EXCLUSIVE: Tanya Whitehead of Great Ormond Street to discuss benefits on a budget


EXCLUSIVE: Tanya Whitehead (pictured), HR business partner at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC), will discuss how to create an engaging benefits proposition on a limited budget at Employee Benefits Live 2018.

The session, titled ‘Strategies for motivating and retaining staff on a limited budget’, will form part of the benefits on a budget conference stream on Wednesday 3 October 2018.

Whitehead will speak broadly about some of the key challenges organisations within the charity sector encounter in terms of attracting, engaging and motivating staff; in particular, highlighting the unique difficulties that could arise from having a restricted benefits budget. She will additionally draw parallels to how this situation could relate to large businesses that might have rules around budgeting.

The talk will cover the more personalised story of how GOSHCC approaches its benefits strategy. Whitehead will explain how the charity copes with financial challenges by taking an innovative and creative stance towards its benefits proposition in order to engage employees.

She said: “We do lots of things around our benefits that maybe are a bit more creative because we don’t have large budgets to spend. I’ll be sharing some tips around that and how we can help our staff engage a bit more in the purpose that we’re here to serve. That’s really a part of what we do, people really want to work at the charity to make a difference for the hospital and the patients and the children that attend there, how motivated staff feel about the charity’s cause.”

The session will also explore how to gather feedback in order to monitor employee engagement. For example, GOSHCC uses staff surveys and staff representative groups.

“I’d like [delegates] to come away with an idea of some things that they can do to explore engagement within their organisations, and then support increasing engagement in their organisations,” Whitehead added. “I would like to tell the story of what it’s like at GOSHCC and the things that we do here, and then [delegates] can get an insight into what it’s like to work for [a] charity and the challenges that we face, but also the opportunities we’ve got at GOSHCC as well.”

Employee Benefits Live 2018 will take place on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 October 2018 at ExCeL London.

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