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Employee Voice

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The HR Forum brings together research, latest thinking and practical insights to support HR practitioners in addressing their most challenging HR issues.

Drawing on this research and examples from practice, this event will provide you with the opportunity to explore the topic of voice within your organisation’s context, and to share ideas on how to foster voice with fellow practitioners.

Who will it benefit?

This event is intended for HR Practitioners, General Managers and HR Managers.

  • From: Wednesday 13 March 2019, 9 am
  • To: Wednesday 13 March 2019, 1.30 pm
  • Registration: 8:30 am
  • Location: Hooley Room, Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Friday 8 March 2019, 12.00 pm
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Event details

Giving individuals an opportunity to speak up at work creates a workplace culture that generates new ideas, innovation and psychologic safety in order to foster vibrant and agile organisations. Employee Voice also offers individual self-expression, and where effectively released, communicates that dignity and respect for others are values that matter. Employees increasingly expect to be able to speak up and have their voice heard in the workplace on wider social issues such as bullying and harassment.

Many organisations often use team meetings, one-to-ones, employee surveys and trade unions as channels for employees to express their views. Yet, people often feel reluctant to speak up.  A recent study conducted by the Nottingham Business School’s Centre for People, Work and Organisational Practice in partnership with the CIPD, with responses from 2,372 employees, revealed that over a quarter of respondents  are reluctant to speak up on matters of importance for them- despite having something valuable to say.

Drawing on this research and examples from practice, this event will provide you with the opportunity to explore the topic of voice within your organisation’s context, and to share ideas on how to foster voice with fellow practitioners.

What you will gain:

  1. Insights from latest research on employee voice
  2. Examples of channels for voice in organisations
  3. Identify barriers and enablers for voice in your organisation
  4. Toolkit for measuring and identifying the types of voice

Lunch will be provided at the event.



Dr Suzanne Ross

Dr Suzanne Ross is a Senior Lecturer in the Executive Education & Corporate Relations Division. She has a practitioner background in Talent Management and Leadership Development. An experienced Executive Coach, member of the International Coaching Federation and Master Practitioner European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Suzanne supports organisations in developing their leadership and management capability and in particular, their ability to Coach. Her research interests are in leadership talent, success, resilience and derailment. She retains a balance between academia and practice working part-time at NTU and as founder of 2thrive Consultancy.

Professor Helen Shipton

Helen Shipton is Professor of HRM at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, having been Senior Lecturer at Aston Business School 2003- 2013.  Helen leads the Centre of People, Work and Organisational Practice in NBS and is interested how to build sustainable organisations that draw out employees’ creative ideas.  Her research is funded by research councils such as the British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust, and various blue-chip corporate clients.  Working with the CIPD on a project entitled ‘Structuring Employee Voice,’  Helen has published in top journals including Human Resource Management, British Journal of Management, Human Resource Management Journal,  Journal of Organizational Behaviour and the International Journal of Human Resource Management

Professor Daniel King  

Daniel King is Professor of Organisation Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK and co-director of the Centre for People, Work and Organisational Practice. Dr King’s research focuses on three main, interconnected areas: the contribution critical perspectives of management can make to transforming organisational practice; alternative organisations and alternative ways of organising; and critical perspectives of managing in the Third Sector. He has published in Organization Research Methods, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Management Learning and Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Daniel reviews for a number of leading journals and is an editorial board member for Work Employment and Society and co-series editor of Organisations and Activism, Bristol University Press. He has recently written an undergraduate textbook Organizational Behaviour 3rd Edition, with Scott Lawley (Oxford University Press).

Location details


Hooley Room, Nottingham Conference Centre


Nottingham Trent University
Burton Street


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