Flexibility Works LIVE> Wellbeing & Flexibility to Shape Future Working Culture
September 16, 2021, 10.00 – 11.15
As we move out of the pandemic, flexible working has become more important than ever to allow employees to strike that ever elusive work/life balance. It allows time for family, time to exercise and also gives employees autonomy over their working pattern – all of these are great for health & wellbeing and for some offers them the chance to stay, or even enter, the workforce.
Join us as we explore the importance of having wellbeing at the forefront of your working culture. We will be discussing with both employers and employees, the difference it can make and how it encourages accessibility and inclusivity. Both physical and mental health have never been more important and are something that most of us will have to deal with at some point in our career.
In our recent #FlexForLife report, we showed that 51% of employees who worked flexibly did so for their health & wellbeing and that 64% of employees said that flex made a positive impact on their mental health & wellbeing.
On the flipside, 78% of the largest employers agreed that flex reduced sickness/absence.
Our speakers will be sharing their insights into how their organisation approaches employee wellbeing and how flexible working ties in with this. As with all of our Flexibility Works LIVE> events, we will be hearing about some very practical examples and will also be open to discussion through our interactive Q&A session.
Amanda Harrison - Group Head of HR Consultancy Services - Centrica
Amanda joined Centrica in 2011 and leads the Group HR Consultancy Services Team. Three key areas of support are provided by this team to the business:
• professional HR advice and deployment for all people change
• specialist Employee Relations
• specialist M&A HR support for all mergers, acquisitions, integrations and divestment activity.
Before Centrica, Amanda worked for BP in a variety of roles, including HR Director for Global Trading and Supply, HR Director for Gas and Power North America, and Head of HR European Gas and Power. Prior to that, Amanda worked for Exxon Mobil in a variety of roles including, Operational HR, Industrial Relations Adviser at Coryton Refinery, Talent management and European Resourcing.
Amanda is one of the senior sponsors for the Flexible First programme at Centrica. The aim of the programme is to give everyone at Centrica the flexibility to work in a way that is best for them, their customers and their business.
Sarah Jackman - Counsel, Glasgow - Dentons
Sarah specializes in employment law and is counsel in Dentons’ Glasgow office.
She joined Dentons in 2019, bringing extensive experience in leading an in-house employment law team in the financial services sector. In her previous role, Sarah supported strategic initiatives following the financial crisis and, as a senior leader in a legal and governance team, led employees through cultural change and digitalization. Sarah also provided employment advice on significant change projects, including a demerger, IPO and acquisition of another bank. This significant in-house experience makes her well placed to view situations from the perspective of our clients.
As a very experienced employment lawyer, she undertakes a full range of employment work for a wide variety of clients, including many household names. Sarah's work includes advising on large-scale redundancy and restructuring exercises, managing employment tribunal claims for a diverse range of employers, as well as acting as a trusted advisor on employment issues and strategy for in-house counsel and HR teams.
Sarah is a frequent speaker at client events and has a particular interest in whistleblowing and employee wellbeing.
Marianne Craig - Privacy and Improvement Manager - Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF Scotland)
Marianne is the Privacy and Improvement Manager at ILF Scotland, a multi-award winning public sector body delivering Scottish Government funding so that disabled people can live their best lives. Most of her career has been spent working in Major Events Development, creating showcase events in the sport and charity sectors for organisations such as Scottish Rugby and Poppy Scotland. In 2017, 4 years after starting a family she left events management behind to take up a temporary Project Co-ordinator position at ILF Scotland, a flexible working employer. Since taking up her permanent role at ILF Scotland, Marianne has refocussed her events development skills towards strategic improvement and reclaimed her family life. She is passionate that more companies can and should nurture a flexible working culture and put people at the heart of their organisation
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