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Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives on productivity, well-being and the futures of work

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged much contemporary thinking in terms of productivity, well-being and the futures of work. The shift to home working, sectors unable to work, and others that are overwhelmed there is no ‘one size fits all’ response. In this series of webinars experts from across the University of Warwick will be reflecting on the way in which COVID-19 has questioned traditional thinking in relation to and aspect of productivity, well-being and the nature of work. The webinars are intended to spark conversation and debate. They will help to connect those with common interests for further discussion and exploration.

Previous Events

Webinar series: Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives on productivity, well-being and the futures of work

Webinar 1: Tuesday 12th May 11am

Speakers and topics

'Productivity in a time of coronavirus: lessons from artists', Dr Chris Bilton

'Pivoting for success: Building more resilient UK manufacturing supply chains', Professor Jan Godsell

'Covid-19 and the implications for innovation', Professor Stephen Roper.

Webinar 2: Wednesday 3rd June, 2pm

Speakers and topics

'A new definition of “essential work” from hedge funds to logistics' Professor Nigel Driffield

'The shape of the workforce to come?', Professor Chris Warhurst

Webinar 3: Tuesday 9th June, 11:30am 2020

Speakers and topics

'System level leadership fit for the future: Lessons from Covid-19', Professor Graeme Currie

'Drug Repurposing in the age of Covid-19', Dr Ayfer Ali

'Out of Office: Supporting staff wellbeing when the home becomes the workplace', Dr Mark Elliot

'Health, wellbeing and productivity: How can we ensure a productive and happy workforce in the era of covid-19 and beyond?'

Wednesday 4th November @ 11am

In collaboration with the Health GRP, Professor Swaran Singh and Dr Lena Al-Khudairy will discuss their work on the impact mental health has on work and productivity in this webinar. Furthermore, this talk will also examine the role employers have in the mental health of their employees.

Webinar recording coming soon!

Future events

Webinar series 2020/2021, registrations will be open soon!

Monday 11th January 2021
Productivity, Performance and Inward Investment

Speakers: Professor Nigel Driffield, Professor Jan Godsell and Clive Reynolds

How can you build a bedrock excellence for productivity? What can leadership practice could firms develop to accelerate their journey to Supply Chain Productivity?

In our first webinar of the 2021 series, Professor Jan Godsell, Professor Nigel Driffield and Clive Reynolds will provide reflections on value creation at firm level, what firms could do improve High Performance Working and Productivity and what this means for policy makers.

Thursday 29th April 2021
‘Creativity, unproductivity and the future workspace’

Dr Chris Bilton and TBC

Wednesday 14th July 2021
Teleworkability as a new digital divide

Speakers: Professor Chris Warhurst and Dr Enrique Fernandez-Macias

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