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Running everyday meetings on Zoom and Teams may be second nature by now, but how do you handle large-scale, multi-day events with hundreds of participants around the world?

The technical and logistical challenges are many, but the biggest conundrum is how to reproduce the social buzz and networking opportunities of an in-person conference.

We spoke to HR leaders from three different sectors to discover how they’ve addressed these challenges and to gather their insights on what works – and what doesn’t.

Running successful company events online


We know diverse teams are more successful, and that goes for age diversity too. But when different generations come together in the workplace, their language can be very different. For example, younger employees are often offended by terms like “the girls in the office”.

What is appropriate language in the office? How do you tread the fine line between appropriate language and policing banter to the point that you sterilise the office culture? Can people be disproportionately sensitive? Can people be insensitive dinosaurs? We asked HR leaders across sectors for their take.


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As debate rages in the press about vaccine certification, especially with the advent of vaccine passports, HR leaders are preparing to face tough questions.

Is it ethical – or even legal – to require employees to be vaccinated before they return to work? And if not, what alternatives are there – especially for employees in customer-facing roles?

Do HR departments have a right to disclose someone’s vaccine status, given that it’s sensitive personal data? How do you safely keep records of it?

We asked HR leaders across a range of industries how they’re handling this unprecedented situation.


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