The Workplace Event
25-27 April 2023
NEC, Birmingham

The Workplace Competition

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The Workplace Competition

The Workplace Competition is a brand-new opportunity for teams to showcase their creative skills to solve a real-world workplace challenge

We’re looking for teams of workplace professionals to come together and apply their innovative thinking to a challenge set by our future-focused judges, who will be looking for a balance of originality, creativity and practicality in the entrants’ solutions.

Culminating in a showcase at The Workplace Event as part of their conference programme, the winners will have their creative solution featured in industry leading publication, Workplace Insight, and each member of the winning team will be rewarded with a Yo-Yo Desk Pro 1, courtesy of YoYoDesk.com

Are you up for the challenge? All you have to do at this stage is assemble your team and register your interest. Before that, below are some important FAQs to help you get organised.

What is the brief?

The brief will be developed in collaboration with us by independent workplace specialists 3edges, drawing on their years of workplace learning and development experience. It will frame an organisational workplace challenge with real-world relevance, including background information about a fictitious ‘case study’ company with specific workplace opportunities and risks they need to address. You’ll need to develop a proposed solution that meets their needs – essentially performing as their go-to strategic workplace consultancy. The brief will be released to registered teams on 14 March.What is the brief?

How will entries be judged?

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Competition entries will be submitted as two complementary parts; a short report and an accompanying presentation. Both the report and the presentation can have creative multimedia elements. Any written elements of the report must not exceed 4,000 words, and the presentation must not exceed 15 minutes, including any multimedia elements.

Entries will be shortlisted, and shortlisted teams will be invited to present their submission, live, on day three of the Workplace Conference (7 April). Judges will score based on five components:

  • Relevance to the brief
  • Creativity of solution
  • Concept originality
  • Practical application
  • Evidence-based thinking

Judges scores will be combined with audience scores to decide the winner on 7 April.

Audience scores will be captured using and independent online voting system. The judging decision will be final

Who should be in a team?

The world of workplace is diverse, so we encourage teams to consider members from a variety of professional disciplines including facilities management, property and estates, human resources, organisational development, transformation, communications, workspace management and design, and workplace-related technologies.

The brief will require knowledge and expertise in a range of areas (e.g. workplace data analysis and reporting, stakeholder management, solution design, change management etc.) Judges will be looking for solutions that consider all parts of the employee and workplace experience, and entries must be mindful of the different functions within an organisation that have a role to play in it.

Teams can have a minimum of three and maximum of five members. Team members do not have to be from the same company. In fact, it might be beneficial to recruit a multi-organisational / disciplinary dream team who will perform well together.

What are the timescales?

Team registration closes on 11 March, ready for the brief to be emailed to registered team leaders on 14 March. Teams will then have two full weeks to develop and submit their entry by the submission deadline of midnight 25 March. Those that have been successfully shortlisted will be informed no later than 31 March, with final presentations taking place the following week on 7 April. All members of shortlisted teams will receive a complimentary three-day pass to The Workplace Conference.

What is the time commitment?

It is suggested that teams set aside at least one working day to develop their submission, although teams are welcome to spend more time polishing their entry if they wish. Teams might choose to collaborate face to face or remotely – obviously that depends on team member locations and preferences. In addition to this, teams will need to make themselves available to attend the Workplace Conference on 7 April at the NEC, Birmingham, in anticipation of being shortlisted.

Workplace Leaders Conference: Technology Sponsor

  • Facilio

Workplace Leaders Conference: Wellbeing Sponsor

  • EMCOR UK

The Wellbeing Recharge Zone Sponsors

  • Nook
  • YO-YO Desk

Lead Media Partner

  • Workplace Insights

Facilities

Facilities

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Workplace strategy and design

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Technology

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Interiors

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Furniture providers

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Real estate

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