EVENT: Trending people challenges and how tech SMEs can overcome them

Bristol Tech Fest

EVENT: Trending people challenges and how tech SMEs can overcome them

This year may have thrown us the mother of all curveballs but that hasn’t stopped the team behind the annual Bristol Technology Festival. From the 9th to the 13th of November 2020 more than 5,000 people will log on to Hopin for five days of virtual events – including one from TEAMango.

As people partners for the tech industry, we’ve seen up close the real challenges that tech SMEs have faced this year. Whether you’re a startup or a scale up, if you’re trying to fill the skills gap or protect the mental health and wellbeing of your teams or wondering how to maintain output with a remote team, you’re not alone.

In next week’s panel webinar, we’ll be looking at the trending challenges faced by businesses like yours today – and how you can overcome them.

What are the most common people challenges tech businesses face?

Every business is different and the challenges you face will change as you go from startup to step up to scale up. But there are common issues that every tech firm will face at some point and to some degree, especially given the changes that we’ve faced this year – and those yet to come.

So here’s what we’ll be discussing at Bristol TechFest:

Mental health and how to protect it  To say it’s been a challenging year is an understatement. If looking after the wellbeing of your team was important before, it’s absolutely vital now. Discover how to take a data-led approach to this topic.

Maintaining culture while reducing overheads  Right now, you need to keep your overheads down. That might mean restructuring and redundancy. So how do you safeguard culture while all that’s going on? Make sure you know your options.

Productivity in a remote world  Remote working is here to stay and for many of us that’s a good thing. But there are challenges – including maintaining outputs, cohesion, focus and productivity in distributed teams.

Closing the skills gap  If there’s one thing every tech firm understands it’s the struggle to attract and retain the right talent. We’ll look at how SMEs can tackle the widening skills gap and grow their teams sustainably.

Helping your people rise up the rank  You’ve got some super talented people on your team, including a few with great leadership potential. Find out how to support them as they transition from doing the do to managing their own team and ensure they fulfil their potential and deliver the results you’re looking for.

Developing diversity for success   Diversity, inclusion, cohesion and equality – these aren’t just trendy words, they’re the lifeblood of any successful team. Learn how to go beyond box ticking and really get your team thriving through diversity.
Meet the expert speakers joining us at TechFest this month

We might be people experts, but we’re also big fans of collaboration. That’s why we’ve invited a select group of speakers to join us for this panel discussion. Here’s who you could be learning from if you join us next week:

Katie Donovan-Adekanmbi, founder, BCohco

Inclusion and cohesion specialist Katie is the founder of BCohCo and creator of the DICE programme. Her goal is to help businesses fully engage with Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality. Why? Well obviously because it’s the right thing to do. But also because diverse teams are genuinely more successful.

Amy King, CEO, People Matter

Amy is passionate about three things – psychology, people and technology. And in People Matters she brings all three together, combining insights into human behaviour with the latest tech to create wellness solutions that actually work. If looking after your people is high on the agenda but you want to go beyond the fluff, make sure you don’t miss her.

Gareth Edwards, Partner, VWV Solicitors

When it comes to restructuring and redundancy, our client Gareth from VWV Solicitors is the expert you want in your corner. He’ll be talking about how to navigate this potentially complex journey, flagging up potential pitfalls as well as best practice. Nobody likes to let people go, but if you have to rightsize your business, it’s best to know how to do it properly.

Matt Hinks, Lead Resource Partner, TEAMango

Matt is TEAMango’s Lead Resourcing Partner and a very experienced talent manager with in-house, RPO and recruitment roles under his belt. He’s also a mental health first aider and certified SHL practitioner. So you can understand why he was such an obvious choice to talk about closing the skills gap and growing your team sustainably, right?

Martin Shelford, CSO, TEAMango

With his background as an Operations Director leading large and complex teams, Martin will be contributing to the discussion around remote teams and how to progress your people. Get set for lots of practical advice with a fantastic case study thrown in – our client Unai, who have adopted improved meeting agendas, 121s and OKRs to ensure their remote teams are aligned and productive.

Sarah Williams, CEO, TEAMango

Last but not least, our CEO Sarah will be there, chairing the discussion as well as bringing her years of experience as a people partner to the table. At TEAMango we help our clients with a personalised approach to the 3 Ps of People:

Protection: keeping our clients’ businesses compliant, ensuring they have the policies and processes they need in place, and helping them deal with problems as they arise.

Progression: working at a strategic level to help navigate change and facilitate growth, from developing and implementing hiring processes to defining and communicating culture.

Productivity: helping leaders look after and get the most out of their people, whether by building and maintaining routines, implementing OKRs or creating feedback processes.

Are you planning on attending Bristol TechFest? We hope you’ll consider joining us on Tuesday 10th from midday to 1pm. Do bring along your own questions and challenges and we’ll do our very best to help you. To claim your free place, simply register for a ticket here https://hopin.to/events/top-6-trending-people-challenges-and-how-tech-sme-aos-are-overcoming-them.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry – we’ll be putting together a round up of the main advice shared on the day and publishing it here later in the month. If you’d like to get a notification straight into your inbox, sign up for our newsletter here Mango newsletter.