A cost-of-living crisis, soaring inflation, the Ukrainian conflict and the effects of Covid are tearing the world of work apart.
Across all social classes – from barristers to binmen, pilots to postal workers – people are taking industrial action to demand inflation-proof pay increases.
But strikes are just the symptom, not the cause, of the problem. To help us understand the deeper issues, we have invited a true subject expert to be the speaker at our October ‘Innovation Talk’.
Jenny Burns is the CEO of Magnetic – a consulting powerhouse in design and business innovation. She will expose four major tensions disrupting the world of work. Here is a taste of what she will share…
“The first tension is ‘Flexibility’. Everyone is demanding more freedom in terms of where they work, when they work and how they work. But how do companies reconcile this right to freedom and flexibility with the need to create a strong, cohesive team culture? How do they foster a sense of belonging and unity when people are often struggling to cope with isolation?”
Jenny will use case studies to explain how leading exemplars are finding the elusive balance.
“Personalisation is the next big tension. People are demanding more individuality. Don’t treat me like everyone else. My needs are uniquely different from those of my colleagues. Here again, though, companies are pitched into conflict with the basic principles of fairness and consistency. How can management create parity when everyone is calling for personalisation?”
Jenny unpicks the dilemma to surface some fascinating answers.
“Given the choice, everyone wants to work for an ethical employer. Sustainable credentials certainly come high on the priority list of top graduates when selecting an employer. But pursuing this ethical goal can foment very real tensions… can people afford principles when they are fighting to put food on the table?”
With imminent recession and the spectre of 20% inflation, Jenny explains why the tension between principles and practical survival is so personal to many millions of people.
“In many respects, this is the most complex and crucial issue of all. Inspired leaders will motivate, encourage and empathise. But that’s not enough. Modern leaders must also empower and respect the freedom of employees. And that is the dichotomy – how can you be ‘hands-on’ and ‘hands-off’ at the same time?”
Once again, Jenny reveals some inspirational insights and case studies. Tensions are tearing the world of employment apart. Join us for a thought-provoking analysis and some truly inspired answers.