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March 22nd, 2018 : The Royal Geographical Society, London

Emma Birchall

Head of Insight and Forecasting, Hot Spots Movement

Time: TBC

What does it take for employees to remain skilled, productive and employable throughout their working life?

Emma Birchall joined the Hot Spots Movement in 2013, and works closely with Hot Spots Movement CEO and London Business School Professor, Lynda Gratton. Emma works with clients to anticipate the trends shaping the future of work and how they will need to adapt working practices to future-proof their success; she delivers Masterclasses attended by senior executives from multinational organisations including Shell, Accenture and the Coca-Cola Company.

Emma writes for the US Business Section of the Huffington Post and has a particular interest in applying lessons from the creative arts, notably improvisation, to organisations. She performs improvised theatre and comedy, having studied this in London and Chicago in recent years.

Prior to joining the Hot Spots Movement, Emma was a management consultant with Accenture Sustainability Services, and part of the Strategy Team at Transport for London. Emma's academic achievements include a postgraduate degree in International Development from the University of Cambridge, and a combined undergraduate degree in Business Management from the Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto and King’s College London.

Session Overview

What does it take for employees to remain skilled, productive and employable throughout their working life?

With dramatic increases in life expectancy and the profound disruption of skill sets and career paths by technology automation and augmentation, it is no surprise that up to 40% of employees say that they are worried about their future and concerned that their skills will not remain valuable. There is also much concern on the part of leaders that employees are disengaged and lack commitment. Employees want to be sure that they are making the right investments in their own productivity and employability, and business leaders want to know what specific investments they should be making to enhance the employability of their workforce.

This changing context requires a significant shift in the 'deal' between the business and the employee. Historically, this deal has been centred on tangible assets, such as salary and financial benefits: these are the assets that enable people to fund their current life and to eventually stop working. In this presentation, Emma Birchall will reveal how this deal will increasingly focus on intangible assets, such as health, skills, knowledge, and the ability to transform, which support a person in remaining productive, skilled and employable over a long period of time.