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Each week I’m going to provide a round up of what I consider to be important and interesting articles on the future of work (not authored by me). These will include a variety of sources and topics ranging from workplace practices to robots and automation to leadership and everything in between. There’s a lot of information out there so I’m hoping that these weekly round ups will help make life a bit easier for you by giving you just the good stuff. Let’s get into it!


Why One Company Pays Employees to Exercise 2.5 Hours a Week

How would you like to be paid to workout at work? Well one company is doing just that. Clif Bar and Company encourages their employees to take 30 minutes a day, during work hours, to exercise. The Clif Bar building includes a 2,500 sq ft. gym and a rock-climbing wall along with many other perks that help employees stay healthy.

Not only does this policy promote healthy living and make the employees feel taken care of, but working out could help boost productivity at work.

Millennials in the Workplace: Why They’ll Never Retire

Dr. Linda Sharkey, CEO of Tomlin Sharkey and Associates believes that it is very likely most Millennials won’t retire like generations before them. And it is not due to the decline of Social Security benefits.

Dr. Sharkey believes it is because Millennials are “going to live longer, they are better educated, they have better health, obviously, they have more choices, and they’re not constrained with the same paradigms that we had in the 20th Century”. She thinks it is more likely that Millennials will take sabbaticals from work from time to time rather than fully retiring in their 60s.

This article includes Dr. Sharkey’s interview with International Business Times with her views on how the Millennial workforce will be different from all of those that came before them, what the Millennial “sabbaticals” will look like, and which companies are handling the shift in generations the most successfully.

Would You Be Happier If You Worked Remotely?

This article lists 10 reasons why working remotely can be beneficial for employees. Included in the list is the fact that you can wear whatever you like, you can have time to exercise and there are no issues with finding a Wi-Fi connection.

Working from home may not be ideal for everyone, but this list shines a light on a lot of the perks one can take advantage of working remotely.

Why the War for Talent is Unwinnable Unless You Do This

Lou Adler points out two reasons why we are not winning the war on talent. First of all, he says, “the best talent is finite. The demand isn’t”. Secondly, changing jobs is “too easy” nowadays.

Adler then goes on to categorize all hiring problems into 4 different categories and gives possible solutions for each category. The four categories he lays out are, Strategic, Tactical, Process and People. In order for your “war for talent” to win, you must get all four categories in order and they must be operating efficiently. If any of them are out of balance, it could throw your battle strategy off course.

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