The Talent in Logistics Annual Conference 2020 took place on 23rd September, and although it could not bring us together in person, the online event still proved an informative, inspiring and motivating day for all involved.
After a welcome from our Talent in Logistics Business Development Director Ruth Edwards, the online conference kicked off with a topic front of mind for many in our sector – The Road to Recovery.
Paul Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of System Group, the Conference Sponsor, discussed the evolving needs or learners and employers, and how innovation and creativity in learning can play a role. Attendees went away with ideas for how to develop practical, inspiring and value-added solutions for learners, that cater to company’s differing needs, despite all the changes to the people development space due to Covid-19.
RESPONDING TO THE DIGITAL SKILLS GAP
Next, Jane Dickinson and Liz Hanway from the Open University looked at how a demand for software engineering, AI and automation skills are increasing in the logistics sector, as the digital landscape has evolved increasingly quickly since the pandemic. Findings from the Open University’s recent Bridging the Digital Divide and Leading in a Digital Age were shared providing helpful insights on how business can be ready for digital transformation and change.
THOUGHT-PROVOKING CONFERENCE KEYNOTE
International consultant Liggy Webb led our conference keynote presentation, “How to lead a culture of wellbeing and resilience”. This motivating session taught us as employers how to support mental health and overall wellbeing and manage emotions through change, volatility and uncertainty, as well as be aware of rising stress levels and avoid potential burnout. The importance of open communication, leading with compassion and empathy and being a role model in providing wellbeing guidance and support were some of the standout takeaways.
PREPARATION FOR WHAT LIES AHEAD
The next two sessions equipped attendees with knowledge and tools to navigate the tricky times ahead for the logistics sector and the economy. In “Business transformation – engaging people in change”, independent change consultant Calley Martin looked at why we this is important and how we can overcome the obstacles to engaging people in this process. Then Gwen Powell, International Manager at Investors in People, looked at “How to thrive and build organisational resilience in challenging times”, and discussed the role of how businesses engage with the community and the ways that this can help organisations thrive in a post COVID-19 landscape.
HGV DRIVER ENGAGEMENT – RESEARCH RESULTS REVEALED!
Then it was our turn to take the (virtual) stage! Ruth Edwards, Business Development Director for Talent in Logistics explored the findings of our recent research project on HGV driver engagement and how understanding the key challenges around engaging, attracting and retaining talent is the first step in helping the transport and logistics sector tackle its skills shortage. Ruth then went into more detail on employee engagement and how this can positively impact employee retention in the workplace.
Download the ‘Driving Engagement in Logistics’ White Paper to read the full research results.
LEADING AND MANAGING PEOPLE YOU RARELY SEE – IF AT ALL
Kate Cooper, Head of Research, Policy & Standards, Institute of Leadership & Management rounded off the day with a session looking at the challenges managers face when leading dispersed teams – never more relevant than during these times of home working (and attending virtual conference!)
Kate shared some interested institute research around this topic as well as the key considerations for leaders and managers -existing and aspirational – who want to ensure that out of sight is definitely not out of mind, even when working remotely.
Yesterday’s Talent in Logistics Annual Conference proved very positive, with lots of practical advice as well as knowledge sharing to help our sector improve its people strategies and attract and retain the best talent. Thank you to all the speakers for your insightful sessions and your part in making this a worthwhile event, and thanks again to our Conference Sponsor System Group.
If you didn’t make it to the conference, there is no need to miss out. Contact us to register to receive videos of the sessions.
And remember! Our calendar of events is not over for the year yet! The Talent in Logistics Awards takes place on 1st October online. Register now for free so that you can watch the streamed event and celebrate the amazing people in our logistics community.