The LHRC is delighted to be partnering with the CIPD London Fellows and Senior Practitioners’ Network for our next webinar on 23rd June. Covid-19 has massively accelerated the transition to a hybrid model of working, but what does it mean and what impact will it have on businesses post-pandemic and how do we shift our environments to be hybrid by design?

Designing and leveraging the hybrid workplace

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Date(s) - 23rd June 2021
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


The LHRC is delighted to be partnering with the CIPD London Fellows and Senior Practitioners’ Network for our next free of  charge webinar on 23rd June. 4.30pm -6.00pm.

Covid-19 has massively accelerated the transition to a hybrid model of working, but what does it mean and what impact will it have on businesses post-pandemic and how do we shift our environments to be hybrid by design? We are delighted to welcome senior HR practitioners and academics from the likes of the DWP, Capgemini and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) amongst others to join us to debate the issue.

A wide range of research, including a YouGov survey and CIPD research, indicate that after the pandemic the majority of workers want to continue to work from home at least some of the time, presenting new opportunities for organisations to establish new ways of working.

The CIPD’s embedding new ways of working post-pandemic report shows that some 40% of employers said they expect more than half their workforce to work regularly from home after the pandemic has ended. According to data from the Office of National Statistics, prior to COVID-19 only around 5% of the workforce worked mainly from home. The pandemic, and government mandates for people to stay at home, increased this significantly. However, according to CIPD research, before the pandemic, 65% of employers either did not offer regular working from home at all or offered it to 10% or less of their workforce. After the crisis, that 65% is expected to fall dramatically to 37%. This represents a significant shift in ways of working which people professionals will need to prepare for.

While some employees want to work from home all the time after the pandemic, most would prefer a balance where they are in the office for some of the week and at home for the remainder. This has led to the use of a relatively new term: hybrid working. Many organisations are now considering what ‘hybrid’ means for them, how they might meet this new employee demand, and what will need to be in place in order for these new ways of working to be effective.

For most organisations, the introduction of hybrid working will require a significant culture shift and establishing new ways of working and associated policies and practices. We can learn some lessons from working from home during pandemic, however, in some ways hybrid will make greater demands of managers and organisations than the urgent shift to total remote working.

With the vaccine roll out offering a potential return to the workplace for current homeworkers later in 2021, how, why and what should organisations think about implementing a hybrid approach?

Our panellists include:

Yetunde Oladipo – Senior Talent Consultant, DWP

Yetunde is currently a senior talent consultant for senior and future leaders. As an HR professional, she has experience in recruitment and pay for digital and technology specialists, HR business partnering, D&I, employee policy and employee relations. Prior to working in HR, Yetunde worked as an international information manager where she influenced strategic policies for education, employment and social affairs. Yetunde is the co-Chair of CIPD North London Branch and she has been volunteering with the CIPD since 2011. As part of her role at the CIPD, she drives local engagement strategy, designing and delivering learning, networking and CPD interventions for people professionals.

Simon Clements – Senior Director Workforce Transformation, Capgemini Invent

With 15 years’ experience across HR, workforce, talent and D&I strategy, Simon has designed, implemented and led workforce & HR transformation programmes across the oil and gas, automotive, retail, financial services and life sciences sectors. A certified workforce, design thinking and agile practitioner, Simon is known for designing and operationalising people strategies that delight stakeholders and enable business growth

Gemma Dale – Lecturer in the Business School at Liverpool John Moores University

Gemma is an experienced HR director, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a regular speaker and writer on a variety of HR topics including employee engagement, flexible working and wellbeing. Gemma is the author of ‘Flexible Working’ as well as a range of e-books about HR and wellbeing.

Gemma is a lecturer in the Business School at Liverpool John Moores University where she teaches employment law, human resources and employability skills.  She also runs her own business, The Work Consultancy, where she focuses on policy development, flexible working and wellbeing.

David Blackburn Chartered CCIPD – Chief People Officer at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

David Blackburn is one of the most awarded HR professionals working in the UK today and listed as one the top 100 HR Directors in the World in the HRD Global 100 2021. In January David was made a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This is the highest accolade and level of membership awarded by the CIPD professional body and the selection of individuals to enter this group – currently only twenty-six – is made directly by the CIPD Board. With over 20 years’ experience in leading all aspects of HR, David is currently the Chief People Officer of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Prior to his current role he worked across both the private and not-for-profit sectors.

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