Greetings from the ever-evolving landscape of human capital trends! In this edition of the #TalentFuturist newsletter, we dive deep into the essence of human sustainability—an imperative for organizations looking to build a future that thrives on collaboration, purpose, and well-being.
🌟 The Shift Towards Human Sustainability:
As we explore the Deloitte 2024 Human Capital Trends Report, it's evident that many organizations are still tethered to a legacy mindset that views individuals as mere contributors to organizational value. The concept of human sustainability challenges this paradigm, emphasizing the need to create value for individuals, fostering greater health, skills, employability, equitable opportunities, belonging, and connection to purpose.
🌟 The Legacy Mindset Challenge
Many organizations find themselves stuck in a legacy mindset that prioritizes extracting value from people rather than working collaboratively to create a better future. The focus on human sustainability challenges this paradigm, emphasizing the need for organizations to create value for individuals in terms of health, well-being, skills development, equity, advancement opportunities, and a sense of purpose.
🌟 Human Sustainability in Action
Organizations that embrace the shift toward human sustainability build a beneficial cycle where improving human outcomes enhances organizational outcomes and vice versa. It's a perspective that recognizes the inseparability of work experience from human experience.
🌟 Signals to Prioritize Human Sustainability
How do you know if your organization should prioritize human sustainability? Look out for signals such as struggles in achieving social ESG goals, vague or undefined metrics, uncertainty in handling changing relationships with workers, and increased workforce-related risks.
🌟 Challenges to Overcome
The report indicates that only 43% of workers believe their organizations have left them better off. Challenges include rampant worker burnout, concerns about AI eliminating jobs, rapidly evolving skill needs, and poor conditions for frontline workers.
🌟 Executive Alignment and Business Impact
While 81% of executives acknowledge the importance of human sustainability, only 12% feel they are leading in this area. However, studies consistently show that organizations focusing on human sustainability produce stronger business results. The organizations scoring highest on workforce treatment outperform the Russell 1000 in various aspects.
🌟Advancing Human Sustainability: Actions for Leaders
To advance human sustainability, leaders must shift their mindset, focusing on metrics that measure human outcomes, making a clear business case, tying leader and manager rewards to sustainability metrics, integrating human sustainability into governance, and involving workers in cocreating their roles.
🌟 Learning from Leading Organizations
Explore how leading organizations like AT&T, Zurich Insurance Group, Chobani, Unilever, and Hitachi are implementing initiatives to add greater value for workers and society.
🌟 Financial Sustainability is Human Sustainability: A PayPal Case Study
Read how PayPal's initiative to improve financial wellness for its workers resulted in higher capacity, innovation, and employee engagement, showcasing the connection between financial sustainability and human sustainability.
🌟 Putting the Human in Sustainability: A Long-Term Play
Human sustainability is a long-term commitment requiring organizations to challenge assumptions and work collectively to define best practices and standardize metrics.
🌟 Conclusion: Shaping a Better Future Together
As talent futurists, let's champion the cause of human sustainability. By prioritizing people and creating value for individuals, we can pave the way for a future where organizations and individuals thrive collectively.
Thank you for being part of our #TalentFuturist community. Let's continue shaping a future that prioritizes human sustainability and transforms the way organizations and individuals coexist.
Welcome to the latest edition of our blog! Today, we embark on a journey that explores the profound connection between finding joy within ourselves and cultivating a sustainable and fulfilling work life. In this edition, we delve into the heart of human sustainability and shine a spotlight on the crucial element of joy.
🌈 Unveiling the Power of Joy: A Catalyst for Human Sustainability
In our fast-paced professional lives, it's easy to get caught up in the pursuit of success and overlook the essential ingredient that fuels our overall well-being: joy. The concept of human sustainability goes beyond traditional measures of success; it encompasses the holistic well-being of individuals within the workplace. At its core, human sustainability is about fostering an environment where individuals can thrive, find purpose, and experience genuine joy in their professional journey.
🧘♀️ Finding Joy Within: A Personal Revolution
True joy often begins with self-awareness and introspection. As Talent Futurists, let's champion the idea that finding joy at work starts with finding joy within ourselves. By understanding our values, passions, and inner strengths, we can lay the foundation for a sustainable and joyous career path.
