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Does your business have the Flex Factor?

11th September 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

9 in 10 people now want to work flexibly. How well prepared is your business for the burgeoning demand for flexible, agile working? Something which can help you stand out as an employer of choice whilst enhancing productivity, engagement and loyalty.

From burnt-out Millennials to time-poor Boomers, pressure is the one unifier in today’s ‘always on’ society. People are beginning to make choices based on who will help make their lives better, and this includes their employers. It is well-documented that happy workers are more productive. Should we as employers then, be responsible in some part for helping to improve the lives of our workforce and exactly what are the shared benefits?

Working 9 to 5, as the song goes, is all taking and no giving. People are looking for more give from their employers. The days of seeing bunny ears when someone was “working from home” closely followed by an eye-roll are hopefully dissipating. Agile working is becoming much more widely adopted by companies due to improved methods of connectivity. Is it really about the hours put in at a desk or the quantity and quality of the work produced?

To be able to attract and retain the best people to your organisation, at some point soon the time will come to adjust your working terms and conditions to accommodate the evolution of the workplace. It is time to consider if this is a workable option for your organisation.

This thought-provoking event is suited to business owners and managers and will cover the wide-ranging aspects to consider before introducing a flexible working policy. From behavioural profiling of employees to IT and legal requirements, you will come away with a much deeper understanding of the pro’s, con’s and compliance of operating a flexible working company policy.



Caroline Rayner

Caroline is a Partner at Baines Wilson LLP, based in Lancaster. Caroline specialises in employment law and commercial litigation advising employers on a wide range of issues, first and foremost with a view to avoiding disputes arising. She is experienced in representing clients’ interests in Employment Tribunals and Courts nationwide and advises on non-contentious employment issues. Caroline regularly delivers seminars, briefings and training to clients and business organisations, as well as commentating on current legal issues facing employers on the radio, panel discussions and in local media.

What is agile working? Why is it important? And what are the benefits to your business? Caroline will guide employers through everything they need to know from the legal position to developing a policy and offer top tips on how to incorporate agile and flexible working into your business.

Cheryl Jones

Cheryl is Managing Director of nxoCommunications Ltd, based in Preston. Cheryl is a marketing professional and a specialist in communications. Having worked at a high level in the corporate sector for many years in retail marketing, she now helps businesses to improve their organisational communications to their employees and customers advising on brand purpose and positioning, designing and implementing strategies. This provides focus and direction for a business to move to the next level, helping the company to connect in a meaningful way with all its stakeholders.

Have you ever wondered why you find some people easier to get along with than others? Cheryl is a certified facilitator of Everything DiSC Workplace Psychometric Profiling and will be sharing with us some fascinating insights into how to use this ingenious tool to help people understand, adapt and work together better.

Effective communication builds cohesive, trusting teams in the workplace which ultimately leads to a happier, more productive environment. Not everyone is a team player and not everyone is suited to working alone. You will find out how to better understand yourself and connect with your colleagues and employees on a much deeper and different level. Whether they are working remotely or within close proximity in the office, it is invaluable to know the preferred style of communication of colleagues for richer relationships.

Tom Wright

As Technical Director at String Systems based in Preston. Tom is responsible for all aspects of innovation, portfolio development, system design/architecture and key vendor relationships. He is passionate about how technology can be truly transformational in the modern workplace and works with organisations focussing on collaboration, productivity, IT security, business continuity and cloud deployment.

Founded at the turn of the century, String Systems is a mature organisation with 20 years’ experience of implementing successful and transformational IT projects. String’s principle focus as a Managed Services Provider (MSP) is ensuring clients get the best from their investment in IT, helping them to embrace opportunities ensuring that the systems work as intended and are optimised to deliver a competitive advantage.

Tom will give an overview of the technology afforded to us today and in the future, which will enable a workforce to stay connected in a productive and efficient way, regardless of location.

Craig Hines

Craig Hines has enjoyed an impressive career as a Business Improvement Consultant for the past fourteen years during which time he has been fortunate to work alongside some of the UK’s best known brands in the spheres of Customer Experience, Brand, Employee Experience and in particular on Leadership Development leading to Performance Improvement, Change and Business Transformation.

Serving as the Head of Business Growth at Vedas since 2014, Craig plays a major role in securing entrepreneurial support for SME businesses in the North West of England through the ERDF supported Propel2Grow programme. Through his commitment to this role he has helped over 500 businesses to improve turnover, performance and profit. Despite these successes declining productivity across many sectors in the UK is a monumental challenge. We all work longer hours, yet productivity is down across the board.

Craig will explore the role that Business Leaders play helping to redress the balance, including enhancing employee engagement, evaluating the right business model, performance management and opportunities for increased use of digitisation. He will also signpost guests to the various sources of specialist support for North-West companies, including funding opportunities to deliver growth.


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