Fuel50 is passionate about creating cutting-edge career experiences — having positive impacts on retention, engagement, and bottom-line metrics. We want to celebrate and share how organizations can create a truly best-in-class career experience for their people! Join us, like-minded HR leaders, and industry thought-leaders at this year’s inaugural Career Experience Conference & Awards by Fuel50 in Sydney, Australia. We were showcasing some of the best career transformation work across the globe.

This was a full day career-learning experience with speakers from The Gap Inc, eBay, Indeed, Mercer, and Josh Bersin.

Here’s a summary of the day’s agenda.

Career Experience Conference & Awards by Fuel50 - Kirsty Thomas, LinkedIn

It was a full house of engaged attendees at the Hilton listening to esteemed presenters sharing their stories. These centred around leader development for career conversations and designing a world class career experience for your people. Hot topics!

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Following an energetic intro from our founders, Anne Fulton and Jo Mills who shared the importance of redefining talent management, we welcomed Kate Bravery of Mercer to take the floor.

Kate gave an abundance of insights into how to create a thriving organization in an age of disruption. Spoiler alert: career and development opportunities are THE top driver.

“Career empowered employees feel 8x more energized and committed to their employer”

Kate Bravery, Mercer
Career Experience Conference & Awards by Fuel50 - Mercer Presentation

Next up, Rob Ollander-Krane informs why Gap Inc. got rid of performance reviews and ratings and instead shifted to a growth mind-set organization-wide. The whole review process was costing 130k hours of time for both employees and managers, which equates to a whopping $3.3million in payroll. In fact, performance reviews only caused a heap of frustration and had no benefit. Rob talked us through the successful implementation of ‘Talent GPS’, an approach that is now delivering development conversations for 90% of employees monthly. These touch base conversations at Gap are working!

Career Experience Conference & Awards by Fuel50 - Rob Ollander-Krane

After a quick coffee break and a good chance to meet all the motivated individuals attending, Amy Centers shared the inspiring Dexcom career growth story. Results of the 2016 engagement survey showed that only 46% of Dexcom staff believed that “there was someone at the company who helps me with my career development” they knew something needed to be done. And then came the lightbulb moment: finding Fuel50 a tool that aligned with their fast-paced, dedicated and customer driven culture and would increase the frequency and quality of career conversations.

Anna Touzel and Shreya Nidadavolu then talked ‘Chaos to career pathing as a retention strategy in a fast growth world.’ As a company who help people get jobs, Indeed found that 90% of employees said they actively look for job opportunities. We were elated to hear that after introducing their Career Pathing initiative, Indeedians were now growing their careers.

“We created a sense of belonging from day one using Fuel50 career pathing”

Shreya Nidadavolu / Anna Touzel, Indeed

Mike Martin followed, sharing the Ingersoll Rand success story. Their changed career experience framework led to engaged employees! Hot tip: listen to your people. Mike managed to pull out many great one liners during his presentation of “Road-map to a best-in-class career experience.”

Following a CareerLabs working luncheon Christine Landon & Mark Mansour delivered “Individualized career propositions”, giving insight into the strategy at eBay, of which their talented people are at the very core. The speed of change requires the rapid development of skills which means companies need to do more to support their staff in their careers.

“Top reasons people leave companies – lack of career development.”

Christine Landon/Mark Mansour, eBay

Then came the pitch-offs! 6x dynamic presentations from Spark, T-Mobile, BOQ, LoyaltyOne, UNDP and Crown Institute. Well done to UNDP who won people’s choice for their initiative and uplifting presentation.

Career Experience Conference & Awards by Fuel50 - PitchOff
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Key Note Speaker

The moment everyone was counting down for, renowned thought leader Josh Bersin, Bersin by Deloitte took centre stage to present “Catch the Wave – The 21st Century Career”. Everyone was furiously taking notes as Josh talked all about the future of work, career disruptions and why skills, in particular ‘soft’ skills, matter so much. We were gobsmacked to hear the mind-blowing fact that the reality of learning today is only 24 MINUTES PER WEEK! Technology has been a game changer but despite all the tools “we are less productive at work,” surprised? We were.

Career Experience Conference & Awards by Fuel50 - Josh Bersin
Awards Ceremony

Following our keynote speaker we were delighted to announce the winners of the Career Experience Awards. Check out all the winners in our previous post, a huge congratulations to all awards winners and to Ingersoll Rand for taking out the coveted Supreme winner.

Key Take Aways

One of our attendees sums it up well:

“My key take outs from the conference were 1) to ensure we are taking a more agile approach to recruitment learning and development, 2) the importance of expanding our employees skill sets (particularly soft skills) so they are future fit 3) creating a culture for our employees that mirrors their best customer experience.”

Kimberley Torr, attendee

A huge thanks again to all of the speakers and attendees for taking time out of your busy schedules to join us. It’s an exciting time to be in HR and we are happy to have you all along for the journey into a more engaged future for all employees.

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