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15th March 2019 Smartworking Summit

“With organisations struggling to keep newly hired talent beyond two years, how well do they understand the workforce?"

What sort of workplace should we expect in the future?  How will automation affect jobs?  How benign is the so-called gig economy?  What does it take to create “better” work?

When self-employment growth started after the global crisis, it was believed that people were choosing self-employment because there were no jobs available.  But, as the economy improved, self-employment is continuing to rise.  Our research has shown that there’s 5 million people currently working in the UK gig economy or around 15.6% of the total workforce.

More people are working post retirement age and wanting to work in a way that they can control.  There’s increasing numbers who simply want more autonomy in their lives in the way that self-employment can offer.  New digital platforms make far it easier for people to work in exactly the way they want.  See the Summit brochure right...

The challenge is to make sure that we exploit that opportunity to give people the kind of work they want, in the circumstances they want, in a way that is fair and sustainable.

Faced with growing demands for genuine diversity, the gig economy, the ‘retirement age’ being consigned to history, and needs for greater neurodiversity, etc, do executives understand where talent is coming from?

Throughout the morning, this Summit explores how well do organisations understand today's talent landscape?  Debating this issues are...

Paul Pester


Clare Barclay

Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft 

Sarah Cox

Chief Operating Officer, Ofgem 

Andy Bates

Executive Director, Global Cyber Alliance 


Ralph Tribe

Chief People Officer, Ascential 

Akama Davies

Head of Brand Performance, Oath 

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.

Workplace Evolutionaries are a coalescing of thought leaders & disruptive thinkers in the workplace arena to identify a higher strategic value from work. The community is formed of emboldened individuals to shape a formula for improved work interaction and integration. If you consider yourself a disruptive thinker or innovator in the workplace field, then join our community.


In conjunction with industry partners

Regus is the leading global provider of serviced office space, virtual offices, co-working spaces, and meeting rooms in centres.

Verizon provides telecommunication and internet services that drive performance in your extended enterprise.

Global Cyber Alliance works together as a community to eradicate systemic cyber risk and unite organisations for a common good.

Supported by the leading professional industry bodies

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The four leading professional bodies, BIFM, CIPD, IFMA, and RICS are advocating the Smartworking Summits to their combined 300,000+ members

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