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.

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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 should they prioritise in the months ahead?

Sex, Drugs, and Smart Technology- The Future Of Work Driven by Big Data and The Human Brain

This unconventional keynote discusses everything from sex and drugs to happy hormones and designing spaces for each unique individual. Now the Co-Founder of Smart Building Collective, Elizabeth is bringing a diverse group of experts to help move the evolution of smart buildings forward. Smart has the ability to help create creative solutions from data to make our buildings more functional, sustainable, cost effective and healthier, more collaborative spaces for the people inside.

Airbnb Offices: Seriously Fun and Suddenly Relevant

The pandemic threw the typical office environment into stark relief. And the digital fluency / remote productivity of employees threatened its entire existence. Hybrid is the answer, but no one wants to work in a new way in the old space; they need something compelling to return to: they need a Destinations, that's what we created at airbnb, and this talk explores the elements of these spaces that can be recreated and reinterpreted to create the post-covid office all employees deserve.

Networking Break

Data-Driven Workplace Strategies and Transformations

Is your organisation using the right tools and metrics to influence innovations in workplace strategy? We explore how identifying and utilising the most pertinent data sets can help take actions which result in more productive, engaged and motivated team members. Hear examples of data-driven cultures as well as new technologies and innovations helping leading organisations deliver best workplace practice in the UK as well as further afield.

What Workers Want

Gensler surveyed thousands of UK office workers to understand what is and isn’t working in the office today, and how to create a more compelling destination for employees. The data reveal that workers still value the office as a place to focus, and that they desire a diverse range of spaces to support work. This talk will explore how organisations can fine-tune their workplace recipe, to enable their talent to do their best work and use their office as a tool for transformation.

Magnet or Mandate: The Great Debate

Organisations globally are facing similar challenges of underutilised real estate portfolios. Some of these organisations are using a mandate for their colleagues to return to the office to address low occupancy, but at what cost? Drawing on internal insights from recently opened AECOM offices in Glasgow and Manchester as well as global client challenges, April will discuss the potential impacts and opportunities that portfolio optimisation can have on human capital.

Expert Panel: Emerging Tech 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 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 shares how some of the largest and most innovative global companies revolutionise how they use technology and how they attract and retain talent.  

Networking and Lunch Break

Workplace Experience

Companies are accelerating plans to invest in new technology, create flexible working environments and make the office a destination. We will examine the latest workplace technologies and innovations that will support workplace experience and the built environment in 2023 and beyond.

Unlocking Cost Efficiency Into your Digital Workplace Strategy

Workplaces have undergone a significant re-think about how and where work gets done with many organisations investing in a range of technology, processes, and support models to improve employees experience. Often investment decisions are made in isolation leading to inefficient operating methods with associated costly run rates, further impacted by the wider macro-economic climate. This session will discuss how organisations can build cost efficiency into their digital workplace strategy to drive ROI and enable future technology investments that will deliver a First-Class Employee Experience.

First Impressions Count: How Front of House can Elevate the Workplace Experience

Everyone knows that a receptionist can make a positive and lasting impression; conversely one who creates a negative impression stands a good chance of curtailing a relationship very quickly. The traditional front of house role is evolving, and business needs to keep up. Joanna Swash, Group CEO of Moneypenny, a global leader in outsourced calls, live chat and more, speaks to Julia Hobsbawm, British entrepreneur, writer, and expert keynote speaker to discuss the changing perceptions of facilities roles, their value and how technology can leverage customer experience to the next level.

Expert Panel: Cross-Functional Approaches to the 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 corporate real estate (CRE), human resources (HR), and information technology (IT) to deliver it?

Networking Break

People Centred Workplaces: Cultivating Culture & Engagement

How can companies make the office an attractive proposition to employees who now have more choice in where and how they work? We discuss the post pandemic impact on work, space, buildings and the effects on employee and company productivity, well-being, behaviour, and culture.

Surviving or Thriving: Supporting Wellbeing in Hybrid Working Environments

The recent hybrid working environment has created new challenges for leaders and employees. This session will cover the importance of wellbeing, inclusion and belonging to support productivity in hybrid environments, and will help breaking taboos & removing stigmas on conversations around mental health, no matter the working location of your employees to inspire long lasting change. This shorter session will lead into the below panel discussion.

Expert Panel: Driving Meaningful Change to Create an Inclusive Workplace, Championing Diversity, Wellbeing and Productivity

In a hybrid world where employees are split across virtual and physical spaces, many organisations face the challenge of integrating a diverse and inclusive culture deeply into the business. How can you create a truly effective, inclusive workplace that ensures psychological safety? Our panel will delve deeper into what you can do to drive this change, with employee experience, wellbeing and productivity at the forefront.

AI and it's Impacts on Business and Humanity

Daniel provides a framework for how people should think about AI (especially Generative AI), with entertaining examples and anecdotes. He argues that whilst these technologies are incredible at creating growth and streamlining operations, for companies to stay innovative they need to use AI to unlock the creative capacity of their workforce. Daniel will also cover the macro impact these technologies may have over the coming decades and suggests that it's within the gift of enterprise to make a better future for everyone.

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