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Executives can’t afford to fall back on “old ways” of leading.

Updated: Dec 7, 2022

The pandemic accelerated dramatic changes to workplace operations and new data shows leaders are struggling to keep up. The Future Forum Pulse published record-low executive experience and sentiment scores, citing shifting workplace expectations and new norms as the cause.

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“In times of disruption, leaders can either lean in and learn new skills or fall back on what worked for them—often decades ago. Given macroeconomic stress, it’s understandable that many want to go back to what worked in the past,” says Brian Elliott, the Executive Leader of Future Forum. “But two generations of digital natives have now entered the workplace. Workforces are more diverse, and there’s an accelerating pace of change and competition. That means that the job of leaders must change as well. And change, for everyone, can be daunting.”

Leaders need to forge a new path with employees to establish the best way to work together. Pushing for antiquated ways of working will only turn employees away. The key to being successful in this new era is to lead with trust. Trust your employees by giving them more choice and flexibility in when and how they work.

The Future Forum data shows that when workers have location flexibility, their productivity scores are 4% higher than their in-office co-workers. Workers who have full schedule flexibility report 29% higher productivity than workers with no ability to shift their schedule. They also report 53% greater ability to focus.

Ultimately, leaders should involve employees in new policy-making and be willing to try new approaches that create a workplace conducive to those needs. CultureID offers a way for leaders to do this effectively through a confidential survey platform with science-based resources that turn results into strategic action.

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Data Limitation Note: This data was collected on desk-based workers only.

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