🚀 Nurturing a Joyful Workplace Culture
Creating a workplace that prioritizes joy requires intentional effort. Encourage open communication, celebrate achievements, and foster a culture of appreciation. By recognizing and valuing the unique contributions of each team member, we pave the way for a joyful and sustainable work environment.
🌟 Joy as a Driver for Innovation and Creativity
Joy is not just a pleasant byproduct of work; it's a catalyst for innovation and creativity. Studies consistently show that individuals who experience joy at work are more likely to be engaged, productive, and innovative. Embracing joy as a core principle can lead to breakthrough ideas and a culture of continuous improvement.
🌐 Building a Joyful Future of Work
As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of the future of work, let's champion the cause of joy as a fundamental aspect of human sustainability. By prioritizing joy, we contribute to a workplace that attracts, retains, and nurtures top talent, ultimately paving the way for a brighter and more fulfilling future of work.
✨ Join the Conversation
Share your thoughts on the connection between joy and human sustainability. What practices have you implemented to cultivate joy in your workplace? Connect with us on social media using #TalentFuturist and let's continue the conversation.
Thank you for being part of our #TalentFuturist community. Here's to a future where joy is not just a fleeting emotion but a cornerstone of sustainable and fulfilling work lives.
CEO, Heels N Hustle
P.S. Heels N Hustle is a proud sponsor at Transform on March 11-13 at the Wynn Las Vegas. I'd love to spend some time with you in person shaping the now and future of work. You'll be in good company, with CHROs and people leaders of Dior Beauty, Meta, Workweek, BNY Mellon, Strava, Modern Health and other people-driven executives, future of work entrepreneurs, and workforce tech investors in attendance. I think you'd get a lot out of this event and the Transform community and would love for you to join me! Here's the link to register.
Greetings from the #TalentFuturist blog! In this edition, we delve into a topic close to my heart – maintaining balance as a working mom using the MVP Agile product development approach. Many of you have reached out, curious about how I manage to live happily as a working single mom of three wonderful kids, ages 20, 13, and 6. Drawing on my extensive experience as a Fortune 100 Scrum Master and Product Owner, I've found inspiration in the principles of the MVP Agile product development approach to create a life that not only works for me but also eliminates unnecessary stress and burnout. Today, let's unravel the secrets to achieving work-life harmony through agile and intentional living.
Embracing Work-Life Harmony with the MVP Agile Approach
Creating a Life that Works for You
Living as a single working mom is undoubtedly a juggling act, but it's not about finding the perfect balance; it's about creating a life that works for you. I've often been asked how I maintain my sanity and happiness in the midst of a busy life, and my secret lies in applying the principles of the MVP Agile product development approach to my daily routine.
1. Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in Life
Just as in product development, focus on the essentials. Identify the core aspects of your life – family, work, personal growth – and prioritize them. Cut out unnecessary commitments that contribute to stress and burnout, and concentrate on what truly matters to you.
2. Iterative Improvements
Life is an ongoing process of learning and adapting. Embrace the iterative nature of the Agile approach by making small, consistent improvements in various facets of your life. Whether it's adjusting your daily schedule or refining your self-care routine, continuous small changes lead to significant long-term results.
3. Flexibility in the Face of Change
Agile methodologies emphasize adaptability. As a working mom, life is full of surprises and changes. Be flexible in your approach, and don't be afraid to pivot when needed. This resilience helps navigate the challenges with grace and a positive mindset.
Eliminating Unnecessary Stress and Burnout
In the quest for work-life harmony, eliminating unnecessary stress is crucial. Assess your priorities and commitments regularly, discarding what no longer serves you. Remember, saying 'no' is a powerful tool in maintaining a life that aligns with your values and goals.
Creating Harmony, Not Balance
Balance implies an equal distribution of weight, but in reality, life is dynamic and ever-changing. Instead, aim for harmony – a blend of different elements working together seamlessly. Align your personal and professional aspirations with intentional choices that foster a sense of fulfillment.
