What is the future of the Office?

future of the officeAs lockdown measures ease, employers will start bringing employees back into the physical workplace. But what will the future office look like post-pandemic? This was the subject of discussion at the first of the University of Bristol’s School of Management’s Discovery Series, a brand-new series of events sharing ‘Intriguing Conversations’ with our alumni, staff and students.  

Hosted by Head of School, Professor Palie Smart, this in-conversation event took place online earlier in June. Fascinating insights were discussed by leading Bristol academics, Professor Jonathan Beaverstock, and Dr Jennifer Johns. They were joined by School of Management alumnus Thomas Inskip (BSc 2009), Chief Commercial Officer of Afiniti, a global organisation that uses data and AI to transform the quality of interpersonal interactions.  

Explore highlights from the event in our short video and hear insights into what the working environment could look like in future, what the impact of the pandemic means for the future of the office and how the return to a ‘normal’ workplace could be different from what we knew pre-pandemic. You can watch the full unedited recording of the event here 

In the School of Management our focus is on the most pressing global and societal challenges of our time. We want to drive forward issues that influence the everyday lives of communities around the globe such as what the future will bring for the workforce in the UK and around the world. These topical issues are also central to our teaching. We offer a range of postgraduate programmes that directly address the demand for skills in areas such as Business Analytics MSc and Human Resources Management and the Future of Work MSc. Our Strategy, Change and Leadership executive education programme also offers the opportunity for professionals to build on their management experience and progress their leadership career. To find out more about our courses and programmes or research activities, visit our webpages.   

We look forward to hosting more ‘intriguing conversations’ as part of the ‘Discover Series’.  If you are a member of our alumni community and would like to connect with the School, please get in touch with Kate1.fisher@bristol.ac.uk. 

Additional information 

Professor Johnathon Beaverstock joined the University of Bristol in 2014 and has served as Interim Head of School, and Faculty of Social Sciences and Law’s International Director. His research focuses on global talent mobilities in fintech and professional service firms. He also explores the competitiveness and global connectivity of the City of London’s financial services cluster.  

Dr Jennifer Johns is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in network approaches to understanding the global economy and local economic development. She researches global value chains, the future of work and the impacts of technology on manufacturing. Jennifer currently works on corporate human resource management strategies to remote working and coworking spaces. Just last week she was awarded the Provost Prize for Academic Excellence for the School of Management. 

Tom Inskip is the Chief Commercial Officer at Afiniti and is responsible for global revenue, commercial strategy, overseeing the worldwide General Manager team.  Tom holds a first-class degree in Economics and Management from the University of Bristol, graduating in 2009.  Tom began his career at KPMG, and prior to joining Afiniti, he spent five years in investment banking with Liberum Capital in London.