HRD and Sage Roundtable Series


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What you'll learn

This three-part roundtable series will bring together senior HR leaders to discuss the most pertinent issues currently facing the HR function, identify opportunities and allow you to learn from the experience of your peers. Find out more information about each session below and feel free to register for any or all the sessions. Registrations will go through an approval process and confirmation will be sent out along with joining links separately.

Making the Investment in Experimentation

Ran on Thursday 24th March 2022

Experimentation and iteration are no longer skillsets just for the R&D team. The world continues to change rapidly, and organisations require lean and innovative strategies to continue to thrive. For HR teams to have the biggest impact on their organisations, they need to become comfortable with agility and become true agents of change. Organisations also need to recognise that this requires investment – in both resources and training. How do we reconcile increased investment, with the need to be leaner than ever?

This roundtable explored how to support your teams (and yourself) in developing and leveraging the experimental skillsets, mindsets and technology needed to continuously re-evaluate and re-plan.

We discussed:

  • What do we need to change in our organisations and teams to enable more experimental mindsets?
  • What are the new competencies required and what are the HR specialisms of the future?
  • How can HR tech support agility and flexibility?
  • How do we need to change our approach to implementation? Achieving buy-in on investment for new competencies and skillsets
Session Writeup Coming Soon

Leveraging Technology and Automation to Redesign Work

Thursday 19th May 2022,

The right digital systems can enable HR teams to have the competitive edge on the war for talent – improving employee
experience, freeing up time from heavy admin tasks and informing decision making with solid data. However, when 63% of HR leaders feel their systems aren’t fit for the future (Sage, 2021), how can we ensure that we are reaching our full potential?

This session will be shaped by the digitisation challenges most pressing for you. Expect to discuss:

  • How to begin the shift to more automated ways of working, and the effect on employee engagement
  • The role technology will have in architecting the ways we work moving forward
  • How to begin leveraging your HR tech for a competitive edge
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Leading Change through Data-Driven Decision Making

Thursday 22nd September 2022,
2pm (BST)

People analytics has been toted by some as the future of driving business success. HR teams has a huge opportunity to influence the direction of their organisations. Yet 68% of HR leaders say they are not able to use data to spot trends or make business predictions (Sage 2021) and 38% of c-suite execs are not satisfied with HR’s ability to provide data backed insights or recommendations.

What steps do we need to take to enable our teams to understand and confidently deliver people insights, and strengthen the relationship with the c-suite? Over the coming months we’ll adapt this roundtable to reflect the evolving landscape of people analytics and digital transformation within HR.

Benefits of attending virtual roundtables:

Network and learn from your peers in HR

Discover the latest thinking around problems and opportunities

Speak freely and openly with all roundtables run under Chatham House rules

Hear from expert speakers and moderators

Find new perspectives to old problems

Join from the comfort of your virtual office

Session Moderators and Speakers

Lisa Haggar

CPO and Consultant, The Fielding Group (Session 1 moderator)

With 30 years in the HR arena, Lisa has progressed in her HR career within a background of start-up, scale up and PE backed businesses. She is a highly influential HR leader and is recognised for her provocative thoughts and contemporary and at times unconventional approach to HR.

Lisa is also a qualified, highly regarding coach and public speaker. She writes is posts, blogs and articles that inspire many with her positive attitude and challenges to the norm. As one of the top HR influencers on LinkedIn, she describes herself as the ‘Queen of People’ excelling at her People Centric leadership approach, that builds extraordinary business cultures.

And if that’s not enough to keep her busy, she started THE HR COUCH network last year to support the HR community and heavily involved in charities support homelessness and mental health.

Lauren Kirton

Sage (Session 1 speaker)

Keith Williams

HR Digital Transformation | Digital Employee Experience | Conversational Chatbots | Ex-HR Services Technology Director @ Unilever (Session 2 moderator)

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Making the Investment in Experimentation

Ran on March 24th, 2022

Session Writeup Coming Soon


Leveraging Technology and Automation to Redesign Work

May 19th, 2022


Leading Change through Data-Driven Decision Making

September 22nd , 2022