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Employee Wellbeing Congress 2017

The Employee Wellbeing Congress on 22 June was the best opportunity for senior Reward & Benefit practitioners, HR Directors and Corporate Wellbeing specialists to research strategies and source tools to develop their Wellbeing offering.

Excellent high-level wellbeing event

The second Employee Wellbeing Congress took place on 22 June 2017 at 155 Bishopsgate. Hundreds of HR and reward professionals came together to discuss Wellbeing at a high level. Delegates came away feeling inspired and informed about the future of Wellbeing in the workplace. 

We look forward to the next Employee Wellbeing Congress on 5 July 2018. More information will follow.

Employee Wellbeing Congress 2017 - the delegate view


Hear what delegates to the 2017 Employee Wellbeing Congress said about the event.

Great level & mix of attendees, credible presenters and well balanced sponsors selection

Craig Truter

BTG

REBA's Employee Wellbeing Congress: Everything you need to know for a successful wellbeing strategy


Speakers Include:

Alex Edmans

Alex Edmans

Professor of Finance

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Andrea Paxton

Andrea Paxton

Principle, DC & Financial Wellness

Mercer 4

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Andy Buxton

Andy Buxton

Health & Wellbeing Manager

National Grid
Anna Spender

Anna Spender

Director of Analytics & Wellbeing

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Beth Robotham

Beth Robotham

Vice Chair, Executive Director

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Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson

Head of DC & Financial Wellness

Mercer 5

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Clive Cripps

Clive Cripps

Benefits Manager

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David Walker

David Walker

CCO

Personal Group 2

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Debbie Jeremiah

Debbie Jeremiah

Mindful Leader Programme Manager

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Debi O'Donovan

Debi O'Donovan

Co-founder & Director, REBA

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Dr. Wolfgang Seidl

Dr. Wolfgang Seidl

Partner, Leader of Workplace Health Consulting UK and Europe

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Hayley Golden

Hayley Golden

Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager

Zurich Insurance 1

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Heidi Allan

Heidi Allan

Head of Insights and Engagement

Neyber 3

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James Lee

James Lee

Chief Design Officer

Lifeworks 1

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Jo Elphick

Jo Elphick

Head of Marketing

Metlife 2

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Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas

Group Head of Diversity

Zurich Insurance

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Kevin Crawley

Kevin Crawley

Environmental Health & Safety Director

Saint Gobain

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Maggie Williams

Maggie Williams

Content Director

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Mark Hudson

Mark Hudson

COO HR

Nomura

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Mark Witte

Mark Witte

Head of Health & Risk Propositions & Consulting

Aon 1

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Pam Whelan

Pam Whelan

Director of Corporate

Simplyhealth 1

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Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson

CEO

Anglian Water 1

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Robert Cochran

Robert Cochran

Workplace Pensions Engagement and Innovation Specialist, Scottish Widows

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Sally Purbrick

Sally Purbrick

Head of Reward

Anglian Water

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Simon Williams

Simon Williams

Senior Financial Planner

Close Brothers 2

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Soraya Chamberlain

Soraya Chamberlain

Director, Corporate

Punter Southall H&P

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Stephanie Schreiber

Stephanie Schreiber

Wellbeing Adviser

BITC
Yulia O'Mahony

Yulia O'Mahony

Head of Wellbeing

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Sheila Champion-Smeeth

Sheila Champion-Smeeth

Total Rewards Leader - Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia, Cisco

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Zoe Eccleston

Zoe Eccleston

Health & Wellbeing Consultant, The Wellbeing Business

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Rebekah Haymes

Rebekah Haymes

Head of Digital Solutions and Delivery - Health & Benefits Europe , Willis Towers Watson

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Jeanette  Makings

Jeanette Makings

Head of Workplace Financial Wellbeing, Close Brothers Asset Management

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Vanessa Sallows

Vanessa Sallows

Claims & Governance Director, Legal&General

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Dr Chris Tomkins

Dr Chris Tomkins

Head of Wellbeing, AXA Health

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Like the formal networking and discussions/round tables

Vicky Turney

Lockheed Martin

The Employee Wellbeing Congress on 22 June was the best opportunity for senior Reward & Benefit practitioners, HR Directors and Corporate Wellbeing specialists to research strategies and source tools to develop their Wellbeing offering.

