As 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.
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?
The city of Bristol is a remarkable place to live and study. We’ve highlighted some of the key areas that we believe make studying in Bristol unique, especially for those with a keen interest in business and management or marketing subject areas.
The Future of Work has become one of the defining debates of our generation. Whilst the greening of our economies will create millions of jobs, many traditional forms of work will disappear. The digital economy fosters greater connectivity and access to technologies, but also has the potential to disrupt labour markets.
Operations and supply chain management has never been more important than today when global supply chains have been disrupted heavily by the Covid-19 pandemic. Mitigating the negative impacts and building a more sustainable, digitally-driven, and resilient supply chain is regarded as a common goal for many companies and leaders. (more…)
“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.
Globalization and the advancements in information and communication technologies have set the pace to the rapid growth of real-time data collected from various sources, such as mobile phones, social media, and sensors, and shared through cloud-powered technologies.