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Spring Seminars 2018

Between March and May we will be hosting a new series of free Breakfast Seminars in central London covering topics high on the agenda of many HR professionals.

Each seminar will be presented by a senior Pearn Kandola psychologist and specialist in their field. The presentations will begin at 10.00am and finish at approximately 11.00am followed by a Q&A session lasting up to an hour. Light refreshments are available from 9.30am.

The venue for all our seminars is:
One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

To reserve your seat on these seminars please contact Emily Sendall on or call her on 01865 399060.

The number of places at the seminars are strictly limited. If you book a seat at one of them but subsequently are unable to attend, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible so we can reallocate your place. If you fail to attend without notifying us in advance we reserve the right to charge a £50 administration fee.

Wednesday 18 April 2018
“Can’t run. Won’t run. Getting your employees to the finish line.”
In this seminar we explore the role of the manager as “personal trainer”, and the everyday conversations managers can have about performance that get people to their goals. Like any personal trainer that means harnessing each individual’s aspirations, self-belief, personal motivators and potential; so that no one regardless of their diverse background is left behind.
Presented by Laura Haycock

Wednesday 25 April 2018
Racial hierarchies in the workplace – The Pearn Kandola survey results
Following the recent release of Professor Binna Kandola’s book, ‘Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference’, this seminar will discuss the results of a recent survey conducted by Pearn Kandola. This research aimed to investigate racial differences in definitions and experiences of racism in the workplace. In this seminar we will explore how the findings provide intriguing evidence for a racial hierarchy within the modern workplace.
Presented by Binna Kandola, Sophy Brady-Halligan and Chloe Ryce

Tuesday 22 May 2018
Getting to grips with the gender pay gap
2018 sees the UK finally moving towards the publication of gender pay gaps for organisations with more than 250 employees. For many, this will be the first time the extent of the issue for their organisation has become apparent, for others it will fuel efforts to address an issue they have been aware of for some time.

In this seminar, Dr Nic Hammarling will explore three key areas of the gender pay gap: What are the biggest contributes towards gender pay gaps, what are the practical steps we can take to address it and what can we learn from other countries much further down the line in addressing it.
Presented by Nic Hammarling

Thursday 24 May 2018
Getting recruitment right – Finding efficiencies while maintaining effectiveness
This seminar is particularly aimed at those responsible for selection and assessment in small- to medium-sized organisations

Getting your senior-level recruitment right is critical. The difference in performance between an ‘average’ candidate and an ‘excellent’ candidate is dramatic. The costs associated with making the wrong decision can be upwards of five times the salary of the role. But, let’s be fair, senior-level recruitment is a complex and expensive exercise. In this engaging and practical seminar, we illustrate another way. Using our Validation Assessment, we have enabled mid-sized clients to find efficiencies in the selection process while maintaining the accuracy of the assessment. Through a review of the research and number of case studies, we illustrate how we are helping our clients find the right people for the right jobs in a cost-effective way.
Presented by Jon Atkins

Wednesday 30 May 2018
The role of the line manager in development: a critical link to success?
The benefits of involving line managers in supporting learning and development at work are widely stated. In practice, however, we may be missing opportunities to engage line managers effectively into L&D initiatives or to equip them to get the best from the team members who take part in such programmes. In this seminar, Louise Weston will share real experiences alongside research evidence to highlight the impact of line manager involvement and will offer practical solutions to ensure line managers and their team members capitalise on every learning opportunity.
Presented by Louise Weston

Tuesday 12 June 2018
See no evil, hear no evil - identifying unconscious barriers to diversity & inclusion in people decisions
In this seminar Nic Hammarling, Head of Diversity and James Meachin, Head of Assessment at Pearn Kandola, will explore how unconscious biases shape people decisions in areas including recruitment, promotions, talent management, and work allocation. They will also share the latest research and case studies highlighting key sources of bias, and provide practical guidance for identifying biases and how to mitigate their impact in your organisation.
Presented by Dr Nic Hammarling and James Meachin

Wednesday 20 June 2018
Financial services recruitment – meeting the FCA’s fit and proper assessment requirements
In 2018 the FCA is due to extend the Senior Managers and Certification Regime beyond banks to include almost all regulated firms. The Certification Regime requires firms to assess the fitness and propriety of certain employees who, by virtue of their role, could pose a risk of significant harm to the firm or any of its customers. In this seminar James Meachin, Head of Assessment at Pearn Kandola, will outline two key approaches firms can take to assess candidates effectively against the Certification Regime. He will focus on enhancing assessor capabilities through focused training, and using individual profiling assessments to provide a robust view of candidates.
Presented by James Meachin

Tuesday 3 July 2018
Profile of a Senior Lawyer: What makes law firms unique in talent development?
In this seminar Stephan Lucks will look at what makes law firms unique as organisations, and what this means in terms of people development. He will compare law firms to other organisations to highlight the key differences in soft skills development and discuss the implications for lawyer training.
Presented by Stephan Lucks

Tuesday 17 July 2018
Lip service or genuine culture change? The checklist for progressive organisations on D&I
In this seminar, Nic Hammarling will review the key factors behind genuine diversity and inclusion in organisational change and identify what differentiates organisations that are genuinely making progressive change in this area, from those that are simply paying lip service.
Presented by Dr Nic Hammarling