How COVID-19 Has Accelerated Workplace Trends

Phil Jordan of BW Research discusses the benefits and policies most likely to help attract and retain top talent in today’s evolving US workforce.

The world of work is changing, and human resources decision-makers are on the front lines. Attracting and retaining top talent is one of the greatest challenges facing employers today. In 2019 Natixis Investment Managers partnered with BW Research on a series of research briefs examining the future of work. Many of the trends discussed in the report have accelerated in response to the COVID-19 shutdowns, as Phil Jordan of BW Research explains.

  • Industries and occupations identified as at high risk for elimination or significant change due to economic disruption have been hit hardest by the pandemic shutdowns.
  • Benefits beyond wages – such as flexible schedules, work that aligns with personal values, and corporate commitment to sustainability – are increasingly important to today’s workers.
  • Gen Z, the youngest generation in the workforce, is the most diverse generation in American history and has high expectations regarding executive leadership and corporate governance.
  • The most successful companies in the future will be those that implement benefits and policies tailored to the preferences of today’s evolving workforce.