The significant increases of employee engagement in 2016 have been partially erased. Populist movements like those seen in the United Kingdom, the United States, and those taking hold in parts of Continental Europe have made discussions about erecting borders and walls more common. If realized, these moves will restrict the flow of labour between countries and change the economic rules of the game. Thus, anxiety is permeating the workplace.
If that wasn’t enough, rapid technology advances that could make many jobs obsolete are no longer the subject of science fiction, and are here to stay. Driverless cars, drones, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technologies are competing for jobs like never before.
These changes present new challenges for CEOs, Human Resources leaders, and leaders of all levels. Left unaddressed, populism and more sophisticated technology advances will create further angst in organizations and, thus, will cause the work experience and employee engagement to decline even more.
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