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Working the Future blog: our latest insights and future of work sensemaking

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UK’s ‘4 Day Week Campaign’ to widen trial, following success of initial pilot
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, WORKLIFE BLEND, FOUR-DAY WEEK, FLEXIBLE WORKING,

UK’s ‘4 Day Week Campaign’ to widen trial, following success of initial pilot

Admin

2024-07-11 12:21

The next trial will also look at flexible start and finish times, a nine-day fortnight and compressed hours.

The 'Great Resignation' is entering its third year...
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, GREAT RESIGNATION, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, UPSKILLING, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, RESKILLING, WORKLIFE BLEND,

The 'Great Resignation' is entering its third year...

Admin

2024-07-11 11:59

Workers are placing an "increased premium" on organisations that invest in their skills growth - and who can blame them?

Will Labour address UK insecure work explosion - after 14 years of employment standards erosion?
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, ZERO HOURS, PRECARITY, PRECARIOUS WORK,

Will Labour address UK insecure work explosion - after 14 years of employment standards erosion?

Admin

2024-07-11 11:45

Can the new UK government end the race to the bottom on employment standards?

Stanford study says three-day hybrid schedule is 'win-win-win'
Head Kandi, HYBRID WORK, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, WORKLIFE BLEND, HYBRID WORK STRATEGY, HYBRID OFFICE, REMOTE WORK, WORKING FROM HOME,

Stanford study says three-day hybrid schedule is 'win-win-win'

Admin

2024-07-11 11:30

One of the largest studies on the benefits of hybrid working has identified the optimal ‘win-win-win' approach...

The rise of 'hushed hybrid'
Head Kandi, HYBRID WORK, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, WORKLIFE BLEND, REMOTE WORK, WORKING FROM HOME, RTO,

The rise of 'hushed hybrid'

Admin

2024-07-11 11:15

Increasingly, managers are interpreting how they enforce their organisations' RTO policies.

NINE WAYS TO UPGRADE YOUR RECRUITMENT PROCESS
Blog, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, TALENT RISK, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, RECRUITMENT, FUTURE OF RECRUITMENT, RECRUITMENT REDESIGN,

NINE WAYS TO UPGRADE YOUR RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Cathryn Barnard

2024-07-11 10:46

Recruitment urgently needs an upgrade - if it is to meet the needs of modern workers and address 21st Century labour market dynamics.

WEATHERING THE DEI BACKLASH: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE STRATEGY FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Blog, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, HUMAN-CENTRED LEADERSHIP, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION, DEI,

WEATHERING THE DEI BACKLASH: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE STRATEGY FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Dr Naeema Pasha

2024-07-11 10:22

The surge in opposition to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives presents a significant challenge. Companies are dismantling DEI teams...

NURTURING HUMAN-FIRST WORKSPACES IN THE AGE OF AI
Blog, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, AI, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, HUMAN-CENTRED LEADERSHIP,

NURTURING HUMAN-FIRST WORKSPACES IN THE AGE OF AI

Dr Naeema Pasha

2024-06-06 11:24

How can we understand ‘humanness’ in the context of an increasingly artificially intelligent world, and what lessons can we draw on from our human past?

Meet the bank boss who gets the value of WFH
Head Kandi, HYBRID WORK, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, WORKLIFE BLEND, REMOTE WORK, WORKING FROM HOME,

Meet the bank boss who gets the value of WFH

Admin

2024-06-04 13:42

Santander UK boss Mike Regnier gets that he and his colleagues don't need to be in the office five days a week...

The rise of 'quiet vacationing'
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, MULTIGENERATIONAL DYNAMICS, WORKLIFE BLEND,

The rise of 'quiet vacationing'

Admin

2024-06-04 12:17

The rise of under-the-radar downtime to get your work-life blend right...

Welcome to the age of ‘loud quitting’
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKFORCE, MULTIGENERATIONAL DYNAMICS, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS,

Welcome to the age of ‘loud quitting’

Admin

2024-06-04 11:58

There's a new way of quitting your job...

Workforce Ecosystems: Reaching Strategic Goals with People, Partners, & Technologies – Elizabeth J. Altman, David Kiron, Jeff Schwartz & Robin Jones, 2023
Reading Room, FUTURE OF WORK, UPSKILLING, CONTINUOUS LEARNING, TALENT ECOSYSTEM, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS,

Workforce Ecosystems: Reaching Strategic Goals with People, Partners, & Technologies – Elizabeth J. Altman,

Cathryn Barnard

2024-06-04 11:43

How organisations lead and manage increasingly ‘on-demand’ workforces requires entirely different approaches. This book explores that.

UK gender pay-gap now the smallest on record
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS, GENDER PAY GAP,

UK gender pay-gap now the smallest on record

Admin

2024-05-10 10:26

Gender pay gap now smallest on record - but remains stubbornly high in the public sector.

Even hybrid RTO mandates are hurting overall job satisfaction
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, WORK LIFE BLEND, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS, HYBRID OFFICE,

Even hybrid RTO mandates are hurting overall job satisfaction

Admin

2024-05-10 10:08

The importance of handling return-to-office mandates collegiately...

The rise of the office 'coffee-badger'
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, WORK LIFE BLEND, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS, HYBRID OFFICE,

The rise of the office 'coffee-badger'

Admin

2024-05-10 09:55

What is 'coffee-badging'?

From what is to what if: Unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want – Rob Hopkins, 2019
Reading Room, FUTURE OF WORK, UPSKILLING, CONTINUOUS LEARNING, ATTENTION DISRUPTED, ATTENTION DEFICIT, CREATIVITY,

From what is to what if: Unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want – Rob Hopkins, 201

Admin

2024-05-08 14:00

Creativity and imagination are key meta-skills that will help us flourish in the future of work. This book brims with stories of where we might start...

EMPATHIC OFFBOARDING: GO-TO GUIDANCE NOTES
Blog, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, TALENT RISK, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, ENGAGEMENT, BOOMERANG WORKER, OFFBOARDING,

EMPATHIC OFFBOARDING: GO-TO GUIDANCE NOTES

Cathryn Barnard

2024-05-08 13:22

Offboarding – the way businesses handle layoffs, resignations or end of temporary assignments – matters. Here's your guide to getting your approach right.

Mar. '24: greening our digital presence
Sustainability, SUSTAINABILITY, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, CLIMATE CRISIS, CSR, BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY, PEOPLE PLANET PROFIT, NET ZERO, DECARBONISATION,

Mar. '24: greening our digital presence

Patrick Lodge

2024-04-05 12:28

We thought it was high time to take a look at how green our website is...

The anti-work paradox
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, WORK LIFE BLEND, SIDE HUSTLE, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS,

The anti-work paradox

Admin

2024-04-05 11:06

Will rejecting hustle improve work for us all?

The hidden mental health challenges facing HR professionals in 2024
Head Kandi, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, FUTURE OF WORK, WORK LIFE BLEND, WORKFORCE WELLBEING, WORKLIFE BALANCE, WORKLIFE BLEND, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS,

The hidden mental health challenges facing HR professionals in 2024

Admin

2024-04-05 11:04

A new report highlights the true state of mental health in the HR sector. ​