Workplace Trends: The changing nature of work
Wednesday 18 October 2017, 10:00 – 17:30, + drinks social
The British Library, London, NW1 2DB

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Our October Workplace Trends flagship returns! Outline details are below, and super-early bird booking is open. Check back soon for programme updates or join our mailing list to receive them direct to your inbox.

Workplace Trends conferences have a loyal core of regular attendees who make newcomers welcome. Pitch-free presentations are interspersed with the usual breaks and followed by our drinks social, so there’s always plenty of time to meet new people and catch up with fellow professionals. Reserve your space today and join 200 other workplace professionals in October.

Exemplar Office Visits

The day after the conference, Thursday 19 October, there will be the opportunity for 20 delegates to join our tours to four London Exemplar Offices. Details are being arranged now, but we are delighted to announce that one of the locations is the new Microsoft Workplace in Paddington.


Conference Speakers and Presentations


Paul MillerThe Digital Renaissance of Work: How the new digital work ethic is transforming what work means – from Drudgery to Passion
Paul Miller, Digital Workplace Group

The freedom and creativity enabled by digital tools are transforming work. We’re moving from an ethos of “work as suffering” to a digital ethic of “work as freedom”.

Referencing his recently published “The Digital Renaissance of Work”, author Paul Miller will explore how our modern digital world is evolving rapidly, changing both our lives and work, and give guidance for large organisations rethinking their digital workplaces.


Reinventing Science: the Smart Lab story – a dialogue with GSK and Gensler
Jane Miller, GSK and Nathan Morgan, Gensler, chaired by Philip Tidd

For the last 4 years Gensler strategy and design teams have been conducting an amazing programme of work for GSK in the R&D arena – where they have thoroughly researched, designed, implemented and tested a series of pilot projects for GSK’s new ‘Smart Lab’ programme. Learnings from GSK’s well developed Smart Working programme were used as the basis of this research, to establish if similar strategies could be transferred to the Scientific community.

The first Smart Lab pilot, at GSK’s huge R&D facility in Stevenage was completed last year and has formed the blueprint for a huge roll out of the Smart Lab programme across their huge R&D footprint in the UK, US and Asia.


White Headshots - Neil UsherCreating the Elemental Workplace
Neil Usher

Everyone deserves a great workplace – but for the majority, this remains a distant prospect. A focus on twelve elements can enable organisations wherever they are located, whatever the nature of their business, whatever form of workstyle or aesthetic desired or funds available, to create a fantastic workplace. Updating an idea first published in mid-2014, this session will explore why these elements are so vital, and how they can be deployed.


Crawl Before You Walk: Piloting agile working at Investec Bank
Tony Grimes, Investec Bank, & Farrol Goldblatt, tp bennett

Transitioning to an Agile Working environment is a journey of highs and lows. There are many elements that need to be considered, evaluated and new behaviours to introduce. Carrying out a pilot to evaluate these is essential to minimise risks and to support the change process. Investec Banks experience will be shared by the speakers to help those considering this change.


Christine KohlertSpace For Creative Thinking: Design Principles for Working and Learning Environments
Christine Kohlert, RBSGROUP EU

Businesses and schools today are looking for ways to spur the kind of creative thinking that leads employees and students to generate innovative ideas. Many are finding that the physical spaces in which people work and learn can provide a strong impetus to follow a creative train of thought.

Christine has recently co-authored Space for Creative Thinking which puts this trend into the knowledge-work context, discussing the underlying design concepts that factor into making a space that stimulates original thinking. The book follows this outline of theory with twenty compelling examples, which range from offices and schools to research facilities. Each case study is presented through photographs, as well as interviews with both designers and users. It concludes with a brief set of guiding principles for designing spaces that capture the essence of a Creative Thinking Space.


Mark CatchloveThe Evidence for a Living Office
Mark Catchlove, Herman Miller

People are the single most important consideration for every organisation, yet many of today’s offices aren’t designed to support their needs and activities.

Herman Miller has developed a new kind of workplace, Living Office, which is designed around a research-based understanding of people, the work they do, and the tools they need. In this presentation Mark will share the research findings from projects where the Living Office concept has been implemented, using a variety of research tools, including the Leesman Index survey.


IMG_6998Chairing the Day
Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited

We’re delighted to welcome back Nigel Oseland of Workplace Unlimited to chair the day’s proceedings.


Su ButcherLive Twitter Blog
Su Butcher, Just Practising

Tweets from our last conference reached 480,000 accounts, 5.8 million times! Su Butcher will again be leading the twitter action in October with #wtrends17.


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Join the speakers & organisers for drinks and nibbles

As is traditional at most of our events, the conference will end with a drinks reception where the discussion continues, and you can catch up with old friends and make new connections.


Book NowRegistration

A limited number of Super Early Bird tickets are available at the rate of £295 + VAT. (Later prices will be £345 and £395 + VAT as we move nearer to the event date).

Your registration fee includes all refreshments, including the post conference drinks reception, plus electronic copies of presentations where available and audio recordings of presentations.

Register for your place now to make savings. You can change the name on the booking at any time by emailing us.

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