Should your agency have a people director?
Making sure your people are happy, feel informed and are progressing in their roles consumes an obscene amount of clock cycles in an agency leader’s brain.
So in this session we’ll talk to two agencies that have invested in a People Director role – despite being under 50 headcount.
We’ll hear how it can be a difficult role to get right.
“I can’t be everybody’s best friend because I sit on the management team and I’m very close to the CEO” says Mizzy Lee, Mr President’s People Director.
“But equally I can’t be too senior because I don’t want to be unapproachable when people need me. It’s a role that kind of sits apart by itself.”
While it can be a lonely role – it’s also a vital one.
“Being people director is not just HR procedures and dealing with people when they’re naughty" says Mizzy. "In agency life, people are our biggest assets. They’re our biggest cost. Their brains and creativity is literally out product. If they’re happy and fulfilled and progressing, they’re going to do a brilliant job.”
We’ll also hear from Mr President’s CEO Claire Hynes on why she invested in a people director role – and what it frees her up to do.