As top futurists/speakers, our team often weighs in on topics like leadership, change management, and innovation, including new workforce trends and innovations. In the latest installment of our ongoing series that offers a quick recap and recent research, we discuss what it takes to keep navigating through disruption, and how businesses can thrive despite COVID-19’s ongoing impact. Once again, we find that learning to handle change is less difficult than it seems. After all, as top futurists speakers often remind, it’s much simpler to stay ahead of the curve when you make a point to actively change in time with changing markets, and evolve your business strategies in turn.

Topic: 7 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated and Productive

Scenario: More enterprises are having employees return to the office – but not anywhere near in the same numbers as before, and many will have larger portions of their workforce working remotely as well. At the same time, the pandemic and remote work tend to have a negative effect on productivity and morale, especially the longer uncertainty drags on and human contact is kept to a minimum – organizations need to know how to keep employees excited and happy to come into the (virtual) office.

Insight: From working with staffers to provide them with more flexible and understanding work schedules to giving them the chance to take on new roles and responsibilities to being more up-front, communicative, and open to ideas as a leader, you can implement several approaches to leadership that can help engage, reassure, and inspire your workforce. Like top futurists speakers can tell you, innovation is easier than it seems.


Topic: Build a Better Work-Life Balance: Avoiding Employee Burnout Amid a Pandemic

Scenario: Businesses of every size are working overtime to deal with COVID-19-related concerns, and workers don’t often put a premium on self-care. That’s a mistake, and staffers will actually be more effective if you take time to rest, relax, and step away from the chaos from time to time. Here’s how to promote mental health and work-life balance in times of high stress.

Insight: Despite the myth of needing to hustle triple-time to make it, there’s such a thing as diminishing returns – and if you don’t give your people opportunities to relax and decompress, it may cost you more in the end. By employing a few simple practices (learning to build in downtime, outsourcing non-essential tasks, create automated or routine systems, cross-training other staff so they can step in for you when needed, etc.) you can save yourself a world of difficulty.