Workshift Commission: What a new model of work should look like

Demos is launching a major new programme on the future of work after Coronavirus with an online panel discussion.

The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered a generational shift in the patterns of millions of people’s working lives. Business and workers’ experiences of remote working have shifted perspectives and priorities on both sides: however long the pandemic lasts, it is already clear that we will not get back to the way things were.

Demos believes this shift offers a unique moment of opportunity to remodel our working places, and with them our working lives. The catalyst has been a physical shift in where we work, but the disruption has opened an opportunity to change far more about our workplaces than their location. This is a chance to finally acknowledge the economic and social costs of the outdated models on which our workplaces have been run for decades, and build an alternative way of working that is fit for the economy of the future.

Our panel was:

  • Polly Mackenzie (chair), Chief executive of Demos
  • Julia Hobsbawm, leading thinker and chair of the Workshift Commission
  • Alan Lockey, Head of the RSA Future Work Centre and Associate Director RSA Economy
  • Dennis Owusu-Sem, Founder of Success Talks and Relationship Manager at BMO Global Asset Management
  • James Suzman, Anthropologist and author of Work

Watch the event below