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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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Featured Insights

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

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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AI Discovery
Map applications are being upgraded with artificial intelligence-powered features
Trend - Map application developers are integrating artificial intelligence-powered features into their apps. These features improve the user's ability to locate themselves without a signal, identify nearby points of interest, and quickly access relevant data, such as weather.
Workshop Question - How can your brand leverage artificial intelligence to enhance the features and functionalities of your products or services?
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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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Custom Chatbot
Brands are launching services that enable fast creation of personalized chatbots
Trend - Businesses offer tools enabling clients to build fully-functional chatbots quickly. These bots are trained on custom datasets, making them suitable for internal, consumer-facing, or consulting purposes. Businesses across numerous industries can benefit from personalized low-cost chatbots.
Workshop Question - How can your brand leverage personalized chatbot technology to enhance customer service or streamline workflow?
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Decentralized Social
Developers are launching decentralized content platforms
Trend - Independent developers are using shared protocols to create decentralized content aggregator platforms. Companies do not own or moderate these platforms, which offers better privacy than large alternatives. Many of these platforms communicate with one another to form the 'Fediverse.'
Workshop Question - How could your brand adapt to, decentralized social media platforms to better reach modern consumers?
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Remote Focus
Brands are launching technology designed for remote workers with ADHD
Trend - ADHD products are tools, technologies, or aids designed to help individuals with ADHD manage symptoms and improve organization, time management, and productivity. With the influx of hybrid and remote work models, consumers with ADHD often gravitate toward products that can be used at home without judgment.
Workshop Question - How can your brand accommodate different kinds of work models with regard to both products and operations?
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Custom Workflow
Personalized prioritization apps enable more inclusive and effective work styles
Trend - Apps and services that aid in summarizing, prioritizing, and organizing work tasks in personalized ways are more popular than ever in the post-pandemic workplace. Not only does this custom approach to workflow give more flexibility, but is more inclusive of different work styles and needs.
Workshop Question - How can your organization maximize output without dictating how and when work is completed?
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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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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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