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The changing workplace discussion, with FIG Norwich

The changing workplace discussion, with FIG Norwich

Thursday, 02 December 2021

The changing workplace - ideas for the pro-active management and engagement of remote workers and the recruitment and retention of great talent

FIG Norwich and Larking Gowen joined together to bring you the latest FIG Norwich Seminar, which explored the changing workplace and the panel discussed ideas for the pro-active management and engagement of remote workers and how to recruit and retain great talent.

This event gave insights from a panel of speakers on:

  • A trainee’s perspective on having to pass exams remotely, and their experiences and thoughts on learning and developing within their team through a virtual environment
  • An employer’s perspective on:
    • the challenges faced when recruiting and how they were overcome - remote training, mentoring, maintaining working relationships virtually. 
    • Plans for hybrid working.
    • The challenges ahead for the sector and the region in terms of our employer offering, competing with nationwide employers, no longer just local competition.
    • What can we do to compete?
    • The importance of employer brand in targeting new employees and retaining great talent. 
  • An academic researcher’s evidence-based insights into remote working and worker wellbeing and productivity.  We have learnt that both working and managing remotely feel different from face-to-face. A new checklist from Norwich Business School, based on research findings, helps individuals think through their actions and support others through pro-active management of remote workers for the short to long-term.  

Panel profiles:

  • Dr Helen Fitzhugh: Helen is the Knowledge Exchange Fellow for the PrOPEL Hub at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. She is also a Senior Research Associate in the workplace wellbeing team. Helen has carried out applied and academic research for the private, public and third sectors on varied ways organisations create social value.
  • Becky Ames, partner at Larking Gowen: Having joined Larking Gowen in 1997, Becky became a partner in 2015, and is a Fellow of the ICAEW. Becky works with owner managed businesses from start-ups to the well-established. As well as helping clients comply with their accounts and tax compliance matters, Becky advises on all aspects of business, with a particular focus on achieving growth.
  • Lexi Heywood trainee accountant: Lexi joined Larking Gowen in late 2019, and is a ACA trainee in their Corporate audit team.

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