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The Future of Work Summit


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09.30–10.15

Can Covid help solve Britain’s productivity crisis?

in partnership with

10.30–11.15

Upskilling at scale: great in theory, but can it be done?

in partnership with

11.15-12.00

The office is dead, long live the office: what does a ‘people first’ way of working look like?

in partnership with

12.30–13.15

The new intergenerational workplace: what needs to change?


13.15–14.00

Striking ahead: who will hold the power – employer or employee?

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Multi-award winning author and columnist for the Financial Times. Titles include The Reset: Ideas to Change How We Work and Live and Slay in Your Lane


invited experts
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Global diversity, equity & inclusion leader

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Managing Director, The Productivity Institute

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VP of Learning, Innovation & Operations, Multiverse

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Co-Chair of the Institute for the Future of Work

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Chairman of Corporate Culture

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Founder, The Uninvisibility Project

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Chair of the Demos Workshift Commission and presenter of the podcast The NoWhere Office

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VP Future of Work, Unilever

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Assistant General Secretary, Community

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General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

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Yoga Instructor and Breath Coach

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Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

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Founder, Fresh Voices UK

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Co-founder and CEO, FORA

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PhD Scholar in Inequality and Social Policy, Harvard

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CEO Government Services, Capita


Our team
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Co-founder and Editor

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Chief of Staff

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Editor

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Members’ Editor and Partner

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Editor and Partner

08.30-9.00 BST

Wake-up breath workshop

Before we kick-off the summit this workshop, brought to you by FORA, will cover why breathing is so important and the techniques you can use to benefit your mind and body, setting you up for a fantastic day.

Join a simple guided meditation on breath awareness, which will provide a sense of calmness and clarity. You should leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and invigorated and ready to get stuck in.

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Yoga Instructor and Breath Coach


09.00-09.30

Keynote session

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Multi-award winning author and columnist for the Financial Times. Titles include The Reset: Ideas to Change How We Work and Live and Slay in Your Lane

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Members’ editor and partner, Tortoise


09.30-10.15

Can Covid help solve Britain’s productivity crisis?

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Between 1997 and 2018 the UK shifted from having one of the highest productivity growth rates in the G7 to one of the lowest. Stark regional differences in productivity have emerged, with cities steaming ahead while smaller towns, rural areas and coastal regions fall behind. Is unlocking the UK’s productivity key to returning to growth post Covid? What exactly can policymakers and the private sector do to fix it? Does Covid itself provide an opportunity to boost productivity, as workers move out of big cities and forgo business travel? Or is more radical thinking necessary to level up regional inequalities in skills, education and infrastructure?

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CEO Government Services, Capita

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Managing Director, The Productivity Institute

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Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

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Editor and partner, Tortoise


10.30-11.15

Upskilling at scale: great in theory, but can it be done?

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Automation already represented a challenge to employment and productivity, even before the pandemic. The need to find practical, scalable ways to upskill, retrain and adapt – individually, organisationally and socially – has only become more pressing. Where are there proven models that give us a serious chance of closing the skills gap, and unlocking everyone’s potential over the next decade? How do we scale what we already know works, as well as find capacity to experiment with new options?

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Co-chair of the Institute for the Future of Work

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VP Future of Work, Unilever

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Co-founder and editor, Tortoise


11.15-12.00

The office is dead, long live the office: what does a ‘people first’ way of working look like?

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

The toe-curling accuracy of The Office and W1A made them almost unwatchable for many office workers – the silly jargon, the forced fun, the grinding commute, the nasty coffee. Since lockdown, we’ve learned that for most office-based jobs, working-from-home is … OK. Not perfect, not terrible. But ‘OK’ isn’t good enough in a competitive market for talent. Business leaders now need to design ‘people first’ working cultures – and quickly. It’s alarmingly complex. The solution demands thinking that goes way beyond where people work. How do you optimise collaboration, productivity and wellbeing across the workforce? How do you make it fair, transparent, and inclusive? Does it need to cost the earth? How do you shift from managing people’s time, to managing their energy? And what happens to that elusive, magic ingredient we used to call ‘culture’?

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Co-founder and CEO, FORA

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Chairman of Corporate Culture

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Chair of the Demos Workshift Commission and presenter of the podcast The NoWhere Office

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Members’ editor and partner, Tortoise


12.00-12.30

Lunch & energy break workshop

After a busy morning of debate and discussion, this workshop, brought to you by FORA, will teach further breathing techniques and provides a sense of calmness and clarity.

You’ll leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and invigorated and ready for the afternoon ThinkIns.

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Yoga Instructor and Breath Coach


12.30-13.15

The new intergenerational workplace: what needs to change?

Millennial workers have completely different expectations from previous generations – total flexibility, frequent sabbaticals, portfolio careers and fast-track promotions. According to EY, fewer than ten per cent of “quality jobs” (full-time, permanent roles with salaries of over £20,000) are advertised with options for flexible work, most still operate with the same basic contractual package as 30 years ago – pension, holiday, working hours, 1:1 commitment. Meanwhile, one third of the workforce will be over 50 by 2020; while due to decades of low birthrates, only 21 per cent of the European population was aged under 20 in 2018. If we take it as read that a more diverse workforce makes for a more successful company, how radical do employers need to be to prepare for the next 25 years of talent recruitment and retention?

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Global diversity, equity & inclusion leader

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VP of Learning, Innovation & Operations, Multiverse

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Founder, The Uninvisibility Project

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Founder, Fresh Voices UK

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Chief of Staff, Tortoise


13.15-14.00

Striking ahead: who will hold the power – employer or employee? 

There’s a growing marketplace for enhanced employment rights as companies battle to keep talent – from offering menstruation and menopause leave, paid leave for those experiencing domestic violence, to “pawternity leave” for your new pet. But beyond the headline-grabbing benefits, reports of corporate surveillance technology being used to track and listen to workers’ conversations are on the rise. The gig economy, and zero-hours contract work, continue to take advantage of loopholes in employment law. Then there’s the unregistered workers and the thousands of calls to the modern slavery helpline each year. Many felt that the unions’ heyday had past – but this year has already seen the formation of a Google workers union, and Amazon warehouse employees may follow. Where does the balance of power lie in the new battle over rights and responsibilities at work?

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PhD Scholar in Inequality and Social Policy, Harvard

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General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

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Assistant General Secretary, Community

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Editor, Tortoise

For all the cultural shifts affecting our workplaces today, some things are certain: we will all have to work for longer than our parents did. As automation expands, the nature of the work available will change, as will the skills required to do it.

What, when and how we learn will need to change dramatically to meet the demands of an unsettled labour market. Added to this, 2020 accelerated the shift to flexible and home-based working, and it finally became urgent for all companies to prioritise improved employee wellbeing, diversity and inclusion. What does the future of work really look like?

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How it works

Your ticket will give you access to all of the sessions, but just like an in-person conference you can dip in and out. Recordings will be available in our members’ app the next day.


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