The Great Resignation: Surviving the Talent Shortage

The Institute for the Future of Work was delighted to join this year's Future of Work Summit — part of London Tech Week — for a panel discussion on surviving the talent shortage.

Upskilling and reskilling was identified as the top priority for Learning and Development by LinkedIn in 2021. But after nearly two years of firefighting leading to record levels of burnout and a mass resignation, it’s no longer enough to help teams ‘survive’ huge changes, but to empower them to ‘thrive’ in a world of work that is designed for them, not just around them.


  • Gori Yataya, Founder and CEO, UpSkill Digital
  • Almudena Canibano, Associate Professor in Human Resource Management, ESCP Business School
  • Craig Freedberg, Regional Director, Digital & Technology, Robert Half
  • Anna Thomas, Co-Founder and Director, Institute for the Future of Work
  • Charlotte Holloway, Government Relations Director, Zoom.

The panel explored some of the following questions: 

  • How do we identify skills gaps and invest in the future?
  • How can we attract and retain talent?
  • How to reskill and upskill the workforce to not just adapt to the immediate future, but equip them with adaptability skills that can thrive for the long-term?
  • While there is a great emphasis on technical skills, should we be worried about overlooking the importance of critical thinking, creativity, diversity and interpersonal skills to sustain organisational success?

About the Future of Work Summit 2022

The last two years have changed everything. For businesses, for leaders and for employees. Unplanned reinvention of the way we work dominated industries as organisations grappled with government guidelines and reacted to constantly changing circumstances. 2022 is the now the year for businesses to actively reinvent processes, for leaders to make intentional decisions and for employees to speak their minds.

Whilst the future remains uncertain, innovation and technology continue to lead instrumental change in the nature of work. The Future of Work Summit is committed to delivering key insights into new ways of working, providing a platform to discuss and debate the challenges and solutions – underpinned by the transformative impact of technology.

About the London Tech Week

London Tech Week is the UK's flagship tech event. In 2022 it ran from 13-17 June with 60+ in-person events taking place at the first-ever campus in the heart of Westminster.


June 15, 2022 11:00




The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE


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