Future of Work Roundup - Week of December 26

Future of Work Roundup - Week of December 26
Photo by Nachelle Nocom / Unsplash

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.

3 Strategies to Bridge Generational Divides at Work

Generational disconnect is an ages-old problem. However, for the first time ever, we now have five generations in the workforce. A new Harvard Business Review piece outlines 3 strategies to bridge generational differences. One standout is "launch and sustain a reverse mentoring program."

Human-Animal Hybrid Brains Hold Promise for Neurological Disease

In this video, The Wall Street Journal outlines why human-animal hybrid solutions advance our understanding and, in turn, solutions to combat neurological diseases. While the science is exciting, it also poses ethical questions.

Paying $480/Hour to Overcome Your Fear of Talking on the Phone

Side hustles have become common practice. But one woman, reported by Business Insider, has found a particularly lucrative niche—charging $480 an hour to help Gen Z and millennial workers—for whom texting is a main mode of communication—to overcome their fear of talking on the phone.

8.4M People Will Get Raises Jan. 1

Business Insider reports that over 8 million workers will get a raise on New Year's Day as states step in to raise their minimum wages. The increase is due to a multitude of factors including ballot measures, legislation, and adjustments for four-decade-high inflation.

2023 Predictions for Collaboration at Work

The Work Innovation Lab assembled a collection of predictions on the future of collaboration at work in 2023 featuring insights from top collaboration experts, including Stanford's Bob Sutton, Northwestern's Liz Gerber, and Founders of the Connected Commons, a collaboration-focused research center. The first prediction: “Companies should expect employee turnover to keep increasing, and customize coordination accordingly.”

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for next week’s Future of Work roundup.