The event covered mental wellbeing, physical health and financial wellbeing at a high level, providing delegates with the information and inspiration to help them deliver on their objectives. Delegates were able to:

  • Find out what other top employers are doing with their wellbeing strategies
  • Hear from top level executives providing arguments to support investment in wellbeing initiatives
  • Discover how to create cultural change in the workplace, to create a positive, engaging workplace
  • Learn how to enhance their wellbeing culture and ensure they communicate it effectively
  • Learn more about financial wellbeing as part of the overall strategy
  • Find out how to empower line managers to make the time and take the lead on wellbeing

Additionally they were able to connect with 28 of the industry’s leading consultants, advisers and innovative providers across the wellbeing spectrum.


Conference Programme

0815 Registration and networking breakfast                                                                                                                     
0900

Chairman's Introduction
Debi O'Donovan, Director, REBA                                                                                                                     

0915

Why wellbeing is good for business: the CEO perspective  

  • Why and how Anglian Water has embedded a focus on employee wellbeing in its long-term business strategy
  • The role of the leadership team in creating a wellbeing culture that delivers for employees and for the bottom line
  • What do we mean by employee wellbeing? Why a clear definition enabled a clearer benchmarking of success
  • How Anglian Water measures the value of the investment in wellbeing: a new approach that will convince the CFO
    Peter Simpson, CEO, Anglian Water

0940

Understanding the links between wellbeing and share value

  • How investors view organisations which demonstrate an effective approach to the wellbeing of their employees
  • Convincing your CFO: the arguments for investing in a wellbeing strategy that will support shareholder returns
    Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance, London Business School 
1000

Case study: How Nomura has worked to become Britain's healthiest workplace                                         

  • Why Nomura embarked on the wellbeing journey: the sense of responsibility and the business case
  • The challenges of implementation
  • The next phase: stress and mental wellbeing
    Mark Hudson, COO HR, Nomura
1020 Joint Q&A for preceding speakers                                                                                                                 
1030 Refreshments                                                                                                                                               

A series of sessions presented in streams 
Delegates have the opportunity to
pick and mix which sessions they attend, ensuring that you have every opportunity to hear the case studies that most interest you or to drill down in to particular issues and challenges.  Choose between…

1105

Developing a bespoke evidence-based wellbeing programme

  • How to get started with a wellbeing strategy that is tailored for your organisation
  • Conducting a wellbeing audit - how to identify what's right for you
  • Using data to understand your key risk factors
  • What can and should you measure?
  • Using a data dashboard
  • Measuring your success
    Soraya Chamberlain, Director of Corporate Healthcare & Wellbeing, Punter Southall Health & Protection
    Anna Spender, Director of Actuarial & Data Analytics, Punter Southall Health & Protection
OR

Case study: Creating a grass roots approach to mindfulness training at GE

  • Learn from the experience of GE in building employee demand for mindfulness training
  • Insights into the approach that makes mindfulness attractive to an employee profile which might be expected to be cynical
  • Wellbeing or L&D? What GE are learning about where mindfulness training best fits
    Debbie Jeremiah, Mindful Leadership Program Manager, GE
1130

Participatory Workshop: Moving your wellbeing strategy from "good" to "great[Session Cont at 11:55]

This workshop is for practitioners who already have a wellbeing strategy in place.

  • Learn from new research which further promotes the case for continued Employer intervention
  • Collectively discuss how to deliver a more targeted, engaging, well-structured wellness strategy that is supported by leadership, aligned to business needs and delivers on targeted results
  • Understand how to overcome barriers and take your wellness strategy to the next level: how to build, deliver and differentiate a "great" results-driven approach
    Rebekah Haymes, Senior Health & Benefits Consultant, Willis Towers Watson
OR

Businesses tackling mental health stigma: inspiring campaigns making an impact

  • Learn what other companies are doing to promote and support good mental health 
  • Pick up tips from this showcase of best practice by reviewing some of the campaigns and initiatives making an impact in this area
    Beth Robotham, Head of Business Development, Bupa
OR

Financial wellbeing: managing the key risks

  • Identifying the five key risk areas for financial wellbeing
  • Learn from best practice examples in each area
  • Reviewing simple strategies to mitigate those risks
  • Understanding the benefits for your business and your employees
    Jeanette Makings, Head of Financial Education, Close Brothers
    Simon Williams, Senior Financial Planner, Close Brothers
1155

[Session Cont from 11:30] Participatory Workshop: Moving your wellbeing strategy from "good" to "great"

This workshop is for practitioners who already have a wellbeing strategy in place.

