Coming this month: designing a modern workplace

02 September 2021

On the 16th of September, we are bringing leaders from some of the most exciting businesses in the UK together to discuss the future of work. We’ll be joined by:

Emma Cloney, Managing Director, Google Cloud EMEA
Nigel Wilby, Head Office IT Manager at The Bannatyne Group
Jon Dodkins, Technology Director at Ovo Energy
Gareth Thomas, Digital Workplace Manager at Ocado Group.

Angela Salmeron from IDC will also be there, with the latest market insights and ideas on building cultures digitally, improving work parity and boosting employee engagement. Here’s a quick insight into some of what we’ll discuss on the day:

Building virtual teams

Whether teams have restructured, colleagues have left or joined the company, or new mergers and acquisitions have brought in a whole new group of people and work culture, the challenge remains the same. How do we unite disparate, virtual groups of people to work together and accomplish great things? How do managers lead and inspire people they can’t see face to face? We’ll discuss examples from other businesses and what we can learn from them.

Instilling the ‘art of the possible’

Empowering teams to make decisions and take creative approaches to problem-solving and achieving goals is increasingly important in a remote setting. Encouraging training and expanding skillsets is one way, with more than half of European organisations increasing investments in training to build intellectual capital for innovation and competitive differentiation. Increasing independence and trust is part of the mix too, but without clarity on strategic direction, the end goal is inevitably tougher to realise. Our panel will talk about encouraging innovation, creativity and communication without compromising on security and compliance.

A brighter future

Whilst the environmental impact on working from home vs the office is complex to calculate, the past 18 months have allowed many businesses to reconsider activities that impact their carbon footprint. Now we have an opportunity to consider what else we could do as organisations to move towards a more sustainable future. Not only that, but a work-from-anywhere model will unlock new growth opportunities that will help us drive greater equality. Flexible schedules and removing location constraints when hiring will help bring in untapped talent and more diverse voices, helping organisations’ perform better, attract new generations of workers and consumers, and make bold, innovative decisions.

Join the discussion. Sign up for our webinar here.