In today's rapidly evolving work landscape, it is crucial to adapt to new trends and embrace innovative approaches that cater to the changing needs of professionals. Recently, we hosted a thought-provoking LinkedIn Live discussion featuringbetween two of our partners, Alex Lloyd Davies founder of The Wheelhouse a coworking space committed to serving local communities and their hybrid workers, and Ed Walker, owner of Fika Catering a catering company that is focussed on sustainability. They both joined us for our Linkedin Live session where they shed light on the future of work and the importance of sustainability. This blog post aims to highlight the key topics covered during the conversation in case you missed it, emphasising the need for human connection, the lasting impact of COVID-19, and the role of organisations like The Wheelhouse and Fika Catering in creating sustainable work environments.
The Power of Human Connection:
One of the core themes explored during the LinkedIn Live session was the significance of human connection in the workplace. Alex,, acknowledged that while remote work has its advantages, there is an alarming epidemic of isolation prevalent in this new form of working. She stressed that being physically present with others is an essential aspect of our human nature. The Wheelhouse tackles this challenge by providing local coworking spaces designed to foster a sense of community, ensuring that professionals can connect and support one another, even if they are not working on the same projects.
Ed, also recognised the importance of bringing people together. He highlighted how food and drink can be used to incentivise employees to gather and rebuild the culture of business. By creating a positive and communal environment, Fika Catering facilitates team bonding and fosters a sense of belonging within organisations. As Fika's socially conscious approach to catering adds value to the overall work experience, their services have been particularly sought after by a client looking to mandate a five-day workweek.
The Impact of COVID-19:
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a seismic shift in the way we work, transforming traditional work practices and reshaping work culture. The LinkedIn Live discussion acknowledged the immense changes brought about by the pandemic, including the shift towards remote work and the relaxation of formal dress codes. Professionals around the world have experienced first-hand the benefits and challenges of remote work, leading to a reconsideration of work-life balance and the importance of physical workspaces.
Environmental Consciousness and Sustainability:
One positive outcome of the pandemic is the heightened focus on sustainability and environmental impact. With reduced commuting, professionals have become more conscious of their carbon footprint and are actively seeking sustainable alternatives. Fika Catering, with their socially conscious food catering business in London, has been at the forefront of this trend. By prioritising sustainability, Fika has successfully won tenders and attracted clients who value their commitment to ethical practices. This shift towards sustainability aligns with the growing global movement to create a more environmentally responsible future.
Friendship and Work Satisfaction:
The LinkedIn Live discussion also touched upon the significance of friendship in the workplace and its impact on work satisfaction. Citing research from Gallup, the speakers emphasised that friendships play a crucial role in determining overall job satisfaction. The Wheelhouse and Fika Catering, through their respective services, provide opportunities for professionals to form meaningful connections and cultivate friendships within their work communities. By fostering a sense of camaraderie and support, these organisations contribute to enhanced job satisfaction and employee well-being.
Preparing for the Future of Work:
To thrive in the future of work, the speakers provided valuable insights and tips. They encouraged professionals and organisations to embrace flexibility and consciously rebuild positive work cultures. Planning the location of work can make a significant difference in individuals' ability to flourish professionally, whether it be through coworking spaces like The Wheelhouse or by utilising services from socially conscious vendors like Fika Catering,
It’s a wrap:
The LinkedIn Live discussion between Alex and Ed provided valuable insights on the future of work, emphasising the importance of human connection, sustainability, and cultivating positive work environments. By recognising the need for physical interaction, creating spaces for community building, and promoting sustainability, these organisations pave the way for a future where professionals can thrive both personally and professionally. As we navigate the constantly evolving work landscape, it’s important to stay informed. You can watch the full LinkedIn Live video below.
Do keep an eye out for our future discussions that delve into new trends and sustainable practices. To those seeking a change from remote work or in need of socially conscious catering, The Wheelhouse and Fika Catering are ready to cater to your needs and contribute to your flourishing work experience.
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