Employers and employees alike are curious about the post-pandemic workplace: What will the office look like? Will you need a proof of vaccine to enter? Who will line up eagerly to get into it and who will adamantly remain at home? A recent article in The Atlantic suggests that those who do stay at home will likely get penalized — despite the proven productivity gains that remote work generally leads to.
“Compared with those who work full-time in the office,” the piece says, “bosses are less likely to promote or monetarily reward those who work at home.” It could be, however, that productivity spikes don’t apply to the very companies that would penalize their work-from-home employees. A report from McKinsey notes: “[O]rganizations with the biggest productivity increases during the pandemic have supported and encouraged ‘small moments of engagement’ among their employees. . . . These organizations are preparing for hybrid working by training managers for remote leadership, by reimagining processes, and by rethinking how to help employees thrive in their roles.”
The Atlantic article and the McKinsey report are the first two listings in this week’s roundup of go-to content for talent professionals. The list also includes a call for marketing to own employer branding and an exploration of how — and why — employers should help their workforce with student debt. The list concludes with a hilarious take on job interviews.
Also, this week we’re introducing a must-listen podcast. This is a 30-minute conversation that Porter Braswell, a DEI executive and thought leader, has with basketball star Napheesa Collier, who plays for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, on talking about race in the workplace.
Here are the must-read articles for this week:
1. What Bosses Really Think of Remote Workers (The Atlantic)
2. What Executives Are Saying About the Future of Hybrid Work (McKinsey & Company)
3. How the Stories Your Employees Tell You Can Help You Build a More Inclusive Workplace (LinkedIn Talent Blog)
6. Hiring Troubles Prompt Some Employers to Eye Automation and Machines (The Washington Post)
7. All the Feels: Why It Pays to Notice Emotions in the Workplace (Stanford Graduate School of Business)
The Week’s Must-Listen Podcast
WNBA’s Napheesa Collier: How to Be Outspoken About Race at Work (Race at Work with Porter Braswell)