Articles and Podcasts for C-Suite [MAY. 13th]

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Articles and Podcasts for C-Suite [MAY. 13th]

Key Takeaways:

  • Leaders should understand that change exhaustion is a collective issue that should be addressed at the organization or team level, and not an individual one.
  • Employees "are choosing full-time employment but expecting and increasingly insisting on an employment experience that more fully incorporates the advantages of a full-time freelance career."
  • According to an HBR article, "employees want full autonomy to choose where and when they work.

Introduction:

  • This report provides and summarizes three articles on the specified topics that were published in the past two weeks. None of the podcasts published in the past two weeks were by reputable sources of the level that was specified. Below is an overview of the findings.

Selected Findings

Managers, What Are You Doing About Change Exhaustion?

  • Article published by Harvard Business Review on May 4, 2022.
  • According to the article, "organizations simply encourage employees to be resilient, placing the burden of finding ways to feel better solely on individuals." Leaders should understand that change exhaustion is a collective issue that should be addressed at the organization or team level, and not an individual one.
  • First, leaders should acknowledge the change that is happening and the resulting discomfort. Second, they should adopt a learning model and mindset that it is normal to continuously evolve. Third, organizations should make plans but be ready for any deviations.

Meet The 'Freelance Lite' Employees: They're The Future

  • Article published by Forbes on May 4, 2022.
  • According to the article, about 40% of employees in the U.S. have side gigs, and lack of confidence in management and reduced engagement levels are to blame. A survey found that about 80% of U.S. employees would be willing to shift to freelance work if they were assured of job security and fair pay.
  • Therefore, about 45 million employees are keeping their jobs but turning to side gigs for a sense of security. According to the article, employees "are choosing full-time employment but expecting and increasingly insisting on an employment experience that more fully incorporates the advantages of a full-time freelance career."

Balancing Autonomy and Structure for Remote Employees

  • Article published by HBR on May 13, 2022.
  • As per the article, "employees want full autonomy to choose where and when they work." A Jabra report found that increasing autonomy in the workplace contributes positively to the work experience, which boosts productivity, motivation, mental wellbeing, and trust.
  • However, leaders have expressed concern that they would not be able to make important decisions if they are not aware of when and where employees are working. The article further highlights a road map provided by the Jabra report to enable "leaders to support increased employee autonomy while still tending to the more tangible needs of the organization."

Research Strategy

To provide articles and podcasts for C-suite, we searched for the most reputable sources available in the public domain such as Harvard Business Review, McKinsey, Forbes, and the New York Times. After reviewing many articles and podcasts published over the last month, we selected three articles, which address trends and provocative ideas related to the requested topics. However, none of the podcasts found that were published in the past two weeks were by reputable sources of the level that was specified.

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