  • Learn from new research which further promotes the case for continued Employer intervention
  • Collectively discuss how to deliver a more targeted, engaging, well-structured wellness strategy that is supported by leadership, aligned to business needs and delivers on targeted results
  • Understand how to overcome barriers and take your wellness strategy to the next level: how to build, deliver and differentiate a "great" results-driven approach
    Rebekah Haymes, Senior Health & Benefits Consultant, Willis Towers Watson
OR

Extracting the broader business value from your wellbeing investments

  • Understand why communicating wellbeing effectively can be an opportunity for your business, not simply an HR strategy
  • Learn how to maximise the value of your existing wellbeing programme
  • Practical steps to move towards full participation
  • What are the 3 reasons employees are not utilising your wellbeing offering
    David Walker, CCO, Personal Group
OR

The Evolution of employee wellbeing
Only a holistic approach to employee wellbeing will reduce absenteeism, voluntary turnover and improve the health and productivity of your workforce. Find out how.

  • Get the latest research on achieving optimum wellbeing
  • Discover the newest innovations in employee wellbeing that are getting results
  • Learn how consumerism, personalisation and converging technology can provide proactive and preventative services for real-time, tailored wellbeing
  • Find out where wellbeing technology is heading including data-driven intervention & prevention through AI
  • Understand how to measure wellbeing using advanced analytics
  • Case-study insight: See how The Savoy Hotel increased employee engagement to 93%
    James Lee, Chief Design Officer, Lifeworks
1220

Do EAPs have an image problem? Busting the myths and how to make your EAP a cornerstone of your wellbeing strategy

  • Why EAPs can be stigmatised
  • How a facelift can increase the effectiveness of your EAP
  • How an EAP can help prevent 'stress' becoming 'distress'
  • How many employee concerns could be effectively solved with a robust and well communicated EAP
  • EAPs and financial, mental and physical wellbeing
    Jo Elphick, Head of Marketing, Metlife
OR

Tailoring your communications for multi-generational workforces – for financial, physical and mental wellbeing 

  • The current make-up of the multigenerational workforce and their differing needs 
  • What challenges employers face when offering flexible benefits to recruit, retain, motivate and engage employees  
  • How reward professionals can use flexible benefits to meet these challenges and achieve strategic HR goals whilst remaining cost effective 
  • Practical suggestions for communication plans to ensure maximum take up, engagement and appreciation
    Pam Whelan, Director of Corporate, Simplyhealth & Clive Cripps, Benefits Manager
OR

Effective integration of financial, physical and emotional wellbeing 

  • Meeting the challenges presented by the different generations 
  • Using flexibility to match employee needs 
  • Practically, what does implementation look like? 
    Brian Henderson, Head of DC and Financial Wellness, Mercer & Andrea Paxton, Principle, DC & Financial Wellness, Mercer 
1240 Lunch                                                                                                                                                                
1350

Round table discussion groups
Delegates participate in round table discussions on a range of topic areas - followed by team feedback                

A series of sessions presented in streams 
Delegates have the opportunity to
pick and mix which sessions they attend, ensuring that you have every opportunity to hear the case studies that most interest you or to drill down in to particular issues and challenges.  Choose between…

1440

BIG DATA - Empowering your Health & Wellbeing Strategy 

  • Learn how the leaders in health & wellbeing are utilising data to help power their strategy
  • Find out how to put data at the centre of your strategy - from building a risk profile, to targeting spend more effectively, as well as guiding a communication strategy and building a baseline to measure return on investment
  • Understand how a wide range of data sets can help drive results
    Mark Witte, Head of Health & Risk Propositions and Consulting, Aon
OR

Help stop the suffering in silence: strategies for managing employee mental health

