What’s next for the workplace

Makeshift desks, incessant conference calls and pets with no boundaries — the way we live and work has been turned upside down by the pandemic. So what have we learnt, how much will stick and how will it change the future of work?   This stage explores the phenomenal shift in the way we earn a living and peeks into what awaits workers in the defining decade ahead.

From hybrid offices and data privacy to equality and mental health, we invite researchers, professors, executives and forward-thinking companies to closely examine the human piece of the workplace puzzle. With an open space to channel community knowledge and brainstorm the next steps, we can link arms to forge a better, more resilient workplace. Because creating the future of work starts today.

Whats in it for you?

Knowledge, insights, networking & conversation, the path to change starts here

Learn

Future of work

Learn what’s in store for the future of work: what will happen to offices, what skill sets are needed and how can we upgrade the way we do business?

Cultivate

Human-first workplaces

Find out how to cultivate human-first workplaces that support mental and physical health, avoid burnout and build more balanced teams.

Anticipate

Trends & opportunities

Get a heads up on the trends, training programs and opportunities to prepare the workforce of tomorrow.

Discover

Creatively thrive

Discover the next generation of HR tools and must-have practices to build inclusive teams that creatively thrive.

Get answers to the biggest questions, including

Get answers to the biggest questions, including
Has the pandemic marked the end of the office?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How can teams thrive in a distributed workforce?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
Should we have surveillance in the workplace?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
Why did workplace equality crumble during COVID?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
What does the job market look like for GenZ?

Has the pandemic marked the end of the office?

How can teams thrive in a distributed workforce?

Should we have surveillance in the workplace?

Why did workplace equality crumble during COVID?

What does the job market look like for GenZ?

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9:59 am - 10:02 am 14th June 2021 MC
10:00 am - 10:45 am 14th June 2021
Curated with: Institute for the Future of Work
Good work for all

Join Nobel laureate Christopher Pissarides and Kate Bell to explore the importance of ‘good work’. Good work is central to the well-being and flourishing of individuals, communities,...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 14th June 2021
Curated with: Prospect Union and Institute for the Future of Work
Big brother and big boss: Is surveillance in the workplace the new normal?

With digital processes at the heart of our work, more and more information is saved and stored on our every single action. And with remote working on the rise, our actions get monitored and...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Institute for the Future of Work
Designing technology for a better future of work

What new, disruptive technologies are on the horizon? Join us as we explore how the design process could help businesses and employees to create innovative solutions for a better future of...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Institute for the Future of Work
Trends for the future of work

What have we learned about the future of work trends we emerge from the global pandemic? How will we educate, reskill and upskill our workforce through new career cycles? Are new educational...

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Institute for the Future of Work
The Amazonian era: Gigification of work

We are living through a new transformation of work. We are living in an Amazonian Era. The ethos, practices, and business models that emerged within the gig economy have been packaged up and...

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Institute for the Future of Work
ESG investment and good work

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing goes mainstream, with over $40 trillion of assets under management globally. Join us to explore why sustainable good work should be core to...

5:40 pm - 5:45 pm 14th June 2021 MC
9:59 am - 10:04 am 15th June 2021 MC
10:00 am - 10:40 am 15th June 2021
Curated with: Generation UK
Generation: Skilling the workforce of the future

Shorter training programmes are playing an increasingly important role alongside the university system, as well as improving social mobility and diversity in the tech sector. In this session, we...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 15th June 2021 Empowering the workforce of the future

An organisation’s success relies on its people. How can data-driven insights improve its HR and Wellbeing initiatives? Can we mitigate the risks surrounding privacy, trust and behavioural...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 15th June 2021 Nowhere everywhere: The distributed future of work

Whether by choice or circumstance, more of us are becoming solo workers than ever before. But once you’ve made the leap, how do you actually work well in isolation? And how can you thrive...

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm 15th June 2021
Curated with: Prospect Union
Empathy and ethics in the workplace

We hear from Sherry Turkle, who has explored the “subjective side”of people’s relationships with technology for many years. In her newest book, The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir she ties together...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 15th June 2021 The Future of Work is a scam

A frank conversation about the intersections between AI, millennial burnout, self care, and intergenerational trauma. Join Tricia Hersey, founder The Nap Ministry, and Dr. Jonnie Penn, historian...

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm 15th June 2021 Shared working spaces and the changing role of cities

How has the role of co-working spaces changed as a result of the pandemic? And what does this mean for the economy of the future city? In this session we look at the changed state of cities and...

5:40 pm - 5:45 pm 15th June 2021 MC
9:59 am - 10:04 am 16th June 2021 MC
10:00 am - 10:40 am 16th June 2021 The future of HR: Unlocking human potential

How has HR changed during the pandemic, and how does the digital transformation of work change the way HR functions? From payroll to benefits, performance management, learning and development,...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 16th June 2021
Curated with: Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
The Ethics of AI in recruitment: From principles to practice

Using AI in recruitment systems is now commonplace. How can we ensure that data-driven approaches actually improve the status quo? In this panel, we discuss how to achieve best practices in AI...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 16th June 2021 Reset work: Ideas to change how we work and live

Some people seek purpose in work. Others see it as a means to an end — a way to live with purpose outside of work. Where do you sit on this scale? In this session we explore a variety of ways to...

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm 16th June 2021 Creating a culture of innovation

In this session we’ll explore how innovation actually happens in a business. How can companies better support their own research and innovation efforts? How can leadership create the...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 16th June 2021
Curated with: QuantumBlack
Right back in the 1950s: The pandemic and women at work

Between lost income for the least well paid, unpaid childcare and escalating domestic work burdens, many of the hard-won gains in gender equality in the workplace have evaporated over the past...

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm 16th June 2021 Next gen tools to boost productivity in the world of work

After a yearlong of social distancing and testing the tools needed to work through it, how will we work going forward? Will we return to pre-Covid life, blend the positive aspects of working...

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm 16th June 2021
Curated with: Accenture
Supporting employees: mental, physical and digital wellbeing

The workplace has changed and the global workforce is still adapting. But to truly thrive in the new normal, they’re going to need support from their employers. This session looks at how...

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm 16th June 2021 Tech for leaders: Decision making 2.0

We’re at the dawn of a new era in AI, where a new kind of partnership between humans and machines is fast emerging. Many business leaders and decision-makers believe AI will transform how...

5:40 pm - 5:45 pm 16th June 2021 MC

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Our leading agenda is co-curated with CogX Festival partners

Institute for the Future of Work

Editorial Partner

The Institute for the Future of Work is shaping a fairer future through better work. We’re an independent research and development institute that explores the changing world of work and builds practical solutions to help people thrive.

Visit www.ifow.org for more information.

Accenture

Lead Partner

QuantumBlack, a McKinsey company

Lead Partner

Generation UK

Content Partner

Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

Content Partner

” It’s about educating the education sector on what AI can do. It’s about how we can do it better and how we can prepare people better for the world of work.”

— Priya Lakhani, CEO and Founder of Century Tech