Gravitate HR – Out and About!
The Gathering Conference – February 2015
On the 25th and 26th February, four of the team represented Gravitate at the Gathering Conference held in Glasgow at the SECC. The conference is held annually, organised by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and showcases companies from the third sector. We were there building relationships with organisations needing HR Support and spoke with many individuals and charities eager to know more about what we could offer.
Over the course of the conference we ran a raffle at our stand for the chance to win a fabulous £50 Marks & Spencer Hamper. The winner, Catherine Livingstone from Wylie & Bissett LLP was selected at random from over 50 entries!! A lovely way to start spring.
With many events running in addition to the exhibition area, it was nice to see some familiar faces, from Working on Wheels, Harper MacLeod, RHET and Foundation Scotland.
If you’re a charity or work in the third sector, please get in touch to find out how our team at Gravitate HR can support you with all your HR needs!
The Scottish CIPD Conference – March 2015
On the 5th March, myself and Morven Borthwick as Associate Members of the CIPD attended Day 1 of the Scottish CIPD conference as part of our professional development. The day consisted of several keynote speakers, a break out seminar as well as intermittent refreshments staged at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.
The speakers included: John McGurk, Head of CIPD Scotland; Peter Cheese, Chief Executive CIPD; Professor Dame Carol Black; Vance Kearney, Vice President HR Oracle; and Alan Watkins, Founder and CEO, Complete Coherence. Topics covered were Building a Profession for the Future, Improving Health in our Workplaces, A Bright Future in the Cloud and Creating Brilliance and Resilience for Yourself and your Team.
Key messages that got our minds ticking were:
‘Young people are key to our future’
‘Some 47% of jobs are under threat of automation in the next 5 years’
‘In 100 years, we have forgotten the importance of looking after the welfare of our employees’
‘A life of jobs, not a job for life’
‘Diversity and inclusion are business common sense’
‘It’s not about process and regulation but principles’
‘Stress and back pain aren’t diseases, they are the symptoms’
‘Mental health is connected to our wellbeing’
‘Work/life balance, good work and workplaces key to wellbeing’
‘If HR want to see what’s to come, watch Marketing. Companies start with their customers before moving attention to their employees’
‘How do you attract young people but retain an aging workforce?’
‘HR needs to evolve or die – lead by example!’
‘Learning is horizontal, development is vertical’