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Getting to Grips with HR Business Partnering

Thursday, 29 September 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


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Getting to Grips with HR Business Partnering


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partnering - illustrationNearly fifteen years on from Dave Ulrich’s “HR Champions”, business partnering is still the aspect of HR transformation which organisations find most difficult to implement. In many cases, the intended behaviours and impacts of this role never materialise. But there are organisations which are implementing business partnering well – it can be done.

Attend this seminar to catch-up with the latest thinking on HR business partnering and to fully understand what the role can look like; the skills and behaviours involved; and how existing HR generalists can be transformed into effective business partners.

With the support of the trainer and other attendees, reflect on how the role can be tailored to, and then developed in, your own organisation

Also review how you can build the credibility of your HR function to lead the creation or renewal of embedded HR teams.

Through leveraging these opportunities, HR can substantially increase its credibility and contribution, and the impact it has on the organisations it works within.

  • HR director, business partner or consultant
  • Head of business partner team or responsible for setting these teams up
  • HR generalist, transitioning into a business partner role

Trainer, Jon Ingham, introduces this course.

Five key things you will learn on this course:


Understand the role(s) of the HR business partner and the benefits this role can provide


Be able to tailor and implement / improve this role within your own organisation


Be able to describe the consulting skills required by a HR business partner


Have developed an action plan to build credibility and transform the business partner role in your organisation


Ensure that the list of essential or desired competencies do not lead to unlawful discrimination against potential employees


09:30 Coffee and registration
10:00 Welcome, Introductions and Objectives for the day
10:30 The Latest Thinking and Experience in Business Partnering
10:45 What are you looking to achieve?

  • How the role has been developing – latest research and experience
  • Barriers and enablers to developing a business partnering team
  • Managing the balance between ongoing business support and strategic development
11:30 Morning Coffee
11:45 Making a Difference to Business Performance

  • A review of the opportunities to impact business performance (participating in the business, meeting business needs, creating value through people)
  • Agreeing the role and measuring the impact
  • HR consulting skills (project and relationship management)
12:45 Lunch and Discussion
13:30 The Partnering Relationship

  • The art and science of effective relationships with line managers
  • Maintaining the other relationships – with other HR teams (centres of excellence, service centre, operational staff etc)
  • Relationship management skills, tools and techniques
14:30 Afternoon Tea
14:45 Building Credibility

  • Understanding your business and adapting behaviours and interventions to the type of business that you are in
  • Changing HR’s role and how to communicate the change
  • Building valuable business networks
15:45 Conclusions and Action Planning


Jon Ingham

HR Strategy Consultant

Jon is a leading specialist in strategic people management and organizational development issues. He regularly speaks and provides training in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia and has also lectured on strategic management, change management and human resources on executive MBA courses across Europe.

He is the author of Strategic HCM: Creating value through people (2006) and is currently completing a second book called Social advantage. He also posts regularly to blogs with these same titles and has recently been recognized as the top global online influencer in talent management.

Before working with Symposium, Jon served as Director of Human Capital Consulting, Europe for Buck Consultants / ACS, as Head of HR Consulting for Penna and as International HR Director for Ernst & Young after working as an IT and change management consultant for Andersen Consulting. Jon delivers a number of Symposium training workshops on HR issues such as business partnering, workforce planning, business and HR process design, organizational design and development and HR innovation.

Jon has a BA in Psychology, a Masters in Engineering and an MBA. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

What are people saying?

Here is just some of the feedback left by previous attendees:

  • “Engaging, informative, ‘up to date’ view points. Food for thought and hopefully results.”
    HRBP, Findel Education Ltd
  • “Good foundation, information for HR business partnering. Gave good ideas and insight into improving our model and thoughts. Very enjoyable.”
    HR Director, Findel Education Ltd
  • “I enjoyed the course as it touched on many elements to make business partners a success. Good share of experiences.”
    HRBP, Town and County Housing Group
  • “Inspirational!”
    HR Manager, Centrica Storage Ltd
  • “Flexible agenda – fitted to what we wanted to learn. Loved the enthusiasm and very engaging. One of the most enjoyable sessions I’ve been on in a long time – very useful and easy to adapt into everyday life – good mix of theory and practical skills.”
    HR Officer, Genting UK plc
  • “Good use of case studies, real experience is so valuable. Good group involvement. Such a relief to hear new thinking and a view on what’s next.”
    HRBP, Nationwide
  • “The training has allowed me to reflect on my role and has given me the confidence to develop my role.”
    HRBP, Mencap
  • “Valuable session – have learnt a lot that I can transfer back into my role.”
    HR Consultant, Car Care Plan Ltd
  • “Good breadth of research provided and a strong mix of personal experience.”
    HR Manager, First Data Corporation

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