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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In the Changing Role of the Office, It’s All About Moments That Matter | Microsoft Work Lab

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Numerous organizations continue to mandate that employees return to the office, typically for at least a few days each week. This article underscores the significance of setting “in-person” office expectations based on “moments that matter” instead of enforcing a minimum number of office days. It suggests that teams should customize their approach to suit the nature …

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Remote Work Isn’t Going Away — and Executives Know It | Harvard Business Review

Workforce Trends

Last week, I shared an HBR article that explored varying perspectives on hybrid work across global regions. Drawing from a survey conducted by the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute and Universum involving 651 managers from 50 countries spanning EMEA, APAC, and the Americas, the results show that while some similarities emerged, such as positive impacts on work-life balance …

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How Opinions About Hybrid Work Differ Around the Globe | Harvard Business Review

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The article explores varying perspectives on hybrid work across global regions and their implications for leaders in global organizations. Drawing from a survey conducted by the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute and Universum involving 651 managers from 50 countries spanning EMEA, APAC, and the Americas, the authors uncover differences in perceptions of hybrid work. While some similarities …

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The Reimagined Workplace 2023: Striking a Delicate Balance | The Conference Board

Workforce Trends

As the remote work debate persists, organizations are redefining their expectations for on-site work. For instance, BlackRock has mandated employees to return to the office four days a week starting in September; Zoom is requiring those within 50 miles of a Zoom office to come in twice weekly; and AT&T has mandated 60,000 managers to work in person at one of …

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Remote Work Playlist | Multiple Resources

Workforce Trends

As the debate on remote work continues, I have curated this one-page playlist of five resources to help organizations evaluate different aspects of remote work more intentionally. While some resources are more recent than others, they all address essential topics in the ongoing discussion on remote work. For example: McKinsey shares an analysis of which …

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Is Your Return-to-office Enforcement Policy Actually Hurting Attendance? | Human Resource Executive

Leadership & Culture

As organizations continue to navigate the transition from remote work to returning to the office, many are implementing return-to-office (RTO) policies. However, as mentioned in this article, strict enforcement of RTO policies can unintentionally hinder attendance and increase employee turnover rates. To address this issue, the article suggests utilizing data-driven insights to understand the impacts of RTO …

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