What does Productivity mean in 2024?

Free live webinar 6th June @11am

Amid the Return to Office trend and reports of a cooling jobs market, some employers talk of rebalancing the emphasis on wellbeing, adding an increased focus on productivity.

But what does productivity mean as we near the mid-point in this second decade of the 21st century? Bright Horizons clients say their focus is on workforce sustainability and future-proofing.

So, among the best employers, productivity is not seen as a narrow focus on ‘getting more out of people, at all costs’ but rather ensuring that great people, with all their expensive training and valuable knowledge and networks, stay fit to keep working and are able to give of their best day-to-day.

We’ll be including a look at newly-released data from Bright Horizons’ client employee survey: the Work+Family Snapshot.

Join this lively conversation, with our panel of leading thinkers, as we discuss:

  • What we understand by productivity in our fast-changing world of work
  • Strategic actions being taken by leading employers to support sustained high performance.
  • Evidence that employers helping remove life’s everyday hurdles see better productivity, performance and wellbeing in their employees as well as higher employer approval

Reserve your place today.

Join our Expert Panel of Speakers

James Marsh

Hosted by: James Marsh

James is an organisational learning and development specialist and has worked as an HR manager, consultant, in-house recruiter and trainer with expertise in both management strategy and HR policies and processes. A former editor of HRreview, James then spent seven years at specialist retailer Planet Organic as the architect of their learning strategy and apprenticeship programmes before moving to Guardian News Media in June 2022. He has continued to work closely with HRreview as a podcast presenter and the regular chairperson of their award winning webinar series, InsideHR.
Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership, Bright Horizons

Guest Expert: Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of thought leadership, Bright Horizons

For over 20 years, Jennifer has been relentless in pursuit of innovation, identifying, defining and sharing best practice and ‘next practice’ for leading global employers in flexible working, family-friendly and wellbeing programmes, closing the gender pay gap and promoting gender-inclusive parenting. She is a sought-after speaker, writer, conference moderator and consultant on these topics and more.

Jennifer set-up, and for a decade led, the Coaching & Consultancy side of what became Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions advising employers in banking, professional services, STEM and wider sectors on programmes for working parents and carers and evaluating their impact and ROI, as well as developing coaches and coaching capability.

She now focuses on identifying overarching trends through research and through advising employers and translating these insights into solutions and practical actions.

Kellie Wade, Benefits & Wellbeing Manager, Sidley Austin LLP

Guest Expert: Kellie Wade, Benefits & Wellbeing Manager, Sidley Austin LLP

Kellie has over 12 years of HR experience at Sidley Austin LLP, with her most recent role in the past 4 years being a Benefits & Wellbeing Manager for Europe. Sidley is a global law firm that hascommitted to building an inclusive and welcoming culture.



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