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FuturistU > Culture > Work Culture > Module 3 / 5

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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Featured Insights

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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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 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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Hybrid Management
New organizational software is helping businesses manage hybrid work models
Trend - As businesses adapt to hybrid work models where employees work from home some days, and in-office others--they're in need of tools to organize this new work model. Software programs that help run operations under flex work models are becoming more popular to maintain workplace productivity.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better adapt to the desire for flexible work models?
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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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Accessible Vaccination
Branded offerings and features aim to make COVID-19 vaccines accessible
Trend - Vaccine hesitancy and inaccessibility have been issues in different parts of North America, and so some brands are making the process more accessible with offerings like appointment information, transportation, and work accommodations to encourage people to get vaccinated.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing vaccine accessibility for its customers or employees?
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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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Vaccine Pay
Brands are offering paid time off to allow employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
Trend - Many brands are offering paid time off to encourage employees to schedule and receive their COVID-19 vaccines once they are eligible to do so. These brands span various industries, including quick-serve restaurants and department stores.
Workshop Question - How can your brand help limit financial barriers surrounding health for your employees?
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Co-Parenting Apps
Brands launch apps designed to simplify child rearing among caregivers
Trend - Brands are launching co-parenting apps that alleviate the need for communication about children's schedules and activities. These apps feature shared parenting time calendars, expense and payment tracking, family data storage, and secure messaging.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better help its customers cope with the stress of their responsibilities?
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Increased Output
Video conferencing platforms are offering more service diversity to consumers
Trend - Brands are optimizing video conferencing platforms and tools to deliver increased effectiveness to users. These new features strengthen the experience by enabling increased and diverse output—from podcasts to digitized minutes.
Workshop Question - How can your brand increase the productivity of consumers at home?
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