HR surgeries

Helping your organisation

The Bristol Business School is passionate about helping all sizes of organisations improve their people management practices. We’ve set up a series of one-to-one online human resources (HR) surgeries with a mix of practical advice and guidance to help you take your organisation to the next level.

Research indicates that with the right HR management practices in place, organisations can significantly improve their staff commitment and performance, flexibility, resilience and adaptability. Plus equality and inclusion, which are essential for business performance and innovation, and for social justice.

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About the sessions

  • The sessions, which focus on the entire employee lifecycle, are open to all businesses, from small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to larger, national or multinational organisations.
  • The sessions will be delivered online on a one-to-one basis with one academic and one organisation. They will last for 90 minutes and will be delivered online on a mutually convenient date and time.
  • In the first 45 minutes, you'll get a hands-on and research-informed training on one of the topics below. The training will then be followed by a 45-minute session where you can ask us for tailored advice and get support on any specific issues you might have.
  • The fees are:
    • full cost £180
    • UWE Bristol alumni and staff £153 (discount of 15%)
    • course Connect partners £144 (discount of 20%).
  • For any enquiries, please email the academic delivering the session.

How to book

Please choose one of the topics below and book online. Then contact the facilitator (details listed below with each session) to book a time and date that suits you best.

Attraction

Leveraging student employability through internships, placement and graduate programmes

This surgery is aimed at bringing together businesses and students. The basic premise will be to bring together the drive, willingness and potential of students who want to gain practical work experience and organisations that have specific needs in terms of skills, talent, competencies etc.

Contributions will include colleagues from careers and students narrating their journey and experience from placements/work experience.

Delivered by Vlasios Sarantinos.

Please book online. Then email Vlasios.Sarantinos@uwe.ac.uk to book a time and date that suits you best.

Recruitment

Inclusive recruitment

This hands-on session will identify what can be changed in order to reduce bias in recruitment (from writing a job ad to advertising and shortlisting) and give tips about how theory can be applied in practice. It will give the participants the opportunity to review and reflect on and start revising their recruitment practices.

Delivered by Dr Vanda Papafilippou.

Please book online. Then email Vanda.Papafilippou@uwe.ac.uk to book a time and date that suits you best.

Conducting inclusive selection interviews

This session aims to discuss the different types of selection interviews. It will help small and medium organisations in conducting inclusive selection interviews and will introduce ways to avoid conscious/unconscious bias and discrimination in selection process.

Delivered by Dr Mahwish Khan.

Please book online. Then email Mahwish.Khan@uwe.ac.uk to book a time and date that suits you best.

Onboarding, development and retention

Building an inclusive workplace culture

The session will introduce the Equality Act and cover the nine protected characteristics. It will also highlight some practices that will help organisations to develop an inclusive workplace culture with a particular focus on managing diverse teams.

Delivered by Dr Mahwish Khan.

Please book online. Then email Mahwish.Khan@uwe.ac.uk to book a time and date that suits you best.

Working with a diverse workforce

This session will focus on the impact of culture and diverse ethnic identities in every-day interactions and practices at the workplace. It aims to support professionals to address and reflect on the complexities of a multicultural workforce and develop skills to build strong workplace relationships.

Delivered by Dr Christina Efthymiadou.

Please book online. Then email Christina.Efthymiadou@uwe.ac.uk to book a time and date that suits you best.

Managing your blended work teams

This session will examine the challenges faced when managing a mixture of different employees/workers, including full-time, part-time and independent contractors. It will also highlight key actions companies can take to effectively manage and engage such blended teams to achieve increased clarity, efficiency, and productivity.

Delivered by Dr Rochelle Haynes.

Please book online. Then email Rochelle.Haynes@uwe.ac.uk to book a time and date that suits you best.

Inclusive and transparent career progression

This hands-on session will enable line managers to reflect on their performance management approach so that: 

  • everyone feels valued and respected as an individual in their team
  • they can ensure that they provide equal opportunities for all their team members to develop their individual skills and talents and promote people fairly.

Delivered by Dr Vanda Papafilippou.

Please book online. Then email Vanda.Papafilippou@uwe.ac.uk to book a time and date that suits you best.

Achieving win-win solutions at work

This session will examine common issues in employee relations such as productivity and flexibility, discuss the employer's and employees’ perspectives on such issues and, eventually, outline feasible paths to reach win-win solutions. It will apply sound frameworks drawn from the literature and ACAS to practical cases.

Delivered by Dr Stefano Gasparri.

Please book online. Then email Stefano.Gasparri@uwe.ac.uk book a time and date that suits you best.

Building resilience in the workplace

Resilience is an important skill that helps individuals to weather difficult situations and challenging times. This session will examine useful guidelines for building resilience and how organisations can contribute to this in the workplace.

Delivered by Dr Tinkuma Edafioghor.

Please book online. Then email Tinkuma.Edafioghor@uwe.ac.uk to book a time and date that suits you best.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Supporting women in aviation

This session will be specifically with organisations within the aviation and aerospace sector, to promote the alta mentoring scheme and to deepen engagement with these organisations for future research and knowledge exchange.

Organisations already supporting alta include Airbus, the RAF, the Royal Aeronautical Society, GKN, Safran Seats and Boeing.

Delivered by Professor Sue Durbin.

Please book online. Then email Sue.Durbin@uwe.ac.uk to book a time and date that suits you best.

Designing and building mentoring schemes

This session will be about why mentoring matters, especially for minorities in the workplace, and how to design and build a mentoring scheme (using alta and the Women Researchers Mentoring Scheme (WRMS) as models of two alternative ways of running a mentoring scheme).

Delivered by Professor Sue Durbin.

Please book online. Then email Sue.Durbin@uwe.ac.uk to book a time and date that suits you best.

Supporting employee resource groups

This session will offer an overview of the importance of employee resource groups for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). It will include the common challenges encountered and share tips about how to build, support and collaborate with them in order to establish a more inclusive organisational culture.

Delivered by Dr Vanda Papafilippou.

Please book online. Then email Vanda.Papafilippou@uwe.ac.uk to book a time and date that suits you best.