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Oliver Burkeman

New York Times best-selling author Oliver Burkeman will join the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub next month for a major event focusing on workplace productivity.

The hybrid event, with options to attend either online, or in-person at St Austell Conference Centre on September 13, will feature Burkeman alongside a range of local industry experts for a deep dive on all things productivity.

Our working world has been turned upside down since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, and only now are we beginning to fight our way through the weeds and return to a semblance of normality. With a raft of new considerations and new working arrangements too, productivity now sits front of mind for many businesses and their people.

So how can we be more productive, making the most of our time at the desk turned kitchen table, and find the perfect equilibrium between work and home life? How can new skills and training play their part as a contributor to innovation, productivity and wage growth?

Burkeman, whose books include Four Thousand Weeks, Time and How to Use It, as well as The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, and Help! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done will deliver a keynote address focusing on productivity, mortality, the power of limits, and building a meaningful life in an age of bewilderment.

Other sessions on the day will include presentations from Martin Glinski, MD of St Ewe Free Range Eggs, Caitlin Gould of TEC Girls and Kensa Health, and Laura Whyte of accountancy firm Whyfield, a local company which has recently transitioned to a four-day work week.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly project manager, Bethany Allen, said the event will chart a course for how Cornish business can best ensure its workforce is ready for whatever future challenges they may face.

“We’re thrilled to have Oliver Burkeman joining us, alongside some of the best of Cornish business for the Skills Hub Productivity Summit.

“In talking about workforces of the future, productivity is a central theme that many businesses should now be considering. The idea of the traditional 9-5 is being thrown out the window, with flexible hours and approaches such as the four-day work week looking to be the norm moving forward.

“The question now should be how do we focus on ensuring our workplaces and workspaces are built to promote and encourage staff development and skill building, which in turn will see productivity levels continue to increase.”

For more details and to book a place, click here.

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