08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

TRENDS AND OUTLOOK

09:10

Opening Keynote: Riding a new wave of work and performance management 

  • Designing and executing a strongly integrated plan with performance goals, engagement and the growth mindset deeply embedded into our structure
  • Transforming your organisational culture to imbue and inspire high performance in leadership and teams - How do we get there?
  • Building agility and resilience in your workforce through meaningful performance management 
  • Key takeaways from our journey at Sunsuper
Speakers
Simone Blumberg,
Head of People
Sunsuper

09:50

What does a high-performance innovation culture look like?

  • Developing a high performing culture driving leadership, talent, innovation and employee experiences
  • How do we leverage on the strengths of our people through a strong culture?
  • Learning and engagement as the key to successful people strategies
  • Will flexibility practices be a huge factor in attracting and engaging a high-performing team? 
Speakers
Sean Carroll,
General Manager People, Culture & Innovation
Australia Post

10:30

Networking Morning Tea

MAXIMISING EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE

11:00

Game-Changers Panel: What worked and what didn’t 

The performance management revolution is in full flight. Many organisations are stepping into the game and relooking at every aspect of their performance management model - to different effect and with different results. This session will look at:
  • The progress of the programs implemented by some of the biggest gamechangers in performance management (Deloitte, Accenture, General Electric)
  • What we did to make performance management more valuable to staff and the business
  • Determining the benefits we have been seeing in the way our people interact, engage, perform and motivate
  • What are the pitfalls to avoid and lessons learnt – Is there a dark side to too much flexibility?
  • Collecting better data for people decisions and discussing what’s next in the future of performance management
Speakers
Shaun Corrigan,
HR Leader
General Electric
Alec Bashinsky,
CHRO, Asia Pacific Regional Talent Leader
Deloitte Australia
Connie Kuhlman,
Lead, Field HR
Accenture Australia

11:50

Training your managers to develop the right competencies

  • Key performance management competencies that all team leaders should demonstrate
  • What are some of the common biases an appraising manager should be aware of?
  • Beyond the classic “How are you?” exchange - Tips for having meaningful, ongoing performance conversation with employees 
  • Training and tools to support managers in delivering honest feedback, coaching and evaluation
Speakers
Michelle Fenwick,
Executive Director, People & Culture
Northern Health

12:30

Networking Lunch

INNOVATION IN PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

13:20

Tailoring our performance management to work for our people 

  • Translating our company vision into STRETCH goals for our employees - a platform where we align performance and development to our vision
  • Performance philosophy - How we tweaked our performance framework with a focus on what works for our people
  • Challenging new concepts and conducting research and focus groups 
  • Reaping the benefits of taking incremental steps (instead of throwing out the whole sink) to design and roll out new processes 
  • Looking at the responses and initial data after roll-out
Speakers
David Simpson,
Managing Director
Melbourne HR

14:00

Adapting performance management for maximum productivity 

  • Addressing negative attitudes toward performance appraisals
  • Fostering a positive ‘performance’ culture of ownership and accountability of individual performance
  • Conducting regular, year-round dialogue on goal setting and performance improvements 
  • Recognising development opportunities for your team and providing guidance when needed 
Speakers
Paul Birch,
Director People & Culture, Health & Safety
Transdev Australasia

14:40

Afternoon Tea

ENGAGEMENT AND FEEDBACK

15:10

Maximising the value of employee engagement and meaningful feedback

  • Building a deeply engaged workforce improves the quality and frequency of performance feedback
  • Promoting an open-door environment around the values of flexibility and inclusiveness
  • Overcoming challenges in motivating employees without performance reviews
  • Important questions that should be included in your employee engagement surveys
  • Examples of successful employee engagement strategies
Speakers
Fiona Crawford,
General Manager Human Resources
Infotrack

15:50

Day One in Focus

In this interactive session, our day one chairperson will highlight top talking points across the day's sessions. Attendees will group up for table discussions, giving you the opportunity to explore multiple perspectives and brainstorm innovative ideas around common themes and pressing topics such as:
  • Creating a high-performance culture
  • Reinventing performance management through technology

16:10

Chairperson’s Closing Address 

Speakers
Tim Draffen,
Performance Coach, Facilitator & Transition Specialist
Crossroads Human Resources

16:30

End of Conference Day One

08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

Speakers
Nick Kennedy,
Partner
Deliberate Practice
RECOGNITION, REWARDS AND REMUNERATION

