Bookmarks Issue 41

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Over the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you stories to end the year and highlighting some of the great content from our Collective writers that we thought were truly awesome so you can get another chance to catch them before the year’s out.

In This Week’s Issue:

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Three Things You Should Know

From The World of Work and Place

1. Take A Break, It’s Productive

In the relentless world of work, we often find ourselves burning out due to the relentless pursuit of productivity. But here’s the truth: we all need breaks, even though it’s easier said than done. This piece from AnnE Diemer explores the essential role of taking breaks, supported by both science and personal experience. Scientifically, breaks signal to our brains that we’re not in immediate danger, allowing for better functioning. While studies suggest activities like physical exercise, daydreaming, meditation, and social connections as ideal breaks, personal preferences may differ. For some, it’s stretching, enjoying a simple meal, tackling mindless chores, or spending time with animal friends. Accountability and grace are key on this journey to better work-life balance. So, remember, it’s okay to take a break – your productivity and well-being depend on it.

2. Five People Trends

In a year marked by economic fluctuations and uncertainty, staying ahead in the world of work requires a keen understanding of emerging trends. While a crystal ball might be a wishful tool, discerning the evolving employment landscape is still possible. Earlier this year Jen Paxton highlighted five noteworthy trends emerging in the PeopleOps space:

  1. Hybrid Work: The era of hybrid work is here to stay. Companies are rethinking their office requirements, with an increasing emphasis on remote work. The debate over productivity in remote settings continues, but it’s clear that remote work is here for the long haul, influencing the future of work for at least the next decade.
  2. Mission-Driven Recruitment: Candidates are increasingly prioritizing a company’s mission and purpose over monetary compensation. A growing number of job seekers are drawn to organizations that align with their values and offer a sense of purpose. With Gen Z poised to make up 30% of the workforce by 2030, companies need to refocus their messaging to resonate with this socially conscious generation.
  3. Internal Mobility: The unstable employment landscape has led employees to explore alternative career paths within their current organizations. Companies can support this trend by investing in internal mobility plans, upskilling, and re-skilling programs. This approach can help fill critical skill gaps while optimizing existing talent.
  4. DEIB Transparency: Companies are increasing accountability and transparency in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) efforts. Pay equity and transparency have been prominent areas of focus, but future endeavors will encompass policies like childcare assistance and dependent care FSAs. Expect to see clear targets and transparent diversity strategies in the coming years.
  5. Fractional HR Roles: HR professionals are facing burnout, prompting some to transition into fractional HR roles. Companies, particularly startups, are recognizing the benefits of having fractional HR experts. This flexible approach allows businesses to access specialized HR talent without committing to full-time hires, while HR professionals gain greater work-life balance and flexibility.

As we navigate the dynamic landscape of work, Jen believes these trends will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of PeopleOps, offering valuable insights and strategies for organizations and professionals alike.

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3. The Power of Grounding

In the fast-paced world of corporate life, where stress and anxiety have often been worn as badges of honor, the quest for excellence while maintaining one’s sanity has never been more critical. In this article Kelly Colón introduces us to the ancient practice of grounding, a timeless wisdom that is gaining recognition for its potential to improve mental health and overall well-being. Rooted in mindfulness, grounding involves reconnecting with the Earth and the present moment, offering a respite from the relentless demands of work, technology, and personal life. This practice, traced back to civilizations like the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, includes activities such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, and simply immersing oneself in nature.

Grounding has demonstrated its efficacy in reducing stress, enhancing cognitive function, and improving overall mental clarity. In the corporate world, where stress and burnout are prevalent, integrating grounding practices can serve as a counterbalance, benefiting employees’ mental health and, in turn, their productivity. Organizations that prioritize well-being by introducing grounding practices may find a more engaged, satisfied, and high-performing workforce. By fostering a culture that values mental well-being, encourages self-care, and integrates nature into the workplace, companies can empower their employees and redefine the future of corporate productivity. Kelly notes that grounding is not just a stress-relief technique; it’s a path to well-being and enhanced productivity, both for individuals and the organizations they serve.

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That’s It For This Week

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