Work Post-COVID: The Future of Work | IPT
Chair: Debbie Abrahams MP, Select Committee on Work and Pensions
Speaker: Leslie Benson, Senior Managing Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting
Speaker: Vicky Wallis, Chief People Officer, Direct Line Group
Speaker: Ben Harrison, Director, The Work Foundation, Lancaster University
Virtual Event


Tuesday 16 March 2021


This is an online event

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A global shift in the way people work had already begun to take place as we entered the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Technological breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, adoption of smart technologies and the Internet of Things has affected all sectors and the global employment landscape was already seeing rapid changes. The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated some of these dynamic changes in working, as many companies have had to adapt to blanket remote working and a greater reliance on technology and digital connectivity to continue operating. According to the Office of National Statistics, in April 2020 46.6% of people in employment did some work at home, 86% of these as a result of COVID-19. Working from home has allowed for greater flexibility and better work-life balance particularly for people in childcare/care-giver roles at home. However, many people haven’t had the luxury to work from home or the space and equipment needed, and others have found the lack of social interaction has negatively impacted their mental health. Organisations have had to reimagine organisational activities, structures and operations during this period; highlighting the resilience and adaptability of the workforce. However, as many jobs prove vulnerable and result in people being out of work; how will the consequences of the pandemic affect the future of employment? 

This event will: 

  • Discuss the importance of workplaces recognising transferable skills and transporting capabilities between sectors in order to get people back into work. 
  • Consider the value of well-being at work and how the pandemic has amplified work-life balance issues and emphasised the crucial role of HR. 
  • Examine the potential for integration between humans and technology, the opportunity of collaboration rather than substitution.