Reception & Walking Dinner

CHRO of the Year Award

Roundtable | SuccessDay | Time Responsibility: Who is in charge?

In this discussion, we delve into workplace time responsibility. Who is in charge – employees or employers? Is it about finding the right balance between autonomy and regulation? Can employees be trusted with full responsibility for their own time and days off? What are the challenges of different industries? 


Statement 1.: Employees should have full responsibility for managing their time and taking time off

Statement 2.: To manage full employee autonomy effectively, organizations should establish clear expectations, communication channels, and performance tracking.


Masterclass | Orchestrating Time – Rhythm & empathy

Time is the unit of movement, and the unit of time is rhythm. Fixed quantities of time that repeat: Seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, centuries. We experience the rhythmic changes of the seasons, hormonal cycles, the tides. Everything around us moves in rhythms, in circles, repetitively. It is a fundamental aspect of human experience, present in music, speech, and movement.

Rhythm has a unique way of resonating with people on an emotional level. Rhythm serves as a catalyst for empathy, creating a sense of emotional bonding and social cohesion when we connect with it. When we listen to music, our brains synchronize with rhythmic beats, leading to increased emotional engagement and shared experiences with the music and potentially those around us.

Rhythm and empathy are intertwined through the emotional resonance of rhythm, its role in non-verbal communication and shared experiences, and its ability to foster connections and understanding among individuals.

In this Masterclass Frank van Kasteren will dive into the world of rhythm, music and empathy with musical examples. Can music help us in building a stronger sense of togetherness and mutual understanding?

Masterclass | Hilary Richters | The time where AI becomes a member of your workforce

Explore digital ethics during this masterclass. Hilary Richters, Director of Digital Ethics at Deloitte, delves into crucial ethical considerations around AI and technology. Learn why HR’s involvement is key in aligning tech, like chatbots, with organizational policies. What is the impact of these digital innovations in your workforce? Where for example generative AI tooling becomes more like ‘digital’ employees.

Roundtable | Aon | Future Ready Workforce

With the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and the Pay Transparency Directive coming into play, together with other challenges like increasing costs, inflation, wellbeing of employees, attracting and retaining talent, companies are facing complex and challenging times. Many of the challenges are related to HR. Therefore, HR has a significant and proactive role to play.

In the Round Table discussion with Aon, you will dive into the following topics:

  • Pay Transparancy: what do you need to prepare for according to the new Directive? How to handle the rising expectations among candidates and employees and what to consider to reduce the associated people, financial, and reputational risks to the organization?
  • Skills Tranformation: do you have the necessary skills present in your workforce to be ready for the future? Utilising data-led insights to gain a greater understanding of the skills landscape for roles in your organization to make better workforce decisions.
  • DEI&B: do you have a deliberate DEIB strategy in place to attract, retain, sustain, and develop talent?

Roundtable Workday | “Unravelling Time: Exploring its Impact on the Employee Experience”

The employee experience is the sum of an employee’s journey and perceptions during their time with an organization. It encompasses interactions, emotions, and observations tied to the workplace, culture, role, and relationships. It influences work satisfaction, engagement, well-being, and productivity, incorporating aspects like work-life balance, growth opportunities, recognition, inclusivity, and organizational support. A positive employee experience boosts job satisfaction, productivity, and talent retention.

Measuring Employee Engagement:

  1. How can CHROs effectively measure the pulse of employee engagement within our organization, and what data-driven strategies can we implement to improve it?
  2. In what ways can we use technology and analytics to gather real-time insights on employee satisfaction and engagement, and how can we leverage these insights to create a more engaging workplace?

Inclusivity and Recognition:

  1. How can we ensure that inclusivity and recognition are not just buzzwords but tangible aspects of our workplace culture? What specific actions and policies can we put in place to foster a truly inclusive and appreciative environment?
  2. What innovative methods and initiatives have other organizations successfully employed to promote inclusivity and recognition? How to adapt those practices to suit our unique organizational culture and needs?

Work-Life Balance:

  1. How can we strike a balance between meeting our business goals and ensuring that our employees have a healthy work-life equilibrium? What specific policies or practices have been effective in this regard, and how can we implement them?
  2. Can you share examples of companies that have excelled in creating a supportive work environment that values both the personal and professional aspects of their employees’ lives? What strategies did they use, and how can we replicate their success?

Masterclass | Koen Heagens | Searching for Devoted Time / Why Are We Wasting Our Time?

How is it that everyone is so busy? That people run faster, sleep less, and even speak faster than before? And how does this ‘rush society’ align with the many hours we spend each day behind our screens, engrossed in our Instagram timelines or yet another cute cat video?

A life-changing event in his own life set journalist and author Koen Haegens on the trail of what he calls the ‘Great Time Paradox.’ We complain about being busy. We also want to savor every moment. Yet, in the meantime, we squander hours by swiping and scrolling as if we were immortal.

In his contribution to CHRO Day, Koen shares his personal quest and, inspired by philosophers like Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and De Beauvoir, takes us on a journey through various perspectives on time. Our intended destination: an answer to whether there is a different, more intense way to handle the limited time given to us.

Koen Haegens (1980) is an economics editor and columnist at De Groene Amsterdammer. His latest book, “Searching for Scattered Time,” was published earlier this year.

Panel discussion | Margiet Sitskoorn & Simone das Dores | Harmonizing Generational Dynamics

As Generation Z takes an increasing role in your workforce, you might be looking for inspiration on how to cultivate a thriving, multi-generational work environment. To what extent do (generalized) generational differences manifest in behavior patterns, perceptions of time, work-related needs and expectations? And how can insights from psychology and neuropsychology contribute to an inclusive and appealing workplace?

Psychology studies human behavior and mental processes, while neuropsychology focuses on the interaction between the brain and behavior, particularly the neurological basis of cognition and emotions.

During CHRO Day on November 16 we will have an engaging conversation with neuropsychologist Margriet Sitskoorn and psychotherapist Simone das Dores (OpenUp), where they’ll share invaluable insights and scientific knowledge regarding generations to help build a thriving, multigenerational workplace.

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