Breakfast & Solution Hall Open
Leadership Success Drivers In Times of Change
With it’s acquisition of RONA in 2016, Lowe's now operates more than 535 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. The company along with its independent dealers has more than 29,000 employees. How does such a dramatic acquisition affect your people? How does it affect the people of the company that you’ve acquired? In this session, Jim Caldwell, EVP of Big Box Retail for Lowes Canada will discuss the challenges and opportunities of building a new team and how a strong and forward-thinking human resources strategy can help companies succeed.
FAST FIVE - Impact of Leadership and HR Practices on Retail Companies
The David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services offers executive education for retailers, and engages in research and innovation focused on the retail sector. The David Sobey Centre is pleased to present the work of three of our leading researchers in the fields of leadership and human resources. Dr. Kevin Kelloway's work demonstrates how transformational leadership in retail companies impacts employee engagement and, ultimately, customer loyalty. Dr. Feng Liu's work examines negative customer-employee interactions and implications for training. Finally, Dr. Catherine Loughlin's research addresses how retailers can leverage a multi-generational workforce create high performance teams.
Mental Health In the Workplace
THE NEW MHCC STANDARD
The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) is the first of its kind in the world. Launched in January 2013, it has already garnered much attention and uptake from coast to coast, internationally, and across all sectors and sizes as leaders champion the need to focus on PH&S in the workplace. In this session, Ed Mantler, Vice President, Programs & Priorities, MHCC will discuss the standard, the challenges and successes of the campaign, and provide insights from some of the early adopters, and how they have seen this standard impact their organizations.
Bell Canada: Sharing our experience in developing and deploying workplace mental health programs.
Bell Let’s Talk was launched in 2010 and is a multi-year charitable program dedicated to promoting mental health awareness. This program is built on 4 key pillars: Fighting the stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research, and leading by example in workplace mental health.
In this session, Monika Mielnik - Senior Consultant, Workplace Health will provide insights on Bell’s workplace mental health strategy including an overview of its program, the application of the National Standard in the workplace (including manager and employee training) and the metrics the company is using to measure progress and nurture continuous improvement.
AM Concurrent Sessions
A. Build Your Employment Brand : Effective Strategies to Attract & Hire Talent for Growth
Retailers face a huge challenge, how do you convince the best and brightest not only to work for you, but that a career in retail is the best place to be? In this session, strategies for building a dynamic employment brand will be reviewed by both retailers and experts. These strategies can produce elevated engagement, employment brand ambassadors, and great place to work organic recognition that will increase applications and improve quality of hires across your organization.
AM Concurrent Sessions
B. Diversity and Inclusion
Gender Transition in the Workplace
The clearest evidence of a healthy workplace is found in productive, creative employees who share an awareness and appreciation of one another. This includes a mutual respect for the different strengths and contributions of members. Appreciating and learning about diversity will ultimately help organizations and their employees deal constructively with difference, in a non-threatening and inclusive way. Today’s focus will be on best practices for supporting leaders and employees with gender transitions in the workplace.
A transgender person is a person whose gender identity or expression differs from conventional expectations of masculinity or femininity. Whether the employee has already made the transition to a new gender or the employee is transitioning on the job, it’s important to understand what the best practices are for managing any workplace implications.
AM Concurrent Sessions
C. HR UnScripted: Developing the Ability to Manage in the Moment
In retail in Canada today, change is the new normal. Retail HR Professionals are often the agents of this change, and recognize the need to build resiliency and change-ability of their workforce. But, how can HR leaders develop these skills? In this session, you will be introduced to The UnScripted Mindset™, a program that develops the ability to create opportunity in the face of uncertainty. The best retailers in the future will be the ones that are able to adapt to change at light speed today. Therefore, the key skills that the retail workforce needs is the ability to embrace the uncertainty and ambiguity that accompanies any change and to be able to manage in the moment.
Lunch and Networking
Lunch & Learn Session
How to Continue Health & Safety Success in your Workplace!
Check out this Health and Safety lunch session at HR conference to hear the latest and greatest ways to learn about preventative H and S methods using technology to your advantage. Learn how the virtual audit can benefit the employer, enhance safety and ensure compliance within your Retail Stores!