As a working single mom of three, I've come to understand that the key to happiness lies in intentionally creating a life that aligns with my values. By embracing the MVP Agile approach, I've found a framework that allows me to continually improve, adapt to change, and eliminate unnecessary stress. Remember, it's not about achieving the perfect balance; it's about creating a life that works uniquely for you.
Thank you for being a part of the #TalentFuturist community. Here's to embracing work-life harmony and thriving in the journey!
Dear #TalentFuturist Community,
As we move forward in the promising possibilities of 2024, it's the perfect time to reflect on our personal lives and workplace well-being. In this second edition of our newsletter this month, we delve into the theme of "Human Sustainability and Wellbeing," exploring the significance of embracing discomfort for personal and professional growth.
Embracing Discomfort: A Catalyst for Transformation
In the quest for personal and professional fulfillment, our comfort zones often become barriers to progress. The familiar may seem safe, but true growth lies just beyond the edges of what we know. As #TalentFuturists, we understand that evolving with the times requires a mindset shift—one that embraces discomfort as a catalyst for transformation.
The Power of Discomfort in Personal Lives
In our personal lives, settling into routines can lead to stagnation. This year, let's challenge ourselves to step into the unknown, try new things, and welcome the discomfort that accompanies growth. Whether it's learning a new skill, embracing a healthier lifestyle, or fostering deeper connections, the beauty of life lies in its unpredictability.
Navigating Discomfort in the Workplace
The same principle applies in the professional realm. Our workplaces are dynamic ecosystems that demand adaptability. To thrive in the ever-evolving landscape, we must cultivate a workplace culture that values innovation, risk-taking, and resilience. Encourage your team to explore new ideas, experiment with different approaches, and view challenges not as obstacles but as opportunities for improvement.
Tips for Embracing Discomfort
Join the Conversation
Share your experiences with embracing discomfort in your personal and professional life on our social media platforms using the hashtag #TalentFuturist. Let's inspire each other to step into the discomfort zone and make 2024 a year of remarkable growth and transformation.
Here's to a year of embracing the uncomfortable and unlocking new potentials!
P.S. Heels N Hustle LLC is a sponsor at Transform on March 11-13 at the Wynn Las Vegas. I'd love to spend some time with you in person shaping the now and future of work. You'll be in good company, with CHROs and people leaders of Dior Beauty, Meta, Workweek, BNY Mellon, Strava, Modern Health and other people-driven executives, future of work entrepreneurs, and workforce tech investors in attendance. I think you'd get a lot out of this event and the Transform community and would love for you to join me! Here's the link to register.
Stay tuned for more insights, stories, and resources on the #TalentFuturist blog. Here's to a year of growth, resilience, and well-being!
Founder, #TalentFuturist Blog
Heels N Hustle LLC
Happy New Year! As we embark on a journey into 2024, let's take a moment to reflect on the significance of human sustainability and wellbeing in our personal lives and workplaces. In this edition, we delve into the transformative power of intention setting and how it plays a crucial role in redesigning our lives for maximum sustainability and positive outcomes.
Setting the Stage for a Sustainable Future: The Essence of Intention
As we navigate the complexities of our modern world, the concept of intention setting emerges as a guiding light, providing a roadmap for creating personal lives and workplaces that foster optimal human sustainability. Intention setting goes beyond mere resolutions; it involves a conscious, thoughtful process of identifying our values, aspirations, and desired experiences.
Mindful Living, Thriving Workplaces: A Holistic Approach
In the pursuit of human sustainability, it's essential to adopt a holistic approach that encompasses both personal and professional spheres. Mindful living extends beyond traditional wellness programs, emphasizing the integration of mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing into our daily lives. Similarly, thriving workplaces recognize the interconnectedness of employee happiness, productivity, and organizational success.
Crafting Your Narrative: The Role of Intention in Redesigning Lives
Imagine your life as a canvas awaiting your brushstrokes. Intention setting allows you to become the artist of your narrative, enabling you to define your goals, values, and the experiences you seek. In the realm of personal development, this intentional approach creates a sense of purpose and direction, paving the way for sustainable growth and fulfillment.
