In 2020, the COVID-19 coronavirus changed the way we think about work forever. Many people started working from home for the first time, often at very short notice, and with little or no training. Whilst this certainly created a lot of challenges, a lot of advantages were identified too, and continued working from home, at least to some degree, now appears as if it will be permanent fixture of the future of work for many of us.
This means most companies now need to start thinking about how they are going to manage a hybrid workforce, with some workers based in the office whilst other are working others from home, as this is likely to be the most common model for the future of work. Managing a hybrid workforce requires very different management thinking, strategies and leadership skills, to the ones that were in place before.
With a background in academic research, and managing large workplace flexibility projects for a range of industry and government clients, the WorkFLEX team want to share their extensive knowledge and experience of this field with you. At WorkFLEX, we offer a range of online courses, consulting and research services, to help newly-remote workers and organisations successfully transition to the new way of working.
Since leaving a successful career in industry, John has worked as a university lecturer and researcher, teaching a variety of management subjects to undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education students, and leading large research projects for government and corporate clients. .
His interest in flexible and remote working first began in 2014, as part of a research project investigating ways to reduce traffic congestion around our cities, and the subject has become a passion (some might say obsession) of his ever since.
John is originally from Liverpool in the UK, and his favourite places to work remotely are his kitchen, and his local cafe.
Anne has an international reputation as a leading researcher in the work and family/life area. Her current research projects include management of work-life issues, telework, caregiving, allied health employee management, and team issues in general practice medical clinics.
Previously Anne has held positions as a member of the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency Advisory Group, Victorian Government’s Working Families Council, and President of the Work/Life Association (Australia). In these roles, she actively promoted discussion among business leaders and policy makers about work-life issues.