After working from home so long, it appears that many have forgotten office etiquette. For example, the heating of fish in the microwave, eating tuna fish at the desk, or not showering before coming to the office. For people with olfactory sensory issues, returning to the office could be a nightmare. Then there are those who forget their decibel levels. They can be heard everywhere.
Limbo is a game where the most limber, or flexible player wins. Sound familiar? Survey after survey is revealing that employees today are seeking more flexibility in their jobs and are willing to change employers to get that flexibility.
Two years into the pandemic, businesses large and small continue to struggle to find employees and keep the ones they have. Now, many employers are seeking new ways to retain and attract talent by identifying what matters most to their employees.
We have all heard of The Great Resignation and now The Great Regret, but have you given thought to what those movements are really saying about our workforce? Workers' values and expectations of their employers have changed. Period. Whether they are still planning on leaving your organization or may boomerang back, workers are ultimately prioritizing what is important to them rather than accepting inflexible cultures.
Employers of all types are facing unprecedented employee retention challenges. With the recently released Employee Turnover Survey, we now have some concrete data to show just how significant these challenges were in 2021.
While the COVID pandemic had many negative effects, there was some positive that came out of it – even for our pets!
As more organizations solidify return-to-office plans, a new Korn Ferry survey reveals that most professionals don’t think returning will be healthy for them.
The new State of the Workplace Study from SHRM evaluates how organizations handled key workplace challenges over the last year and takes a look forward at the anticipated workplace trends of 2022.
New sources of talent and changes in skills required to get work done are needed to address ongoing labor market challenges, according to an increasing number of employers in WTW’s recently released Reimagining Work and Rewards Survey.
With highly skilled talent desiring greater professional control and flexibility than any traditional role could ever afford, the number of independent workers surged dramatically in 2021 – rising 34% to 51.1 million from 38.2 million in 2020. This trend is expected to continue, with 56% of non-freelancing professionals saying they’re likely to freelance in the future.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, what a better time to talk about office romance. The COVID-19 pandemic saw a rise in workplace romances that has remained steady over the past year. A new survey from SHRM found that a third of U.S. workers (33%) report that they're currently involved or have been involved in a workplace romance—6 percentage points higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are still waiting for the moment where we feel confident to say the worst of COVID is behind us and it’s downgraded to an endemic. When that happens, we will take stock of the pandemic’s legacy on the workplace. A recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research makes the case that remote work will be one of those artifacts from the pandemic.
HR is being thrusted into the limelight. With COVID, a new normal is developing. Unless the job requires being onsite, flexibility is becoming the key. COVID will become endemic, meaning it will be around like the flu and common cold, but with possibly worse outcomes. How will this impact the future of organizations that HR can positively control?
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