I write about people @ work, their motivations, triumphs, tragedies, gut wrenching strife and struggles and their heartwarming stories of winning against odds.

Do you know if you are a giver or taker, maze or a map, island or a bridge, rainbow or a cloud? Explore this and more with the only question worth asking yourself about 2020.

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The only question worth asking yourself is; Did I like the version of me that showed up in 2020? Did it make me happy, give me joy and fulfillment?

2020 has been a year like no other, a year of curveballs, paradoxes, enormous challenges, and unprecedented crises. We all react…

How does Return to Work survey data correlate to employee engagement and resilience?

Return to work infographic

Future of work is hi-flex

95% of employees want some control over how, when and where they work

Source: Workplace Intelligence and Savanta, Inc. survey Feb 2021

80% of employees want some form of hybrid work

Source: Microsoft 2021 Work Trend Index

70% of employees want to work remote for at least 2 days/week

Source: Stanford SWAA March 2021

75% of employees would give up at least one workplace benefit or perk for the freedom to choose their work environment

Source: Workplace Intelligence and Savanta, Inc. survey Feb 2021

Remote work is effective

87% of employees found remote working same or better than expected

Source: Stanford SWAA March 2021

80% of employees reported same or higher productivity working remotely

Source: Stanford SWAA March 2021

67% of employees view remote work as a benefit or extra pay

Source: Stanford SWAA March 2021

Compared to one year ago, 39 percent of people in our study said they are more likely to be their full, authentic selves at work

Source: Microsoft 2021 Work Trend Index

“People who interacted with their coworkers more closely than before — by meeting their children and pets over video, or even sharing a cry — not only experienced stronger work relationships (+12%), but also reported higher productivity (+23%) and better overall wellbeing (+9%)”

The fundamental questions on how flexible and who decides are at the root of the debate.

return to work infographic
Created by www.justhumannotresources.com

Over the last month, we have seen a wide variance in responses from companies as they plan for their employees to return to the workplace post pandemic.

There are 4 types of companies emerging in this debate and they differ on 2 key aspects:

  1. How they define flexibility
  2. Who decides…

Employees and employers seem to be on 2 different pages of 2 completely different books when it comes to return to work (place).

On one hand, companies are struggling to articulate why they need people in an office, what work (if any) did not get done due to remote work, especially in light of strong results.

On the other hand, People are hurting and not feeling heard.

We have an opportunity to listen…

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