"Is it time to consider a 4 day week?"

Following the pandemic, the working world has changed tremendously and with this, the way some employees and employers think about life, work and what they want out of both. Many were made to adapt to working from home, whilst juggling home life, whilst others in the public sector had to carry out their normal duties, both adjusting to a new way of working. Now as we navigate our way out of the pandemic, more businesses are considering a four-day working week to embrace flexibility and a balanced work life. With many countries already adopting this new way of work, is it time we all considered a shorter work week?

This session will be chaired by Professor Emma Parry, Professor of Human Resource Management, Cranfield School of Management.

More panel members to be confirmed. 

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Programme & speakers


 Event Programme 




Is it time to consider a 4 day week? - panel and Q&A session 


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Panel members 

Professor Emma Parry, Professor of Human Resource Management, Cranfield School of Management.

Professor Parry joined Cranfield University in 2002 as a Research Fellow within the Human Resource Research Centre. She has a PhD from Cranfield and an MSc in Applied (Occupational) Psychology, also from Cranfield. 

Professor Parry is Head of the Changing World of Work Group. She is a recognised expert in Human Resource Management (HRM) and plays a leading role in a number of global research projects in this area. These include Cranet, a worldwide network of over 40 business schools that conducts comparative HRM research, and 5C, a global research project involving around 30 academic institutions, examining cultural and age differences in attitudes towards careers.  

Professor Parry’s research interests relate to the impact of the changing external context on managing people. In particular, she undertakes research on the influence of technological advancement, age demographics and generational diversity, and national context. Professor Parry has also undertaken a large number of research projects in relation to human capability within defence.  

Professor Parry is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Human Resource Management (IJHRM). She is also the Series Editor for the book series The Changing Context of Managing People (Emerald). She is also currently President of the Executive DBA Council (EDBAC), and an elected member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) Council. 

Professor Parry is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and an Honorary Fellow for the Institute for Employment Studies, as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at Westminster Business School. She is also an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Professor Parry teaches on graduate and executive programmes in the areas of Human Resource Management, Talent Management, Organisational Behaviour and Research Methods.

David Stone (Business Growth & Development Programme 2011), Chief Executive of MRL Consulting Group.

Following a successful 6 month trial in 2019, MRL has permanently implemented a 4 Day Working Week. Work for 4 days, get paid for 5. The benefits of this are myriad and we have proven that it's both possible & beneficial to adopt such a policy. 

David is currently serving as Chairman, Chief Executive and Managing Director of MRL Consulting Group (originally incorporated as Microscape Recruitment Ltd in 1997).He also the Geschäftsführer of MRL Consulting GmbH and Gérant of MRL Consulting SARL.

David's main focus is the recruitment, retention and motivation of great people for MRL. And by doing this David ensures that MRL clients and candidates are getting world class service, every single day.

Specialities: MRL Consulting Group is a specialist niche international search firm that was established in 1997 to recruit across the wider global semiconductor ecosystem (sales / marketing / design / software / applications / fabrication / equipment & support services) . From our offices in the UK (Brighton & Hove), Germany (Dresden) & France (Sophia-Antipolis) we recruit across Europe, the USA and Asia, covering all functional disciplines at all levels within our specialist market segments within the wider Semiconductors & Components ecosystems.

Perry Timms, Founder, Chief Energy Officer, People & Transformational HR Ltd

Perry Timms is the founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR - an 8-person global consultancy, setting out to create better business for a better world. Perry is an international and 2x TEDx speaker and award-winning writer on the future of work, HR & learning.

Perry’s 2017 book Transformational HR was an Amazon.com Top 30 HR seller shortly after its release (and is due for a second edition in 2021), but before that, his second book - The Energised Workplace - is published in August 2020.

Perry’s work is influenced by human-centred, design and systems thinking plus agile, inclusive and autonomous ways of working that enhance personal fulfilment and organisation effectiveness.

Perry is Adjunct Professor at Hult International Business School and Ashridge Management School; a visiting fellow at Cranfield School of Management, and Sheffield Hallam University, a is a Fellow of the RSA.

Perry is a proud Chartered member of the CIPD and is a 3x member of HR Magazine’s HR Most Influential Thinkers making the top 10 in 2018 & 2019.


Further event details and panel members to be confirmed shortly. 

Location & travel details

Online via zoom. 

Who should attend

All alumni and students. 

Cost & concessions

This event is free to attend.