Are meaning & purpose missing for your workforce?

Organizations are increasingly offering lavish perks to attract and retain talent, and then tracking their success with annual engagement surveys. But what if they’re missing the point?

Posted by Matthew Deruntz and Christina Rasieleski on May 24, 2019.

Despite a laser-like organizational focus on what is traditionally called employee engagement1, most people remain less than satisfied with their jobs2. Deloitte’s 2019 Global Human Capital Trends survey points to what may be really missing. Many workers lack autonomy and access to the tools and information they need; moreover, they aren’t satisfied with the design of their jobs or the day-to-day flow of work.3 In fact, most survey respondents rated their organizations only “somewhat effective” or “not effective” on a number of factors related to experience: positive work environment, meaningful work, growth opportunities, trust in leadership, and supportive management. These aren’t issues that organizations can address with free doggie daycare or on-site CrossFit. Instead, they need to reevaluate the fundamental human needs of their workforce.

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Apprenticeship reimagined: A modern twist on a classic approach

A modernized apprenticeship model could be just the learning & development boost your organization needs

Posted by Matt Stevens and David Dulin on May 22, 2019.

Apprenticeships are a rather ancient form of on-the-job training. With roots in the Middle Ages, they served as a way to develop young craftsmen, who provided labor for master craftsmen in exchange for room, board, and training. While some trades still offer apprenticeship programs, and one might argue that today’s internships are similar, an adapted, modernized apprenticeship model could go a long way to addressing the shortages in skilled labor and the need for workers to keep their skills current and relevant as the Future of Work evolves.

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