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[ARTICLE] Workplace Transformation: Championing New Approaches – Online Session Preview with IKEA, Philips, Novartis, Fenix Outdoor, Personio and Scania

A preview of our online HR & Digital Workplace Transformation Session on September 22nd, register here for free and join business leaders from IKEA, Philips, Scania Group and more!

Hybrid working has become a huge buzzword across all industries, whilst a partial return to the office seems imminent or underway for most, constant amendments will be required to assimilate empathy for the entire workforce and consolidate future plans for systems, processes & technology to support the desired environment. From a strategic & workforce planning standpoint, there are parallels to the rapid reaction required for remote work to support the distributed workforce at the start of the pandemic. Whilst a return from work has been expected since then, the continued efficiency & satisfaction of remote working has led to an almost universal acceptance that working from home is here to stay & should be considered part of the digital workplace & future of work. 

Since we have now returned to a time of change with organizations entering into this transition at different times with varying desired durations of completion for their return to the office/hybrid working projects. Another common thread in business is factoring in learnings from early adopters to your own strategy. One of the main areas of focus for hybrid working is inclusion, how to ensure all parties feel involved and valued within a conversation regardless of place. Having a workplace where your voice can be heard whether you are in the office with your colleagues or on a video call is a complicated conundrum. 

With strategies and best practices being debated both internally and externally, we thought it would be the perfect time to host a series of two events specifically focused on how to strategize the return to office working and future of work in a hybrid setting with an enhanced digital workplace. The first session will take place from 10:00 am CEST to 11:30 am CEST on Wednesday 22nd September, starting with a presentation from Tony Strows, Head of Digital Strategy & Transformation at Phillips. Tony will be discussing the future of work programme at Philips – he leads a multi-disciplinary team across HR in order to co-create solutions to support leaders and employees in new patterns of working, hybrid working and flexible working as we move out the pandemic

The second talk of our first session will be a live interview with Stephanie Hannemann who is the Team Lead for Talent Enablement at Personio who will be discussing resilience within the workforce, stemming from operational excellence. Through the conversation, Stephanie will provide her definition of resilience within the workforce and how influential people are within a business. We will also explore the multiple drivers for transformation and how new ways of working have impacted the need for HR & workplace management to innovate digitally for the benefit of the workforce. Stephanie will also provide insight into best practices for resilient teams, being a leader supporting resilient teams, and how HR will play a key role in supporting the future of work and transformation to a hybrid workplace. 

The final element of our first session will feature a live interview with Lori Sawyer Jenson, Head of People Services at Scania Group and previous adidas VP. Lori will be taking part in a conversation around culture & agility during times of change. She will also cover HR Transformation and the digitalisation of HR. Lori is responsible for Global HR Transformation at Scania after leading HR at Adidas, DB Schenker & Arla Foods, and will bring some valuable insights into the importance of digitalisation within HR and provide strategic advice to thrive in a future digital workplace. 

The session will take place on the morning of Wednesday 22nd September, registration for the online event is complimentary but limited spaces remain. If you are interested in attending this digital workplace & HR transformation session or our future of work & hybrid working environment panel session on September 29th, you can register for free here.

Watch a presentation from last time!

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