Positive Ageing and Human Resource Development Conference

Civil Court, De Montfort University, Leicester, Leicester Castle Business School
01/05/2019 (09:30-16:00)
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People, Organisation and Work Institute (POWI) are delighted to announce a one-day conference on Positive Ageing and Human Resource Development. This is a one day conference aimed at exploring the challenges arising from organisations having to cope with a workforce that can stretch from 18 to 88. The speakers will address the issue from different perspectives sharing the latest research, organisational insights and government policy. Participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and leave with some answers to the demands of workforce planning.

Speakers will include Professor Wendy Loretto from Edinburgh University and Dr Diane Keeble-Ramsay from the Positive Ageing Institute/

This conference will explore and seek answers to the following questions:

  1. What have been the contributory factors that have driven the change in working age demographics post -2008
  2. What motivates workers across the generations and do these differ from millennial to older worker?
  3. How do organisations cope with issues such as older workers returning to work in their late 50s and post-menopausal women seeking to return to work?
  4. How do individuals seeking to continue with a ‘career’ persuade organizations to look beyond their age?
  5. How is the ‘gig economy’ responding to changes in the workforce?
  6. Are traditional HRM and HRD techniques – such as Performance Management still relevant in modern organisations?
  7. How do the senior leaders within organisations deal with the management of different generations? 


9.30am: Registration

10am: Welcome and Introduction – Professor Dana Brown – PVC Enterprise, Dean, Faculty of Business and Law

10.15am: Setting the scene - Dr Diane Keeble-Ramsay, is Deputy Director of Positive Ageing Research Institute (PARI) at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.  Dr Ramsay is co-editor of ‘Positive Ageing and Human Resource Development’ book.  She will set out how the nature of the UK workforce has changed and explore some of the factors that have led to this evolution.

11am: Current Research themes and findings – Professor Wendy Loretto will discuss some of the themes surrounding motivation at work and how organization need to change the way in which they engage with older workers.  

11.45am: Break

12pm: Employer Response

12.30pm: Professional Body  (CMI or CIPD)

1pm: Lunch

1.45pm: Leadership Challenges - Dr Kevin Roe.  Dr Roe will discuss the leadership challenges of trying to lead a workforce which may have different values, aspirations and drivers.  He will refer to recent research in this area and highlight some successful case studies for the audience.

2.30pm: Panel Discussion - Employer/De Montfort/Professional Body/

3.15pm: Networking and afternoon tea

3.45pm: Closing Remarks – Professor Jonathan Payne – Director of POWI.

4pm: Close

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