Feb 21st 2019

Tempo Talks: Building Culture in the Age of Flexible Working

On Tuesday, 19th February Tempo hosted our Third instalment of ‘Tempo Talks’ around building culture in the age of flexible working.

When considering career changes or job opportunities, flexible working is increasingly a top priority amongst employees, in fact, 3rd most important according to our research. But so is culture. A strong culture not only retains and motivates employees with a sense of belonging and purpose but is also a key part of how companies market themselves to job seekers. Without a strong culture where employees are immersed in the brand ethos a brand in the 21st Century will not survive.

Our event looked at how business can they ensure their culture and business values are not jeopardized when increasingly turning to flexible workers? How can they build and conserve culture in this age of flexible working? How can they ensure employees engage with the employer brand? And with each other?

We were lucky to have a diverse set of panel speakers with representatives from Monzo, HMRC, The People Collective and The Hoxby Collective. Each company and particular speaker were at very different stages of implementing a flexible working culture; from Monzo who is founded upon flexible working values, to HMRC, an old age institution currently integrating flexible working into their working environment. With this comes different sets of challenges and viewpoints over flexible working and the impact on culture which in turn led to a fascinating evening packed with fantstic insight and discussion.

Panel Speakers

Bobbi Nicholson People Operations Lead at Monzo

Bobbi has been at Monzo bank since October 2017, where she works from home 2 days a week. She started as hiring lead for customer operations and now leads three squads focused on hiring, training and people matters for the 300 strong operations part of the business. Every role at Monzo offers flexible working arrangements, including part time and remote working options.

Alistair Fraser Co-Founder at The People Collective.

Ex-Nested and Qubit. Highly process driven with an obsessive passion for making things more efficient and a passion for seeing others realise and reach their potential. Employee number 5 at Nested, joining as Head of People Operations. Helped scale company through 3 rounds of funding growing the team to over 100 in under 18 months, reporting directly to CEO. Responsible for a team of 6. Employee number 1 at Qubit, scaling business to 300+ employees across 5 offices including N.America. Worked alongside founders and C-level management as part of the 8 person Operating Exec Team for 6.5 years.

Johnny Kersse People Strategy Lead at HMRC.

Johnny has been at HMRC since June 2015 and prior to that had several HR roles in the NHS. He started as a HR Business Partner and now leads on HMRC’s people strategy, currently focussing on how technology and data can act as accelerators to HR Transformation. HMRC is piloting a ‘smarter ways of working programme’, looking at how we take advantage of our new workspaces and how collaborative technologies give us more choice than ever before about where, when, and how we work with our customers and each other.

Abbi Buszard Managing Director, Culture, The Hoxby Collective. Founder, Grow Your Own Organic Learning.

After 15 years working in chocolate and gin for Cadbury and Diageo in Commercial, Sales, Strategic and latterly Transformation leadership roles, Abbi Buszard escaped the corporate life at the start of 2017 to set up her own coaching and learning consultancy Grow Your Own Organic Learning. Living true to the flexible portfolio lifestyle, Abbi is also the MD of Culture for The Hoxby Collective, an award-winning, curated global community of over 450 freelance members, united by a shared belief that work should be a happy and fulfilling part of life. Hoxby provide Futureproofing consultancy services to help businesses ensure they’re fit for the flexible future of work, as well as agency services across Marketing, Finance, Admin, HR and Operations.

Read the takeaways from our Tempo Talks: Millennials are from Mars; Gen Z are from Venus here