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How do technology companies rethink and redeploy their people post lockdown?


6th October 2020

As offices were vacated in March and April 2020 to encourage social distancing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw organisational trends take form in a matter of weeks. In the high-growth tech space, where talent was already scarce, employers continue to consider how they will rethink and redeploy their people in the post COVID-19 world. On Tuesday 14th July, FPE Capital, in partnership with Talent Intuition, hosted a webinar exploring how technology companies will approach talent post lockdown.

The key is communication - regular conversations that pick up on people’s state of mind. Since lockdown we’ve had to work harder than ever at it.

Dan Walker, FPE Capital

The webinar was hosted by Dan Walker, Partner at FPE Capital, and Alison Ettridge, FPE Capital’s Head of Talent and Founder of Talent Intuition. We were joined by Oliver Shaw, CEO of leading UK based cloud-software vendor Kalibrate; Paul Marsden, a HR advisor to growth stage technology companies in the UK; and Andrew Gastaldello, a serial Chairman of growth stage companies.

Lockdown has allowed us the opportunity to be clear about our culture and to talk about how we are going to deliver on our strategy”

Oliver Shaw, Kalibrate

The webinar came amidst major announcements from large technology companies such as Facebook and Twitter around remote working. Although technology companies pioneered remote working prior to lockdown, many leaders still remain unsure on how the fundamental shift in mindset will manifest in practice. Therefore the webinar explored how in the future, a move towards borderless organisations does not come at the expense of growth stage company culture and development and mentoring opportunities that come from being together.

FPE Capital would like to thank Oliver, Paul and Andrew for a fascinating discussion, as well as all who attended the webinar.