Intentional Workspaces: Shaping Environments for Optimal Performance
In the workplace, the power of intention extends to the design of our professional environments. Consider how intentional workspace design can enhance collaboration, foster creativity, and promote employee wellbeing. By aligning organizational goals with the values and aspirations of individuals, we create workplaces that not only thrive but also contribute to the overall sustainability of our communities.
Actionable Steps: Turning Intentions into Reality
To kickstart your journey towards a more sustainable and intentional life and workplace, I’ve curated a list of actionable steps:
Wishing you a year filled with intention, growth, and fulfillment!
Greetings! As we embark on another edition of the #TalentFuturist weekly newsletter, I am excited to share insights and perspectives on a thought-provoking topic that hits close to home for many of us - the misalignment between the future of education and the future of work.
🔥 Hot Take: The Future of Education Does Not Align with the Future of Work
Having started my career as a high school Spanish teacher, holding a master's degree in education, and navigating through diverse roles in both educational and corporate landscapes, I've had a front-row seat to the changing dynamics of the educational system and it’s mismatch with the future of work. Over the past month, my extensive engagements with a local school system have shed light on the glaring gaps between what education provides and what the future of work demands.
🔍 The Representation Gap and Diversity Dilemma
As we navigate this disconnect between education and work, it's crucial to recognize that the repercussions extend beyond just skill misalignment. Failure to bridge this gap now may exacerbate existing representation gaps and hinder efforts to create inclusive workplaces.
In my role, I've seen the potential consequences firsthand. Those who have historically been underrepresented and marginalized in may find themselves even further behind in the competitive job market of the future. Now, more than ever, we must act to ensure that the benefits of the evolving workplace are accessible to all.
📊 The Data Behind the Misalignment
1. Skill Mismatch:
Recent data from the World Economic Forum's "Future of Jobs Report" highlights a significant disparity between the skills taught in traditional educational settings and those sought after by employers. According to the report, 50% of all employees will need reskilling by 2025, with critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity identified as the top skills in demand.
Source: World Economic Forum - Future of Jobs Report
2. Technological Disruption:
A study conducted by McKinsey & Company reveals that the rapid integration of technology in the workplace is outpacing the development of digital skills in the current education system. This disconnect poses a threat to the employability of future generations.
Source: McKinsey & Company - Skill Shift: Automation and the Future of the Workforce
3. Educational System Challenges:
A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development indicates that traditional education systems are slow to adapt to the changing needs of the job market, leaving students ill-prepared for the future.
Source: OECD Education at a Glance 2022
🤝 Bridging the Gap: What Can We Do?
1. Emphasize Soft Skills:
Collaboration, adaptability, and emotional intelligence are consistently cited as crucial skills for the future. Integrating these soft skills into the curriculum is essential for preparing students for the dynamic nature of the workforce.
2. Foster Lifelong Learning:
Encouraging a culture of continuous learning is vital. Educational institutions and employers should collaborate to provide ongoing opportunities for upskilling and reskilling throughout one's career.
3. Strengthen Industry-Academia Partnerships:
Establishing robust connections between educational institutions and industry experts ensures that curricula are informed by real-world demands, closing the gap between theory and practice.
4. Agile Curriculum Design:
Institutions need to adopt a more flexible and responsive approach to curriculum design. Regularly updating course content to incorporate emerging skills can better prepare students for the dynamic nature of the workforce.
✨Personal Insights from Local Conversations
In my recent discussions with a local school system, the urgency of addressing these gaps became even more apparent. The need for a holistic approach involving educators, administrators, and industry leaders was a recurring theme. By aligning our efforts, we can work towards a more effective educational system that equips students with the skills they need to thrive in the future workforce.
As we navigate these challenges, I invite you to share your thoughts and experiences on this critical issue. Let's continue this conversation and collaborate towards a future where education seamlessly aligns with the ever-evolving demands of the workforce.
Thank you for being part of the #TalentFuturist community, where we strive to shape the future of work and education together.
