21st century workplace - the people challenge - 19 April


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We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another
— Klaus Schwab, Founder of World Economic Forum

The Zebra Project launched in January 2018. The programme of debates is creating a powerful to do list for businesses seeking to succeed in a reimagined world of work. It has already highlighted the need for organisations to rethink, if not rewrite, the rules of engagement with their workforces.  

With the advances in artificial intelligence in the workplace, will the human workforce add value through the application of emotional intelligence?

If the UK is going to rise to its stark productivity challenge we need more great workplaces and more functional workplace cultures. More Dyson and less Dilbert. The ‘deal at work’ has changed. Does the art of employee engagement have to change radically too?

  • Are employers ready to shape this transition in ways that can create more engaging and purposeful work? 
  • How can we ensure workers are equipped for the future world of work? And whose responsibility is it?
  • If people working in organisations are the ultimate customers of our workplaces, how well are we serving them?
  • What are the fundamentals of good work now and in the future?

Much is said about the need for more STEM education to manage the development in AI. But what part do the creative skills have to play in reshaping a workplace where human interaction may play a completely different role in the future?

The recent Taylor Review on Modern Employment Practices focused on the quality – rather than the quantity - of work. It associated learning opportunities on the job; high quality training; and opportunities for general vs specific skill acquisition as requisite features of quality work. Google has promised everyone in the UK free digital skills training and opened a new tech training hub in London. Dyson has opened up an engineering college to develop one million engineers with skills in software, hardware and electronics by 2020. Do these initiatives signify the way forward?

What other ‘big offers’ could business make?  Do we need to be thinking in a wholly different way about the future world of work?

The event will be introduced by Matthew Taylor, CEO, RSA, and with commentary from:

  • Yvonne Scorer, HR Director (Europe), Qualcomm
  • Ben Willmott, Head of Policy PR and Public Affairs, CIPD 
  • Grahame Russell, Managing Director and founder, Change Associates
  • Dominic Holmes, Partner, Taylor Vinters

This interactive session will debate these themes in detail to provide a roadmap for 21st century working practices – a creative shift that maximises the value of work for everyone.

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Taylor Vinters
Tower 42, 33rd Floor
25 Old Broad Street
London, EC2N 1HQ.



Thursday 19 April 2018 from 3.30pm to 6pm followed by drinks and networking.

Who should be involved?

Senior business leaders including those responsible for the strategic direction of their business - CEOs, COOs, CIOs, CTOs, GCs, Global HRDs, founders.

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