Two years after the onset of COVID-19, the future of work remains a topic of lively, even heated, debate. Early in the pandemic, some were quick to announce the demise of the centre-city office. The apparent success of remote work, they said, would lead to a revival of the suburbs, exurbs, and rural areas, with “work hubs” popping up as needed.
Menno Bart is a labour market expert, working as Senior Public Affairs Manager at the Adecco Group. As such, he is responsible for managing the Group's relationship with global and European policy makers, and for representing the Group in institutional settings. Menno holds mandates at the World Employment Confederation (WEC), the industry federation representing the HR services industry. These include member of the global Board, chair of the European Public Affairs Committee and member of the Executive Committee of WEC-Europe. In addition, Menno is closely involved with employment and social policy topics working via BusinessEurope, the International Organization of Employers, and Business at OECD. Menno acted as Co-Chair of the GFMD's Ad hoc Working Group on the impact of Covid-19 on Migrants, Migration and Development, and is a business representative on the ISO Ad hoc Group on flexible Work in the Gig Economy. Previously, Menno worked as a lobbyist in Brussels for the World Employment Confederation, and as a consultant for Russchen Consultants. Menno is a former diplomat for the Dutch government in Prague and on Aruba. Menno is currently based at the Adecco Group's headquarters in Zurich.