As we come off a year where change was the only constant, workforce specialists and futurists have their own ideas of what the future of work looks like. One thing is clear: Expect some major shifts in the way your teams — contingent and staff — work, tech advances or even workplace cultures.


Many of these tectonic changes will be discussed at SIA’s virtual conference — CWS Summit Europe 2021 — held next week, with a theme of “Workforce Strategies for a New Tomorrow.” This year’s attendees include workforce program managers as well as human resources and procurement professionals from Fortune 2000 companies worldwide. They gain actionable insights via case studies, topical sessions and networking opportunities.

Event agenda. Sessions will cover talent strategy, operations, technology and research. Sessions on the agenda range from focusing on a variety of trends from direct sourcing to statement of work to diversity, equity and inclusion. “The A-Z of Direct Sourcing” to “Making Sense of the Online Talent Economy” to “SOW: The Dos and Don’ts of Integrating SOW into Your Contingent Workforce Programme” to “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: We’re Not There Yet | Putting Words into Action!” are some sessions that buyers can attend.

Keynote speakers include Peter Reagan, SIA’s senior director, CWS and research, who will discuss how the Covid-19 pandemic has thrust the world of work into a period of unparalleled change. It will include steps you and your organization can take to be better prepared for success.

Additionally, Anne Lise Kjaer will present “Fostering a Culture of Connectedness in a Divided World.” The futurist, author and founder of Kjaer Global facilitates a new understanding of tomorrow’s people, society and how business and work is done through her 4P lens (People, Planet, Purpose and Profit).

The conference closes with “The Workforce Solutions Ecosystem 2025.” Moderated by SIA’s COO Ursula Williams, the session features predictions from SIA experts.

CWS Summit Europe 2021 takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 20-21. With more than 500 participants, 55 speakers, 28 sessions and 15 exhibitors, the two-day event includes facilitated roundtable discussions and networking opportunities as well as sessions covering a wide range of topics. More information is available online.