The pandemic showed many leaders - even those in ‘traditional’ industries - that it’s possible to work from home successfully, achieving productivity and focus gains - albeit losing face-to-face, human interaction. These efficiencies also made it possible for employees to learn and grow, with LinkedIn reporting that 50% of users increased their L&D time - specifically on emotional wellbeing and societal impact. This desire to improve the world around us has been compounded by COVID-19, speeding up automation, innovation and changes to ways of working.
In this panel discussion, we’ll be debating how we should work now and in the future. It would be too easy to slip back into old, habitual ways, but now is the time to make positive changes and create truly employee-centric workplaces.
Key discussion points will include:
- Do we need offices? What does the future office look like?
- Freedom and choice vs mandated returns.
- Expectations from different groups of talent, for example new vs experienced.
- Company culture and brand - how to maintain these with new ways of working.
- Diversity of ideas - ensuring ideas sharing and innovation, regardless of location.
MEET OUR PANELLISTS
Esther O’Callaghan OBE, Principal Co-Founder, Hundo Careers & Executive Chair, Hundo Fund.
Esther left school at 16 and has been working to improve the odds for young people in similar positions ever since. She started her career as the first female DJ/producer to own a specialist vinyl store in Manchester, produced major international festivals and events, then moved into the world of SaaS HR platforms (with some waitressing, window cleaning and IronMan training in between!)
Esther’s enjoying a unique career, working across government, CSR, D&I, the arts, culture, music and third sectors. She’s passionate about tackling youth unemployment, self harm, suicide and poverty, resulting in hundreds of thousands of young people being supported nationally.
Esther heads-up Hundo Careers - a tech platform for 18-30 year olds that creates a level playing field for every young person seeking work. Through the Hundo Fund, she also provides bursaries to support disadvantaged young people into work. And if that wasn’t enough, she also serves as an advisor and non exec director to sustainability and tech businesses.
Heather enjoys a challenging career, previously heading up HR for Hampshire Constabulary (Portsmouth area) and Portsmouth Football Club. She currently looks after all things people and performance-related at the Serocor Group - talent acquisition, retention and growth specialists - including the Optamor brand. Heather revamped the Group’s ways of working, achieving truly flexible working, redesigned HR reporting, a new culture and much more.
Outside of her day-to-day role, Heather is a trustee at Aurora New Dawn, a charity giving safety, support, advocacy and empowerment to survivors of domestic abuse.
David is a partner at Vail Williams, a UK-wide property advisor. His focus is on corporate real estate, providing strategic advice and managing service delivery. With a 25 year career under his belt - including a stint at CBRE - David has a wealth of experience in workplace strategy, helping clients secure and utilise the best possible space for their businesses.
Felix is a disruptor in every sense of the word, embracing innovation in technology and ways of working. He believes people are your brand and should be central in every decision.
Alongside Felix’s current role as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at AI search and selection platform, Pocket Recruiter, he also serves as an advisor to businesses across the HR tech and talent space. He’ll ensure our discussion is lively, thought-provoking and contains actionable tips.