Overview

29 Mar, 20229:00 am-1:00 pm30 Mar, 20229:00 am-1:00 pm
Online Conference
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With 37% of staff currently working from home, and the number of people adopting hybrid working rising steadily, recently reaching 10% (ONS), the way that organisations operate is facing a significant shift. Across the public sector, organisations need to balance supporting staff working remotely with creating a safe office environment for those who wish to return, all while trying to maintain staff wellbeing and productivity in a quickly changing environment.

The Future of Work Conference will provide the public sector with the tools they need to effectively support remote, hybrid, and in-office employees. Organisations across the public sector will come together to discuss common challenges whilst hearing how they can deliver innovative solutions that will deliver a more productive and happier workforce.

With 37% of staff currently working from home, and the number of people adopting hybrid working rising steadily, recently reaching 10% (ONS), the way that organisations operate is facing a significant shift. Across the public sector, organisations need to balance supporting staff working remotely with creating a safe office environment for those who wish to return, all while trying to maintain staff wellbeing and productivity in a quickly changing environment.

The Future of Work Conference will provide the public sector with the tools they need to effectively support remote, hybrid, and in-office employees. Organisations across the public sector will come together to discuss common challenges whilst hearing how they can deliver innovative solutions that will deliver a more productive and happier workforce.

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic based discussion groups
  • Real time resources and presentations

Agenda

  • 29th March
  • 30th March
9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform
  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Dora Meredith
Dora Meredith
Head of Programmes
Institute for the Future of Work
Confirmed
9:45 am
ONS Keynote: Looking at the Data to Understand Evolving Working Practices

The ONS will provide a summary of how working practices, with a focus on home and hybrid working, have evolved throughout the pandemic. This will focus on the changing trends as well as insight into how these changes have impacted on businesses and individuals, their actions, and their attitudes to future homeworking.

We will use insight from a variety of ONS and other data sources to understand how working practices have changed for different groups, industries and characteristics and how this may have impacted on areas such as productivity, employment and workplace safety measures.

Abi Casey
Abi Casey
Co-Head of the Strategic Analytical Unit (SAU)
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Confirmed
Aaron Robinson
Aaron Robinson
Assistant Statistician - Business Insights and Conditions Survey (BICS)
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Confirmed
10:10 am
Keynote: Sharing Insights into Hybrid and Flexible Working Across the Civil Service
  • Examining the future of hybrid and flexible working as a “permanent feature” in the Civil Service
  • Highlighting the benefits of hybrid working for reducing costs in the public sector, both in travel and estates
  • Sharing how hybrid and flexible working can allow the public sector to “reduce London-centricity” and create opportunities across the UK
Rupert McNeil
Rupert McNeil
Government Chief People Officer
Cabinet Office
Confirmed
10:30 am
Interactive Q&A Session
10:40 am
Networking Break
10:50 am
Understanding the Impact of Covid-19: Homeworking, Flexible Working, and the Future of Work
  • Examining changes in attitudes to remote and flexible working from both employers and employees, and highlighting the existing stigma
  • Discussing the impact of remote and flexible working on equality and diversity, especially for parents, and what needs to be done to maintain the progress made during Covid-19
  • Sharing how to formalise flexible working practices, increase flexibility, and improve facilities for supporting flexible working, and the impact this would have on employees
Dr Holly Birkett
Dr Holly Birkett
Director of the Work Inclusivity Research Centre
University of Birmingham
Confirmed
11:20 am
BI Keynote: Understanding the Impact of Flexible Working on Gender Equality in the Workplace

The Behavioural Insights Team’s Impact of changes in flexible working during lockdown on gender equality in the workplace report found that flexible working was a “double-edged sword” for people with caring responsibilities and for gender equality in the workplace. This session will discuss:

  • The results of the survey exploring changes to remote working, unpaid care work, career and wellbeing outcomes, and gender equality in the workplace
  • The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on time- and location-based flexibility
  • How to sustain the benefits of remote working, and how employers can promote well-being and equality in the workplace
Nida Broughton
Nida Broughton
Director - Economic Policy
Behavioural Insights Team
Confirmed
11:40 am
Interactive Q&A Session
11:50 am
Networking Break
12:10 pm
Wellbeing Workshop: Implementing Effective Wellbeing Strategies in the Hybrid Workplace