  • Stress is now the top cause of employee absences lasting four weeks or more
  • The gap in understanding: learn from new research how employers are mis-reading their employees' willingness to discuss mental health issues with a company representative
  • Why do 32% of employees surveyed feel that they have no one to talk to?
  • Learn how to encourage workplace conversations that will benefit your company
  • Take away useful ideas to raise awareness of the support available
    Vanessa Sallows, Benefits & Governance Director, Legal & General 
OR

New government financial wellbeing initiative: why employees are going to expect more from employers 

  • New support available to help you support your employees 
  • Top tips for supporting your workforce – cost effectively and compliantly – in retirement planning to improve employee wellbeing 
  • Why the workplace is seen as a primary channel for delivering financial wellbeing: learn from a review of government reports  
  • Understanding the barriers around what an employer can say without tripping into advice and how these may be further clarified 
  • Learn from a survey of 14,000 pension scheme members: what do they value in a pension and why are retirement concerns one of the biggest barriers to financial wellbeing
    Robert Cochran, Corporate Pensions Relationship Specialist, Scottish Widows 
1505

How to embed a financial wellbeing programme within your overall wellbeing strategy: Case study - Anglian Water

  • Hear how Anglian Water have incorporated financial wellbeing into their overall wellbeing initiative
  • What were the trigger points to becoming an early adopter?
  • How did they get started on their financial wellbeing journey?
  • Learn from examples of campaigns that Anglian Water have run to combat stress in the workplace and initiatives they have rolled out to begin tackling taboos around topics like mental health
  • Learn from the results of Anglian Water's pilot scheme to assess their workforce's views before full scale launch
    Sally Purbrick, Head of Reward, Anglian Water
OR

Workplace Health 2.0 - What might you be missing out on? Understanding what the data is telling us

  • Corporate Health and wellbeing management has been transformed into a rigorous data and insights-driven activity - but are we casting the net of data wide enough?
  • Understand how health and wellbeing links directly to workforce engagement and productivity
  • Linking diversity and inclusion to the unique health and wellbeing status of an individual
  • Why the ageing demographic and its link to disability, health and wellbeing in the workplace has created the need for a more positive and integrated approach
  • Why employees who feel included and who have their individual health needs met will thrive
  • Understanding how a thriving workforce has a direct positive impact on an organisation's bottom line and the quality of customer experience
    Dr Wolfgang Seidl, Workplace Health Consulting Leader, UK & Europe, Mercer 
OR

Demonstrating value and impact on your health and wellbeing investment through a reduction in health risks
Case study: Saint-Gobain

  • On average, every person carries 4.8 health risks, the immediate cost of such risks comes through lower energy, impaired productivity and higher absence, not to mention future health issues. Learn how an effective health and wellbeing programme can utilise insight to identify and reduce key health risks.
  • How employers can scale their programmes, integrate available services, and best use digital technology to drive wellness amongst employees.
  • Learn from Saint-Gobain's partnership with AXA PPP healthcare. Operating in the construction sector, including 34 different companies across 1,150+ sites in the UK, they've already reduced their overall health age by 1,350 years and continue to grow engagement and sustain employee use of their wellbeing services.
    Kevin Crawley, Environmental Health and Safety Director, Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland
    Dr Chris Tomkins, Chief Operating Officer, Proactive Health, AXA PPP Healthcare
1525 Refreshments                                                                                                                                                      
1550

Personalising a macro strategy to increase employee engagement 
           Case Study: Cisco 

  • Understanding what will motivate personal lifestyle changes to improve wellbeing
  • Introducing a wellbeing ambassador - and making the most engaged employees your ambassadors for the benefits of the programme
  • Encouraging employees to take the wellbeing approach home to their families
  • How technology has enabled the organic and effective engagement with employees
    Sheila Champion-Smeeth, Total Rewards Consultant EMEAR, Cisco
1620

Getting the communication approach right 
            Case study: Zurich Insurance

  • Creating a platform of communication that builds employee demand for information and engagement
  • Empowering localism to create equality of access
  • Rolling out the programme: lessons and connections with the diversity and inclusion strategy
    Julie Thomas, Group Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Zurich Insurance
    Hayley Golden,
    Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager, Zurich Insurance 
1645

Panel discussion: engaging and enabled line managers to ensure effective cultural change 

