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FuturistU > Culture > Future-Proofing Work Culture > Module 2 / 5

Future of Work - Evolution

Instructor: Jaime Neely
Millennial Lifestyle
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This module explores the realities and misconceptions of today's multi-generation workforce. For the first time ever in history, the working world is home to five different generations. While many studies support the idea that younger people seek different working environments and opportunities than their senior counterparts, is it really a source of tension or conflict in the workplace? Or is it being over-sensationalized?

The desire for a more flexible working schedule and environment among all employees is something with less room for debate. Modern employees want to choose when and where they're getting their work done, which is playing a significant role in the increasing number of gig workers. This phenomenon creates new opportunities both for employees and organizations looking to become more agile when it comes to innovation. 
Related Trend Report: Millennial Lifestyle
Workshop Question:
What generational stereotypes are influencing your interactions with colleagues? Managers? Direct reports?
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Flex Workplace
Employers cater to the flexible work practices preferred by Millennials
Implications - With Millennial work preferences revolving around flexible schedules, businesses are employing various tools that allow them to manage and coordinate the diversity of their workforce's' working styles. This shift allows for employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance, while ensuring that employers are able to create a more productive business–with the added benefit that these adaptive work schedules function as a key recruitment tool.
Workshop Question - How can your brand accommodate Millennial work styles in a way that offers mutual benefits?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Relaxed Workplace
As offices reopen post-pandemic more focus is placed on relaxation and wellness
Trend - Many consumers have been working from home over the pandemic, and have become accustomed to a level of relaxation and privacy. For some, this more relaxed environment is more conducive to productivity than the formal settings of the past. As offices reopen employers will need to be cognizant of this and provide more casual environments with low-sensory spaces.
Workshop Question - How can you arm yourself against the "anti-work" movement?
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Outdoor Offices
The ongoing pandemic has made outdoor workspaces more popular
Trend - Workplace flexibility has been a common topic of discussion after the the ongoing pandemic resulted in professionals working from home indefinitely. Now, businesses and employees are leaning into workplace flexibility with outdoor office spaces that balance productivity and function with comfort and convenience for workers.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing flexibility 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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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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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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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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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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