CIPD Festival of Work 2023

The CIPD 2023 Festival of Work returned to Olympia London on 8 June. Here are some of the highlights and what you may have missed from day two of the event.

Commitments to employees keep leaders on track through turbulent times

Neil Morrison, director of HR at Severn Trent, said it is important to build trust through communication through the current economic uncertainty.

“At Severn Trent we have made it completely clear to employees that there’s no chance of redundancy,” he said. “We know they may be seeing people around them getting made redundant or reducing hours, and we want to take away some of the anxiety of the current times.”

Morrison said that making strong commitments like this can be used as a tool to keep policy in line with your values.

“In this case, we now know redundancies are not an option and we will always look for other solutions. Communicating those values mean we have to honour them.

“If you ever do have to break those commitments, you then do have to be completely honest about the pressures you’re facing and why this is the only solution.”

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