UNLEASH London 2020: 4 must-see sessions

Emma Stevens
Last updated on 6th February 2020
3 min read

2020 is going to be a huge year for HR tech. So, what’s the best way to deep dive into what’s going on in the sector? Why not head to the leading two-day conference in London – UNLEASH Spring 2020.

Taking place on the 24-25th March at ExCeL London, UNLEASH Spring will give you the chance to hear from some of the most celebrated experts in the HR and People industry.

The schedule is already jam-packed with talks and sessions, guaranteed to inspire.

Explore at the line up ahead of UNLEASH Spring and don’t forget to come and see Sage People at stand 401.

To get you excited for this year’s event, we’ve shortlisted the four must-see sessions to catch while you’re there.

1. Wellbeing conversations: How to make them happen with Becky Thoseby, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at the Ministry of Justice (Room 2, Tuesday 24th March at 2:30pm)

Wellness initiatives aren’t just a nice to have, they can play a big part in enabling your employees to feel happy and productive at work.

It goes further than providing gym membership or paying for their healthcare. Financial wellbeing, mental health awareness training, or simply encouraging great conversations between managers and their employees can be enough for people to feel they’re supported at work.  

Wellbeing coach, Becky Thoseby, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at the Ministry of Justice, will share her multidisciplinary approach to providing great wellbeing conversations.

In promoting her session, Thoseby says: “Research shows that the number one determinant of workplace wellbeing is the line manager relationship.”

Thinking about evolving your wellbeing program? Take a look at our blog for some ideas ahead of Thoseby’s talk.

2. Who are you excluding – tools to strengthen your employee value proposition to attract and retain the right talent with Winston Ben Clements (Room 13, Tuesday 24th March at 2:55pm)

If there’s one person who was born to inspire audiences, it’s Winston Ben Clements.

A specialist and advisor on issues of diversity and inclusion, according to Winston’s website, he’s on a mission to inspire one billion people. No doubt he’ll bring a certain kind of electricity to ExCeL when he appears on stage in March.

His talk will aim to elevate how HR leaders how to attract and retain diverse talent – and why it’s so important. It promises to offer tools, tips and strategies to foster an inclusive workplace that drives high performance.

3. Change the workplace, change the world – opening keynote from Dr Alan Watkins, Founder and CEO of Complete Coherence (Main Stage, Tuesday 24th March at 9:10am)

From checking the train times on our morning commute to reading the news, not a day goes by where we don’t check our phones.

We’re so used to being able to do virtually anything directly from our devices that we now expect the same level of ‘do-it-yourself’ capability at work. In fact, in our recent research report, a staggering 79% of HR and People leaders said technology is a top driver for change within companies.

That’s why we’ll be eager to hear the perspective of Dr Alan Watkins, as he explains how organizations will have to “reshape their People practices in particular to meet the changing demands of a digitally-savvy workforce who will make up most of the workforce by 2020.”

Dr Watkins—Physician, Neuroscientist, and leadership and human performance expert—will share his knowledge with the audience on exactly how HR and People teams can drive the change for a more digitalized workplace.

He’s mentored thousands of leaders to grow, transform and discover new ways to run their businesses in his 22-year career so he’ll be in a great position to share with the audience his insight and top tips.

4. The future of work – how it will get better and how companies can avoid the dark clouds ahead with Daniel Thorniley, Chief Economist at UNLEASH (Main Stage, Wednesday 25th March at 9:50am)

It’s not every day you get to hear from one of the world’s leading economists, but at this year’s UNLEASH event, you’ll have the rare chance to do just that.

Daniel Thorniley’s opening speech on day two is an absolute must-see for all HR and People leaders who have their eyes on the future. Expect to hear powerful predictions about HR technology, and what it will mean for the world of work.

Want to get ahead of the conversation before Thorniley’s session? Check out the 2020 HR trends revealed by HR and People experts to explore what the future may hold for HR tech.

Will we be seeing you there?

In between seeing these and many other incredible speakers, be sure to swing by stand 401 in the expo hall to get your copy of our latest research report, ‘The changing face of HR’ and take a tour of our global cloud HR and People system.

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