According to Deloitte, in 2021, we will build well being into work.
The consulting powerhouse has published a new study highlighting five workforce trends for 2021. And key among them is worker health and wellness.
Individuals, teams, and organizations all strive for well being. From Deloitte’s summary, here is how this future of work trend may happen:
Individual: Workers set their own boundaries and make their well being needs understood.
Team: Team members understand and honor each individual’s well being needs to create an environment in which the team can perform at its best.
Organizational: Leaders commit to designing well being into work and making it as important as any other factor.
Pre-pandemic, 80 percent of respondents to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends Survey identified well being as an important consideration. Now, as we see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, it is clear that workforce stakeholders will continue to take worker well being seriously.
As workforce professionals pivoted to remote work in 2020, many identified with the health and wellness benefits.
While other studies indicated that remote workers actually boosted their productivity in 2020, we also learned that people were better rested, spent more time enjoying activities with family, and interspersed non-work activities throughout the work day to achieve some semblance of balance.
To that end, it would not surprise us to see organizations strive towards ending the five day work week.
Coming out of the pandemic, we may finally shed the ages old “rat race” model of worker success that rendered people burned out, flamed out, and rusted out.
And when we finally build well being into work, our best days lie ahead.
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