Burnout is a top concern of employees and their companies. It has led to the “Great Resignation” where employees are leaving their jobs to embrace the gig economy or to seek their fortune as TikTok creators. The Great Resignation combined with decreased immigration and the retirement of baby boomers has led companies to offer record-high wages and improved benefits to a somewhat disinterested workforce, leaving key positions unfilled.
We are told that we are at a different place in this pandemic than we were before the vaccine, but it doesn’t feel like it when we are once again working from home to fight back from yet another variant of this virus. Employees are looking to their leaders for answers, while leaders are feeling the emotional toll of the past two years and uncertain about what comes next.
While this is not the new normal we hoped for, it is normal. We are far more resilient and in a much better place to accept these changes to our lives than we were a year ago.
Pragmatically, this means businesses must push ahead with developing their hybrid work models and ask different questions as they seek new solutions for their workspaces. How many desks are needed for hybrid work? How can hybrid meetings work equally for those in the room and those attending remotely? Can a hybrid workplace connect employees to a company culture, and what can be done to increase engagement and reduce burnout?
As we look more closely at emerging employer dilemmas and creative workplace design solutions, our advice is to put it all on the table as you explore the solutions that can work for you.