FUTURE OF WORK

Every action has a reaction and when the pandemic devastated the world in 2020 business leaders were compelled to react to, what effectively, was the unknown. Serious decision-making was key, new strategies were required, staff wellbeing was a concern and simply maintaining a turnover as the world came to a standstill took precedence.

Remote working was implemented where possible without a timeframe for proper planning, the uncertainty and decrease in demand forced many companies to downsize to reflect the reduction in output.

However, for a high percentage of companies, remote working was a positive deviation from previous full time office based roles and led to successful productivity. Larger corporations with employee-wide tech solutions showcased their flexibility to accommodate remote working, with many, post-lockdown, able to implement the hybrid working model. Technology was, of course, key for a swift transition to working from home.

When it became apparent by 2021 that Covid-19 was here to stay, more organizations understood the value and necessity of hybrid models, widening the talent pool and removing the location requirement from job descriptions was a mutually beneficial element to acquiring the right person for the role.

2022 will be a vital year for establishing how companies continue to react to the new normal and transform accordingly.

Companies need to help employees function effectively in a digitalized environment, build a good working culture, offer training and other incentives and identify the long-term goals within the business. Success is built on all of these components plus the retention of critical workers, and now, with the limitless possibilities of hiring staff from anywhere in the world, that success can grow once again.

Join us on this track as we explore how to retain and hire key employees.

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PROCESS AUTOMATION

The future of business is in the cloud. Implementing automation processes and maintaining effective communication with tech stacks is key to staying ahead in a saturated competitor landscape. Automation techniques are reliable, efficient and fast-paced, offering workers the opportunity to focus on more productive channels.

Proven systems were previously trusted but following the global shift towards digitalization during the pandemic, the requirement for new automation processes across most industries is at an all time high. The increase in customer demands, contactless deliveries and the continuous need for tech development demonstrates how automation is vital for the future.

Join us on this track to examine strategies and practical examples on the cost effectiveness and enhanced productivity of automation.

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INDUSTRIAL TRANSFORMATION

Covid-19 disrupted the world. Everyday challenges for manufacturers such as reshoring, fractured supply chain models, employee shortage, remote working, regulation changes plus health and safety for workers/products were exacerbated during the pandemic.

Quicker actions are required for manufacturers to stay competitive during the industrial transformation towards the new normal. Covid-19 forced the industrial leaders to accelerate their digitalization process to allow for a percentage of remote workers, despite the impossibility of many roles, to work from home.

The adoption of robots and cloud computing in the quest to limit onsite workers and help promote safety and spacing requirements seems a viable option. However, this poses a new set of challenges in the wake of rising cybersecurity threats, upskilling, implementation, and the cost of this transformation.

Solutions for this disruption are urgently required whilst maintaining the culture of the manufacturing industry.

Join us on this track as we discuss ways to pioneer industrial transformation in 2022.

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REFORMING SUPPLY CHAIN

Pre-pandemic industries followed the criterion of building efficient supply chain models and having the right strategies to drive continuous improvement. Fast forward to today, disrupted by Covid-19; the new order still requires continuous improvement but the focus is on building efficient and resilient supply chain models.

The dependency on specific regions for labour, goods & services came under intense pressure following Government-enforced lockdowns.

The consequences of these measures led to the scarcity of vital components for production, difficulties with transportation, rising inflation, shortages of drivers, increased cost of production, increased risk, visibility, and customer intimacy; these are among the issues posing significant questions at leadership level today.

Technology seems to be playing a part in easing this burden, but how soon can we create resilient supply chain models? And more importantly, can we expect the rising cost of goods and services to ever return to normal?

Join us on this track to discuss the new strategies and tools to remodel the supply chain for a better tomorrow.

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