Hello PPMA members and friends

For many of you the above statement will seem pretty obvious and yet quite broad. Whatever your role in the HR/OD profession, I can’t imagine that your focus isn’t shaped in some way by Covid 19 still.

Whether your attention is on a return to the office more regularly, hybrid working, support on wellbeing, recruitment challenges, organisational development planning, ongoing monitoring of absence or mandatory vaccinations, there’s not much HR/OD work that isn’t still impacted in some way or other by Covid19.

We know that Covid will be with us for a long time still but given the relative success of the vaccination programmes it is starting to move from pandemic (where growth and spread is exponential) to endemic levels (where the spread and growth is more predictable and manageable). Our organisations are inevitably still guided by government and public health advice and general caution in protecting the health and safety of our staff, but I’m acutely aware that as an HR/OD profession we are already promoting ways of working and doing things that are both supportive and innovative.

Through necessity, our workforces have learned to better utilise technology to undertake their roles, even those roles that might be deemed more frontline and manual in nature by having team, colleague or client meetings online. And we are using these experiences to promote new hybrid and agile ways of working for our teams and services going forward, with a focus on work approaches that better fit flexible and different ways of working to achieve outcomes and not promoting a one size fits all approach to the whole organisation.

Many of these innovations and organisational development approaches from across the country, are showcased in the entries we’ve received for our PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards 22. They will also be subjects that the speakers at our #PPMAHR22 conference in Manchester on the 27-29 April will talk about. At the Conference we’ll also be announcing and celebrating the winners of the People Management Awards.

As HR/OD professionals, we are all facing continually challenging and changing times and as such it’s never been more important for us to learn from and share best practice with each other. Our conference is the perfect opportunity for you and members of your teams to do this. So why not come along and hear some great speakers, network with like minded colleagues and exhibitors from around the country, enjoy a fabulous awards gala evening and even spend some time exploring the amazing city of Manchester. All the details you need to know are on our website – www.ppma.org.uk/ppma-conference-2022

We look forward to seeing you there!

Steve Davies

PPMA President