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

Future of Work - Excellence

Instructor: Jaime Neely
Corporate Social Responsibility
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In this final module, Jaime dives into the ever-increasing importance of employer branding. An employer brand is a company's reputation in the eyes of current, former and prospective employees. A strong employer brand can play a huge role in attracting top talent and positively influence the retainment of employees. Studies indicate the growing importance of employer branding in the eyes of consumers as well. Consumers would much rather support an organization that supports its employees and treats them well.

Individuals, particularly from younger generations, want to work for organizations that are doing their part to make the world a better place. It's all about finding work with a purpose. From corporate social responsibility to the role of diversity and hiring best practices, the topics covered in this module will help you better understand the perceived image of your own company and offer tactical next steps to apply internally.
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Workshop Questions:
1. Are you proud of your employer brand?
2. How might the Culture-Fit Bias limit the potential of your team?
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Office Zen
Products that allow consumers to manage their mental health at work gain favor
Trend - Beyond programs overseen and offered by employers, employees today are gaining mental health support from products and apps that are self-directed. Providing relief and awareness of various stresses in the workplace, this new slew of wellness offerings speak to a consumer openness to more specialized wellness products.
Workshop Question - What are some specific contexts your products or services could be tailored towards?
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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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CBT Apps
Health-based apps use cognitive behavioral therapy to support users
Trend - Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a technique that can treat everything from sleep to mental health issues, and brands are now adopting CBT into apps that aim to enhance mental and/or physical health. These apps offer more credibility than those that focus on general themes of wellness.
Workshop Question - How could your brand prioritize credibility in its product/service?
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Focused Mood-Boosting
Apps that prioritize mental wellness offer more focused functions
Trend - Wellness and mindfulness apps that are designed to boost users' moods are becoming more focused rather than offering several functions and uses. Apps in this space include ones that recommend mood-boosting podcasts to quick daily journaling prompts.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize its customers' and/or employees' wellbeing?
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Corporate Health
Businesses prioritize mental health for employees and/or customers
Trend - Businesses in a wide range of industries are aiming to ensure the overall wellbeing of their employees by offering mental health programs and initiatives. These include employee mental health training and internal wellbeing campaigns from social media companies.
Workshop Question - How could your brand prioritize the mental health of its employees and customers?
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Happiness Hacking
Consumers turn to quick and easy solutions to boost their mood
Trend - The considerable stress that many North American consumers are dealing with has resulted in brands offering quick, simple solutions to boost consumers' moods. Products and services in this space include everything from happiness-focused apps to mood-boosting essential oil kits.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing customer wellness?
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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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Retail Finance
Banking apps are including online retail features and functions
Trend - Banking apps are becoming increasingly functional, now with extended features that allow people to shop (or sell) within the apps. These features help customers consolidate some of their lifestyle habits, merging banking and shopping to create simpler online experiences.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing convenience for its customer base?
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Focused Platform
Mental health platforms focus on specific demographics, needs, or approaches
Trend - As more mental health-focused platforms become available, they're becoming increasingly targeted in who they cater to, and/or their approach to supporting users. Examples include everything from gender-specific platforms to ones that offer low-cost support.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing its customers' and employees wellbeing?
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At-Desk Workout
During COVID-19, hybrid work and fitness solutions are growing in popularity
Trend - Aware that consumers are spending increased amounts of time at home at their desk, brands are emphasizing the availability of fitness and work solutions that will enable individuals to be more active during the day.
Workshop Question - How can your brand encourage consumers to be more active when working from home?
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Virtual Journaling
Digital journaling platforms adapt to modern-day consumer habits
Trend - Virtual journaling is increasingly popular and functions as an alternative to keeping a written journal. These apps help consumers stay consistent in the process of writing about their days, feelings, and goals.
Workshop Question - How could your brand modernize some of its more traditional products/services/campaigns?
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