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  1. Attract and Retain Talent

    67% of Business Leaders Say Talent Attraction and Retention Are Their Top Challenges

    As the United States workforce gains job offers and opportunities—including, notably, the troubling allure of the gig economy—employers are finding talent attraction and retention increasingly difficult. In the 2019 Crain's Future of Work study—an online survey of professionals from the Crain's New York Business and the Society of Human Resources Professionals New York chapter databases—67 percent of respondents reported that their companies' top challenge is attracting and retaining workforce talent.

  2. Human Capital Risks

    Top 4 Human Capital Risks to Expect in the Future of Work

    New research from Mercer, summarized in the company's Global Trends 2019 report, shows that 73 percent of business executives predict significant industry disruption in the next three years, and an even higher percentage believe their company can lead that disruption. But in the same report, Mercer warns of the "significant human capital risks" that can "slow the progress of transformation." Most of those risks, however, should sound familiar to WerkLife readers: We've addressed them as problems that flexibility can solve. Below, find four of the human capital risks Mercer cites—and four ways flex is the answer.

  3. The Benefits of Not Commuting Every Day

    The Many Benefits of Not Commuting Every Day

    Study after study shows that location variety is directly correlated with increased employee happiness and productivity, but this type of workplace flexibility has other benefits, too. One is environmental. If more people worked from home or a location closer to home, just imagine how much we could reduce our greenhouse gas emissions simply by getting cars off the road and easing the burden of public transit. And as an added benefit, employees who use location variety would also be spared the agony of the daily commute.

  4. Skills Gap

    Flexibility Can Help Close Your Company's Skills Gap

    It's understandable if your annual budget is consumed by talent and development initiatives: Organizations around the world are facing skills gaps. In fact, a 2017 CareerBuilder survey of U.S. companies found that two-thirds of employers increasing their full-time workforce during the most recent Q1 period could not find qualified candidates for their open positions. Even more distressingly, the survey determined that the skills gap is costing companies an average of $800,000 every year, and that's just the cost of extended job vacancies—it doesn't even include the cost of professional development for existing employees.

  5. Millennial Transformation

    The Millennial Transformation of Work Is Almost Complete

    Against intimidating odds—including a punishing economy and a brutal burnout rate—millennials have transformed work as we know it. As they’ve advanced from entry level to leadership over the past couple of decades, they’ve actively rejected the status quo, replacing outdated policies, practices, and tools with newer, more efficient ones. They've encouraged the mainstream adoption of collaboration tools such as Slack, Trello, and G Suite. They've reimagined the physical workspace with innovative solutions such as WeWork and The Wing. They've even helped make workplaces safer and more equitable by embracing and upholding the principles of #MeToo and #TimesUp. And now, for their final act, they're focusing on revolutionizing the workday itself.

  6. You Can't Invest in Wellness Without Investing in Flex

    You Can’t Invest in Wellness Without Investing in Flexibility

    Less than 10 percent of the global workforce has access to a workplace wellness program, but workplace wellness is still a $47 billion industry, and one that is "heavily concentrated in high-income countries in North America, Western Europe, and Asia," according to a 2018 report by the Global Wellness Institute. But how effective are these programs, really? Do in-office massage sessions, corporate yoga centers, and company retreats really cure employees' stress and anxieties? Yes they certainly can—but not unless employees also have access to flexibility.

  7. Looking Forward

    Looking Forward With HubSpot's Katie Burke

    One of the best parts of my role as co-founder and co-CEO of Werk is getting to meet future-of-work thought leaders from all over the globe. That’s why I decided to launch a new LinkedIn series called “Looking Forward” where I chat with folks from a variety of fields and industries about how our workforce is going to evolve over the next decade. (Think the nicer, nerdier version of “Between Two Ferns.”)

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