CIPD opens windows on its first virtual Festival of Work

Chief executive of the professional body for HR and people development Peter Cheese opened the three-day online festival by urging companies to step up and put people first in these challenging times.

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The CIPD’s first-ever virtual Festival of Work started today with a message from a message for businesses from its chief executive, Peter Cheese. “There is no doubt in these very challenging times there is a need and an opportunity to step up, to create more responsible businesses that put people at the very heart of the agenda,” he said in his welcome to delegates.Around 20,000 people professionals are expected to participate in the online conference and exhibition, which is set to continue until Friday.

Good Work – could do better?

The Festival takes place as the CIPD earlier this month released new research into the state of the UK’s workforces.Findings from the Good Work survey carried out in January reveal satisfaction with wellbeing falling over the past year and concerns that managers could do better at embracing inclusion – both highly prescient findings in the current climate.Delegates and an impressive portfolio of speakers will be exploring these and other themes over 30 conference sessions organised across three streams: leading through adversity; supporting our people through wellbeing and technology; and the value of learning and development.

Principles of good leadership and making progress on inclusion

British feminist, activist and journalist Caroline Criado-Perez will be joined by professor of the mathematics of cities, Dr Hannah Fry, organisational psychologist John Amaechi OBE and Professor Simon Anholt, founder of the Good Country Index“Right across the festival we are going to be discussing these principles of good work, of good leadership and the principles of people development and people management, of wellbeing and certainly – particularly in light of recent events – the critical importance of making real progress on diversity and inclusion,” said Mr Cheese.   

Virtual learning and development

In all over 50 speakers representing a wide range of sectors and interests will be participating in the Festival of Work. Running alongside the Conference sessions are a virtual exhibition, networking and learning events. Follow Relocate Global’s coverage of the CIPD’s virtual Festival of Work at and on Twitter via @Relocatemag

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