3 May 2018

HR Professionals Assess What Motivates Them and Others

50 HR representatives and business leaders from across Surrey attended a Business South event addressing employee motivations

HR professionals and business leaders from across Surrey came together in Guildford on April 25th for an interactive morning seminar to gain insights and share expertise on employee motivations in the workplace.

The event, ‘Knowing You, Knowing your Workforce’, was supported by sponsors Guildford Borough Council and local law firm Charles Russell Speechlys. This event was the first of its kind to be held in Surrey for Business South.

Business South was established in 2007 to be the independent representative of businesses in the South of England. Their aim is to unite businesses, to gain strength from this collaboration, and to use it to make a difference to both individual organisations and to the wider economy.

Following on from the successes of the Business South HR Forum, this event explored issues and insights into employee motivation, attracting and retaining talent and progress insights into the Apprenticeship Levy and other legal updates.

Attendees heard from industry experts such as Chris Burchell, Local Economy Manager, Guildford Borough Council, Becky Lawton, Senior Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys, Barney Ely, Regional Director, Hays, Steve Jones, Managing Director, Skills for Business and Gail Walker, Principal, Brooklands College.

Barney Ely, Director at Hays Specialist Recruitment, kicked off the first session by outlining the results of Hay’s latest survey on ‘What Workers Want’.

Some of the survey’s key findings showed that 55% of a professional’s decision to accept a job or stay in their current role is based on factors other than pay, 83% would consider declining a job offer if there was no scope for professional development and flexible working options ranked as the most important single benefit an employer can offer

Steve Jones, Managing Director at Skills for Business explored the challenges companies are facing in engaging their staff.

In a practical session, Steve Jones then revealed the results of the Motivational Maps questionnaire each participant completed prior to the day. The findings revealed what did and didn’t motivate them, how motivated they were and what to do to maintain or improve their motivations.

Andy Swift, Surrey Director at Business South said: "Topics and issues surrounding HR has always been a key focal point for Business South, so it is great to explore these matters with Surrey businesses. As our Champion programme grows in Surrey, the influence of Business South is made possible due to the high calibre of our Champions and the sectors that they represent. It is the collaboration between them that has, and will continue to achieve a real difference for our region.”

Business South have their next HR event, Attracting and Nurturing Talent, in the calendar on Thursday 17th May at Chilworth Manor, Southampton.

The next Business South event in Surrey will be their upcoming Directors Dinner, taking place at the Royal Holloway, University of London in Egham on Tuesday 12th June.

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