Quakers and Business flagship Conference takes place over two days on 11 and 12 November 2022
The theme: Coping ethically with the challenges of the new workplace
In recent months we’ve had Brexit, Covid-19, Refugees and increasing global warming. This has affected our workplace in the factory, workshop, office and community: personal stress, changes in government regulations almost without warning, supply-chain problems, financial changes, market changes and so on. One profound change in the workplace has been the widespread use of online meetings and home working.
We struggle to survive, to cope, and to profit from the new workplace. Why should we even try to be ethical? Can ethics be the new USP, the route to prosperity? How can we survive? How can we cope? How can we cope ethically?
The stress has shown us the business weaknesses and the shortcomings of our health system, our economic system, our politics and even our humanity. It has also opened up opportunities for working together in face-to-face groups, for reviving friendship groups, neighbourhood groups, and returns to old ways of working — with new significance. We face a many practical, moral and ethical dilemmas.