Public Sector HR 2014: Performance, Productivity, and Transformation
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Message from the Program Developer
As we develop the 2014 Public Sector HR conference, I’m struck by how the challenges faced by HR leaders don’t seem to change …
Now more than ever, public sector HR leaders are change, productivity, and performance experts.
Budget cuts, demographic change, new technologies, a new generation of public servants have become ongoing challenges for HR leaders at all levels of government. The pressure has continued to grow in recent years, and now there’s added attention at the federal level on performance and absenteeism.
How can you re-energize your workforce, and build a positive culture that supports high performance?
Public sector employees face immense pressures at work, and many also encounter angry citizens who criticize their pay, pension, sick day allowances, and work effort. Your employees may know better, but they’re discouraged nonetheless. How can you replace stress and pressure with motivation and productivity?
Meanwhile, the private sector appears to have begun growing again, and hiring and developing the talent you need to renew your organization. Welcome to the world of work for HR leaders.
Employee wellness and high performance.
Many organizations in the private sector have woken up to the fact that they can’t ignore the wellness of their employees. With an increased attention on absenteeism and disability management now is the time for the public sector to follow their lead. You’ll hear from your peers in the public sector how they are making the case for investment in employee wellness and seeing the results in productivity gains and lower absenteeism.
Equip yourself with the tools to support transformation.
Despite what you may think, transformation is a process without an end. As an HR leader you need to be active in supporting change while supporting the people who have to make it work. We’ll draw on our experience running some of Canada’s top change and transformation events to bring you practical examples of success. You’ll learn how to engage your employees for more successful change.
Learn from our latest research into workplace harassment and bullying.
Harassment and bullying are more widespread than you think. And while the impact on the individual can be profound it also creates a toxic work environment that impacts everyone – and reduces productivity, increases absenteeism and disability claims and causes employees to disengage.
Meet HR leaders who are making the difference in their organizations.
Find out from your peers how they’re building stronger teams, fostering greater collaboration, and creating a resilient and positive culture that delivers on performance targets. It may not be easy, but these examples will demonstrate that it can be done.
The Conference Board has research that can help.
At this event you’ll also hear the findings of insightful research into today’s greatest workplace challenges that will help you get your job done. These include:
- Workplace wellness—the Board has demonstrated leadership in wellness for nearly two decades. With increasing stress and an aging workforce, wellness could well be the defining public sector workplace issue of our generation
- Disability management and absenteeism - again demographics play a major role, and with the federal government targeting absenteeism, this has suddenly become a priority for HR leaders
- Diversity—another area in which the Conference Board has been a recognized innovator, with the most recent example being a comprehensive review of women in leadership
Workplace wellness is critical for an aging workforce experiencing greater stress.
Increasing pressure on you and your people produces stress, absenteeism, disengagement, and poor health. Your challenge is to find ways to address it, and with limited resources.
The first step is demonstrating a robust return on investment (ROI) to help you make the case for action. Conference Board research has demonstrated that wellness efforts can generate a positive return on investment (ROI).
This event will also feature case studies of public sector organizations that have proven the value of their programs. Learn how to build your wellness business case, create a more engaged, productive workforce through wellness, and prove your program’s value.
Performance, performance, performance.
The federal government’s recent announcement on performance reviews caused concern across the public service. Now that all federal employees must undergo an annual performance review - with unambiguous consequences for those deemed poor performers - you must move quickly to get up-to-speed on the latest performance measurement and management techniques. Find out from your public sector peers how to make performance reviews work for you and your organization.
All this, and you still have to do more with less.
The pressure hasn’t declined, and neither has the imperative to do more with less. Government cuts have largely shied away from dropping whole programs or services, preferring instead to cut staff within them. The result is that those left behind find themselves having to deliver the same level of service with fewer people.
HR has a critical role to play here as well, both in sustaining morale, and in supporting change and transformation, so new processes and ways to work can reduce the pressure on employees. This event will also help you address the negative fallout from change - the fear, anxiety, and inaction - and build the elements that support innovation, such as trust, the ability to fail, collaboration, and more.
Learn about practical solutions to improve effectiveness and performance in a tough environment.
Find out from the experts how to:
- refine recruitment and retention with social media
- drive new efficiency in existing processes and programs
- build a robust business case for workplace wellness
- develop the next generation of public sector leaders
- use social media to communicate more effectively
- motivate younger workers to build their careers in your organization
- improve your change management expertise
- engage people and build a robust culture with limited resources
- encourage innovation
- create a succession plan that will work in your situation
- communicate more effectively with your workforce
Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to meet the innovators and discuss common challenges with other public sector HR leaders.
Building on success.
The Conference Board is Canada’s most respected independent research and conference development organization. Conference Board events attract the top public sector HR leaders, and provide an insightful and enlightening learning experience for conference participants.
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We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.
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