This Episode: Rethinking Workstyles – with Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst

Lucinda is joined by authors Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst, the creators of ‘Workstyle’, a book dedicated to revolutionising the way we work, to discuss the book and its methodology, and the work they do through their consultancy to change the face of working life.

Key Takeaways

  • “Workstyle” means the complete freedom to choose when and where we work for ourselves, on the basis that we have such freedoms in our lifestyle, but not in our workstyle.
  • Finding a way to work in a more fulfilling and exciting way promotes a huge shift in enthusiasm, and leads to more productivity.
  • Workstyle is an attitude as well as a systemic change. in some industries this is easier than in others, but it tends to work best in the knowledge working sector.
  • The concept of workstyle is meant to be a way for everyone to come together to begin a conversation about whether or not the accepted ways of working today are appropriate, or are we holding onto a way of working that no longer has meaning in our society.

Best Moments from ‘Rethinking Workstyles – with Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst

‘In the digital age, the ability to work anywhere and at any time, we needed a word…’

‘There is a pressing need to work differently’

‘For some organisations it will be more about adopting a mindset – how can we give more autonomy to our workforce?’

‘the point of workstyle is to start a conversation’

About The Guest, Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst

Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst are friends, entrepreneurs, inspiring speakers and changemakers. They have been leading the workstyle revolution for a decade, co-founding a social enterprise, Hoxby, in 2014 to prove the concept.  

They have helped thousands of workstylers around the world to set, project and respect their own workstyles, and are conducting pioneering research into the link between autonomy, productivity and wellbeing. Their business has delivered projects in a workstyle way for some of the biggest brands in the world. Lizzie has three young children, lives in Bristol, and has recently recovered from breast cancer.

Alex suffered from debilitating burnout, before starting a family and leaving London for a village in rural Oxfordshire. Together they came up with the concept of workstyle in response to their negative experiences of a 9–5 traditional working week. 

Workstyle is the freedom to choose when and where you work. Their new book lays out the full story of workstyle – from its inception in the pub, through profoundly inspiring stories of the lives it has changed, to the impact it will have on the world by levelling the playing field and creating true inclusivity and accessibility in our society.

About The Host

Lucinda Carney is a Business Psychologist with 15 years in Senior Corporate L&D roles. Lucinda also has a further 10 as CEO of Actus Software where she worked closely with HR colleagues helping them to solve the same challenges across a huge range of industries. Certainly, it was this breadth of experience that inspired Lucinda to set up the HR Uprising community to facilitate greater collaboration across HR professionals in different sectors, helping them to ‘rise up’ together.

“If you look up, you rise up”

How To Be A Change Superhero – by Lucinda Carney

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