Workplaces & Workforces of the Future

The intersection of people, space & technology


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Siobhán Hanley, Director of Potential, The New Work Practice, Work Wellbeing
SPACE: The next gen workplace
International keynote: Explaining ‘why the future is workless’

Tim Dunlop has examined work trends influenced by technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence and predicts that full time work as we know it is set to be revolutionised. With this, comes an opportunity to embrace the concept of nonwork and positively transform the lives of humans.

Tim Dunlop, Writer, Author & Academic
Addressing the gap between now and the future

There are multiple possible futures. Tim Hooson will talk to maximising your organisation’s chances of successfully preparing for future uncertainty, and enabling new behaviours while creating a modern, responsive workplace. Is the first focus on:

  • Encouraging your people to be resilient and change ready?
  • Creating a flexible environment to respond to the unforeseen?
  • Improving the adaptability and accessibility of technology?
  • Or enhancing collaboration to enable rapid decision-making?
Tim Hooson, Helmsman, NotYetKnown & Principal , Jasmax
Morning break
Bridging the multi-generational gap in the workplace & workspace
  • Understanding the differing workplace needs and expectations of Baby Boomers, GenX, Millennials and the new GenZ
  • Defining the company culture when employing a multi-generational workforce
  • How flexible workspaces can support differing needs and help bridge the gap
Samantha Patel, Registered Psychologist, Responsive Consulting
Case Study: Creating a true workplace of the future at Vodafone

Vodafone has created a truly future focused working environment in the redesign of their Christchurch and Auckland offices. In this session we gain insights into the Vodafone way of working and how it utilises the latest technologies to enable flexibility and collaboration.

Antony Welton, Human Resources Director, Vodafone & Chair, Vodafone NZ Foundation
Lunch break
Exploring workplace strategy and activity based working (ABW)
  • The opportunity of workplace strategy
  • ABW; What it is, and what it isn’t
  • How activity based working can be an enabler for strategy, leadership, culture, productivity, engagement, and more
  • The building blocks of ABW, Challenging misconceptions around ABW
Zak Hogg, Workstyle + Workplace Strategist , Veldhoen + Company
Incorporating wellbeing features into workplace design
  • Understanding the demand for improved wellbeing features in the workplace
  • What design innovations can be seen coming through for improving the employee experience at work?
  • Examining the impact of ergonomics on workers’ health
  • Understanding how a healthy, happy workforce can improve the bottom line
Marion Edwin, Ergonomist, Optimise Ltd
PEOPLE: Workforce trends
Panel: Analysing the rise of the agile workforce

With constant technological advances and reduced geographical boundaries, organisational change is rapid and inevitable. Employing an agile workforce which can move with the change, innovate, upskill and adapt quickly, is desirable.

  • What are the characteristics of an agile workforce?
  • Do you see a need for more agility in your current workforce and company culture?
  • What are the practicalities of creating an agile workforce and is it achievable in your organisation? In the short / longer term?
  • What can be done to retain talent and expertise? Is there a need for retention?
Jane Kennelly, Director, Frog Recruitment
Vicki Caisley, Chief People and Strategy Officer, Southern Cross Health Society
Shailan Patel, Education Manager NZ, MYOB NZ Ltd
Afternoon break
Accommodating the contingent worker
  • Analysing the trend toward contractors, consultants, freelancers and temporary workers
  • Where will employees in the ‘gig economy’ work in the physical sense?
  • What can proactive organisations implement now to accommodate a more agile workforce in the future?
Jane Kennelly, Director, Frog Recruitment
Worker psychology: Examining the innate human need for social interaction and how this influences the workplace
  • Understanding the innate social needs of humans and how this applies to the work environment
  • The limitations of many communication technologies designed to aid collaboration
  • How will the social aspect of work be facilitated in the future?
Suzanne Henwood, Master Trainer & Director, mBraining4Success & CEO, The Healthy Workplace
Summary remarks from the Chair & networking drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Siobhán Hanley, Director of Potential, The New Work Practice, Work Wellbeing
TECHNOLOGY: Disruptive forces
International keynote: Preparing for the uncertainty of the future workforce

One thing is certain for leaders – that the future will look different to the workforce for today and the future workplace will be a very different space. With suggestions that the HR function
may become redundant, how can you implement workforce planning for an uncertain future?

  • How automation and machine learning will change the face of HR and other functions what this means for organisations
  • Managing diversity in the future workforce – understanding new ways of working and the opportunities for securing talent
  • From trend to strategy – is it possible to completely future-proof your organisation?
Alex Hagan, Founder & CEO, Kienco
Case study: Fonterra - responding to trends in the future workplace
  • What are the key trends that we see impacting upon Fonterra? Both technological and people changes

  • What are we doing to prepare our organisation and our people for the Future of Work?

Mahara Inglis, General Manager Strategic Capabilities, Fonterra
Morning break
Mobile forces: the extent, nature and outcomes of remote and flexible working in New Zealand
  • Exploring the extent and uptake of the remote and flexible workforce
  • An overview of the future work predictions coming through the Healthy Work Group research
  • How can organisations prepare for and aid workforce flexibility?
Dr Tim Bentley, Professor of Work and Organisation, Massey University
A two-pronged case for building environmental sustainability features into office design
  • The case for using sustainable materials in building & office design and re-fits
  • Investigating sustainability features to improve workplace well-being
  • Measuring the outcomes of sustainability solutions and their effects on productivity
Andrew Eagles, Chief Executive, New Zealand Green Building Council
Understanding the legal implications of a mobile or remote workforce

Employees and contractors: is there a preferred structure on which to engage a remote or mobile workforce?

  • Offices without walls: legal obligations to workers on the move, at home or overseas
  • Gig economy workers: how to utilise this resource without breaching minimum standards
  • Understanding the data privacy and data security issues for remote working
Gillian Service, Partner, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Lunch break
Measuring your ROI: The tangible and intangible benefits of workplace re-design
  • How can productivity best be measured following a refit or redesign?
  • Examining the benefits of redesign which you can’t put a price on
  • Investing to future proof against the evolving needs of your workforce
David Hazlehurst, Chief Financial Officer, Zespri International Limited
Case studies
Case study: Putting the agile back into agile workplace design.

This session will use case study examples to explore how, in light of changing needs and post occupancy evaluations, we implement the ways in which we implement an agile workplace design.

  • Have these environments been successful? What have their failings taught us?
  • Post Occupancy Reviews – an imperative to achieving successful workplace design.
  • How well have we transitioned to a new workplace and more flexible way of working?
Neil Christopher, Principal, Warren & Mahoney
Rachel Bruce, Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services, State Services Commission
Afternoon break
Case study: The benefits and potential of shared office space
  • Who can benefit from shared office spaces and what features are unique?
  • Advocating for a move to shared workspaces in the short or longer term in your organisation
  • What will the future workplace really look like?
  • What is certain and what is not?
Ryan Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Generator
Closing remarks from the Chair & end of conference

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