The pandemic could fix the workplace gender gap (or make it wider)

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Keeping flex policies can help, but the cofounder of Fairygodboss says for post-coronavirus workplaces, business and company decisions need to be made with a “gender budgeting” mindset. There have been many conversations around how the coronavirus has provided us with an opportunity for a cultural reset and will change not only the way we work, but the fundamental ways in which we live our lives. Some of these changes will inevitably be for the better, but the pandemic also creates risk for important progress that society has made. Read Full Story

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5 changes to expect in the workplace after COVID-19

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A senior partner of a leadership consultancy says, “Rather than waiting for reentry and being reactive, leaders need to prepare, setting expectations for the ways of working that will benefit the organization down the road.” As a result of the coronavirus, the workplace will never be the same. Even the word “workplace” suddenly seems obsolete, as the physical location in which we now work has merged with the places in which we eat, sleep, learn, exercise, and play. Read Full Story

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My mom’s final adventure: navigating nursing care in the COVID-19 era

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Bouncing between hospitals and the senior community where she lived, my mother miraculously avoided contracting the coronavirus, but managing the last stage of her life during the pandemic presented some challenges. This article is part of Fast Company ‘s Lessons of Covid package, exploring some of the ways America has changed since the pandemic hit and what we have learned from it. Click here to read the entire series. Read Full Story

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6 skills employees will need in the post-pandemic workplace

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As organizations find their way through the pandemic, the workplace is changing. Here are the skills that will help employees thrive in the future. The pandemic has created enormous changes in the workplace. Regardless of their jobs, employees needed to adapt rapidly to massive changes ranging from working remotely to changes in operations and fulfillment. But job skills were changing even before the pandemic. Read Full Story

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Tapping martech in times of crisis

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The coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone the world over, bringing unprecedented disruptions and challenges both to the way we work and the way we live. Marketers seeking new tools for navigating the changing operating environment will find many martech outfits have been quick to retool solutions to meet the coronavirus challenges.

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How finding a job will be different in 2021

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2021 may bring some normalcy back to the workplace, but some changes are going to stick. Here’s what you need to know. Whether you’ve been unemployed and looking for a job through the pandemic or are planning to leave your current role in 2021, it’s no secret that hiring has changed in many ways. From remote onboarding to a shift in where we network and look for job opportunities, there have been fundamental changes in how we get our next gigs. And even as the promise of vaccines and immunity give us a glimpse into a future where we’ll be back in the office again, some things are here to stay. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 has made reskilling workers more urgent than ever

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Randstad’s VP of global learning and development says rapid pandemic-driven workplace changes are leaving many behind and offers 4 ways to better reskill and upskill employees. Across the globe, organizations responded to the outbreak of COVID-19 with the most rapid transformation of the workplace in modern history. While studies have shown that the transition to remote work hasn’t hurt productivity, recent Randstad research has revealed that many workers are struggling to acquire the necessary skills to remain relevant in this constantly evolving labor market. To prevent workers from being left behind, it is critical that both businesses and governments collaborate to equip workers with the skills they need to adapt to the post-pandemic world of work. Read Full Story

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How the rise of automation can inform our upskilling during the pandemic

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To see how workers have overhauled their skills in the past, look to the influx of skills from the previous explosion of machine and process technology. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a devastating loss of lives and livelihoods around the globe, and for those of us continuing to shelter-in-place, it has drastically changed the way we go about our daily lives. With limited opportunities to return to work for millions, COVID-19 has also accomplished something that few of us could have predicted: it has revealed fundamental flaws in how we approach employment in the face of changing times. Read Full Story

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