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Workforce Strategy 2019’s first keynote—Kyra Bobinet—left the audience with a memorable message on moving From Bad to Badass.
The recent protests in Hong Kong are making headlines worldwide and also prompting challenging circumstances for global employers. Within the last three months, mass demonstrations and an increased level of protests have led to arrests, road closures, blockades at the airport and train stations, and concerns about safe travel.
In a statement released this month, nearly 200 CEOs fundamentally changed the definition of corporate purpose from shareholder primacy to one of corporate responsibility that benefits all stakeholders—customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders. This new direction embraces modern principles of sustainability, transparency, diversity & inclusion and economic opportunity for all.
What does the workspace of the future look like? The future of work is about flexibility, technology and the employee experience. These trends are driving companies to reshape the work environment and better align office design with their brand and culture. Workspace modernization also provides a unique opportunity to infuse health and well-being into the daily employee experience and elevate its role in your workforce strategy.
New survey data from the Business Group and Optum reveal that 19 percent of employees say their employer supports them from getting burned out at work. Among those employees who don’t feel they get adequate support from their employer, 40 percent want help for “burnout at work.”
The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, only the fifth time the designation has been used. Currently there are 2612 reported cases and 1756 reported deaths, making the year-old epidemic the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history
Would you rather call in sick or disclose a mental health issue to your boss? For many, the stigma and bias associated with mental illness is the greatest barrier to treatment, but we can make that change. According to the 2019 Business Group/Optum Well-being Survey, one in four employees want more mental health supports from their employer.