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Get the latest happenings in the ever-evolving world of work - June 2024
June - Workplace monthly digest
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Tidaro’s monthly digest brings you the latest happenings in the ever-evolving world of work. We’ll explore trends in workplace management, get insights into the future of work, and discover what’s shaping employee experience today.


The Gensler research emphasizes the importance of creating a holistic work experience that considers employees’ well-being and lifestyle needs. By blurring the lines between work and life in a positive way, exceptional workplaces can attract and retain top talent in the ever-evolving work landscape.

Below is a shortlist of the key factors that distinguish exceptional workplaces from good or great ones:

  • Intentional design: Exceptional workplaces go beyond basic functionality by offering spaces that foster innovation, collaboration, and well-being. Innovation hubs, project/team rooms, work cafes, outdoor workspaces, and focus rooms are crucial for optimal performance. Proximity to a vibrant neighborhood with amenities like care services, entertainment, museums, and spiritual spaces is equally important.
  • Holistic support: The focus shifts from work-centric spaces to supporting employees’ entire lives. These spaces cater to both work needs and personal well-being, creating a positive emotional experience.
  • Room for improvement: While effective spaces exist, many workplaces lack exceptional experiences. Adding these factors can elevate a good workplace to great or exceptional.
  • Effective workplaces cater to all work styles: They are offering dedicated spaces for: working alone, working with others in-person, working with others virtually, learning, and socializing.

Employees in high-performing workplaces are nearly 2X as likely to report having control over their work schedules compared to those in low-performing workplaces. Also, almost 80% of employees in high-quality buildings say their company is a great place to work, compared to 43% of those working in lower-quality buildings.

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Teams are busier than ever, but accomplishing less – this is one of the report’s conclusions.

Also, it seems that 25 billion of work hours are lost to ineffective collaboration each year within the Fortune 500.

93% of executives say teams could deliver similar outcomes in 50% of the time if they collaborated more effectively.

Executives believe their teams have significant untapped potential, with just 24% currently engaged in core objectives.

Why does this happen? Atlassian has identified several key reasons:

  • Teams are spread across disjointed goals,
  • Employees are drowning in notifications and meetings,
  • Teams are finding it hard to share information,
  • Employees are unsure how to use AI in their day-to-day.

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Canva, the design platform used by millions, is leading the charge in rethinking work. They’ve embraced a hybrid model that empowers employees to choose where they work best, fostering flexibility and connection.

Here’s what makes Canvanauts tick:
👑 Flexibility is king: work from home, the office, or anywhere in between – it’s their employees’ call.

🤝 Connection matters: Teams decide the virtual/in-person mix, with seasonal gatherings and global hybrid events to keep everyone connected.

💞 Building belonging: Canva Collectives and Clubs help employees connect around shared interests and identities.

🏢 Fun work environment: Beautiful offices, engaging events, and social clubs create a positive and vibrant atmosphere.

📰 Canvazine keeps the Canvanauts informed: A weekly newsletter keeps everyone in the loop with company news and updates.

Is it perfect? No model is, but Canva is constantly learning and evolving based on employee feedback.

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Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh used a sample of Standard and Poor’s 500 firms, to examine the determinants and consequences of U.S. firms’ return-to-office (RTO) mandates.

One of their conclusions is jaw dropping:

Results of our determinant analyses are consistent with managers using RTO mandates to reassert control over employees and blame employees as a scapegoat for bad firm performance. Also, our findings do not support the argument that managers impose mandates because they believe RTO increases firm values.

By using a difference-in-differences (DiD) analysis, the study also revealed a significant decline in employee ratings of overall job satisfaction, work-life balance, senior management, and corporate culture following the RTO announcement.

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Alina is a digital marketer with a passion for web design. When she’s not strategizing she’s doing photography, listening to podcasts on history and psychology, and playing with her 2 dogs and cat.