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North West RPF National Productivity Week event

Changes in working patterns and practices and productivity in North West firms

The pandemic has accelerated a shift towards new forms of hybrid working and the adoption of associated digital technologies, but the hybrid working trend is playing out differently in different sectors, different cities and towns, and between larger and smaller organisations.

Assuming the demand from some employees for increased flexibility, opportunities for remote and hybrid working and even a four-day working week is sustained or grows, how should companies respond? How can they maximise the benefits to productivity of new forms of working whilst minimising the potential downside? What are the implications of new forms of working for the productivity of companies in the North West economy?

This panel event, organised by the North West Productivity Forum, will explore these issues with guests Barry Leahey MBE, President and CEO of Playdale and Chair of the North West Productivity Forum, and Jill Rubery, Professor of Comparative Employment Systems at Alliance Manchester Business School.

This event is part of National Productivity Week.


  • 1 December 2023


  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm