The virtual event for decision makers and people managers

Our world is complex and our problems existential. We are living in a new decade with new framework conditions that require us to rethink. Shareholder value in its original form can no longer be the basis of entrepreneurial action in the 21st century.

Acting with collective responsibility and considering all stakeholder groups must become the decisive factor in the orientation of companies.

The pandemic and the latest developments have shown that we can no longer view the economy, society and the state separately from one another or withdraw to our economic field of action. This newfound responsibility requires courage and fresh ideas.

Companies are experiencing a change in stakeholder expectations, putting new success parameters on the agenda. How can modern people management help us meet this challenge and find the right balance. On the one hand as the central stakeholder group of employees; on the other hand, as a key value-creation factor within the organization and thus also a driver of the necessary change.

Shaping the new world of work with responsibility for employees, the environment and society while ensuring profitability is the challenge of our time.

With this year's Human Work/s Talks we want to drive this discussion.

Human Work/s Talks 2021 at a glace


New world of work – old already?


Tuesday, 18 May 2021

4:30 - 6:00 PM CET  


Skilling for the future – what we need to know


Tuesday,  8 June 2021

4:30 - 6:00 PM CET


Sustainability – what about human resource?! 


Tuesday, 21 September 2021

4:30 - 6:00 PM CET 


CHRO of  the Year 2021 award


Award ceremony in October 2021

Time to be announced 

New world of work – old already?

Tuesday,  21 September 2021 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM CET 

Talk in German


Announced 50 years ago, New Work is now becoming real in many companies. The Corona crisis has changed our working world more extensively than most developments in this century. In the process, digitization has helped us deal with the crisis.


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    The potential of combining new ways of working and digital tools has only now  become apparent to many companies, and it  is amazing how quickly many organizations have developed new standards for themselves. 


    However, after the initial euphoria, the risks  and side effects are becoming apparent:  work-life balance is not necessarily improving and cohesion within companies is  under threat. 

    Companies need to act, because the risk of backsliding is just as real as that of overdoing  it. Foresight is needed to prevent the division  of the world of work into two classes.


    - Are we on the way to the best of all working environments?

    - How do we strike the right balance between presence and virtual work?

    - How do we maintain our health?

    - How do we preserve our corporate culture?

    - What role does leadership play on the way  to the new world of work?

    - How much flexibility is needed to be an attractive employer in the future?

    - How do we avoid a two-class working environment?

Skilling for the future – what we need to know

Tuesday, 8 June 2021 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM CET  

Talk in English  


Companies are increasingly realizing that the employee is in fact  the most important resource within their organizations. 


The Corona crisis began as a human crisis, then developed to a  systemic crisis. It demonstrated the limits of our social and economic systems but also unveiled the power of digital – i.e. the  combination of man and machine. It accelerated the digitalization  of our professional lives to an unexpected extent.  


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    To  keep  up  with  the  pace  of  change,  we  will  need  to  adapt  more  quickly,  learn  faster  and  develop  new  skills  and  competencies. 


    The  word  has  been  word  out  for  years,  many  of  us  simply  didn’t  want  to  hear  it  –  now  that  we  have  been  thrown  into  the  digital  age,  what  does  it  take  to  succeed? 


    In  our  talk  “Skilling  for  the  future  –  what  we  need  to  know”,  we  shed  a  light  on  these  questions:

     - To  what  extent  will  new  technologies  impact  our  ways  of  working  and  work  in  itself? 

    - In  all  volatility,  uncertainty,  complexity  and  ambiguity,  what  skills  and  competencies  do  we    need? 

    - How  do  we  de-compose  and  re-compose  work  to  match  new  business  realities? 

    - How  do  we  develop  a  culture  of  curiosity,  exploring  and  learning? 

    - How  do  we  deal  with  skill  shortage  and  the  demografic  shift  that  will  worsen  in  the  years  to  come? 

    - How  do  we  “lead  with  the  work”  to  understand  which  skills  will  be  rendered  obsolete,  transformed  in  their  application  or  demanded? 

    - Digital  transformation  hinges  on  the  upskilling/reskilling  of  the  workforce,  how  can  we  explicitly  draw  the  connections  between  strategic  ambition  and  the  specific  skills  required  of  our  talent?  

Sustainability – what about human resource?!

Tuesday,  21  September  2021  |  4:30  -  6:00  PM  CET 

Talk  in  German


Industrialization and globalization have brought unprecedented prosperity for many people in recent decades.  At the same time, we are experiencing the serious side effects of our economic activity. Inequality is increasing, resources are being exploited and the looming climate catastrophe is threatening our way of life.


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    The “Fridays for Future” movement has created a global momentum for environmental concern.  On the other hand, the Covid crisis has demonstrated the need for health as a prerequisite for supporting environmental sustainability issues. There is no ecological sustainability without social sustainability.


    While the previous decades have been marked by incremental steps and marketing exercises, the signs are now pointing to fundamental change.  A decade of sustainability has begun. Companies must become sustainable at their core, and they will have to start with the people in their organization.   


    - Moral responsibility or economic rationality – what drives sustainable action?

    - What is the role of investors and analysts? 

    - From Corporate Communications to CSR to HR - who does what in terms of sustainability?

    - How important is a sustainable employer for employees?

    - How does an obligation become a cultural self-image?

    - How can sustainable commitment from below – from within the organization be achieved?

    - How relevant are HR instruments – from incentives to leadership development to learning?

    - No progress without control – how do you measure sustainability?


CHRO of the Year 2021

28  October  2021  |  Time  to  be  announced


As a conclusion of the talk series, the HR magazine Personalmagazin  will award the German CHRO of the Year 2021 in the fall. 

Outstanding HR work that sets an example - what does that mean in times of massive change and pandemic crisis? CHROs led crisis teams and ensured with their decisions that the pandemic was contained and work could continue. 


However, successful crisis management is only one of several criteria used by the HR magazine to select this year's candidates for the reader vote for the award.


We will inform you about the online voting and info about the award ceremony in time.

Contact us

You  have  questions  or  suggestions  about  the  Human  Work/s  Talks  2021  or  the  CHRO  of  the  Year  award?  Please  fill  in  the  contact  form.  

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