[S2 E1] New Season, New Trends: 2021 Emerging Workplace Trends

In this episode, Patti delves into the top three emerging trends she is seeing in the workplace. In the first episode of this two-part series, she discusses Reimagining HR departments, a focus on holistic well-being, and why companies need to start preparing for Gen Z in the workplace.

On Reimagining HR Departments

Studies on Lack of Trust:

Call to Action:

  • Rework policies
  • Go further than policies and write manifestos, bills of rights, guarantees
  • Focus on language that is employee-centric rather than profit-centric

On Focusing on Holistic Well-Being

Studies Referenced on Well-being:

Call to Action:

  • If you’re a large company, consider appointing someone who is in charge of well-being.
  • Provide financial wellness education
  • Promote EAPs
  • Have a speaker talk about mental health issues, burnout, etc.
  • Host a lunch (or series of lunches) and learn about any of these topics

On Preparing for Gen-Z in the Workplace

What does VUCA mean?
A phrase often used by (or to describe the experience of) Gen Z is VUCA:

  • V = Volatility: the nature and dynamics of change, and the nature and speed of change forces and change catalysts.
  • U = Uncertainty: the lack of predictability, the prospects for surprise, and the sense of awareness and understanding of issues and events.
  • C = Complexity: the multiplex of forces, the confounding of issues, no cause-and-effect chain, and confusion that surrounds the organization.
  • A = Ambiguity: the haziness of reality, the potential for misreads, and the mixed meanings of conditions; cause-and-effect confusion.

References on Gen-Z:

Call to Action:

  • Introspection: don’t assume what you know about Millenials applies to Gen-Z
  • Act: Gen-Z and young Millenials expect companies they work with to be partners contributing to a just society

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Meet Your Host: Patti Perez

Patti Perez is founder and CEO of PersuasionPoint, a modern-day consulting firm dedicated to teaching leaders and teams how to create and sustain healthy, equitable and inclusive workplace cultures. Patti is the best-selling, award-winning author of The Drama-Free Workplace (Wiley 2019), and draws from the book’s themes to provide practical, authentic, and action-oriented solutions to help companies achieve true diversity and equity, and to create environments of belonging and inclusion.

Patti provides services specifically tailored to address law firms’ struggles with recruiting, retaining, promoting and fully valuing diverse attorneys – including consulting, leadership training, and boot camps for diverse attorneys who are emerging leaders.

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