Susan Popoola

Leveraging The Value of People

Speaking Topics

Employing and Engaging Young Professionals.  As the UK comes out of recession, and employers consider recruiting for new skills, the research shows that there are concerns about young people not being work ready or having the right employability skills or the right attitude to work. Susan explores approaches to effectively employ and engage young professionals.

Managing the Multigenerational Workplace. A key reflection of workplace diversity is the range of different generations in the workplace. Though this should not be overplayed, different generations come to the workplace with different skillsets, approaches and opinions on the workplace as a result of upbringing, education and socialisation. Susan explores how organisations can understand what the different generations bring to the workplace and how they can be enabled to effectively work together.

The Future of the Workplace. The world of work has continually evolved over time, even if we just think of work life from the era of the industrial revolution with it’s various different stages inclusive of the era of Globalisation and de-industralisation in many Western countries. Moving on to the Information Age, then Digital Age. Each phase brings evolutions in the way we work; changing jobs, creating jobs, with other jobs disappearing.. The key question is how to we optimise the opportunities and challenges that it presents.

Developing a Mosaic Workplace. The book, Consequences: Diverse to Mosaic Britain advocates the need to go beyond the Diversity argument to inclusive workplaces that take account of differences whilst at the same time integrating to realise the optimal value that all employees have to offer and thus creating a Mosaic Workforce.

The Challenge/Question of Skills. The “battle for talent” is a long lasting challenge for organisations. Even though it may have been hidden by concerns around unemployment during the recession the challenge did not go away. Susan explores this theme, challenging requirements and approaches to obtaining them.

Values Based Organisations . It is not uncommon for managers to say that they recruit for attitude above skills. Both are important but what about values and a sense of common purpose? Susan explores the significance of values based organisations in a changing world that has been shaken by so many different challenges and scandals. Susan focuses on how a clear articulation and alignment of organisation and individual values can enable organisations to stand out with employees serving as Brand Ambassadors for organisations