PROCUREMENT HEADS BLOG

Procurement Heads’ Event, Zoom, Thursday, 5 May 2022, 10 am

Join us for our upcoming Zoom event "Addressing the “them vs us” and presenteeism in the post-COVID-19 workforce"

In the post-Covid-era that we now find ourselves in, business models, exponential technology, and agile ways of working have all pivoted to create a new norm.

However, the emotional commitment an employee has to their organisation and its employees, vision, and goals – might not have caught up as yet.

This webinar will address the changes in working environments and cultures over the past 2 years and what effect this has had within the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

During this session we will explore:

  • Presenteeism as a requirement
  • Employee engagement
  • Talent Attraction vs Demands
  • Current management expectations and managing these within the workforce

After attending you will:

  • Have the opportunity to ask any questions regarding the webinar discussion
  • Receive a recorded copy of the webinar

Speaker profiles

Carolyn Dixey, Head of Group Procurement, De La Rue.

I have worked in procurement within global listed businesses for close to 20 years now, and as a driven and ambitious person, have spent at least the first half of my career ensuring that I was seen to be the first in, and last out, of the office, partly because that was the prevailing culture of the organisations that I was working in, and partly because this was a key means of demonstrating my ambition and dedication in the workplace.

Across the last 10 years, and most notably in the past two years since the Covid pandemic, I have seen a huge change, and clearly now, physical presence in the office isn’t the marker of dedication and ambition that it once was – which is a great thing, especially for a working parent like myself, trying (and often failing) to juggle the demands of work and home life. However, that doesn’t mean that presenteeism is dead and we need to be very aware of the way that home working can lead to work ‘bleeding’ into what used to be set-aside personal time at home in evenings and weekends so I certainly think that the challenge remains.”


Elliot Seymour, Human Resources Director, Hamble Aerostructures Limited.

A strong, influential, results driven, Director and Coach with excellent standards and a track record for leading and delivering through development and adding value to the bottom line. A Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management with experience in all areas of Human Resources at International, Board and Group level within HR and Operations in the aerospace, manufacturing, construction, engineering, retail, financial, service and training sectors. Multi-site, start up and FTSE 100 experience. Business Owner and Director of the Award-Winning Pure Rehearsal Studios, delivering rehearsal space, PA Hire and Music Lessons.


Tyrone White, Plant Manager, Danfoss Power Solutions.

Tyrone White is a Multi-Site Business Leader with Danish Engineering business Danfoss. Over his 30-year career Tyrone has led, coached and developed various teams in a broad range of functions to deliver strong financial and operational performance. He has a passion for driving Continuous Improvement Culture, Sustainability, and agile business models. During the Pandemic Tyrone has seen huge changes throughout the industry and has had to manage the challenges of balancing bringing staff onto site whilst asking others to work remotely.

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