This week, companies continue to fight burnout by offering employees new benefits and perks; plus, how COVID has changed the way companies recruit CEOs and other C-suite executives; Facebook allows workers to go remote post-pandemic; workers need more than new skills to find better jobs; and how we can make remote work a better fit for everyone. Read this week’s trends from the world of work.

#1. Can pop-up holidays help workers de-stress?

 

 

There’s one clear side effect from the pandemic for workers across the globe: burnout. To help fight burnout, companies big and small are adding spontaneous days off. In April, LinkedIn shut down for a week to give their 16,000 global employees five days off. Last time, Google gave workers two impromptu paid holidays. It’s not just spontaneous holidays: some companies have added “self care days” as unique, additional benefits on top of paid time off. The new policies help set a precedent for a more wellness-focused future of work. Read more here.

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#2. How COVID changed executive recruitment – perhaps forever.

 

 

The pandemic has led to a big shift in the way companies recruit CEOs and other top C-suite executives. Recruiters told the Wall Street Journal that the changes in the recruitment process go well beyond the speed of hiring: now, the applicant pool has broadened, giving more people a chance to speak with candidates in an informal matter. Companies have also begun to prioritize different qualities in their leadership, including a greater focus on diversity and a greater focus on approachability. Read more here

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#3. Nearly all Facebook employees can work remotely post-pandemic.

 

 

As the world shifts into a post-pandemic future, Facebook, too, is shifting their remote work policy. Starting in mid-June, all of the company’s full-time employees can continue working from home even after the pandemic, so long as their job duties can be completed remotely, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. However, employees who opt to move to less expensive cities will see an adjustment in salary. Employees will still be encouraged to visit the office from time to time for team building. Read more here.

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#4. To fill millions of jobs, workers will need more than skills.

 

 

Helping workers land their next good job takes much more than just upskilling and reskilling, labor experts told The New York Times. Coaching, mentoring, and other types of assistance (like help with resume writing) are needed, in addition to skills training, to help workers land better jobs. Good jobs also require strong “soft skills.” Like teamwork, communication, and openness to learning new skills. Read more here.

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#5. If remote work is here to stay, how can we make it work for everyone?

 

 

The shift to home office, or remote work, is one of the lasting effects of the pandemic. When The Adecco Group surveyed 8,000 office-based workers, managers, and C-level executive in 8 countries, the results were striking: 74% of workers would like a mix of office-based and remote work in the future and 79% of C-Suite leaders believe that business will benefit from allowing increased flexibility.

 

But how do we make sure that it works for everyone? And what have countries put in place to accompany this transition? In our new white paper, “How to make remote work, work for everyone,” we outline some of the challenges linked to the implementation of remote work and compare legislation in place across 16 countries. Read more here.  

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