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The Role of Workforce Mobility in GoodWork

  • Perch Coworking Space 37 Bath Avenue Johannesburg, GP, 2196 South Africa (map)

Join the GoodWork Society's first event for 2018 a public debate exploring whether the mobile workforce trend encourages Good Work. 

Against a backdrop of a revolution in ways of working and with leaders exploring ways to reinvent organisations which look better suited for the 20th Century rather than the 21st Century we've seen a huge uptick in the interest of workforce mobility. Organisations face complex and often ambiguous challenges. They need to draw on wider talent-pools and sustain the interest of the best talent to address these challenges.

It is within this context that we hope to explore: 

  • Have people's expectations of work changed within the context of the workplace? What are the prevailing trends in workspace design which might support an improved employee experience? 
  • Can a mobile workforce strategy tap into the full potential of employees and enable Good Work, or does the head-office still have a role to play in supporting organisational culture? 
  • What is the role of the office space in sustaining and supporting organisational culture and does it still have an important role to play in developing communities at work? 

To discuss these questions and more we'll host Good Work advocates from Giant Leap, Ecophon Saint-Gobain, Discovery and Green Building Council South Africa who will each have a chance to a panel discussion on the impact of workforce mobility on the modern organisation. 

This Month's GWS Panelists


Lauren Kruger is an Interior Architect with a particular interest in non-visual aspects of design and workplace strategy, and is currently creating a visual vocabulary for sound. 

Lauren obtained a BSc Interior Architecture (Hons) degree at the University of Pretoria.  Lauren's current role is the Concept Developer for Ecophon Saint-Gobain where she researches the changing world of work; factors which influence productivity and wellbeing in the workplace with a focus on sound, psychoacoustics and user choice.

The research is developed within a network of twelve Ecophon concept developers, situated in ten different countries, and allows for a unique comparison of global built environment industries. Lauren is also part of the Saint-Gobain team founding the inaugural Africa Architecture Awards.

Lauren’s visually dominant design background coupled with her expertise in non-visual aspects of design such as sound, light, activity and behavior, enable her to bring a broad and deep understanding on how to better design and better use workspaces.

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Linda Trim has been in the workspace design industry for 14 years. Linda's passion is to see people flourish in their workspace.

Having started out with Giant Leap, my position has extended to Angelshack and FutureSpace.

I believe it’s the simple things that matter and can welcome anyone to a better place. My favorite saying is the whole is greater then the sum of its parts and it very much summarizes what we do. Things are always better together than in pieces. 

David Pierre-Eugene, head of group facilities at Discovery, says the strongest design principles are the ideas of wellbeing and movement.

David was at the centre of the Discovery Johannesburg office mega-project.  David ran the "entire build, from concepts and briefs, to tender process, to the “workplace of the future” pilots, to the entire project management of the build, including the mammoth task of relocating 7000 employees."  Exec, Discovery



Sian Cohen, Business Development Manager for Residential Sector from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

Sian has an innate love of sustainability and has performed several functions at the GBCSA with a primary focus on advocacy and convincing the sceptics. 

Sian has a Journalism Degree from Rhodes University and has worked in the built environment since graduating. Sian is a conscious consumer and staying on top of property and lifestyle trends, particularly for her generation and future generations, is of particular interest to Sian, as well as better understanding the nuances of the South African context.

What you Need to Know   

We want to encourage a diverse crowd and would appreciate if you spread the word to attend. Think about your invites as if it were to a carefully planned dinner party, the attendees have to be the right mix for a great experience. 
You can get your Flat White or a Cup of tea at The ClipBoard Society.
Space is limited so you can only secure 2 tickets.

Spreading the Word on The Night #GOODWORKSA

We're advocates for change across South Africa. We don't want to limit the conversation on the night only to attendees. Please spread the conversation by tagging your Instagram posts and Tweets with #GOODWORKSA and we'll pick up the thread and include your views in the panel. 


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