Future of Work Roundup - Week of June 26

June 26, 2023

Future of Work Roundup - Week of June 26

Welcome to the Future of Work Roundup. Each week, we bring you five top stories—drawing from the latest academic research and industry trends—to give you an easily-digestible snapshot of how work is changing—and why it matters. 

In-Person Mondays: Boost or Bust?

According to the Wall Street Journal article, firms are pushing for in-person Mondays to boost weekly productivity, sparking debates among employees. While Monday office attendance is rising, it's still lower than other weekdays. Despite disputes, Fridays remain the unanimous choice for remote work.

Amazon Leverages Small Businesses for Delivery Expansion

Axios reports that Amazon is enlisting small businesses across 23 US states to bolster its delivery network. Dubbed 'Amazon Hub Delivery,' this initiative aims to extend Amazon's last-mile capabilities, targeting partnerships with 2,500 businesses by 2023. 

Remote Work Isn't Risk-Free: Addressing Musculoskeletal Disorders

Fast Company reports that remote workers and industrial workers share a similar risk for musculoskeletal disorders. To address this, it's crucial to integrate industrial safety norms like ergonomic training and frequent 'micro-stretch' breaks into remote work routines.

Gender Bias in Remote Work: An Unsettling Reality

The Harvard Business Review article unveils three biases impacting women in hybrid and remote workplaces. Experience bias undervalues women's less measurable contributions, proximity bias favors physically present employees, and in-group/out-group bias isolates remote workers.

Navigating Office Etiquette: The Class of 2023's Challenge

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Class of 2023, with education disrupted by COVID-19, lacks certain office etiquette and soft skills. In response, corporations and universities are launching training initiatives, with graduates eager to adapt and grow in the professional environment.

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