Overview

17 Mar, 20219:30 am-1:00 pm18 Mar, 20219:30 am-1:00 pm
Online Conference

With 50% of the UK population currently working from home, a trend expected to carry on for the foreseeable future, the public sector is facing a significant shift in the way that it operates. It is evident that many organisations were unprepared to deal with this shift, with 48% of employers admitting that employee motivation was their greatest challenge and 41% of employees feeling anxious and isolated as a result of working from home.

Organisations across the public sector will need to make significant changes to their ways of working in order to ensure a more productive, supported and happy workforce which delivers results. It is clear that better working practices need to be implemented, as employees are more likely to work longer hours during Covid-19, whilst the output per hour in the UK is 16.3% below the average for the rest of the G7. Employers will need to balance this need to improve productivity with support for employee mental health and wellbeing, against a growing risk of burnout and increased anxiety among employees.

This event will provide public sector employers to with the opportunity to come together and discuss common challenges whilst hearing how they can deliver innovative solutions that will deliver a more productive and happier workforce.

To ensure that this event is driven by the desire to make a difference and is able to offer real world solutions-focused approaches we have researched and designed this event from the ground up with virtual in mind from the outset.

As such we will be making full use of our virtual event platform to deliver engaging workshops, discussions, breakout rooms and so much more on topics including remote management, work optimisation and employee Covid-19 support.

We want to ensure you are able to leave this event with clear learning outcomes that you can take away and implement within your own organisation so please do feel free to contact us after the event.

Key Speakers

Kate Guthrie photo
Kate Guthrie
Smarter Working Programme Director and Deputy Director for Workplace Experience
Government Property Agency
Bridget Workman photo
Bridget Workman
Chief Executive
The Changing Work Company
Sian Kimber photo
Sian Kimber
Head of Strategy and Engagement for Smarter Ways of Working Programme
HMRC
Simon Jolley photo
Simon Jolley
Assistant Director, Change and Internal Communications
Competition and Markets Authority
Emma Mamo photo
Emma Mamo
Head of Workplace Wellbeing
Mind
Kate Richardson photo
Kate Richardson
Head of National Office Programme
NHS Property Services

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Virtual Login and Registration
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online 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 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

This address will explore the key challenges we will discuss and provide solutions for throughout the day, including managing remote teams, improving productivity and supporting employee mental health.

These challenges will be reflected on and referred back to throughout the event to ensure all delegates are able to leave the day armed with key takeaways, learning outcomes and solutions to their most pressing issues.

Professor Samuel Aryee
Professor Samuel Aryee
Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Surrey Business School
Invited
9:40 am
Government Property Agency (GPA) Interview: How Did the GPA Implement Smarter Working Across Central Government Departments?

This session will provide delegates with the opportunity to ask direct questions to Kate Guthrie regarding the work the Government Property Agency is doing to implement smarter working across central government.

Delegates will be able to submit their questions and challenges from 14 days prior to the event, alongside submitting questions on the day through our virtual event platform.

Kate Guthrie
Kate Guthrie
Smarter Working Programme Director and Deputy Director for Workplace Experience
Government Property Agency
Confirmed
10:00 am
Covid-19 Panel Discussion: Adapting and Improving Working Practices as a Result of the Pandemic
  • Outlining what’s worked and what hasn’t with regards to smarter working practices during Covid-19
  • Discussing common challenges faced and sharing how these were tackled and overcome
  • Learning how Covid-19 impacted working priorities and discussing the long-term impact the pandemic will have on working strategies
  • Looking to the future and sharing innovative best practice learned as a result of Covid-19 that continue to be utilised in the future
Sian Kimber
Sian Kimber
Head of Strategy and Engagement for Smarter Ways of Working Programme
HMRC
Confirmed
Simon Jolley
Simon Jolley
Assistant Director, Change and Internal Communications
Competition and Markets Authority
Confirmed
Rob Neil
Rob Neil
Head of Embedding Culture Change
Department for Education
Invited
10:40 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

10:55 am
International Private Sector Panel Session: What Can We Learn from the Private Sector? – Tips and Methods for Effective Remote Working

This session provides an opportunity for delegates to hear first-hand from international private sector organisations at the forefront of remote working who have been working remotely across borders for a number of years.

