Most Recent Articles on Future of Work

New Free eBook: 7 Critical Traits for Building Trust Inside Companies

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Feb 28, 2022

Employee engagement falling. People leaving their jobs in record numbers. Burned out employees seeking a new sense of purpose in their work. All these major trends can often be traced back to a lack of one key ingredient in work culture – trust in leadership.  

In our newly revised eBook, 7 Critical Traits for Building Trust Inside Companies, we offer new data, examine the trust problem and offer leaders a go-to playbook for how to reverse these trends and build a powerful new level of trust within the culture. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Feedback/Trust, Free Downloads, Future of Work

Culture Remains Most Important in an Era of Remote and Hybrid Work

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Feb 09, 2022

Hybrid work leads to a greater level of satisfaction but does not impact turnover, according to a new study. The findings also indicate that fully remote work has no link to increased job satisfaction but actually with higher levels of intent to leave a company.

Given those findings, and our experience with clients, it’s critical to examine how remote work affects the level of engagement among your employees, which is a key driver for your success. Leaders need to be mindful that remote work, at varying levels, is not a strategy in of itself rather a component of the overall corporate culture.

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Future of Work, Company Culture

Improve the Employer-Employee Connection with Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Nov 29, 2021

The “big quit” continues to accelerate in the U.S., with another 4.4 million workers reported to have resigned from their jobs in September, bringing the total to more than 24 million since April 2021. This historic departure of workers isn’t expected to abate any time soon—a recent McKinsey & Company survey found that 40% of employees are at least somewhat likely to leave their employer in the next three to six months. Perhaps even more telling, it identified a disconnect between employers’ perceptions and the actual reasons why employees are leaving.

What is most important to employees? Being valued by their manager and organization; a sense of belonging, and yes, work-life balance. The study showed employees were more likely to prioritize these and other relational factors of work life, including caring and trusting teammates and potential for advancement, while employers looked more at the transactional aspects such as workload and compensation.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, The Great Resignation, Future of Work

8 Ways to Foster a Positive Employee Experience in a Hybrid Workplace

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Nov 22, 2021

As organizations plan for the post-COVID workplace, many are considering a hybrid approach with good reason: It’s what employees want. Of more than 30,000 workers surveyed in the Microsoft 2021 Work Trend Index, 73% wanted flexible remote work options to continue and 67% wanted more in-person time with their teams.

Perhaps to help their employees enjoy the best of both worlds, two-thirds of business decisionmakers are considering redesigning physical spaces to accommodate hybrid work environments. Yet while more collaboration space, better videoconference technology and “hotel” desk space may be useful when employees are on site, that’s only part of the picture. To be successful with a hybrid work environment long term, it’s important to be conscientious about the employee experience all day, every day.

Moving to Hybrid Spaces

Here are eight best practices to think about when moving to hybrid work:

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Tags: Heart First Leadership, Future of Work

Disconnect Between Leaders and Employees on the Future of Work

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Nov 17, 2021

The progress made by corporate leaders adjusting to the challenges caused by the pandemic may not be quite as rosy as they think.

A huge disconnect appears to currently exist between the views of executives and those of employees regarding the future of work, according to a new “Global Workplace Report” released by NTT, a global technology company and business solutions provider.

According to the report, the top four strategies companies currently use to adjust to new employee needs include flexible hours, wellness, remote/hybrid work, and an improved work environment.

What employees want most is flexibility, and while they’re more vocal about their wants than ever before, they often don’t feel heard and responded to.

What are the key differences between how leaders and employees view their workplace?

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Future of Work

7 Steps to Help Employees Adapt When Return to the Office Means a New Workplace

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Nov 15, 2021

As organizations consider how best to navigate the post-COVID environment, many are rethinking their real estate needs and ways to offer employees ongoing flexibility for remote work.

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Tags: The Great Resignation, Future of Work

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