09:10

Alignment of values: Strategies for shaping a culture that supports high performance

  • Building resilience and reducing absenteeism through the alignment of values between employees, organisation and customers
  • Developing initiatives that strengthen culture so that employees ‘’want to be part of it’’
  • Strategies to embed purpose (including development strategies)
  • Removing reliance on bonuses and getting the basics right for remuneration and recognition
Speakers
Tracey Williams,
Head of People & Culture
Bank Australia

09:50

Developing a successful rewards program without ratings and rankings

  • Training your managers to take responsibility for allocating rewards 
  • Looking beyond base salary to total compensation, including incentive awards and stock
  • Exploring unique ways to reward employees beyond compensation such as development opportunities or increased flexibility 
  • Weighing the pros and cons from breaking free of performance ratings 
Speakers
Andrew Curcio,
Partner (Reward and Performance)
PwC

10:30

Morning Tea

11:00

Panel Discussion: Looking at new models of connecting performance and rewards

  • Compensation can attract and retain talent but it does not drive performance – should they be de-linked? What other valuable employment offerings can we consider? 
  • Using intrinsic and extrinsic rewards to reinforce positive employee behaviour
  • Setting reasonable and transparent performance standards for rewards
  • Ways to accurately measure employee performance – through manager assessment, goal accomplishment and potential growth
Speakers
Breckon Jones,
Head of Total Reward, Director Global Health & Wellbeing
American Express
Pam Sluijs,
Group Manager - Reward, Performance and Systems
Crown Resorts
Warren Antonik,
Senior Manager, Compensation Surveys and Analytics
GE
TALENT MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

11:50

Case Study: Making employee development a key priority

  • Mapping out clear pathways for professional development and career growth 
  • Training, development and improvement for a millennial workforce
  • Daily learning and upskilling opportunities to defend against attrition
  • Developing a mentorship programme to increase employee engagement and transference of core skills
Speakers
Karen Gately,
Director
Ryan Gately

12:30

Networking Lunch

13:20

Talent development as a critical component of performance management

  • Best-practice talent development initiatives – what worked and what didn’t?
  • Assigning your employees responsibility for their personal growth and development 
  • Retaining your top talent employees through a comprehensive coaching program
  • Creating opportunities for employees with high potential to step into future leadership roles
Speakers
Justine Figot,
Human Resources Development Manager
KFC

14:00

Review and rejuvenate your performance review feedback processes

  • Educating your staff that feedback is not solely about individual performance
  • Leveraging the feedback process as a coaching medium
  • Establishing trust and accountability for peer-initiated feedback to be exchanged
  • Overcoming barriers to implementing continuous feedback in your organisation
Speakers
Gaye Haug,
Head of Performance and Reward
KPMG

14:40

Afternoon Tea

MANAGING UNDERPERFORMANCE

15:10

Avoiding potential pitfalls in performance management

This presentation will see our expert employment lawyer bring up only recent and relevant cases on the topic of performance management, to highlight what takeaways can be understood and learnt by industry. This session will include a top list of things to avoid, or tips to be implemented by employers as well as a Q&A to finish.
  • Common mistakes for employers to avoid when dealing with this issue
  • Practical tips on how to prepare and approach a meeting on under performance
  • How do we define fairness when managing underperforming employees?
  • Avoiding potential extraneous claims and law suits against the organisation
Speakers
Henry Skene,
Partner
Seyfarth Shaw

15:50

Panel Discussion: Key considerations in handling underperformance effectively

  • Lessons from the best - How do great leaders manage underperforming teams?
  • Identifying common pitfalls and strategies to overcome
  • Steps to avoid claims of bullying or unfair treatment
  • Practical tips on how to have difficult conversations with underperforming employees
Speakers
Michelle Fenwick,
Executive Director, People & Culture
Northern Health
Anne Bastian,
General Manager - Human Resources
Liberty Financial

16:30

Day Two in Focus

In this interactive session, our day two chairperson will highlight top talking points across the day's sessions. Attendees will group up for table discussions, giving you the opportunity to explore multiple perspectives and brainstorm innovative ideas around common themes and pressing topics such as:
  • Connecting rewards and performance
  • Managing underperforming employees effectively

16:50

Chairperson’s Closing Address 

17:00

End of Conference

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