We run a range of events in different formats and on a variety of topics.

The IES HR Network is the driving force behind most of our events, which cover important HR issues.

Consider evidence and assessments of current thinking and state of play. Debate with other employers some of the issues. Hear expert speakers from a range of organisations and subject areas.

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  • Performance management, change at last?

    Tue 22 Mar 2016 10:30 to Tue 22 Mar 2016 12:30 | London, United Kingdom

    Performance management is always in the press. HR practitioners are often complaining that their 'system' is not working, balanced by a few successful case studies. More recently the HR press has announced the growing repudiation of performance ratings and a re-positioning of performance appraisal to make it more effective. So what's really going on? Is there really something radical happening or simply a presentational repackaging? And more importantly should we be rethinking performance management and the role it plays in organisational li...

  • High involvement change: from consultation to co-production

    Thu 07 Apr 2016 09:30 to Thu 07 Apr 2016 12:30 | London, United Kingdom

    The management of change often receives rock-bottom ratings in the employee survey, with employees complaining that their voices are not being heard. There is evidence that paying lip-service to consultations is demotivating and promotes mistrust rather than involvement. HR and change practitioners, on the other hand, feel frustrated that people are quick to criticise but slow to get involved. How can this no-win situation be transformed, so that employees feel genuinely involved and participate willingly and creatively in offering ideas and...

  • Collective ethical leadership

    Tue 21 Jun 2016 09:30 to Tue 21 Jun 2016 11:30 | London, United Kingdom

    Over several decades, researchers in business ethics have found a positive relationship between corporate social performance and corporate financial performance. In addition, we know that senior managers set the ethical ‘tone at the top’ and that external regulators and internal boards can influence formal ethical business programmes. But surveys consistently show there is gap between the stated ambition of operating as an ethical organisation and the actual experience of employees witnessing behaviours by line managers and co-workers which ...

  • Gender pay gap reporting: important, undesirable or irrelevant?

    Thu 21 Jul 2016 09:30 to Thu 21 Jul 2016 12:30 | London, United Kingdom

    'We plan to close the gender pay gap within a generation' proclaimed the Prime Minister, announcing last summer’s consultation as to how best to introduce the requirement for all organisations with more than 250 employees to report their gender pay gaps. Most of us probably think the European Commission estimate of 70 years is more likely, but compulsory reporting seems to be an important but also controversial step, criticised by business organisations such as the CBI. What will your organisation have to report? What will the impact be? Wha...

  • Meaningfulness at work

    Tue 13 Dec 2016 09:30 to Tue 13 Dec 2016 12:30 | London, United Kingdom

    It’s easy to see how employees experience meaning in their work if their organisation has a clear and worthy aim (such as a charity), or if they have a hands-on or customer-facing role. How can organisations help employees experience a sense that what they do from day-to-day is worthwhile and valuable, even if they work in a role that is removed from the coalface? And how does employees’ sense of meaning connect with the purpose of their jobs and the nature of the organisation? This workshop will present the results of a joint Brighton Busin...