Senior Leaders Breakfast: Managing Hybrid Working After The COVID-19 Pandemic

Hosted by WISE CEO Kay Hussain, this senior leaders breakfast was an opportunity for executives to share best practice and challenges faced when moving employees back to the office following the pandemic.

After 18 months of corporate uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, WISE set up a forum for senior executives to discuss how the return, or partial return to an office might strengthen company culture, create a safe and inclusive environment, re-enforce company values and embed new expectations. The invitation was extended to Chairs/Chief Executives and other executive board members from WISE member companies.

Broadly, the event explored three key themes: how best to communicate proposals around a new working model; how executives should ensure the core workforce remains diverse; and the ways in which data analysis can help to establish a successful hybrid model that maintains D&I objectives.

The event began with presentations from Thames Water and the Co-op, both of whom have worked hard to develop inclusive and flexible hybrid working models. Attendees where then asked to share their thoughts and experiences in three breakout room sessions.

Members’ feedback following the event was positive. Kirsten Oliver, Technical Solutions Director, at Worley said: “This was a great opportunity to discuss with over sixty attendees the challenges of creating inclusive environments as we emerge from the global pandemic.”

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