The discussion surrounding the future of work is familiar. Who works where and how do they do that work? What are the roles of the government and the employer in responding to new regulations, business plans and available technology? How do employees respond to redefined roles in new circumstances amidst wider work-adjacent concerns such as healthcare and housing? Interestingly, however, the outbreak of COVID-19 has shifted the conversation to the present tense. New classifications of key or essential work and mandates to work from home have forced organizations to undertake rapid workplace restructuring, to encourage employees to enhance their digital skills and to protect staff’s health.
The panelists will discuss what lessons can be taken from the unexpected and rapid changes that have been taking place and how they can be applied once restrictions are lifted. How can organizations and governments build resilience to future crises? Is it necessary to rethink what work looks like from place to place and for different groups of people? How can new technologies, digital skills and new ways of working accelerate productivity? And where has this been done successfully?
This event is part of a fortnightly series of ‘Business in Focus’ webinars reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 on areas of particular professional interest for our corporate members and giving circles. Not a corporate member? Find out more.
Chatham House Centenary:
Throughout our centenary year in 2020, Chatham House celebrates a century of influence, independent analysis and trusted dialogue with a number of exciting initiatives. This event is part of a series of events and research outputs linked to the main goals for our second century, which are to promote sustainable and equitable growth; peaceful and thriving societies; and inclusive and accountable governance.
Dr Ilham Mansour Al-Dakheel, Chair, Future of Work & Education Taskforce, B20
Sir Christopher Pissarides, Regius Professor of Economics, LSE; Nobel Prize Laureate (2010)
Jennie Sparandara, Head, Workforce Initiatives, Global Philanthropy, JP Morgan Chase
Chair: Helen Mountfield QC, Principal, Mansfield College, Oxford; Co-Chair, Future of Work Commission