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eLearning > Culture > Future-Proofing Work Culture > Module 3 / 5

Future of Work - Engagement

Instructor: Jaime Neely
Digital Engagement
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This module explores solutions that address the incredibly low employee engagement levels plaguing workplaces all over the world. Advances in technology have done little to impact engagement in a positive way. From misaligned goals to stunted employee development and a lack of diverse leadership, the sources of low engagement are varied.

The solutions and strategies explored in this module will look at different tools to better understand employees, including Trend Hunter's Innovation Assessment, and the concept of smaller teams and internal programs dedicated to enhancing learning and development initiatives. 
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Workshop Question:
Where could you add more face-to-face interactions with your team?
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Featured Insights
Coworking Wellness
Coworking spaces prioritize both physical and mental health
Implications - The flexible nature of coworking spaces is being elevated even further with specialized designs, both physical and function-related, that focus on health and wellness. This shift comes as a growing segment of the workforce in North America prioritizes a work-life balance, taking that trend to the next level by offering the balance of wellness and employment in one condensed venue.
Workshop Question - How can your brand prioritize its employees' work-life balance, or enhance health and wellness initiatives in-office?
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Remote Guidance
The rise of "digital nomads" has led to products and services in this space
Trend - With the COVID-19 pandemic making remote work increasingly common, more consumers have found themselves with greater independence with where they can travel and live. Brands are seeing opportunities within this "digital nomad" industry and are offering products and services that enhance this lifestyle.
Workshop Question - How is your brand offering flexibility to its employees or customers?
8.2
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WFH Culture
Brands replicate office culture from home for their employees
Trend - In order to keep employees engaged as many companies enter a year of work-from-home setups, many are trying to replicate in-office rituals virtually. These include everything from coffee breaks to chat rooms that are mapped out to look like offices.
Workshop Question - How is your brand keeping employees engaged?
7.7
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Tech Yoga
Tech-powered yoga merges the traditional practice with modern habits
Trend - The traditional practice of yoga is being adapted with consumers' contemporary tech-based habits with products that help users enhance the benefits they get out of yoga. These products include everything from stress-detecting watches to AI-integrated yoga mats.
Workshop Question - How could your brand help customers attain their personal goals?
7.9
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Adjustable Office
Brands offer home office systems that cater to changes in work culture
Trend - Home office systems offered by furniture brands are becoming increasingly flexible and diverse in their uses. These systems offer important features like portability, privacy and space-saving.
Workshop Question - How is your brand catering to changed lifestyles and/or work cultures?
8.2
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Anti 9-5
Employers are forced to be flexible as COVID-19 changes Millennial lifestyles
Trend - The ongoing pandemic has revealed in many workplaces that young employees' already-flexible mindset when it comes to work will likely be forever evolved. Brands and institutions are using that as an opportunity to make or offer long-term changes that better fit the Millennial expectation for flexible work.
Workshop Question - How is your brand adapting to changing values as the pandemic continues?
5.2
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Familial Workplace 2.0
Family-friendly workplaces become more important as Gen X works at home
Trend - The older Generation X micro-generation -- known as Gen XS -- has always been quite family-focused; they are even more so during quarantine, as many of them are working from home. Balancing this requires even more of a push toward a family-friendly office culture.
Workshop Question - What are you doing as an employer to provide busy team members with respite?
5.4
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Nursing Accommodation
Companies accommodate mothers who have to breastfeed their infants
Trend - Whether in the office or in public spaces that don’t typically offer privacy, accommodating spaces for mothers to breastfeed their children are on the rise as brands recognize the importance of women needing flexibility when it comes to caring for their children.
Workshop Question - What are some macro and micro ways that your brand could better accommodate the needs of women?
5.8
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Flex Office
Office workstations and spaces are made to be transforming and flexible
Trend - With both traditional and more modern "open" office plans no longer being well-suited for contemporary work habits, employers are creating or offering more flexible office designs that are able to adapt based on employees' needs of the moment. With transforming furniture and workstations, brands are aiming to find solutions to the new ways that professionals are working in-office.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create a more flexible workplace design for its employees?
6.8
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Familial Workplace
As Gen X enters leadership positions, workplaces become more family-centric
Trend - Older members of Generation X–a.k.a, Gen XS–are family-focused. At the same time, this generation has many financial responsibilities that require dedication to the workplace as well. This makes work/life balance a point of tension; however, as this generation enters leadership positions in the workforce, they're able to enact changes that are conducive to family-centric work cultures.
Workshop Question - What could change about your corporate culture to become more family-centric?
4.1
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Therapeutic Referral
Online services allow for better access to mental health resources
Trend - Businesses and institutions are offering platforms that provide personalized information on mental health resources that individuals in need can access. With accessibility often being a major roadblock for people in the process of getting help, these services are able to reduce barriers to mental healthcare.
Workshop Question - How could your brand prioritize in its business model?
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