Launching our 2022 programme, we reflect on yet another year of major global disruption. We cannot yet assess the success of the ‘return to the office’ and to face-to-face communication and, for many, Covid’s long tail will have impacted two years of business performance.
Two other factors have also exerted major influence: the prominence of “Carbon Net Zero” targeting, and the supply chain disruption created by a geopolitical environment that is becoming increasingly unstable and unpredictable. Added to which, the ageing of populations and shrinking of workforces that we have known about for some time will finally bite during the coming decade. We referred to 2020 as a year of radical uncertainty. We now know we have many such years ahead.
Our focus in PARC will be to continue to run a series of events that help our members to scan, understand and respond to the challenges of this complex global business environment. We will seek to provide a forum in which our members can debate critical topics that impact on business and HR strategy.
We hope that the majority of our meetings will provide the opportunity for the challenging face-to-face debate that we all find so stimulating. However, we continue to value the hybrid sessions that made our content accessible to a wider audience over the last 12 months. Therefore, all face-to-face events excluding the Programme Launch Dinner, will accommodate online attendance. The agenda for these events will be tailored to best suit the needs of a virtual audience, without impacting the in-person experience.
The highly successful online peer exchange events, which we introduced in 2021, will also continue to be a feature of our 2022 programme. The subject matter for these will be decided closer to the time, so that we can respond to developments that arise during the course of the year.
PARC continues to provide an essential networking, exchange and research opportunity as we focus on the forces shaping our world and their implications for senior HR and reward professionals.
View the PARC 2022 Programme here.
Mike Haffenden, Karen Clark and Phil Wills