As the United States marches on in its mass vaccination efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are looking to a not-too-distant future in which employees will have the option of returning to the office. In the year plus that staff have been working remotely, much has changed. Aside from the pandemic itself, the nation has been continually embroiled in national headlines focused on social justice issues.
A Shift in Employee Attitudes
These issues have had a measurable impact on certain employee values, and companies should pay attention to how those views might impact their attractiveness as an employer, as well as employee morale and engagement. A recent report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), The Network, and Appcast found strong employee preferences and attitudes in the areas of diversity and inclusion (D&I) and flexible working arrangements.