CIPD Well-being and Employee Engagement Conference
£40 – £100
CIPD Well-being and Employee Engagement Conference

CIPD Well-being and Employee Engagement Conference

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Clayton Hotel Belfast

22 Ormeau Avenue



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The latest CIPD Annual Absence Management Survey found that stress is a major cause of long-term sickness absence from work, and further CIPD research shows evidence of a positive link between well-being programmes and improved business performance. Edenred’s well-being Barometer also found that while 97% of employers believe in the link between well-being and performance, less than a third of them actually see employee well-being as a business priority.

What is it that prevents employers from putting well-being and engagement at the core of the business? And how can HR professionals become the key enablers of healthier, engaged and more productive work environments? How do we encourage employers to balance a reactive approach to absences with proactive action to minimise the causes?

At the CIPD Northern Ireland Well-being and Employee Engagement Conference, you will get practical guidance on how to embed a well-being and employee engagement approach that fits your organisation’s strategy, and hear practical case studies on how HR can take the lead in improving employee well-being, engagement and truly develop a productive culture at work.

The conference includes speakers from public, private and third sector organisations providing a comprehensive overview. Organisations include Google, Survey Monkey, Carecall, South West College, NIE and CIPD


9:00 Registration and Networking

9:30 Welcome Remarks

Lynn Carson, CIPD Northern Ireland Chair

9:40 Building a Flourishing Workforce in times of  challenge and opportunity for Northern Ireland. The Three foundations

well-being has become a central feature of making work both more human and more productive. The health and well-being of the workforce has always been a major driver of better work and working lives. Now as our working lives extend, and work becomes more complex the business case for of wellness at work is standing out more than ever.  We will explain how linking engagement, well-being and resilience builds a compelling new proposition for productive workplaces and prospering employees.

  • The context of increased challenge and complexity at work and outside means making work more human. Focusing on helping employees flourish is critical.

  • The case for investment in well-being as a major driver of both productivity and people focus, and how this can create a virtuous cycle.

  • How engagement, well-being and resilience help build the foundations of a flourishing workplace and society and are central to the purpose of people management.

Dr John McGurk, Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland, CIPD

10:15 CIPD Research – The role of HR in Enabling a Healthy and Productive Work Environment

HR holds the key to integrating health and well-being practices organisations. But what does employee well-being involve, and what does a healthy workplace look like? In this session we’ll:

  • explore the five domains of well-being and present the CIPD well-being Pyramid,

  • provide practical tips for HR professionals to take an active role in creating a well-being culture.

Louisa Baczor, Research Associate, CIPD
Rachel Suff, Advisor - ER & Diversity (Europe), CIPD

11:00 Networking Coffee Break and Exhibition Time

11:30 Case study – How well-being & Health Promotion has contributed to sustained Organisational Effectiveness

What makes a successful well-being programme and how do organisations actually embed it into the every-day business? This session will feature a practical case study of how an organisations can:

  • Promote a positive culture, supported by policies, training and specific interventions to empower and encourage staff to take action to improve their health and well-being

  • Create a programme that stimulates collective responsibility and action in terms of Health and well-being

  • Collect and report on appropriate data relating to staff well-being and identify key actions and outputs

Mrs Eimear Rushe, Head of HR, South West College
Mrs Regina Gormley, HR Officer with responsibility for Health & well-being, South West College

12:15 Case study – Creating Happy, Healthy Googlers

Brid will speak about why and how Google creates happy, healthy Googlers. As part of her role, Brid manages benefits and wellness strategy for Ireland and was also the project lead for establishing Google’s Dublin Wellness Centre.

Brid O’Donnell, EMEA Benefits, Google

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Panel Discussion – What Makes a Successful well-being Programme?

What are the building blocks of an effective well-being strategy, and how do we deliver successful well-being initiatives? How do we identify the needs for our organisation and employees? In this panel discussion, a panel of experts will give you tips on how to determine the right approach and focus on the initiatives that will work in your organisation.    

Panellists –  Stephen Kilroy, Queen's University Belfast
                        Michele Hanley, Viridian
       Orla King, Danske Bank
    Carol MouncePSNI

14:45 “Beyond the Corporate Catchphrase” - Making Employee Engagement Real & Meaningful

In this session NIE will present a case study on developing and implementing an effective and measurable engagement strategy based on the changing market. NIE will cover the following during the session:

  • Employee Engagement – a critical issue.  The Evidence

  • The link between engagement and productivity

  • Factors that affect engagement

  • Engagement requires more than good leadership

  • Develop and implement a meaningful Vision and Values that everyone can understand and buy into

  • Shaping and accelerating change together

  • NIE Networks – The Results

Mr Gordon Parkes, HR Director, NIE

15:30 Networking Coffee Break and Exhibition Time

“Employee engagement and the role of the line manager”

This presentation will be a case study of SurveyMonkey’s continued journey to achieving and maintaining employee engagement but shifting the mind-set that this is a HR Initiative to focusing on the role of the line manager. Some topics will include;

  • The history of our employee engagement journey

  • How changing our performance management system contributed to Employee engagement.

Suzie Rogers, HR Business Partner UK & IE, Survey Monkey  

16:35 Closing Remarks

Dr John McGurk, Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland, CIPD

16:45 Conference Close


Where can I park?

The venue has negotiated rates with the NCP (National Car Park) on Dublin Road.  The rate is currently £9 within 24 hours and to avail of this please bring your card issued at the car park to reception who will apply a discount.  You will then pay as normal at the car park pay station.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, you should being a printed or electronic copy of your ticket to the event for ease of registration.

Can I transfer my ticket to a colleauge?

Yes, this must be done at least 72 hours pre event. For instructions on how to do this please click here.

What is the Refund Policy?
If you are unable to attend this conference please give us at least 1 week notice (no later than Monday 21 November 2016) and we will be happy to refund 100% of your booking fee or book you on to a subsequent event to the same value. Cancellations received after this time will be non transferable and non refundable.

Professional photography and video production may be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.

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