Tony Blair’s son and UK LinkedIn head look to post-pandemic world
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Tony Blair’s son and UK LinkedIn head look to post-pandemic world

Euan Blair and Josh Graff discussed how the crisis will shape the future of work, during virtual for ORT UK moderated by journalist Samantha Simmonds

ORT UK virtual business panel event
ORT UK virtual business panel event

Tony Blair’s son and the UK head of Linkedin looked forward to positive changes in the post-pandemic world of work when they joined Tuesday’s online ORT panel.

Euan Blair and Josh Graff joined Olly Olsen, co-founder of The Office Group and Sophie Eden, co-founder of tech recruitment firm, Gordon & Eden, to discuss how the crisis will shape the future of work. The ORT UK virtual business event was media partnered by Jewish News, with BBC journalist Samantha Simmonds moderating.

Blair said: “The pandemic has turned every fundamental assumption people had about work, education and employment on its head and I think that is probably one of the most valuable things to come out of this situation.” He said the new way of remote working has meant that “you don’t need to go to university or have a degree, or work daily in an office or meet your employer to know you want to work for them.”

Graff, who will take over as LinkedIn’s regional managing director next month, said that employers are now looking beyond education and employment experience: “They are recognising that hiring someone based on skills and experience can be equally as powerful and there is a real opportunity to move the labour market forward over the next couple of years.

“I am optimistic that there is some goodness to be extracted from the hardship we have seen over the past 12 months.”

While LinkedIn data shows that women have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, Sophie Eden believes the pandemic could be “game-changing for diversity”, helping women to progress in their careers. “I hope that not having a traditional 9-5 office day and being able to work flexibly will mean there might be more men at the school gates and really open up opportunities for women.”

And flexibility will be key when it comes to office space going forward, acknowledged Olly Olsen, who forecasts remote working to be up five-fold from 5 % pre-COVID to 25 %. “We expect to see a more relaxed, flexible and fluid approach to work spaces, and flexibility will be the dominant force within real estate.

“The days of rows of desks are gone.”

Commenting on the event, Dan Rickman, CEO, ORT UK, said: “We are delighted and grateful that we’ve been able to continue delivering virtual fundraising events during these challenging times. As an education charity which focuses on training and supporting young people across the globe to fulfil their career potential, we wanted to provide our own community with some optimistic insights into the post-pandemic working world. Our fantastic panel offered us all plenty of food for thought on what to expect in terms of workspace, networking, recruitment and training options, assuring us that the future of work looks bright!”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments