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.  


A Four Day Week – is it workable?

4 day work week Dr Harry Pitts, University of Bristol School of Management

Over the past decade, the issue of a four-day working week has been widely discussed as one way of escaping the broken relationship between work, welfare, and ceaseless economic growth. More recently, the pandemic has opened up the basic demand for a better work-life balance for those burnt-out by the exhaustion of remote working.

A number of pilots and studies have showed the policy’s positive effect on productivity and wellbeing. However, some of the evidence cited in support of the measure remains questionable, and its implementation at a national level in a country like the UK seems riddled with obstacles.

So: does the four-day week represent a pragmatic proposal for the near-future of work, or an impossible pipedream?


On the anniversary of George Floyd’s tragic death, Head of University of Bristol’s School of Management reflects on the steps the School has taken to value difference in society

anniversary of George Floyd’s tragic death,“Leadership is a powerful weapon to combat racism and we must not forget that we all have a part to play”. These were the words of Professor Palie Smart, Head of the School of Management, exactly one year ago today, when the world witnessed George Floyd’s tragic death.