The Future Of Work

By: Lisa Solomon

Is finding a work-life balance possible? It was hard before the pandemic to separate our careers from our lives, and now that many people are working from home it’s become even more challenging. When you went into the office, you tried to put “life” to the side so you can focus on work, but did you really?  Did you still check your personal email? Pay your bills, call your doctors, talk to your kids teachers?

For many people, the pandemic was the first time they were required to work from home on a regular basis. It was the first time where work had entered their personal space. As we look to the future of work, working remotely for many organizations will become the new reality. Many employers were fearful that productivity would suffer when their employees worked from home, but it turns out working from home can increase productivity.  We learned that we can be on a zoom call and simultaneously fold laundry.  We can have a 1:1 meeting while walking our dog.  Working from home awards us this flexibility.  We want to be able to maximize our time to meet the demands of our career and the demands of our personal lives.  We want to work for a company that values flexibility and builds a culture of trust.

According to a recent report from Mercer Global Talent Trends 2020-2021, HR directors recognize that this is one of the key factors to prepare for the future of work.  

“Given the experience of remote working and the need to adjust capacity swiftly, it’s no surprise that 2021 transformation plans are concentrated on reinventing flexibility in all its guises (48%), followed by expanding talent and learning ecosystems (43%) — which also can be an accelerator of flexibility. Although just 17% of companies say their transformation plans include significant workforce transformation (see Figure 3), the near-term focus is understandable: Their people are fatigued given many live where they work. HR says the top barriers to transformation are employee exhaustion (60%) and too many distracting priorities (56%).”

Atheneum Collective is an advocate for offering your workforce opportunities to upskill and reskill employees. We have created a platform designed to meet this need with flexibility as a key feature. We also realize that job specific skills are only one part of executing the needs of the future workforce.  Well being is now center stage for companies and HR. One in three HR professionals plan to improve the emotional and physical well being of employees as part of their transformation plans for the new “normal”. According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, knowledge workers now expect their managers to be part of their support system to help them improve their life experience, rather than just their employee experience”.  We are in “new era of management where it’s less important to see what employees are doing and more important to understand how they feel.”

You can develop capabilities to increase your overall well being, which will transcend into every other facet of your life – including your career. We have included online courses specifically focused on topics like happiness, empathy, and resilience (coming soon!). Your talent is your most valuable asset and when your employees are happy, they are more productive. We have a unique opportunity to take the learnings from what we hope is a “once in a lifetime” pandemic and redefine the future of work. Are you ready? It is time to invest in your employees and transform your workplace now.

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