Pre-coronavirus, employee engagement had evolved from 'cause for concern' to 'signs of improvement', with Gallup reporting in 2018 the percentage of engaged workers in the U.S. was at an all-time high of 34%, while actively disengaged workers had dropped to a new low of 13%.
Coronavirus has changed knowledge work forever, after businesses - complying with Government rules around lockdown -were forced to cram months or years of digital transformation into just days to remain operational, let alone competitive.
In a world where communication is as easy as opening an app, there is something a little bit special about mystery mail landing on the doormat with a thud, says Claromentis CEO Nigel Davies.
As life moves on towards a 'new normal', we hear from four people who have made significant changes to their working life or personal finances over the past few weeks. Perhaps there are new ways of doing things you plan to maintain?
If remote working is to become the new norm, where does it leave innovation and the diversity of thought that drives it?
With many businesses hit hard by coronavirus and the resulting lockdown, the UK hiring rate is down 40% on last year according to the latest available data from LinkedIn.
Business Insider talks to C-suite execs about their e-learning habits during the lockdown - including Claromentis CTO Mike Christian.
The 'novelty' of lockdown has long since worn off. Business leaders who've worked hard to transition workers from offices to digital workplaces now need to anticipate a steep decline in team morale, and understand how to keep their people productive and engaged through the-no doubt slow-return to normality.
Now that many of us are unwitting participants in the biggest global remote work experiment ever seen, even the naysayers are having to become home-working advocates.
Remote working and collaboration don't have to be mutually exclusive, says digital workplace expert Nigel Davies.
As the government announced a further three weeks of lockdown, here are some proven techniques ways to keep morale and motivation levels high
With anxieties riding high and job security precarious, there has never been a more crucial time for strong leadership.
No employer wants to make their workers' lives unnecessarily hard. Beyond the obvious-that your job is genuinely impossible to do from home-there is another good reason your employer might not be granting remote working requests: infrastructure.
Firms can reap the benefits of remote working beyond savings on office space - including attracting new talent and keeping staff for longer.
Nigel Davies, CEO and founder of UK-based digital workplace software developer Claromentis told us, one of the core elements of the digital workplace needs to be software integration.
Less than half (47%) of U.S. employees say their company provides remote work options, yet 76% will take advantage when it's offered. That's according to a 2020 survey by Robert Half of 2,800 workers employed in office environments.
"Having information that is easily digestible in a glance also helps users 'on the move' who may have bad connections or limited bandwidth." - Nigel Davies, founder of digital workplace software Claromentis
Claromentis founder Nigel Davies found flexible working has helped him hire and keep staff happy, particularly if they're from the tech-savvy millennial generation or generation Z.
Today's digital workplaces are barely recognizable as the intranets of 20 years ago. A menagerie of communication and workflow tools let us work from wherever we can find WiFi or mobile internet.
How does a remote CEO successfully manage a fully remote workforce of 57 people scattered across more than 20 U.S. states? Turns out, not all that differently, and there's plenty of time for family and outdoor pursuits.
The charity sector has a complicated relationship with power. In many respects, the sector depends on it. Power is required to make things happen: to campaign, to influence, to fundraise and to have an impact. But too much power - particularly when it is being held in the wrong places - can contradict everything charities seek to achieve.
The Holidays are coming and-with the rise of remote teams scattered across states and countries-it's not only culture that's being transformed: the infamous office Christmas party is undergoing a facelift, too.
Remote working may no longer be an optional perk for companies that want to keep talented staff.
Today, attentions have turned to figuring out how to improve the experience for 100% remote workers, who may never witness the cultural delights of head office.
Would you offer an internship to a worker you'll never see? Virtual interns, who await their assignments at home, are becoming a fixture in today's increasingly flexible workplace.
As remote working takes off, it isn't hard to imagine how replicating a working environment could be a huge gain for an increasingly-distributed business world, says Nigel Davies, founder of digital workplace Claromentis.
Cloud is shaking up traditional employee development, but what impact has this had on the workforce and, ultimately, business performance?
When the CEO of Hyr heard one of his workers had slept badly before a big meeting because of her bedding, he ordered a set of feather-filled pillows and had them sent to her home.
It's quite likely you're not in control of your culture now.
Worried about your employees wandering to greener pastures? Keep them interested by making sure that learning, development and creativity are part of your retention strategy and your culture.
Company culture must be visible in every step of the hiring process.
With the rise of fully remote workforces, coupled with the age of automation, could the future of the office be in jeopardy? I spoke to five futurists to find out what the physical and digital workplace could look like 50 years from now, in the year 2069.
Make leaders approachable; deploy great tech; and make communication cultural.
In response to demands for a better work-life balance, and in a bid to reap the benefits of a more engaged workforce, more businesses are testing digital nomadism.
At Claromentis, innovation is integral to keeping its product competitive. But when it came to hiring a diverse team to boost creativity, the firm found it difficult to attract enough women for certain roles.
Veering away from traditional routes, companies are now increasingly opting to train staff using video tutorials. From analysing the statistics, there is a clear reason why businesses are gravitating towards this new method.
In 2007, Steve Ballmer, then Microsoft CEO, famously declared: "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." Three years before, the technologist Jerry Kaplan said: "I wouldn't be buying Google stock, and I don't know anyone who would."
We explore the challenges this year's SME Culture Leaders have overcome in order to become culture winners.
This year we brought together an expert panel of company culture aficionados to decide the top 25 SME Culture Leaders in the UK. Find out which companies made the 2019 list below.