Dear #TalentFuturist Community,
Welcome back to the #TalentFuturist blog! In this edition, we're diving into a topic that lies at the heart of every thriving workplace - Human Sustainability and Wellbeing. As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of work, it's crucial to remember that a well-designed workplace is not just about productivity; it's about fostering an environment where individuals can flourish both personally and professionally.
🌿 Cultivating Wellbeing: The Core of Human Sustainability
At the intersection of work and life, wellbeing emerges as the true barometer of a healthy workplace. Our mission as #TalentFuturists is to build organizations that not only succeed but also prioritize the holistic wellness of their greatest asset - their people. Here are some insights, tips, and best practices to guide you on this journey:
1. Flexible Work Structures:
Embrace flexibility as a cornerstone of your workplace design. Remote work, flexible hours, and alternative work arrangements empower employees to balance their professional and personal lives, reducing stress and enhancing overall satisfaction.
2. Mental Health Support:
Prioritize mental health initiatives. Offer resources such as counseling services, mental health days, and workshops that destigmatize mental health discussions. Creating a supportive culture around mental wellbeing is a long-term investment in your team's resilience.
3. Physical Wellbeing in the Office:
Design your workspace to encourage physical activity. Incorporate standing desks, wellness rooms, and green spaces to promote movement and relaxation. A healthy body often correlates with a healthy mind.
4. Skill Development and Growth Opportunities:
Foster a learning culture within your organization. Provide opportunities for skill development, mentorship programs, and pathways for career progression. A workplace that invests in individual growth not only retains talent but also promotes a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
5. Recognition and Appreciation:
Celebrate achievements, big and small. Regularly acknowledge and appreciate your team's efforts. Feeling valued and recognized boosts morale and contributes significantly to overall job satisfaction.
🚀 Your Action Plan:
Now that we've explored the foundations of a well-designed workplace, it's time for action. Here's your personalized action plan for the coming weeks:
Stay tuned for more insights and #TalentFuturist updates!
P.S. Share your thoughts and experiences on human sustainability and wellbeing in the workplace using the hashtag #WellbeingAtWork!
Hi #TalentFuturist Community, I have some exciting news to share – "The Essential Upgrade" has officially become an Amazon Best Seller! It's been an incredible journey, and I couldn't have achieved this without your unwavering support. For a week, our book proudly ranked among the Top 100 books (category) on Amazon, sharing the company of literary giants like Kevin Hart and Rick Warren.
Here's a glimpse of our remarkable achievements:
I want to express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who has supported our book. Whether you've read it, recommended it to a friend, left a review, or simply cheered from the sidelines, your contributions have played a vital role in this remarkable achievement.
"The Essential Upgrade" was born out of a passion for personal growth and transformation. It is a journey through self-discovery, empowerment, and the pursuit of a life filled with purpose and fulfillment. I am thrilled to see that the message has resonated with so many, and I am committed to continuing to inspire and empower readers on their own journeys toward self-improvement and sustainment.
As I celebrate this incredible milestone, I am reminded that the power of positive change lies within each of us. I hope that "The Essential Upgrade" continues to serve as a source of inspiration and guidance for those seeking to elevate their lives.
Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey. I look forward to many more exciting adventures and discoveries together.
With heartfelt gratitude,
Author,”The Essential Upgrade"
Founder/CEO, Heels N Hustle LLC
I recently had the privilege of joining the HR Leaders Podcast as a guest, where I had the opportunity to share my insights on reimagining talent strategies. In this blog post, I'll dive deeper into some of the key takeaways from that podcast episode and provide additional context and perspective on transforming your approach to talent acquisition and development.
Skills Above All
During the podcast, I emphasized the importance of skills-based hiring. Instead of solely relying on traditional credentials, organizations should focus on evaluating candidates based on their proven skills and aptitudes. This approach opens doors for non-traditional talent, expanding your talent pool and introducing fresh perspectives.
To implement skills-based hiring effectively, it's crucial for HR teams to conduct an honest assessment of skills gaps within their organization. Identifying which roles can benefit from skills-based hiring and initiating pilot programs can be the first steps toward shifting away from degree requirements. The result? A more diverse workforce that brings a wealth of skills and experiences to the table.
