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People, technology and cake

Thursday 21st November 2024 at 14:00 GMT

Royal College of Nursing , 20 Cavendish Square , London , W1G 0RN

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In a world where technology is becoming more pervasive, where your staff have increasingly easy access to on-line tools and content, where hybrid working begets investment into intangible digital assets rather than physical space; where the skills you need are ever changing and difficult to source how can you ensure your people strategy is fit for the digital age?

About this session

Much has already been said about the importance of culture, skills and individual’s mindset to successfully transform digitally but exactly what to do about this is less clear. 

At this event we will explore ideas for your people strategy and how these could be practically realised. We will explore whether “going agile” is really the cultural shift your organisation needs to stay relevant in today’s fast pace world and what aspects you might want to consider for your people strategy. Every organisation needs talent and skills but how effective are tactics like competency frameworks and on-line training in today’s busy organisation? How can organisations identify and staff (and volunteers) develop the digital skills needed? What skills should specialist teams like IT, data and digital offer going forward? Hybrid and remote working creates an opportunity for organisations to re-imagine their use of physical space but what should you do about your increasingly digitally connected workforce? How do you maintain organisational cohesion and how do staff effectively collaborate and communicate?   

At this exploratory session on People and Cake Adapta will be looking at what makes an organisation effective at exploiting technology by looking at practical ideas for addressing these challenges with culture, collaboration, learning and organising people with technology to better deliver your mission.

What will attendees gain from attending this session?

  • Unpacking what is at the core of agile and how you might be able to practically encourage this mindset more broadly in your organisation to better exploit your data, content and technology.
  • How hybrid working offers both opportunities and challenges to “team centred” collaboration models along with practical ideas and enabling technologies that may help. 
  • Exploring tomorrows third sector organisation in respect of organisational structure, staff skills and externalised capabilities that may help you with your future thinking on staff.
  • Have the opportunity to discuss your own charity’s challenges with peers within the sector, across a round table.   
  • And as always… enjoy all the cake you can eat (fruit and other options are provided also)!  

The programme

14.00    Arrival and welcome

             Adapta Consulting

             Welcome to the event, introductions and overview of the agenda for the afternoon.

14.10    Adapta Consulting – Guest HR Speaker

             A summary of the current challenges facing organisations in respect of people.

14.30   Discussion - Challenges

            Whole group discussion and what they consider the key challenges to be.

14.50   Adapta Consulting: Your digital workforce (team work)

            Presentation on how hybrid, agile and collaboration intersect and practical ideas that
            may help your teams better utilise and exploit your technology.

           Discussion and feedback

15.20  TEA/COFFE & CAKE - opportunity to share learning with peers.

15.40  Adapta Consulting: Your digital workforce (organisation)

            Presentation on structure, skills and accountabilities and suggestions for going

            Discussion and feedback

16.10  Group discussions

           Discussions with your peers to explore themes raised in this event and what
           organisations on your table have done to date.

           Discussion and feedback

16.40- Review and close
  Adapta Consulting

Who should attend this event?

Anyone can benefit from this event but perhaps especially:

  • People and HR managers
  • Senior leaders especially those accountable for corporate, operations, people, volunteer, learning etc.
  • Heads of Digital, Data or IT teams.
  • Staff focused on hybrid working/internal communications/innovation/project management.
  • Anyone with an interest in how some people help organisations become digitally capable or staff "literacy" in digital, data and technology.

To make a booking

Attendance is free and only open to charities, memberships, trusts and other non-profit organisations. Complete the online booking form, here.

Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN

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