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This week I was invited to attend the Kier Services Leadership conference.  The most senior leaders from across the Services division of Kier are brought together twice a year to update, network, collaborate and plan. We were holed up in a hotel somewhere off there A14, 100 of us or as our MD reminded about 1% of the Services workforce; the 1% responsible for getting the message across, leading from the front and setting the example.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, I’ve only been with Kier since the back end of 2014 and from what I have seen we’ve got some great people doing some great work but often too busy to look up, take stock and share experience – so this was a perfect opportunity. The day started well – our MD talked about the business but explained that we are all about our People (note note resources, talent, capital, assets but People -good, honest People like the brilliant @SimonHeath1 says it best  here).

We had a series of updates, some interesting discussions around cross selling and collaboration but then in the afternoon we got into planning – we know where were want to go.  Our vision has been shared widely and we’re already on the path to success but what else do we need to do – what tools do we need to employ to make sure we reach that vision and build the business.

What was brilliant was that even though the 100 split into 6 or 7 groups the themes of tools we needed were all the same – People, Technology and Systems (of work).

We want our people to be trained and developed and recognised and rewarded; we want our story to be clear and people to want to work with and for us;  we want to use the technology available to assist our people achieve all they can and provide us with real business intelligence.  Underpinning all this we need systems that work.

I was so pleased, yes we talked about Cash and WIP and Debt and importantly about Health and Safety but the key message of the day was PEOPLE and giving those people the tools and systems too succeed.

It couldn’t have come at a better time, next month I have been asked to blog from the HR Tech Europe 2015 Conference from the ExCeL centre in London.  A two day conference on the 24th and 25th March looking at topics covering covering HR, technology, talent & recruitment, social enterprise, learning, mobile, trends, strategy and big data opportunities.  To cover all this there will be 11differently themed parallel events covering key note speakers, master classes, demonstrations, round table discussions and interactive debates the subject areas include:

  • HR Shared Services & Payroll
  • Future of Workforce Learning
  • HR Technology
  • Talen & Recruitment Technology
  • Social Collaborations
  • Labs & Executive Briefings (including a session on Gamified OnBoarding)
  • Round Tables for HRIT practitioners and on Analytics with Open Source Software
  • Exploring User Adoption
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Cloud Technology
  • Analytics & Reporting
  • Talent & Recruitment Technology

I can’t wait to find out more, learn from people that have been there and done it and explore opportunities and new ideas alongside others finding out what’s possible.

We know People are key to our success and the future of our business at Kier and to be successful they need the right tools so this is an ideal opportunity to find out whats new and what works.

You can find out more about the HR Tech Europe Conference here  and if you want to know more about the Vision at Kier you can see that here.