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18 October 2022
Workplace Trends Conference #WTConf
The Cavendish Conference Centre, London + Online
9.30am - 5.30pm GMT+1 Followed By Drinks Social
Workplace Trends Conference #WTConf

Our flagship conference returns this autumn in London and online, with themes examining the challenges and opportunities presented for the post-Covid workplace. See below for our outline programme.

The conference is a must-attend for all workplace professionals – occupiers, managers, consultants, HR, FM, and related suppliers.

Stop Press! Post-Conference Book Launch with Neil Usher

We’re over the moon that Neil has chosen Workplace Trends to launch his latest book, “Unf*cking Work: How to fix it for good”. It’s a belter – we’ve had a pre-read – and you won’t want to miss it. He’ll be reading snippets from it and answering questions.

All super-early bird registrations will receive a signed copy of the book and automatic invitation to the evening launch.

This is a limited offer. Once all super-early bird tickets have sold, numbers for the launch and signed book availability will be limited. We’ll update the registration page – but why take the risk?

Speaker Neil Usher Low Res Aug 2020 1

Conference Sessions Include:

The New World of Work, Peter Cheese, CIPD

Peter is the CIPD’s chief executive. He writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work, and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills.

Peter is a Fellow of the CIPD, a Fellow of AHRI (the Australian HR Institute) and the Academy of Social Sciences. He’s also a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Chartered Management Institute, and the British Academy of Management. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Lancaster and sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Bath Management School. He holds honorary doctorates from Bath University, Kingston University and Birmingham City University.

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Emerging Organisational Structures to Support Hybrid Working, Perry Timms, PTHR

DAOs, MEs and NSEVs – Decentralised Autonomous Organisations, Micro Enterprises and Next Stage Evolutionary Ventures are just 3 ways to describe the potential dawning of entirely new forms of businesses and their operating models.
You can forget the Metaverse or the Jetsons, the future world of work may well be automated scripts and centaur roles, but it’s the designed systems that will be of most interest. A system that brings a combination of liberated people, soulful endeavours and a renaissance in the spiritual value of the work we do beckons; and only our own misguided and self-imposed restrictions will inhibit that.
Join Perry Timms, Ranked Number 1 Most Influential Thinker in HR in 2022, for his thoughts, research and compiled assessment of what the future holds. And indeed the signals are already beaming out from the experimental edge of organisational norms. Be they DAOs, MEs or NSEVs, we’ll look into what makes them the likely norms of the 2030s and beyond and what you might do to bring the arc of the future nearer to you, now.
Perry Timms

An Update on the 4 Day Week Pilot Trials

We’ve been keenly following the progress of the 4 Day Week campaign since Andrew Barnes spoke at our 2021 Research Summit. Six month trials of the four-day working week are currently taking place in the UK, New Zealand, Ireland and the US and we’re delighted that the early results from these will be presented in this session.

Office Densities: How Low (High) Can You Go?
With Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited; Simone Fenton-Jarvis, IWFM, Relogix; Rob Harris, Ramidus; Tim Oldman, Leesman

UK office densities have gradually increased over the last 20 years or so, and for many workplaces the space per person is the lowest in Europe. Research shows that over-densification affects worker performance and wellbeing. However, utilisation studies show that weekly occupancy levels are at their lowest, leaving many desk and other work-settings unoccupied. Planning for higher densities requires more building infrastructure to support the occupants (eg additional toilets, lifts and air-conditioning) which is less sustainable than building for lower occupancy densities. In contrast, it could be argued that fewer, more densely occupied buildings are more sustainable than portfolios of under-utilised office space. This debate brings together industry experts to discuss the appropriate planing densities for future UK offices.

Simone Fenton-Jarvis
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Nigel Oseland Workplace Zoo

Uncooking Workplace Experience: Actionable insights from ‘messy’ employee feedback
Will Easton, Virgin Media O2, Chris Moriarty, Audiem

At the Workplace Trends Research Summit in March the audience were introduced to a new peer-reviewed framework which not only sought to frame workplace experience holistically, but also to identify context-specific relationships between people, workspace and technology themes, and demonstrable business impacts.

Six months later it’s time to return with Virgin Media O2’s new workplace experience team, to showcase how they’ve been putting theory into practice: using Audiem’s workplace-trained analytics engine to drive actionable insights from rich, unstructured employee feedback.

We’ll explore the science behind the analytics, the team’s initial actionable insights, and their journey of evidence-based engagement with different stakeholders beyond operational estates and FM.

Chris Moriarty LinkedIn

Lighting Design Trends for Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability, Gary Thornton, Nulty

Gary is an Associate Lighting Designer at Nulty with over ten years’ experience enhancing architecture and interiors through light. After graduating with a degree in product design from Brunel University, he spent the next decade developing his creative design skills and technical expertise on projects of all sizes across the globe. This included the delivery of a number of notable masterplan and urban design projects in Dubai and the wider MENA region.

His role at Nulty sees him manage a large team of designers within the practice, where he is responsible for overseeing every stage of a client project, from conceptualisation through to implementation. He is passionate about communicating light’s capacity to bring life to internal and external spaces to students, and as a STEM ambassador actively promotes the career of architectural lighting design to the next generation of designers.

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Flexibility Now, Flexibility Forever: Supporting more equitable work experiences for everyone, Interview with Mark Catchlove, MillerKnoll Insight Group and guest Jennifer Bryan

The widespread embrace of flexible workplace practices fuelled by the pandemic has proven incredibly resilient. But while expectations for flexibility among workers remain high, work from home has not worked as well for everyone, and this experiment has begun revealing inequities that had previously gone unseen. What impact will long hours spent working from the couch or dining room table-and away from the types of ergonomic furnishings that are common in offices-have on health and wellbeing? Further, how much responsibility do organizations bear for the portion of their employees’ work experience that takes place outside the office? What is cost of flexibility? And who should pay it?

Jennifer Bryan
Mark Catchlove

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