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Tokyo 2020’s HR Challenge
Written by BCCJ
April 17, 2015
The scale of the HR challenge in delivering the Olympics and Paralympics is enormous. The organisation doubles in size every year in the lead up to the events – and then has to be wound down immediately afterwards. The paid staff must be recruited and organised, there are external contractors, and then there is the responsibility for the huge number of volunteers, who also need to be found and managed. And not only must the organisation then deliver a spectacular sporting occasion, but it has to meet high expectations around key issues such as diversity and inclusion.
This is the HR challenge for Tokyo in 2020, and any nation holding the Games in the future, said Jean Tomlin OBE at “HR and The Olympics – Meeting the Workforce Challenge” – a seminar co-hosted by the BCCJ and the British Embassy Tokyo on April 13.
Tomlin was at the heart of LOCOG (London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) with overall responsibility for the mammoth HR and workforce operation behind the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
At the Shangri-La Tokyo on April 13, Tomlin provided over 150 BCCJ members and guests insight into how to diversify a workforce and build a strong and successful team, to deliver the greatest show on earth.
The event which was off-the-record, is part of the BCCJ’s work with the British Embassy Tokyo, in supporting Japan to host Tokyo 2020 and the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Attendees were later given the opportunity to access an abridged version of Ms Tomlin’s presentation, which focused on the specific challenges faced and successes joined by LOCOG (London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games).