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Leaders Lunch: Employability at Work

From storytelling to storydoing

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Activating HR leaders to question so-called "sacred cows" and to go for a more sustainable HR management is the aim of the Leaders Lunches. An initiative by HRMagazine and Balance HR.

On October 17th, we assembled with over 50 HR leaders in the inspiring art center Bozar. Theme of the day: dialogue on employability and how to apply it in a workable way. Also to be followed on Twitter via #HRLL.

Employability and workability

Whether we like it or not, fact is that people will work longer in the future. With an ever louder call for workable work.

- Prof. Dr. Peggy De Prins (Antwerp Management School) focused on concrete actions, affecting engagement and retention of people (click here for presentation).

- Marleen Spileers (HR Director, Bozar) gave us an authentic testimonial on sustainable HRM and a plea for purpose, followed by two activating case stories (click here for presentation). 

According to professor De Prins, sustainable career management is both a mindset and a bundle of HR practices. Central is the idea of balance: between initiatives by the employees and support out of HR, between organizational and employee needs, between employability and workability.

Career development as an HR practice

Some initiatives are still underused within current HRM in Belgium. One of them is career development as an HR practice. Research by Antwerp Management School found that only 2% (!) of the 780 surveyed organizations proactively give career support or career prospects to their people. Despite the academic evidence of positive impact on engagement and retention. A clear call to action for HR.

Many thanks to all attendees, with a special mention for our moderator Els Aelbrecht and for the team of HRMagazine.

Keen on joining us on the next lunch? Check out our events page.

Warm regards,

Edward Vanhoutte, Balance HR

PS. click on largest picture for full scale.