This week, a survey shows that women are nearly twice as concerned about their future job prospects than men; plus, JPMorgan is the latest big company to ask workers to return to the office; a new survey finds work from home makes us more productive; bracing for the new world of AutoTech; and determining whether your data security is keeping pace with your remote workforce. Read this week’s trends from the world of work.

#1. Women are more concerned about future job prospects than men, study shows.

Women are much more likely to be concerned about their future job prospects than their male counterparts, according to a new report in a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. A survey of more than 32,000 workers globally found that fewer than 29% of female workers feel positively about how the futurse world of work will affect them. Forty-five percent of men, on the other hand, reported feeling positively about their future job prospects. The study also found that workers from ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to feel their current jobs could be made obsolete in the next five years due to advancing technology. Read more here .

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#2. JPMorgan is the latest employer to insist workers return to the office in a few months.

The largest U.S. bank by assets told its workers this week that workers should plan on returning to the office this summer – at least on a part-time basis. Starting next month, the company plans to ramp up the number of employees allowed in offices, according to a report in CNBC. “We would fully expect that by early July, all U.S.-based employees will be in the office on a consistent rotational schedule, also subject to our current 50% occupancy cap,” the bank said in a memo sent Tuesday.

The company is one of several bigger institutions asking their employees to return. Among others, tech giants Facebook and Microsoft are starting to reopen offices and allowing staff to return. Read more here.

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#3. Work from home makes us much more productive, study finds.

Do employees work as well from their kitchen table as they do from their office desks? According to a report in Fortune, workers are, in fact, more productive when they work from home. Productivity in the U.S. economy is set to rise by 5%, mostly because workers have been saving time commuting. New technologies will help boost productivity in the long run, too. Read more here.

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#4. Bracing for the new world of AutoTech.

From electric cars to autonomous vehicles, the automotive industry is quickly changing. The era that Henry Ford launched more than a century ago is coming to an end, and the AutoTech world is emerging. This new business and this new era of technology could upend the global automotive industry. One of the ways to start preparing the workforce for this massive change? Reskilling and upskilling global workers. Read more here.

As traditional automakers move to embrace new paradigms, it is becoming increasingly clear that building internal resilience and ensuring business continuity requires a deeper, more meaningful and holistic assessment of companies’ talent strategies, according to recent whitepaper from The Adecco Group. Our upcoming webinar takes a look at the changing world of the automotive industry – and how businesses can tackle it. RSVP here for the event on May 20.

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#5. Is your data security keeping pace with your growing remote workforce?

Ever since the start of the pandemic, an influx of workers have been uploading, downloading, syncing, sharing, and messaging all day. Amid this shift towards flexible work, these new ways of working present a big challenge to data security. According to a report in Harvard Business Review, employees are 85% more likely to leak or lose files now than they were prior to the pandemic. Read more here.

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