Feb 1 • 28M

Unilever Embraces the Future of Work

An Interview with Global Future of Work Director, Morag Lynagh

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Avivah Wittenberg-Cox
You are likely to live longer than you think. Are you ready? Science has gifted us ever longer, 100-year lives. This impacts… everything! From couples and careers - to companies and countries. We’ll interview the experts who are exploring the consequences – and the individuals applying it to their own lives and choices. Generational and gender expert Avivah Wittenberg-Cox talks with people designing new ways of living, working and loving at all ages – across life’s 4 quarters.
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Morag Lynagh is Unilever’s Global Director of the Future of Work, with particular responsibility for new employment models, age and longevity.  As as an employer of almost 150,000 people, Unilever is one of the first companies to recognise that people have different needs and expectations of work throughout their working lives. This has led to the creation of U-Work within Unilever, a new, internal ‘gig’ employment model that is redefining how people relate to the world of work.

Morag is a graduate of Edinburgh University.  She worked in the travel, property and conference industries before joining Unilever in 1994. Within the company she has worked in HR business partnering, recruitment and reward, and spent more than a decade as Unilever’s UK Employment Policy & Law expert, leading teams in this area.

As one of the innovators behind U-Work, Morag Lynagh is rethinking the management of careers to reflect shifting needs at different life stages. In her conversation with Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, she explains what this means, and how leading companies are thinking about - and preparing for - ageing societies, both from the consumer/ market side, as well as the internal/ employee side.

Key Takeaways

  • Don’t make corporate policies for older employees alone, redesign policies to make them inclusive of everyone

  • Flexibility is key to the young, the old and the parents - flex up!

  • Unilever is leading the way, more companies need to get on the age inclusion bandwagon

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