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Good Work and Engaging Employees: From Evidence to Practice

Nottingham Civic Exchange - What does good work look like? What are the barriers to producing good work? Insight from the East Midlands

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In this workshop, we first draw on the expert insight of our keynote speaker - Matthew Taylor, CEO of RSA and Visiting Professor of Sociology at NTU - whose work through the Taylor Review and elsewhere has informed thinking within Nottingham and beyond on the broad theme of ‘good work.’

  • From: Tuesday 18 September 2018, 10 am
  • To: Tuesday 18 September 2018, 4 pm
  • Registration: 9.30 am
  • Location: Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Monday 17 September 2018, 12.00 pm
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Drawing on leading researchers from NTU’s Centre of People, Work, and Organisational Practice and beyond, we present concrete examples of how universities and researchers, in synchrony with policy bodies and organisations, address the ‘good work’ challenge. In light of this discussion, we offer you the opportunity to reflect on what ‘good’ work looks like in your own context.

Guest speakers at this event will be:

Dr Paula Black (Director, Nottingham Civic Exchange) - Dr Paula Black is Director of Nottingham Civic Exchange and leads the overall development of our work. She has a professional background as an academic and has taught Sociology at the Universities of Sussex, Manchester and Derby. She has also worked as a researcher, as a senior manager in Local Government and, prior to joining Nottingham Civic Exchange, she was Director of Research at the New Economics Foundation Think Tank.

Richard Pickford (Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer, Nottingham Civic Exchange) - Rich Pickford takes the lead on facilitating connections between researchers, communities, business and citizens and maximising the impact of Nottingham Civic Exchange's work. He has a passion for working with people in a variety of settings. Rich has a background in outdoor education and youth work, and prior to working with NTU he was based with the RSA supporting their work across Wales and the Midlands.

Jonny Gifford (Senior Advisor for Organisational Behaviour, CIPD) - Jonny Gifford is Senior Advisor for Organisational Behaviour at the CIPD. He has been conducting applied research into employment and people management for around 15 years, with previous roles at the Institute for Employment Studies and Roffey Park Institute. His current interests include job quality (he leads the CIPD’s UK Working Lives survey) and behavioural science insights into performance management and other areas of HR. Jonny runs the CIPD Applied Research Conference and actively promotes evidence-based practice, including through systematic reviewing and running randomised trials.

Louisa Baczor (Research Advisor, CIPD) - Louisa joined the CIPD in 2015, specialising in research on professionalism in HR. She is also currently leading on a project exploring employee voice. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Louisa studied the evolving role of HR and impact on trust during a Master’s at the University of Bath.

Dr Sarah Pass (Senior Lecturer in HRM at NBS and Line Manager TAG Lead, Engage for Success) - Dr Sarah Pass is a Senior Lecturer in HRM and Lead of Line manager TAG within Engage for Success. Sarah has conducted research into various aspects of HR such as sustainable high performance, innovation, diversity, and international issues of HRM. Her current research with Engage for Success explores the role of line managers in developing and sustaining employee engagement.

Geoff Kershaw (Business Development Consultant and ex Managing Director, Thornton’s Retail Division) - Geoff has worked in a variety of large corporate and SME sized businesses, until 2017 he was Managing Director of Thorntons Retail Division where has was accountable for leading 2000 colleagues based in multiple locations across the country. More recently, he has set up a business development consultancy, working with small businesses to optimise their commercial opportunities, ranging from a Dubai based start-up to a national multi-income stream Charity.  With a track record of commercialising B2C and B2B customer and brand experiences to deliver profitable growth, he is highly skilled at leading teams to create inspiring visions, actionable strategies and engaging colleagues to deliver sustainable results.

The workshop will be of interest to policy makers, practitioners and researchers interested in promoting good quality work in the areas of work, employment and Human Resource Management.

It will be an exciting, informative and unique event.

What you will gain:

  1. Insight into the latest thinking on the nature of good work within Nottingham and beyond, and the steps taken by policy bodies and others to address the job quality gap
  2. Informed understanding of the determinants and outcomes of good work and engaged employees, with reference to cutting-edge practice across sectors within the Nottingham area.
  3. Discussion and benchmarking about the good work challenge across sectors
  4. Networking and future planning on ‘Good Work and Engaging Employees’

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Location details


Nottingham Conference Centre


Nottingham Trent University
Burton Street

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