They will be able to provide key tips and guidance for public sector employers in the UK and delegates will be able pick the panellist’s brains using our virtual events platform and put forward any questions or challenges they are currently facing within their role or organisation.

Key topics for discussion will include:

  • What are effective remote working practices and how can these be implemented?
  • How can we strike the right balance between working from home and remote working?
  • How can we improve morale and motivation of remote employees?
Prashanth Chandrasekar
Prashanth Chandrasekar
Chief Executive
Stack Overflow, USA
Invited
Mikail Aslan
Mikail Aslan
Chief Executive
Esports Tech, Malta
Invited
Gillian Arnold
Gillian Arnold
Managing Director
Tectre Ltd
Invited
11:35 am
Interactive Session: Top Tips for Improving Productivity in the Working from Home Era

In this session delegates will work through the below learning discussion points:

  • Engage with tools and techniques to boost morale and productivity among remote workers
  • Learn methods for ensuring that productivity ambitions are balanced with employee needs
  • Evaluate agile practices that support managers to get the most out of their teams
  • Discuss alternative productivity solutions which adhere to privacy guidelines
Bridget Workman
Bridget Workman
Chief Executive
The Changing Work Company
Confirmed
12:05 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:20 pm
Workshop: Learning How to Excel at Remote Team Management

This session will provide expert guidance into successfully managing teams compromised of both office-based and remote employees. Delegates will identify the main challenges of mixed team management, learn how to overcome these and receive best practice in excelling in remote team management.

  • Learn how to build inclusivity in mixed teams and how to incorporate this into your management strategy
  • Practice innovative techniques for effectively managing attendance in your team
  • Understand how to maximise the use of change champions and change facilitators
  • Create a blueprint for an effective mixed team management strategy to be implemented in your organisation
Kate Turner
Kate Turner
Director
Motivational Leadership
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Conference for Day 1 concludes at 1:o0pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

9:00 am
Virtual Login and Registration
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online 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 Voluntary 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
9:40 am
Panel Session: The Future of the Office - Supporting New Ways of Working
  • Discussing how the role of the office has changed as a result of Covid-19 and the impact on the future of the office
  • Outlining how employers can support their employees to return to the office safely
  • Assessing how estates and facilities can be adapted to support these new ways of working
  • Evaluating how employers can rethink design and space strategies to facilitate the mixed team of the future
Kate Richardson
Kate Richardson
Head of National Office Programme
NHS Property Services
Confirmed
Naomi Cooke
Naomi Cooke
Head of Workforce
Local Government Association
Invited
Donna Walker
Donna Walker
Head of Workplace
Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management
Invited
Professor Samuel Aryee
Professor Samuel Aryee
Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Surrey Business School
Invited
10:20 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

10:35 am
Workshop: Meeting Legal Implications in the New Hybrid Way of Working
  • Learning the legal implications of a hybrid model of working and how employers must adapt policies accordingly
  • Learning the impact moving to a hybrid model has on employment contracts and benefits and the expectations placed on employers around this
  • Learning how to adapt your health and safety measures in line with legal guidance to support employees working remotely
Shah Qureshi
Shah Qureshi
Partner - Employment Law Specialist
Irwin Mitchell
Invited
11:05 am
Wellbeing Workshop: Learning How to Implement an Effective Wellbeing Strategy for Remote Employees
  • 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 current Covid-19 related challenges, including difficult conversations around returning to the office, long-term working from home practices and issues such as loneliness and social isolation
  • Learn all compliance, health and safety and legal requirements that employers have to follow to ensure you are meeting all of these to support employee wellbeing
  • Learn how to effectively make and respond to mental health disclosures
  • 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
11:45 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:00 pm
Break out Discussion Groups

Delegates will have the choice of breaking out into three rooms to share their experience, assess findings and discuss what can be done to overcome shared challenges.

Each room will be led by an expert speaker and will be focused on one of the following themes:

Break out Room 1: Professional Development – This session will be led by Brad Taylor, Director of People, CIPD (invited)

Break out Room 2: The New Role of the Office –  This session will be led by Yetta Reardon Smith, Associate Director, Senior Workplace Strategist, Workplace – Strategy and Design, KKS Savills (invited)

Break out Room 3: Utilising Technology to Support Smarter Working – This session will be led by Nadija Yourself, Managing Director & Partner, The Boston Consulting Group (invited)

1:00 pm
Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Conference for Day 2 concludes at 1pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

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