The future of work is on everyone’s agenda. This event brings thought leaders together to share cutting edge ideas on the future, from both a people and technology perspective. It will allow an understanding of the key drivers of change and enablers of innovation that will shape how, where and when work takes place. Our conference programme will explore future technologies, cutting edge award-winning workplaces and people, change and engagement.
Registration & Pre-Event Networking
Chairperson's Opening Remarks & EY Welcome Address
The New World of Work: Challenges & Emerging Trends
The pandemic has been a catalyst of re-shaping and re-thinking a new world of work. We examine what’s on the horizon for the future of work, looking at how business leaders should respond and what they should prioritize in the months ahead.
Opening Keynote: The Eudaemonia Machine
The workplace has a well-earned reputation for being a hive of distraction and stress. It doesn’t have to be this way. What would our employee experience be like if we rethought it from the standpoint of eudaemonia, the ancient Greek concept of deep personal flourishing? This isn’t utopian thinking anymore. The pandemic ruptured the inertia of the old, open office and we suddenly find ourselves with the opportunity to take a great leap forward. In this session, David will share what eudaimonia is and how humans go about getting it.
Driving Value & Experience Through Cross Functional Partnerships
Google's Real Estate and Workplace Services (“REWs”) team designs and manages Google's global real estate portfolio, creating places, services and experiences that support wellbeing, fuel performance, and enable Google to thrive. With a focus on people, these efforts create long-term cultural, social and environmental value, bringing "the Google magic" to our work environments and experiences through inventive design that visually expresses Google, a city, a local culture or a building with unique stories.
Networking & Coffee Break
Expert Panel: Agile Approaches to Urban Regeneration in Chicago
mHUB Case Study
Manufacturing and hardtech innovation center, mHUB opened its doors in Chicago 7 years ago, with a vision to create a traditional incubator for people making things. The accelerator has since supported more over 500 start-ups, 200 manufacturers, been awarded around 450 patents, and helped to create roughly 4,000 jobs. With the recently announced acquisition and build-out of a historic manufacturing facility within Chicago’s Kinzie Industrial Corridor on the city’s Near West Side, this session explores mHUB’s journey and expansion plans to help incubate, accelerate and support more start-ups.
With unprecedented changes to society and the economy, how employees experience work has become critical to an organization’s ability to navigate disruption, transformation, and economic uncertainty. We will examine the latest workplace strategies, technologies and innovations that will support workplace experience and the built environment in 2023 and beyond.
Expert Panel: Workplace Experience
This session explores how best to create optimal environments for employees to do their work, examining how cross-functional and human-centred approaches can be leveraged to make the office and greater workplace ecosystem more purposeful. How do we measure what is great? How do we successfully work across functional real estate, human resources (HR) and information technology (IT) to deliver it?
Interactive Reflection Session
The Data Driven Workplace: Bold, Informed Decision Making
While leaders don’t agree on everything, they all agree that the success of their businesses depend on their ability to make smart, informed workplace decisions backed by data. Learn the latest ways organizations are using data to confidently anticipate workspace needs, reallocate precious operational spend, and measure the success of in-office policies.
Networking & Lunch Break
Using the Employee Experience to Guide Us to the Right Workspace or Technology Solutions
While organizations have good intentions when rolling out the latest workspace or technology, we tend to implement a solution that we think is best for the employee and in many instances, we get frustrated when they are not using our solutions as we intended. In this session, Jeff will demonstrate the power of the journey map and how it naturally leads us to solutions that are right for the company and employee, providing practical examples of leveraging the employee experience and personas.
Expert Panel: Technologies Reshaping the Way We Work
In the age of the “anywhere office”, technology will play a more vital role than ever. It is now crucial for businesses to leverage data to understand how people are using workspaces and implement technologies that will keep teams connected, organized, safe and ultimately enhance their experience and productivity. Our expert panel will share how some of the largest and most innovative global companies revolutionize how they use technology to improve their workplace ecosystems and attract and retain talent.
Destination Office: Supercharging the Workplace
As leaders look at how to get employees back in the office, this presentation will show how combining strategy and technology can empower leaders to influence employee behavior and measure the impact of their policies against workplace performance.
Interactive Reflection Session
Networking & Coffee Break
The Human-Centric Workplace: Cultivating Cultures of Balance & Belonging
How can companies foster cultures of inclusion, belonging and work-life balance amidst an increasingly distributed and uncertain world of work? We discuss the post pandemic impact on workers and the effects on employee and company culture, well-being, behaviour, and belonging.
Inclusion Has Left The Office: Management Tips for a Hybrid Workforce
Managing across lines of difference is a well-known 21st century skillset, but the need to cultivate a sense of belonging in a remote and hybrid context is an unexpected development for many leaders. How do you deliver timely feedback without the benefit of proximity? How do you include voices and perspectives that aren’t in the office? And how do you provide support for colleagues that are struggling when they don’t tell you what they need? In this conversation, we’ll discuss how effective leaders are adapting to the changing landscape of work.
More Earth, Less Rocket: A Metaphor for Better Balance in a Rapidly Changing World
Riding the waves of a rapidly changing world requires anchoring into principles that stand the test of time. In this light-hearted and interactive talk about aiming for better balance across organisations and industries, Kelly explores why continuing to lean more into feminine principles could be what allows us to achieve that balance, and stay healthier in the long term as a result.