Making It Stick: The UK 4-Day Week Pilot One Year On | University of Cambridge, University of Salford, and Autonomy Research

Workforce Trends

In February 2023, a team of social scientists from the University of Cambridge, working with academics from Boston College, published a paper on the results of a 6-month trial study on the 4-day workweek. The study, which is the largest of its kind, involved 61 UK organizations. The results showed that the 4-day workweek resulted …

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Exploring the Impact of Virtual Meetings on Cognitive Performance and Active Versus Passive Fatigue | Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

Workforce Trends

As workers utilize various video chat platforms (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.) to connect virtually with colleagues, I’ve shared research studies analyzing the effects of this communication channel on various outcomes, such as the energy levels of meeting participants and feelings of burnout. One study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology titled The Fatiguing Effects of Camera Use …

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Return-to-Office Mandate Updates from 7 Organizations | Brian Heger

Workforce Trends

As more organizations announce return-to-office (RTO) mandates, here is my one-page cheat sheet featuring seven organizations that recently updated their RTO guidance. The included organizations represent just a sample of firms making changes to their RTO, and this resource can serve as a starting point for developing a more comprehensive listing. A few updates include Dell, which now requires …

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Has the Rise of Work-from-Home Reduced the Motherhood Penalty in the Labor Market? | University of Virginia and University of Southern California

Workforce Trends

According to the LeanIn and McKinsey & Company’s 2023 Women in the Workplace Report, the largest study on women in corporate America, flexibility, such as the option to work from home (WFH), is highly valued by working mothers, with 57% stating they would leave their employer or reduce work hours without it. In a recent study by …

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The Growing Inequality of Who Gets to Work from Home | Harvard Business Review

Workforce Trends

This article explores the growing disparity in remote work opportunities, particularly emphasizing its prevalence in higher-paying roles that demand more experience, full-time employment, and advanced education. Drawing insights from a U.S. online job advertisement database, key research findings include: Work experience. Only 3% of entry-level jobs offer remote work options, while over 25% of positions requiring at least seven …

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Partially Virtual, Wholly Productive: The Hybrid Culture of Tomorrow | Deloitte

Workforce Trends

As many leaders reassess their organizations’ remote and hybrid work policies, this 13-page paper offers several insights. Page 11, in particular, emphasizes the importance of using “moments that matter” as a foundation for determining when employees need to be in a company-designated office location. Aligning with this perspective, a previously shared Microsoft WorkLab article, In the Changing Role of the …

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Future Workplace Index 2023 Report | Ernst & Young

Workforce Trends

Ernst & Young (EY) just released its third annual Future Workplace Index, which tracks C-suite and executive sentiment and behavioral data around the workplace of the future. One of the topics covered in this 23-page slide deck is remote and hybrid work: 88% of surveyed companies report that they require or encourage 3+ days a week back …

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Return-to-Office Plans Don’t Have to Undermine Employee Autonomy | Harvard Business Review

Leadership & Culture

As organizations continue to navigate the return to physical office locations, this new article emphasizes the need for organizations to align their return-to-office transition with the values they advocate to their workforce. It highlights the potential conflict between mandates for returning to the office and values such as employee flexibility, inclusion, well-being, empowerment, and autonomy if not approached strategically and …

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How HR Can Empower a Hybrid Culture and Workplace: Four Key Focus Areas | Heidrick & Struggles

HR Effectiveness

Many HR leaders are helping their organizations navigate through the complexities of establishing hybrid work models that balance employee flexibility with the perceived advantages of in-person collaboration in terms of productivity, culture, and engagement. This 11-page paper distills insights from interviews with eight HR leaders, offering strategies to address four key factors impacting the success of hybrid …

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Return-To-Office Mandates Will Just Keep Getting Harsher as Bosses Stick to ‘Management by Walking Around’ | Fortune

Workforce Trends

Organizational leaders can make more informed decisions about remote and hybrid work when they leverage research and studies on the topic. This article points to two studies that explored how managers perceive the productivity and performance of remote and hybrid workers. The studies, involving Nick Bloom, a Professor of Economics at Stanford University who has been researching work from …

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