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Instructor: Jaime Neely
Corporate Social Responsibility
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This module dives into the final 'E' of Trend Hunter's framework on understanding modern employee trends. Throughout this module, we show how employees today expect much higher standards from their employers, both internally and externally. Individuals want to work for organizations with a purpose beyond profit and deeply consider this before accepting a new role. Studies also show a significant number of young employees forgoing a higher salary if it means working for a company with shared values.

The modern employee aspires to work for an organization that reflects modern values and norms, including an increase in diversity, social action and purpose.
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Workshop Questions:
1. How do you prioritize thought diversity?
2. List three ways you find purpose in your work. How does this compare to the rest of your team?
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Mindful Perk
Employers adapt workplace benefits to better cater to mental health and happiness
Trend - As mental health and emotional well-being become a priority for consumers, employers are taking note and integrating more standard practices that benefit their employee's happiness. These perks come in different forms, including rewarding employees who get more sleep and pet-centric office spaces.
Workshop Question - How can you better tap into the desires and habits of your employees?
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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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Employee Toolkits
Employee upskilling toolkits address evolving workplace expectations
Trend - Employees now expect flexibility, inclusion and higher standards of ethics from their employers. In response to these evolving expectations, businesses are investing in less formal educational toolkits for employees that promote workplace wellbeing, transparency and sustainable practices.
Workshop Question - How can your brand offer employee resources that better reflect their areas of interest or need?
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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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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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Millennial Retention
Brands aim appeal to the Millennial employee pool with specific benefits
Trend - As Millennials grow older and more confident in their skills and work experience, they're becoming more valuable to brands. In order to better retain employees in this demographic, brands are offering benefits that are specific to their needs--including debt repayment and family planning.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize employee retention?
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Extended Benefits
Brands prioritize family benefits and perks in order to retain employees
Trend - As it becomes more difficult to juggle work responsibilities with family responsibilities, some businesses are prioritizing employee retention with more thorough benefits that help employees pay and plan for everything from fertility treatments to adoption.
Workshop Question - How could your brand expand employee benefits to boost retention?
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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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Reformed Routine
Social changes are influencing consumers to slow down and reassess their lives
Trend - More consumers in North America are adapting their priorities and routines to better align with their own happiness. This can involve consumers renouncing needlessly fast-paced lifestyles, quitting jobs in place of alternative opportunities, and generally focusing on their own happiness.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better align itself with its customers' or employees' values?
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