Report Reveals How People Feel About Returning to the Workplace

24 Jul 2020 11:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Miami Beach, Florida: July 24, 2020, The Talent Transformation Guild released the results of its latest survey revealing how employees feel about returning to the workplace. The 40-page report, entitled “Back to Work: how COIVD-19 is affecting the return to the workplace”, is available for free to its members. An executive summary is available to non-members.

The Talent Transformation Guild provides resources for professionals that are preparing for the future of work triggered by the 4th industrial revolution and accelerated by Covid-19. Members include c-level executives, human resource professionals, consultants, and coaches.

The report reveals new data supplied by members and followers, primarily from the USA and the UK. With detailed statistics of effects of the virus on organizations, it looks at all the big issues including working from home, artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. There are also details on the biggest winners and losers and analysis on the emotional impact of uncertainty and change.

The respondents’ replies have been analysed by size of organizational workforce, geographic structure, the respondents’ generational group as well as their job role. The report can be accessed here:

Some of the highlights covered include:

  • The differences in attitudes and behaviors analyzed by the respondents’ different countries, particularly the UK, USA and Brazil.
  • The report names the biggest winners and losers in the pandemic workwise, both from an organizational and an individual point of view.
  • How personal and emotional issues have affected employees working from home.
  • The severity of the challenges that organizations are facing on security and data protection issues when people are homeworking.
  • How well the organization’s management performed when faced with employees working from home.
  • Whether the virus has affected employee loyalty and engagement.
  • How well organizations adapted to the restrictions placed on it by the pandemic.
  • The expected outlook for the respondent’s organization in six months’ time.
  • How well or badly different generations adapted to the new working conditions specifically comparing the the older ‘baby boomer’ generations to their younger Gen Y and Gen Z colleagues.
  • How far interest in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) has changed together with other technology supporting working from home solutions.
  • Thoughts on training programs and demands for future training.
  • Evident changes brought about by the pandemic since the Guild’s last survey, conducted in February. This previously revealed a significant disconnect between the way non-HR C-suite executives viewed the future of work compared to their HR and learning colleagues. The report assesses whether the advent of COVID-19 has helped to realign their views,
  • How organizations are looking to protect themselves from future pandemics, and specifically how they their propensity to adapt modern technologies.

Both the full report and the executive summary are available here: 

About the Talent Transformation Guild

The Talent Transformation Guild provides resources for professionals that are preparing for upskilling being triggered by 4th industrial revolution and accelerated by Covid-19. Members include c-level executives, human resource professionals, consultants, and coaches. As a member-driven organization it promotes best practices via webcasts, webinars, podcasts, articles, white papers, research and conversations to improve and make the best of the talents of individuals for the benefit of themselves and the organisations they work for.

The Guild enable stimulating and meaningful discussions to help professionals prepare for talent transformations at individual, team and organizational levels. The Guild supports the Talent Transformation Pyramid, an open source model, designed specifically to recognize the widest possible range of talent influencers and skills. To date many decision-makers are caught in traditional, linear thinking and immediate concerns to consider this. The Talent Transformation Pyramid enables you to address the challenge by promoting more strategic thinking with a focus on an organization’s readiness to perform.

About the Future of Work

According to the World Economic Forum, new and emerging technologies are affecting our lives in ways that indicate we are at the beginning of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. This new era will build and extend the impact of digitization in new and unimaginable ways. The Fourth Industrial Revolution can be described as the advent of “cyber-physical systems” involving new capabilities for people and machines. This will see new ways for technology to become embedded within societies and even our bodies.

With process automation, robotic automation, the internet of things the nature of work will change. Some analysts predict that more than 40% of tasks currently performed by humans will be delegated to machines. This does not mean that 40% of people will be put out of work but it does mean that most workers will have to upskill. HR experts are predicting this will dramatically change the landscape of our workforce.

About the Guild's Founders

Eric Shepherd an accomplished leader of international businesses and associations focused on talent, assessments, and success. Eric recently stepped away from a CEO role where he worked to build a SaaS company into a multi-million-dollar international assessment software business. Eric has also led industry and standards initiatives to promote best practices for assessments, learning, and interoperability. He currently serves as Chair of the IEEE P1484.20.2 working group developing Recommended Practice for Defining Competencies. Eric has previously served on Boards and working groups for:

  • HR Open Standards that defines interoperability standards for HR technology.
  • Association of Test Publishers and the European Association of Test Publishers that represents providers of tests and assessment tools.
  • The IEEE P1484.20.1 Standard for Learning Technology—Data Model for Reusable Competency Definitions working group.
  • IMS which defines interoperability standards for educational technology. 

Eric was instrumental in developing the IMS QTI interoperability standard and assisted with the US Department of Defense Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative to define the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) and the Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee (AICC) to define launch and track standards for Learning Management Systems.

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