Oil giant BP shifts their office staff to a flexible working schedule as the company introduces a new future of work, post-pandemic. Plus, remote workers may struggle with getting promoted

#1. Oil Giant BP tells 25,000 office staff to work from home twice a week

The oil company BP plans to shift their more than 25,000 office staff to a more flexible working schedule as part of a post-pandemic shift, according to a report in The Guardian. The global company introduced the new hybrid working model in February; it’s a major modernization for the 111-year-old company. Workers will be able to have a 60/40 split time between their home office and the corporate office. BP hopes that the switch will offer workers a more “flexible, engaging and dynamic” way of work through in-person collaboration and remote work. Read more here.

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#2. In-person workers may get promoted more often. Remote workers may have perks, but they may have trouble getting promoted.

Remote work has plenty of benefits, but research shows it may have one important drawback: promotions may not be as common for remote workers. According to a report in the BBC, research has shown that remote workers, no matter how productive, lack facetime with colleagues and managers. This lack of facetime might have a negative impact on workers’ promotions and could end up stalling careers. Workers who opt to stay at home in a post-pandemic future could face a similar issue. One way to counter this issue? Deliberate team building. Read more here.

At the same time, others are debating whether younger workers need a physical office space, or not. Some managers remain worried that young professionals will miss out on informational learning normally gained in an office settings through meetings or conversations. Read more here.

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#3. The secret to a more diverse workplace? Childcare and parental leave, according to the world’s most gender diverse corporation

Norway’s biggest bank and one of Europe’s most top performing banks, DNB ASA, has also been named the world’s most gender-diverse corporation in the Equileap Gender Equality Global Report & Ranking of 2021. According to a report in Bloomberg, the key to creating the world’s most gender-diverse corporation is making sure women are not disadvantaged when they have children. Providing adequate paid parental leave and childcare can help make sure the organization thrives, even when parents have children. “It is absolutely possible to have children and a successful career,” DNB’s chief executive, Kjerstin Braathen, told Bloomberg. “A modern organization should facilitate programs to make this smoother and attractive.” Read more here.

It's an especially important story in light of International Women’s Day this week. This past year has challenged everything: our wellbeing, our routines, the way we work. In the spirit of International Women’s Day 2021, we asked leaders from across the Adecco Group to share their experiences this past year, and their advice to shape a better future of work. Watch the complete video below, or read more here.

#4. By next year, one million jobs could be automated

Over the course of the next 12 months, research shows that more than one million jobs in the UK will be automated. According to a report in HR Review, more than 1.4 million jobs are at risk of automation. Sectors such as wholesale, retail, and financial sectors are at the highest risk of being automated. However, as a result of the automation, more than 383,000 full-time jobs will be created as a result of automation and technology. Read more here.

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#5. Boosting jobs and job training, reducing inequality, listed as primary goals for EU by 2030

By 2030, the European Union hopes to reduce inequality and poverty and boost training and jobs throughout its 27-nation bloc, according to a report in Reuters. The EU hopes to raise employment rates from 73% in 2019 to 78% in 2030. In addition, the EU executive arm plans to halve the gap between the number of employed men and women. “With unemployment and inequalities expected to increase as a fallout of the pandemic, focusing our policy efforts on quality job creation, up- and reskilling and reducing poverty and exclusion is therefore essential to channel our resources where they are most needed,” the commission said. Read more here.  

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