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Smart Work Network – in-person meeting at Government Hub, Birmingham

We’re delighted to announce that the Smart Work Network will hold it’s first in-person meeting since 2019!. It is being hosted by the UK Government Property Agency, at the new government hub in Biormingham. Many thanks to the team at the GPA for being our hosts!

Here are the details:

Smart Work Network – Members Meeting

23 November 2023

hosted by

the Government Property Agency at the

Birmingham, 23 Stephenson Street
Government Hub

Here’s the programme for the day:

09.30 Arrival, Registration and Tea/Coffee
10.00 Welcome
10.10 The Civil Service Smarter Working Programme in Government – Leah Jones, Head of Smarter Working & Customer Insight, GPA

Leah will provide insights into how the Smarter Working programme was implemented across the Civil service, targeting 41 central Civil Service departments with 31 of these departments achieving smarter working maturity as a result of a formal assessment process.  The presentation will also look at how the GPA is continuing to build community in a hybrid workforce, and outline future directions for government ways of working.

Followed by a Q+A session on the presentation and issues raised.

11.00 Network News, including your input into plans for the year ahead.
11.15 Open House – Open information-sharing session. A chance to let each other know what your organisation has been doing or wants to do in Smart/Agile Working, and to raise issues and questions.
11.45 Tours of the Birmingham, 23 Stephenson Street Government Hub

A chance to see how this recently awarded Leesman+ building has placed smarter working at the heart of creating a great place to work. The tour will take place in small groups.

12.30 Networking lunch

Time for networking, or just eating!

13.15 Workshop session:  Inclusive Smart Working practices across the Extended Workplace

In this facilitated and highly interactive session we’ll work together to explore issues such as:

  • How to use Smart Working to develop a more inclusive workforce
  • Practical ways Smart Working can enhance diversity and inclusion
  • Practical measures to create ‘an inclusive workplace’
  • Identifying and overcoming barriers
  • Questions of equity in flexibility for both hands-on and office-based workers
  • How to build cohesive communities across the Extended Workplace.

The aim of the workshop session is to capture and share best practices and new ideas from all participants, to help us all move forward creating better places to work and better ways of working.

15.15 Roundup, and next meeting arrangements
15.30 Close


Due to capacity limtiations, the number of members who can attend will be capped at 35.
We will operating a reserve list if numbers exceed this.

If you wish to attend, contact Andy Lake, to register. 

We look forward to seeing you in November!

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