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Meetings Industry Association helps managers meet the talent challenge

The MIA will hold a series of workshops this autumn designed to help businesses attract, recruit, retain and develop staff, as well as create a more compassionate culture.
16/08/2018

Pictured: The workshops will take place at the QEII Centre in London

The Meetings Industry Association (MIA) will hold a series of workshops this autumn designed to help businesses attract, recruit, retain and develop staff as well as create a more compassionate culture.


With employment challenges caused by Brexit, the pressure to be attractive as an employer, reach new talent pools and retain existing staff is growing ever stronger.


Research undertaken by the MIA and leadership and research institute Roffey Park last year on the subject of mental health in the industry found that 75 per cent of people had been managed in the past by someone who, in their view, lacked compassion, while a similar number – 78 per cent– said they had seen others miss opportunities for compassion because it wasn’t viewed as part of their job.

MIA chief executive Jane Longhurst said: “The business meetings and events industry, like all industries in the UK, is operating within challenging times. As people are the lifeblood of the events and hospitality sectors it is imperative that employers look after them in the right way if they wish to retain them. With the talent pool diminishing due to Brexit, there has never been a more important time to attract, recruit, retain and develop staff to ensure future success for all."

She continued: "The MIA recognises the importance of building a compassionate and nurturing environment within a business, which is why we are working with Roffey Park to devise these informative and practical workshops to help arm senior leaders with the tools they need to introduce the right culture into their businesses.”

While many understand that working long and anti-social hours in a high-pressure environment can take its toll on mental wellbeing, individuals can find it hard to speak out on the subject and employers are not always equipped to support them.

In Meeting the Talent Challenge: Retaining Talent through a Compassionate Culture workshop to be held on 18 September senior leaders in the events and hospitality industry will be given practical insights into how to build a workplace culture that supports productivity through people.The workshop, which will take place at the QEII Centre, London, will be led by Roffey Park and will look at how building a compassionate culture is critical for business success.


On 1 November, Meeting the Talent Challenge: Best Practice in Talent Management will look at how events and hospitality businesses can successfully attract, recruit, retain and develop employees. Later that month, on 28 November, Meeting the Talent Challenge: Building Personal, Team and Organisational Resilience in times of change will demonstrate that the way in which an employee, the team and his/her organisation responds to challenges will define its success in both its core purpose and its ability to hold onto valued staff.


All three workshops will take place at the QEII Centre in London on respective dates from 9.30am to 4pm. Tickets are £175 for MIA members and £250 for non-members and are available from the website www.mia-uk.org.



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