The former Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and also HR Director at Royal Mail, Kevin delivers challenging, practical advice on how to make the most of the often overlooked HR functions within an organisation. He looks at how to attract, retain and develop employees, how to create better leaders, get the most from millennials, and whether AI really is the threat to workers people seem to believe.
Kevin Green is an HR and talent professional who helps organisations prepare for the future and improve performance by making the most of their people and by enhancing their culture. The former Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), Kevin also served as HR Director at Royal Mail where he was a key part of a turnaround team.
Whilst at the REC Kevin moved the organisation towards viewing members more as customers and providing a service that reflected that as well as improved training and support. Under his leadership the REC became the leading voice of the British labour market.
Previously at Royal Mail, working alongside Allan Leighton and Adam Crozier, Kevin was responsible for all people-related issues for a business with over 160,000 employees. He and the leadership team dramatically turned around the postal service at a time of new and increased competition. In an environment where post was increasingly second to electronic communications and many global courier companies were taking Royal Mail’s business, they turned losses of over £1.5million a day into an annual profit of over £450million.
Having worked with recruitment and HR professionals and companies from Lloyds Banking Group to Unilever to BAE Systems, Kevin delivers real-world, practical advice on culture, policy and strategy. He examines how every organisation and department can make the most of their HR functions as well as how to attract, retain and develop talent in the digital age. In his book Competitive People Strategy he looks at the direct connection between employee engagement, leadership, talent potential and bottom line.
Direct, but also down-to-earth and entertaining, Kevin challenges companies to really grasp the opportunities of change. He looks at how to diagnose as well as solve people and talent problems, including how to create better leaders at all levels. He considers how a company must and can reflect society and their customers with a diversity of ideas and opinions as well as gender and ethnicity. He counters many of the clichés and assumptions of HR and explains how, done right, it can improve personal and organisational openness and growth.
As well as the everyday business challenges Kevin looks at the near future of people and talent. He offers an insight into the new HR tech companies and those experiencing rapid growth with which he’s working. He reflects on the possible effects of artificial intelligence on the workplace and what it means for business beyond doom-laden predictions of joblessness and economic turmoil. He also explains the millennial view on, and expectations of the working world; whilst not always so different, employers need to be aware of their desire for more flexibility, development and variety. As well as his work in business, Kevin has been a regular commentator on labour and employment on BBC TV and radio.
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