Has the way we work changed forever? Research launches to explore the future workplace

How has the pandemic changed your views of the workplace? Has the traditional nine-to-five in the office, laboratory or factory gone forever? And have we modified our expectations about how and where we work? The Cambridge community is coming together to investigate these questions and to explore the new challenges organisations may face in the future workplace.

(L-R) Ruscha Fields (The Good Plant Company), Kelly Drewery (Talent Glue Business Psychology), Phil Kentish (Bidwells), Guy Baker (Mantle), Lizzie Duckworth (COEL), Ben Bullman (First Intuition) and Louise Rushworth (Cambridge Network).  Image credit: Keith Heppell, Cambridge Independent

Talent Glue Business Psychology is working with highly respected COEL, the workplace design specialists, to launch a survey to understand different people's experiences and expectations of the future workplace. A number of organisations have already signed up to share their insights and you are invited to participate in this valuable Cambridge community research.

Talent Glue's managing consultant, Kelly Drewery, says: "Just a couple of years ago, ‘zoom’ for many of us simply meant changing the magnitude on your camera. Suddenly, and for nearly all of us, the word ‘Zoom’ seems to generate a bit of an eye twitch.  But what does this mean for us as workers as well as for our managers or employers? And what does it mean for how we engage with our ‘workplace’?

"One thing we’ve done a lot of in the past year is go local.  So we thought we’d do the same with our current curiosity - go local to look more closely at the Cambridgeshire ‘workplace’.

"In a local economy with a significant proportion of knowledge workers, what’s happening in our ecosystem and community?  As Cambridge Network's member directory illustrates, Cambridge is infamously a place built on ideas and innovation, attracting amazing people and companies to this region. We’re a Phenomenon.  

"What does it mean then when the concept of our work ‘place' has become a bit 'virtual' – and can we find our way through together?

"We started research into this subject back in June 2020, reflecting on the impact of the pandemic on team dynamics, asking How do we build trust within teams now?

"In January 2021, a number of organisations spent time with me, Katherine Wiid from Recrion and Louise Rushworth from Cambridge Network pondering on the impact of the pandemic and our relationship with the workplace. You can see some of our co-created findings here.

Lizzie Duckworth, Marketing Manager at COEL says "Today, we are delighted to launch this survey with Talent Glue to understand different people's experiences and expectations of the future workplace. 

"This subject is on the minds of many of our clients currently. Do they reshape their office to have fewer desks and more sofas, downsize, increase space – or go for a more radical approach?  Individuals and organisations are invited to take part in this survey to help inform decisions in shaping the future of the way we work in our Cambridge community."

Access the survey here

Prize draw

Anyone completing the survey can also be entered into a prize draw to be one of three lucky winners to receive their choice of a Fitzbillies Champagne Celebration Tuck Box or a coaching session with Kelly.

Managers and employers are very welcome to encourage their teams to be involved in the survey.  As a thank you for your involvement, you will receive a report which will provide valuable insight into the impact the past year has had on your team as well as what they are hoping for moving forward.

Workshops

The partners are also planning some further workshops for Cambridge Network members over the next few months, exploring specific aspects of our future workplaces. Do come and join in the conversation:

  • Tuesday 15th June: Nathan Whitbread, Neurodivergent coach, and Kelly ask the question Is your 2021 workplace still neuro-inclusive?

  • Thursday 17th June: Katherine Wiid and Kelly are running a workshop with managers How are you re-contracting with your team?

  • Tuesday 6th July: Kelly will be asking Cambridge Network's HR Peer Learning group about post-lockdown psychological re-contracting: How's it going in your organisation? If you are interested in joining this invitation-only session, please email the head of  the Network's Learning Collaboration, Sarah Gleadall

Image: (L-R) Ruscha Fields (The Good Plant Company), Kelly Drewery (Talent Glue Business Psychology), Phil Kentish (Bidwells), Guy Baker (Mantle), Lizzie Duckworth (COEL), Ben Bullman (First Intuition) and Louise Rushworth (Cambridge Network).

Image credit: Keith Heppell, Cambridge Independent

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