Slattery Managing Director Sarah Slattery joined a panel of industry experts on Friday February 9 in Melbourne, for a CEDA event discussing the future of work.

The panel reimagined how organisations will look in the future and what leaders needed to do to reinvent their approach to attracting talent in today’s agile, digital, analytical and technologically driven strategic environment.

Sarah was joined by McKinsey & Company Global Managing Partner Dominic Barton and ANZ Australia Transformation Lead Tony Maughan.

“It was a really exciting panel to be involved in and share the latest expert insight and advice for reimagining and creating the talent drive,” Sarah said.

Sarah, who has been heavily involved in promoting and supporting diversity at Slattery and has been pushing a number of initiatives to promote diversity and equality in the industry, said Slattery had always fostered an inclusive and diverse culture.

“We are proud that half of our company’s growth sector leaders are women and 40% of our workforce are female including four of our directors,” she said.

“At Slattery, diversity is about much more than gender. We celebrate diversity in age, lifestyle choice and culture.”

Sarah said the appeal of the ‘flat’ organisation would continue to grow in larger companies with fewer management layers actively involved in the decision-making process. She said the real success in business will be whether companies can adopt business agility and quick decision making at a leadership level.

Flexibility of staff will also be an area which needs to be managed appropriately. Sarah said it was about developing individual arrangements to suit each employee.

“Many of our staff have adopted some form of flexible working; for some people, flexibility means the opportunity to work from home one day a week, finish earlier or incorporate an intense training schedule around work.”

“While flexibility remains an ongoing challenge in any small company, we are always looking for creative ways to accommodate work-life balance and to help people bring their ‘whole selves’ to work,” she said.

Finally, Sarah said inclusion and transparency in companies to enable staff to be more actively involved in all aspects of the business, is something that would be seen more and more of.

Stephen Cummins