Conference leads the way in working practices revolution


Inspiring speakers will spark debate at a conference about innovative working practices next month.
The “Making Future Work Happen Now” event will feature high profile speakers from the public and private sector, including computing giant Microsoft and multinational telecommunications company Vodafone.
It will bring to life the best-selling book “Future Work: how businesses can adapt and thrive in the new world of work”.
The one-day event, being held at The Studio in Birmingham city centre on April 24, will offer a unique opportunity for organisations to learn about innovative, forward-thinking ways of working to boost business and how to put them into practice.
Speakers will include the authors of “Future Work” – former Financial Times journalist Alison Maitland and Future Work Forum Director Peter Thomson.
Dave Coplin, Director of Search at Microsoft, will give his vision of where work practices are headed and Neil Stride, Head of Business and Strategy at Vodafone, will talk about how new ways of working support business.
Other speakers include representatives from Word Association, specialist flexible working consultancy Wisework, Midlands housing association Wolverhampton Homes and local authority Sandwell Council.
Word, which has benefited from introducing flexible working for our staff 10 years ago, teamed up with Wisework to organise the conference.
Talks and discussion throughout the day will look at the importance of adapting to new challenges, embracing technology and introducing innovative ways of working to keep businesses competitive by cutting costs, attracting the best talent, motivating their workforce, boosting productivity and reducing their carbon footprint.
As well as a free copy of the “Future Work” book, delegates will receive practical tips on making changes, covering issues such as managing staff, HR implications and evolving IT systems to work efficiently.
Word Association Chief Executive Mark Thomas said: “This promises to be an exciting, inspirational event with a fantastic line-up of expert speakers. “We hope the Making Future Work Happen Now conference plays a key role in sparking debate and driving forward the long overdue changes in working practices necessary to make public and private sector organisations competitive in the 21st century.”



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