AHRI Annual Conference 2019: 4 unmissable sessions to catch

Charlotte Nicol
Last updated on 2nd December 2019
3 min read

The world of work is rapidly changing. Is your organization keeping up?

The Australian HR Institute (AHRI) national convention and exhibition, taking place between September 16-19  in Brisbane will reveal how your team could prepare for the future and avoid being ‘the disrupted’.

Whether it’s workforce planning, supporting managers, or overcoming technological challenges, there’s a session for everyone at AHRI 2019.

With five themes covering strategy, technology, productivity, people and organizations, you’ll leave with tangible tips and best practice to take back to your organization.

It’s easy to get carried away with the conference but this year’s expo will be packed full of industry experts so don’t forget to visit.

While you’re there, drop by booth 103 to meet the Sage People team, where we’ll be talking about all things HR and People.

Ready to find out what AHRI has in store for you? Here’s the top four sessions you can’t afford to miss.

1. Be a better leader, have a richer life: Stewart Friedman, Practice Professor Emeritus of Management Director at Wharton University of Pennsylvania (Wednesday, September 18, 8:45-10:00)

Australians said work-life balance was the one, single thing that mattered most to them, topping health, life satisfaction and safety.

Creating a great work-life balance has significant benefits. Whether it’s avoiding burnout or boosting workplace productivity, striking a great work-life balance is vital.

Could a top-notch work-life balance even have a positive effect on the way managers lead their teams?

According to Stewart Friedman, absolutely. Professor at Wharton University of Pennsylvania and author of ‘Leading the life you want’ will be sharing his experience working for Ford as Worldwide Head of Leadership Development.

In his session, you can find out how this proven method really works, what it takes to create a better balance, and understand how you could use this approach either for your own personal development or to guide and support managers within your organization.

2. Workforce planning in an uncertain future: Preparing for the good, bad, and the weird: Robin Boomer, Senior Executive Advisor at Gartner (Wednesday, September 18, 14:15-15:20)

Are you winning the war for talent?

Flexible working is just one trend that sets companies apart in attracting the best. 80% of employees we polled placed importance and value on flexibility, so it’s no wonder 54% of people are willing to move jobs in order to work for a flexible employer.

Yet, Less than half of non-shift working Australians feel they have a say in the hours they work. That’s significantly less than other countries, such as the UK where just 6% of employees still work 9-5.

Robin Boomer, Senior Executive Advisor at global research and advisory firm Gartner, will explain the most effective ways to attract and keep top talent, including recent workforce trends and the role they play.

He’ll also reveal how you can prepare your organization and HR team for technological and demographic changes ahead.

3. The Digital CEO: How today’s leaders must change to succeed in the digital age, Stephen Scheeler, Former Facebook CEO for Australia and New Zealand (Wednesday, September 18, 16:00-17:00)

Digital transformation is revolutionizing how we all work. So, for HR and People teams, understanding the C-suite’s position and technology strategy has never been so important.

Stephen Scheeler, former Facebook CEO for Australia and New Zealand, current Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Company, and Founder of global advisory The Digital CEO, will explain how digital experience and skills will have a pivotal role in leadership going forward.

Watch Scheeler’s closing keynote session to find out more about his personal journey of digital leadership during his time at Facebook, with practical advice applicable for every business leader.

4. The future is already here: How to thrive, not just survive: Dom Price, Head of Research and Development and Work Futurist at Atlassian (Tuesday, September 17, 11:05-13:20)

Don’t get caught up in the idea the future is yet to come. As Dom Price will explain in his session, it’s already here.

The Head of Research and Development and Work Futurist at collaboration software company Atlassian will explain that the future of work will, in fact, depend on overcoming present challenges, such as scaling and staying one step ahead of disruption.

Price will share the five ‘obsolete’ ways many of us work, with new approaches HR and People teams can take to combat these issues, all underpinned with real life examples.

See you in Brisbane

Interested in what this year’s AHRI conference and expo has to offer HR and People teams?

Don’t forget to come along to booth 103 in the expo hall to see the Sage People team where we’ll be talking about everything HR and People and demoing our global cloud HR and People system. See you there!

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