Growth = Sustainability
I introduced the concept of "human sustainability" during the podcast. This idea underscores the importance of nurturing continuous professional and personal growth among your employees. If your team members don't grow, they cannot sustain their effectiveness or engagement in their roles.
HR has a vital role to play in shaping a culture that encourages and supports employees in their growth journey. Activities such as introspection exercises, journaling, mentorship programs, and candid conversations about purpose and fulfillment can help individuals discover the right pathways for their personal and professional development. By fostering an environment where growth is encouraged and supported, you can enhance employee satisfaction and retention.
Walk the Talk
One key point I emphasized is that team members want to see organizational values in action. Initiatives like skills-based hiring demonstrate to employees that their unique skills and contributions are truly valued and recognized.
As HR professionals, we must actively challenge the status quo and ensure that our talent practices align with our people-first values. This alignment is crucial for building trust and fostering employee retention. By showcasing your commitment to values like diversity and inclusion, you can create a workplace where employees feel valued and motivated to excel.
The time has come to reimagine your approach to talent acquisition and development. By prioritizing skills over credentials, nurturing continuous growth, and aligning your practices with your organizational values, you can attract, develop, and advance professionals from diverse backgrounds. Are you ready to upgrade your talent strategy? I encourage you to listen to the full HR Leaders Podcast episode to gain even more insights and grab a copy of my new book for further guidance on transforming your talent approach.
Thank you for tuning in, and I hope you find these insights valuable as you embark on your journey to unlock the full potential of your workforce.
As the Founder of HNH Consulting, I am constantly inspired by the ever-evolving landscape of the business world. The past few years have seen unprecedented shifts in the way we work, and it is my pleasure to share insights on the future of work, with a particular focus on human sustainability.
In today's global marketplace, businesses are recognizing that sustainability extends beyond environmental and economic considerations; it encompasses the well-being and sustainability of their most valuable asset—human capital. Let's delve into the data and trends that underline the importance of prioritizing human sustainability in the future of work.
1. Remote Work and Flexibility
One of the most significant shifts in recent years has been the rise of remote work. According to a study by Upwork, in 2020, 42% of the U.S. workforce was working remotely full-time. This trend is expected to continue as businesses realize the benefits of flexibility in attracting and retaining talent. Remote work not only reduces commute times and office-related stress but also contributes to a better work-life balance, thus enhancing employee well-being and sustainability.
2. Mental Health and Well-being
The pandemic underscored the importance of mental health in the workplace. A report by the World Health Organization states that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy an estimated $1 trillion per year in lost productivity. Recognizing this, companies are increasingly investing in employee assistance programs (EAPs) and mental health initiatives to support their workforce's emotional well-being.
3. Diversity and Inclusion
The future of work demands a diverse and inclusive workforce. A McKinsey report found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 25% more likely to have above-average profitability. Fostering an inclusive workplace not only attracts diverse talent but also improves employee engagement and sustainability.
4. Lifelong Learning and Upskilling
The rapid pace of technological change requires continuous learning and upskilling. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2025, 50% of all employees will need reskilling. Companies that invest in lifelong learning opportunities for their employees not only ensure their relevance in the job market but also demonstrate a commitment to their long-term growth and sustainability.
5. Hybrid Work Models
Hybrid work models, combining remote and in-office work, are becoming the new norm. A survey by PwC found that 83% of employees wanted to work from home at least one day a week. These models not only provide flexibility but also contribute to sustainability by reducing commute-related carbon emissions and office space requirements.
At HNH Consulting, we firmly believe that the future of work is intricately tied to human sustainability. By embracing these trends and prioritizing the well-being of your employees, your organization can position itself as a leader in the evolving world of work. Our consulting services are designed to help you navigate this transformation and ensure that your business remains competitive and sustainable in the long run.
As we move forward, let's remember that success is not just measured in terms of profits and growth but also in the sustainability and well-being of our most valuable resource—our people. Together, we can create a future of work that is not only prosperous but also sustainable, inclusive, and fulfilling.
Founder, HNH Consulting