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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.
Related Trend Report: Future of Business
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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Scrolling Management
Social media platforms implement tools to mitigate doom scrolling
Trend - Social media platforms have developed new tools to help consumers manage their screen time. As doom scrolling becomes an increasing concern for many users, companies are implementing features that limit the user's content access to foster a healthier online environment.
Workshop Question - How is your brand ensuring the consumer's health and safety?
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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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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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Meditation Pairing
Brands are addressing digital fatigue and anxiety with new wellness features
Trend - Apps and video conferencing platforms are introducing built-in features and programming that will help consumers during their daily routines. Centered around mental health, these initiatives work toward staging interventions that help one build boundaries and healthy habits during COVID-19.
Workshop Question - How can your brand assist consumers in building healthier online habits?
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Crowdsourced Grocery
Consumers are contributing status updates to streamline shopping in COVID
Trend - Regardless of the stage society is in regarding COVID and the new normal, consumers are likely to want to reduce time spent in crowded public places. Brands in the grocery space are assisting with this by co-creating solutions with customers.
Workshop Question - Where can you make better use of your customers to develop clear solutions?
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Flexible Work
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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Worker Perks
Brands offer larger perks to help ease employee burdens
Trend - Employee perks are going well beyond in-office benefits and into investments that actually benefit employees lives and ease the various financial burdens they deal with. Things like childcare, debt repayment and fitness are now priorities for employers that want a productive and well-rounded workforce.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing employee wellbeing when it comes to their personal responsibilities and/or financial burdens?
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Remote Support
Platforms arise that better connect managers and remote employees
Trend - The adjustment period for employees who are now working remotely indefinitely has resulted in the increased use and availability of platforms that aim to simplify the employee-manager relationship. These platforms have various functions, and allow managers to track performance as well as better communicate with their direct reports.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing productive communication among its employees?
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Corporate Retreat
Businesses turn to virtual alternatives for corporate retreats
Trend - As people continue working from home, corporate offices are exploring new ways to offer retreats for employees. Whether offering ways for employees to relax or to bond, virtual options give employers freedom while maintaining boundaries among employees.
Workshop Question - How is your brand maintaining flexibility for employees and customers?
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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 vouchers, 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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