Today's post comes to us from the executive director of The Workforce Institute, Dr. Chris Mullen, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR.
How is it already March? For months it felt like this year would never come, and now here we are heading into Spring and moving at what feels like warp speed. If you too feel like this year is already flying by, you may have missed some of the great content we are creating here at The Workforce Institute and we can't have that, can we? Fear not, I'm here with a quick recap of what's been written so far, so take a look through and make sure you are all caught up before March Madness or spring gardening or whatever your favorite early spring activity is starts taking up all of your free time.
- China Gorman kicked off our 2021 with a beautiful post on Getting Addicted to Gratitude in which she challenged readers: “In this first month of the new year, find someone doing something great just once a day and say thank you. In February, find two someones doing something great each day and say thanks. And, starting in March, find three someones doing something great each and say thank you. By then, gratitude will be a habit and that's a good thing. You won't be able to stop.”
- UKG's own Julie Devlin wrote about the critical importance of trust in the modern workplace and how organizations can take inventory of their trust indices.
- I wrote this one about Compassionate and Inclusive Management in 2021, taking a deeper dive into one of our annual workplace predictions and thinking about what compassion and inclusivity really look like when put into practice.
- We can always count on longtime board member David Creelman for thoughtful analysis of a variety of issues throughout the year, and he's already done this in 2021 with unique takes on employee monitoring and a Canadian political scandal with management lessons for all.
- Here's another post from me, again taking a deeper dive into one of our 2021 Workplace Predictions on The Great Reset, and what it will look like in 2021 as organizations start to look at life beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Speaking of thinking about life after COVID, Sharlyn Lauby wrote this informative piece about how companies will approach a hybrid workforce and what this means for policies and equity.
- Several of our board members weighed in on this round-up of which outside forces will have the biggest effect on the workplace in 2021.
- Remember the Super Bowl? Why does that feel so long ago? This post highlights research UKG conducted this year on how many people planned to skip work the day after the Super Bowl and what toll unplanned absences can take on organizations.
- Board member Neil Reichenberg, one of the most insightful voices out there when it comes to public sector issues, has given us two great posts on how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted government workers and what our country needs to do to restore trust in the federal government.
- Board members Dr. Martin Armstrong and David Creelman teamed up to write about the RPA, no-code and low-code software revolution that they believe will have a significant impact on our working lives.
- I wrote this post about re-thinking the traditional path to work as many organizations look for talent who have specific skillsets and see value in training those folks themselves; and as many young people re-think the value of a traditional 4-year-debt-laden college experience.
- Board member Natalie Bickford wrote this incredibly timely piece about 5 Ways to Improve Your Physical and Emotional Wellbeing While Working from Home. As the great-COVID-19-pandemic-work-from-home-experiment approaches the year mark, this is a must-read.
- Mark Wales provided us with his usual keen insight on the Health, Scheduling, Compliance and Equity Implications of Back-to-Work Planning as so many employers start or engage more deeply in that process.
- Finally, I wrote this one about overcoming resistance to change - it's an age-old problem in most workplaces, but one that I truly believe can be solved with self-awareness, creativity and trust.
That brings you up-to-date on all things Workforce Institute so far in 2021. Please subscribe to our twice-a-week-email updates so that you never miss another great piece of content and engage with us in the comments section - we'd love to hear from you!