21st Century Workplace Institute
Hofstra University Continuing Education’s 21st Century Workplace Institute helps businesses create the right environment to attract and retain the best leaders, engage and motivate employees, and move their organizations forward to become more effective and profitable. The Institute offers customized corporate training programs that are focused on teaching employees the higher level cognitive and social skills that are so essential to thrive in the 21st century workplace.Your organization can choose from existing workshops and combine them in whatever way you wish or ask us to develop workshops that are specifically tailored to your organization’s needs.
A 2013 Gallup survey found that almost 90% of workers were either “not engaged” with or “actively disengaged” from their jobs, costing US companies between $450-500 billion per year. In 2016, Deloitte reported that by 2020, two thirds (2/3) of Millennial workers (including senior managers) intend to leave their current position. These statistics are not good news for employees or employers.
Most people want work that provides a good income but is meaningful and makes a difference to others. Instead, as Barry Schwartz wrote in the August 28, 2015 issue of The New York Times, they discover that work is structured so that most of their aspirations for a deeper sense of purpose remain unmet. This desire—and the concerns it raises for employers—is not restricted to one type of organization or profession. It is occurs in manufacturing, service industries, government, and fields such as medicine, law and education.
In today’s rapidly changing, hyper-connected, global economy, the skills needed to thrive in the workplace are very different from the skills needed just a few years ago. Skills like flexibility, agility, open-mindedness, collaboration, storytelling, creative problem-solving, critical thinking, innovative risk-taking, cultural sensitivity, effective communication and information and media literacy are becoming more and more important and appearing more frequently in job descriptions and listings. Future leaders and the organizations they work for need to learn about how the current workplace has evolved and which skills they’ll need to stay relevant, marketable and successful in today’s high-tech knowledge economy.