PM Concurrent Sessions
A. Using Technology to Improve Employee Engagement and Drive Business Decisions
Engaged and productive employees are key to delivering the high levels of customer service we have all come to expect from our retail experience. However, only 35% of respondents recently surveyed* rated employee engagement as strong within their organization. Sudden unexpected absences, short time requests for schedule changes can greatly impact the retail workforce and cause significant productivity issues. Take this opportunity to learn how to use technology to your benefit and allow Employers to update required scheduling, absences and vacation in matter of seconds and most importantly be able to communicate it immediately.
This opportunity cost of ineffective workplace engagement is high and leaders are looking for answers. Organizations that focus on flexibility and employee engagement are more likely to drive greater sales and business success by using technology to their benefit.
PM Concurrent Sessions
B. Legalized Marijuana: How to Prepare to Manage it in the Workplace
Canada has undergone unprecedented changes in two decades, Health Canada has introduced changes allowing broader legal access to marijuana for medical purposes and legalized marijuana is expected by 2018. This is a tremendous change that the far majority of employers are unprepared to manage in hazardous, safety sensitive, work environments. Medical accessibility of marijuana has been the Trojan horse to cultural and political acceptance for recreational use globally and the widespread minimization of the harm it poses to our workplaces and on our roadways. The topic of marijuana is highly polarized, has evolved into multiple complex debates, and has left most people in a fog, feeling overwhelmed and ultimately paralyzed by misinformation— a fog that will cost lives if not cleared. This session is aimed at shedding light on the top research related to safety implications, helping employers understand the significant risk that legalization poses in their safety sensitive workplaces and providing clear guidance on how manage both medically authorized and legally accessible marijuana before it is too late. Ultimately equipping the audience with compelling facts, resources, and action steps to keep their safety sensitive workplace safe - regardless of what the future holds.
PM Concurrent Sessions
C. The Performance Development Platform – A New ERA of Performance Management
The shift in work has begun. Across all industries, companies are re-defining their own workplace cultures, overhauling their engagement strategies, and re-aligning their company goals to focus on a productive, flexible & dynamic workforce. Early adapters of this new way to work have seen immediate results in increased engagement, improved retention & and an attractive employment brand. However, in these new flexible, empowered , entrepreneurial & engaged environments, how do HR professionals track and manage performance, and provide accurate compensation? In this session, Microsoft will provide a case study on the way they have completely re-imagined the Performance & Development Model and will share how they have aligned performance measurement with modern workplace culture.
The Evolution of Employee Engagement
In this session, Gil Dennis, Executive Vice President of Retail and Human Resources will discuss new strategies that Indigo is using to improve employee engagement. By focusing on creating a transparent environment where associates can effectively use their voice, strengths, and work experiences to support the company's mission, Indigo has implemented strategies that enable a decentralized leadership model in support of highly engaged teams. These new models have led to increased productivity, and an environment where individuals can maximize their potential.
Creating Future Leaders
CASE STUDIES AND PROVEN SUCCESS STORIES
In this session, two award winning, yet very different talent development strategies will be presented & discussed. Insights on lessons learned through the process, what worked & what didn’t, and the reasoning behind the strategies taken will be reviewed. Once each cast study has been presented, both retailers will sit down with Kevin Graff & discuss the challenges that retailers face for talent & leadership development. How do millennials react differently to career development? What drivers can help motive young staff to develop and evolve into managers and leaders within a retail organization? What does the future of talent development hold for retail in Canada?
Developing a Vibrant Workplace Culture
There is a massive shift taking place in the way people want to work today. Across Canada, young professionals are leaving secure, traditional workplaces for new, exciting and vibrant environments. Traditional financial driven goals are being replaced by a desire to have work life balance, and thrive in a vibrant & empowered culture. In this session, Kelly Davis, SVP, HR will discuss how Town Shoes Limited has evolved it’s culture into a fun & inspiring environment, and how this culture shift has enabled them to attract and retain top level retail talent.
Retailer Networking Event
Join us for our retailer networking event. Our solution hall is transformed with music, tasty treats, creative beverages (including non-alcoholic options), lively interactions with colleagues, friends, industry experts and HR solution providers.