  • Convincing line managers that it's worth their own investment in the programme
  • Reassessing and redirecting the line manager's role
  • Creating the time, providing the support and recognising the contribution that line managers make
    Pannelists:
    Andy Buxton, Health & Wellbeing Manager, National Grid
    Zoe Eccleston, Health & Wellbeing EMEA, Bloomberg 

    Stephanie Schreiber, Wellbeing Adviser, Business in the Community
    Yulia O'Mahony, Head of Wellbeing, John Lewis
1720 Summing up               
Co-chair: Maggie Williams                                                                                                                    
1730 Networking drinks                                                                                                                         

          


Senior Reward, HR and Wellbeing professionals from the following organisations are attending:

ACCA Live Nation Entertainment
Adecco Group UK&I Liverpool John Moores University
ADP Lloyd's Register
AECOM Lockheed Martin
Akami Technologies L'Oreal UK & Ireland
Alliance Homes Group Maersk
Amey Marks and Spencer
Anglian Water Mazars
AOL UK Mercedes-Benz
ARM Merlin Entertainment
Arthur J.Gallagher Mischon de Reya
Arup Misys
Ascential  Mizuho International
ASOS Moody's
AstraZeneca Munipharma International
Avis Budget UK Natixis
BAE Systems Nexen Petroleum UK
BAM Nuttall NGA HR
Bard Pharmaceuticals  NHS Blood and Transplant
BGL Group NHS Property Services
BLM Law Novae Group
Bloomberg Oaklea Consultancy
Bouygues Energies & Services Ocado
Brambles Oracle
Brewers Oxera Consulting
Bright Horizons Family Solutions Oxford Health NHS Trust
British Sugar  PAREXEL
Bupa Pentland Brands
Burberry Personal Group
Business in the Community Poundland & Dealz
BWI UK QVC
CA Technologies RBS
Cabinet Office Reckitt Benckiser
Carlsberg UK Richmond Fellowship
CAYSH River Island
CDK Riverbed Technology
Central England Co-operative Rolls-Royce
Channel 4 Television Corporation RSM
Charles Stanley Rugby Football Union
Charles Taylor S&P Global
Chester Zoo Samsung Electronics (UK)
CII SAP
Cisco Schlumberger
City & Guilds Group Schneider Electric
City Football Group Schroders
CLS Seadrill
Comcast NBCUniversal Shell International
Commonwealth Secretariat Shire Pharmaceuticals
CooperVision Simply Business
Countrywide Skyscanner
CPP Group Solictors Regulation Agency 
Crown Agents Sony Music Entertainments
Croydon Council Sopra Steria
Cyient Europe Spire Healthcare
DAN LTD SSP
DCMS St Austell Brewery
De La Rue SuperGroup
Dentsu Aegis Network SVG Reward & Benefits
Department of Health Swiss Re
DLA Piper TalkTalk Group
Donnginton Grove Veterinary Group Tesco
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust  THB Group
Education Development Trust The Crown Estate
ENGIE The Hyde Group
Enterprise Holdings The IET
Equifax The Rewarding Company
Essex County Council The Royal Marsden Hospital
Expedia The Southern Co-operative
Experian The University of Sheffield
EY Thomson Reuters
FCA Three UK
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Ticketmaster
FS Healthcare TJX Europe
G4S Policing Support Services Trinity Mirror
Gap Trowers & Hamlins
Genesis Housing Association TT Electronics
Glory Global Solutions TUI Group
Goldsmiths University of London Tusker Direct
Gowling WLG UCB Celltech
Grant Thornton University College London
Harvey Nichols University of East London
Hastings Direct University of Lincoln
Healthcare at Home Unum
Herbert Smith Freehills V&A
Hilton Value Retail
Hymans Robertson Victoria's Secret
Hyperion Insurance Group Virgin Atlantic
IHG Virgin Management
Inmarsat Virgin Media
JLL Vodafone
JLT Group Walgreens Boots Alliance Global Brands
John Lewis Partnership Watford Community Housing Trust
Johnson Matthey Weightmans
Kao Wellcome Trust    
Kent County Council Wells Fargo Bank
Kingfisher Westfield Europe
Knight Frank White Stuff
Laing O'Rourke Withers
Linklaters Yorkshire Building Society                          
Lionbridge