Annual HR Directors' Retreat: Managing across the generations

Wed 02 May 2018 17:00
Old Ship Hotel, King's Road, Brighton, BN1 1NR


There is a growing consensus that convenient labels such as ‘Millennial’ and ‘Baby Boomer’ can grossly over-simplify and sometimes trivialise the real challenges posed by intergenerational diversity at work. Up to a point, these challenges have been with us for decades. However, changes to retirement policy; the expansion of over-65s at work; the growth in graduate numbers; the increase in ‘precarious’ work; and the more dominant centrality of ‘work life balance’ in the psychological contract, have all made the context for intergenerational working more complex to manage. Modern, multi-generational workplaces are, for example, having to find new ways to manage knowledge assets and to ‘curate’ and transfer them to best advantage. They are also thinking again about the adequacy of their traditional approaches to talent management, reward and career development. This year’s ‘Retreat’ will allow HR directors to reflect with their peers on how the HR profession can exercise more proactive stewardship over the multi-generational resources at their disposal.

Topics we will cover include:

  • The intergenerational workplace, now and in the future.
  • The end of retirement? Pension policy for old and young.
  • Case study: The Royal Air Force.
  • Learning and development in a multi-generational workforce.

Who should attend?

This is an ‘invitation only’ event aimed at HR directors, chief executives and leaders who are currently members of our HR Network.

How will you/your organisation benefit from this event?

IES has been holding an annual ‘Retreat’ for HR directors since 2008. It is one of the most popular and highly-rated of our events because it allows participants the opportunity to explore major strategic topics in more depth than usual with peers from other organisations, together with stimulating input from external experts and high-level facilitation by senior IES figures. This year’s event will help you to consider what your organisation needs to do in order to embrace the benefits of intergenerational working and how to avoid some of the pitfalls.


Annette Cox, Director, Employment Policy Research, IES

Annette has a broad portfolio of research interests covering skills-policy design and evaluation; workforce ageing; organisational performance; employee involvement, health and wellbeing; and reward management. She has 20 years of research experience on HR and employment topics. Her clients have included the UK government departments, Acas, European Commission, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, European Agency for Occupational Safety and Health, and Cedefop.

Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, IES

Stephen is an adviser to a number of UK government departments and has advised employers and policymakers in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australasia and North America. He has received a special award from GAMIAN-Europe for his contribution to the field of mental health and employment and is a reviewer for several academic journals, including The Lancet. Stephen has appeared in HR Magazine's list of Most Influential HR Thinker for the past ten years. He has been an honorary professor at Lancaster University Management School since 2010.


Duncan Brown, Head of HR Consultancy, IES

Chris Curry, Director, Pensions Policy Institute

Sarah Maskell, Wing Commander, Royal Air Force

Maria Smart, HR Director, Pegasi Management Ltd

Event programme

The programme for this event is yet to be announced.

Related reading

Marvell R, Cox A, Fulfilling work: What do older workers value about work and why?, Centre for Ageing Better

Project: Evidence reviews and economic analysis for NICE guidance on workplace health of older workers


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