The CIPD’s two-day Festival of Work returns in June, exploring how people professionals, business leaders and organisations can adapt to a new world of work and create an environment which enables people to work better, and which works better for their people as well. 

The event will offer practical insight and discussion on a range of workplace issues. Responding to the rapid changes and uncertainty around us and the context of a new world of work, driving for responsible and inclusive business and greater transparency, strategic workforce planning and how to build the new capabilities needed for the future, and enabling working environments and cultures that are supportive of wellbeing in all its forms - these are some of the important topics that will be discussed at the event across Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June 2022.

Taking place at London Olympia and online, the event will provide the opportunity to connect, collaborate and be inspired by fellow people professionals, business leaders and thought leaders from across the world. Attendees will be able to plan their own conference experience to meet their interests through three content streams that highlight what’s most relevant to them:  

  • Leadership – driving people strategy to thrive in an era of change 
  • Engagement – creating inclusive cultures where the best people want to work 
  • Learning – making lifelong learning part of your organisation’s DNA 

50+ speakers will take part in this year’s Festival of Work, from HR practitioners to business leaders, academics, and policy makers, sharing a wide range of expertise and perspectives to spark debate, inspire and offer practical solutions. 

Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, said:

"With the pandemic accelerating new ways of working it’s important to come together so we can share and understand the challenges organisations are facing, as well as solutions to help build better work and working lives for all. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this year’s Festival of Work as a hybrid conference, bringing together diverse experiences and influential thinkers from all over the world to collaborate and share inspiration for how to stay agile in today’s ever-changing world of work. We look forward to everyone joining us in June.

"The conference will begin with an opening keynote from Paul Johnson CBE, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, who will discuss the shifting economy and labour market, and how businesses can respond to these challenges. 

"Dr Ayesha Khanna, Co-Founder and CEO, ADDO AI will deliver the closing keynote on day one on The Future of Work - How to amplify human potential in the fourth industrial revolution. Award-winning journalist, author and host of the How to Fail podcast Elizabeth Day, will close the conference with a keynote on the importance of perseverance in the face of disappointment and how to learn from our reactions to defeat.  

"Attendees will be able to explore stands on the exhibition floor and connect with a range of leading product and service providers, as well as a number of free learning sessions and interactive experiences. The Wellbeing Village will offer talks and advice on all aspects of mental and physical health, with experts on hand to provide breathing workshops, mindfulness and nutritional advice."

Guests can view the full schedule and book their conference and exhibition tickets by visiting

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