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Tina Van Der Westhuizen
+27 (11) 706 6009

Next Event


30 - 31 Aug 2022


All Day



Designing and Managing Hybrid Workplaces Second Annual Conference

Hybrid work is here to stay. Business Day recently reported that the International Workplace Group (one of the world’s largest workplace networks) established that 90% of business leaders indicated they are opting for hybrid working. That trend is confirmed by a recent report by The Economist indicating that 75% of their survey respondents indicated flexible work models will become standard practice.

“Much of the hype around hybrid work appears justified. Survey results and expert interviews all indicate that the shift to flexible work models is rapid and broad-based, and is having clear impacts on everything from individual well-being to productivity” (Economist, May 2022)

This year’s conference had been carefully researched to bring delegates the latest thinking, research, best practices and case studies related to hybrid working. The conference also has a strong international speaker component. For example: Prof Anna Tavis from New York University and author of “Humans at Work: The Art and Practice of Creating the Hybrid Workplace”; Suzy Jearum, Associate Director of Employee Experience and Coca-Cola Empower Partners and Pinar Simsek, Head of Learning and Development: Middle East and Africa, Ericsson.

One has to accept that Hybrid work is still in its infancy and numerous challenges and uncertainties remain. For example:

  • The increased number of variables increase the complexity factor. HR Departments and the other stakeholders within the organisation will have to be very intentional in designing and continuously modifying Hybrid working practices.
  • Prof Lynda Gratton cautions hybrid work arrangements should never replicate existing bad practices – as was the case when companies began automating work processes decades ago.
  • What work needs to be synchronous and asynchronous?
  • Breaking free from 9-5 culture.
  • How do you sustain productivity without employee burnout?
  • Balancing Autonomy and Structure.
  • How do leaders have to change their leadership styles in the hybrid environment?
  • How will companies change their onboarding programs?
  • Reinventing the Talent Management Chain.
  • How do you create a Results-only Work-Environment?
  • How do you select and harness the best technology and tools to drive efficient and effective hybrid working?



The KR Designing and Managing Hybrid Workplaces Conference will explore crucial issues such as:

  • Creating the Human Centric Organisation amid the digitisation of work and distributed workplaces.
  • How to maintain optimal productivity for virtual employees.
  • How to create high-performance teams in a hybrid environment.
  • Making sense of the increased complexity levels emanating from a hybrid workplace.
  • Building corporate culture that creates a sense of purpose and belonging.
  • Rethinking people strategies in terms of talent management, diversity and inclusion, learning and development, etc.
  • Promoting employee wellbeing in the new hybrid work environment.
  • Leadership challenges in the hybrid world.
  • Select and Harness the Best Tech and Tools to Drive Efficient and Effective Hybrid Working.
  • Learn from the leaders of organisations who have implemented Hybrid workplaces.
  • HR’s role in making Hybrid work optimally.
  • Upskilling and Reskilling of Employees for the New Hybrid Environment.
  • Reinventing Talent Management.
  • Creating a performance management culture of results only work environment.
  • Various Case Studies will be featured for example: JSE, Coca-Cola, Ericson, IQ Business.



  • CEOs
  • HR Directors and CHROs
  • HR executives and HRBPs
  • Talent management professionals
  • OD and change managers
  • Organisational Effectiveness managers
  • Personnel Services managers
  • Facilities managers
  • Office Planners
  • Consultants
  • Researchers and Academics



“What an amazing conference! One of the best I’ve attended recently. Well done KR!”

“A very big congratulations for a world-class conference. The local and international insights were very insightful.”

“The conference was amazing, the speakers were very knowledgeable and all the topics were spot on, I have learnt so much.”

“Awesome 2 days, great info to start creating a new model.”

“A very insightful 2 days – very thought provoking and great speakers.”

“Thank you for putting together this insightful conference. It has been inspiring and motivating!”

This conference also features a pre-conference workshop: New World of Work – How to set your team up for success Workshop






Hourly Schedule


1. Making Hybrid Work – The Role(s) of Human Resources Professionals
Gary Cookson is the Founder and Director of EPIC
2. Creating the Human Centric Organisation amid digitisation of work, distributed workplaces, organisational redesign and the changing workforce
Prof Anna Tavis, Clinical Professor, Academic Director, Human Capital Management Department at NYU and Co-Author of: “Humans at Work: The Art and Practice of Creating the Hybrid Workplace”
3. Harness the Best Tech and Tools to Drive Efficient and Effective Hybrid Working
Suzy Jearum, Associate Director of Employee Experience at Coca-Cola European Partners
4. Driving Engagement in a Hybrid Environment through Autonomy not Flexibility
Elliot Kohl is the Director of Learning and Development, and a RESULTS ONLY WORK ENVIRONMENT (ROWE) Certified Master Trainer with CultureRx – the premier provider of ROWE implementation services.
5. Ericsson Case Study | Preparing our company for the skills of the future: How Ericsson is reskilling every business function
Pinar Simsek, Head of Learning and Development: Middle East and Africa, Ericsson

6. Designing and Managing Effective Hybrid Workplaces – Reports from the Frontlines
Sungeetha Sewpersad, Human Capital Executive at Old Mutual Insure AND Neo Selwe, Group HR Director at TBWA South Africa
7. Reinventing the Talent Management Value Chain to Fit the Hybrid World
Palesa Ntoagae, HR Director at JSE AND Fatima Moosa, Head of People & Culture at BDO South Africa
8. Making Employee Onboarding Work in a Hybrid Working Environment
Selma de Morney, Managing Director at Humanfire and previously Head: Talent, Change and Transformation at Woolworths
9. Promoting Employee Wellbeing in a Hybrid Work Environment
Dr Vanessa Govender, Occupational Medicine Specialist Consultant at Anglo American and Contributing Author to “Improving Mental Health in the Workplace” book.

The IQ Business Story
Asha Mungaldave, Human Capital Lead at IQbusiness South Africa
The TransUnion Story
Ndivhu Nepfumbada, Senior Director HR Africa, TransUnion


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