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Engagement

Instructor: Jaime Neely
Future of Business
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In this module, we take a look at the ever-increasing connection between innovation and employee engagement. Research from Trend Hunter's Innovation Assessment and additional global studies point to incredibly low employee engagement levels. For decades, employers have viewed their relationships with their employees as simply transactional, but today's younger workforce has different expectations. Modern employees expect more open communication, more autonomy and more opportunity to make an impact within their organization.

This module explores how you can increase innovation and engagement by focusing on transparent communication and giving employees the opportunity to make a significant impact within their role. The modern employee needs to feel connected to what they're doing to truly be engaged.
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Workshop Questions:
1. What digital tools could help fill the gaps between your peers, direct reports & managers?
2. How can you make your work culture more entrepreneurial?
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Employee Check-In
Digital touch-points increase productivity and boost morale
Implications - As increased touch-points with employees can prevent disquietude and lead to improved performance and motivation, busy employers look for streamlined tools that can help them gage the temperature of their team without taking up too much time. Through digital check-ins, bosses can keep tabs on how employees are feeling and performing, and are able to adjust accordingly, without employees feeling micromanaged.
Workshop Question - In regards to office culture, how does your team remain motivated? Is there a new system you could implement to gamify day-to-day productivity?
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Inclusive Productivity
Inclusive management and productivity apps combat ageism in the workplace
Trend - Workplace management platforms are adapting to the varying needs of a multigenerational workforce--with UX, resources and tools that account for tech gaps between generations. These platforms ease processes and foster communication with the aim of achieving age-inclusive hiring and working environments.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better adapt to a multigenerational workforce with different strengths?
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AI Novice
Artificial intelligence becomes more prevalent alongside services teaching the basics
Trend - As AI becomes more prevalent due to well-known apps such as ChatGPT, consumers feel a growing push to both understand and utilize the technology more confidently. New technologies can be intimidating, especially when the technology is one with such magnitude as artificial intelligence. These services aim to lower the barrier to entry.
Workshop Question - How can your brand develop services that demystify artificial intelligence and help consumers feel more confident in utilizing the technology?
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AI Training
Workplaces are using generative AI to train and improve employee efficiency
Trend - Workplaces are using generative artificial intelligence to craft training modules, provide feedback, and improve overall onboarding experiences for employees. These AI models deliver accurate feedback more quickly than human workers, saving companies time and money on onboarding.
Workshop Question - How could your brand implement generative AI training processes to improve its overall workplace efficiency?
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Neurodiverse Workplace
Companies are launching initiatives designed for neurodiverse workforces
Trend - Corporations are launching DEI programs and initiatives designed to support the careers and lives of neurodiverse employees. These programs ensure equality in hiring patterns, resource access, and worker compensation. These benefit businesses by improving employee satisfaction and retention.
Workshop Question - How could your brand ensure its DEI programs and initiatives make all potential employees feel welcome and supported?
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Custom Chatbot
Brands are launching services that enable fast creation of personalized chatbots
Trend - Businesses offer tools enabling clients to build fully-functional chatbots quickly. These bots are trained on custom datasets, making them suitable for internal, consumer-facing, or consulting purposes. Businesses across numerous industries can benefit from personalized low-cost chatbots.
Workshop Question - How can your brand leverage personalized chatbot technology to enhance customer service or streamline workflow?
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Decentralized Social
Developers are launching decentralized content platforms
Trend - Independent developers are using shared protocols to create decentralized content aggregator platforms. Companies do not own or moderate these platforms, which offers better privacy than large alternatives. Many of these platforms communicate with one another to form the 'Fediverse.'
Workshop Question - How could your brand adapt to, decentralized social media platforms to better reach modern consumers?
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Agile Workplace
As more offices adopt a hybrid model more flexibility is needed
Trend - The post-pandemic workplace demands more flexibility than before. The average office worker knows how to be productive from home, making the idea of being in the office full-time harder to justify. Thus, hybrid workplaces are more common than ever; however, these come with a unique set of challenges that organizations in the industry aim to solve.
Workshop Question - How has your workplace culture changed, and how can you make these changes work to your advantage as an employer?
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Workplace Sabbatical
Businesses are establishing or highlighting workplace sabbatical programs
Trend - In an effort to reduce employee burnout and ensure retention, sabbaticals offered by companies are being established or if they already exist, emphasized as an employee perk. These programs are a benefit for employees who have spent several years at a company, and include weeks of time taking a break from work to explore passions, rest, or do volunteer work.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better invest in its employees' personal or financial wellbeing?
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Work Protest
Office workers are protesting mandated returns to the office
Trend - Having grown accustomed to working remotely for several months, office workers are increasingly protesting mandates that require workers to go back to the office. Workers are now quitting, organizing against such policies, and/or ignoring these policies and continuing to work from home.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize flexibility for its employees?
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Gen Z Investing
Investing for young Gen Z consumers is made easier with apps and communities
Trend - Gen Z is entering a new world of fintech, and banking apps, community platforms and services are being designed to help them navigate investing in the modern age. These platforms ensure that young consumers are able to set themselves up for the future in today's changing financial landscape.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize customer education and support?
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