With workplaces facing a mixture of remote and in-office staff, there is a need to develop and implement wellbeing strategies that can effectively support the whole workforce, regardless of their location.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to identify the key components of an effective employee wellbeing strategy, including prevention, awareness and communication
  • Learn how to tailor your strategy to the hybrid workplace, including managing discussions around returning to the office
  • Learn how to position employee mental wellbeing at the heart of job and work design
  • Learn how to create a blueprint for a tailored wellbeing strategy that you can takeaway, develop and implement within your own organisation
Emma Mamo
Emma Mamo
Head of Workplace Wellbeing
Mind
Confirmed
12:50 pm
Chair's Closing Remarks
Dora Meredith
Dora Meredith
Head of Programmes
Institute for the Future of Work
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Day 1 Close
9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform
  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Dora Meredith
Dora Meredith
Head of Programmes
Institute for the Future of Work
Confirmed
9:45 am
What Does the Future Workspace Look Like? Learning How to Design the Workplace of the Future
  • Examining the future of the workplace, and how to transform work from a set singular location to an agile activity that can be carried out in a variety of settings
  • Sharing best practice for designing workspaces that maximise productivity in a hybrid working environment
  • Highlighting how to optimise workspaces in the public sector to support your workforce, maximise productivity, and deliver value for money
Peter Brogan
Peter Brogan
Head of Research & Insight
Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM)
Confirmed
10:10 am
GPA Keynote: The Changing Public Sector Workplace
  • Outlining how the GPA is responding to changing work practices and hybrid working
  • Sharing best practice for creating inclusive and accessible workspaces
  • Discussing how to create safe office environments and maintain staff wellbeing and productivity
Jonathan Eccles
Jonathan Eccles
Head of Workplace Design
Government Property Agency (GPA)
Confirmed
10:30 am
Interactive Q&A Session
10:40 am
Networking Break
11:00 am
Smarter Working in the NHS: Driving Cultural Change to Enable Smarter Working
  • Highlighting the cultural changes required to effectively enable smarter working, alongside adaptations to physical spaces
  • Sharing how NHS Property Services developed Team Charters to establish workplace culture, and how the Team Charters continue to evolve
  • Examining how Smarter Working can be integrated with existing work practices
Mark Pemberton
Mark Pemberton
Business Change Manager - Smarter Working
NHS Property Services
Confirmed
10:20 am
Interactive Q&A Session
11:30 am
Networking Break
11:50 am
Productivity Workshop: Improving Productivity in the Hybrid Workplace

According to research by LSE, remote working has the potential to boost productivity. This workshop will equip you with strategies to boost productivity in the hybrid workplace, including:

  • Engage with tools and techniques to boost morale and productivity among hybrid workers
  • Learn methods for ensuring that productivity ambitions are balanced with employee needs
  • Develop your own employee engagement strategy to boost productivity among remote workers
Bridget Workman
Bridget Workman
Chief Executive
The Changing Work Company
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Case Study: Assessing Technical Capability and Maintaining Transparency in the Hybrid Workplace

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Adur and Worthing Councils conducted an audit of technical capabilities of councillors to allow them to run council meetings online. This allowed the meetings to be livestreamed, ensuring transparency and public participation was maintained while working remotely. This session will discuss:

  • The role of the audit of technical capability of councillors in shaping how Adur and Worthing Councils responded to the Covid-19 pandemic
  • How 1 to 1 coaching sessions impacted councillors’ access to meetings and participation
  • The ongoing role of remote technology in Adur and Worthing Councils to maintain transparency and reflect the hybrid environment
Paul Brewer
Paul Brewer
Director for Digital, Sustainability & Resources
Adur & Worthing Councils
Confirmed
12:50 pm
Interactive Q&A Session
1:00 pm
Chair's Closing Remarks
Dora Meredith
Dora Meredith
Head of Programmes
Institute for the Future of Work
Confirmed
1:10 pm
Conference Close

*programme subject to change

Audience

This Conference is specifically designed for the wider public sector, Central and Local Government, Health and the Voluntary Sectors. Typical job titles will include:

  • Heads of HR
  • HR Managers
  • Directors of People and Organisational Development
  • Heads of Workforce
  • Heads of Workplace Wellbeing
  • Directors of Occupational Health
  • Directors of Estates
  • Heads of Estate Management
  • Facilities Managers
  • Directors of Property
  • Service Transformation Managers
  • Heads of Delivery and Performance
  • Programme Directors

Pricing

  • Public Sector Rate (Local & Central Gov/ NHS)
    £295 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate (Large - £1Million+ Annual Income)
    £245 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate (Small- Under £1Million Annual Income)
    £195 + VAT
  • Private Sector Rate
    £395 + VAT

Conference Partner

The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) is the body for workplace and facilities professionals.

We exist to promote excellence among a worldwide membership community of around 14,000 and to demonstrate the value and contribution of workplace and facilities management more widely.