortages
  • Industries most reliant on migrant workers will be most affected – e.g. finance, agriculture
  • Know your workforce – who are the EU nationals that you employ?
  • Communicate with your workforce – it is unlikely that EU nationals will be told to ‘go home’ but there are no guarantees as of yet.
  • It strengthens the case for investing in your existing workforce.

Rachel then went onto to discuss another key issue affecting HR professionals- the differences between EU and UK law, which can be seen below:

To round up the event our speakers formed a panel to answer specific topic questions. It offered a great opportunity for the audience to discuss with industry leaders what disruption and change could mean for the future and how to best to prepare for the unknown.

There is one significant learning to take from the day’s proceedings- It is crucial to be adaptable and to plan for change. Strategies need to be considered for workforce planning, retention and upskilling as these will only become ever more important. Whether you are planning for Gender Pay Reporting, migration to the Cloud or Brexit, picking the right partner and one which you can trust is important in guiding you through your transformation.

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Adrian Biddulph

Managing Consultant

Adrian is responsible for the delivery of all things from a HCM technology perspective. Developing add-ons to E-Business Suite and Fusion Applications as well as consulting, managed services and providing strategic advice to a broad range of clients. Adrian’s role is to ensure that Claremont’s clients get the best possible return when using any of Oracle’s HCM suite of products.