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Three keys to building a more skilled postpandemic workforce

Many companies face large, and growing, skills deficits. A few companies approach skill building in a more integrated way—and are quietly gaining an edge on rivals.

Overcoming stigma: Three strategies toward better mental health in the workplace

– Employees are worried about their mental health as they return to the workplace after the COVID-19 pandemic. Stigma can exacerbate... their concerns, but employers can thwart its impact.

Return as a muscle: How lessons from COVID-19 can shape a robust operating model for hybrid and beyond

– New research shows how resilient organizations thrived through the pandemic. Here’s how to use those lessons to craft a... better approach to how work gets done across time (real and asynchronous) and space (digital and physical).

It’s time for leaders to get real about hybrid

– Employers are ready to get back to significant in-person presence. Employees aren’t. The disconnect is deeper than most... employers believe, and a spike in attrition and disengagement may be imminent.

The latest Five Fifty

The digital mismatch

McKinsey Quarterly Five Fifty—Companies know they’re vulnerable to digital disruption. So why aren’t they investing where the risks (and opportunities) are the highest?

The Magazine

Issue

Race in the workplace

– Identifies ten thorny challenges that companies must resolve to reverse the profound inequities facing Black workers; and offers lessons for improving both the well-being and productivity of individuals, teams, and organizations.

In this issue

The Black experience at work in charts

– A research-driven look at Black Americans at work reveals profound inequities. Companies that redouble efforts to address this... will improve their culture for all employees.

How to turn everyday stress into ‘optimal stress’

– Managed well, stress can be an ally rather than an enemy. Here’s how to use it to your advantage.

Prediction: The future of CX

– Designing great customer experiences is getting easier with the rise of predictive analytics.

2021 issues

Issue

Time to redefine the next normal. Again.

– Looks at how the pandemic is redefining operating models; also, mental health in the workplace, how leaders can instill purpose through an organization, and a thorough look at the future of Asian companies, with many interviews of top CEOs.

2020 issues

Finding meaning in difficult times

– Examines the role leaders play in helping their employees find meaning and purpose in times of crisis, makes the clear business case for dynamic portfolio management, and offers advice for CEOs around three important, technology-fueled trends.

The CEO moment: Leading toward the next normal

– Examines the shifting role of the CEO in the wake of COVID-19, explores what a postpandemic organization could look like, and explains why inclusion and diversity are especially important during a crisis.

Climate: Shared risk. Shared response.

– Highlights the increasing threats of climate change, explores how today’s leaders can mitigate the more critical effects, and looks at how different industries are charting their own sustainability journeys.

Playing for the long haul

– Explains why companies that take a long-term view of value creation thrive, highlights the technology-driven business changes on the horizon, and takes a close look at the future of work.  

2019 Issues

Transformation

– Explores why companies should go “all in” on transformations, looks at innovation and performance, and explains how... talent is key to digital transformations.

The drumbeat of digital

– Looks at why companies should up the pace of digital-change efforts, explores the keys to successful M&A, and highlights the... importance of shifting the mind-sets and behaviors that hold back organizations.

Resilience

– Addresses business resilience and how companies can prepare for the next economic downturn, explores the ins and outs of effective... decision making, and takes a hard look at talent in the workplace.

Reimagining mobility

– Explores the future of mobility and what shifts mean for cars, business, and society. The issue includes perspectives from participants... shaping the coming mobility revolution.

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