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Future of Work Research

By Business, Workplace

This white paper aims to equip leaders with practical insights and strategies to enhance their workplaces. Emphasizing the words of organizational psychologist Adam Grant, it highlights the importance of helping others succeed for meaningful success. By prioritizing and adapting to the evolving nature of work and the needs of their employees, organizations can cultivate a positive workplace culture, drive performance and innovation, and gain a competitive edge in today’s dynamic business environment.

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The shape of talent in 2024

By Business, People & Culture, Workplace

McKinsey partners Bryan Hancock and Brooke Weddle, reflect on the trends that shaped the talent landscape in 2023 and discuss those likely to define it in 2024.

They delve into the impact of generative AI on talent functions, emphasizing HR’s adaptation and the evolving skill sets required.

Additionally, they highlight the pivotal role of middle managers in navigating technological transitions and fostering team well-being. The conversation also addresses the equilibrium of hybrid work models, with insights into office attendance trends and strategies for supporting employee engagement.

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6 Workplace Trends Leaders Should Watch in 2024

By Business, Operations, People & Culture, Workplace

In 2024, there’s a significant shift in employer-employee relationships, influenced by evolving workplace logistics, trends and dynamics.

Gallup’s research highlights the crucial role of management in employee engagement and well-being, overshadowing the impact of work location.

As organizations undergo transformations, many employees, including managers, experience stress and disconnection. To navigate this landscape, leaders must adapt management strategies.

Key trends include rising global worker stress, slow recovery of employee engagement, the need to restore trust in leadership, challenges faced by managers, the importance of a long-term hybrid work strategy, and fostering a positive hybrid work culture.

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How to Create a Strengths – Based Company Culture

By Business, Leadership, Operations, People & Culture, Workplace

A strengths-based culture and approach are powerful differentiators that assist companies in attracting top talent, eliciting peak performance from every employee, and fostering organic business growth. It is essential for companies to develop individuals in a manner that aligns with their personal desires for belonging, uniqueness, and growth. This approach not only enhances individuals’ anticipation towards work but also improves team collaboration and performance, ultimately driving the company’s organic growth

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How to make ESG real

By Business, Workplace

As scrutiny intensifies regarding how companies address Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)  issues, a robust approach becomes increasingly vital, irrespective of the terminology used or the organisational structures employed.

Forward-looking companies integrate ESG into their core strategies, crafting a meticulously curated portfolio of initiatives that align with their business objectives. By understanding their unique superpowers and vulnerabilities, these companies strategically prioritise ESG efforts, distinguishing themselves through purpose-driven actions that anticipate evolving stakeholder demands and societal shifts.

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9 Trends That Will Shape Work in 2024 and Beyond

By Business, Operations, Workplace

In 2023, organisations continued to face significant challenges, from inflation to geopolitical turmoil to controversy over DEI and return-to-work policies — and 2024 promises more disruption.

Gartner researchers have identified nine key trends, from new and creative employee benefits to the collapse of traditional career paths, that will impact work this year. Employers who successfully navigate these will retain top talent and secure a competitive advantage for themselves.

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Leadership lessons from the front line of the NFP sector

By Business, Leadership, Workplace

This white paper brings together the collective wisdom of nine highly experienced and motivated senior leaders in the not-for-profit sector.

Each member of the Community Directors Council (the Institute of Community Directors Australia’s advisory body) shares their personal insights about what they have learned from their time spent on the front line of for-purpose organisations and offer advice on how their experience can help emerging leaders to perform at the highest level.

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How to Improve Your Soft Skills as a Remote Worker

By Career Development, Personal, Workplace

In the age of AI, soft skills are the hidden gems of the workplace, but they can be a challenge to build when you work from home. Without daily, face-to-face interactions with colleagues, learning the nuances of how to communicate and collaborate is just plain harder.

So what are some practical steps you can take to develop soft skills when Zoom calls are your norm? The author outlines seven strategies to try. READ MORE HERE.

How High-Performing Teams Build Trust

By Business, Leadership, Operations, People & Culture, Personal, Workplace

Discussions about fostering trust in the workplace often center on the dynamic between managers and employees. Equally, if not more, crucial is the establishment of trust among team members. To better understand how the most successful teams cultivate trust internally, researchers conducted interviews with 1,000 office workers and identified 5 behaviors that distinguish these teams:

1. They don’t leave collaboration to chance

2.They ensure colleagues are well-informed

3.They share credit

4.They view disagreements as opportunities for improvement;

5.They proactively address tension.

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Diversity matters even more: The case for holistic impact

By Business, People & Culture, Workplace

For almost a decade through McKinsey has delivered a comprehensive global perspective on the relationship between leadership diversity and company performance.

This year, the business case is the strongest it has been since we’ve been tracking and, for the first time in some areas, equitable representation is in sight.

Further, a striking new finding is that leadership diversity is also convincingly associated with holistic growth ambitions, greater social impact, and more satisfied workforces. READ MORE HERE.