The HR Exchange, Lancashire – 15th September 2016

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THURSDAY 15th September 2016

Burnley College
Princess Way
BB12 0AN


Just a reminder, if you haven’t already done so, to book your place at The HR Exchange which is taking place  on Thursday 15 September at our new venue – Burnley College, Princess Way, Burnley, BB12 0AN.

The event will focus on Employee Performance Management

So what’s the point of appraisals?

Our September HR Exchange event focuses on the tricky topic of employee performance management and whether the appraisal process still has a valid part to play in today’s business world.

Our guest speaker will be Neal Chamberlain, who has worked as a senior HR professional in large corporations and now leads the people and organisation consultancy, A1 Performance Consulting, and whose experience in this area provides both a consultancy and an operational HR perspective.

More and more organisations, large and small, are moving away from the ‘traditional’ performance appraisal, with ever-shortening business cycles, the feedback needs of the modern workforce and the need to drive quality conversations being cited as the reasons for this.

How do the management and staff in your business feel about the appraisal process? Are appraisals seen as a valuable use of time or as non-productive ‘energy-sappers’? Are they simply something you do because you always have or are they a valid method of encouraging better performance and increased employee engagement? Maybe you don’t do appraisals at all and, if not, should you start?

Neal’s engaging and lively session will review current and emerging practices in the management of employee performance, looking at the merits of different approaches and available research on topics such as the impact of performance ratings on collaborative and competitive behaviour.

Peter Byrne, Employment Law Partner at Taylors will then look at the legal issues involved in managing employee performance and encouraging and achieving improvement. He will look at the legal and practical steps you need to take when following a formal performance improvement process and discuss the need for a formal procedure, the conduct of performance hearings and the use of investigation, coaching and mentoring. He will also highlight some of the pitfalls that can occur when issues such as ill health are a factor in unsatisfactory performance.

The session will then end with our usual employment law update.

It’s sure to be another fantastic event for HR professionals, senior managers and business owners and we look forward to seeing you there.


8.45 – 9.15       Registration and Networking

9.15 – 9.45       Neal Chamberlain, A1 Performance Consulting, looking at the role of appraisals and analysing their place in today’s business world

9.45 – 10.05    Peter Byrne, Taylor’s Employment Partner, discussing the legal steps involved in employee performance management

10.05 – 10.15   Question and answer forum

10.15 – 10.25   Break and refreshments

10.25 – 10.45  Employment law update

10.45                Networking

Our June event was completely sold out, so make sure you reserve your place for September by emailing


This is a HR Exchange event that you cannot afford to miss!