Get your business questions answered at the CIPD Conference

Thousands of HR professionals and business owners will be gathering at Manchester Central on November 6th and 7th as they look for solutions to some of the business challenges they are facing from the experts exhibiting at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Annual Conference and Exhibition 2013.

With 43 seminars, more than 60 free sessions on hot HR issues and over 150 experts exhibiting, including us here at learndirect, there’s sure to be someone who can help you.

Here we take a look at some of the key challenges facing UK businesses and who you can turn to at the CIPD Conference for guidance.

How can I ensure my staff are highly-skilled?

Ensuring that you have a highly-skilled workforce which can help you grow and develop is becoming increasingly challenging for businesses. The most recent Employer Skills Survey from the UK Commission shows that almost 1.5 million people simply do not have the skills required for their current role.

Companies are also finding it tough to tackle this problem internally due to a lack of resources. Towards Maturity research shows that 62% of companies feel their own learning and development departments do not have the knowledge to use and implement learning technologies.

Help at CIPD?

Providing skills and qualifications online and remotely?

If you are struggling to up-skill your staff, check out our free learning session ‘Providing skills and qualifications online and remotely?’ where you’ll hear insights into how we deliver online training. Learn how skills and qualifications can be managed remotely to help thousands of workers combine learning with their day-to-day job. The session takes place on November 7th between 13:30 and 14:00.

We’ll also be exhibiting at stand 540 if you want to say hello and chat about your business’s training and development needs.

How can I prepare my company for auto-enrolment?

Pension auto-enrolment is a pressing issue for businesses, with many companies’ implementation dates edging nearer. There is a significant cost to businesses, which means it is important to get it right. Figures from the Centre for Economics and Business Research show that for small businesses the set-up fee alone is £8,900, while those with 500 staff members could spend as much as £23,300 to be ready for the new legislation.

There is also evidence that many businesses have chosen to leave preparing for auto-enrolment until the last minute. Two thirds of SMEs have little or no knowledge about what the legislation involves, according to a survey on behalf of employee benefits adviser Secondsight.

Help at CIPD?

There are a couple of sessions at CIPD which could help you get to grips with auto-enrolment.

KPMG’s session ‘Auto-enrolment – from pension compliance to reward opportunity’ is running between 14:00 and 14:50 on the 6th while NOW Pensions will be running a free learning session on ‘How to engage your employees with auto-enrolment’ between 14:00 and 14:35 on the 7th.

How can I ensure my employees remain motivated and engaged?

Employee motivation and engagement levels across the UK have fallen in recent years, which could lead to productivity levels dropping and cause issues with employee retention.

The UK Management Culture of Fear report, by Hillcroft House, found that the vast majority of the UK workforce is demotivated, with over nine out of ten workers ‘strongly agreeing’ that they would consider leaving their current job.

Help at CIPD?

If you are concerned by your employees’ engagement levels, a session by Eras on ‘Engaging People – Which approach works best?’ at 12:30 on the 7th could offer some interesting insights.

The CIPD is also running a free learning session ‘The Surprising Truth About Workplace Motivation’ at 12:30 on the 6th.

What steps can I take to reduce employee absence levels?

While sickness levels are falling, UK workers sill take more than four times as many days off work sick as those in other countries, posing a huge problem for their employers, according to research by business advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Data from income protection provider Unum shows that sickness absence costs businesses £600 per employee per year, on average.

Help at CIPD?

If employee sickness is causing problems for your business, check out insurer BHSF’s session ‘How Occupational Health can Assist Organisations in Reducing Sickness Absence’ at 13:45 on the 6th.


Hopefully we’ll see you at the CIPD Conference. If you do need any help and advice about how our training solutions can help meet the needs of your business, please just pop over to stand 540 and say hello!