Debate – should the CIPD change its annual conference date?

In the week the CIPD launched a report on work/life balance, delegates at the annual Harrogate conference suggest the event should be moved to avoid the clash with half-term

"Half term is preventing people attending. There are a lot of people with holiday and family commitments." Maureen Hawcroft, personnel manager of M&S plc.

"The conference should be probably next week. It is a difficult week for people with families, but, more importantly, I think the organisers should be considering a more central location than Harrogate." Carol Alexander, human resources director of the Shaw Trust

"I have a young daughter and it’s not a problem. But then I’m only here for the day. If I wanted to stay for the whole conference then it might be a problem." Karen Strapps, training coordinator of Ventura

What do you think – Does the clash of the annual CIPD conference in Harrogate with one of the main half–term weeks prevent you from attending? Email with your response.

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