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eLearning > Culture > Future-Proofing Work Culture > Module 2 / 5

Future of Work - Evolution

Instructor: Jaime Neely
Millennial Lifestyle
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This module explores the realities and misconceptions of today's multi-generation workforce. For the first time ever in history, the working world is home to five different generations. While many studies support the idea that younger people seek different working environments and opportunities than their senior counterparts, is it really a source of tension or conflict in the workplace? Or is it being over-sensationalized?

The desire for a more flexible working schedule and environment among all employees is something with less room for debate. Modern employees want to choose when and where they're getting their work done, which is playing a significant role in the increasing number of gig workers. This phenomenon creates new opportunities both for employees and organizations looking to become more agile when it comes to innovation. 
Related Trend Report: Millennial Lifestyle
Workshop Question:
What generational stereotypes are influencing your interactions with colleagues? Managers? Direct reports?
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Flex Workplace
Employers cater to the flexible work practices preferred by Millennials
Implications - With Millennial work preferences revolving around flexible schedules, businesses are employing various tools that allow them to manage and coordinate the diversity of their workforce's' working styles. This shift allows for employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance, while ensuring that employers are able to create a more productive business–with the added benefit that these adaptive work schedules function as a key recruitment tool.
Workshop Question - How can your brand accommodate Millennial work styles in a way that offers mutual benefits?
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Modular Work
Home office systems with modular designs make spatial adaptation easier
Trend - Modular home office systems are becoming more popular as working from home has become the norm since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. These systems allow for consumers to build offices at home in ways that are simple and spatially functional.
Workshop Question - How is your brand catering to the long-term changes brought on by the pandemic?
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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?
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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?
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Remote Rewards
Brands are re-creating in-office perks for remote employees amid COVID-19
Trend - As employees are required to work-from-home amid the "new normal" of COVID-19, the concept of office perks has diminished. In an effort to re-create some of the in-office benefits for employees, brands are offering meal delivery vouches, work-from-home snack boxes, and virtual stipend cards, among other benefits.
Workshop Question - How can your brand incentivize remote workers?
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Permanent Remote Work
Brands are allowing employees to continue remote work post-pandemic
Trend - Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many brands have been forced to quickly implement a work-from-home policy to help prevent the spread of the virus. Many found the shift to remote work to be without issue—with productivity and profits remaining the same. As a result, brands are implementing permanent work from home strategy, even post-pandemic.
Workshop Question - How could your company provide consumers with flexibility in times of uncertainty?
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Remote Engagement
New tools are helping businesses facilitate team-building exercises and rewards
Trend - Different tools are being deployed to help companies facilitate a meaningful connection between remote employees. Whether it is grabbing a virtual coffee with peers, enjoying multi-player games as a team, or simply rewarding someone for a job well-done, these types of tools assist in the facilitation of a healthy and engaging work environment for all.
Workshop Question - How might you facilitate your team's remote culture?
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Alternative Meeting
Remote meeting platforms are adapted with unique capabilities and formats
Trend - Brands are offering virtual platforms for team meetings that turn the traditional (in-person or online) meeting on its head. Varying formats like ongoing conversational "meetings" or virtual visualizations of office plans provide interpersonal and departmental collaboration, without employees being in the same physical space.
Workshop Question - How does your brand empower its customers to tackle challenges?
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Virtualized Onboarding
Brands are using technology to take onboarding into the virtual realm
Trend - Brands are leveraging technology to streamline the onboarding process for freelancers, remote employees, and even clients. By bringing tasks like this online, employers are capable of facilitating a more supportive environment for all types of workers, particularly those who are new to the company.
Workshop Question - How could your brand utilize digital technology for the benefit of your employees?
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Morale Analysis
Morale programs analyze online conversations to spot areas of improvement
Trend - Employers are taking advantage of new technologies in employee-tracking technology by using platforms that detect morale issues in online conversations and habits. By analyzing culture in this way, employers are able to change internal issues and boost morale and productivity in office.
Workshop Question - How could your brand prioritize employee morale?
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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?
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