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The Future of Work - A People Forum Event

Published on Thursday, 18th May 2017

Technology continues to drive innovation, transforming all aspects of the ways we work.

With the rise of automation and AI replacing ‘human’ jobs at an increasing pace, evolving technologies enabling business to pull together virtual teams and fish from a global talent pool and the rising prevalence of the ‘gig economy’ – what could the world of ‘work’ look like in 2030?

In part inspired by the UK Commission for Employment Skills’ “The Future of Work – Jobs and Skills in 2030”, partly based on insight garnered from their recent trip to SxSW ’17 and in part based on their daily experiences of being engrained in an industry moving at break-neck pace, ADLIB’s session will facilitate open discussion around emerging trends impacting the future of work.

Whether you’re an HR or People Specialist looking to discuss implications of the changing nature of the workplace, a business owner looking to talk through how these changes will impact how you grow your team, an internal comms / employer branding specialist or purely curious to explore the shifting nature of how you work – there should be something in here for everyone.

Session Overview

The first topic of focus will be putting a spotlight on future ‘skills’, think topics such as –

  • What jobs may look like in an increasingly automated world.
  • The increasing demand on the commercial sector to design an education system able to keep up with this evolving world.
  • What individuals and companies can be putting in place to evolve with these advances?

Secondly we turn to what our future working ‘environment’ looks like –

  • How long before the whole concept of location and time-based work is redundant?
  • What challenges and opportunities does this represent?
  • What implications does the rise of the ‘gig economy’ present?

Finally, we’ll talk through what implications all of this will have on the future diversity of our workforce –

  • What will it look like to have four generations under one roof in the workplace?
  • What impacts will global virtual teams have on company culture?
  • What dangers would a lack of diversity pose?

Just as the name implies, the format of the event is a forum and will be structured to allow for an open conversation around each topic. Please come prepared with thoughts, opinions, questions and an apetite to engage, learn and share knowledge.

When and Where

Join us on Thursday, June 15th at Zone, The Brew House, Tower Hill, Bristol BS2 0EQ, from 6-8pm.


Tickets are priced at £10+VAT for members and £20.00 +VAT for non-members and include a drink on arrival.  To secure your place email

We expect these limited tickets to sell very quickly so don't delay!

Please arrive promptly at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start

About Gabby Shaw

Gabby leads the digital recruitment team within ADLIB. Over the years she has guided countless clients of all shapes and sizes successfully through the process of recruiting digital talent, defining role requirements for the emerging skillsets of tomorrow and helping companies design working environments fit for the future. She has given talks on topics ranging from building your team to getting into the digital industry, from convincing your boss to pay for SxSW to the social media industry in the South West.

About the Bristol Media People Forum

Led by HR consultant and approved supplier, Richard Roberts, the Bristol Media People Forum is an opportunity for HR professionals and those whose role within an agency encompasses HR and resources, to come together to share best practice.  Our partners are ADLIB, Synergy and Thrings and we intend to hold monthly events and start discussions on our MeetUp forum.  Join our MeetUp group to take part in the discussions and be the first to find out more about the next event.  For more information contact Richard Roberts.