Holiday parties are back!!! 🎄🎁🤶🏼
Despite a looming recession, companies are seeing these parties as an important investment to recognize teammates, celebrate together, and foster a sense of community - something that is hard to come by in today’s hybrid work environment.
After two years of leading virtual lives, employees are equally excited to pull out their ugly sweaters and wrap Secret Santa gifts for in-person get-togethers.
For your remote workers who probably can’t make it in person for these parties, Fast Company suggests some great ideas to make them feel included.
And on that note, this month’s Tydy Up is dedicated to seven People Operations predictions for 2023.
1. To Read 👀: Meeting marathons are not working
Employees are spending way too much time in (pointless) meetings.
In fact, the time employees spent in meetings has increased by 252% since 2020! These back-to-back meetings are taking an indefinite toll on their mental health. Plus, it is sapping their productivity and creativity.
On a personal level, a quick 10-minute breather between meetings without scrolling through social media or emails can help. But at an organizational level, you need something more concrete and strategic to reverse the meeting marathon endemic.
2. To Read 🛋️: Asynchronous work will fuel the success of hybrid work
Employees will continue to seek more flexibility at work in 2023.
And one thing they’ll want more of is asynchronous work.
The traditional 9-to-5 is on its way out. Employees want to work hours that are most convenient to them in pursuit of a better work-life balance. Plus, they expect organizations to trust them to get things done asynchronously.
Will you be able to facilitate asynchronous working? How will you do it? Both these will go a long way in determining the success of your hybrid work model and your attractiveness as an employer of choice!
3. To Listen 🎧: It's time to make room for Gen Zs in the workplace
They’re passionate. They’re rebellious. They’re the social media generation. And comfortable retirement isn’t an attractive enough payoff for them.
How to tap into their talent and passion while keeping them engaged is a big question People Ops teams will ask a lot next year.
Generational conversations are usually painted with broad brushstrokes. So keeping a few of those assumptions aside and making way for the new generation is in the cards for organizations.
Gallup pointed out, decades ago, that work friendships are important for employee engagement.
But 2020 shrunk the possibilities of building these relationships to near non-existence.
In 2023, it is time to revive the water cooler conversations, tea break catchups, lunch meets, and more in a hybrid work scene.
5. To Evaluate 📋: Unify your HR tech stack to reduce workload and gain most value
Adding new and more HR digital tools is great and on the cards for most companies. But without unification,
these multiple, disintegrated HR systems just add to People Ops woes.
As Josh Bersin put it, companies have a 'Kitchen Drawer Problem' - where you look down and see a whole bunch of tools, but you're not sure when you got them or if they're even being used. 2023 will be about unifying everything.
6. To Listen 🎧: It is time to hire Employee Experience Designers
“Employee Experience (EX) Designers” - you’ll need more of these people in 2023.
EX designers are those who:
- Are skilled at designing and driving employee experience journeys
- Know how to engage technology to improve processes,
- And, know how to scale EX without losing the human aspect
Get the full lowdown as Community Strategist Simone Poetscher quizzes Tydy Co-Founder and CPO Gaurabh Mathure on The Building Community Podcast.
The customer experience is an art and a science that has had years to get to where it is today. The brands we interact with study data and behavioral analytics to design and personalize our experience, constantly iterating and improving how we interact with them.
Employees are like customers for their employers. Which means People Ops teams have to behave more and more like marketing teams - studying and analyzing employee behavior to deliver a great experience throughout their journey.
Could you take some lessons from Customer Experience? Can you pioneer a consumer-grade employee experience at your workplace?
Guneet Singh, Head of Marketing and Creative Services at Google APAC shares some ideas. Check them out!
Extra: We’ve got a ready-to-use framework to build your CX-inspired EX. Get your guide right here.
The entire Tydy team is taking a much needed break from work to reflect, rejuvenate and come back refreshed to take on 2023 with new fervor.
What will we be up to when OOO?
Lots of family time. Beach vacations. Clean up for wedding season. Do nothing. Bake Plum cakes. Cozy up with our fur babies. There's just so much to do!
Photo credit: Pantone
Every December, the Global Color Authority, Pantone, announces the color of the upcoming year and for 2023, it is Viva Magenta. This unique combination of warm and cool tone exuberates a sense of reassurance and confidence in uncertain times. And in Pantone’s own words, the color can be described as "audacious, witty and inclusive of all."
Like ❤️ what you’ve been reading on Tydy Up?
Wish you a merry Christmas & a Viva Magenta painted 2023!