Providing seasonal support, ideas and inspiration, The HR World’s webinar, Streamlining Year-End HR Operations, covered the challenges and opportunities presented to HR professionals at this time of year. Host, Simon Kent was joined by Peter Hall, Head of Customer Success at webinar sponsors Cezanne HR, and by Kate Palmer, HR Advice & Consultancy Director at Peninsula UK.
While preparation for Christmas and New Year celebrations may be underway, the webinar explored how this was also an opportune time for HR to review its current procedures, challenge itself over the systems and approaches it used across the HR function and to pave the way to a bright and more efficient 2024.
One of the most important messages sent out by the panellist was for HR not to try and do too much at once. Peter Hall was clear that incremental change, and change that has clear and targeted benefits, was the best approach at this time. Yes, it’s a good time to try out new ideas– and indeed many HRIS projects hit specific milestones at this time – but it’s also best to keep change initiatives manageable and understood by all.
Both panellists explained that this was a challenging time for HR in general – Palmer highlighting multiple employment law matters to consider in 2024 – but they also made clear HR needs to be able to give itself a break as well to celebrate and reflect on the achievements of the past year. They also need to be able to seriously address current processes that may not be performing as well as expected.
With so many challenges and issues for HR to deal with on a day to day basis this is a particularly good time for HR to take some time to find ways to make life easier and reinforce strategic ideas. The webinar was full of great ideas, initiatives and practical approaches for HR to do just that.
About Cezanne HR
Trusted by thousands of HR professionals worldwide, Cezanne HR provides modular end-to-end HR software and managed payroll services for UK & global businesses. Their software dramatically reduces HR admin overheads, turns HR data into meaningful reports, and connects & engages employees, wherever they are.
Peter Hall: Head of Customer Success - Cezanne HR
MCIPD-qualified Peter Hall is the Head of Customer Success at rapidly-growing HR SaaS provider Cezanne HR.
He’s been with the business since its launch in 2013, and has over a decade’s-worth of experience in successfully implementing HR software solutions for global clients.
His day-to-day duties include working and dealing with complex HR data, and providing support and training for Cezanne HR’s ever-expanding client base.
Kate Palmer: HR Advice & Consultancy Director - Peninsula UK
Kate is involved in all aspects of HR and employment law advice. She develops Peninsula’s expert law advisors and ensures each client gets the answers they need every time they call.
As an industry opinion leader, Kate’s expertise is frequently sought. She is regularly featured on national television and radio as well as in major publications, both industry and press.
Kate is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.
Simon Kent: Head of Content - The HR World
Simon Kent has been a freelance journalist in the field of HR and the workplace for over 20 years.
He cut his teeth travelling the country asking people what they did for a living for The Guardian and developing an interest in how work and employees are managed.
He has written extensively for the national press, business and professional publications dedicated to general and specific HR functions, taking in HR tech, pay and benefits, legal, training, recruitment and more.
He has edited HR and public sector magazines, digging out the best stories and liaising with senior level personnel and high-profile public sector leaders to bring great content to readers.
He has written books, blogs, white papers, features, profile, case studies and more. He has chaired round tables and brought high quality coverage online to a diverse platforms as electronic media has evolved.
He continues to be motivated to find the stories and subjects that matter most to readers and ensure they deliver value every time.
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