Sean Gallagher | Director, Centre for the New Workforce
Swinburne University of Technology

Sean Gallagher, Director, Centre for the New Workforce, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Sean Gallagher is one of Australia’s leading experts on the future of work. He works with business leaders to transform their organisations, with the mission to build sustainable workforces and meaningful careers for their workers. Based on national surveys of Australian workers, the twin reports “Peak Human Potential” (2019) and “Peak Human Workplace” (2021) set out how organisations can create value in the digital economy through reimagining work as a pathway to innovation. Both reports have been widely endorsed, including by APEC, Engineers Australia, TAFE Directors Australia. Dr Gallagher was the invited opening keynote at APEC Chile 2019 in Human Resources Development in the Digital Age. Dr Gallagher is director of the Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University.


Day 1 @ 11:00

Peak Human Workplace – Innovation in the unprecedented era

Australian workers and their businesses are at high risk of getting left behind unless employers make significant changes to their workplaces post-COVID, according to a first of its kind Australian survey by the Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University of Technology.In this unprecedented era of disruption, the survey found that more than half of Australian workers do almost no learning at work (less than an hour a week), despite three in five workers saying are concerned they don’t have the skills required for the next five years.This keynote will discuss the crisis of creativity facing Australian businesses, including these key findings:
  • Worker-driven learning – where employees are empowered to learn and create knowledge through work – supports innovation much more strongly than structured formal training.
  • Sharing knowledge and expertise between colleagues boosted idea incubation by up to 31 per cent.
  • Collaboration diversity – working with different people from across the organisation and beyond – was a strong factor for boosting innovation, yet only 1 in 5 Australian workers were engaged in the most collaboratively diverse project work.
last published: 04/Aug/21 10:15 GMT
last published: 04/Aug/21 10:15 GMT
last published: 04/Aug/21 10:15 GMT

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