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16th October 2019 Smartworking Summit

“Understanding genuine diversity”

Every workplace related conference, event or seminar these days features a presenter droning on about the ‘war on talent’ – dire warnings of a looming crisis in labour availability.

The one thing in common with all of these ‘expert’ commentators is that unanimously none of them offer resolution to this impending apocalypse.

We have undertaken quantitative research into the potential magnitude of this looming talent Armageddon and, importantly, how to address the challenge.

Working with the UK’s Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), we studied how many jobs have been publicly advertised over the last twelve months.  Extrapolating this forward over the next decade, this equated to 13.5 million jobs.  We then took publicly available data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on the number of people leaving schools and universities over that same decade … and this equates to less than 7 million people.

Work is a hugely complex ecosystem with massively complex interactions between HR policies, IT technologies, real estate, management cultures, and ‘messy people’.  Each of these silos have massively diverging objectives, KPIs, metrics, timelines, and even different languages.  Furthermore, people are messy, not because we spill our coffee or leave yesterday’s sandwiches on the desk, but because we have 7 billion entirely unique individuals sharing our planet.

There are no two individuals who are alike.  Every last person has different likes and dislikes.  And there’s no one single commonality between any of us.  Some of us find the office environment too noisy, others don’t care, some find it too hot, others find it too cold, some struggle with the quality of light…etc. etc.

Consequently, accommodating this new workforce by expanding diversity and inclusion cannot be confined to mere policies and HR initiatives.
It must also take into consideration the design and configuration of the physical workplace.


 Steven Wichery

President Europe, Dyson 

Discussing everything from the Dyson Institute – providing the university level skills required by Dyson and the challenges of creating the ground-breaking Dyson electric car


 Ros Kerslake OBE

Chief Executive, National Heritage Fund 

Discussing the importance of preserving our heritage as we rapidly introduce new working practices.


Gillian Tomlinson

Director of Data & Analytics, Three 

Awarded Chief Data Officer of the Year 2017 by IQPC, Top 20 innovators in Data 2019, ranked No. 2 on the DataIQ Top 100 most influential people in data-driven business 2018,profiled as one of the top 20 women in data by The Female Lead in 2017 and voted as one of the UK’’s top 50 data leaders and influencers by Information Age


 Kim Wylie

Global Director of People,Farfetch 

Kim will discuss the use of real -time culture analytics that provide meaningful insights into effective decisions making, strategic planning and action against the changing nature of work.


 Lisa Perkins

Director Research & Innovation, BT 

Lisa will discuss BT’s ground-breaking research in conjunction with the world leading universities, looking into driving digital literacy and new ways of working.  In addition, Lisa runs the Adastral Science Park campus – home to over 100 pioneering ICT firms conducting the most advanced developments in today’s industry.


 Kate Guthrie

Smart Working Programme Manager, Government Property Agency 

Kate leads the Smarter Working Programme at the Government Property Agency, supporting and challenging all government departments to design and implement their Smarter Working programmes in key areas of people, workspace and technology.


 John Blackwell - chairing the day 

Managing Director, Quora.  Recognised as one of top 100 global influencers in the workplace field in the Workplace 100™


Intimate afternoon round table sessions

​The afternoon features four intimate round table sessions offering deeper dives into the issues challenging all organisations, including;

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Understanding productivity – According to ONS, UK productivity is down 19% over the last decade.  This provokes 4 questions – why is productivity down – what can we learn from each other – what needs to change – how to manage the changes?  Simply, what are the positive steps going forward? Owning mindset change – Consider, if women took part in UK economy as much as men, it would add £600 billion GDP by 2025, equal to 0.7% extra GDP growth.  This mindset change needs a new co-creating leadership style.  Co-creative leadership drives the conditions for successful work performance.  How can leaders become “co-creative?” Workplace Sustainability – Digital technology is helping companies sweep barriers aside.  Sustainability platforms capture all types of data, from energy and social value and apps help engage employees, measure team performance and maximise workspace utilisation.

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