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FuturistU > Culture > Work Culture > Module 2 / 5

Evolution

Instructor: Jaime Neely
Startup Innovations
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In this module, we introduce the first 'E' of Trend Hunter's framework on Modern Work Culture: Evolution. The workplace today looks nothing like it did two, five, ten or twenty years ago. From the devices and technology we're using in-office to the roles companies are hiring for and the people filling them, the landscape of today's workplace is almost unrecognizable.

This module dives into key changes including the new generation of employees now entering the workforce. We'll review the effects of artificial intelligence and what that means for hiring, training and the gig economy, which is becoming more and more popular as a solution for tackling the challenges so many companies face. Access to data is also playing a key role for many companies today, but what does that mean for your team specifically? Throughout this module, you'll gain a stronger understanding of the external forces shaping the internal success of organizations all over the globe.
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Workshop Questions:
1. How is your team embracing technology?
2. What needs to change within your organization to better accommodate a multi-generation workforce?
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Featured Insights

Accelerated Outsourcing
Employee outsourcing is prioritized to enhance efficiency
Implications - Companies are increasingly accessing online platforms through which they're able to outsource tasks and roles that they traditionally kept within internal teams. Such efforts have the benefit of being more cost and time-efficient, opening up space for brands to work with a more diverse range of professionals, while also broadening opportunities for freelancers.
Workshop Question - In what area could your brand use the help of outsourced employees?
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Focused Recruiting
Hiring platforms use more focused methods to ensure opportunity
Trend - Hiring platforms with focused recruitment pools are ensuring fairness in the recruitment process. These platforms offer opportunities for people who might otherwise be overlooked due to unconscious bias--including young workers, women, and people from low income backgrounds.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize inclusion in its recruitment practices?
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Accessible Parenting
Parenting platforms are prioritizing maternal and infant health and wellness
Trend - For some consumers, parenting challenges are amplified due to systemic issues like racial inequality in the healthcare system, high costs, and mental and physical health challenges post-pregnancy. Now, platforms are popping up that aim to address these issues, and make parental and infant care more accessible to all.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize accessibility in its product/service?
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Remote Guidance
The rise of "digital nomads" has led to products and services in this space
Trend - With the COVID-19 pandemic making remote work increasingly common, more consumers have found themselves with greater independence with where they can travel and live. Brands are seeing opportunities within this "digital nomad" industry and are offering products and services that enhance this lifestyle.
Workshop Question - How is your brand offering flexibility to its employees or customers?
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Reskilling Workers
Brands help retrain out-of-work individuals amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Trend - In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, brands and governments are launching free initiatives to connect out of work individuals with retraining opportunities to find new job opportunities. These include scholarships, digital courses, and seminars.
Workshop Question - How is your brand supporting struggling customers?
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P2P Community
Platforms for activism and peer support hone in on specific user concerns
Trend - Emerging platforms are being created for specific support purposes as more people spend time online. These communities embrace P2P support for serious concerns like BIPOC teen wellness and addiction recovery.
Workshop Question - How could your brand build a supportive community?
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Alleviated Search
New platforms & initiatives are assisting job-seekers with accessibility
Trend - Recognizing the difficulty of finding a job and the intimidation that some consumers experience when reaching out to recruiters, brands are launching platforms and initiatives to help alleviate stressful formalities and facilitate a better connection with potential offers.
Workshop Question - How can your brand support consumers in their job-search?
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Virtual Childcare
Platforms adjust their services to offer virtual childcare amid COVID-19
Trend - Virtual childcare has increased dramatically in the wake of COVID-19. These services include one-on-one and group sessions and typically span one hour. This emerging sector not only supports parents seeking free time but also employs caregivers unable to work amid social distancing regulations.
Workshop Question - How can your brand support specific consumer needs during crisis?
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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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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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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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