Slack is launching the Future Forum consortium, which will help companies make the transformations necessary to thrive in the new economy. “The Future Forum is dedicated to the concept that companies need to make a comprehensive shift in how they operate. The upside is phenomenal: diverse teams of talented individuals working together toward a common purpose, able to move fast to capture opportunity and be resilient in the face of challenge.” The Future Forum will drive change via original research, case studies, position papers, and an ongoing events series.
In addition, the Future Forum is launching the Remote Employee Experience Index that will quarterly provide data and analysis to help organizations navigate this new world of work. Based on data from 4,700 primarily remote workers in the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Japan and Australia, the Index measures five key perceptual elements of the remote working experience: Productivity, Work-life balance, Managing work-related stress and anxiety, Sense of belonging, and Satisfaction with working arrangement.
Data from the Index shows that, “globally, knowledge workers are generally more satisfied with working remotely than they were with office-based work (+9.2).” The biggest increases:
- Work-life balance (+25.7)
- Satisfaction with working arrangement (+20.1)
- Managing work-related stress and anxiety (+17.3)
- Productivity (+10.7)
“This data shows that most knowledge workers are happier working remotely than they were in the office. They don’t want to go back to the old way of working. Only 11.6% say they want to return to full-time office work, while 72.2% want a hybrid remote-office model.”