4 Questions About Work and Life in 2021 That I Need Answered

December 17, 2020      By Andrew Taylor

Ultimate Takeaway
  • After a year marked by uncertainty, new sources of valuable insights are emerging.
  • HR Speaks Up is a new video series from UKG that brings in some of the brightest minds to reshape the way we all think about work.
  • The myths about thought leadership, the realities of work-life balance, and new ways to strengthen team bonds are just a few of the discussions taking place right now.

Without a doubt, I’ve found myself with more unanswered questions this year than ever before. When will this pandemic be over? When will true equality be realized for everyone? Will things suddenly be better at 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2021? While I might not know the answers to these questions, I do know that I’m not alone in my general feelings of curiosity leading into the new year.

Like many others, I’ve been grateful for having the flexibility to work from home during the pandemic, but I am curious about what the next year of work will look like for all of us. Fortunately, voices from all around the HR community are speaking up about the current state of work and its probable future.

I’ve gathered a few of my favorite videos from UKG’s HR Speaks Up series that have answered some of those questions I’ve been having. Let me know if any of them resonate with you.

What is thought leadership, really?

The phrase “thought leader” gets thrown around a lot these days, but what does it actually mean?

How can I have that tough conversation I’ve been avoiding?

Sometimes, the most important conversations we need to have at work can be the most difficult to have.

Is work-life balance actually working?

Within the phrase “work-life balance” is the prioritization of work over life—which might explain why so many employees are still looking for that balance.

How can I be a better teammate in 2021?

Words are powerful, and the words we use to speak to our team members at work can make a tremendous difference in how we all feel — and what we’re able to achieve.

These were the questions that have been top of mind for me, but what questions do you have about the year ahead of us? Those questions might have already been answered in the other HR Speaks Up videos, or maybe they’re coming up soon. So, be sure to head over and to UKG’s YouTube channel and hit the Subscribe button for even more insights into the future of work.

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